Turks and Caicos

Travel in 2020 requires a good bit of personal fortitude along with a negative PCR Covid test, a sturdy face mask, and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Armed with all of the above, I ventured to  the Caribbean this fall to experience the beautiful Amanyara with a group of travel specialists hosted by Ultimate Jet Vacations (UJV). The islands welcomed us with open, socially distanced arms.  

Before joining the UJV group, I visited two other renowned resorts, Grace Bay Club and The Palms. Grace Bay Club boasts three different sections within the property (The Villas, The Hotel, and The Estates), providing accommodations for any age or group size. The Villa and Estates are family-friendly, while the Hotel is adults only. This resort has four fun restaurants, three pools, and sweeping views of the cerulean water. Be sure to pop by the boutique or 24-hour gym before heading to the beach.

Then, it was onto The Palms, where I was greeted by a long driveway, an open-air lobby, and a cucumber spritz. With five accommodation buildings on the property, the Palms has that perfect mix of island life and intimacy. Their grand pool captures ocean views, and morning coffee is sipped under a canopy of tropical trees. The Palms has multiple areas to grab food and drinks, plus there are shops, a ballroom, cozy spa, and private, clam-shaped cabanas along the beach. True paradise! 

While on Providenciales, I managed to check out West Bay Club and The Shore Club, and I couldn’t resist an incredible sushi dinner at the Shore Club’s Sui-Ren restaurant. It’s no wonder why the Shore Club is a Brownell Travel favorite! While Grace Bay’s many restaurants, bars, and shopping options were appealing, it was time for a new vibe. Tucked away on the Northwest side of the island is a retreat-like any other…

Welcome to Amanyara. Tranquility, wellness, and journey are words that remain top-of-mind when reflecting on this part of the trip.

My three nights at Amanyara were spent in one of the two six-bedroom ocean villas on property. The villa comes with a long lap pool, two butlers, a private chef, personal golf carts, private beach access, comfy outdoor seating, and a shared living room/dining room area. The rooms, though, are individual bungalows, giving guests an extra sense of seclusion. With a collection of 38 pavilions and 20 villas, Amanyara sets the standard for complete privacy and Asian-inspired designs. 

Within a few steps of my door, I stumbled upon a lively beach shack serving a killer lunch, boxing classes kicking off in the studio, and drinks both shaken and stirred at the circle bar. Even with the peaceful vibe, there’s plenty of fun to be had – and some surprises, too. Amanyara is perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway, friends wanting to get both their minds and bodies in shape, or families needing a deep dive with nature. 

Travel has changed in 2020, but what remains the same at CTTW is our love for exploring and finding new adventures for our clients. That will never change.

~ Emily, October 2020