Gansevoort Turks + Caicos aims to be as much a scene as it is a hotel. Of course, with tots wandering through the lobby with sand buckets, it isn’t quite the party you might have in South Beach or NYC. But then, trendy urbanites don’t have this—the white-sand beach of Grace Bay, or an infinity pool with wood-deck islands that can be reserved for sunbathing, private dining, or just making everyone else feel less important. The 91 rooms are designer chic, with an open floor plan and plenty of space to stretch out. Stelle, the Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, has a DJ who spins on Friday nights. And Exhale Spa counterbalances the chill party vibe with sunset yoga in an outdoor pavilion.
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Not quite as centrally located as some Grace Bay resorts, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is on a less-trafficked section of the beach and yet still no more than 15 minutes from most places worth a visit. For a party scene with a more local flavor, head either for Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar, which not only serves some of the best conch on the island, but has a DJ on Sunday afternoons and live music on Wednesday evenings; or to the Thursday night Island Fish Fry at Bight (Children’s Park). For outdoor adventurers, explore the Turks and Caicos best dive sites with Big Blue Unlimited on Providenciales, which offers dive tours and certified instruction. No need to go anywhere, though, for snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie Cats, or bicycles, all of which are included in the Gansevoort rate.
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Rooms: 91 rooms, including 32 suites. From $395 low season, $815 high season. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:For a taste of the Mediterranean flavor at Stelle, try the Tunisian lamb shoulder or the tagine-style grouper. Couples wanting to make it extra special can have dinner served on one of the pool islands. A complimentary buffet breakfast is also served at Stelle. For lunch, the beachside Zest has a menu that should please those keen on salads, seafood, pizza, and PB&J. Spa and gym details: The petite Exhale Spa, with three treatment rooms, is part of the group by that name that has locations in a number of U.S. cities. Its three-part philosophy is revive, through a challenging fitness program, restore, with a complete menu of spa treatments and services, and, transform, by which they must mean gain the willpower to stick to the Exhale recommendations on the restaurant menus. The fitness center is open 24 hours.
Who’s it for: Travelers wanting to be where the scene is, as long as there’s a beach involved. Families, too, are welcome in the mix. Our favorite rooms:For panoramic views, third- and fourth-floor one-bedroom oceanfront suites have terraces that look out across Grace Bay. Plan ahead: Even at $125 to rent one for the day in peak season, the infinity pool’s islandlike pods are popular, so reserve early.