I found Heaven last week, or at least my version of it. It was a trip to Amanyara in Turks and Caicos. I have to leave it to Adrian Zecha, he always finds the most unbelievable locations. The resort is away from the built up side of the island, nestled on an 18,000 acre preserve with its own half-mile white sand beach. Our rough days were spent cliff diving (or jumping in my case), snorkeling, driving golf carts, kayaking through mangroves, swimming in infinity pools, and dining on the beach.
We were there because for those of you who don't know, Aman has ventured into the lifestyle category, selling villas at the various properties. (Apparently there is a life-long waiting list at the original Aman in Phuket since no one wants to sell.) At Amanyara there are three left for sale. The one I stayed in was Villa 16 which had its own tranquil pond, volcanic rock infinity pool, four bedroom pavilions with sliding glass walls and outdoor showers or freestanding tubs, and a community pavilion with a lounge and dining room. All of this with impeccable service (villas have their own staff on hand) and Jean-Michel Gathy's signature understated, yet luxuriously elegant style.
The lap of luxury could be yours for roughly $12 million. We can dream, can't we?
Check out HD's September issue for an interview with Mr. Zecha himself.