Turks and Caicos Romance

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Turks and Caicos Romance
The Turks and Caicos Islands are best known for their velvety soft sands and the invariably stunning sunrises and sunsets. In other words, the island chain is the perfect romantic destination for a lover’s tryst in paradise.
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    Ride into the Sunset
    Try not to swoon as the ocean tickles your ankles with a warm mist while you trot alongside your partner, together on horseback, into the setting sun. Caicos Corrals makes that cinematic moment come to life for couples every night with their sunset horseback rides along the beach. This small operation can also orchestrate everything from horse-chauffeured champagne picnics under the stars to surprise proposals in the shallow waters of Smith’s Reef. Other tour operators on the island include Provo Ponies on Long Bay Beach and Sunset Rides and Tours on Grand Turk.
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    Romantic Dinners
    The Belongers of the Turks and Caicos Islands don’t take their sight of sea and sun for granted, so most of the restaurants on the islands construct their dining experiences around scenic overlooks and dreamy perches. The top restaurants for a romantic rendezvous include Pavilion at the Somerset on Grace Bay—where grilled lobster is an art form (lobster season runs August to March)—and Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, the most sought-after beachfront dining experience, where lanterns are draped between towering palm trees and the soft glow illuminates the beautifully plated entrees beneath the stars. Find more romantic tables for two at oasis-like Coyaba Restaurant and at the Mediterranean-inspired Las Brisas Restaurant.
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    Spa Treatments for Two
    Bliss out with your sweetheart in a room where the lighting is dim, the music is soft, and the two of you are wearing nothing more than delicately draped sheets. The Turks and Caicos islands boast a ton of spas, but getting the most romantic couple’s experience calls for a special touch. The boutique-sized space at the Spa at The Somerset by Teona is an oasis of intimacy and relaxation. Zen out together in the tranquil grounds of the Spa at the Regent Palms before indulging in one of this high-end spa’s signature treatments, such as the Mother of Pearl experience, in which a ground conch-shell scrub becomes the catalyst for silky smooth skin.
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    Glowing Waters
    By nightfall in the Turks and Caicos, the waters can actually glow if you look in the right places. Grab a cocktail and a seat near the the infinity pool before sunset at The Somerset Resort to watch the waters illuminate into a vibrant blue as the sky turns black. The pool uses imported LEED-certified Spanish tiles to absorb sunlight during the day to light up the resort at night. If you happen to be on Turks and Caicos two to three days after a full moon, make sure to book one of Silver Deep’s glowworm cruises. You can savor local rum punch and cheese while you watch the ocean literally light up with green flashes as marine glowworms begin their mating ritual after sunset.
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    Split Something Sweet
    Life is sweet already on the islands of Turks and Caicos, but if you want to sweeten the mood even more, treat yourselves to a dessert for two. Baci Ristorante serves up decadent homemade desserts that are easy to share, whereas Chef Wolfgang Von Weiser at Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar creatively finishes his desserts with a speckle of seasoned salt—try his orange sea salt on any of his rich chocolate creations. Caicos Bakery bakes fresh bread daily, but their tarts and cakes are what customers can’t resist. If you see any of the homemade sea salt caramels left on the shelves, snatch up a box or three to keep the romance alive on the plane ride home—if they can last that long.
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    Sunset Cruises
    Drifting along while enjoying a starlit dinner or sailing off into the sunset with a glass of champagne are two of the most romantic ways to end the day off the shores of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sail Beluga offers private sunset catamaran sails where you and your date can cozy up and toast to your love as the captain sails beneath a spectacular sky. Barefoot Custom Charters also offers sunset sailing experiences on a catamaran that can pull right up to the beach, and Kenard Cruises specialize in crafting memorable dinners for two aboard its intimate fleet.
    Photo courtesy of Turks and Caicos Department of Tourism
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    Desert Island Fantasy
    Sometimes, getting stranded together is just the ticket to excite some romantic adventures. Despite Providenciales' secluded beaches, it’s not easy to get lost on Turks and Caicos' most popular island. Luckily, there are more than 30 uninhabited islands just a short catamaran ride away that offer the desert island fantasy. Charter companies like Big Blue Unlimited, TCI Ferry’s Island Getaway, and Silver Deep will drop you both off for a half- or full-day experience at one of the many isolated beaches on the islands. You won't totally be roughing it, as they'll equip you with an umbrella, table and chairs, and a picnic lunch that includes a bottle of wine.
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    Sip Fine Wines
    Although the only wine actually made on the Turks and Caicos Islands is the homemade sea grape wine made by Belongers, the islands have managed to import quite a few fine labels worth tucking in your beach bag. Opt out of the dining scene for a day by packing a picnic lunch with items from the Whole Foods–esque Graceway Gourmet, or simply pick up a bottle of your favorite wine from The Wine Cellar. Relax in a chaise lounge on Grace Bay Beach with some charcuterie and a bottle of wine from Pavilion Restaurant’s extensive wine list. For romance bonus points, bring a pen and a piece of paper to tuck a love note for your partner into the empty bottle.
    Photo by age fotostock