A lush and unspoiled tropical paradise in the West Indies, Turks and Caicos is everything you would expect from an island heaven – the most beautiful and clear water, crystal-white sand, tropical dry forests, and divine privacy. The sparsely-populated archipelago nation is home to only about 30 thousand people, most of whom live on the island of Providenciales. Even though there are approximately 100 islands in Turks and Caicos, only 8 are inhabited. Most people are drawn to Turks and Caicos not only for the stunning landscape but also for the breathtaking coral reefs and mesmerizing marine environment.
It’s not difficult finding a luxury hotel or a resort in Turks and Caicos that ties all the gorgeous aspects of this otherworldly location together and presents it in the most stunning and hospitable way. Nevertheless, here are 5 luxury hotels and resorts that we wouldn’t miss for the world when finding ourselves in the West Indies.
If there is one word that immediately comes to mind, when thinking about the Amanyara resort on the western shore of Providenciales, it’s zen. This temple-like location feels like anything but a resort. Open-air pavilions and villas make it clear that this place is all about seamlessly blending in with its surroundings. The buildings clearly resemble Southeast Asian architecture you would likely find in Indonesia yet they don’t seem misplaced here in Turks and Caicos. The resort overlooks the reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park and is sheltered by the vast wilderness of protected parkland. Providenciales has a reef along the whole length of the island, and any diving enthusiast won’t be able to find a better place for underwater exploration than here.
Water plays a big part at the Amanyara resort – two to six-bedroom villas are set around a black infinity pool; the same goes for four spa pavilions that lie next to a reflecting pond. Some of the villas offer direct access to the beach while others have unmatched oceanfront views. When staying at Amanyara, you don’t just book a villa – you get a fully custom luxury experience as each villa is serviced by personal cooks and housekeepers. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to soak in all the sunlight and fresh ocean air, while wooden decks create harmony wherever you go. The interiors in both the villas and pavilions have been designed in a way that feels absolutely seamless – everything you need without overwhelming aesthetics and busy details. Harmony really is the leading lady here.
Beach House, the all-inclusive adult-only boutique resort, sits on the Grace Bay Beach, which is the current holder of the World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination title. The pristine beach on the northeast coast of Providenciales truly is out of this world – fantastically clear water, sugar-white sand, no rocks, seaweed or pollution. Beach House, the 21-suite retreat, is all about letting go and fully immersing yourself in the island lifestyle – cold drinks and chargrilled lobsters to go with. The name really says it all. Beach House interiors are exactly that – think Hamptons taken up a notch. Large light-filled rooms, airy pastel interiors, a luxurious beach lounger with oceanfront views as far as the eye can see.
This tranquil resort offers unparalleled service, and it’s worth choosing the all-inclusive experience. On top of a luxurious suite, you also get access to all meals in any of the resort’s restaurants, unlimited drinks in any of the bars, free use of any non-motorised water vehicles – we’re thinking a SUP or a sailboat ride before you go snorkeling – and there’s also all-inclusive access to sister resorts Blue Haven and Alexandra.
Blue Haven Resort
Sister resort to the aforementioned Beach House, Blue Haven Resort on Providenciales is among the nicest luxury resorts on the island. Perfect place to unwind whether you go with the whole family, with a partner, or even solo. With 35 suites and 16 premier rooms, the resort is surrounded by beautiful palm trees and tropical flowers and sits on a stunning and serene waterfront. Perfect for watersports enthusiasts, there are numerous activities on offer within close proximity. Treat yourself to the most relaxing treatments at the Elevate Spa, before you head for dinner at Fire and Ice, the elegant Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, or the casual chic Salt Bar and Grill.
All the rooms and suites have elegant and clean contemporary interiors with light furnishings and beautiful dark wood accents. From one-bedroom studios to two and three-bedroom suites and deluxe two-bedroom penthouse, there is something for everyone. The gorgeous accommodation opens up to let the sea-breeze in through the balcony, where you can enjoy a slow morning with an ice-cold mimosa.
COMO Parrot Cay
Celebrating its 20th year, Como Parrot Cay has come a long way to be standing where it is. During its renovation last year, it was struck by a hurricane twice, but luckily was able to recover quickly. Now with a replenished beach and replanted trees, this resort is back to being one of the best ones in Turks and Caicos – elegant and up-to-date facilities give it a modern look and feel.
The resort boasts a wide array of rooms, suites, and villas – something for everyone’s preference. Sophistication and elegance are in-common for all sun-filled residences. From garden and ocean-view rooms to 120 sqm one-bedroom suites as well as various-size villas, houses, and estates, Como Parrot Cay has gone the extra mile to ensure that a party of any size can be comfortably accommodated in this remarkable resort. The interiors are classic beach house but escalated to a new level of sophistication. An extensive array of wellness options await guests at the COMO Shambhala Retreat, and the resort also offers unforgettable water and land adventures as well as cultural experiences.
Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is a premium boutique location that offers unparalleled luxury and sophistication as well as oceanfront views from every single room. With 91 rooms altogether, 32 suites and 4 penthouses among those, this resort hasn’t earned the Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards’ appreciation as one of the best resorts in the Caribbean for nothing; expect Caribbean chic mixed with modern elegance that effortlessly blend into the divine surroundings of this stunning Turks and Caicos location.
The raised poolside terrace with an infinity pool in the four-bedroom villa is among one of the nicest features in this resort. Perched high above a stunning ocean vista, we could easily spend hours lounging here without a worry in sight. While all rooms offer absolute comfort, there is so much to do and explore that you’re more likely to find yourself sipping midday cocktails with your feet in the sand or treating yourself to a spa treatment than sleeping in late in the afternoon. Not only can you enjoy numerous water activities, but the resort also offers private boating charters, horseback riding on the beach and much more.