Hotels, Resorts & Villas Where to Stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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WHERE TO STAY
Home Sweet Holiday: the Search for Your Perfect View of Paradise

Photography By www.LisaAdaraPhoto.com

Close your eyes. Picture yourself floating in the ocean, just off the beach of one of the world’s most beautiful Caribbean islands. You stare up into the vast blue sky, not a cloud in sight, with gentle, salty waves lapping the shore. As you float weightlessly under the warm sunshine, the likes are to that of a dream. Now open your eyes and swap dreamtime for GMT -5 time; this window of paradise is Providenciales.

A photograph of The Palms Resort, Grace Bay, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.The Palms Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa

Generally when it comes to holidays, everyone has the same mission; to relax, unwind and reach a state of solitude that only handing over your passport and upgrading a few degrees would accomplish. When the time comes to plan your holiday, considerations are varied and vast. When is the best time to visit? Where do we stay? What should we eat? What activities do we plan? The right selection of options can turn your holiday into a one-way ticket to the good life. The big question is then, where, when and how shall your holiday take place? Whether it’s a secluded or busy spot, beach or botanical view, or adventure or relaxation inspired; the answer can be found on Providenciales.

Aside from making the decision to go on holiday, it’s fair to say that deciding where to stay is the next big choice to ponder. The 23-mile long, four-mile (max) wide island means you can reach a coastline at any point within 10 minutes or less. Most of the resorts in the Turks & Caicos are right on the beach or only a short walk away, so while location can be important, it won’t make or break your holiday.

A photograph of The Venetian, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands. The Venetian is located at the quiet end of Grace Bay Beach

On Providenciales, several multi-star resorts offer the ultimate in award-winning spas, restaurants and service. Discover beautifully designed and architecturally innovative resorts with imaginative outdoor spaces, sumptuous interiors and spectacular views. If staying at a luxury resort isn’t your style, we also have a selection of quaint boutique hotels, on and off the beach. Such small hotels retain that same sought-after Caribbean ambiance, giving even the budget-minded traveller the opportunity to an extraordinary tropical experience.

A photograph of the Gansevoort T+C Resort, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Gansevoort Turks + Caicos Resort on Grace Bay Beach

For those after the ultimate holiday in Caribbean seclusion, private villa rentals are ever growing in popularity. Whether it’s peace and quiet that you are after, or space to house extended family and friends, we guarantee there is a private villa to meet your needs. Hire a chef or go self-catering? Beach views or hillside views across the island? Centrally located or off the beaten track? These are just a few of the choices that you can make when renting a villa, and property owners and managers have anticipated every detail to make your vacation a relaxing, stress-free Caribbean dream.

Now that you have been acquainted, onto the finer details. Providenciales has numerous locations, or suburbs as we call them, each with their own distinctive accommodations and island charm.

A photograph of the Sibonne, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Sibonne Beach Hotel on Grace Bay Beach

Leeward

Named after the channel ‘Leeward Going Through,’ this area divides the eastern end of the island from the nearest cays: Mangrove Cay and Little Water Cay. The upscale Caribbean suburb is accessed from both the Governors Road entrance, and the Leeward Highway entrance, where the security gates are manned after dark. Many homes are either beach or canal front, and all are within walking distance of water. Emerald Point, Pelican Beach and Leeward Beach are great places to go for a beach walk, take the family for a swim, or watch the sunset.

Leeward had numerous vacation accommodations to choose from, ranging from private villas to luxury condominiums in three resorts, all within this gated suburb. Blue Haven Marina is host to several watersport operations, two restaurants, a coffee shop and a mini-mart. More restaurants, boutiques and nightspots in Grace Bay are a short car ride away and a world-class golf course is even closer.

A photograph of The Tuscany, on Grace Bay, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.The Tuscany on Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay

Many of our resorts and restaurants, as well as the bulk of the island’s retail shopping, border this stretch of beautiful Grace Bay Beach, on Grace Bay Road. You’ll find dozens of dining options, and many of the district’s bars and restaurants offer live entertainment and special events. Graceway Gourmet is a modern, well-stocked supermarket and two banks are in the area as well. Just up the road from the supermarket is a well-equipped pharmacy and a medical clinic.

If you’re staying on ‘the strip’ for just a few days, you’ll find enough dining and shopping opportunities within walking distance, to keep you well fed and occupied for the duration of your stay. However, if you wish to explore the island and visit any of our other, equally beautiful beach spots, you will want to rent a car.

A photograph of the Royal West Indies Resort on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Royal West Indies Resort on Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay Beach is lined with condominium resorts, which offer every amenity imaginable. It is also home to a cosy boutique hotel and a handful of great colonial houses and villas. Surprisingly, you can find small hotels with reasonable rates in this very chic area of the island. Not on the beach, but close enough to reach it in less than a five minute walk.

The Bight is just west of central Grace Bay. The string of condominium resorts that begin at the east end of Grace Bay, stretches westward through The Bight, almost to Turtle Cove. In The Bight you will find an urban party atmosphere at one of the resort’s chic nightclubs. You will also find great snorkelling at the Bight Reef.

A photograph of Reef Residences, near snorkeling, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Reef Residences is located near snorkelling just off Grace Bay Beach

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove was once the very heart of tourism on Providenciales, and still remains its soul today. Restaurants that have served families for over twenty years, are now serving the next generation. The Turtle Cove Marina is well known to yachters in the Caribbean, who have been stopping here since the late seventies. Several restaurants share the cove, along with a small boutique hotel, a few resorts and a string of luxury beachfront rental villas. Snorkel along Smith’s Reef, which is accessible from the beach, to possibly spot some sea turtles, or meander along the quaint docks after dinner, or a day on the water, to watch the sunset..

A photograph of the La Vista Azul Resort, Turtle Cove, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.La Vista Azul Resort overlooking Turtle Cove

Long Bay

There are several luxury villas and a brand new luxury resort available to suit your vacation needs on the three-mile stretch of beautiful Long Bay Beach. There are also several ridge top villas with breathtaking views of the island. All of them just minutes from the beach. Long Bay is an idyllic and romantic spot with very little light pollution to interfere with the velvet night sky, moon and stars. Each day, the sun and the moon rising over the ocean are particularily exquisite from this area. On windy days watch and enjoy the kiteboarders going by.

A photograph of Ports of Call Resort, centrally in Grace Bay, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands.Ports of Call Resort is centrally located in Grace Bay

Chalk Sound, Sapodilla Bay and Turtle Tail

All on the south side of the island, each one of these suburbs has its own special charm, with private homes and vacation villas boasting lovely beaches and peaceful solitude. You are never more than a twenty-minute drive from Turtle Cove or Grace Bay.

On the ocean, two placid and beautiful beaches, Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay, are separated by Ocean Point. Warm, calm and shallow, they are perfect for your little ones. Chalk Sound itself is an inland body of salt water, connected to the ocean via Silly Creek. If the light is just right, the Sound is a blinding, fluorescent turquoise. Other times it’s not as bright, though still equally exquisite. Chalk Sound’s shallow waters are great for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, and pontoon boat trips. There are many vacation villa rentals in this area, from relaxed beach houses to ultra chic, high-end luxury villas. Chalk Sound is also home to a popular, beautifully located restaurant, now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Quite a bit further east is Turtle Tail, where gorgeous vacation villas are perched on hills above the dramatic ironshore, overlooking the radiant turquoise tint of the Caicos Banks. Views are fabulous, with the south shore presenting spectacular sunsets daily. On a full moon, the Banks are awash in silver moonlight.

A photograph of Vacation Villas along Sapodilla Bay Beach, Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos Islands. Vacation Villas along Sapodilla Bay Beach

When it comes to capturing quintessential island life, the Turks and Caicos Islands have it down to a tee. These shorelines acquaint world-class pearly beaches with aquamarine waters, appealing to all sand-clad sunbathers, beachcombers and sportsmen south of the Arctic. The island’s year round trade winds offer the sun without the sizzle, with breezes for the watersports that need it; and protected lagoons for those that don’t. Offshore, the surrounding reef hosts a spectacular range of marine life, comprising not only superb dive sites amongst the deep, but ideal snorkelling spots amongst the shallows. For the nature enthusiast, a host of resident and migratory birds take the stage in the sky, while in the ocean, pelagic and inshore fish are for fishermen.

Across the eight inhabited islands and countless smaller cays, the average climes of 85 degrees aren’t the only things making up TCI’s atmosphere. Friendly people and quality accommodation, prized for its superb service and attention to detail, gives reason to why tourists return year-on-year. This reason, not only deservedly earning resorts, hotels and villas award-winning status, begs the question that when it comes to Providenciales, where, when and how shall your holiday take place? That answer, lies with you.

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