The Turks and Caicos Islands is welcoming newly opened and upcoming luxury properties debuting in 2021 through 2023, and a $25 million investment in the Grand Turk Cruise Center heralding the return of cruise ships.
Together with new introductions from The Ritz-Carlton, Grace Bay Resorts, and Andaz, along with enhancements to its cruise port, the islands – home to the “World’s Best Beach” – are positioned to welcome new and returning visitors to pristine stretches of beaches and cliffsides on Grace Bay Beach and beyond.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, the islands’ exclusive tourism authority, has announced preliminary visitor statistics that show 2021 was one of the busiest summers on record. Compared to pre-pandemic statistics in 2019, the destination saw an increase of over 18 percent in June, 19 percent in July and a rise of 15 percent in August.
With nine main islands and about 40 small islands and uninhabited cays, the destination offers plenty of physical distancing, given its expansiveness, stunning outdoor environment, privacy and spacious resort accommodations.
Over 70 percent of the local adult population in the Turks and Caicos is fully vaccinated, making it one of the most inoculated countries in the world. Additionally, the destination requires all visitors aged 16 and older to show proof of vaccination before entry, further underscoring the destination’s commitment to health and safety as travel continues to flourish.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is heavily investing in the improvement of the Cruise Port and infrastructure in Grand Turk through a development agreement with Carnival Corporation representing $25 million. The result will be an improved cruise port experience and infrastructure to welcome back the cruise industry as travel rebounds.
Turks and Caicos Islands’ new and upcoming resorts offer a variety of accommodations ranging from residential homes of one to six-bedrooms, to resorts with spacious two- three- and four- bedroom suites, to multi-level penthouses ideal for milestone get-togethers or multigenerational families. Each has their own unique characteristics and guest amenities, and boasts stunning locations.
The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos – Opened in June 2021 on Grace Bay Beach, The Ritz-Carlton features 147 ocean view guest rooms, including 23 suites. The property also offers five three-story penthouse suites, multiple culinary venues, a dedicated Club Concierge and beach service, a private catamaran for guest use, a signature Ritz-Carlton spa, and an on-site casino that offers traditional table games for late night entertainment.
Rock House – Nestled into the limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore, Rock House is set to open in spring 2022 with 42 private cottages equipped with modern finishes and panoramic views of the property’s natural setting. Rock House is a Grace Bay Resorts property offering amenities that include a 100-foot infinity pool, a European-style beach club, jogging trails, a signature restaurant, sunset bar, cave lounge, and fitness center.
The Bight Hotel – With elevated boutique-style suites offering cinematic views from the sands to the horizon, The Bight Hotel will rise 45 feet high, affording guests unparalleled views of Grace Bay Beach and beyond. Set amidst acres of lush tropical vegetation, the property is beginning construction in June 2022 and will feature an expansive infinity pool, spa, yoga studio and training center, distillery and rum bar, 140-seat barn venue, and a garden-to-table restaurant, featuring fresh food from the property’s own vegetable garden and eco farm.
South Bank Turks & Caicos – Anticipated to open in December 2022, South Bank is a managed residential resort and marina destination located along the dunes of Long Bay Beach. The collection of contemporary residences, ranging from one- to six-bedroom homes, will feature distinct design guided by a strong sense of livability and an affinity for waterfront living – with exclusive ocean access and the option to own a private boat dock on the full-service South Bank Marina. Residents will also have access to a plethora of dedicated amenities and services. South Bank will be managed by Grace Bay Resorts.
Andaz Turks & Caicos Residences at Grace Bay – With 60 hotel rooms and suites plus 74 residences, Andaz Turks & Caicos Residences at Grace Bay represents the first Andaz branded resort and residential property in the Caribbean. Boasting 5.5 acres of oceanfront luxury along Grace Bay Beach, the dynamic property will offer hotel guests and residents full-service amenities including a spa, dining options, and a wellbeing facility. Andaz Residences is starting construction later this year, targeting an early 2023 opening.
The Strand Turks & Caicos – Opening in 2023, The Strand is a private residential resort community located along the southern shoreline of Providenciales. The architecturally distinct private community will feature a diverse array of custom oceanfront residences. Guests and residents will be offered access to a collection of shared community amenities and programming including a Beach Club, marina access, a waterfront restaurant and bar, resort pool, and expansive beach.
“The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board is thrilled to prepare for the upcoming return of cruise ships and to welcome several new travel-worthy hotel partners to our portfolio,” said Pamela Ewing, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“We are confident that the opening of these properties, along with a new and improved cruise port experience and infrastructure on Grand Turk, will allow us to continue providing an unmatched vacation experience for new and returning visitors seeking authentic, extraordinary vacation experiences while supporting our local communities.”