European elegance in Turks and Caicos
Designed by New York-based Rosenberg Kolb, The Somerset on Grace Bay makes an impression with its European touches. You’ll see it in subtle details, from the hotel’s façade to the manicured croquet lawn. If mallets and wickets don’t entice you, take refuge in the 70-foot infinity pool or get in a workout in the reverse-current lap pool, both of which come with ocean views. The property’s common areas are small overall, but it’s because The Somerset focuses on providing more spacious rooms and doesn’t distract from its greatest asset: Grace Bay.
Among the islands in the Caribbean, the 12-mile Grace Bay on Turks and Caicos stands out for its calm, shallow waters that stretch its blue and green patterns noticeably far from shore. And The Somerset’s 400-foot parcel of white sand on Grace Bay — often involved in discussions of the world’s best beaches — puts you in prime position to experience it firsthand. Snorkeling, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking are all possible from The Somerset’s shores.
Although you’ll spend most of your time under the sun and in the sand, nothing completes a beach getaway like a room that lets you stretch your legs and put your feet up. The Somerset’s all-suite and villa approach makes you feel like you’re renting your very own beach house, each complete with a full kitchen (granite countertops, Viking appliances and a full refrigerator with ice maker), marble floors, soaking tubs, rain showers, Molton Brown of London toiletries and a washer/dryer. Units range from one to five bedrooms and sprawl from 1,400 to 5,300 square feet. In that sense, there are no hotel rooms at The Somerset — only 53 residences that make a stay both family-friendly and romantic.
One of The Somerset’s greatest qualities lies in this ability to present top-notch luxury in a way that caters to both couples and families. While couples love the beach hotel's romantic setting, families relish its complimentary Caicos Kids Club. Little ones can hunt for treasure or construct sand castles as part of the club’s daily activities. Mom and dad can escape when the sun goes down as well, when kids can partake in the club’s movie nights or dinners.
Featuring casual and fine-dining options onsite, the hotel can set the mood for any occasion. For the latter, Pavilion goes for the surf and turf with a live lobster tank, a raw bar and a wood stone oven. Start with a round of oysters or the wahoo with mango and finish it off with a wood-baked rack of lamb. If you’d rather kick back outside in your bare feet, try the island’s favorite seafood, conch, in ceviche or fried form at the LunaSea Bar & Grill. The Somerset also throws weekly beach barbecues that include a DJ, dancing, a bonfire and a rum bar, and it provides private beach and in-suite dining services if you prefer something more intimate.
In March 2014, the Turks and Caicos hotel opened a new spa that offers facials, massages, slimming therapies, body wraps, scrubs and hand and foot treatments. The spa is small with only two treatment rooms, but in keeping with the resort’s theme, we recommend getting your massage outdoors, where you can feel the sea breezes.