If you’re looking to make that dreamy tropical beach vacation a reality, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a perfect place to do it. But where should you stay? Many of the best Turks and Caicos resorts are located on the island of Providenciales along Grace Bay, which recently made SmarterTravel’s list of the 10 best Caribbean beaches. But you’ll also find appealing options on other islands in the chain, including South Caicos and Grand Turk.
Note that unlike other Caribbean destinations such as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos has relatively few all-inclusive resorts. Instead, you’ll find numerous condo-style properties with spacious living areas and full kitchens. Many of these resorts have on-site restaurants, but meals there are often not included—so be sure to double-check when choosing where to stay.
The Venetian on Grace Bay
Every room at the all-suite Venetian on Grace Bay has an ocean view, which you can enjoy from your private screened-in porch. Units are large—even the smallest suites measure more than 1,800 square feet—and include full kitchens, washer/dryers, and living/dining areas. Bikes and BBQ grills are available for free guest use, and there are tennis courts and a pool on site. While the resort doesn’t have its own restaurant, there is one next door, and you can opt to have the kitchen in your suite stocked before you arrive.
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Beaches Turks and Caicos
Family-friendly Beaches is one of only a few Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resorts. This sprawling property on Grace Bay includes five different accommodation “villages,” from the laid-back Key West village to the European-style French and Italian villages. No matter where you stay, you can choose from 21 restaurants and 15 bars on the resort grounds. Children can play at the Pirates Island Waterpark or make new friends at the Kids Camp, and there’s a wide array of activities for all ages, from beach volleyball and table tennis to snorkeling and windsurfing.
Beach House Turks and Caicos
Beach House is another Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort, but this one is only for adults. The hotel touts that its 21 rooms have “names, not numbers,” and that they all overlook either the pool or Grace Bay. Dining options include the poolside Kitchen 218 and the beachfront Beach Deck; guests can also take a free shuttle to restaurants at the resort’s two sister properties, Alexandra and Blue Haven. The resort has occasional special events such as live music and beach BBQ nights.
The Shore Club
The Shore Club has a quiet location on Providenciales’ Long Bay Beach, away from the strip of hotels along Grace Bay. Its luxe suites and villas feature amenities such as soaking tubs and furnished terraces. The villas also come with butlers, chefs, and private pools. Fancy a cruise? You can charter the property’s yacht for the day or overnight. Keep fit during your stay by swimming in the lap pool, taking a yoga class on the beach, playing tennis on one of two courts, or using the hotel’s complimentary kayaks and paddleboards.
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If you’re looking for a truly exclusive escape, consider this luxury resort on secluded South Caicos. Sailrock Resort has three types of accommodations: Beachfront Villas, which open onto the sand and are large enough for families and groups; Ridgetop Suites, which are slightly elevated for spectacular ocean views; and two sprawling Private Peninsula Villas with their own infinity pools. There are multiple on-site restaurants as well as a spa, and activities include snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing.
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East Bay Resort
Also on South Caicos, East Bay Resort offers a tranquil, laid-back atmosphere as well as access to an unspoiled white sand beach that’s part of Admiral Cockburn National Park. You can snorkel right off the beach or try your hand at watersports such as kiteboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking. Most rooms offer ocean views, and the suites have full kitchens. Beyond the resort, you’ll often see flamingos and wild donkeys roaming freely across the island.
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Ocean Club West
Ocean Club West has individually decorated condo-style suites with up to three bedrooms in a location right on Grace Bay. Kitchens/kitchenettes and washer/dryers help guests feel right at home. The beachfront Solana restaurant boasts a teppanyaki and sushi bar, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Alternatively, you can walk to restaurants and a grocery store in town. Guests can also take advantage of the facilities at the resort’s sister property, Ocean Club Resort, located a 15-minute walk or free shuttle ride away.
Editor’s Note: Ocean Club Resorts is offering guests $50 off the final night of their reservation when they book directly through the resorts’ call center or website using the code OCR$50. SmarterTravel does not receive any financial remuneration when readers use this code.
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Bohio Dive Resort
If you’re looking to explore the underwater world during your time in Turks and Caicos, consider a stay at the Bohio Dive Resort on Grand Turk. It’s got an on-site dive shop offering a variety of lessons and excursions, including night diving. The resort can also help you arrange snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and other activities. Bohio’s recently renovated rooms are simple but attractive, and all have ocean views. Past guests rave about the friendly staff and attentive service.
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Modeled after a Mediterranean villa, this small, elegant resort looks over the calm waters of Grace Bay. Villa Renaissance offers both poolside and oceanfront suites, as well as poolside cottages; all have full kitchens and private patios or balconies. The highlight of the property is the stunning mosaic tile pool. Guests can borrow complimentary bicycles to explore the island, or enjoy a treatment at the on-site spa.
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Amid a slew of pricey Turks and Caicos resorts, Island Club offers a more affordable alternative. Its studio suites and two- and three-bedroom townhomes are located within easy walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and Grace Bay Beach. The units surround a tropical courtyard with a pool. Studio suites have kitchenettes, while larger units have full kitchens and laundry facilities.
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