Along with deciding on which island destinations to visit in the Turks and Caicos, you'll also have to determine what type of accommodation you'd like to stay at. In this article, you'll find basic information on the different types of hotels and resorts available in the country, along with other important factors affecting your stay. Be sure to look at our separate island-specific where to stay pages.
All of the all-inclusive resorts are found on Providenciales. A higher daily rate includes both the room and all-you-can-eat food and drink. Usually, on-site amenities and attractions are included (such as spas), but external activities and excursions such as boat cruises, motorized sports, horseback riding, golf and diving will cost extra.
An all-inclusive resort can be a good choice for those who want to simply relax on the beach and enjoy some water sport equipment, and not have to put any effort into finding breakfast, lunch or dinner.
If you enjoy exploring and experiencing the sights, another accommodation option is probably a wiser choice and will ultimately be less expensive.
Hotels and resorts provide the majority of available rooms on Providenciales. Some such places are actually condominiums in which the individual rooms and suites are privately owned and rented, but they appear and function as a regular hotel with a front desk, concierge and room service.
Most of the hotels and resorts on Providenciales have swimming pools, and the larger places usually have tennis courts and ocean-sports equipment such as kayaks and Hobie-cat sailboats. The smaller hotels on the other islands usually don't offer quite as many extra amenities.
The expansive Grace Bay resorts and all-inclusives also feature luxurious spas, and restaurants. Onsite concierge are able to advise and make bookings for boat tours, excursions, and dinner reservations.
The villa vacation rental category includes everything from luxury mansions to partitioned guest houses. These options are fully furnished (often with equipped kitchens) but usually lack the room cleaning and service that is common to hotel rooms.
The majority of the accommodations on the islands other than Providenciales are some type of villa or rental unit.
Amenities of course differ, but the popular villas typically include a wide array of perks including complimentary use of snorkelling and water sports equipment, bicycles, BBQ grills and more.
Locations of course also vary on Providenciales (some are excellently situated, other not so much) but villas are often found at prime oceanfront spots on the other islands in the country.
Price-wise, villas can make a lot of sense for larger groups.
For those looking for the most-economic option, single rooms rented by the accommodation owner will typically be best choice.
It’s very important to consider the location of your lodging. Some accommodations may be located in areas that may necessitate a rental vehicle, as there is no public transport in the Turks and Caicos.
Accommodations in the Turks and Caicos are generally more expensive than equivalents in the United States and other destinations in the Caribbean. Prices per night range from a little around $100 for a basic room (often not on the beach), to well over $1000 for a luxury beachfront penthouse. Villas are generally rented by the week (negotiable) and range from $7000 to $9000.
When planning your vacation, be advised that there is an 'on-season' and 'off-season'. Prices are at the highest between December-April. During the remainder of the year, hotels and resorts will often tempt guests with package deals such as free nights and vastly reduced rates.
It's definitely possible to get excellent last-minute deals. Some of the airlines which fly from New York and other major cities have promotions with local resorts for last-minute weekend getaway deals.
There is a 12% Government tax on top of all rates. There is no other tax imposed by law. Resorts and accommodation management may apply additional charges, so ensure that you confirm when making your reservation what booking fees may be included. Some hotels and resorts listed on hotel booking websites also include a 10-12% 'city' tax. This is not a local tax and simply a tactic to extract additional revenue (as taxes are typically not included in the initial price presented when viewing a hotel).
To get the best rates, it’s typically best to do a little online research to obtain a general idea of the going price, and then contact the accommodation or vacation rental manager directly to see what deals and packages they'll offer (such as a free rental car). You'll generally receive the best price booking directly