On a map, Turks and Caicos, made up of two island groups, might appear as mere specks, floating south of the Bahamas. But these island clusters in the Caribbean Sea lie claim to some of the world’s most prized beaches. With miles of white-sand shores and water that shimmers in shades of blue seen nowhere else, Turks and Caicos might as well be Eden.
The top places to marvel at the natural splendor are the hotels that line the coast. We searched the 40 islands and cays within the country to find the most luxurious beachside havens.
You can trust our list. Forbes Travel Guide has been rating hotels since 1958 using an objective, independent and data-driven process. To find the best hotels in Turks and Caicos, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors posed as ordinary guests and checked in for a three-day, two-night stay at each property. The inspectors test hundreds of exacting standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, which accounts for 70 percent of a property’s rating. The remaining 30 percent comes from the quality and condition of the facilities.
Stay in one of these beach retreats on your next trip to Turks and Caicos:
Four-Star Hotels in Turks and Caicos
It’s hard to imagine a place that feels more secluded and peaceful — or more stunning — than Amanyara, an ultra-luxury resort on Providenciales, one of Turk and Caicos’ eight inhabited islands. The resort is next to the 18,000-acre Northwest Point Marine National Park.
There’s no need to worry about a lack of things to do here, as Amanyara is brimming with activities, from snorkeling trips and whale watching to outdoor yoga and kayaking. Though, this is a place designed for you to relax in luxury and utterly disconnect from the outside world, be it on the private half-mile white-sand beach or a villa’s tranquil sun deck. See more.
Grace Bay Club
When envisioning Turks and Caicos, it’s Grace Bay Club and its famed turquoise waters you likely imagine. Frolic on 11 acres of white sand, sun at its three alluring pools and sip cocktails at the striking 90-foot infinity bar that appears to stretch into the ocean.
You’re free to while away the day from your oceanfront room as your complimentary personal concierge (on call 24 hours a day) arranges an itinerary of adventures on land (time on the hotel’s own two tennis courts and the nearby Provo Golf Club) and sea (sailing, deep-sea fishing and kayaking). See more.
Seven Stars Resort & Spa
Whether you crave relaxation, recreation or romance, Seven Stars Resort & Spa delivers on all fronts. Situated on the white-sand beaches of Grace Bay, the beachfront property gives you no reason to leave yet provides a plethora of activities and experiences in case you want something more.
The focus on personal attention starts from the moment you arrive, when you’re greeted with a rum punch cocktail and chilled scented towel. An endless succession of smiles throughout the property follows, as you are catered to hand and foot. Beach-chair-side waiter service is just one example of how the staff goes out of its way to create one-of-a-kind moments during your stay. See more.
Recommended Hotels in Turks and Caicos
COMO Parrot Cay
When you need a serene private island escape, go to COMO Parrot Cay. Rich with marine life, vegetation and ample tranquility, the l,000-acre property consists of guest rooms and beachside villas, a hilltop Como Shambala Retreat (whose name is Sanskrit for “center of peace and harmony”), two restaurants, white-sand beaches and natural landscapes.
Parrot Cay not only attracts those looking for a quiet, reflective vacation — the resort’s spa specializes in Eastern-inspired therapies and holds several yoga camps each year — but also welcomes some of Hollywood’s elite who appreciate the luxurious uniquely designed “paparazzi-proof villas” on the property that are hidden by dense tropical foliage. See more.
The Somerset on Grace Bay
Designed by New York-based Rosenberg Kolb, The Somerset on Grace Bay makes an impression with its subtle European details, from the hotel’s façade to the manicured croquet lawn.
If mallets and wickets don’t entice you, take refuge in the 70-foot infinity pool or get in a workout in the reverse-current lap pool, both of which come with ocean views.
The Somerset’s 400-foot parcel of white sand on Grace Bay — often involved in discussions of the world’s best beaches — puts you in a prime position to experience it firsthand. See more.
Wymara Resort and Villas
There’s a sophistication found in simplicity, and that’s no secret to those behind Wymara Resort and Villas. Situated on Grace Bay Beach, the hotel overlooks the ocean displaying an electric palette of blues.
Wymara has managed to combine the chicness of city life with the laid-back vibe unique to the Caribbean since it opened in 2009.
Along the hotel’s open-air walkways are wooden trellises adorned with bright bursts of bougainvillea, a welcome juxtaposition against the whitewashed walls. The floral eye candy is combined with steady breezes, sounds of the ocean and clear views of the beach and beyond. While the water will entice you, Wymara’s pools — including the Caribbean’s first natural ocean pool — are the hot spots. See more.
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