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Comprised of dozens of pristine, low-lying coral islands in the Caribbean, the British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos is a vacationer’s haven. The main hub of the archipelago is Providenciales — aka Provo — home to the famous Grace Bay Beach (often named the most beautiful beach in the world) and a lengthy barrier reef with countless scuba-diving sites. With so much to offer travelers, Turks and Caicos’ sandy shores are — of course — lined with incredible luxury properties that attract everyone from well-heeled couples to families. Looking for a fun retreat yourself? Here are a handful of our favorite spots to sleep.
Best Overall: Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay Club truly has something for everyone. The luxurious all-suite resort is divided into three sections across 11 prime beachfront acres: the adults-only Hotel, the family-friendly Villa Suites and the ultra-luxe Estate, which functions as a private resort within the resort. There’s also a collection of villas you can rent for an extended stay. For entertainment and dining options, Grace Bay offers seven different food and drink options that range from the elegant oceanfront Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar to pop-up spots like Just Tacos. While the three hotel pools are gorgeous, guests are often here for the beach — a 1,100-foot-long stretch of powdery white sand. Off the beach, adults can relax at the Anani Spa while children can take advantage of the extensive Kids Town program, which takes young guests on excursions like kayaking tours through a nearby nature reserve, as well as entertains them on-site with arts and crafts, sports and even stargazing.
Best Budget: Sibonné Beach Hotel
Turks and Caicos isn’t a budget destination by any means, but there are still more affordable options than the luxury resorts that line the beaches. Our top wallet-friendly pick is the Sibonné Beach Hotel, which, as you might guess from the name, is still located on the beach — Grace Bay Beach, to be exact. Though the 30-room traditional Caribbean inn doesn’t have much in terms of luxe amenities (though it does have a restaurant and small pool), it’s within walking distance of nearby resorts which offer more dining and entertainment options, even for non-guests. Of course, the beach is the main draw here, and a social crowd of guests can often be found lazing the day away by the water.
Best Boutique: The Shore Club
Located on Long Bay Beach, a more secluded option than Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos’ newest hotel is the boutique Shore Club. Its 106 condo-style rooms — all of which have three bedrooms, though they can be transformed into smaller units — feature the same elegant white, blue and beige decor that very much channels the beach just outside. There are four pools here: the main pool with colonnades, basket swings and cabanas (it's the focal point of the property), a lap pool as part of the fitness center, an infinity-edge adults-only pool and a family-friendly one with a swim-up bar. Other amenities include three restaurants (we recommend the Peruvian-Japanese Sui-Ren), three bars, the Dune Spa and a kids club.
Best for Families: Beaches Turks and Caicos
It doesn’t get more family-friendly than Beaches Turks and Caicos. The all-inclusive 65-acre resort has 770 rooms, suites and villas spread across five distinct “villages,” each with its own destination-based theme, focusing on spots like the French Riviera or Key West. Amenities are heavily kid-focused, with the Caribbean’s largest waterpark at 45,000 square feet, a teen nightclub, a DJ-spinning academy, an Xbox lounge, watersports like kayaking and paddleboarding and numerous sports including basketball, soccer, croquet and beach volleyball. Adults aren’t left out of the fun, either. They can enjoy 20 restaurants, 12 bars and six pools, not to mention the huge spa. Yes, this resort is sprawling and it can be a bit chaotic, but kids are all but guaranteed to have a great time.
Best for Romance: Amanyara
The elegant Amanyara is one of the most exclusive properties in Turks and Caicos, set on 100 acres of forest, rocky coastline and white-sand beaches on the northwest side of the island of Providenciales — quite some ways away from Grace Bay Beach. It has 40 standalone pavilions and villas as guest accommodations, each featuring an indoor-outdoor floor plan that allows sea breezes to pass through. Couples will also appreciate that they’re far enough apart to feel like each is totally secluded. Dining options are quite straightforward, with The Restaurant, The Bar and The Beach Club serving meals and drinks in stunning settings. The entire property has a zen-like quality which is well-suited to duos looking to get away from it all.
Best Luxury: COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Set on a private 1,000-acre island about a 30-minute boat ride from Providenciales, COMO Parrot Cay is a luxury retreat with rooms, suites and Balinese-style villas — some of which are owned by celebrities the likes of Donna Karan and Keith Richards. Guests in larger villas have access to butler service, but no matter your room type wellness is the name of the game here, with the majority of amenities like a yoga studio, massage rooms and Japanese baths being housed in the COMO Shambhala Retreat. The property also features COMO Shambhala cuisine, with veggie-forward dishes focused on the health benefits of vitamins and enzymes, though guests can enjoy other fare at the three restaurants. There’s an infinity-edge pool, but there are also three miles of beaches to relax on, too.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: Gansevoort
The trendy Gansevoort hotel brand, which has two properties in New York and another in the Dominican Republic, opened its Turks and Caicos location in 2009. The 91-room luxury hotel is undoubtedly the swankiest on Providenciales, attracting a young clientele looking to have a fun time (you won’t often find families here). The sleek decor is a bit beachy glam — think white walls with silver, blue and beige accents that would feel just as appropriate in a major city as along the sand. The main scene can be found at the lounge-like poolside restaurant, Stelle, which hosts a DJ on Friday nights, but people can be found socializing all around the hotel — including at its infinity-edge pool.
Best Business: Blue Haven Resort and Marina
Turks and Caicos might not draw the lion’s share of business travelers as it’s much more focused on relaxation and luxury, but if you do find yourself here for work, the 51-room Blue Haven Resort and Marina is a great choice. The beach actually isn’t the star of the show, here as it’s man-made. Rather, Blue Haven is best known for its marina, which draws in plenty of yacht enthusiasts. And as such, the decor of the hotel follows suit, taking on a more nautical aesthetic than a beachy one, which may better suit business travelers. There is a business center, of course, but should you have downtime, you can enjoy the infinity-edge pool or the hotel’s two restaurants.
Best Oceanfront: The Meridian Club Turks & Caicos
Even though the majority of Turks and Caicos hotels are oceanfront, we’re giving a special shout-out to the all-inclusive Meridian Club Turks & Caicos as it’s located on an 800-acre private island known as Pine Cay. With only 17 rooms and 11 private homes to rent, you won’t find crowds anywhere. Instead, guests are left to freely roam the island to discover all of its natural gems, like coves, pine tree groves (hence the island’s name) and even some small ponds great for bird watching. The resort isn’t necessarily glamorous, as its focus is on relaxation and nature — there aren’t TVs, phones, or Wi-Fi — but it’s certainly upscale and offers guests plenty to do, like watersports or fine dining in the hotel’s onsite restaurant.