As though synchronized, my travel companion and I take out our iPhones to capture the sapphire blue and turquoise colors of the ocean as the airplane descends on the city of Providenciales. We’re soon given a welcomed lesson on island time as we go through customs and wait a bit longer than a New York minute for the shuttle to take us to The Regent Palms. The 72-suite hotel is ranked as one of the Caribbean islands’ most luxurious resorts and is the top luxury destination in Turks and Caicos.
The resort welcomes guests like honeymooners, babymooners (prospective moms and dads getting in their last tranquil vacation) and groups of girlfriends taking advantage of the resort’s most grand feature, The Spa at Regent Palms. Nestled on an acre of land, the wellness retreat spans 25,000 square feet with 18 stand-alone rooms—reason enough to book an immediate stay.
Treatments include a range of holistic therapies. Take, for example, the Zareeba, one of the spa’s many “Signature Journeys,” a.k.a. one-of-a-kind treatments using indigenous ingredients. Seated in a wooden enclosure similar to that of a dry sauna, you are given a clay pot filled with freshly brewed herbs (sourced quarterly from an herbalist in Jamaica) and a stick to blend the aromatic concoction. How fast you stir the pot determines the strength of steam produced. A lymphatic drainage massage follows to complete the detoxification ritual.
In addition to treatments, guests can also arrange an intimate spa lunch with cuisine inspired by the menu of services; think cool cucumber soup.
If you’re in the mood for a heartier meal, there are the Parallel23 and Plunge restaurants. Parallel23 offers guests a complimentary breakfast buffet. Dinner is also superb with dishes including watermelon atop goat cheese and seafood risotto, and for dessert, don’t miss the fig toffee pudding. Meanwhile, Plunge offers the perfect poolside grub, including jerk chicken wrap, tuna tacos and conch ceviche.
Finally, the nightly rate includes complimentary water sports like snorkeling gear, sailboats and kayaks. On dry land, guests can venture out on bicycles. Regarded as the safest of the Caribbean islands, explore the more than 80 restaurants the Turks and Caicos have to offer. Among them, Coyaba is a favorite for their take on cheesecake—it’s wrapped in a tortilla, deep-fried and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Be sure to run on the beautiful white sands the next day!