Like many of you, WF is anxiously awaiting Christmas travel. Since we are looking to relax, restore and recharge we have cast our sites on wandering toward the turquoise waters of the northern Caribbean.
Top on our wish list for this holiday season is Turks! Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean south-east of Bahamas. Once you travel to Turks and Caicos, a sophisticated island with world class spas, renowned diving and sugar-white sand beaches you will be changed forever.
The climate is tropical with an average temperature year-round of 82F degrees (27C). With over 350 days of sunshine, there is no bad time to visit! Cooling trade winds grace the island throughout the year, blowing gently across the unpaved coral limestone roads and endless sandy beaches.
Turks and Caicos is the perfect place to relax, recharge and rejuvenate – just what we all need right now.
International flights land on the main island of Providenciales at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) – so there is easy access from Toronto, New York City and Miami.
With so many world class hotels on the islands, we simply couldn’t choose just 1. So, we looked at the Ambergris Cay, Como Parrot Cay and the Ritz Carlton. Each property has a unique vibe and specialty –
and all will have you come feeling as though you have been away for a month.
Como Parrot Cay
Como Parrot Cay is an award winning property set on its own private Island. Every moment of your stay will be focused on wellness. Whether you are dining at Lotus – on Caribbean specialties and Asian fare or at Terrace on modern Italian – the organic ingredients combined with the subtly of fresh herbs and spices will tempt any palate.
No wellness stay would be complete without a visit to the world famous Como Shambala spa. The spa offers a range of holistic, Asian inspired treatments including Ayurveda as well as aromatherapy. You will pamper yourself all with a view of the North Caicos Channel.
Spend your days paddling around the island, hiking through the coconut plantation or soaking up rays poolside overlooking the beach. Once your day is done, relax back in your suite or villa and let the natural materials used in the décor soothe you to sleep.
The Ritz Carlton features lavishly appointed guestrooms, fine dining and a plethora of activities to keep the whole family busy and happy! Conveniently situated on Grace Bay, you can explore the crystal waters teeming with exotic marine life by kayak or paddleboard. For the more adventurous in your group, there is a sailing or scuba diving.
The dining options are sure to satisfy every palate, from BLT – the modern interpretation of an American Steakhouse to Coralli where you can dine on Mediterranean flavours in a captivating setting – there is something to satisfy every taste bud. Your stay at the Ritz Carlton will leave you wanting for nothing but more time!
“Ambergris Cay is a secret pearl on the beautiful necklace of islands that is Turks and Caicos.
Reserved exclusively for a select few, Ambergris Cay entices with a serene, natural beauty, from the endless turquoise blue waters of the Caicos Banks to starry nights with stunning views of the constellations unobstructed by the glare of civilization.”
Ambergris…is for those of you that really want to treat yourselves this holiday season – and I think we all deserve it!!The island sits on the southeast corner of the string of Turks and Caicos Islands that surrounds the world-famous Caicos Banks, whose shallow turquoise blue waters and surrounding reefs are so brilliant, they can be seen from space.
Ambergris Cay guests are met at the PLS Airport for the 20-minute private air transfer flight to the private Ambergris Cay airport which has the longest private runway in the Caribbean (5,700 ft. in length, suitable for even private jets). Guests enjoy complimentary roundtrip private air transfers from PLS to Ambergris Cay.
Ambergris Cay sits on the southeast corner of the string of Turks and Caicos Islands that surrounds the world-famous Caicos Banks. Just east of the island is the Grand Turk Passage that descends to nearly 7,000 ft. with opportunities for fishing, whale watching, and sea wall diving Whether you seek a private, peaceful retreat to unwind and disconnect or prefer to stay active with water sports, bone fishing or nature walks, the team at Ambergris Cay will pamper you with bespoke service and all-inclusive gourmet meals.
The Elevate Spa offers two private air-conditioned spa cabanas facing the ocean for an intimate and private spa experience. Resort guests are offered a daily complimentary 30-min. treatment.
Additional services are also available for a fee.
The dining at Ambergris is unparalleled – with Calico Jack offering Caribbean and international cuisine, with seasonal specialties such as seafood paella and grilled lobster. For more casual beach fare you can dine at the Club House.
Just to let you know, Turks and Caicos has some pretty strict travel requirements. So, make sure you are double vaxxed and you have booked your medical insurance!!
You need a TCI Assured Travel Authorization to board your flight. This is a free authorization and you apply online. You’ll need:
Once granted entry, no further COVID-19 tests are required and visitors are permitted to stay for 90 days (extendable for an additional 90 days). There is no mobile tracking app or daily health checks (as in some other Caribbean countries). Visitors are free to travel throughout Providenciales and the rest of the Turks and Caicos without restrictions during their stay.
For queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call +1 (649) 232-7233, +1 (649) 232-5900, or +1 (649) 232-4484.
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