Pagoda pavilions in Turks & Caicos
Amanyara’s shoreline Villas fuse the aesthetics of Asia with the airy, easygoing character of the Caribbean. With between two and six bedrooms in standalone pavilions set around private pools, they are tailor-made for families of any size.
Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston is the legendary architect behind this high-drama resort framed by the Caribbean, with black infinity pools and reflecting ponds providing unforgettable backdrops to family experiences.
Throughout the resort, Gathy’s focus is the seamless integration of indoor and outdoor living, with shaded alfresco dining areas and expansive pool terraces accessed via floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Open to fragrant, balmy breezes, bathed in sunshine, and with views of lush jungle gardens and the bright turquoise waters of North West Point Marine National Park, the Villas immerse their guests in nature.
Master new sports such as kitesurfing, deep-sea fishing with the help of trained instructors, spend time at the spa or on the beach, while children are entertained with daily programmes of age-targeted activities at the Nature Discovery Centre, designed to bring awareness to the area’s precious environment. Book the cinema for family movie nights or plan a celebration for the whole family on the sand, or beside the Villa’s private pool.
Spirituality and serenity in Minka country homes
In the forested hills beside Ago Bay, in Japan’s spiritual heartland of Ise-Shima, Amanemu is a true bastion of serenity – a place where groups can truly get away and disconnect from reality. Its four two-bedroom Villas – including the new Tsuki Villa – were designed by Kerry Hill Architects to reference Japan's traditional minka house style, integrating interior and exterior with living areas and bedroom pavilions that open onto expansive verandas with daybeds to admire the garden greenery or the panoramic bay view.
The Villas are all connected to the region’s mineral-rich hot springs, so each features indoor and outdoor onsen baths – ideal for families or small groups seeking to realign mind, body and soul, while being immersed by the beauty of nature.
Dating back to the third century, Ise Jingu – otherwise known as Ise Grand Shrine – is one of the most sacred sites in Japan. From Amanemu, explore the shrine with an expert guide, donning a traditional kimono to witness morning prayers and the ritual dance to the deities, and enter spaces in the sanctuary that few visitors ever see. Also accessible, the Unesco-listed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes connect sacred sites across the region’s captivating countryside, and have been in use for more than a millennium.
Culinary adventures in Phuket
The original Aman resort, Amanpuri redefined modern resort design, as Wallpaper* magazine recently put it, and the late Ed Tuttle’s now-iconic pitched-rooftops and elegantly minimal interpretation of traditional temple architecture set a template for the look of the modern Thai villa that is still influential today. ‘I believe in tranquillity and order,’ Tuttle once said, ‘rhythm is what makes something beautiful.’
Tranquillity, order, rhythm and beauty are all abundant in Amanpuri’s Villas, which are ensconced in greenery at the very tip of the peninsula, many with access to a private patch of beach. Ranging from one to nine bedrooms, Villas are suited to groups of all sizes, and ideal for extended family celebrations, with facilities and activities for every age from toddler to teenager and beyond.
Anchored in Phuket, embark on a gastronomic journey around the world, delving into the authentic culinary traditions of Thailand, Japan, Italy and the Mediterranean with Thai cooking masterclasses for the whole family. Intimate private banquets can be set up in the Villa’s outdoor dining sala; and barbecues by candlelight in a secluded spot on Pansea Beach are what holidays are made for.