Amanyara draws its name from aman, the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’, and yara, the word for ‘place’ in the language of the Arawak Amerindians, one of the region’s first indigenous groups. It enjoys a pristine location well removed from much of the development on the eastern side of the island. Transfer from the international airport on Providenciales is 25 minutes along a coastal road that rises to a hill and then falls away into a flat plain covered with native bush. This road passes through the picturesque fishing village of Blue Hills with its brightly-coloured Caribbean houses and beachside cafés.
From its secluded white-sand beach and unusual ironshore rocky coves, to the abundant marine life of its pristine reef walls, Amanyara embraces Northwest Point Marine National Park, an acclaimed area of 1,686 hectares (4,168 acres) that provides some of the world’s best wall and reef diving.
Entry to the resort is through a large reception pavilion that opens onto a central reflection pond. Surrounded by mahogany trees, the pond is framed on one side by the Library and Boutique, and on the other side by the Restaurant and Bar. The circular Bar offers a dramatic soaring roof and sea views fronted by the 50-metre (164-foot) main swimming pool and sun deck.
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