Less than 600mi (966km) southeast of Florida, this archipelago of eight main islands and over 40 cays has quietly developed into a premier luxury destination yet remains charmingly low-key. Insiders flock to this British Overseas Territory for its bucket-list beaches, blindingly blue water, the world’s third-largest coral reef and world-class resorts, mostly about privacy and less about the party. Let us introduce you to the best resorts in Turks and Caicos, every single one a stunner.
Mahogany furniture, marble bathrooms and a croquet lawn give this intimate Turks and Caicos resort an elegant olde-worlde vibe which contrasts beautifully with the intensely turquoise waters off Grace Bay Beach. This 12mi (19km) long strip of powdery sand hugging Providenciales’ north shore suggestively calls out for long, leisurely walks. No matter if you’ve got just your partner or an entire entourage in tow, there’s a suitable retreat among the one to five-bedroom suites set around the infinity-edge pool. Don’t miss the weekly beach barbecue with dancing around the bonfire.
This secluded private island resort is proof you can both get away from it all and still have it all. A 15-minute speedboat ride from Providenciales catapults you into a worldly paradise shared only by guests of the mere dozen rooms, each with barefoot access to the divine beach. It is 2mi (3.2km) long and invites romantic strolls and decompression sessions in the shade of your private tiki hut. Report to the poolside restaurant for fresh-from-the-sea fish and inventive spins on global favorites.
Everything speaks of refinement in the 72 suites of this full-service Turks and Caicos resort – from plush towels to high thread-count linen and the gamut of mod-cons. But it’s perhaps in the common areas where this Grace Bay Beach jewel shines most brilliantly. Case in point: the sculpted infinity pool where you can enjoy a drink or light lunch without leaving the water. Another nod goes to the huge spa known for its island-inspired treatments, such as the skin-softening Mother of Pearl Scrub.
Thanks to its prime position on A-listed Grace Bay Beach, you’ll get into the Caribbean rhythm in no time at this Turks and Caicos resort. Chances are slim, but if you ever felt like taking a break from letting the languid waves wash away your cares, fancy-brand shopping and even a high-end grocer selling local rum are in strolling distance. Drift off to dreamland in soft-hued rooms with romantic four-poster beds, top-drawer kitchens and oversized terraces for sipping sea-view sundowners.
The airy and well-proportioned studios and suites of this Grace Bay Beach beauty flaunt an uncluttered urban feel enhanced by such nifty tech touches as Bose iPod docking station and electric blackout blinds. The rest of the resort is just as trend-attuned. Keep supple in a barre class, try fly-boarding or Snuba, indulge in an organic spa treatment, or feast on veg-focused wellness fare. Naturally, all the luxe features – from gourmet restaurants to an infinity pool – are also accounted for.
Finding the perfect spot to spread your towel is child’s play at this South Caicos resort presiding over a 1.5mi (2.4km) long stretch of sumptuous shoreline. All but the standard rooms deliver an eyeful of this aquatic paradise is part of a national park. Even with lots to do at the resort, don’t skip a boat ride to uninhabited Long Cay to see turquoise water turn indigo as it plummets from 35ft (10m) to 7000ft (213m). Scuba aficionados should dive in for a close-up inspection of this underwater phenomenon.
There are not many Turks and Caicos hotels where sea turtles glide, rays dart and moray eels lurk in a coral garden set just 60ft (18m) off a glistening dream beach. But its proximity to a snorkeling reef isn’t the only asset of this laid-back luxury hotel on Grace Bay Beach. Leave your spacious, amenity-laden room to bask in a floating hammock, get rejuvenated at the spa, or tone your muscles at the gym. The beachfront restaurant, meanwhile, defines Caribbean culinary exuberance.
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