If you’re heading to Turks and Caicos, it’s likely you’re drawn by the crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and secluded bays that make up the islands. But if you want the best of the best, you’ll want to head to Providenciales, which is home to the excellent Grace Bay beach. Travelers can view the water from their oceanfront rooms, take part in great snorkeling, or simply sunbathe on those famous beaches. For a great hotel with direct access to those beautiful beaches, check out our expert picks for the best beach hotels in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos!
For a quiet, condo-style luxury property in Providenciales, the Venetian at Grace Bay is hard to top. The 27 contemporary condos are individually owned, and there may be limited availability during high season when many owners return. The three-bedroom, three-and-half-bath units (which can be converted to have fewer bedrooms) are enormous; all have kitchens and ocean-view balconies. Guests can choose from playing tennis, renting bikes, grilling up grub in the barbecue area, or taking a refreshing swim in the courtyard pool. There is also a large fitness room and small spa treatment room (appointment only) located in the lobby. Grace Bay Beach is one of the biggest draws, and its fine white sand and crystal blue waters can be found right behind the hotel.
Opened in 1993, Grace Bay Club is Turks and Caicos’ original luxury benchmark. With essentially three different resorts offering three distinct accommodation styles, this 82-room beachfront property continues to raise the bar with lots of popular dining options, a 5,000-square foot spa, an impressive kids' club, and three pristine infinity-edge pools.
The upscale, 21-unit Beach House is an all-suite property located on Grace Bay, the island's most beautiful beach. Suites are enormous, sophisticated, and have open-plan kitchens, dining nooks, living rooms, and larger-than-expected balconies (either overlooking Grace Bay or the lush garden grounds). Out back, the turquoise waters and powder sand of Grace Bay await -- with each suite receiving a dedicated lounge space to soak it all in. Spa treatments are available indoors or on the beach, the pool is attractively landscaped, and the restaurant serves creative fusion cuisine.
A sophisticated, modern resort with stunning views, the 53-room Somerset is a cut above most Providenciales properties. The food is overpriced (though excellent) and the property lacks tennis courts, but its two beautiful pools, elegant grounds, top-notch rooms, and pristine beachfront allow it to rival some of the island’s more well-known luxury options like Grace Bay Cluband the Gansevoort.
Made up of 42 huge three-bedroom luxury units (which can be converted to one- and two-bedroom suites), this condo resort offers stunning views of the sea from its lovely pool as well as from every balcony. Sure, there’s no on-site restaurant, bar, or spa, but full kitchens, a picturesque beach, and a short walk or drive to the island’s best shopping, dining, and golf help make up for shortcomings.
Location is key at this 52-room luxury condo resort, which is situated directly on Grace Bay and less than a minute's walk from the island’s best shopping and dining sites. Quiet, sophisticated, and pristine, the four-plus-acre property features a jaw-dropping pool, large fitness center, and poolside bar -- but the spacious condo-style suites -- though upscale -- vary in quality of decor, and the lack of an on-site restaurant or spa might deter some travelers.
A beachfront condo resort tucked away on the western edge of Grace Bay, the 46-room West Bay Club offers excellent value for a luxury property. High-end rooms ranging from studios to four-bedrooms are airy and stylish, and all but the studios feature large balconies. The relaxing infinity-edge pool, modern gym and small poolside bar and grill add to the hotel's sophisticated yet low-key sensibility.
The Gansevoort is without a doubt the sexiest resort on Grace Bay, and its stunning pool and breeze-filled lobby wow guests from the moment they set foot on the property. Equally enticing are the resort’s gourmet restaurant, poolside and beachside service, sleek rooms, and Exhale Spa, but pricey add-ons for virtually everything can make guests feel nickel-and-dimed.
If you are looking for a luxury hotel with access to one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches, a lively (yet relaxing) pool area, award-winning spa, and a nice selection of on-site activities -- without the zoo-like atmosphere found at some larger resorts -- the 72-condo Palms may be just what the vacation doctor ordered. Located in the Grace Bay area, this is a residential property offers large, sophisticated suites and penthouses with kitchens and luxurious bathrooms. Families will likely appreciate the suites' size (up to three bedrooms) as well as activities such as water sports. The swim-up pool bar, multiple shops, and popular Parallel 23 restaurant attract couples and groups, too.
With six pools, a sprawling water park, a shopping center, a spa complex, and more restaurants than you can shake a breadstick at, the family-friendly Beaches is clearly the Turks and Caicos resort with the most features. But many of the rooms could use an update and the romance factor is virtually non-existent. Still, an all-inclusive resort with this many amenities is enticing -- unless it's peace and quiet you’re after.
This luxury boutique is heavy on style and refinement, with British Colonial design and 28 huge multi-room suites (they start at 1,080 square feet) featuring kitchens, terraces, and high-end bathrooms. Property highlights include a lovely, tranquil pool, personal beachfront service, a small but spectacular spa, and one of the Providenciales’ most romantic dinner spots. However, its remote location on the point of the beautiful, 12-mile Grace Bay beach -- while peaceful and quiet -- makes it necessary for guests to rely on expensive taxis or car rentals to explore the island.