Skip Snow—Abscond to a Warm Beach in Turks and Caicos

Pack a sarong and frivolous novel for Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos Islands

yara_aerial_albFor those who couldn’t care less about snow-blanketed lodges and ski vacations, we give you permission to abscond to a warm beach with a sarong and frivolous paperback. And if you feel jaded, and wish to escape the sentimental commercialism of Christmas entirely, we recommend a destination steeped in other spiritual traditions. Godspeed, and may you return with your soul stirred.

Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos Islands

yara_beach2_alb“Provo” lies 600 miles south of Miami, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, and boasts clear turquoise water, teeming reefs, and temperatures in the 80s. The ultra-luxe Amanyara Resort on the island’s secluded western shore has a white-sand beach dotted with wood-roofed, glass-walled private pavilions set amid reflecting ponds and mahogany trees. Be warned: This is uncluttered island life at its most languid. You may arrive at Amanyara determined to enjoy the world-class snorkeling, clay tennis courts, and open-air yoga studio, but even the best laid plans are undone by expansive sundecks, infinity pools, and overstuffed daybeds with bar service. Rates for pavilions begin at $1,500 with a minimum stay of three nights.

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