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Kim Peiffer, Forbes Staff
With its stunning turquoise waters and powdered sugar-esque white sand beaches, the islands of Turks & Caicos are about as postcard-perfect as beach destinations come.
This 40-island archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is full of opportunities to relax and unwind, whether you’re looking to sip cocktails on the beach and read a book, or skew the more adventurous side with a private boat tour to some gorgeous uninhabited islands for a snorkel and a swim (check out Okeanos Charters for a spectacular luxury boating experience). Hungry? The island boasts plenty of sensational eats, from local bites to exceptional fine dining options. Bottom line—Turks & Caicos has something for everyone.
Let this be your guide to choosing the ultimate digs in Turks & Caicos, no matter what kind of vacation vibe you’re looking for.
The Best Boutique Hotel: Rock House
Who Will Love It: Jet-setters; privacy-seekers; modern mavens
All-Star Amenities: Oversized suites with private infinity pools; complimentary see-through paddle boards; champagne and chocolate chip cookies at check in
What Not To Miss: A sunset drink at the Cave Bar; Lemon spaghetti with Caribbean lobster at Vita
One of the newest properties to hit the main island of Providenciales, Rock House is a modern, boutique twist on the many traditional properties that currently dot the famed Grace Bay Beach. The fact that it’s off the main drag from most of the hotel chains gives this unique property its feeling of privacy, making it a great choice for travelers who want more relaxation and less crowds. 46 luxurious accommodations (ranging from pool side studios to spacious two bedroom suites) offer sweeping views of the ocean, plus suites come equipped with their own private plunge pools, but no matter where you are on the property you’ll feel like you have it all to yourself.
If you should ever want to venture outside the walls of your hotel room haven, a gorgeous pool perched above the ocean awaits, offering a low key space to take a dip and finally read that novel that’s been collecting dust on your nightstand. Fare here doesn’t disappoint either—upscale eatery Vita offers traditional Italian dishes sprinkled with Caribbean influence, such as lemon spaghetti with lobster, an indulgent yet fresh and aromatic delight. Poolside service is divine—don’t miss the Highway To Hell cocktail, a Caribbean twist on the traditional margarita.
The Best Hotel On Grace Bay: The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos
The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos
Who Will Love It: The vacationer who doesn’t want to lift a finger; couples with kids who don’t want to sacrifice luxury
All-Star Amenities: Adults-only and recreation pools with private cabanas; suites with balconies featuring panoramic views
What Not To Miss: Popovers at BLT Steakhouse; a trip to the on-site casino; a hot stone massage at the Ritz spa
The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos has one of the best hotel locations you can get in Providenciales, smack dab on the gorgeous Grace Bay Beach and close to many of the islands outstanding restaurants and activities. But whether you’ll want to step foot outside the property while you’re there at all will be the biggest dilemma. After all, the Ritz has everything you’ll need and more right at your fingertips, from perfectly appointed hotel rooms and suites with oceanfront views and luxury linens (the beds here offer lavish slumber), to multiple restaurants and even a luxury casino just steps from the lobby.
Grab breakfast at oceanfront restaurant Coralli, a burger at the poolside bar, an elevated steak dinner at BLT and more. Then spend your days working off all those calories with a walk down Grace Bay Beach. Kids will love the Ritz Kids Club which offers a multitude of daily activities from sports to art and crafts. Adults will appreciate the Ritz-Carlton spa and amenities, which include saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and cold plunge tubs.
The Best Luxury Hotel: Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
Who Will Love It: Those looking for the ultimate splurge; honeymooners; celebrities
All-Star Amenities: Private beach; oversized ocean villas; a 164-foot-long infinity pool built from Indonesian volcanic rock
What Not To Miss: Sunset cocktails at the bar; a restorative massage using organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil; a private Pilates class
If privacy and serenity is the end goal, look no further than a few days living in the lap of luxury at Amanyara. This ultra exclusive, high-end Asian-inspired property has exclusivity down pat, from a private white sand beach on the shores of a giant nature reserve, to ocean villas each equipped with their own infinity pool and floor-t0-ceiling windows. The minimalist freestanding rooms and overall calming aesthetic makes you feel as though you have the entire sanctuary to yourself. Wellness is a centralized theme here as well, from the in-room soaking tubs to the restorative spa offerings.
The Best Private Island Experience: Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos
Who Will Love It: Celebrities and those looking for an escape from the public eye; the relaxation seeker; the adventurer
All-Star Amenities: Two miles of private white sand beach; well-appointed hotel rooms; private villas
What Not To Miss: Sunset cocktails at the Tiki Beach Bar; a dip in the freshwater pool; a daily rotating menu crafted by Executive Chef, Pablo Cabrera Navarro
At only 800 acres, Pine Cay is the perfect getaway for those travelers looking for ultimate serenity. Situated between North Caicos and the main island of Provo sits this 2 mile-long private island that houses just one small exclusive resort with 13 hotel rooms and one restaurant, plus a cluster of private homes. Rooms inside the Meridian Club (a Relais & Châteaux property) are pristine, offering the luxury accommodations of a 5-star resort but with the rare privacy of an island uninhabited by other hotels. It’s just under a 30-minute boat ride from Provo, but you’ll feel like you’re on the other side of the world. No cars inhabit the island, adding to the adventure, so prepare to take golf carts everywhere. A sociable clubhouse, freshwater swimming pool and tiki beach bar will help you unwind and imbibe.
For groups or families, rent one of the island’s private villas. The Boat House, fresh off of a gorgeous renovation that took place in 2022, accommodates 6 guests and features three en-suite bedrooms (each with an outdoor shower) a full kitchen, dining room and expansive outdoor deck. The Boat House also comes with everything you need for getting around the island, including two golf carts, 2 bicycles, kayaks and access to all the amenities the hotel has to offer.
The Best Hotel For Couples: The Shore Club Turks & Caicos
The Shore Club, Turks & Caicos
Who Will Love It: Couples looking to escape and relax; solo travelers seeking solace; wellness junkies
All-Star Amenities: Multiple pools; oversized rooms with balconies; complimentary breakfast; daily yoga; lap pool and fitness center
What Not To Miss: Sushi at Sui-Ren; evening cocktails at The Rope Bar; the Half and Half-Moon beachfront couples massage
Dotted along the sandy and less inhabited beaches of Long Bay, Shore Club is only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Grace Bay Beach, but offers guests a serene respite in an area of the island where few other properties reside. From its multiple pools to its well-appointed guest rooms and suites, this property has an elite reputation for a reason.
For couples, The Shore Club offers a luxurious way to relax and unwind, with romantic dining experiences, a luxurious spa inspired by nature, and plenty of hidden spots throughout the property to escape and enjoy a private cocktail.
Wellness abounds at this hotel, as evident by the spa’s oceanfront treatment bungalows where you can enjoy a couple’s massage in view of the beautiful beautiful Long Bay Beach, to the tennis courts, to the state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with everything you need to stay on track with your workouts.
About Kim Peiffer, Your Turks & Caicos Guide
I have been covering travel for nearly two decades, from reviewing luxury hotels to visiting off-the-beaten path locations throughout the world. I’m always in search of a new ski town, a remote beach and a stellar cocktail (and the perfect spot to sip said cocktail, of course). I’m also always down for adventure on a vacation, whether its doing aerial acrobatics in a fighter jet over the desert or heli-skiing down a glacier in Italy. Turks & Caicos is one of my favorites islands in the world that I always crave a visit to, and I’ve personally visited every hotel on this list. As Forbes Vetted’s Executive Editor, I oversee our travel and hotel coverage. I’ve also written for Vogue, Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, InStyle, GQ, DuJour, Oprah and many others. Follow my adventures on Instagram: @peifferk1