The 3 Best Hotels in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is a quick flight from most east coast cities. With its unspoiled beaches and gorgeous resorts, it’s easy to understand why these islands are quickly becoming  a popular tourist destination. So grab your bags and check out these three hotels.

THE WEST BAY CLUB

Located at the quiet end of Grace Bay Beach, The West Bay Club offers posh luxury at reasonable prices. Rooms are more spacious and affordable than accommodations at the glam Gansevoort Hotel next door. But that doesn’t mean that amenities are lacking.

One bedroom luxury units start at 1,200 square feet and feature large master suites with views of the ocean. The white marble bathroom has a huge soaking tub plus a glass enclosed walk-in shower. Molton Brown products and plush bathrobes are standard in these units. So are washer/dryers and a half bath in the hallway.

The kitchen has granite counters, a tiled backsplash and high-end appliances. But it is the open and white dining room/living room with its expanse of wall to ceiling glass windows that makes these units shine. Open the doors to your big terrace, put on your sunglasses, and collapse onto a Kingsley Bate luxury lounger. But don’t linger too long! The beach awaits. As do fresh fruit daiquiris made at the bar by Stormin’ Norman, one of the best bartenders on the island.

PROS: Great prices for luxury units. Widest and least crowded beachfront on Grace Bay. Unpretentious clientele.

CONS: Some guests may find the location too isolated. You will need a car or taxi to visit most restaurants, attractions, and other beaches. The studio rooms have no terrace or balcony. The quality of the on-site restaurant ( The Atlantic Grill) is inconsistent.

  • Address: Lower Bight Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  • Rooms: 46
  • On site: Atlantic Grill restaurant and bar, Spa Tropique, small fitness center, loaner bikes, free non-motorized water sports.
  • Reservations: 1-866-607-4156
  • Price: $$$$

THE GANSEVOORT HOTEL

Your taxi pulls up to the trendiest hotel on Grace Bay Beach. An open-air lobby leads to white gauzy curtains billowing over a 7,000 square foot infinity pool.  A music producer wearing a pork pie hat shares a drink and a laugh at the bar with young newlyweds. The beach with its plush  (yes, you must pay an additional charge for them) loungers is only a few steps away down a breeze-filled path.

Welcome to The Gansevoort, a hotel so cool that it has its own soundtrack. New age music floats through the air as you’re whisked to your room.

Minimalism is the name of the game here. Rooms are a mix of whites, dark wood, granite, and blue with pops of color only in the art arranged on the walls. Sleek one-bedroom units have open floor plans that include a kitchenette, a living area, and a bathroom separated by frosted glass doors. Not everyone will like having a soaking tub in the middle of the bedroom. But the idea is that you can enjoy incredible ocean views out the living room windows while lounging in your tub.

PROS: Offers some of the only nightlife on Grace Bay Beach. Live bands and DJS on Friday and Saturday nights. Gorgeous landscaping. 24/7 fitness center, excellent spa.

CONS: Open bathrooms in bedrooms lack privacy. Pool can be crowded from the early morning on in the high season. Beach beds are $75 per day and limited. The four island pods in the middle of the pool are $125 per day. There is a distinct air of pretentiousness at times. But easy enough to avoid if you don’t care about that kind of thing. The gift shop is ridiculously expensive: $2/per bandaid (REALLY?)

  • Address: Lower Bight Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  • Rooms: 91
  • On site: Stelle restaurant for fine dining, beach bar, Exhale Spa with outdoor yoga pavilion, fitness center, private dining on the beach or at the pool
  • Reservations: 1-888-844-5986
  • Price: $$$$

THE WINDSONG RESORT

On a skinny stretch of beachfront just in back of a prime snorkeling location (The Princess Alexandria National Sea Park), Windsong Resort offers 16 studios and 30 suites. The one-bedroom oceanfront suites at 1,600 square feet are so big that one guest joked his room was larger and nicer than his first house. For a grand splurge, the enormous oceanfront penthouse dazzles with Caribbean chic. There are marble floors, luxurious furnishings, and a rooftop terrace reached from a spiral staircase that hovers over Grace Bay Beach.

But watch out for the cheaper rooms. Studios are only 250 square feet, making them some of the smallest and priciest units on the island. Most of them lack any kind of view and have tiny windows.

Too bad, because the resort has some great amenities, including a design-forward pool with a glass bridge, waterfall, and underwater speakers so that you can listen to music while you swim.

PROS: Suites are top-of-the line luxurious. Great location for snorkelers. The resort is next door to Somewhere Cafe, an excellent Mexican food restaurant and bar.

CONS: The beach in front of the hotel is very narrow and can disappear almost entirely during a storm surge or high tide. Studio units are small and expensive.

  • Address: Stubbs Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  • Rooms: 50
  • On site: Jojo’s restaurant (named for an island celeb, a dolphin who sometimes swims through the waters in front of the hotel), fitness room, pool, weekend dinner/nightclub.
  • Hotel Program: I Prefer
  • Reservations: 1-800-946-3766
  • Price: $$$$

 

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