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Where When How March/April 2017 : Page 34

Where to Stay GANSEVOORT TURKS + CAICOS -PHOTO BY LISA ADARA PHOTOGRAPHY 34 • • • • • MARCH/APRIL 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

Where To Stay

From Luxury Resorts to Hotels and Private Island Villas

The beach. Sewing The ocean and dry land together with a sandy shore bordering every sealevel coastline in the world. Sand, sea and sun, the three strongholds of a holiday are universal in appeal, but what distinctively tears them apart? What criteria refrains you from dashing to your nearest waterfront for that much needed r&r? The answer lies in the uncompromising pursuit of the dream-like beach ideal. Light coloured sand, deserted beaches, clear waters; all household staples of an island faraway. But which light coloured sand? Which deserted beach? Which clear waters?

Once the decision to go on holiday has been made, the question of where to go highlights the finer details separating the crème de la crème of shorelines... what colour sand? How clear the water? How busy? On Providenciales, our not gold, but white sand, not green, but fluorescent turquoise water, as well as beachside coral reefs, shallow depths, and always a spot to find a deserted patch of coastline, is what has earned grace bay beach world-class status. This is why, luxury resorts, hotels and villas dotted across this seven-mile ivory coastline, are part of that same dream-like beach ideal: luxury retreats and stunning views on the world’s most sought-after sand.

Accommodations on the island offer an excellent set standard of facilities, many equipped with a fitness centre, spa, restaurant, on-site shops, swimming pool, beachfront and watersport activities. The notable differences are location, accommodation type whether boutique hotel, luxury resort or villa, room type whether a studio, suite or penthouse, proximity to the beach, and viewpoint (oceanfront, poolside or garden).

With options varied and vast, here’s a round up of accommodation to help take the hassle out of planning your holiday.

GUIDE TO RESORTS

PROVIDENCIALES ALL-INCLUSIVE *

Beaches Resort & Spa

Fabulous all-inclusive family resort with a 45,000 sq. ft. State-of-the-art waterpark. The resort is on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the 12 mile Grace Bay Beach. From couples to families to large groups, you will be well cared for. With four magnificent villages boasting the architecture and ambience of Italy, France, the Caribbean, and now the new Key West theme, this is the place if you want every detail to be taken care of for you. Seven pools, fourteen bars and 21 specialty restaurants equals endless exciting activities and a host of dining choices. Everyone from tots to tweens and teens is catered to with Sesame Street characters, the new Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin' teen disco all amidst some of the most gorgeous tropical scenery on the island.

US 1-800-BEACHES, TCI 649-946-8000 (See MAP #23) (SEE ADS PAGES 4-7)

*Day passes and Evening passes are available to Beaches Resort.

OTHER ISLANDS MIDDLE CAICOS

Blue Horizon Resort

Overlooking Mudjin Harbour

Situated on one of the most dramatic properties in the country, Blue Horizon Resort overlooks Mudjin Harbour and Dragon Cay. The well-appointed two and three bedroom guest villas have astounding views, and great breezes. The resort is close to the famous Conch Bar and Indian Caves and is part of the historic Crossing Place Trail. Dining on site at Mudjin Bar & Grill.

Tel 649-946-6141 www.bhresort.com (SEE AD PAGE 157)

PROVIDENCIALES

Caribbean Diamond Residences

Beautifully decorated condominiums ideal for couples, friends or families. Located in Leeward just moments from dining, shopping and entertainment, including the Casablanca Casino. Beautiful Grace Bay Beach is 250 metres away. Lounge poolside or spend the day on the beach. Each unit contains a kitchen, dishwasher, washer/ dryer and cable TV.

Tel 649-231-4885 or 432-4885 www.caribbeandiamondresorts.com (See MAP #95)

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos

An internationally reputable resort with branches in New York City and Dominican Republic, Gansevoort’s T+C tropical branch has 91 guestrooms, including 32 suites and four penthouses. The interiors merge urban chic décor with Caribbean luxury. Clean, contemporary décor comprises interiors from studios to penthouse suites, with the award-winning spa ‘Exhale’ hosting a roster of specialised massages and sunset yoga, to name a few. On-site restaurants include Zest and Stelle.

Toll free 1-888-844-5986 / 649-941-7555 www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com (See MAP #84)

Le Vele

Designed by Italian architect and designer Marcello Armani, Le Vele features two modern beachfront buildings, housing 22 beachfront suites. Located directly on Grace Bay Beach, each suite benefits from an ocean view and wrap-around balcony. The resort comes equipped with a gated entrance, fitness centre, elevator access, infinity pool and closed-in parking. Free Wi-Fi and complimentary bicycle.

Toll Free: 1-888-272-4406 / 649-941-8800 (See MAP #40) www.leveleresort.com

The Lodgings

Literally minutes from the airport in downtown Providenciales, this newly opened 15-room hotel offers convenience for those stopping over or looking for a downtown location. Equipped with a fresh water pool, Wi-Fi, gym and the popular local restaurant ‘Hole In The Wall’. A shuttle service is available regularly to and from the airport.

649-941-8107 (See MAP #72) www.hotelturksandcaicos.com

Ocean Club

Located on Grace Bay Beach across from Provo Golf Club. Ocean Club is an oceanfront condominium resort with 86 air-conditioned deluxe suites, from studios to 3 bedrooms. Two pools, tennis, fitness center/massage, convenience store, watersports, and dive shop. Restaurants Opus / Cabana Beach Bar & Grill.

649-946-5880 www.oceanclubresorts.com (See MAP #18)

Ocean Club West

The sister resort of Ocean Club, Ocean Club West, brings a central location and modern décor to its luxury beachside agenda. Elegantly appointed suites, from studios to 4 bedrooms, large balconies with stunning ocean views. Artful, eco-friendly landscaping showcases the property. Freeform pool, watersports, dive shop, complimentary shuttle between the Ocean Club Resorts. Walk to all the Grace Bay shopping plazas. On-site restaurant Solana!

649-946-5880 www.oceanclubresorts.com /ocean-club-west-resort (See MAP #38)

The Palms Turks & Caicos

With 72 beautifully appointed two and three bedroom suites, and eight fabulous three bedroom penthouses, this uncrowded and spacious resort has received a multitude of accolades in past years. Occupying Grace Bay Beach, The Palms houses an infinity pool with ‘72ºWest & Plunge Bar’, as well as a state of the art fitness centre, award-winning spa (extending to more than an acre), on-site shops, and a selection of watersports. The architecture is colonial-inspired, with a stunning Europeanstyle dome area comprising part of the garden, courtyard and terrace of Parallel 23 restaurant and L’Attitude bar. The cuisine is Caribbean fused with Indian, Mexican and Moroccan influences, served on the romantically lit terrace.

Toll free 1-866-877-7256 / 649-946-8666 (See MAP #55) www.thepalmstc.com

Point Grace Resort

Sporting 20th century British colonial architecture with a touch of luxury and an intimate atmosphere, Point Grace is one of the leading boutique hotels in the Caribbean. There are 28 unique suites and penthouses ranging from one, two, three and four bedrooms, with facilities including an excellent spa and a selection of watersports and excursion services. Grace’s Cottage and Hutching’s are two highly acclaimed restaurants on-site, rounding off a brilliant choice for those after boutique-style colonial charm, local Caribbean food, and a Grace Bay Beach location.

Toll Free: 1-888-209-5582 649-941-7743 (See MAP #47) www.pointgrace.com

Ports of Call Resort

Located in the heart of Grace Bay, this recently refurbished, affordable boutique resort features 98 large studio rooms with flat-screen TV's, fridges and pullout sofas, courtyard pool, hot tub, exercise room and poolside bar. The resort provides shuttle service to Grace Bay Beach, just 300 yards away. With restaurants, bars, a spa, hair salon, ice cream parlour, dive shop, cigar lounge and several gift and clothing stores next door at Shops of Ports of Call, you have all the amenities of a full-service resort.

649-946-8888 Toll free 1-888-678-3483 www.portsofcallresort.com (See MAP #65)

Reef Residences at Grace Bay

An intimate retreat just steps away from Grace Bay Beach and the most popular snorkelling spot on the island. There are 24 one, two and three bedroom Bermudan-styled suites, fully equipped with kitchens and free Wi-Fi. The resort benefits from a free-form swimming pool with Jacuzzi, as well as a state of the art fitness centre and spa. An excellent location with proximity to the beach, snorkelling areas, bars and restaurants. Long-term rentals and condo sales available. 649-941-3713 Real Estate Information 1-800-532-8536 www.reefresidence.com (See MAP #33)

Royal West Indies Resort

The Royal West Indies Resort is a charming selection of 95 beachside condominiums. Occupying a central location on Grace Bay Beach, it’s a short distance away from the main shops and fine-dining restaurants. Suites range from studios, to one and two bedroom suites, with several view options: oceanfront or botanical. The on-site poolside restaurant and bar Pelican Bay, offers classic Caribbean cuisine within a casual setting. A spa with treatments from the well-known Spa Tropique, as well as access to watersports, two swimming pools and a hot tub.

Toll free 1-800-332-4203 / 649-946-5004 www.royalwestindies.com (See MAP #36)

Seven Stars Resort & Spa

Ranging from 165 one to four bedroom suites, Seven Stars Resort & Spa is a large complex situated on a very central area of the sought-after Grace Bay beachfront. With all the grandeur and luxury you’d expect from a large resort, Seven Stars has received numerous accolades with suites equipped with gorgeous finishes, spacious terraces and ocean or garden views. The award-winning spa offers an extensive menu of restorative treatments, from specialised massages to sunset yoga. Other facilities include a fitness centre, complimentary watersport activities, The Deck restaurant serving Caribbean cuisine with stunning ocean views, and the elegant Seven restaurant.

Toll free 1-866-570-7777 / 649-941-7777 www.sevenstarsgracebay.com (MAP #16)

The Shore Club on Long Bay

The latest addition to the Hartling Group’s Resort Collection, The Shore Club marks the opening of the highly anticipated first-ever resort on Long Bay Beach. Featuring luxury condos with 4 swimming pools, 3 restaurants, spa and wellness center The Shore Club offers superior design and technology in a resort setting. Phase 2 already underway, the uber-luxury private villas occupy 7,800 square feet with six bedrooms, a private courtyard, swimming pool, with access to resort amenities, all within an excellent beachfront location.

649-339-8000 / toll-free 888-808-9488 www.theshoreclubtc.com (See MAP #62)

Sibonné Beach Hotel

An intimate, utterly charming two-storey hotel, located on a peaceful part of Grace Bay Beach. Rooms come in five types: courtyard, balcony ocean view, premier ocean view, oceanfront and beach apartment. The small-scale collection of 30 rooms means guests are brought closer to the beach, with the popular oceanfront Bay Bistro restaurant.

Toll free 1-888-570-2861 / 649-946-5547 www.sibonne.com (See MAP #14)

The Tuscany

A luxury boutique resort features an Italianinspired courtyard, large pool, a fully equipped gym and proximity to Provo Golf Club and popular restaurants. All 19 suites are oceanfront with panoramic ocean views and an open plan living area. Fully screened porches, BBQ grills, lit tennis courts, spa treatments and pre-arrival grocery shopping, are just a few of the resort’s on-site amenities.

Toll free 1-866-359-6466 / 649-941-4667 www.thetuscanyresort.com (See MAP #69)

The Venetian

Elegant and sophisticated, The Venetian Resort is located on the east end of Grace Bay Beach, across the road from Provo Golf Club. A collection of 27 one, two and three bedroom luxury suites and penthouses are available, with a large Kitchen and screened-in terrace, complete with ocean views. The resort houses a state of the art fitness centre, lit tennis courts and a swimming pool with a jet tub. Opus, Cabana Beach Bar & Grill and Fairways are nearby restaurants.

Toll free 1-877-277-4793 / 649-941-3512 www.thevenetiangracebay.com (See MAP #69)

The Windsong

Situated on 450+ feet of oceanfront on Grace Bay Beach, these 53 spacious one to four bedroom suites range from studios to penthouses. The penthouse with a rooftop terrace is a notable standout, benefiting from 360 degree views of the island, a Jacuzzi, BBQ and uninterrupted privacy. On-site facilities house a fitness centre, oceanfront pool and the newly built Drift spa, with Jojo’s poolside café and Dune restaurant. One of the most popular snorkelling spots on the island can be found just off the beachfront.

1-800-946-3766 www.windsongresort.com (See Map #33)

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