Miami & Turks & Caicos

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We flew with British Airways to Miami in business class. The flight was extremely comfortable, service and food very good. Our flight arrived into Miami at 1455 local time, immigration and baggage collection went smoothly.
We were met by our transfer company – Mears Transport – and taken to our hotel, The Metropolitan by Como (originally known at the Traymore), Miami Beach where we were just spending the one night before going on to the Turks & Caicos.
The Metropolitan is a beautiful, contemporary Art Deco property in the heart of the Miami Beach historic district (on Collins Avenue), overlooking the famous beach. The hotel is very light and airy, lots of white, pale green and grey throughout with the interiors designed by the Italian designer Paola Navone. It has 74 rooms ranging from the City rooms through to the Como suite. Each room features a flat screen cable TV, mini-bar and an IPod docking station. Coffee making facilities are also provided. A fitness centre and full service spa is available to all guests. The hotel has a lovely pool area to relax in.
We had dinner in the Traymore restaurant in the hotel which was excellent, lots of fabulous seafood, all of which is locally sourced.
Breakfast was taken on the patio overlooking the pool area and then back to the airport for our American Airlines 1235 flight to Providenciales. The flight took just over one and a half hours.
The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 islands with only 8 inhabited. The islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, just below the Bahama’s. The crystal clear waters serve as some of the best diving spots in the world and are home to the world’s largest coral reefs, with over 250 miles to explore. The beaches are just beautiful with miles of soft white sand.
Our journey took just under 30 minutes to Amanyara ,where we were spending the following two nights. It was made by 4X4 as part of the journey is on a dirt track. Amanyara is a luxurious and stylish exclusive hide away adjacent to Malcolms Beach.
Amanyara offers 36 timber-shingles guest Pavilions and 2 Two-Bedroom Pool Pavilion Suites tucked along the coast. Some pavilions enjoy views of the ocean, some offer large private gardens and swimming pools and others are set back from the shore and overlook tranquil reflection ponds. All Pavilions have a combined bedroom and living room separated from the bathroom area by a decorated wooden screen.
Replicating the resort on a more intimate scale are Amanyara’s Aman Villas. The resort offers 20 distinct villas with three different outlooks: Tranquility Villas overlook reflection ponds and gardens (this is what I stayed in, just amazing, we even had our own chef and butler) Ocean Villas are located on the coral bluff with ocean views, and Beach Villas offer direct beach access (the other group were allocated a Beach Villa, again just fabulous)
The property has a 50-metre swimming pool which offers beautiful ocean views from the sun lounger’s positioned along the timber deck. The circular bar’s dramatic conical roof is Amanyara’s tallest feature. The main restaurant provides both indoor and outdoor dining and the Beach Club provides informal dining throughout the day.
Amanyara’s Spa is spread over 6,000 square metres in four double treatment pavilions overlooking a large reflection pond. The Spa offers a variety of massages, wraps, scrubs, facials and beauty treatments. The resort has a Natural Discovery Centre with its own resident marine biologist. It has tennis courts, games room and plenty of water sports.
That evening, cocktails and dinner was taken in the other groups Villa on the beach.
Breakfast was taken in our villa and lunch at the Beach Club, and then the rest of the day was at leisure, which included a trip to the Spa for a full body massage and snorkeling. Cocktails were taken at the bar with dinner in the main restaurant. The food was fantastic throughout our stay, so was the hospitality.
Our first hotel visit was to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village & Spa. It’s a huge property located on the fabulous Grace Bay Beach, which is ranked amongst the most beautiful in the world, it has a total of 758 rooms and suites in 43 room categories. It boasts one of the largest waterparks in the Caribbean complete with surf simulator and lazy river. It has 21 speciality dining options including room service for butler serviced categories with everything from Italian to French and Japanese to Caribbean. It’s a resort that caters for every member of the family.
Our second sight inspection was at Regent Palms, which was one of my favourites. The hotel is luxurious and has 72 stylish suites with one, two and three bedrooms plus very spacious one, two and three bedroom penthouses. It has a fabulous 25,000 square feet spa. Each individual treatment room is surrounded by water and it has a huge range of treatments. Lying at the centre of the property is a fantastic serpentine infinity pool with a hot tub island in the centre of the pool. The hotel has two restaurants and two bars. It’s just lovely…….
Our final visit was at the Grace Bay Club located on the water’s edge of Grace Bay. It’s a luxury all ocean front suite resort with the largest beach front access – 1,100ft. Divided into three separate sections, the adults only Hotel area with private restaurant, bar and swimming pool, family friendly Villas with restaurant, bar and pool and the luxury Estate, this is a collection of 22 custom-designed accommodations providing the ’ultimate experience’ at Grace Bay Club. It has 3 restaurants and 3 bars, the Anani Spa, fitness centre, 2 floodlit tennis courts and plenty of water sports. It also has ‘Kids Town’, a children’s club for 5-12 year olds.
From Grace Bay Club we were transferred down to the quay for our boat journey over to Parrot Cay. This took 25 minutes, on arrival we were met and taken to our accommodation by golf buggies. Parrot Cay is a stunning private island resort set in 1000 acres. The beaches are fantastic with soft white sand and the waters crystal clear. The accommodation is modern and stylish with lovely garden views, sea facing suites and beach villas. The resort also has private residences which are rented out, these enjoy total seclusion. Dona Karan owns several properties on Parrot Cay, we were lucky enough to look at one of them, it was the one where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stayed with their family, it’s just beautiful. I was very lucky to be allocated a fantastic 3 bedroom villa (one of the private residences) with infinity pool on its own private beach leading down to the main beach over the sand dunes. We had our own butler, who accompanied us where ever we went, so at dinner on our first evening ‘Budi’ drove us (in a golf buggy) to the Terrace restaurant and served us our dinner, same at breakfast the following morning. She was there to attend to our very need. Only the two bedrooms plus accommodation have butlers.
The resort has 2 restaurants and 2 bars, a fabulous COMO Shambhala Retreat Spa, gym, daily yoga and Pilates classes, large infinity pool and water sports.
Breakfast was taken in the Terrace Restaurant. After breakfast we were all taken to the Spa, for a full body massage. It was wonderful, so relaxing. The food choice throughout was excellent. Dinner that evening was on the terrace of the Lotus restaurant.
We enjoyed breakfast and lunch in our villa before it was time to leave the resort to make our way back to Providenciales International Airport for our direct BA flight back to London Gatwick. Unfortunately we flew back economy class as business had been overbooked.
What a fabulous trip……..
Julie Burchill – ITC Educational – 5 May 2015