If you follow Stock & Olive on Instagram, then you know my husband and I escaped the Pittsburgh winter a few weeks ago and headed to the Islands of Turks and Caicos. Grace Bay has been a favorite that we continue to return to, after honeymooning there over 5 years ago. The clear calm waters and soft white sand are absolute perfection, and although we've traveled to many other islands and beaches, it's hard to find something that can compare.
I first started traveling to Turks and Caicos, during my years of working for Sandals and Beaches. I've actually been there over twenty times (it might even be closer to thirty now), at one point residing there for three weeks while working on events for the Beaches resort. It didn't take me long to fall in love with Grace Bay, it ticked all the boxes of an ideal Caribbean escape. Crystal clear turquoise water, a wide flat beach with easy entry (not rocky or filled with seaweed), great dining options (named a best island for food), it's both family friendly and romantic at the same time, as well as easily accessible from the states. When I started traveling there in 2008, only a few people knew about this pristine chain of islands, and I secretly liked it that way. Almost ten years later, word has gotten out that Turks is one of the best island escapes. With recent awards as Tripadvisor's best beach in the world, and Travel and Leisure naming Grace Bay as one of the top island beaches, my secret escape has been outed. Yes, there are more hotels and visitors than before, but it won't stop me from daydreaming of this perfect vacation spot.
Providenciales (Provo for short) is the specific island where Grace Bay is located, and even from above the blue water is breath taking.
This trip we decided to return to the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort. There is no denying this resort is one of the best family getaways out there, but many of my clients are couples or honeymooners, and the family atmosphere was often not a good fit when choosing hotel options. They recently expanded the resort though, opening a new section called the Key West Village. So, I decided to check it out and see if it would be a good fit for my adult clients.
Above is the center "atrium" of the main building in the Key West Village. We stayed here in a balcony room with partial ocean views, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee or an evening night cap. There are four villages at Beaches Turks and Caicos, and each of them has their own distinctive feel, this one has a very laid back and soothing atmosphere.
The Key West Village also has picturesque cottages and villas that have up to 3 bedrooms, including a full kitchen and laundry. Perfect for families or couples who want more space and privacy.
Above is the adult only pool, which despite the hotel being at 90% occupancy while we were there, it was completely empty most days, leaving space for couples to have uninterrupted quiet time. Below is a picture of one of one of the twenty (yes, you read that right) restaurants and twelve bars that are included throughout the resort. We found the adult only roof top restaurant, Sky to be a personal favorite, delicious and great views.
You see that yellow raft anchored in the ocean? Yeah, I still have the tan lines to prove I spent way too much time there...
There is a boardwalk that runs the entire length of the resort, making for beautiful views while getting around. Below is the water sports center, another spot that we would frequent. My husband and I are both PADI Scuba certified, so in addition to boarding our dive boats here, this is also where you leave for snorkeling trips, or if you want to sail a Hobie Cat, go kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, or to pedal an aqua trike, this is your place.
Above shows one side of Grace Bay. It is protected by a reef, keeping the waters calm, even when the Atlantic may be rough. Below are the dunes which run along part of the beach. These are protected by the TCI and keep with the island's mission of protecting their waters and wildlife, resulting in lots of natural beauty.
The infinity pool is perfection, and the sunsets aren't too bad either...
Would I suggest Beaches Turks and Caicos for adult travelers? Yes, defiantly. I would highly recommend staying in the Key West Village to escape some of the more kid friendly parts of the resort, and this way you can easily sip on a glass of wine while enjoying your uninterrupted view of Grace Bay.
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