by Alex Palmer | February 07, 2019
Incentive groups seeking a Caribbean escape have a new destination to consider: Wymara Resort and Villas. Formerly the Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, the refreshed property has undergone much more than a name change, offering not only 91 luxury rooms on the western end of Grace Bay Beach but seven new villas just 2.5 miles south, on Turtle Tail Bay.
 
Each of the new four- and five-bedroom villas is set on a half-acre hillside with views of the southern shore. Each offers two private pools, indoor-outdoor living and activity areas (including an outdoor fire-pit lounge) as well as over-the-water swimming platforms allowing guests to get right on top of the ocean. These villas, ideal for small groups or incentive winners accompanied by their families, provide access to all of the resort's offerings.
 
"The villas have a homey feel, but with all the services and amenities of the resort," Ana Fonseca, regional director of sales and marketing for the property, told Incentive.
 
Those amenities include a 7,000-square-foot infinity-edge pool ("the heart of the resort," according to Fonseca) as well as a four-treatment-room spa and activities such as yoga, kayaking and paddle-boarding. A menu of Southeast Asian-influenced fine dining is on offer at Stelle, and fresh regional dishes and beach barbecue are available at the redesigned Zest restaurant, not to mention chilled rosé and champagne at the beachfront Pink Bar.
 
This year marks the 10th anniversary since Gansevoort Turks + Caicos opened its doors. While this new incarnation remains owned and managed by the original developers, Wymara Ltd., Fonseca says its new, independent identity helps showcase the property as a relaxed refuge appealing to a wide range of ages. 
 
Along with its white-sand beaches and third-largest barrier reef in the world, Turks and Caicos' easy accessibility - including a recently expanded airport and direct flights from New York, Chicago, Dallas and other major cities - is another draw for incentive groups seeking something special.