Treated like Royalty in the Turks & Caicos Islands!
Having not travelled to the Turks & Caicos Islands for over 10 years, I was very excited to see some of the properties that I have previously visited.
We travelled first to New York for a stopover at the Gansevoort, Park Avenue, what an amazing hotel, downtown cool meets uptown classic, the 'on the roof' outside bar and pool area must be the coolest place to hang out in the City and offers perfect people watching opportunities as well as views of the Empire State Building.
We then flew from New York with Jetblue to Providenciales, this airline offers loads of leg room and screen back entertainment as well as complimentary snacks and soft drinks.
The islands are stunning from the air and even more stunning when you land with endless fine white sand beaches and a really relaxed, chilled feel to the place. A lot of the accommodation in this destination is condominium style so perfect when travelling with families. The accommodation in the main Grace Bay area does tend to be more high rise, (ie. up to about 5/6 levels).
We first stayed at the Veranda Hotel which offers a fantastic all inclusive holiday experience and we dined at Grace Bay Club, (sister property to the Veranda Hotel) which has a contemporary, trendy feel and is the Grand Dame of the destination having been around for 20 years plus. Grace Bay Club offers three distinct areas, the main hotel (adult only), the villas (for families) and the Residences (a Club concept). This is a beautiful property.
There is a lot to do in Providenciales and we visited Conch World (walks you through the life cycle of the conch, this is a must and is very entertaining), the Hole (an endless natural opening in the ground) and the Cheshire Hall Plantation. There is also great shopping and golf on the island.
We then had a morning trip to see Amanyara which is located on a protected part of the island so is private and very peaceful, there is a great beach here and although all beaches in the Turks & Caicos Islands are public due to limited access, this beach remains quiet and idyllic. The accommodation is bungalow style and each is very private. The hotel has a Far East, Maldives feel about it and reminded us of Soneva Gili on land.
Following a further night at the Gansevoort in the Turks (which offers a real South Beach feel with a party atmosphere on weekends) we travelled by boat to Parrot Cay. Parrot Cay is located on its own island and is a fabulous combination of Caribbean style and feel in the main accommodation areas with a Far East/Maldivian feel in the Beach accommodation. I stayed in a 2 Bedroom Villa, a two bedroom suite directly on the beach with its own pool, golf cart and butler. The food and service is incredible and it is essential to experience the Como Spa as well as take advantage of the complimentary Pilates and Yoga sessions.
After a wonderful stay at Parrot Cay, we packed and got back on the boat to Providenciales for our last hotel visit to Regent Palms. This property has aspects of a Ritz Carlton property mixed with Sandy Lane and does have a Colonial Plantation feel to it. The Spa has just been voted the second best in the Caribbean by Condé Nast and they are rightly extremely proud of this endorsement. We were treated to foot and hand massages in the penthouse and refreshments to sustain us for the journey home.
What an amazing trip, it lived up to and exceeded my expectations and we were treated like Royalty by all the hotels. Huge thanks to Como Hotels, Oyster Marketing and the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board - put my name down for the next one!!!