Photo courtesy of Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, Providenciales
Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, Providenciales
Sitting steps from the sand, the 72-suite Regent Palms, with its large rooms, larger infinity pool, and dedicated kid’s club, is one of the more family-friendly among Grace Bay’s luxury resorts. Yet it is still sophisticated enough to please gourmet diners and dedicated spa-goers. The open-display kitchen of the Parallel23 restaurant, with its wood-burning oven, makes meals enough of a visual performance that guests from other resorts come to experience it. The stand-alone spa, which covers an acre of ground, is arguably the best on Provo. The serpentine-shaped pool wanders past wooden decks and sun pods, white parasols, an in-pool hot tub, and Plunge Bar & Restaurant, where in-water banquettes make it possible to dine without even getting out of the pool. All accommodation is in one- to three-bedroom suites in five stone-clad buildings, two of them on the oceanfront, and all have private balconies.
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On a pretty stretch of Grace Bay Beach (but then what stretch of this natural beauty isn’t?), the Regent Palms is a 20-minute walk from shopping and five minutes by car from the Provo Golf Club. To really enjoy the underwater wonders of the Turks and Caicos, it's best to become a certified scuba diver, which, for those who have the few days it will take, is easily arranged through companies like Dive Provo. Or, just to get a taste, sign up for their one-day Discovery Course, which culminates in a scuba dive down to 40 feet. To compare the Regent Palms’ restaurant, Parallel23, with other fine dining on the island, an excellent place to start—assuming reservations have been made far enough in advance—is Coco Bistro, where imaginative Caribbean dishes such as ravioli of conch and penne pasta with Caicos lobster, are served in a palm grove beneath the stars.
Need to Know
Rooms: 72 suites. From $625. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options:Of the two restaurants, Parallel23, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, combines its display kitchen and an outside terrace setting with a fusion menu featuring such dishes as coconut-marinated conch ceviche and pan-roasted sea bass. For more casual bites such as conch fritters and tuna tacos, swim over to the in-water seating at Plunge Bar & Restaurant. Spa and gym details: The 25,000-square-foot Spa at Regent Palms offers a new treatment menu based on Eastern and Western treatment rituals. The stand-alone treatment rooms, each having a water feature by day and fire feature by night, are surrounded by water, providing a soothing setting—although even more soothing, and romantic, is an in-room couples patio massage, within earshot of the Caribbean, and under the stars. The fully equipped Fitness Center is open 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m., and offers yoga and Pilates classes, with a personal trainer available for a fee.
Who’s it for: Families, foodies, and spa goers all find things to love. Our favorite rooms:For families, ground-floor suites can mean easier access to the pool and beach, but the best views are from the higher-floor oceanfront suites in buildings one or five. Good to know: Families should keep in mind that all but the junior suites have a kitchen and washer/dryer.