Luxury Caribbean Vacations in Turks & Caicos: Virtuoso Property Grace Bay Club & More
We wanted to make the most of our last day in Turks, so we crammed it full of site inspections, shopping, eating, and laying on the beach, of course! Here’s a run down on each of the properties we visited:
The Regent Palms
Big thanks to our lovely host, Joanne, for showing us around today! The Regent Palms is a beautiful, antique-feeling property that is perfect for guests used to a Ritz Carlton-level of accommodations. The hotel manages to recreate the feel of classic Caribbean elegance by keeping a minimal, white color scheme with bursts of color throughout the lobby, pool area, and restaurant. The rooms themselves are very upscale with softer colors that perfectly accent the ocean views in most rooms (some rooms are garden views, but the resort is set up in a U-shape with some pretty gorgeous ocean views – don’t miss out on those!).
My favorite part of the property? The spa. The facility is well over 2,000 square feet with private outdoor treatment rooms, a yoga center, and the most relaxing of all relaxation areas that I’ve ever seen.
Karen Bull at Island Luxe has an eye for representing great properties – and she’s done it again with the Somerset (her portfolio includes Cap Maison, one of my all-time favorite resorts). She put me in contact with Ulrich, the super sweet, very knowledgable general manager (this man has ran 5-star hotels across the globe – he is great at what he does and made us feel right at home today!). This condominium-style property is one of the most spacious I’ve ever seen – their 3-bedroom units take up an entire floor!
The property caters to families without being over the top – it’s still a perfect getaway for parents while their children enjoy the complimentary kids program, where dedicated leaders (who are local teachers, as well) take kids on educational and fun adventures. The property is very boutique, making it perfect for anyone looking for highly attentive service. We noticed that Ulrich personally spoke with each guest we walked by, making sure they felt welcome and looked after on the property. He also took the time to have lunch with us, which was phenomenal (I am now addicted to cracked conch – an island dish similar to fried calamari & clam strips) and left us with such a feeling of hospitality that we want to call the Somerset home (I’m going to bring home a real estate magazine to see if my dad would like to purchase a condo here).
Also, the resort grounds were breathtaking – bougainvillea growing everywhere and a gorgeous pool:
Grace Bay Club
Over the past couple of years, I have heard SO much about the Grace Bay Club – the luxurious accommodations, the beautiful beach and ocean views from every room, the great service and food.
We toured the property (it’s the sister property to the Veranda, where we are staying) and it lived up to its reputation. Unfortunately, the resort was so full that we weren’t able to see a ton of rooms, only the extremely high-up categories (penthouse & estate rooms). However, these rooms (especially the estate) are knock-you-off-your-feet AMAZING – very spacious, perfect decor, great views. Just check out some photos to see what I mean (my flash didn’t go off so they’re a little dark):
For dinner we went to Krave, where Chef Tiny, who is about 6’7″ and looks like he could have been a basketball player in his former life, prepared a tasting of heavy hours d’ouvres including conch fritters, jerk chicken, sea bass sliders, plantain chips, stewed conch – and I’m sure I’m forgetting things. Afterwards I felt like I had eaten an entire buffet’s worth of food – but it was so good! Not to mention the molten chocolate cake we had for dessert – I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it again.
Back at the Veranda
Home sweet home. We really love the Veranda – not just for their generosity in hosting us, but because we have felt so welcome here. Today, Manish, the front desk manager, personally dropped us off and picked us up from shopping at the Salt Mill shops. Yesterday, when one of the other agents forgot a bottle of hot sauce that she had purchased at Da Conch Shack, our host, Eustace, drove back to get it for her and brought it to her apartment. The service has just been stellar and EVERYONE has had a smile on their face. I haven’t met one single unfriendly person on this entire island (except for the jerk security guard at the airport, but I think it’s an unwritten rule for airport security to be royally rude). Seriously, this is the friendliest island I’ve ever been to – and we are going to miss it so much! Until next time (there WILL be a next time), I look forward to matching my clients to the perfect properties in Turks!