Grace Bay Club
When it comes to luxury in the Turks and Caicos no one does it quite like the Grace Bay Club. Flying into Providenciales International Airport, you will likely be at the reception of Grace Bay Club within 30 minutes. Two minutes later you will have a rum punch in your hand and a personal concierge to walk you around the stunning grounds. Every detail, from the breathtaking views of pristine white sands tumbling into turquoise azures to the feel of the Egyptian cotton sheets in the meticulously designed suites, has been considered at this 5-star resort.
Opening in 1993, the owners of the Grace Bay Club were ahead of the curve. The developers choose the prime location on Providenciales, the second most westerly island on the Turks and Caicos and the most populated island on the chain. Grace Bay, the postcard worthy 12-mile stretch of sand which gave the hotel its name, has won multiple awards as one of the world’s best beaches. The beach is encircled by the largest national park of the archipelago – the Princess Alexandra Land and Sea Natural Park. The reef found here not only provides ample opportunity for snorkeling and diving, but it also acts as a natural barrier to Grace Bay creating perfect swimming conditions for guests at the resort.
Grace Bay Club is split into an adults-only luxury hotel and two family-friendly resorts, giving guests the luxury to choose and tailor their trip deepening on their needs. The adult-only hotel (guests over the age of 12) is at the center of the development and offers various suites, from the junior suite to the enormous two bedroom suites with 2,200 square feet of space. The owners understand that the location is one of the greatest assets of the resort and have designed the suites with that in mind. Each room has sweeping sea which can be enjoyed from the private balconies and patios. There is also a twice daily maid service.
For families, The Villas and The Estate offer an alternative to the hotel. The 38 suites at The Villas all offer sea-views and vary in size from 600 square feet to 6,340 square feet. The Estate offers further privacy for families or groups. It is made up of 22 elegant, oceanfront beach houses, a 25-meter pool, with a bar, cabanas, lounge-chairs, beach beds, Jacuzzi and welcome lounge. All guests have access to The Hotel Pool and the heated Villa pool, as well as the two outdoor Jacuzzis.
The kids club is open to all of the younger guests across the resort is staffed by an energetic and friendly team and offers a range of activities including sports, bouncy castles, sandcastle-making competition, kayaking and various excursions, such as snorkeling, cave tours, nature hikes and trips to see local flamingos.
And while the kids are being taken care of the adults can indulge in the luxurious Anani Spa. The spa has siy treatment rooms, offering Asian and European treatments, including massage, reflexology, facials, manicures and pedicures and body treatments. For the ultimate couples experience, you can have a couples massage in a spa tent on the beach. Follow that with a private beach dinner and soak up the romance of this island paradise. For more active adults, the hotel can arrange fishing, golf, diving, sailing and yoga.
Throughout the club, terracotta rooftops, shaded courtyards, spacious patios and lush gardens create a feel of tropical seclusion. There are a number of restaurants across the club, offering a variety of cuisines and settings. Your personal concierge, who can be contacted via the mobile phone you are provided with, can make any relevant bookings for you at the restaurants. The Grace Bay Club has become famous worldwide for The Infiniti Bar, which at 90feet long is the longest bar in the Caribbean, extending from the hotel grounds into the turquoise abyss. It was the first infrinity-edge bar in the world and offers tapas, cocktails and other drinks. The hotel has three other bars – The Lounge, a cool, casual beach bar playing world music and The Poolside Bar and The Rum Bar – with over 40 different Caribbean rums.
In terms of restaurants, Grace Bay Club has the best options on the archipelago. Anacaona, in the hotel, is the only gourmet oceanfront restaurant in Providenciales. The tables sit under a large concical thatched roof, reflective of the island’s heritage. Anacaona serves Euro-Caribbean fusion food. The Grill Rouge, is a more casual bistro, serving excellent seafood and meat, among other things. The full breakfast is served here. Finally Krave is the restaurant at the Estate and serves Caribbean specialties.
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