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Turks and Caicos might be home to one of the world’s best beaches, but it’s also home to those who like to be pampered in total privacy. This could explain why Keith Richards, Bruce Willis, Donna Karen, and the world’s most discerning travelers have residences in the archipelago, which remains one of the largest (and perhaps last) pristine expanses in the Caribbean.
If sipping a mojito on a quiet white sand beach, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, or enjoying a massage on your beachfront patio sounds like your idea of a luxury vacation, then you’ll find like minds at The Élan Collection, a private residence club that offers a 12,000-square-foot fractional beachfront estate called “The Coral House” on Grace Bay Beach.
1) Water World
“In the first week, everything is going to revolve around the beach or the ocean,” notes Robert Greenwood, a luxury real estate specialist based on the main island of Providenciales. “When you arrive at The Coral House, for example, your staff will bring in your luggage and hand you a piña colada or margarita, leaving you free to hit the beach right outside your back door.”
If you’re feeling more adventurous later in the week, you can always take a boat ride to explore the coral head for snorkeling or take a day trip to a private beach like Half Moon Bay or Parrot Cay. Warns Greenwood: “You can’t just roll up on your boat and stay for the day at Parrot Cay. You must call ahead.”
2) Surf and Turks
“If you enjoy good food and good wine, then Turks and Caicos is the place for you,” says Greenwood. As far as restaurants, there’s Magnolia, “a beautiful restaurant perched on a hill with some of the best fresh tuna dishes on the island and views of Grace Bay Beach,” says Greenwood. At Coco Bistro and Coyaba, you’ll find excellent lobster (in season August 1 to March 31), Mahi-Mahi, snapper and the ever-popular conch, a Caribbean delicacy.
3) R & R
Now that you’ve had a chance to leave the stress of your former life behind, you’ll invariably find yourself at one of these swanky spas: the Serenity Villa at Amanyara or the Regent Palms. If you can’t bear to leave your vacation villa at all, there is always the option of enjoying a massage on your own private patio while you listen to the soothing sounds of the ocean. According to the locals, “hammocking” is also a national pastime.
4) Time for Tee
The championship 18-hole “target-style” course at Provo Golf Club on Providenciales offers a natural, rugged layout through limestone outcroppings and fairways lined with native island bush. Apparently “island time” applies to tee times too. “Tee times are optional, so it is not a rushed experience,” adds Greenwood (who happened to be on the course at the time of our interview).
5) Social Butterflies
Chances are, you’re probably ready for socializing. Maybe you’ve even invited your best friends for the week. Luckily, there’s plenty of celebrating to do on the islands, no matter what time of year you visit. The social calendar is full of events, such as the Annual Fool’s Regatta in June, the white-tie Le Reve Gala Ball and the Annual Conch Festival in November, as well as Junkanoo, the Caribbean version of Mardi Gras on New Year’s. And for a taste of island nightlife, why not venture over to Grace Bay’s Casablanca Casino?
6) Crown Jewel
You won’t find Versace or Chanel in Turks and Caicos—but you will find duty-free luxury jewelry stores that offer Rolex, Cartier and Bvlgari among other names. And who could leave the islands without purchasing one-of-a-kind conch pearl and diamond earrings? They’ll go perfectly with your tan.
If you’re seeking a hassle-free luxury beach vacation with a dose of the royal treatment, then four weeks in Turks and Caicos should be all the prescription you need. The Élan Collection is now taking priority sales reservations on only 13 shares at The Coral House, a private beachfront estate set on one acre on Grace Bay Beach. For more information, log onto www.elanprc.com.