Jetsetting to the islands of Turks and Caicos definitely had me excited; this island string, located just southeast of the Bahamas, is the true R&R destination.
In the true sense of rest and relaxation, our trip focused on immersing ourselves in the true paradise of the islands, and a true paradise it was. It’s a quaint island, with one major road where boutiques and other shops lined the street. The island had a very laid-back lifestyle, and the balmy, breezy weather definitely helped us unwind.
It was great that there was no language barrier, as English is spoken on the islands. The stores are all duty free as well. If I’ve got any shopaholics out there (it’s ok, we can both admit it!) you’ll love Regent Village. Filled with quirky souvenir stores, art galleries, cute cafes and more, it’s a sure stop.
We stayed at The Gansevoort, an ultra-chic boutique hotel, located in West Caicos, right on Grace Bay. It had an urban loft aesthetic, and was complete with amazing views of the ocean from every angle. I loved the modern design of the rooms, and the bright whites offset by bold blues of the decor mimicked the natural landscape outside. Spending a lot of my time residing on the balcony (ok, maybe too much time, but it was so relaxing!!), I soaked up the amazing sunsets of the uninterrupted beach and ocean view.
For those not familiar with Grace Bay, it’s often called one of the best beaches in the world, and I can see why! The first thing that struck me about the water was that it was literally crystal clear. The sparkling aquamarine tones of the calm waves looked glasslike under the southern Sun’s rays. I could see straight to the sandy bottom while taking my morning strolls up and down the gorgeous beach – it was definitely peaceful!
For the ultimate fine dining in Turks, visit Stelle Restaurant. Located right in the Gansevoort Hotel, its location is super convenient. The decor is elegant, luxe, chic — just like the food! The cuisine is international with a slight Asian flair, and each dish looked so pretty that we almost didn’t want to eat it!
We snacked on an array of appetizers, consisting of the Deconstructed Caprese (an upscale take on the Italian classic), Baby Beetroot Salad (complete with sweet candied radish) and Wild Mushroom Risotto (topped with crunchy asparagus and drizzled with a hint of truffe oil) — all summed up, totally delicious! Their outdoor seating overlooks the sparkling pool, making for the perfect outdoor dining experience.
I could have spent all day walking in the white sand! The beach was definitely secluded and private, and the tranquil sound of the gentle waves crashing was a much-needed dose of ocean therapy!
Until next time, Turks!