Turks and Caicos: How to Relax and Unwind in Four Days

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A look at Grace Bay

Aaand We’re Off to the Island of Turks and Caicos!

 

Turks and Caicos is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and get your crazy life back on track.  This island is all about looking at the beautiful water and allowing yourself to become completely mesmerized in its colors.  Laying beachside, reading books, sipping on cocktails, walking the beach, taking in a yoga class, and evening wining and dining are what I propose in this four day itinerary.

Here’s the thing I want you to know about every itinerary I publish:  Always stay flexible. The world will not end if you don’t follow it step by step. This is what I did on my trip.  I always encourage exploring and walking everywhere you possibly can so you can make your own discoveries and memories.
So here we go:

Where we stayed:

The Palms Turks and Caicos, Corner Suite on the 4th Floor, Room 5408, Complete with Neko the Butler.  Your butler checks you into the hotel in the lobby, takes you to your room, explains everything, and hands you a cell phone that gives you direct access to him 24/7.  Your butler will essentially take care of everything…from dinner reservations, to watersports, to daytrips, to setting up your sunning area, to getting you any amenity in your room.

With just 72 rooms, suites, and penthouses—-the resort is not overcrowded and you can move about easily.

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The Room:

Over 1600 square feet.  Sizeable living room with picture window, couch, chairs, and large tv.  Fully appointed kitchen with granite, a counter with bar stools, and a Nespresso machine with complimentary coffee and even flavored creamers.   Half bath with stackable washer and dryer.  Large master bedroom with his and hers closets, big master bath with nice shower, double sink and Jacuzzi.  Dining room with 8 person dining table.  Wonderful wrap around lanai featuring a comfy daybed, dining table/four chairs, two loungers with ottomans.  Great room location.  Oceanfront view.  Easy access to beach and all resort amenities.

The Resort

The beach is glorious.  You have the option of sunning yourself directly on the beach, on the boardwalk where your feet do not get all icky with sand, or at the lovely pool area on a bed or lounger.  Either way your butler, should you choose to have one, will set up your towels, drinks, and anything else you request.

The 25,000 square foot, world class spa is always named one of the top in the Caribbean.  I tried the Caribbean Bliss Foot Treatment and it was spectacular, and so is the spa.

The Fitness Center is small but can get the job done.  You can book a personal trainer.  They also offer daily Yoga Classes.

The Resort offers the Palms Courtyard Shops.  One features logo items, another has swimwear, and the largest has high end resort wear for men and women.  You can also visit Spice, which retails snack items for your room, beverages, cheese, and other fun food items.

Dine and Party

The Palms offers some great options for those who do not care to stray from the resort.

When we visited, breakfast was complimentary in The Garden.  A fun outside atmosphere amongst big sprawling trees.  They feature a great breakfast buffet or choose the omelette station for made to order anything!  Really lovely.

Parallel23 is a great arrival night choice.  Set in the courtyard, it is romantic, has a boutique wine list with many unique choices, and the menu is divine.  Go seafood if you love it because you cannot go wrong.  Service is attentive.  Simply elegant experience. You can also have them prepare and send to your room, but I say why, when you can surround yourself with the glamour.

The food and atmosphere at Parallel23 are magnifico. Sit in the courtyard under the stars.
The food and atmosphere at Parallel23 are magnifico. Sit in the courtyard under the stars.

L’Attitude Bar is fun and lively.  Choose to participate in the excitement or have your date night.  Either way the drink menu is special.  Try some interesting food selections from this bar menu.  You will find yourself lingering here frequently under the stars.

72 West right on the beach and offers that waterview experience complete with sand and tiki torches.

Swim up or walk up to Plunge.  Your typical pool bar with fancy fun drinks and pool food.

 

Here are all the recommended restaurants by our Butler.  I have * the ones we personally tried and recommend all of these.

Baci—on the water in Turtle Cove.  Couldn’t get to this one but other guests in the hotel were raving about this and some friends back home also recommended Baci.

*Grace’s Cottage—romantic, excellent food, outside dining around the cottage, live entertainment nightly, extensive wine list.

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Grace’s Cottage

*Bay Bistro—on the beach.  Take in the sunset and snap some great photos.  Be sure to visit Rosa inside.  She has a jewelry stand set up that actually has the best local jewelry selection.  Great souvenirs.  Rosa makes flip rings—one side is conch pink and the other larimar blue.

Rosa!
Rosa!

*Magnolia’s in Turtle Cove—breathtaking high views of the water and marina.  Well presented wine list and food selections.

*Hemingways at the Sands—right on the beach, great lunch spot, fun food choices, and marvy people watching.

*Parallel23 and L’Attitude Bar as mentioned above—we experienced excellent food, wine, drinks, and service under the stars with fun music.

Mango Reef—highly recommended by many.  We just could not fit this one in.  Dine over the water on the deck, on the patio or indoors.  You can even go by boat and tie up at the dock.

Shopping in Turks and Caicos

There are five key shopping areas for Turks:

Number 1 is going to sound a bit strange.  The airport had some of the best, condensed shopping I saw for jewelry and souvenirs.  Jai’s and Goldsmith’s had some really great buys on jewels and unique choices too.  Maison Creole presented fun island trinkets.  Nells had caps and logo items.

My second favorite was The Regent Village.  We loved “Melt”.  A very chic place to hang out and enjoy a coffee, champagne, wine or ice cream.  The café is filled with fun items to purchase too.  We also liked “Art Provo”, Jai’s, L’ete Boutique, Fottac, Caicos Adventures and Philosophy.

From here move on to The Saltmills.  This is right across from The Regent Village.  While visiting this area be sure to stop by Anna’s Art Gallery, Anna’s Too, Fancy Feet, Paradise Arts, and Got You Covered.

Finish up by swinging into Mama’s at Ports of Call, then hit Caicos Café Plaza with browsing at Atelys Adrian’s new store featuring handmade silver and larimar jewelry.

Primary items to shop for in the Turks:  Conch Pearls/Jewelry/Shells, BBQ and Hot Sauces, Local Made Jewelry, Sea Salt Caramels, Bambarra Rum, Salt Cay Salt, Artwork

The Four Day Unwind Itinerary

As always—here is your featured Itinerary.  Follow it to the letter, mix and match your own adventures, or just read it as a guide.  Again—this is what we did and I can assure you—I went back to Florida ready to tackle the world.  My head was clear and I was ready to get home!

Day 1 is Fly and Acclimate Day:

We started in Miami with a visit to The Admirals Club.  They have just overhauled this club and we found it to be a nice place to hang and wait with a nice offering of coffees, teas, and breakfast foods.

The landing in Provo is beautiful so be awake.  This is one of those airports where you walk down stairs to depart the airplane and also walk right into the terminal—all outdoors of course.  Immigration was quick and easy…..they want you there.  Our baggage and customs experience was super fast.

If you have selected the Palms, be sure to ask for their shared van pick up.  It’s $28 total for two people and a suggested $2 tip.  They greet you outside the terminal and shuttle you quickly in an easy 12 minutes.

Arrival at The Palms is fantastic.  The bell staff greets you and knows your name.  We relaxed in the beautiful lobby sipping lemon/lime/cucumber water after refreshing with a scented wet towel.  Your butler greets you, efficiently checks you in, and within minutes is walking you through the property and to your room.  After highlighting the property and then going over everything imaginable in your room, he asks you for your requests and presents dinner ideas and a cell phone that goes directly to him (you can actually call him 24/7).

From here we acclimated ourselves to the room, unpacked/organized for our stay, caffeinated with the Nespresso selections, and then put on our walking clothes.  We perused the resort and got our bearings, after which we took a nice unwinding walk on the beach, followed by relaxing in a lounge chair and watching the other guests (of course we had a fancy drink too!)

Next up is a shower and get ready for dinner.

Our first night we chose Parallel23 with a nightcap at L’Attitude.

Day 2 is Soothe the Soul Day:

Coffee on the Terrace watching all the action on the beach.

Get some exercise and walk that beach!

Linger over your complimentary breakfast.

This is a great day to wind down and just enjoy the beauty of the beach and water.  Our butler set us up on the beach with lots of fluffy towels and chilled water.  We stayed at the beach all day reading, going in the water (there is no icky stuff in the water…smooth as silk sand…and you can see clear as day), walking, and basking in the loveliness of that turquoise water.  We chose not to take time out to eat lunch(breakfast is extremely filling), but instead snuck up to our room for a quick snack (when you choose the butler option, you are stocked with fruit, cheese, crackers and wine).

At 5 pm we ventured up to the pool for a swim and some champagne poolside.  We stayed outside on this gorgeous day until the last possible second before we were forced to shower for dinner.

For dinner this night, we grabbed a cab (cabs are about $10 each way) for Grace’s Cottage.  We opted to have our wine, meal, and after dinner drinks drag on so we could take in the quaintness of this romantic setting and the beautiful live music.

Day 3 is Shop Till You Drop:

Start with some fitness!  I did Yoga Power Vinyasa in the Fitness center ($25)

On again to our complimentary breakfast which changed everyday.

Shower

Explore the shops and more of the island day.

We took a cab and started at The Regent Village and continued on to all the shops mentioned in shopping.

After looking at Regent Hotel and Grounds we then started walking back on the beach to our hotel.

Stop off at Hemingway’s for a beverage and snack or late lunch.  Gorgeous views and people watching.

Continue walking to the hotel.

Once back at The Palms carry on the spirit of the day and shop The Palms Shops.

Take a break before dinner, rest, read, shower, perhaps a glass of vino.

This night we decided upon dinner at Magnolias in Turtle Cove.  A beautiful view, a grand bottle of Cab, Island Catch of the Day, and Banofee for dessert (bananas, caramel, graham cake, and homemade whip which was between a frosting and a whip—but very light!)

Day 4….How to spend a rainy day in Turks!

Yes!  You guessed it!  It poured all day.  So what?  Here’s what we did:

First off to the gym for a little bootcamp.

Next we just took our time over coffee and our complimentary breakfast which was served indoors today at Parallel23.  We enjoy quizzing the staff about their lives, their philosophies and more fun things to do on the island.

Spa Treatments!  And take in the relaxing beauty of the spa.

How fun at L’Attitude on a rainy day…they have a rainy day drink and food menu.  We tried conch fritters and pomegranate, blueberry and kiwi daquiri’s.  All the guests and staff were talkative so we just went with it.

We did some reading in our room and then voila!  Out came the sun.  So we went to the beach to finish out our day and our books.

Our last night on Turks was spent at the beachfront restaurant Bay Bistro.  The sunset from this spot is amazing…as are the fresh catch dishes, conch won tons, and their Chilean Cabernet.  Inside the restaurant you will find Rosa and we picked up some handcrafted jewels.

Back at the hotel we had a final/final (this is what we call the final drink of the evening) at L’Attitude which was a delicious caramel martini concocted by the bartender.  An early flight the next day had us in bed by 11.

Farewell Turks and Caicos!  I am relaxed!  And you will be too.

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Extra things to do in Turks if you get bored:

Watersports galore—the usual of course—-parasailing, snorkeling, boat excursions, paddleboarding, kayaking.

ISLAND FISH FRY—5:30 to 9:30 at The Bight Park every Thursday–we were not in Turks on a Thursday but this is a must if you are.  Local food stalls, native cuisine by multiple restaurants, live music, dancing, comedy, local artists, crafts, and jewelry.

Caicos Conch Farm—educational tour on the lifecycle of the Conch.

Explore other beaches

Hope you visit beautiful Turks and Caicos, soon or someday!

XO, Jauntique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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