The Winter Sun Weekender: Turks and Caicos

The perfect place to escape the cold for a few days

Looking for an easy escape from winter weather? With incredible beaches, a laid-back vibe and year-round sunshine, the Turks and Caicos islands are fast becoming the destination of choice for savvy travelers in North America.

The Turks and Caicos islands are made up of over 40 coral outposts, most nothing more than small cays with amazing white sand and some with a resident iguana population. The main island hub of Providenciales, or Provo, is where you’ll find most tourist activity. A short flight from many east coast cities including New York, Boston and Toronto, it’s the perfect long weekend pick-me-up destination away from the snow and ice.

Where to Stay

TurksAndCaicos_BeachEnclaveVilla2_08Past the west end of Grace Bay and the world-class snorkeling at Smith’s Reef you will find Beach Enclave, a new development of beachfront villas that promise incredible services, daily activities and an ocean view that just won’t quit. With four or five bedrooms, each home was designed to make the most of the incredible natural beauty and fabulous climate of the Turks and Caicos islands, with breezy indoor-outdoor living areas, and private infinity pools overlooking the always arresting bright turquoise ocean.

If you enjoy cooking the top-of-the-range, ocean-facing kitchen with integrated Sonos sound system will spoil you forever, but if you’re the type that prefers to be waited on hand and foot (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) then Beach Enclave will satisfy you too. Among the services on offer is a daily fresh pastry delivery – which is one of the best ideas we’ve ever heard – plus butler service to make sure your drink is always topped off, and private chefs who will sweep in to whip you up a world-class seafood feast, perhaps featuring the Islands’ signature spiny lobster with garlic butter.

What to Do

You don’t have to travel far to be entertained at Beach Enclave. There’s daily yoga on the shady terrace, weekly snorkeling lessons right off the beach with local outfit Big Blue. There are even Seadoos to please the adrenaline junkies out there, but perhaps best of all, and most fitting for a series of islands so dependent on the ocean around them, there’s a private charter boat just ready and waiting to take you out into the wide blue yonder.

Addenda is a so-called picnic boat, designed for a leisurely day drifting through calm waters. Her shallow draft means she can access the most remote beaches in the archipelago so you’re practically guaranteed your Robinson Crusoe moment as you explore. Jump off the back to explore the third largest barrier reef in the world – where you’ll likely find turtles, parrot fish and rays – then dry off in the breeze on the rear sun deck, well-earned Turks Head beer in hand. Every excursion comes with a full picnic on board, including delicious freshly baked brownies. When you return to dry land for yet another incredible, chef cooked meal, your winter woes will seem very far away indeed.

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Jenny Cahill-Jones