Planning a vacation can be a stressful experience. There is so much excitement around taking the trip, however fear of making the wrong choice can be scary, even paralyzing. A common question we hear is "what is the best hotel in Turks and Caicos?". Unfortunately there is no right or wrong answer to this. The better question would be "what is the best hotel FOR ME in Turks and Caicos?". The type of holiday you are looking for will greatly determine the best Turks and Caicos Resort for you. Are you an older couple looking to relax and enjoy the culinary marvels of the island? Are you traveling with young kids and therefore need a resort with solid kid friendly amenities? Do you want to be where the action is, or would you prefer seclusion? Is service and quality of upmost importance, or do you have budget constraints? The answers to those questions alone will help narrow down your selection and best property recommendations specifically for you. Here are our top picks for the best Turks and Caicos Resorts for your next Caribbean vacation:
1. Best Resort to Totally Get Away From It All:
WINNER: Amanyara - Located on the northwest point of Provo, there is nothing around to distract you from your time away. Even the accommodation is secluded, with your own private villa scattered around the lagoons in the resort.
2. Best Resort for Those on a Budget:
WINNER: Villa del Mar - If you want to be on world famous grace bay beach but your budget doesn't allow for it, consider the beautifully appointed Villa del Mar. Large, beautifully furnished condos await you across the street from the beach. Pay "off beach" prices, but still enjoy the proximity - the walk to Grace Bay Beach is less than two minutes. There is a beachfront cabana waiting for all Villa del Mar guests, so you don't feel like a outsider at all.
Runner up: Ports of Call - A solid 3 star resort offers decent accommodation just a block away from Grace Bay Beach.
3. Best All Inclusive Resort:
WINNER: Veranda -
Think boutique and all inclusive...not a common combination but one that the Veranda pulls off incredibly well. The resort is small, but still offers three restaurants, three pools and all the beach sports that the others do. Get all the benefits of an all inclusive, but all the style of a truly luxurious, intimate Grace Bay Beach Hotel.
Runner up: Beaches - The epitome of all inclusive, it's exactly what you would expect. 16 restaurants as well as many different pools, activities and excursions galore, Beaches is BIG with something for everyone. Rooms are small and the resort can get really crowded and noisy (read: kid overload!), but if a traditional all inclusive is what you are looking for, then this is the resort for you.
4. Best Intimate Resort:
Winner: Point Grace - With only 29 suites and an "adults only" focus, Point Grace Resort has been awarded the Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel year after year. Exquisite and personal service, upscale dining and one of the best outdoor massage huts we have come upon, the Point Grace Resort offers an intimate retreat like no other on the island.
Runner up: Beach House - Recently re-opened is the 21 room Beach House, where rooms have no numbers and the resort allows no socks! Located on Grace Bay Beach, this resort is taking "barefoot elegance" to a whole new level. Complete with pampering pods, a full service spa and excellent dining options, the Beach House Turks and Caicos is a strong contender for the best new intimate Turks and Caicos resort.
5. Best Resort for Hipsters:
Winner: Gansevoort - Sophisticated Caribbean style describes this 91 room property located on the white sand of Grace Bay Beach. Uber cool and ultra chic, laze your days away at the 7,000 sf infinite pool, join in a hip new yoga class, or enjoy the provocative yet laid back vibe at Stelle and Beach Bar. A must for the "it" crowd!
Runner up: The Regent Palms - for those looking for a cool vibe combined with upscale elegance and luxury, look no further than the Regent Palms. Offering one of the coolest pool vibes around, spend your day lazing on one of the oversize white pods, listening to the sounds of lapping waves and lounge music while enjoying cocktails or frozen fruit on a stick.
6. Best Resort for Young Kids:
Winner: The Veranda - One of Turks and Caicos best all inclusive resorts, the Veranda has many features that make it a terrific resort for kids. The rooms are large and spacious, and many of them have kitchens - great for a quick snack when the little ones can't wait. The beach has many included activities such as sailboats, rafts and sand toys. The kids club is complimentary and open daily, and one of the best features is the shallow area in the beachfront pool - great for little non-swimmers who just want to play in the water all day while their parents relax poolside!
Runner up: The Somerset - With only 53 suites in this property, your littles will not feel overwhelmed or lost. Enjoy the beachfront pool, larger rooms so that the family can spread out, and a great kids program for your wee ones. The kids' club leaders are certified teachers from the local schools, and are called "Aunties" around the resort. Besides having some great day programs and activities, the Somerset also offers dinner programs for the kids, freeing up the grown ups to enjoy some adult time in the evenings. A win win for everyone!
7. Best All Around Upscale Hotel:
Winner: Seven Stars - Winner of About.com's 2012 Favorite Caribbean Hotel, the Seven Stars Resort is hands down one of the best hotels in Turks and Caicos. The rooms are spacious and luxuriously appointed, most with tremendous ocean views. The dining whether for daily breakfast or fine dining at Seven is top notch, the pool overlooks the beach and is filled with salt water, they have a kids program, although not overrun by kids, and finally, the Deck has one of the coolest Beach Bar vibes on the entire island. The management team strives to exceed expectations, and the positive energy is radiant throughout the entire resort. The Seven Stars Resort is a must hotel to consider for your next Caribbean vacation.
Runner up: Grace Bay Resort - Upscale elegance, rivalled only by Amanyara and Parrot Cay, yet centrally located amongst the action of Grace Bay Beach. The Grace Bay Resort offers an extra personalized touch not found in very many hotels in the Caribbean. The rooms are stunning, the dining options are phenomenal, and every restaurant or bar, including the famous "Infinity Bar" is oceanfront. The resort is complete with a 5,000 square foot spa, a kids program with excursions and activities suitable for babies all the way to teens, and 11 acres of property to play, splash, relax and have the time of your life.
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