Nature has done an impeccable job with the Turks and Caicos, a cluster of islands just southeast of the Bahamas. This British Overseas Territory tugs at the hearts of hedonists and relaxation seekers with its dazzling blue water, epic beaches and tropical fish, which float around an incredible coral reef. Elsewhere, luxe private accommodation serves as a launchpad for adventures in paradise – and to that end, here are the best Turks and Caicos villas.
With its arcades, red-tile roofs and juliet balconies, this Turks and Caicos villa complex with 32 individually decorated suites brings a touch of Italian Riviera glamor to Providenciales, the main island. Most guests spend their days lounging by the mesmerizing mosaic-tile pool or on the golden sands of world-famous Grace Bay Beach. There’s no restaurant on site, but plenty of fine dining spots are within meandering distance, along with art galleries, boutiques and a gourmet grocer – handy if you’re keen to give your kitchen a workout.
The privacy of a villa augmented by a menu of pre-arranged services and experiences – that’s the concept at this family-owned cluster of eight gleaming white compounds a mere saunter from the hypnotizing Long Bay Beach in eastern Providenciales. Each villa is an architectural indoor-outdoor showcase sporting an open kitchen, a private pool, an upstairs terrace with ocean views and smart TVs in each bedroom. Options to customize your stay range from boat trips and massages to a private chef and outdoor movie screenings.
Water is the defining element at these ultra-fancy Turks and Caicos villas equipped with a personal infinity pool, waterfall plunge pool and a wooden swimming platform hovering over Grace Bay’s sapphire waters. Fans of contemporary design will welcome the clean, uncluttered look and such fun end-of-the-day nooks as a sunken lounge with a fire pit for toasting tootsies and s’mores. The pristine sands and array of amenities of Wymara Resort are mere steps away, in case you ever wish to escape your private paradise.
Opening straight onto the expansive white sands of Long Bay on the southeastern shore of Providenciales, these beach villas are an El Dorado for sporty types. Thanks to a steady breeze, kiteboarding is king here, while families with small children appreciate the ludicrously blue and shallow sea. Days kick off with a complimentary continental breakfast delivered straight to your doorstep and might wind down with a moonlit gourmet meal prepared by a private chef. A 24-hour gym and yoga lessons help keep your waist trim.
Attached to a full-service resort on flawless Grace Bay Beach, these 24 bungalows orbiting a courtyard pool with hot tub are great for anyone craving XL space and privacy. While furnished traditionally, units also flaunt such zeitgeist-capturing luxe touches as 300-count linens, Bvlgari toiletries and Frette towels and robes. A few yards offshore, marine creatures frolic around a coral reef that’s a perfect playground for even for inexperienced snorkelers. Wrap up the day with sunset dinner at the resort’s beachfront restaurant.
With only 42 suites, this beautifully landscaped condo resort – on a lively stretch of sand towards the eastern end of Grace Bay – works hard to offer a personal vibe. You’ll be well looked after, be it with free continental breakfast served poolside, cold drinks and towels by the beach or wicked rum punches at the tiki bar. If you need a break from lazing in the sun, you’ll find several shopping plazas, restaurants and a gourmet supermarket within walking distance.
Right in the crook of the sweeping 19km (12mi) crescent that is Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales, this contemporary estate in a private hillside community ticks all the boxes for a dream vacation. Blow away the night’s cobwebs in your pool or the turquoise sea before mapping out the day over breakfast. Consider setting sail on your chartered boat, shopping at the Regent Village, lunching at legendary Da Conch Shack or simply swinging in a hammock. At this Turks and Caicos villa, you won’t run out of options.
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