“Bigger is better” doesn’t always apply to Caribbean resorts, and in the Turks and Caicos Islands, some of the best places to vacation are relatively small.
Turks and Caicos has quite a diverse hotel product, from the “main” island of Providenciales to more remote destinations like South and Middle Caicos.
And that includes some rather charming little beach resorts.
From private islands to the enclaves of Grace Bay Beach, here are our favorite “small” hotels in the Turks and Caicos Islands, all of which have fewer than 50 rooms.
Pine Cay Unless you rent or buy your own private island, luxury vacations in Turks & Caicos don’t get much more exclusive than Pine Cay. With just a dozen rooms and villas, this private island resort off Providenciales offers amenities worthy of a grand hotel included in its “island included” package, including all gourmet meals, afternoon tea, noon, daily snorkel cruises and a variety of water and land sports, inside and outside the gym. Even better? It is a member of Relais et Châteaux.
Point Grace On an island full of sleek, modern hotels, Point Grace appeals with its traditional West Indian architecture that includes gingerbread trimmings and carved furnishings in a pretty village setting. Suites face the pool or the ocean, and a pair of penthouses raises the luxury bar even higher. Guests can enjoy French cuisine at Le Cottage or at the poolside Hutchings Restaurant. On-site facilities include an open-air spa and fitness center.
Dragon Cay Resort This Middle Caicos resort has a party element: a truly spectacular 2,200-restaurant beach that’s among the most gorgeous in the Caribbean. And it’s decidedly boutique, with just seven cottages and villas spread across the property at the edge of Mudjin Harbor.
Hotel Pelican Beach, North Caicos This charming family hotel has seven units, six of which are directly on the beach. “We don’t do luxury, but we know how to live on an island”, is the philosophy here, and you feel it as soon as you enter. You feel it even more while sipping a rum punch at the wonderful Barracuda Beach Bar. This is the best place to stay on charming North Caicos.
Sailrock Another resort where you can get away from it all with minimal nudging is Sail Rock, an upscale resort on the quiet island of South Caicos. With round-trip flights from Providenciales including room rates, you don’t have to worry about getting to the resort. Upon arrival, sip a complimentary welcome cocktail before settling into one of the resort’s beachfront suites or villas.
Le Vele This modern boutique hotel on Grace Bay Beach has 22 rooms, modern luxury decor designed by Marcello Armani, and flexible options ranging from studio suites to three-bedroom villas. The picture-perfect pool is framed by the resort’s two four-story hotel towers, and rooms all have kitchenettes or full-size kitchens.
Tuscany Grace Bay No need to worry about the view at this 30-unit boutique hotel, where every luxury suite faces Grace Bay Beach. Generously proportioned suites range from one to three bedrooms and all have private screened-in balconies; Resort amenities include a courtyard pool and hot tub, fitness center, tennis courts, and bicycles for exploring.
Villa Del Mar The freeform pool at the heart of this small resort is the picture of relaxation, with the sands of Grace Bay Beach just steps away (no, it’s not beachfront). In addition to 42 rooms, ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites, Villa Del Mar has a lively poolside tiki bar and, when you hit the beach, service that includes loungers and chairs. loungers, clean towels, umbrellas and cold drinks.
Bianca Sands Four acres of beachfront Grace Bay are occupied by the 47-room Bianca Sands resort, a lavish property with a beautiful infinity pool, a pair of hot tubs, and rows of shaded lounge chairs on the sand. Rooms, which had pool or ocean views, all have kitchenettes (studios) or full kitchens (in one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites). There’s no on-site restaurant, but resort amenities include lighted tennis courts, a fitness center, and loaner bikes.
Rock House The newest of all Turks and Caicos resorts, Rock House on Providenciales has just 46 accommodations ranging from poolside studios to clifftop and beachfront homes, as well as an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and dining and beverage options that includes an intimate Grotto Bar and Beach Club. A long and wide jetty is the privileged place to sunbathe in peace away from the swimming pool.
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