A dreamy Turks and Caicos destination
82 Suites / 3 Villas
When envisioning Turks and Caicos, you daydream of Grace Bay Club. You imagine frolicking on its 11 acres of white-sand beach, sunning at its three pools, sipping cocktails at a striking 90-foot infinity bar that seems to disappear into the ocean and whiling away the day in an oceanfront room as your complimentary personal concierge (whom you can call 24 hours a day via a provided cell phone) arranges an itinerary of adventures on land (time on the hotel’s own two tennis courts and the nearby Provo Golf Club) and sea (sailing, deep-sea fishing and kayaking).
Grace Bay Club was the first luxury all-suite resort in Turks and Caicos. Located in Providenciales, the largest island in the small Caribbean country, the beachfront property includes an adults-only hotel and family-friendly one- to three-bedroom Villas Suites.
However, the most luxurious option is the three- to four-bedroom Estate accommodations, 22 custom-designed, ocean-view suites. The Estate comes with its own Jacuzzi, kids’ splash pool, welcome lounge and lap pool lined with bars and cabanas.
Couples seeking a romantic escape will want to check into the adults-only hotel. It provides a range of accommodations, from 1,080-square-foot junior suites to 2,200-square-foot two-bedroom suites, and each room has an oceanfront private balcony or patio, along with a kitchenette. Plus, you can avoid the families in the other areas of the resort in the adults-only pool and restaurant.
Grace Bay Club’s Villas Suites give you ocean vistas and 600 to 6,340 square feet of living space. All of these suites are located in four five-story, Mediterranean-style buildings with only two suites per floor. Choose from two-, three- and four-bedroom options, as well as penthouses, which include private elevator access, a media room, a large living room/dining room and a kitchen. The 6,430-square-foot Grace Bay Penthouse Suite is the most impressive space — it comes with all of the aforementioned amenities plus three master bedrooms facing the water, wall-to-wall glass sliding doors that open to the oceanfront terrace, 11-foot ceilings, a Bose sound system and even a laundry room.
Whether you stay at the hotel, the villas or the Estate, rest assured that all suites have ocean views, DVD players, fridges with ice makers, Egyptian cotton linens, featherbeds and bathrobes.
If you need some respite from all of the water activities, retreat to Grace Bay Club’s Anani Spa (Anani is an ancient Lucayan word for “water flower”). There, you’ll find six treatment rooms, a couple’s room, a manicure/pedicure station, a tent for beachfront massages and a new gym with elliptical machines, treadmills, free weights, yoga mats, steam room and an outdoor swimming pool.
Treat yourself to the Balinese Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap, which includes a skin-softening body polish and wrap along with a facial pressure point massage and scalp treatment to help you relax. Or revive weary muscles with the Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy, a hot stone massage.
Savor the waterfront scenery in the open-air Infiniti restaurant. Sit under circular palapas with conical thatched palm roofs and enjoy European-Caribbean fare like potato gnocchi with shrimp and tomato ragout or spiny lobster with grilled asparagus, potatoes and charred lemon. The restaurant also offers wine-and-food pairings and tasting menus such as the ocean-themed option with mussels, clams, tiger shrimp, squid and diver scallops.
The Turks and Caicos resort also has The Grill with bistro-style seating by the ocean serving breakfast and lunch — try the conch soup with rosemary croutons — and several bars. Our pick is that 90-foot-long Infiniti Bar, which is the longest bar in the Caribbean, stretching across Grace Bay Club to the shores of the beach. The first infinity-edge bar in the world, it features full restaurant service with tapas and tipples such as the Rasta Punch with Barbancourt, Myers’s rum, grenadine and orange, pineapple, and mango juices. Infiniti Bar is located in the adults-only area of the resort.
For a sampling of authentic Caribbean dishes (Jamaica pepper pot soup, stewed conch and mango-and-coconut layer cake), make a reservation for Grace Bay Club’s barbecue hosted on the beach Thursday evenings.
A fun option in Grace Bay Club’s dining scene is Stix, the hotel’s newest bar concept. Serving refreshing beers and rosé wine, this beachy, casual spot features tapas-inspired finger foods like bacon-wrapped potatoes and lobster cocktail on skewers.
Parents will want to sign up children for Grace Bay Club’s Kids Town, which provides supervised activities such as beach-combing and building sandcastles. Kids Town also takes little ones on excursions, including eco-tours, marine reserve visits, cave safaris and scuba lessons.
While there are plenty of activities for adults, you can’t beat the long sweeps of white-sand beaches and the startlingly clear turquoise waters. Part of Turks and Caicos’ Princess Alexandra National Park, Grace Bay Beach ensures maximum relaxation (most motorized watercraft are banned), especially if you’re lounging on a canopied daybed. It’s exactly what you envisioned.