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Turks & Caicos Part I: The Gansevoort Hotel

My family and I just returned from an 8-day vacation in the Turks & Caicos. Although we go to the Caribbean often, it was our first time in the Turks & Caicos and we were excited to discover a new island.

My husband, my 8yr old daughter, my 5yr old son and I left New York City on a direct JetBlue flight. It was only a few short hours to Providenciales airport. From Providenciales, the hotel sent a private shuttle to pick us up. Fifteen minutes later, we arrived at the Gansevoort Hotel.

The Gansevoort Hotel is a sleek, modern, art-deco building located on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches I’ve ever seen. The hotel itself is a 4-story building surrounding a gorgeous pool, which reminded me a little of the Shore Club in Miami.┬áIt’s a see-and-be-seen type of place – so pack accordingly! I suggest fancy cover-ups (check the widget below for some gorgeous options by Melissa Odabash!), colorful sundresses, and fancy flip-flops (Valentino makes really cute ones). Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses – I love the blue lens ones these days, for a trendy look that goes with everything!

The infinity pool at the hotel is huge, beautifully designed, and dotted with palm trees in giant limestone planters. There are floating islands with double loungers (perfect for couples!), and lots of shallow areas where you can relax and while away the hours, cocktail in hand. The pool is so large that it never felt crowded during our stay, even though we were there during a busy vacation week.

There are two restaurants on site. The upscale spot Stelle overlooks the pool, with plenty of outdoor tables, lounge areas, and indoor seating. The other restaurant, Zest, is a casual, feet-in-the-sand affair located right on the beach. Among other dishes, it serves delicious ceviches and some mean cocktails!

There is an Exhale spa/gym in the hotel. It offers fitness/yoga classes (same as Exhale in New York). I did not get to experience any of the spa services, although I was dying to book a massage! Next time!

One thing surprised us: although there is a kids-club during the busy holiday season (Christmas and Easter), there’s no kids-club the rest of the year (including school vacation like winter break or spring break). If a kids-club is important to you, you should double check before you book!

Our room was gorgeous – or should I say “apartment” because it really wasn’t a room! We had gorgeous views of the ocean and grounds, a huge balcony, an extravagant full-size kitchen with an island, a giant living-room with a sectional couch and a large flat-screen TV, and even a laundry closet with a Bosch Axxis washer and dryer! The kids slept in roll-away beds while we had a king-size bed. A partition wall could be pulled shut to separate the bedroom from the rest of the space.

Last but not least, the hotel beach is hands-down gorgeous. We’ve been to a lot of beaches, and this one was one of the best, for the quality of the sand (pure white!) and the clarity of the turquoise water. The waves weren’t big and the water was shallow enough for kids to swim and enjoy themselves. Sitting on the beach, all we could see was white sand, blue skies, and turquoise waters – a Caribbean dream come true!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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