PRINT PREVIEW
send to printer

Concierge.com

Turks + Caicos Hotels

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Amanyara
Northwest Point , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 866 941 8133 (toll-free)
Tel: 649 941 8133
amanyara@amanresorts.com
www.amanresorts.com/amanyara/home.aspx

With its open, distinctly Asian, architectural style (naturally-finished hardwoods, and reflecting pools all around), and half of its staff Filipino, you could easily forget this resort was in the Caribbean. For the actively inclined, there are tennis courts, diving, and a few boats you can slide off the sand, although this is essentially a place for doing little but hiding from the world for a time, and being looked after by people who, you can tell, were not taught to smile, but were born knowing how to do it. The physical aspect of the resort takes a bit of getting used to. None of the 40 air-conditioned guest pavilions, each with three glass walls that all but the most enthusiastic exhibitionists will want to pull the blinds on before making use of their free-standing bathtub, sit directly on the beach. Some are set back from the jagged coral ironshore along short paths that often lead to hidden, one-couple-sized patches of sand, and some, as the Aman literature so positively describes it, are "nestled in the vegetation". This being the tropics, that of course means you should arm yourself with insect repellent, but it's only really an issue June through October.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Gansevoort Turks & Caicos
Grace Bay Beach , Providenciales
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 888 844 5986 (toll-free)
Fax: 309 210 9091
www.gansevoortturksandcaicos.com

Fronting a wide, uncrowded swath of Grace Bay's white sand beach, the Gansevoort blends Miami Beach–style chic with Providenciales's easygoing sybaritism, making it a snazzy addition to the island's throng of luxury resorts. The service is deftly balanced between attentiveness and unobtrusiveness, from the gracious front desk staff to the congenial beach crew. Housed in three gleaming-white buildings oriented toward the water, the 91 rooms are bright and generously proportioned, designed using clean lines and containing practical details such as sliding wood panels above the headboard that can block out extra sunlight, big terraces with a glass perimeter that maximize water views, and a well-equipped kitchenette (you probably won't use it much, as room service is prompt). A stunning infinity pool, with iridescent turquoise tiles, wide loungers (some set on wood platforms in the water), and chillax music emanating from speakers, is the resort's focal point and can happily accommodate lolling couples, families with wading toddlers (thanks to ample shallow areas), and lap swimmers. The indoor/outdoor Bistro Bagatelle, separated from the pool by a trellised path, offers an extensive menu ranging from lunchtime mahimahi tacos to roasted pork porterhouse for dinner. The small Exhale Spa's three treatment rooms each come with an outdoor shower.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 800 946 5757 (toll-free)
Tel: 649 946 5757
info@gracebayclub.com
www.gracebayclub.com

It's not quite the intimate enclave it once was when it had only handful of suites and few neighbors crowding against its sugar-white beach. But the Grace Bay Club, a Mediterranean-style resort now expanded to 89 suites, continues to be one of the most desirable addresses in the Turks & Caicos. The original suites, extensively renovated and now named The Hotel at Grace Bay Club, remain adults-only, with their own restaurant, bar, and swimming pool. All have big bathrooms and small kitchens. For families, there are 59 suites in a new section called The Villas at Grace Bay Club, whose pool, perhaps in acknowledgment of how taxing family travel can be, has a swim-up bar. The Anani Spa has moved out of tents on the beach (although treatments there are still an option) and into its own air-conditioned digs, and the Anacaona restaurant, long considered the place on the island at which to dig deep into your wallet for that one special meal, has had a face-lift. One thing hasn't changed, though: The staff still brings sorbet and chilled fruit to your flopping place on the beach.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Grand Turk Inn
Grand Turk Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 946 2827
grandturkinn@tciway.tc
www.grandturkinn.com

Grand Turk is, for the most part, the island that hotel-builders forgot. So it was a brave act for two Australian sisters to open a five-suite inn here, especially as it required them to renovate a 150-year-old colonial-style building that was clearly showing its age. How well they succeeded can be judged from the fact that in 2006 the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board named the Grand Turk Inn the best guesthouse in the country. All five suites are air-conditioned, have a full kitchen, and are decorated with antiques the sisters picked up from around the world during years of travel. A white sand beach is right across a quiet road, but if even that takes too much effort, just climb to the inn's sundeck, where from January through March whale watching is as easy as settling into one of the chaise lounges with a cold drink and a little patience.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Le Vele
Grace Bay , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 941 8800
reservations@levele.tc
www.levele.tc

Peace and quiet is paramount at this 22-suite modern condo resort on Grace Bay. Everything about the property is elegantly understated, from the Richard Meier-ish interiors (featuring lots of glass, granite, and stainless steel, plus beach-view terraces and Jacuzzis) to the low-key staff with its knack for quiet efficiency. To feed guests sans restaurant, suites have full kitchens—with dishwashers, washer-dryers, and fridges that can be stocked for you (at extra charge); if you prefer a night out, grab a taxi to one of the neighboring Grace Bay hotel restaurants (or you could just stroll down to the beach). There's the requisite infinity pool and a small fitness center, plus bikes.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Parrot Cay & Como Shambhala Retreat
Parrot Cay
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 877 754 0726 (toll-free)
Tel: 649 946 7788
res@parrotcay.como.bz
parrotcay.como.bz/default.asp

Rarely has so much been written about so small an area—not that this famous resort is exactly cramped. It has the entire 1,000-acre island to play with, though most of it, being flat and barren, is not worth the sweat of getting there. Few guests leave the enclave of the resort once they're here—not Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (wed here!), nor Bruce Willis (who owns a private multivilla compound on the property)—because everything you need is on site. The rooms and private villas are glamorously empty, with whitewashed, beamed cathedral ceilings, romantic white-netted beds, and huge closets for storing your flimsy caftans and bikinis (if you forgot yours, the boutique has a choice selection). The bathrooms are outsized; terraces have Balinese teak daybeds and (usually) a view of the palm-fringed mile of white beach. Some say the two casual restaurants on the main part of the property—one serving Mediterranean fare, the other Pan-Asian—could go head to head with Jean Georges. There's also a palm-thatched bar, a library/Internet/billiards lounge, an immaculate gym that stays open 24 hours, and a 5,500 square foot infinity pool. The COMO Shambhala Spa occupies its own corner of the resort; there are serene treatment rooms where you can get body scrubs and facials using Dr. Hauschka products, private cabanas for deep-tissue massages, and templelike studios for yoga and Pilates classes. Getting far from the madding crowds doesn't get better than this.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Point Grace
Grace Bay , Providenciales
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 866 924 7223 (toll-free)
Tel: 649 946 5096
reservations@pointgrace.com
www.pointgrace.com

With only 27 suites, Point Grace is one of the last hotels on Grace Bay small enough to allow you to bond with other guests. Its beach is as pretty as any along the bay, with the added charm—and a rare one it is on Providenciales—of being out of earshot of construction noise. Most of the bonding takes place not at the sea's blue edge, but at the pool bar, focal point of the resort's two oceanfront buildings and cluster of pool and garden cottages. "Just get in today?" somebody will ask at Happy Hour, and the next thing you know you are all making dinner plans. African artwork and teak furnishings give the suites a retro colonial feel, and the Thalasso Spa, its open-air treatment rooms looking out across sand and sea grass to the ocean, is without doubt beauty treatments with a view. Grace's Cottage, the hotel's restaurant, specializing in Caribbean fare, is considered one of the island's premier dining experiences—as, with wine selling for as much as $40 a glass, it damn well ought to be.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos
Grace Bay , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 649 946 8666
reservationstc@regentexperience.com
www.regenthotels.com/thepalms

This resort created a major buzz when it first opened in 2005. Architecturally distinctive, its 72 suites are in five coral stone buildings, with marble floors, travertine terraces, and "Mr. Mustique" Oliver Messel–inspired interiors (think wainscoting, pickled pine, mahogany furniture, and redundant but atmospheric ceiling fans). The accommodations, most of which have at least some slice of ocean view, surround an outsized infinity pool, which has a funky in-pool bar-restaurant called Plunge, and lounging “pods” so popular that in season you'll have to set your alarm to be down early enough to claim one. The spa, occupying one of the Palms' dozen acres, has moats around its treatment rooms and all the current hits: Two romantic couples' suites, lots of hydro treatments, and a yoga, Pilates, and tai chi studio. The main restaurant, Parallel23, features an exhibition kitchen, where newly appointed executive chef, Torsten Rumprecht (formerly at La Semanna on St. Maarten) will exhibit his culinary talents.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.