Vladislav Doronin is the owner, chairman and CEO of Aman Group, a global leader in ultraluxury residences and resorts. This article will look at Aman’s resort in Turks and Caicos, providing an outline of local cultural events that guests can enjoy.
Set on the secluded shores of a nature reserve spanning some 18,000 acres, Amanyara’s villas and pavilions overlook a lush tropical expanse skirted by white sand beaches and azure waters. Fronted by Providenciales’ Northwest Point Marine National Park, Amanyara is the perfect escape from the stresses and strains of daily life, with the restorative wellness retreat presenting endless opportunities for discovery both above and below the waves.
Dovetailing the dramatic local scenery, the venue’s pavilions are nestled in lush vegetation, overlooking the peaceful beaches and ponds of Northwest Point Marin Reserve. On three sides of each pavilion, overhanging eaves provide shaded terraces, with accommodation accessed via floor-to-ceiling glass doors, some opening onto their own private pools.
Meanwhile, the resort’s six-bedroom villas present the opportunity for consummate privacy, with rooms set around a black infinity pool, providing enticing views of the resort’s gardens and reflective pools and the ocean beyond.
Upon arrival villa guests are greeted with a bottle of champagne, each room stocked with ample refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests also benefit from complimentary daily snorkeling, use of non-motorized waters sports equipment, afternoon tea at The Bar and daily scheduled wellness classes.
Operating with a special focus on wellness, Amanyara invites guests on a transformative wellbeing journey in a naturally restorative island setting. Each experience is expertly curated, with Wellness Immersions tailored to the health and wellbeing profile of each individual guest. These experiences are devised by Aman Spa’s team of medical specialists, nutritionists and expert therapists to deliver lasting change.
The Turks and Caicos Islands present a comprehensive calendar of cultural events to entertain and enthrall. Amanyara is ideally situated for guests hoping to experience the following exciting local events.
Valentine’s Day Cup
Staged in February each year on the closest Saturday to Valentine’s Day, the Valentine’s Day Cup is a fun and quaint tradition that sees model Caicos Sloop sailboats race just off Middle Caicos island. Great for families, the event is held on the tranquil Bamberra Beach, which is known for its calm and shallow water and powdery white sand. Middle Caicos island is a popular attraction for visitors to the Turks and Caicos, with tourists sometimes venturing there on day trips to experience the island’s natural wonders and stunning secluded beaches.
Wine Cellar Golf and Fishing Tournament
Each year in March, the Wine Cellar, a local alcohol importer, stages its Golf and Fishing Tournament. The event has become a firm favorite with locals and visitors alike, incorporating a two-day deep-sea fishing competition as well as a one-day challenge, boasting a prize fund of almost $100,000.
Staged at the spectacular Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club in Grace Bay, the golf competition sees four-person teams vying for the title, while the deep sea fishing awards cash prizes for the heaviest specimens landed, which typically consist of species like tuna, mahi-mahi or wahoo.
Kite Flying Competition
Staged on Easter Monday, which is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Kite Flying Competition has been running for 22 years, providing a fun day out for all the family. The event’s organizers encourage participants to enter their own handmade kites, presenting prizes for the largest, smallest, most artistic and best overall kites. Held at multiple locations across Providenciales, Grand Turk and North Caicos, the Kite Flying Competition is very popular with the locals.
Salt Cay Day
This traditional Caribbean festival has a somewhat British flavor due to the country’s status as a territory of the UK. Events are staged over three days, including maypole dancing, bicycle races, pageants and kite-flying, along with musical performances and excellent food and drink. Held towards the end of April as a traditional fete, Salt Cay Day is staged on the idyllic islet of Salt Cay, which is located near the capital island of Grand Turk.
The Caribbean House Evolution Boat Party
Staged in July, this multi-day event and music festival is rapidly gaining traction. A mega party by Turks and Caicos standards, the party is staged over three days during the height of summer, incorporating a a pool party, beach party and boat party at the spectacular uninhabited island of Water Cay. As the event’s name suggests, the festivities center around the Caribbean house music scene. In recent years, the Caribbean House Evolution Boat Party has begun to attract the attention of international DJs.
The boat party section of the event in particular can be quite impressive, with more than 50 boats – ranging in size from tiny dinghies to huge yachts – traversing the short section of water, dropping anchor on the beach at Water Cay.