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The 8 Best Turks and CaicosPrivate Island and Boutique Hotels
Hobie Cat sailboats on Grace Bay Beach. This world-famous coast is the center of activity in the Turks and Caicos, and doesn't offer the seclusion it once did.
The Turks and Caicos
offers a small yet select collection of luxury hotels that combine seclusion, privacy, and an incredible coastal setting. The properties shown offer a level of tranquility and luxury not found at many of the well-known Grace Bay Resorts.
Due to the world-wide popularity of
Grace Bay Beach, it shouldn’t be a surprise that not many hotels on the famous beach have made this list. We do however list the properties on Grace Bay that offer higher levels of privacy and tranquility. None of the hotels on this page offer much nightlife, and the private cay and remote destinations are especially so.
As many of the hotels shown here are remote, assistance with transportation may be provided. For those properties located on private island, complimentary transit via ferry or small aircraft may be included.For an overview of vessel types and travel times, see
Getting Around the Turks and Caicos.
The secluded and beautiful beach at the Meridian Club on Pine Cay.
The Meridian Club
The Meridian Club on the private island of
Pine Cay is high on our list of top secluded hotels in the Turks and Caicos largely due to the exception beach on the north shore of the cay. To the eastern side of this beach are the picturesque sand bars between Pine Cay and
Fort George Cay, and to the west is a spectacular stretch of white sand coast that leads from Pine Cay, to
Water Cay, to
Half Moon Bay, and finally
Little Water Cay. This is continuous beach is truly breathtaking on a calm day.
The hotel itself, having originated in the early 1970s with Count Ferdinand Czernin of Austria-Hungary, is small, with some elements being a bit dated, yet overall the retreat offers an ‘Old Caribbean’ ambiance, which is something that is increasingly rare.
Accommodations include one or two bed rooms, standalone cottages, and villas on the cay that are managed by the hotel. Amenities include a pool at the resort, complimentary guest use of kayaks, paddle boards, and a Hobie Cat sailboat, a spa, and fitness center. Transit to the island from the Providenciales, the island where all scheduled international flights land, is typically via a small ferry. The cay has an airstrip suitable for light aircraft.
Good: The Meridian Club is located on an exceptional beach and extensive beach. The cay offers a laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere, and is very quiet and peaceful. Of the private cay destinations, Pine Cay offer the best accessibility to Providenciales. The Meridian Club offer all-inclusive packages for those that desire such.
Shortcomings: Possible negatives are the limited dining options. Rooms are little smaller and more dated than some of the other private island hotels. On-island services are limited, and are largely confined to what the resort offers, however, charters are however easy to arrange from Providenciales. The Fort George Cay and Water Cay areas can see some boat and jet ski traffic during the day. After times of heavy rains, there can be
mosquitoes and biting midges.
Sailrock is an upscale resort and development on the highly-scenic northern peninsula of South Caicos. The resort accommodations are contemporary and standalone villas, with both beachfront and ocean view options. The resort main house and adjacent grounds offer the
Great House Restaurant and a
Sailrock and East Bay Resort, both on South Caicos, offer a unique combination of secluded luxury, yet accessibility to a small fishing settlement largely untouched by tourism, so a vacation to South Caicos won’t feel quite as isolated as a trip to one of the private cays.
The resort offers two contrasting beaches. The eastern coast on the peninsula is a long, wide, and windswept beach. To the west is the sheltered and calm Cove Beach.
Good: South Caicos is an exceptional destination for many water sports, and Sailrock is located in the general region of one of the most scenic spots in the Turks and Caicos. For enthusiasts willing to go further afield, it’s difficult to find a more spectacular location for exploring, bonefishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kiteboarding.
The exclusive and secluded Amanyara Resort at Malcolm's Road Beach, Providenciales.
Amanyara is a remote and exclusive resort, located at beautiful Malcolm’s Road Beach on the western coast of Providenciales. This region is adjacent to the Northwest Point Marine National Park, and the Pigeon Pond and Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve, the largest terrestrial protected area on Providenciales.
Amanyara features standalone villa type accommodations, with the full services of a five star resort. Villas range from one bedroom pavilions to six bedroom villas. Onsite is a spa, fine dining restaurant, bar, and beach grill restaurant, tennis courts, and water sports amenities.
Good: Exceptional dining, generally very private onsite the resort, and great service. In most conditions, the beach near the resort is quite calm and sheltered.
Shortcomings: To get the Amanyara from the
Providenciales International Airport, it’s necessary to drive through the squalor of central Providenciales (which progressively worsens). On some days, Malcolm’s Road Beach and the water off shore is busier that would be expected at the remote location. Being on the sheltered side of Providenciales, there can be mosquitos after heavy rains.
East Bay Resort is also located on South Caicos, and although not quite as secluded as Sailrock, does offer excellent privacy. Being closer to the settlement of
Cockburn Harbour, there are fishing boats around and people going about their daily lives, yet there’s no real atmosphere of tourism, noise, or obnoxious people. East Bay, the beach fronting the resort, is very quiet and typically empty.
The resort features a great range of amenities and services. Rooms are spacious with full kitchens and very well fitted, there are great complimentary non-powered watersports equipment available for guest use. Choose from one and two bedroom suites.
Good: As also applies to Sailrock, South Caicos is excellent for many water sports. Cockburn Harbour and the scenic Highlands coastline to the east are fun to explore on foot or by bike. Due to the amenities and room size, the resort is great for extended stays.
Shortcomings: East Bay Beach can experience sargassum at times, and the beach fronting the property can get windy.
Parrot Cay Resort on the private island of Parrot Cay was once the leading Turks and Caicos retreat for the rich and famous, having attracted an impressive list of
celebrities. Now, the far broader selection of luxury hotels in our archipelago has brought competition to Parrot Cay.
Transit to Parrot Cay is via small passenger ferry, which departs from the
Leeward area of Providenciales, with a transit time of around 25 minutes.
Good: A beautiful beach and sandbar system fronts the resort. The island offers a high level of privacy, and typically the only people on the cay are guests, resort employees, and those few with property.
Shortcomings: Parrot Cay can have more a mosquito and biting midge problem than most other properties after rains.
Ambergris Cay is a private island on the south-eastern edge of the Caicos Banks.
Ambergris Cay Resort
Ambergris Cay Resort on the remote and private island of Ambergris Cay offers a level of privacy and seclusion that the other resorts simply can’t compete with. There are no scheduled ferries or public flights to the island, so the only way to get to there is through the resort or via a charter vessel. At nearly 50 miles (80km) from Providenciales and 13 miles (21km) from South Caicos, few ever make it out to the cay. Guest transit to the island is via small aircraft.
Good: Unparalleled seclusion and privacy. Beautiful and rugged coasts and environment. The resort features a high level of service and quality.
Shortcomings: The eastern shore beaches typically experience some levels of sargassum, and may be comparatively rough during most conditions. The sheltered west coast beach is nearly always calm and clear of seaweed, yet the ocean is quite shallow, and the sand can be silty.
Le Vele is one of the few Grace Bay hotels that offers a good level of tranquility, both on the property and on the beach fronting it. Grace Bay Beach has become quite popular over time, yet does have some relatively undeveloped stretches that tend to be very quiet. One such area is the coast between Le Vele and Point Grace.
Le Vele is a contemporary architecture hotel that isn’t quite as expansive as many other properties on Grace Bay. The site was designed for luxury residences, so rooms suites are spacious, with full kitchens and high quality finishes and fittings.
Visitors could spend nearly the entirety their stay in the Turks and Caicos at many of the other properties shown here, as other sites are larger and offer restaurants and other luxury services. In the case of Le Vele, guests will likely want to travel offsite to restaurants, or perhaps a visit to the Provo Golf Club and spa.
Good: Beautiful beach, large spacious rooms, and many shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Point Grace, one of the better-known Grace Bay Beach hotels, is currently surrounded by more undeveloped beach than (approximately 1400 feet, or 430 meters) than any other Grace Bay Resort, better seclusion. Point Grace is one of the Grace Bay Club group of properties.
Onsite is a pool, spa, Grace’s Cottage restaurant and Hutchings Restaurant, fitness center. One, two, and three bedroom suites are available.
Point Grace is within general walking distance of several plazas on the ‘Grace Bay Strip’, including Le Vele Plaza, the Saltmills, and Regent Village. A wide selection of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and services are in the area.
Good: Great onsite restaurant, beautiful beach, and elegant ambiance.
Shortcomings: Point Grace is located on Forbes Point, which is a slightly defined point along the beach. As the area is a bit more exposed, the water can consequently be a little rougher than at other locations, especially on the eastern side of the point. There is also boat traffic off the point due to the natural constriction.