Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Proposition: This is the kind of island paradise you dream of: a luxury resort featuring an award-winning spa and balconied suites that overlook the Caribbean Sea. The 72-suite Palms Turks & Caicos (winter rates start at $625 for a Luxury Room) is set on a 12-acre estate overlooking the white sand and aquamarine waters of Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales.
If nothing else, The Palms is a British Colonial-style sanctuary of peace, tranquility, and relaxation. It’s evident as you first set foot into the lobby and are greeted by a welcome drink—a delicious, refreshing cucumber cocktail—but it’s amplified with each hour that passes on the property.
Indeed, you’ll find that opportunities for relaxation are nearly endless: Take a bath in your hydro-massage bathtub and then nap on your balcony (which overlooks the infinity pool and ocean); take a dip in the pool, where you can swim right up to the bar; head straight to Grace Bay Beach for a leisurely white-sand stroll or a time-out under a cabana. The ultimate exercise in serenity? A treatment at the award-winning Spa at The Palms. Its 25,000 square feet are spread out over an acre, and the spa features stand-alone treatment rooms and suites. It’s also a magnificent setting for yoga or Pilates classes or private sessions.
Major publications like Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have espoused The Palms’ excellence for quite some time, but perhaps most telling is the recent honor bestowed upon General Manager Karen Whitt, who was named “Top General Manager Worldwide” by the readers of Luxury Travel Advisor magazine. After all, what’s a stunning location and luxury accommodations without top-notch service and staff?(www.thepalmstc.com)
Do: Walk the beach
With its fine white sand and aquamarine waters, Grace Bay Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
You don’t have to go far to get excellent cuisine—the Palms’ main restaurant, Parallel23, is extraordinary. It offers outdoor seating on the terrace, an open kitchen featuring a wood-burning oven, and an outdoor domed dining room for those who want a little more privacy.