Find Your Own Paradise at These Stunning Turks and Caicos Hotels
Just a three and a half hour flight from NYC, this Caribbean archipelago of low-lying coral islands is home to a slew of swanky hotels stretching from the buzzy capital of Providenciales (known as Provo) to the far-flung Parrot Cay. Which is your perfect match? Read on.
Grace Bay Club
This adults-only, all-suite grande dame fronting Grace Bay Beach has been voted best in the world in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards for its perfectly clear water and sugary white sand. Every room has a private patio or balcony with ocean views and features stylish décor that skews contemporary Caribbean (think earthy tones, rich textures, and funky textiles). Fancy more space, or privacy? Opt for a house-sized suite in The Estate, a family-friendly resort-within-a-resort, or splurge on one of the private villas—freestanding beachfront residences within a gated enclave. Guests can dine out at one of three restaurants dishing up flavors ranging from a raw bar to upscale comfort food. Just don't miss a sunset cocktail at the legendary "Infiniti Bar," a 90-foot-long infinity-edge bar pointing towards the shore.
The Palms Turks and Caicos
Another of Provo's gems, this 72-suite Grace Beach player fuses elegant, plantation-style architecture with of-the-moment amenities like sexy poolside cabanas. Dining is largely an alfresco affair—settings range from a tropical courtyard garden at breakfast to fire pits and lounge chairs at casual Caribbean hotspot 72º West. The property's crown jewel is the 25,000-square-foot spa where treatments follow both Eastern and Western healing traditions, from the meditative "Zareeba" ritual performed in a hut scented with steaming herbs to a mother-of-pearl scrub using local conch shells. Stargazers, spring for the "Moon Bathing" treatment: guests are seated on lounge chairs in the sand around a bonfire at twilight and served delicious food and wine, followed by shoulder massages as the stars come out.
Gansevoort Turks and Caicos
When this sleek hotel opened on Grace Bay Beach in 2009, it brought a welcome dose of urban cool to the islands. While the property doesn't borrow everything from its worldly New York sister property, the brand's hip DNA is definitely on show in features like "floating island" cabanas in the infinity pool and fashion-forward staff uniforms. The vibe throughout the 91 guest rooms is whitewashed minimalism with accents of aquatic blue and green, while the two restaurants—Stelle and Zest—bring a globe-trotting sophistication to the party. The hotel does attract quite a scene, so be sure to pack your sexiest resort-wear—and, to help look your best in it, there's an Exhale Fitness & Spa offering Core Fusion classes and yoga.
Villa Del Mar
Fancy a less sceney vibe? This laid-back, sand-between-the-toes hideaway has you covered. The 48 breezy rooms, spread across three buildings set just back from the beach, feature granite counters, travertine flooring, and a chic color palette of white walls and furnishings offset with rich dark timber. Ease into the day with a poolside breakfast before spending the afternoon sunning on 12-mile-long Grace Bay Beach while taking advantage of the resort's beach service, which keeps guests stocked with everything from loungers to cold drinks and fresh towels. Families are made especially welcome here, thanks to a dedicated kid's pool and fruity mocktails along with movies, books, toys, and board games. There's no on-site restaurant yet, but not to worry: you're within strolling distance of some of the island's best eats.
The Somerset on Grace Bay
This Rosenberg Kolb–designed resort is another Turks and Caicos islands siren that fronts the white sands of Grace Bay. The 53 suites and villas range from one to five bedrooms and include kitchens and private terraces, making it ideal for groups and families. That said, the stylish design and slew of romantic spots also make it a hit with couples, who like to lounge around one of two pools—including a beachfront infinity number and a reverse-current lap pool (the longest in the Caribbean) that features an underwater sound system for music-loving mermaids. The spa is small (just two rooms) but offers a comprehensive menu of services including 19 types of facials and 15 kinds of massages. Along with two restaurants—French fine dining at Pavilion and island-inspired dishes at LunaSea—the resort also offers a fun weekly BBQ. Or, if you're really feeling the love, opt for a private candlelit dinner for two on the sand.
COMO Parrot Cay
Far from the teeming pace of Providenciales, this posh hideaway, set on a 1,000-acre private island, is a favorite with celebrities seeking an under-the-radar getaway—Donna Karan even designed one of the resort's private estate rentals, The Sanctuary. The 75 guest rooms, villas, and beach houses epitomize castaway chic, with canopied beds swathed in white voile, woven wicker furniture, and an airy, open-plan aesthetic. The subtle Asian-Caribbean vibe comes courtesy of the Singapore-based COMO group, whose resorts are known for their incredible wellness offerings and top-notch pan-Asian cuisine. The award-winning spa brings to the table a slate of Asian-inspired therapies and treats like an alfresco yoga pavilion and a jacuzzi garden, while the two restaurants spoil guests with Thai, Japanese, and Caribbean dishes (poolside Lotus) or Mediterranean specialties (Terrace).
Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
This swanky all-inclusive resort turns family vacations into fun-for-all extravaganzas thanks to a roster of activities pitched at both grown-ups and kids. The 758 rooms (no, this isn't exactly a boutique stay) are spread across four themed "villages"—Caribbean, Italian, Key West, and French—which share a 45,000-square-foot Pirate's Island water park. Also for junior jet-setters: a teen's nightclub and water sports galore, all included in the rate. Adults, meanwhile, can chill out in the Red Lane spa or enjoy libations at the swim-up bar. After working up an appetite, guests are free to dine around the world at any one of 19—count 'em, 19—restaurants ranging from an English pub to a teppanyaki-style grill.
West Bay Club
Another family-friendly winner, this boutique hotel is set steps from the sand of Grace Bay Beach. The 46 ocean-facing suites have a residential feel, with large, well-appointed rooms; kitchenettes (which staff can stock with groceries prior to your arrival); and understated, Mod-Caribbean décor. The Bar + Kitchen dishes up delicious carbs, from stir-fried Asian egg noodles to angel-hair pasta with porcini mushrooms, along with more standard Caribbean fare like conch salad and grilled fish burgers. We love that the resort pays particular attention to keeping younger guests occupied with a "Kid's Town" program spearheaded by Morgan Luker, who's been nicknamed the "kid whisperer" for her range of activities that include crafts, games, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and an off-site eco-adventure for teens.
Set among meticulously landscaped gardens, this plush, all-inclusive oasis is another ideal stay for families, where all 90 rooms overlook either the lagoon pool or Grace Bay Beach and feature high ceilings, kitchens, laundries, and free WiFi. Chill by the freeform swimming pool (which features a swim-up bar, natch) or hit the ocean on a stand-up paddle board, kayak, or hobie cat—all of which are included in the rate. There are also complimentary bikes and an illuminated tennis court for sporty night owls, along with a spa (note that treatments are extra). The resort's beachfront restaurant Solé, set right on the sand, offers the chance to dine barefoot in the evenings—an extra treat for overworked vacationers looking to completely unwind.
When Amanresorts opened Amanyara—meaning "peaceful place"—in 2006, it was taken by many (especially the hotel empire's cult following) that Turks and Caicos had arrived. The Jean Michel Gathy–designed, 60-room resort is set on the wilder, less populated western shore of Providenciales and features many of the hallmarks of the Aman brand, including clean-lined, contemporary architecture with a Southeast Asian feel; a top-notch spa; serene public areas featuring reflecting pools and streams; and dining that fuses Asian techniques with local ingredients. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that take advantage of the views overlooking the Northwest Point Marine Reserve, while the 20 villas have their own black infinity pools and personal chefs. And let's not forget the resort staff who are on call to tailor your experience, whether it's arranging diving excursions off the half-mile long beach, inland "exploration safaris," or private movie screenings.
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