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A French company, Club Med originated the all-inclusive resort concept and operates dozens of Club Med vacation resorts worldwide. Many Club Med resort locations welcome families. Only a few, like Club Med Turkoise, cater to couples, singles, and groups of friends age 18 and older.
One of the most popular Club Meds in the Americas, Club Med Turkoise is best appreciated by travelers in their 20s and 30s who enjoy making friends on vacation and value communal fun over sophisticated seclusion.
A 15-minute van ride from the airport, Club Med Turkoise is set on 69 acres. Energetic young G.O.s (gracious organizers) run Club Med Turkoise like a camp for adults. There's always something to do if you want. Or do nothing at all.
Activities include snorkeling, windsurfing, boating, fishing, tennis, bicycles, billiards, soccer. There are three bars, shops, a theater, and a dance club.
Bedroom at Club Med Turkoise
There are close to 300 guest rooms at Club Med Turkoise. They are located in two-story bungalows set back a distance from the beach and have all been recently renovated.
Nonetheless, rooms are modest (some would describe them as ascetic). Travelers accustomed to luxurious or grandiose quarters are likely to be disappointed.
On the other hand, others may appreciate simple surroundings that nonetheless provide necessities such as a king-size bed, cable TV with movies, and more than ample closet space.
Renovated bathrooms feature mosaic tiles whose colors echo the turquoise waters that surround the resort. Showers only; no bathtubs.
Dining at Club Med Turkoise
Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are laden with fresh fruits and vegetables, pasta, seafood, cheeses, breads and desserts. (Guests rave about the white-chocolate bread.)
Food and presentation have a distinctive French touch, and daily changing themes (Italian, Asian, Mexican, etc.) keep things from getting boring.
Inside, communal tables seat ten persons. Those who'd rather keep to themselves can eat outside at individual tables. Beer and inexpensive wines are included with meals.
Evenings at Club Med Turkoise, guests gather at Sharkie's Bar. (In addition to alcoholic beverage, Sharkie's can supply smoothies, frozen drinks, and java jolts from an espresso machine.)
But that's not the only night-time activity: There's a weekly sunset cruise, circus performances, and production shows put on by the G.O.s. A DJ spins club music in the disco following the show, and you can always try your luck in a poker tournament or at the slot machines.
There are also two other restaurants including the quieter beachfront Grille. Diners also have a different nightly theme when it comes to how to dress: Wednesday is cowboy, Friday is (not very) formal, on Saturday many guests wear black, and for Sunday dinner they're in white.
Beach and Pool at Club Med Turkoise
The vast beach at Club Med Turkoise is considered by many to be the best beach on the island of Providenciales, and possibly the best beach in the Caribbean. Beach sand is as soft as talcum powder, and water is clear turquoise.
Although chaise lounges are plentiful, shade from the sun is not. The beach is so wide that shade trees are far from shore, and umbrellas and palapas are few. Also, the water is seductively warm, enticing swimmers to stay in long. So it's especially important to use SPF sun protection to prevent burning.
With such a gorgeous beach, few guests at Club Med Turkoise prefer spending time around the pool during the day. That said, it's a lovely spot to linger after dinner, sipping a tropical drink, gratis in the all-inclusive rate.
Wherever you've spent the day, return to the beach at sunset for the best show on the island.
Water Sports at Club Med Turkoise
Popular beach sports at Club Med Turkoise include scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, beach volleyball. and waterskiing. There's no charge for lessons in kayaking, sailing Hobie Cats, windsurfing, or snorkeling.
The snorkel boat at Club Med Turkoise departs twice a day (no charge) to different locations and provides equipment. Water temperatures are generally in the low 80s.
For some, snorkeling and scuba diving is a bittersweet experience as they observe the visibly deteriorating coral reef. While rays and turtles are easy to spot, there's usually neither an abundance nor a great variety of fish to be seen on most trips.
Some visitors recommend snorkeling at Coral Gardens; a sunken freighter is among its underwater attractions.
Scuba divers wake up early to make the 8 am dive boat, a large catamaran with a snack bar and dive doctor on board. There is a fee for scuba diving which includes most equipment. Wetsuits are additional but due to the warmth of the waters, many divers forgo wearing one.
Kayaking is another of the popular water sports at Club Med Turkoise. Guests can eco-tour Providenciales via kayak, paddling to Iguana Isle and through stands of mangroves that shelter baby nurse sharks, rays, and a variety of tropical fish.
Land Sports at Club Med Turkoise
On land, guests can try their luck with circus athletics (juggling, trapeze swinging, trampoline jumping) as well as tennis, aerobics, pool games, and soccer. Massages are also available.
Other activities include basketball, tennis, body sculpting, dance lessons, and bocce. Golfers can play the course at nearby Ocean Club resort. Yoga classes are also held on the beach.
There's also a troupe of circus performers who guide trampoline and flying trapeze activities in addition to producing several shows weekly.
Off-premise, take excursions such as taking a powerboat to Middle Caicos for a cave safari or touring the island by boat.
Club Med Turkoise
Turks and Caicos Islands