The Caribbean is made up of beautiful islands and vacation destinations, however there is one that stands out like a jewel in a crown, one that never gets old no matter how many times you visit. Turks & Caicos is one of our favorite spots in the Caribbean. Thanks to Turks & Caicos Tourism and The Somerset, we had the chance to experience another side to the island and discover a resort that took me to a state of relaxation that I had yet to encounter on any of my previous trips.
The Somerset on Grace Bay is renowned for their luxury accommodations and relaxing atmosphere. Travel + Leisure recently named them in their 2013 World’s Best Awards and several well-known celebrities have called their suites home for weeks at a time. I was interested in seeing what kind of amenities and accommodation choices they offered for families.
When my youngest daughter and I arrived at the Providenciales airport, we were greeted by the manager of the resort who was sweet enough to bring a pair of flip flops for my daughter. As a shoe lover she was tickled by this gesture and it set the tone for our stay. Our drive to the resort took approximately 15 minutes and was one that I was already quite familiar with as many of the resorts and hotels are located along Grace Bay (one of the most beautiful beaches in the world).
Upon arrival, we were greeted with cold towels scented with an invigorating essential oil blend. After a full day of travel, this was such a treat! We made our way up to our room and as soon as I opened the doors, I was taken aback at the overall size of the unit we were in.
First, can we talk about the view for a moment? Our 2-bedroom Ocean Villa spanned 2,900 square feet and offered an ocean view to die for! There is a roomy terrace that wraps around the front of the villa, with seating for the entire family. <
Inside, you have two separate bedrooms (one with a king size bed and the other with a queen) as well as two full bathrooms. There is also a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, so this villa would easily accommodate up to 6 people.
This stunning suite came equipped with all of the comforts of home including a full gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and Viking appliances as well as a washer and dryer.
What I loved the most about the accommodations at The Somerset was how they’ve taken every aspect of a traveling family’s needs into consideration when designing these units. Multi-generational families would find this as the ideal choice for traveling as a group! Coming ‘home’ after a long day at the beach or after hanging out poolside, is something that adds even more of a relaxing aspect to any vacation.
Oh, lord the pool. There are two pools at the Somerset including the 138-foot lap pool (the longest on Turks and Caicos) and the zero-edge infinity pool overlooking Grace Bay. The infinity pool was a favorite for my daughter and I as it starts off very shallow. You don’t have to worry about your children getting into the deep end as it’s a very gradual drop.
The tiles are exquisite! I spoke to the manager of the resort who informed me that these are custom, recycled tiles imported from Spain. They absorb sunlight during the day and at night they glow in the dark. I tried to get a picture of them at night, but alas, they didn’t turn out as well as I could have hoped. Check out The Somerset’s website for a better look.
The resort’s pool bar is a nice place to order breakfast or enjoy lunch and a drink. You can either dine underneath a shaded area or enjoy your food poolside. The food is very fresh and made to order.
Caicos Kids Club
If you’re used to dropping your children off at a kids’ club where there’s a huge play area, movies and video games, you won’t find any of that here at The Somerset. Instead, they immerse your child in the Caribbean culture with physical activities like beach games, swimming, arts and crafts and treasure hunts. My daughter loved the one-on-one time she received with her counselor and came back with braids in her hair, new jewelry she made herself and a tie dyed shirt that she was so proud of, she’s worn it 1-2 days every week this summer. We found the kids club to be a refreshing change from many of the ones we’ve visited in the past. Instead of a destination in its own right, it was rather an experience.
In addition to the pool bar, there is the O’Soleil and The Pearl Bar. This restaurant offers more of a fine dining experience, which we were lucky enough to feast here on our second night. Unfortunately it was quite dark, so I was unable to get great shots of the food, but it was some of the best we ate during our stay. Everything including the pasta was freshly made. Divine!
If you’ve never experienced a sunset dinner, the beaches of Grace Bay are the perfect place to change that. Romance at its finest and a sight so breathtaking you’ll be left speechless.
You won’t find a spa on property, however there are in-room spa services available. If you are looking for a full spa experience, you can find one of the best spas in the Caribbean, just steps away. The Regent Palms Spa has been named as one of the best spas in the entire Caribbean. I checked out this blissful space and let me tell you – it’s definitely a MUST experience!
Our trip to The Somerset was memorable and one that I want to revisit again in the near future. The villas are roomy and luxurious, the amenities are top of the line and my daughter adored it. This resort is conveniently located within walking distance to many restaurants and resorts. We did a full tour of the island which opened my eyes to even more incredible activities and attractions. Stay tuned for our coverage next week where we’ll dive into some of the best places to visit on Turks & Caicos.
A big thank you to The Somerset and Turks & Caicos Tourism for inviting us on this incredible press trip. Perfection!