Turquoise seas and bright white sands with year-round sun, it’s little wonder that the Caribbean is the first place that springs to mind when the words paradise and island are uttered.
Though popularity is high, those looking for a peaceful getaway to an idyllic Caribbean island will be reassured to learn that there are still destinations that offer the utmost in tranquillity and luxury. Turks and Caicos is one such place, and though the islands aren’t overrun with tourists, there is still plenty to see and do, with an array of beautiful upscale hotels and villas to stay in while you are there.
The 40 low-lying coral islands sit just southeast of the Bahamas, and only eight of them are inhabited, which is ideal if you are opting for that exclusive and peaceful experience. They offer all of the benefits of other Caribbean islands, without any of the downsides. If you’re looking to book a holiday that encompasses all of the island luxury you could want, then read on for all of the information you need to start planning your trip to Turks and Caicos.
Turks and Caicos is a part of Britain, so getting there isn’t too difficult. There are regular flights from all major airports, and most will take you into Providenciales, the main inhabited island. This is the most developed area where you will find plenty of luxury hotels and some beautiful beaches. Most people stay here for the duration of their trip, but it’s easy to hop over to one of the smaller islands if you like. You can go by boat or get on a short 10 to 25-minute flight, depending on which island you are visiting.
If you are travelling to Turks and Caicos in the near future, it’s important to think about potential coronavirus travel restrictions. Although the islands are open to tourists, you will need to take a COVID test before you go and give proof of a negative result. There are private testing centres where you can get a corona fit to fly certificate to show at the airport. Before you book your trip, make sure to check the latest restrictions and always book insurance in case the situation changes, and your flights are cancelled.
When to go
The peak season in Turks and Caicos is between November and April when the temperature is around 27 to 29 degrees. It gets even warmer between June and October, reaching temperatures of 35 degrees, so if you can stand the heat, it’s often the best time to go because it’s very quiet.
Where to stay
Providenciales is where you will find all of the most exclusive, luxury hotels. There are some amazing hotels with top of the range spa facilities and many of them even have world class golf courses, so if you’re looking for a great golfing destination, Turks and Caicos is perfect.
For the ultimate in luxury, COMO Parrot Cay should certainly be on your list of hotels to reside in. The award-winning resort sits on its own private island and boasts over four miles of beach, world-class cuisine, stunning accommodation and a range of activities from yoga to diving, fishing, planting trees, tennis and private boat hire. Those looking for a relaxing retreat will be in good hands at the COMO Shambala Retreat where a range of Asian inspired treatments and wellness facilities are in abundance.
What to do
Grace Bay Beach is the most popular stretch of coast in the area, but at 12 miles long, it’s plenty big enough to be enjoyed without any crowds. If you are looking for something more active, there are plenty of great paddle boarding, swimming, snorkelling and water sports opportunities in the area. The beach is protected by a stretch of incredible coral reef, where you will find all manner of amazing wildlife and you can even swim with turtles.
Grand Turk and Salt Cay are the best spots to visit if you want to take in the history and explore some of the great architecture on the main island. On the island of Grand Turk, you will find Cockburn Town, the capital of Turks and Caicos, filled with museums and sites of historical interest. Food lovers will be thrilled with the array of amazing eateries across the islands too, boasting plenty of seafood, grilled foods and some fantastic fine dining experiences too.