Gansevoort Turks And Caicos
What We Love
- The eponymous Beach Bar—if you’re nice they’ll let you plug in your iPod
- Pristine beachfront location that stretches 400 feet, with one of the world's largest barrier reefs a short swim from the shoreline—perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling fans
- Super sexy suites that feel more like apartments
What To Know
- This isn’t a huge resort; it’s smaller than other Gansevoort properties
- Rooms have an open floor plan
- There are two restaurants, Zest and Stelle, as well as a store on the grounds
- The resort is very popular with couples and adults
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sitting on one of the widest slices of beach on Providenciales Island, Turks & Caicos, the Gansevoort strikes an effortless balance between modern simplicity and island allure. The ocean is in view from the moment you check in, but this isn’t your typical beach vacation. Nor, for that matter, is it the typical Gansevoort. The 85 guest rooms feel more like South Beach apartments than part of a hotel. All of the spacious suites have impressive water views, kitchens or kitchenettes and airy terraces. Bathrooms have rain showers (some feature separate tubs) and frosted glass sliding doors. Stretch out in a One-Bedroom Luxury Oceanfront Suite: At 1,100 square feet, these accommodations feature an open floor plan with at-home luxuries like a washer/dryer and dining room/living area. The sexy vibe continues through the pristine pool area, which has island cabanas floating on the water; it’s a cushioned white oasis punctuated by pops of orange fabric and the blue of the ocean. Under an airy outdoor veranda, the resort’s Exhale Spa offers its signature yoga and Core Fusion classes (which have a cult-like following in New York and LA); it’s just enough exercise to justify an afternoon massage. The Italian restaurant, Stelle, excels at seafood—whether it’s with pasta, as appetizers or as main dishes, such as cornmeal crusted tuna and red snapper cartoccio. A must-try is the fresh tuna tartare, complete with sun-dried tomatoes, shallots, and herbs.
In the Area
For dinner plans, the glamorous restaurant Parallel 23 offers a romantic setting for dining alfresco, and the state-of-the-art display kitchen and boutique wine list make it one of the islands’ best spots for a savory meal. After, head back to the Gansevoort to party at Stelle. This Turks and Caicos outpost is a bit more refined than the chain’s New York scene, but it’s a great place to people-watch over Spanish influenced cuisine and cocktails. If you want to explore the marine life, you’re in luck: Turks and Caicos has some of the best diving in the Atlantic. Off Salt Cay it’s possible to dive with whales, and at Molasses Reef off West Caicos Island you can peek at one of the oldest European shipwrecks in the Caribbean with Provo Turtle Divers.
How to Get There
We recently returned from our 3rd stay at the Gansevoort in Turks and Caicos. We were welcomed by the staff and had wonderful service at the hotel. The breakfast was exceptional and we enjoyed connecting again with Vivek the restaurant manager who truly cares about the quality and experience of all of the guests, he is a true professional. The classes at Exhale with Ally were amazing and the beach was just what we needed to relax and recharge. We will definitely return next year!
My wife were beyond excited to stay at the Gasnevoort. For months all we did was talk about our trip and how exciting it was going to be. The day had finally come. We get to the hotel and it is absolutely beautiful. The lobby and pool area are connected, everyone is greeting you and is very nice. The gentleman comes to grab our bags and shows us to our room. That's where everything went south.
We get to our room (which we paid $4,200 for) and our "amazing" ocean front view was blocked by an big restaurant. We speak to the front desk right away to see if they can move us and they say they're fully booked. At this point my life is beyond upset.
On their website, the rooms are perfect, from head to toe. To look at a back of a restaurant for 6 nights straight was upsetting.
We leave that matter alone because you can only do so much at this point. We head straight to the pool for the day. Night comes and we're ready to take a shower. Only to find black mold on our shower head. Absolutely disgusting.
Cant get a new room and cannot shower in our room for an hour.
My third Caribbean travel experience and certainly the most impressive to date. I had stayed at the Gansevoort in New York, loved it, even met Tommy Hilfiger at the door checking in, but this property was truly unforgettable.
Here's what I loved:
1. Great location. Just far enough away from the fray of the "touristy" strip of Grace Bay hotels and beachfront to enjoy privacy and a sense of exclusiveness that defines a special place.
2. Spectacularly designed property, both architecturally and the landscaping. The layout provides many opportunities to find your own space either poolside or at the beach. Great for long beach walks.
3. The all-inclusive breakfast was generous and delicious. Must give special kudos to Lucy – "Master of the Kitchen" for her daily amazing omelettes, waffles, etc.
4. Great service – the people were lovely for the most part, especially those servicing guests day in and out. Wendy was a great ambassador for the Gansevoort brand and made breakfast guests feel like family.
5. Good little fitness gym on premises, which I used everyday.
6. One of the best massages I've ever had at the Exhale Spa.
7. The overall size of the resort was not too large and we really liked that.
It was a delight to spend a week in such a remarkable place and we're very grateful for this world-class experience.
So here's the 'with reservations' part:
1. It would be incomplete to not address the "joy-stealer" for us, first as Canadians and also as tourists. We travel extensively and have visited some of the finest places in the world, but the shocking cost to visit Turks and Caicos was insane.
I take responsibility for this as I failed to do the math research in advance of this trip and was blindsided by the small print extras published online. So if you're a Canadian and planning to go, remember 34 to 36% US exchange currently for Canadians + 10% sales tax + a 12% service charge on absolutely everything. For example our room cost an additional $155.00 USD (over $200.00 CDN) a night in service charges and tax.
2. The food was very good at the Gansevoort, but not great, with a few exceptions. Beyond breakfast you're on the tab and everything is very expensive for the level of cuisine being offered. They shine on seafood, but beyond that not so remarkable. My wife and I moderated our drinking and eating because we hadn't anticipated the outrageous cost of dining in our travel budget.
For example, one evening we shared sparkling water, had two salads, with protein extra and shared a piece of key lime pie. I had local lobster, my wife had chicken. She was charged $39.00 USD extra on her salad for a "very" modest piece of not so tasty chicken. We graciously protested the cost and our waiter discounted it to $24.00, hmm? The final bill came to over $126.88 USD ($170.00 CDN) for our dinner with everything in. No wine, no entree, sharing a dessert + tip. The upside was we both lost weight fasting on lunches and carefully participating in the evening menu. One felt hostage to this craziness, and in spite of our best attempts to refrain the final tally was still shocking.
3. We went off site to other places to dine, but experienced the same reality. It cost over $50.00 CDN to travel back and forth by cab into the town from the Gansevoort (5 or 10 minutes away) to save money eating elsewhere. This was the downside of being that little further out from Grace Bay "central". We resigned to staying put and eating off the bar menu whenever possible.
4. Beyond the luxury life of the resort, in fact just across the street is very real poverty. In chatting with staff I found out that the minimum wage is around $6.25 USD. We had conversations with a few of them about how the "service charges" on everything are confusing for visitors. It felt like a compulsory tip to us and our understanding was this went into a common purse to be shared by our servers. Although there is some debate about the fairness of percentage administered and how much actually gets into the hands of the workers. Surprise, surprise.
Yes, overall the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos was a taste of Heaven, but the final bill was a taste of well...
From the landscape, pool, ocean, rooms and especially the restaurants, we had a 5-star experience. It was nearly impossible for us to leave the grounds. We ate all of our meals for 9 days at the resort and enjoyed all activities from snorkeling to kayaking to massages! The service was impeccable. Javon Delancy was a particularly helpful and personable member of the staff. We will absolutely visit again in the near future!.
Literally, every single thing about this experience was immaculate. I've never been to T&C and spent a hefty amount of time looking into hotels and couldn't have been happier with my decision. The entire booking team, staff, location, ambiance, food, the room, etc was 5/5! It isn't often that photos taken for advertisement purposes look exactly as they do when you get there but the Gansevoort was one of them for sure! If you're looking for a beautiful, romantic, luxury getaway - look no further!