Crush New York Getaway …Turks and Caicos
If you are looking for a romantic getaway with your plus one, look no further than Turks and Caicos. Located in the British West Indies, it has white sand beaches, turquoise water and is a direct flight from NYC (2 hours and forty seven minutes to be exact).
What is there to do? Your typical resort activities: drinking c-tails, tanning, swimming, walking on the beach, dining, snorkeling and hitting the spa. You do not have to leave your resort unless you want to. T&C is the ultimate spot to relax in paradise.
Where do I stay? Grace Bay, Providenciales. A short distance from the airport (ten minutes from the hotels listed below) and everything you want to do is within walking distance. Some notable spots to stay include:
- Seven Stars Resort. This is where I stayed. Located on the beach, the rooms are magnificent and spacious and each is equipped with a large balcony, kitchen and washer/dryer. The resort has a beautiful heated salt water pool, a 24-hour fitness facility, yoga everyday at 8am and an amazing restaurant, Seven.
- Point Grace. This luxury Boutique hotel has two ocean front buildings and romantic cottages around the poolside/garden (worth not staying on the beach) and is home to Grace Cottage (the best restaurant I have been to in my life!).
- Grace Bay Club. This resort is total luxury with every detail from the gorgeous rooms to the infinity pool (with swim up bar). Also, they have awesome restaurants and an “adults only” area. Cheers to that!
Where do I eat? The food here is extraordinary (rivals Marc Forgione and Blue Hill), but expensive. Everything below is local/gourmet and RULES. Disclaimer: make resis in advance, the good spots fill up fast.
- Grace’s Cottage. This is the last place I ate and the very best. First off, it’s beautiful. The dining room is in the middle of the garden lit by twinkling lights. I cried when I sat down (I’m a female) as it is literally the most romantic place I have ever been (like I want to have my wedding here romantic). For the life of me, I do not know why this isn’t number one on TripAdvisor. You must try “Grace’s Trio,” an appetizer that includes scallop with pistachio, conch chowder and lobster rolls.
- Seven. The restaurant at my hotel (Seven Stars) was absolutely amazing! We planned to go back a second time, but it was closed on Sunday. Fortunately, we got to try Grace’s Cottage instead. At Seven, the food was fresh, decadent and cooked to perfection. On top of that, the venue was beautiful and romantic. A must stop.
- Anacaona. Located at Grace Bay Club, this is the only restaurant I listed that is on the ocean. The setting, service and seafood offering were amazing. In addition, they play live music on the weekends. Fun fact: This is an adult only restaurant so NO NINOS.
- Coco Bistro. We didn’t go as you have to make a reservation 2-3 weeks in advance. However, everyone was raving about it, so certainly worth checking out.
Other things to note:
- Lots of deals that can make your trip to T&C more affordable. We got an awesome deal on My Turks & Caicos which made our hotel significantly more affordable.
- BYOS (Bring your own sunscreen). For $18 dollars at our gift shop, we got a day and a half worth. I don’t care if you are Italian/Spanish/ fill in the tan blank; you will need it as the sun is scorching.
- They include a 10.0-15.0 percent service charge on your bill. We double tipped the first day as we didn’t realize this.
- Buy bug spray. Those suckers come out at night.
- They make really good French fries. Just saying, I was impressed.
- The island closes at midnight. A good thing for couples, so you can get up in the AM. Bad for singles, as it’s a weak nightlife. This place is for relaxing, not ripping it.
- T&C airport has NO food. (minus disgusting grilled cheese) so bring food from your hotel.
- Don’t bring heels. The island is casual. It’s a waste of packing space.