Marchay’s own Elyssa Roberts went on a scouting trip down to Turks & Caicos in December 2020, where she checked out three of our all-time favorite Caribbean resorts. Read on for more information about each of these hotels and how the Turks & Caicos has handled reopening efforts.
Covid Update: At time of publication, the Turks & Caicos requires all visitors age 10+ have proof of a Covid-negative PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival. Travelers must also purchase a travel insurance policy that covers Covid-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance. These two documents must be uploaded at least 24 hours prior to the TCI Assured Portal. Once reviewed, you will receive approval notice via email. Most luxury hotels on the island have medical staff on property who can administer any PCR or Antigen Covid tests needed for Americans to return to the US.
Why Go: Turks & Caicos is one of the most easily accessible Caribbean destinations with non-stop flights to most major hubs, including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta and more. The beaches here are quintessential Caribbean: powdery white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Home to some of the top resorts in the Caribbean, the Turks & Caicos makes for a perfect beach getaway.
When to Go: As is the case with most Caribbean islands, the winter months offer sunny days and low humidity. Hurricane season technically runs between June-November, though the worst months tend to be August and September.
Where To Stay:
Photos courtesy of Aman Resorts
This sophisticated resort from the super luxe Aman brand evokes the feel of a far flung destination like Indonesia due to its dramatic architecture, reflecting pools and sleek décor. Located on the quiet northwest coast of Providenciales, Amanyara has 38 standalone pavilions and 16 multi-bedroom villas with private pools, all of which are supremely private and ensconced in lush jungle landscaping. Because of its secluded location, the resort offers many amenities to keep guests busy including daily movie night in the cinema, complimentary snorkel tours, naturalist-led nature walks and a variety of fitness classes. Those looking for a quiet romantic vacation and families with well-behaved children will love Amanyara.
Photos courtesy of COMO Hotels and Resorts
The ultra-exclusive COMO Parrot Cay sits on a private 1,000 acre island, accessible via 35 minute boat ride from Providenciales. The 75 rooms, suites and villas have a minimalist look, with simple furnishings draped in white fabrics. We recommend splurging on one of the standalone beach houses or villas that come equipped with a private pool just steps from the sand, outdoor shower and butler service. Wellness is a key component here, from the outstanding COMO Shambhala Spa to the nutritious menus that feature healthy dining options. Parrot Cay is a flawless resort and welcome relief from the sometimes stuffy atmosphere that you find in many of the world’s grand hotels.
Photos courtesy of Grace Bay Club
Turks & Caicos’ first luxury hotel sits on a prime stretch of wide beach with three different accommodation options to please any traveler. The Villas buildings are perfect for those with kids in tow as they surround the family pool, while the Hotel building is adults-only and has more of a quiet atmosphere. The Estates building- the most luxe- is a hotel-within-a-hotel where guests have exclusive access to a private pool and dedicated butler service. Regardless of where you stay, all suites feature panoramic ocean views, along with kitchens or kitchenettes for those looking to prep meals in their room. Anyone looking to be in the heart of the action will prefer Grace Bay Club, as most of Provo’s top restaurants and shops are within a short walk of the resort.