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.  

Here are the top things to do for couples travelling to Provo.

1. Stay at Blue Haven resort

Photograph courtesy of Blue Haven

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.

2. Go kayaking, snorkelling or cycling together

Photograph by Philip Shearer/Big Blue Unlimited

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.

3. Eat at Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar

Grace Bay Club/Facebook

Afterward, enjoy dinner at Grace Bay Club’s Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar, the island’s swankiest oceanfront table. You can start with the lobster salad with avocado panzanella and tomato vinaigrette before having the grilled local lobster or Thai vegetable curry.

[A version of this story appears in the April 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]