Fringed with ivory beaches and a healthy barrier reef, Turks & Caicos is made up of 40 islands and tiny cays, only eight of which are inhabited. Providenciales (or Provo, for short) is the most developed, but you’re still more likely to hear the caw of a night heron than the bass blare of nightclub music. That’s just part of its relaxing appeal.
Whether you’re looking for seclusion or high-adrenaline excitement, Provo offers a perfect mix of luxury resorts, sophisticated cuisine and outdoor activities.
Couples seeking adventure should head to Blue Haven, a secluded resort on Provo’s leeward northeast tip. Ask the concierge to stock your one-bedroom, ocean-view suite with groceries so you can begin unwinding as soon as you arrive. This upscale resort comes with luxury bells and whistles like an infinity pool and swim-up bar, but the main attraction is easy access to the still somewhat wild outer islands.
Explore those islands on a kayak trip through serene mangrove channels with eco-tour outfitter Big Blue Unlimited, or snorkel waters teeming with aquatic life (think dolphins and barracuda) near North Caicos. If you crave civilization, Blue Haven offers guests shuttle service to its sister resorts on lively Grace Bay, where you can borrow a bicycle and pedal past posh shops and scenic properties.
Afterward, enjoy dinner at Grace Bay Club’s Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar, the island’s swankiest oceanfront table thanks to a recent US$2-million makeover. The glam redesign showcases the deft cuisine of executive chef Wolfgang von Wieser. Best is the Lobster Tasting Menu with its lobster caviar salad, cognac-scented soup and a grilled island lobster tail that’ll put your napkin to work.
For Family Fun
With its calm waters, lively local culture and cool wildlife, families will enjoy Provo’s magical blend of open-air classroom and playground.
Kick back at Ocean Club West Resort, which offers all-suite condos (up to three bedrooms), a prime location on swimmable Grace Bay Beach and screened-in porches that make it easy for Mom and Dad to stay up past the kids’ bedtimes. Bonus: A self-guided scavenger hunt will keep little ones busy looking for geckos, mourning doves and curly-tailed lizards.
If your visit coincides with a full moon, take a Glow Worm Tour by catamaran, which offers the opportunity to witness the rare phenomenon of mating marine organisms lighting up the water in a spectacle of neon phosphorescence. Other family-friendly options include hiking Little Water Cay, a protected sanctuary for endangered rock iguanas, or horseback riding with Provo Ponies, where the gentle horses snort blissfully as they carry you in the waters of Long Bay Hills.
For a midday treat, head to Melt, a new ice-cream parlour and champagne bar in Regent Village Mall. And, on Thursday evenings, don’t miss the Island Fish Fry, an all-ages party featuring ripsaw music and authentic island fare. If the kids get restless, windswept Bight Children’s Park is steps away.
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