As the temperature starts to drop and that brisk nip in the air begins to emerge, it’s time to start planning your next warm weather getaway. When you mix stunning beaches with one of the lowest rainfall averages in the Caribbean, and add in easy access from metropolitan hubs such as New York City and Miami, Turks and Caicos checks off all of the right boxes. With just a little over three-hour plane ride from New York City and about 90 minutes from Miami, your own sliver of paradise is just a quick flight away. The islands of Turks and Caicos are about true rest and relaxation.
Grace Bay has prime waterfront real estate with white sand beaches. Brandon Boykin, NFL cornerback formerly with the Philadelphia Eagles, married his high school sweetheart at the Gansevoort Resort. Bruce McLaren, the developer of Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, notes, “Turks and Caicos is a very popular destination not only due to the beauty of the islands, but also fantastic dining, and the year-round favorable climate which averages between 82 and 92 Fahrenheit.” If the luxury of solitude is what you’re after, Gansevoort Villas is a personal hideaway that offers the privacy of your own villa overlooking the bay at Turtle Tail with the amenities and services of a luxury hotel all at your fingertips. The villas are perfect for those who want to avoid the crowds and get away from it all.
The five-bedroom villa, appointed with towels and bedding from Frette, accommodates up to 11 adults and is great for multi-generational families, groups of friends, a single family or couple that just wants extra space to breathe. In the main house there are four bedrooms with four and a half baths. The guesthouse across the interior courtyard features a bedroom and a bath. The main house offers two master bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the second floor. The ground level master is ideal for guests who prefer the ease of not having to climb up stairs. This master bedroom has both an indoor as well as an outdoor shower. All of the bedrooms have their own full bathrooms and the bedrooms in the main house have a balcony or a patio with waterfront views of the Caicos Banks to boot.
The villa boasts a contemporary design by Coast Architects and modern décor with two pools, one in the courtyard with a waterfall feature and an infinity pool overlooking the sea with a gradual slope, which is good for little ones who have yet to learn how to swim, but need to cool off. The main floor has an open living room and kitchen concept with large floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that lead to the patio area for outdoor dining and grilling. The living room has a hidden large screen TV that is raised with the touch of a button. If you want a separate place to watch a movie or game night, there is also a screening room just off the courtyard with top-of-the-line audio and video equipment, including Apple TV and Sonos sound system throughout the villa. Out back across from the infinity pool there is a sunken fire pit seating area perfect for lounging with friends. Just beyond the fire pit is a private staircase that leads down to your own sun deck and further down the stairs is a relaxation deck with day beds, Adirondack chairs, an overwater hammock, and access to the sea for swimming. It’s a peaceful spot that feels like being in an overwater bungalow, but you have the convenience of an entire villa just steps away. Of course there are also practical amenities inside the villa such as a spacious laundry room and an office if you need to get some work done or take a conference call. I would opt to do those from one of the lounge chairs under an open umbrella by the infinity pool, but to each its own.
There is an on-site villa manager, so you don’t have to queue up at a busy lobby waiting for the front desk team to check you in. The staff can be as high touch or low touch as you want. If you like the attentive service, housekeeping will visit twice-a-day, the groundskeeper will set up the umbrellas by the pools and decks, replenish the pool towels, and even tie up all of your electronic cords with Gansevoort branded Velcro bands so that everything looks neat and orderly. If you want to cook for yourself in the state-of-the-art kitchen with a massive island, the concierge service will go grocery shopping for you and have everything in the fridge and pantry waiting for your arrival. You can also request a chef come to the villa and cook for you. Or you can order room service catered by one of the Gansevoort Resort restaurants. In a place so secluded, you don’t have to worry about safety. The gated community has 24-hour security staff. Each villa has a multi-car garage if you plan to rent some vehicles, but there is also a shared shuttle service that will take you to and from the resort on demand.
If you want to get a little social, the shuttle service gives you easy access to Gansevoort Resort. Villa guests have reserved seating right on the pristine white sands of Grace Bay Beach, so that you don’t have to worry about waking up early to secure your spot. You can snorkel or just relax along the shore because the water is pretty calm. There is an Exhale Spa at the resort for those that need a little serenity and some pampering. Plus you can choose from the beachfront open air dining at Zest, where you can order a grilled Caicos lobster, to the slightly more formal Southeast Asia meet Caribbean cuisine at Stelle, which was recognized by Wine Spectator in 2017. Your villa manager can also help with reservations and additional transportation to other destinations such as Coco Bistro and Da Conch Shack as well as other excursions on the island.