A beachside Turks & Caicos retreat
Turks & Caicos is known for its white sand beaches hemmed by the warm crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Natural beauty and stunning marine wildlife, like spotted eagle rays and hawksbill turtles, abound in this tropical paradise, which provides countless outdoor activities for tourists and natives alike.
This sets the scene for the serene Private Villa Collection, gorgeous, sprawling standalone beachfront villas that are an extension of Grace Bay Club resort.
Located on Providenciales, the most highly populated and third-largest Caicos island, Grace Bay Club’s Private Villa Collection offers an option for more private, residential-style accommodations matched with the great service and amenities of Grace Bay.
About a seven-minute drive from Grace Bay Club, the three Residence villas deliver a luxurious experience. Set in a tony gated community, these five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom villas come with a library, bar, gym, kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and breezy beach-chic design courtesy of Thom Filicia, best known for his starring role in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Outside, enjoy a landscaped space with an infinity pool, deck, palapa and outdoor showers.
But expect the amenities that you would find at a hotel, but better: breakfast served in your villa each morning, daily housekeeping, a personal concierge and round-trip SUV airport transfers.
You’ll encounter the same hotel amenities at The Dunes, but the location and villa layout differs. Nestled on Smith's Reef, a nine-minute drive from Grace Bay, The Dunes provides a trio of ocean-view bedroom suites in the main villa (including two master suites), along with a pair of one-bedroom suites next to the pool.
Speaking of which, the pool deck is the centerpiece of the villa, with an alfresco dining palapa floating in the pool and an eye-catching fire feature flaming from the water. Also included are lounging spots among your own private dunes that look out over Smith’s Reef.
All of the Private Villa Collection accommodations come fully outfitted with a state-of-the-art kitchen that’s stocked with pantry staples. But if you don’t feel like cooking, a private chef can prepare a meal in your villa for an extra charge.
Otherwise, take the complimentary shuttle to Grace Bay Club to dine at its restaurants. There’s gourmet comfort food at Krave (try the fish fry with Dominican lemon and tartar sauce before finishing the meal off with a refreshing coconut ice cream sandwich), casual bistro-style dishes at The Grill (savor the lion fish ceviche with grapefruit, avocado and okra) and Caribbean tapas and tropical martinis at The Lounge.
Feast on European-Caribbean fusion fare (relish the lobster grilled cheese sandwich or the Cajun sweet corn soup) at the open-air, oceanfront Infiniti, or dine lighter with the dinner-only tapas menu and specialty mixed drinks at the outdoor 90-foot-long Infiniti Bar.
Stix is the hotel’s latest pop-up restaurant. The beachy, casual spot serves finger foods pierced through sticks, like bacon-wrapped potatoes and lobster cocktail on skewers.
Should you want to venture out from your luxe villa, the sporting options are endless. Diving and snorkeling near the stunning coral reef formation offers the adventurous an opportunity to get an up-close view of bottlenose dolphins, conch and grouper in their natural habitat.
For the fit and pampered, Grace Bay Club’s Anani Spa and new gym (which is three times the size of the prior fitness center) await at Grace Bay Club. Try treatments like the Elemis deep tissue muscle massage, during which you can choose a blend of essential oils, like the lemon, lime, peppermint and grapefruit Spirit Reliever, to target specific aches or pains, or hit the gym and make use of everything from its free weights to the elliptical machines.
But adults don’t get to have all the fun here. Kids have perhaps the most enticing options when it comes to activities. Grace Bay Club’s Kids Town puts a huge focus on fun as well as education and environmentally conscious exploring. Daily schedules can include sandcastle-building contests, snorkeling, navigating nearby local villages, nature hikes, cave safaris and ecotours.