Turks and Caicos Travel Guide
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View of the beach from Ocean Club West
If there's one thing to know about the island of Providenciales (Provo) on Turks and Caicos, it's that it's a place where you will quickly master the art of doing nothing. Most hotels are situated on Grace Bay at the northeast corner of the island, and while there are a few shops and restaurants to explore, there's truly not much else going on. This is why choosing a comfortable place to call home on the island is so important - you'll be spending a lot of time there.
We recently stayed at the Ocean Club Resort West, perched up in a third-floor, ocean-view suite. Just a 15-minute walk (or 5-minute shuttle ride) up the beach to the north is Ocean Club Resort East, the sister property of the West. Guests can come and go between, charging to their rooms at either. But how are they different, and which is for you? Read on to see the breakdown of the two resorts.
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We pumped up its waterpark and appeal to children in our , but now the family-oriented Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa is continuing its expansion, opening a new Key West Luxury Village on May 22nd, just in time for the summer-vacation set.
The new area will join the already existing Caribbean, French, and Italian villages, and add approximately 150 rooms, suites, and villas along with three additional restaurants. Given the three other themes, one thing that jumps out is that 'Key West' is a pretty specific location.
If Beaches Turks & Caicos keeps this up, it'll be the Caribbean version of Dubailand in no time. They opened the Italian Village in 2009 and the French in 2000. Beaches said families are still its target with Key West's multi-bedroom villas that "can accommodate growing families, multi-generational travel, and trends of friends vacationing together with their family."
Here are a few first-glimpse photos of the new Key West Village.
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When it rains, it pours and right now in Turks & Caicos hotel land, it's raining bikinis. Designer bikinis inspired by luxury resorts, that is.
Yesterday, we told you about Heidi Klein's Parrot Cay-inspired collection--but there's a real resortwear star hot on her heels, too. Trina Turk's collaboration with another TCI property, Grace Bay Club, hits stores on December 15. It's called--of course--the Trina Turks & Caicos collection and is the first designer collabo for the resort.
We're still talking about our trip to Parrot Cay and that was over a year ago. So, we totally understand how the beach-posh beauty of the resort inspires people to move there (what's up, Bruce Willis? You, too, Donna Karan?)--and now, design a resort-wear collection inspired by the place.
Surprisingly, the designer in question is not Karan--although she does sell the divine COMO Shambala beauty products in her Urban Zen boutique in NYC. The new Parrot Cay pieces are from Heidi Klein, a Brit known for creating swimwear that 'exudes a barefoot chic confidence'.
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As you can see from our video tour, the one-bedroom suites at the The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos have full kitchens. Really pretty ones that we wish we had back home.
We didn't cook while here, of course, although we gave that Nespresso machine a good little workout. We imagine some families might cook in these rooms--the hotel even has a gourmet market near the lobby where you can buy easy-peasy ingredients to stock in that huge fridge.
But if you find yourself longing to get use out of that stove and are just too darn lazy to cook yourself, that's OK--the Regent Palms' chef will come to your suite and whip up a meal for you.
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With the Jets still in contention to go-all-the-way, we admit it: we've thought about looking for flights to and hotels in Pittsburgh and Dallas. But you know what's a hell of a lot more fun than thinking about a hotel room in Dallas? Watching the Super Bowl from an oceanview hotel room in Turks & Caicos.
The Gansevoort Turks & Caicos gets it. They're getting a 16-foot big-screen TV ready to set up on Grace Bay Beach, and finalizing plans for a sand-in-your-toes tailgate party complete with drinks specials and wings.
Not liking what you've seen in the Cyber Monday Hotel Deals yet? Here's another addition to the list that may help you through the hell of the holidays: the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is offering 30% off rack rates (usually around $400 a night), a room upgrade and a $100 resort credit when you book on November 29.
Of course, there are some caveats: there is a 4-night minimum and the deal is only for Monday to Friday night stays. The reservation must be paid in full when you book and it's non-refundable.
Let's get this out there right now: Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos loves kids. (So pipe down, righteous breeders.) They even have a section of the property called Kids Town, which caters to all sorts of little tyke whims and needs.
But parent or not, when you've hit the Caribbean for some R&R, you're looking to tune out bored teenage attitude and a litany of "but why?"s. So, hallelujah for the new adults-only, glass-edge, infinity pool and bar at Grace Bay.
Since everyone else seems to be on vacation and we're not, we're doing the next best thing and reminiscing about the break we had in July—specifically, we're reliving the amazing Indian Head Massage we had at Parrot Cay's COMO Shambala Spa.
Frankly, it was hard to tear ourselves away from our terrace with the Killer View, but when we finally did stroll over to the spa, we were not disappointed.
From the moment you step into the lobby (pictured above), your brain registers that you're going to have to shut off now, thank you very much. But it's in no way stuffy, claustrophobic or sceney, the way many spas can be. The quiet but friendly service of the resort extends to the spa, and the new two-story building overlooking the island's wetlands is as gorgeous as everything else here.
Summer in the Caribbean. Every day's foreceast was the same: hot with a chance of thunderstorms. Of the four days we spent at Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos, it rained just a little on three and a lot on the fourth.
We were lucky to enjoy gorgeous sunny mornings, and dramatic overcast skies that still let us swim at the beach and in the pool. Storms blew over quickly, and we were able to take cover under our beach umbrellas, at the poolside bar (bonus: rum punch and endless UB40!), or on our own balcony, where the view never got old.
Of course, at a resort as luxurious as this, there is always something to do while the tropics do their thing outside. Here are just some of the activities we dabbled during the daily downpours.
You may know Parrot Cay, a COMO Shambala Resort in Turks and Caicos, from its star-studded guests and residents including Donna Karan and Bruce Willis, or maybe you've heard of its impeccable reputation for yoga retreats and classes.
We had all good intentions of bending ourselves into a pretzel at one such class while at Parrot Cay over the weekend, but with this Killer View, can you blame us for not being able to haul our butts off the balcony to the yoga pavilion?
It's not often we get rewarded for being lazy but in the Turks and Caicos at the Ocean Club and Ocean Club West resorts (they're neighbors), you could win a holiday if you can prove you're the lazy kind.
After becoming a Facebook fan of the Ocean Club Resorts you can enter their competition by posting a photo of "your ideal lazy beach day". Get your photo up by 10pm EST on November 4 and you have a chance to win a three-night stay on the Turks and Caicos for two, which you would be able to use between May and December next year.
The theory behind this "lazy" contest is that at the Ocean Club Resorts, one of the most popular activities is to "do nothing at all", and it's certainly a beautiful place to choose to do nothing. If you don't win the contest and have to pay to get there, nightly rates start at $179 a night for a studio suite in the off-season, with big price hikes for the popular winter season or for Christmas and New Year.