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TURKS AND CAICOS — A new brand, Wymara Resort and Villas, has taken over the property formerly known as Gansevoort Turks + Caicos.
The 91-room resort, as well as seven newly-unveiled oceanfront villas, remains fully owned and managed by the original developers of the resort, Wymara Ltd.
Wymara is a new independent brand and not affiliated with Gansevoort, says a spokesperson. The hotel has always been owned and operated by the same owners since it opened in 2009. Those owners, Canadians Bruce Maclaren and Rob Ayer, have decided to part ways with the Gansevoort name and run the hotel as Wymara Resort and Villas.
There are no immediate changes to the resort, however the villas are brand new plus the resort’s restaurants were updated last year.
There are seven new villas in all, on Turtle Tail Bay, located 2.5 miles away from the resort. The four- and five-bedroom villas are each located on about half an acre of elevated hillside overlooking the southern shores and Caribbean Sea and feature two private pools, indoor-outdoor living areas, a sunken outdoor fire pit lounge area, over-the-water swimming platforms with direct ocean access as well as access to the resort’s beach, restaurants, bars and spa.
The resort is also now home to a redesigned beachfront restaurant, Zest, and a popular rosé wine and blush champagne-themed Pink Bar, which sits directly on the sand.
Gansevoort also had a resort in the D.R., Gansevoort Playa Imbert which opened with much fanfare in December 2014. That property was recently rebranded as well, to Ocean Club at Playa Imbert.