Turks & Caicos
Overview

We love an out of the way destination as much as the next jetsetter, but some trips leave us feeling like we need a vacation from our vacation (did we have to hike to Machu Picchu? Was it really necessary to cross Antarctica off our continent list? Darwin did not warn us how long it takes to actually get to the Galapagos!). What we are itching for now is a true getaway - we want it close, we want it easy and we want it before the next polar vortex! Enter Turks & Caicos. Beloved by billionaires (Bill Gates) and almost billionaires (Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Cruise, Madonna), Turks & Caicos maintains a relatively low key, relaxed persona compared to its yacht infested neighbors nearby, yet its Grace Bay Beach, where most hotels are situated, is consistently voted best in the world. This crescent shaped slice of heaven’s sands are so powder soft and blindingly white, they are oft described as ‘porcelain’ and ‘snow’. Its warm turquoise waters are clear enough to see your reflection, and their protection by a barrier reef makes for both calm currents and excellent snorkeling. In fact, this pleasantly underdeveloped Caribbean nation of 40 islands (or cays, as they are called) boasts 230 miles of pristine beaches, though only eight are inhabited, and only one, Providenciales (AKA ‘Provo’), is developed for tourism, housing the all the top tier resorts and the international airport. That is unless you choose to stay at Parrot Cay, a COMO property set on its own 1,000 square acre island. It’s uber exclusivity recently attracted genetically blessed newlyweds Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, and it is also a popular wedding destination (RIP Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, who tied the knot here). In addition to homeowners Bruce Willis, Keith Richards and Christie Brinkley, as well millennials Cara Delevingne and Justin Bieber who frequently visit, fashion legend Donna Karan owns a private villa on site (including a two story yoga pavilion) which has been rented by clan Brangelina - how stylish is that?

Your days will be spent between a sun lounger and the ocean, and while you may choose to simply work on your tan and catch up on your gossip rag reading, every water sport imaginable is on offer (SUPing for you, bonefishing for him), making T&C attractive not just to lovers, but to well-heeled families. It is a diver’s dream and an excellent spot for whale watching, yet should your energy take you inland, a spa treatment at the Regent Palms, horseback riding with Provo Ponies and an exploration of the 200 year old Cheshire Hall cotton plantation ruins await you. While it isn’t as simple as some other Caribbean islands to live a like a local, one place to truly feel the Turks vibe is the Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar, serving up - you guessed it - conch every which way (cracked, curried, salad, fritters, the list goes on). Wash down their toothsome sea snails with a pitcher of potent rum punch - just don’t say we didn’t warn you! With live music weekly and Sunday family day, this pastel piece of beachside paradise caters to all types - couples, kids and lushes. If lunch piqued your interest for the native gastropods, you can even make a subsequent visit to the world's only conch farm.

Now it is time for some glamour, perhaps a sunset cocktail at Grace Bay Club’s Infiniti bar, followed by a dinner of nouvelle Caribbean cuisine at Coyaba. If you can handle the long and bumpy road down to the Amanyara, a discrete dinner in its serene environs is well worth the time. Follow it with a nightcap amongst the beautiful people at the Gansevoort’s Stelle Beach Bar. Casual island elegance is your route for evening attire on these nights - try a Calvin Klein collection maxi with Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings and Sophia Webster wedges. You won’t need more than a colorful kaftan for the day - our favorites are coming from Dodo Bar Or and VMT right now - which you can elevate with a Melissa Odabash tote and a Isabel Marant cuff. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go back to daydreaming about our island love Turks & Caicos - like a good ex, it’s never too far away.

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Indulge

DINING

Turks has an amazing section of both high-end eateries and low key local fish shacks! Baci is a low-key, romantic restaurant overlooking Turtle Cove. Being right on the beach with the most incredible views is not the only thing that makes Bay Bistro one of the top restaurants on the island, you also cannot beat their conch crepes that won the 'Best in Festival' prize at Conch Fest or the live music on Monday nights. This is one of the more dressy places so throw on that Tibi sequin dress and that new Tom Ford color lipstick for a night out with the lovey. Stelle at the trendy Gansevoort Hotel is THE place to be on a weekend when the restaurant turns into a dance party with a DJ spinning until 2am on Friday nights and live bands play on Saturday and Sunday nights. The food is classic American with a beautiful setting by the pool and the perfect place to pull out that hot little number you brought for a night out.  Considered to be the best restaurant on the island, Coco Bistro has beyond delish food (don’t miss the lobster tacos) while you dine on tables under the palms and the stars.  Put on a pair of white J Brands with a cute Alexis top and wedges. Head to Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar (formerly known as Anacona) at the Grace Bay Club where the menu spans from local seafood to creative additions like passionfruit butter. Vegans and the gluten-averse will appreciate their own section on the menu, too. Parallel23 at The Palms is perfect for a special occasion or just to celebrate being on vacation – just request to be seated on the outdoor domed terrace (for some baby making romance).  Coyaba is the place to go if your man is a major Oenophilia to let him show off his mad skills, but the food is also great served in an unmatched seaside setting.

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Grace’s Cottage is the old-world restaurant at Point Grace Resort. Put on your dancing shoes and go on Tuesday evenings and listen to live music while you try their coconut conch chowder and grilled snapper. The Beach House Hotel’s sophisticated KITCHEN 218 is one of the most highly praised new kids on the block in the past few years. Developed by Chilean Chef Cristian, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America and trained at El Bulli, the dinner menu is just short of to die for! But we also recommend you take the drive to KITCHNE 218 for a truly insta-worthy breakfast, with items like the Golden Crab Benedict and the Beach House French Toast with lavender honey. Somewhere Café & Lounge overlooks Grace Bay Beach and offers a prime spot to watch the sunset. Dishes are simple, with a Tex-Mex feel (if you’re craving pulled pork Tacos, you’ve come to the right place). For lunch, Da Conch Shack is a MUST – taste local conch done in every which way and wash it down with a few bottles of Kalik beer right on the beach – no shoes required. Check their website for weekly DJs and live music. This is probably one of the only places you can just throw on that lemlem cover up over your suit to make for a perfect #VacationStyle outfit. Every Thursday, the entire island – locals & tourists – gather at Bight Park for one, big outdoor jam session complete with various food vendors, live entertainment and music (and maybe even a celebrity or two). 

NIGHTLIFE

Turks is not exactly where you go to turn it up, but they do have a few cool bars to enjoy sunset cocktails or post dinner nightcaps. We love the Infiniti Bar at Grace Bay Club as it offers not only great cocktails, but also equally great views. Birdcage Bar is a fun low-key bar to enjoy some rum punch and live music after dinner – so throw on a cute sundress and jean jacket for a night under the stars. Or for more live music and karaoke, one should make their way to Danny Buoy’s, located in Regent Village. 

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There are all the more typical sports to do like tennis, horseback riding on the beach, ATV riding, yoga, and Pilates. There is also golf at the Provo Golf Club,an 18-hole championship course rated one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean.  Every watersport you can imagine: windsurfing, catamaran sailing, jet skiing, kite boarding, parasailing, wake boarding, water skiing and tubing, or glass bottom boating. Turks is home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, so it’s only right to dive or snorkel and experience it firsthand. Take a full or half-day cruise right out into the open water. And if you think snorkeling is so passé and scuba diving is too risqué then there’s always Snuba! (Snuba’s almost like scuba diving, but the air tank floats on a raft at the surface and there’s no need to go too far offshore.) There is also a very cool Semi Submarine that gets down below the waves without getting wet and you get to see Stingrays, Turtles, Exotic Tropical Fish and Coral Reef in a seated air-conditioned observatory five feet below sea level with panoramic viewing through your own window.

Chalk Sound is a brilliant turquoise lagoon filled with hundreds of little rocky islands. On calm days, this is an excellent place to kayak or paddleboard. Grace Bay Beach is known for it’s brilliant turquoise hues and it’s pristine white sand. It is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Nestled near Mudjidin Beach is Middle Caicos Caves (aka Conch Bar Caves) – this natural wonder is the largest chain of limestone caves in the Caribbean. Developers have hardly touched its raw, natural beauty. There are no fancy pathways or strategically placed lights; visitors must rely on their tour guides and flashlights to lead the way.

SHOP

Where to Shop

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We suggest doing most of your shopping before you get to the island but if you are like us and need a little retail therapy while on vacation make a stop at the store at the Grace Bay Club. One of the best finds was local designer sea sage whose beautiful scarves and caftans are currently stocked at various luxury hotels in the Turks and Caicos: Amanyara, Parrot Cay, The Palms, The Meridian Club. Coming soon to: Gansevoort and Grace Bay Club.There is also a very cute Saturday Market on the second Saturday of each month in front of the IGA grocery in Grace Bay on Middle Caicos, where the Middle Caicos Co-op bring their traditional Caribbean basketweave, hats, purses and other goods to sell.  Conch Bar on Middle Caicos has a studio-boutique featuring the work of local artisans, from beach rope rugs to Fanner Grass baskets and model sailboats that is great for authentic items to bring home as gifts

And if you are staying at Parrot Cay you are lucky, and we mean besides the staying on the private island part, as they have completely thumbs up #VacationStyle store so leave some room in your Louis.

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