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Turks & Caicos December 2021, by Russ Wagenaar

Wymara Resort & Villas, Turks & Caicos

 

Service on American Airlines was adequate to get us there and back. All flights were very full in both cabins on 737 aircraft down and back.

Once you get the hang of the VeriFly app it works very well and is accepted by all officials. I forgot to take with me the hard copy of my COVID vaccination certificate which proved not to be any issue as the photo on my cellphone was sufficient for TSA security and airline personnel.

The trip was sponsored by Hidden Doorways and we were accompanied by representative Kristin Duvall. The purpose of this 2-day stay was to allow us all to experience the resort as guests so no group tour of the property and we were on our own to explore the spa, fitness center, yoga pavilion, and 3 dining venues.

The first evening for dinner we gathered at Indigo which offers indoor and outdoor dining serving buffet breakfast and dinner daily. The service was very friendly and efficient. The coconut curry Caribbean Mahi Mahi and Jumbo King Prawns entrée I had was amazing!

Monday lunch was taken at Zest which is the beachfront restaurant serving lunch and dinner. This venue also provides pool and beach service. The Lobster tacos here were delicious! Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-free options are available at both venues on request.

There are special theme nights where the beach is the setting for BBQ, Fish Fry, etc. This is offered at a set price and details are posted at the restaurants and delivered to each suite the day of the event.

I opted to visit the Spa for a 60-minute massage. It’s a small facility with 3 treatment rooms and 2 couples spa suites. A deep tissue massage was on order and while it was a nice experience I have had better. There is no pre/post-treatment seating area in the space so once finished I walked away wondering …. where’s my offer of lemon water ?!?!  I’ve become a spa snob I guess!

Wymara Resort (formerly The Gansevoort) offers 91 oceanfront suites in studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom configurations, and 7 off-site villas. For our small group of 6, the resort housed us in 1-bedroom oceanfront suites. Spacious, light, and airy with a nice balcony or ground level patio each has a wonderful view of the beach and beyond.

In the 1,2 and 3 bedroom oceanfront suites you also have a fully furnished kitchen with stovetop; half-size refrigerator, dishwasher, all utensils, and cookware. My 1 bedroom suite measures about 1100sqft. in size including a nice size bathroom with double vanity, washer, and dryer opposite the toilet and huge rain shower with a hand-held wand. The sofa in the living room converts to a queen-size sleeper. The bedroom separates from the area with pocket doors.

Tuesday afternoon we spent a couple of hours at one of the Villas. It is a 6-minute commute from the main resort to these seven units. 4 and 5 bedroom villas perched on a small cliff overlooking the azure waters.

There are 5 additional villas being built to the right of this villa and those are scheduled to be finished late 2022. All of the hotel suites and villas are privately owned. Design features are dictated by the hotel management company in all units so the décor is pretty much uniform from one unit to the next.

The villas are not for those with mobility issues. Inside the villas, there are 3 bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom off the kitchen on the main floor. As you can see in the photo there are many steps down to the water and sun decks. The seating area above at the bottom of the photo is a fire pit and to the right is the infinity-edge pool. Deck chairs are around the pool and there is also a big barbecue grill outside.  Although, not very well suited for families with small kids but I can easily see 4 couples having a great week-long getaway in one of these units. Daily breakfast is brought over (already cooked) from the resort restaurant or you can hire a chef to cook onsite. Twice daily maid service is offered and on-demand complimentary transportation to/from the resort is also available.

Across the road from the villas is a self-contained sports club with exclusive access to villa guests only. Complimentary access to wellness amenities including tennis court, spa-grade sauna and steam room, jacuzzi, and lap pool.

Tuesday evening we had dinner at the local well-known watering hole The Conch Shack. Beachfront outdoor setting the food was plentiful and filling with local flavors and heat!

All in all, it was a great 2-day getaway to see what the resort has to offer. There was a mix of young and middle-aged couples, families with small children, and a few singles as well at the resort so a little bit of everything for anyone seeking a boutique atmosphere.

Oh! And I almost forgot, one villa has a fun water slide of about 30 feet from top to splashdown in the water ….. oh to be a child again!

 

 

 

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