Beach, spa and watersports lovers:  these islands are for you!  I recently traveled to the Turks & Caicos archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Bahamas and on the edge of the Caribbean, to see for myself the incredibly blue water and long, white sand beaches, indulgent spas, and secluded getaways frequented by the rich and famous.  It’s a quick trip from East Coast airport hubs, so ease of travel is an added plus!

One bedroom suite Living Room at Regent Palms

Grace Bay Beach

This is the center of the action on Providentiales island.  The 12-mile beach is the top attraction and many of the luxury resorts are located here.  The hotels on Grace Bay in Turks are almost all condos, so each room has at least a studio arrangement, and most are 1 or 2 bedroom units.  I stayed at Regent Palms and loved the elegant, country club feel with a soft color palette in the rooms and lush landscaping around the grounds.  The spa here is one of the top on Turks with individual treatment huts surrounded by a lagoon and a tropical outdoor relaxation area.  The restaurant at Regent Palms is one of the island’s best.  I would recommend this property for couples getaways and families that enjoy a relaxing time together.

Adult-only pool at Grace Bay Club

I also stayed at Grace Bay Club which fronts a long stretch of beach and boasts all-oceanfront rooms, restaurants and pools.  The property has three areas:  the adult-only Hotel, the family Villas, and the grand Estate featuring high-end multi-bedroom residences.  I enjoyed a fun evening here starting at the Infiniti Bar which claims to have the longest bar in the Caribbean, and an outstanding meal at Anacoana which is the only gourmet, oceanfront restaurant in Turks.  I stayed in a spacious, 4-bedroom oceanfront villa in the Estate with a huge living room, full kitchen, and large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.  I would recommend this property for active families wishing to be pampered by Grace Bay Club’s renown service.

I visited several other properties in this area including Beaches, The Beach House, The Gansevoort and West Bay Club.  With my affiliations and contacts at these properties, I can help you make just the right choice for your family, as well as find the best value for you.

Amanyara Pavilion

Amanyara

Get ready to be wowed at Amanyara!  This resort is secluded in a national park property about a 25-minute drive from the heart of Providentiales.  The famous Aman design shines, and I loved the rooms which are actually individual, glass pavilions which all feature either an ocean, pool, or pond view.  Privacy is paramount, and the rooms are all surrounded by high dense brush.  By placing a rope across your access path, you put out the “Do Not Disturb” sign and enjoy the openness and natural light these unique rooms provide without concern for interruptions.  My room was oceanfront and featured a lovely little sandy cove tucked in the rocky headlands, perfect for a soothing swim just steps away.  I would recommend the individual rooms at Aman for couples.

The  villas here are actually private compounds, feature live-in butler service, and would be fabulous for extended families, families with children or groups of couples traveling together.  The Nature Discovery Center has daily programs and childcare for the younger set.  Another great feature of Amanyara is the snorkeling reef just a 5-minute boat ride off the beach.  I found this excursion to be a highlight of my stay!

 

On the boat ride to Parrot Cay

Parrot Cay

Reached only by boat, this private island in Turks is a celebrity favorite  due to its peaceful, secluded setting with stunning beaches and an amazing spa.  The rooms at Parrot Cay are beach-style and simple; you are here to unwind and put your feet up for awhile.  The villas are minimalist and elegant, and the rich and famous own and lease out multi-building compounds on the sand with cooks and butlers on call.

The well-regarded spa overlooks a natural marsh with lovely views and wildlife, features Asian-style treatments and is a primary reason that many guests wish to stay here.  Once you are here, leaving is a bit of an undertaking, so I recommend this for families or couples that don’t need lots of nightlife or different gourmet restaurants every night.  It would make a wonderful 4-night stay, or combine it with something more lively on Grace Bay for a longer vacation.

Parrot Cay Villa

Virtuoso hotels include Parrot Cay, Grace Bay Club, Regent Palms, Amanyara and the Gansevoort and come with special amenities such as upgrades when available, spa credits, and  included meals when I make a reservation for you.