Upon returning to my glass casita following a day of beachside workouts, acupressure facials, and fresh local cuisine, I took a moment of reprieve to soak it all in. I stood overlooking the ocean's rocky coastline set against a lush, green nature reserve, suddenly struck by the idea that this landscape—even more than the itinerary that preceded it—was the ultimate luxury.
My four-day trip to Amanyara in Turks and Caicos with my husband, Jason, and new baby daughter, Ellie, was a much-needed break from the hustle-and-bustle of the everyday. The resort's wellness programs were designed to help me move, relax, and recharge surrounded by water, wildlife, fresh air, and everything else I'd come to miss while in NYC. With 31 properties spread across 20 countries, Aman is the proud poster child of luxe vacationing grounded in a sustainable ethos.
During my brief stay, I trained with a boxing champion, meditated along white sandy beaches, and indulged in bespoke spa treatments. Each of these offerings was informed by the surrounding community. Skin serums were infused with local coconut oil and sea salt, float therapies took a cue from the swells of the Caribbean, and meals featured produce from an aquaponic vegetable garden just a stone's throw away. By allowing nature to take center stage, Amanyara turned the surrounding wildlife into the centerpiece of our vacation.