As we didn't get to take a vacation last year because of my various ailments, we decided to make it an extra good one this year and also have a belated anniversary celebration while we were at it. We decided on Turks and Caicos which is a chain of islands in the Caribbean known for their glorious silky white sand beach with the most brilliant turquoise blue water. Besides being on our travel bucket list, it's also just a 3.5 hour flight from NYC. Adding to the convenience factors, the official currency is the US dollar and the official language is English. There are plenty of choices for accommodations and we chose to stay at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos for both it's modern design and intimate vibe.
The service provided by the hotel was stellar as our airport transfer was promptly waiting with cold bottles of water when we exited the airport and we were warmly welcomed with cool towels and cold tropical drinks as soon as we arrived at the hotel. After a brief tour of the property, we were shown to our room where a complimentary bottle of wine and fresh fruit plate greeted us. We took this all out onto our private balcony to enjoy along with the incredible ocean view almost immediately. We splurged on a one bedroom luxury ocean front suite and and it was worth it as it had all the amenities of apartment living including a washer/dryer which we did use. The fully equipped kitchen was quite impressive even though we didn't really take advantage of it. My favorite feature was the full sized soaking tub located a few feet away from our bed. It filled from the ceiling which could be an adventure but it was a real treat and I'm so glad I brought my bath salts/oils along. There was also a luxurious floor to ceiling rain shower. The bathroom did lack privacy but this wasn't an issue since I was with my husband. The nightly turndown service that prepped our bed was lovely and it also came with bottles of water and chocolates. I slept so well there and I usually don't feel all that comfortable when I'm not in my own bed.
We really didn't do much of anything aside from just relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking views of paradise. Wi-fi is provided throughout the property but we chose to stayed unplugged most of the time. The beach and pool areas of the Gansevoort are very well maintained and the staff was friendly and attentive, making it very easy to get used to having your every need attended to. We chilled out on our lounge chairs under an expansive beach umbrella when we weren't spending time in the water. The sound of the azure ocean was really calming, the water was sparkling and clear and the sand was soft and smooth. It's not surprising that Grace Bay Beach often tops lists of the best beaches in the world. Sun protection was a priority and we went through two full bottles of sunscreen. I was pretty conscious about re-application and that definitely made me feel better about being sun safe.
This was an extremely restful and rejuvenating vacation and we could want for nothing during our time there. We were also fortunate to have marvelous weather with minimal rain. I would definitely return and take an opportunity to explore the island next time. This isn't an inexpensive destination but we were able to save some money by going during the low season and booking a flight/hotel getaway through JetBlue. The only downside was that the food was quite costly within the hotel and it wasn't anything special. There are more dining options but we just didn't feel like traveling to eat outside. The buffet breakfast that was included was great though as it provided many hot/cold options including an egg station where eggs/omelets were freshly cooked to order. We made our way down the beach one night to a lively beachfront cafe called Somewhere that features tasty Mexican fare and live music. They had the most delicious fish tacos!
So I tried to edit my photos down as much as possible but there were still alot so I'll just apologize for the sheer number of pictures in this post as I know it can be tedious to look at too many photos at one time. I can assure you that there are no feet photos. I don't want to look at anyone's bare feet and I have a feeling that I'm not the only one.
Have you ever been to Turks and Caicos? Do you have a favorite beach destination?