On Turks & Caicos, along picturesque Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales, there are a slew of resorts and hotels all lined up in a pretty row and all vying for your client’s attention.
There’s the trendy Gansevoort Turks & Caicos, ideal for the hipster set, and the Ocean Club, that’s perfect for a family getaway, but for your well-heeled clients, we recommend the five-star Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, with its own slice of Grace Bay Beach behind it and some of the most opulent accommodations on the island.
“From the moment you step foot into the open-air lobby, not only do you notice the beauty of the property, but you are greeted with the highest quality of service and personal attention, which follows you throughout your stay,” says Karen Whitt, the resort’s general manager. “Our award-winning spa is a retreat unlike anything else in the Caribbean and our talented executive chef Ingo Moller has extensive background in fine dining and combines his sophisticated palate and distinct presentation with the local cuisine of the Turks & Caicos.”
The latter statement is spot-on. After we experienced first-hand chef Moller’s savory culinary skills during a 6-course dinner in one of Regent Palm’s oceanview penthouse suites, and with an attentive butler filling our glasses with paired red and white wines, it’s easy to agree with Whitt’s sentiments about this lavish 72-suite property radiating with Caribbean luxury and upscale decor.
“As an all-suite, beachfront resort, we cater to couples celebrating romantic getaways as well as families looking for a private, safe beach escape,” points out Whitt.
lavish living spaces
After passing through its open-air lobby, the Regent Palms unwraps to reveal an expansive manicured lawn placed in-between charming boutique-style, high-end shops on either side where guests can purchase designer clothing, swimwear, snacks and drinks.
The al fresco terrace belonging to Parallel23, the resort’s main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a full view of the lawn and its lush flora. And come evening, the atmosphere magically transforms for dinner when the lawn is sprinkled with twinkling lights and candles flickering romantically at every table.
The outdoor space is landscaped with palm trees, royal poincianas and a cascade of hot pink bougainvillea intertwined with overhead wood arches that lead guests to the rear of the property where
they’ll find the resort’s five buildings that house the 72 suites; the infinity pool and its restaurant Plunge; and beckoning Grace Bay Beach.
From its 640-sq.-ft. jr. suites to the 2,887-sq.-ft. 3-bedroom suites, the Regent Palms accommodates both couples and families in extravagantly designed and decorated living spaces (marble floors, soft linens, custom-designed mahogany furniture), most with views of Grace Bay.
A heavy antique-style front door opens up to a quaint foyer in the 1-bedroom suite we called home during our stay. The foyer separates the main bedroom, located to the left, from the living and dining spaces to the right. The 1,500-sq.-ft room includes a private terrace and balcony with views of the infinity pool and ocean; outdoor lush chaise longues; a full kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, dishware and espresso machine (for guests interested in having a private chef prepare meals); and a comfortable and sunlit living room with a sleeper sofa and dining room. The suite’s bedroom features a plush king-size bed, flat-screen TV, two closets and ample dresser drawer space, and the master bath includes a hydro-massage bathtub and separate marble showers—cozy bathrobes and slippers included. Now this is what we call living, but there are even more delights to pamper clients who just can’t get enough of a good thing.
the regent spa
Once your clients step foot into the open-air, 26,000-sq.-ft. Spa at Regent Palms at least 30 minutes before their scheduled appointment so they can truly get into that Zen-like mode, the senses become alert as the aromatic scents, colors, and sounds of trickling water take over. The spa emits a feeling of calmness and tranquility sprinkled here and there with some luxurious treatments that heighten the entire experience from beginning to end.
Before your clients are taken into either a stand-alone treatment room or into a tented cabana in the garden, they are treated to refreshments in the spa’s open-air lounge area with chaise longues situated before a calm reflecting pool.
We recommend the 90-minute Zareeba treatment. It begins in a closed enclosure with a steaming pot of therapeutic herbs and a wooden spoon used to blend them—the more you blend, the more herbal steam rises from the pot and fills the enclosed space with an intoxicating scent, which is meant to detoxify the body and mind. After the body is cleansed from the treatment, your client falls deeper into that calm state with a 50-minute lymphatic massage. The Zareeba treatment, which is ideal for couples too, is $215 pp.
The Regent Palms also offers a special treatment for night owls called Moonbathing. When it’s a full moon, guests will head outside to lie on a lounge chair by the resort’s pool while a table filled with lit candles of all shapes and sizes flicker in the night air. As the bright moon shines above, a masseuse relieves any tension in the shoulder, neck and head. The experience is followed by a glass of champagne and plate of delectable truffles. Moonbathing is $95 pp, not including snacks or beverages.
The spa also features a fitness center for guests looking to burn calories with cardio and strength training classes, from a high-intensity bootcamp workout to Pilates and yoga sessions.
The Romance package includes a private dinner for two on the beach as well as a signature couples massage, romantic turndown service during one night of the stay, and champagne upon arrival—$575 a night, plus accommodation costs.
For families with deep pockets, Regent Palms offers a Family Getaway package that includes a 3-course family dinner on the beach prepared by chef Moller, as well as complimentary nanny service, transportation to and from the airport and a special welcome amenity for the kids. Rates start at $495 a night, not including—and take note agents—costs of accommodations.
rates & regent incentives
Rates at Regent Palms, during high season, start at $625 per night for a luxury room; $1,250 to $5,260 per night for a suite; and $1,350 to $5,830 per night for a penthouse.
The resort hosts FAM trips. For information on upcoming FAM trips, contact Raymond Yip, revenue and reservation manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta and US Airways offer direct flights from major U.S. gateways to Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Gateway cities include Miami, New York (JFK), Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
WHAT TRAVEL AGENTS ARE SAYING…
Laura Bassett, luxury travel advisor, independent associate of Brownell, a Virtuoso agency, agrees that the Regent Palms Turks & Caicos is ideal for couples.
“Whether celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or ‘just because,’ the ambiance and service of this boutique property will not disappoint. With only 72 suites, it feels private and special, not crazy and hectic like a large resort can.
“The entry-level jr. suites are beautiful and have kitchenettes, but the best room to book for couples is a 1-bedroom oceanfront suite. In addition to having over 1,500 sq. ft., a full kitchen, dining, and living room, they are also located steps from the beach and pool and all rooms are well-appointed with chic British colonial-style decor. I especially love the bathrooms with white marble counters and an open shower—so romantic!”
Bassett recommends couples share a romantic dinner off-property at Coco Bistro. “It’s a great local restaurant not far from Regent Palms and a wonderful fine dining experience under the stars, but romance isn’t hard to find either at Parallel23.”
Regent Palms Turks & Caicos: (866) 877-7256; regenthotels.com