The Meridian Club is a unique private island resort on the tranquil Pine Cay. This all-inclusive offers a laid-back and Hemingwayesque atmosphere on a spectacular island – a truly rare experience.
The history of the Meridian Club and Pine Cay is quite interesting. Prior to the establishment of the Loyalist settlers in the Turks and Caicos in the latter 1700s, Pine Cay and the adjacent Parrot Cay served as lairs for pirates and privateers, mainly due to their fresh water pond resources. In the early days of the 1900s Pine Cay became one of the first destinations in the country to be a luxury retreat and planned community, when Countess Helen Czernin of Austria-Hungary pioneered the island’s foray into tourism.
The Meridian Club offers several accommodation options, including beachfront rooms onsite at the resort, and managed villa rentals of some of the island’s residences.
All of the rooms at the resort are beachfront, and are available with a single king bed, or with two twin beds. A screened-in porch fronts each room, and has chairs and a table. Rooms have complimentary WiFi, a safe, mini fridge, and small library. Premium beachfront rooms have air conditioning.
The villa choices vary from one to four bedroom houses, both on the beach and overlooking the secluded ponds or turquoise Caicos Banks. In addition to a more spacious accommodation, villas tend to offer a bit more seclusion.
The Bistro at the Meridian Club offers both indoor and oceanfront outdoor dining, and serves a wide menu of international cuisine that’s complemented by fresh baked goods. Locally-caught fish, lobster, and conch factor into many dishes.
For guests staying at a villa, catering and private chef services may be arranged, as well as picnic lunches.
The attractions and activities of Pine Cay revolve around the island’s beautiful environment. There’s hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, Hobie Cat sailing, and relaxing at the beach or pool. Another tranquil thing to do is to enjoy a treatment at the resort’s Sand Dollar Spa, or take part in yoga lessons.
A significant part of Pine Cay’s ambiance is it’s disconnect from modern tech and bustle. There are no cars (only silent electric golf carts) on the island, and the rooms at the resort do not have televisions or telephones. Land sports include tennis, cycling, and basketball.
The highlight of Pine Cay is the incredible beach that lines the island’s north coast. Although not as extensive as the world famous Grace Bay Beach, the water and sand quality of the beach is unparalleled.
Due to the limited development and residences on Pine Cay, the island’s two mile (3.4km) beach is almost always deserted. Pine Cay is connected by sand bar to the uninhabited and likewise exquisite Water Cay, which has miles of pristine coast to explore as well.
All scheduled international flights to the Turks and Caicos land at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS), and domestic transport between Providenciales and Pine Cay usually takes place by small plane or boat.
The island of Pine Cay has both a dock for mid to smaller sized vessels, as well as a private surfaced airstrip. The Meridian Club Resort typically arranges transport for guests, either by boat or by charter flight per guest preferences.Visitors arriving by private planes or yachts should contact the Meridian Club for arrival information.