Island Modern Captivates at Amanyara

The Turks & Caicos island retreat’s iconic minimalist design integrates modern style with dramatic island scenery


Providenciales, the main island in the Turks & Caicos archipelago, is blessed with an abundance of rocky coves, coral reefs, and turquoise waters so clear you can see the scales on the fish swimming about. It’s some of the most dramatic scenery in the Caribbean, which is why Aman Resorts International chose Providenciales (locally known as Provo) for its quintessential island retreat, Amanyara.

Located at the edge of a 18,000-acre nature preserve and overlooking the waters of North West Point Marine National Park, Amanyara is surrounded by coastal beauty. When charged with designing a resort on this unique location, architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston was certain of one thing: Buildings had to integrate seamlessly with the outdoors, offering every luxury while complementing—not overwhelming—the landscape.  

Gathy’s minimalist, transparent design is expressed in 38 timber-shingled pavilions and 18 villas with three distinct outlooks. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors connect the indoors
to teak-decked terraces and paths that lead to the water’s edge. Situated 20 feet above the coastline, the structures, with their wood beams and columns supporting vaulted ceilings, recall the contemporary architecture of Bali. Wide overhangs shade outdoor seating areas, wood panels and trellises contribute long shadows, and expanses of glass create a compelling dialogue between indoors and outdoors. Regardless of where you stand on the property, you are guaranteed a view of sea, sand, and native coastal vegetation. 

A particularly special accommodation is the six-bedroom Amanyara Villa, which tempts with a private beach, its own Pilates studio, and outdoor salas positioned to take advantage of ocean views. Staffed with a chef and housekeeper, it’s the next best thing to owning a gracious island home. 

Aman’s mindful hospitality is also evident in the Pool Villas, comprised of two bedrooms in a 2,800-square-foot open floor plan. Designed for families, the villas include a private lap pool, walled garden, personal gym, expansive outdoor areas, and a children’s room. Nothing has been overlooked, least of all the relationship to nature that is the raison d’être of Amanyara.

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Text by Daphne Nikolopoulos

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