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Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

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Paradise is only a three hour flight from Manhattan. Honest-to-god paradise.

There are very few places in the world that are as relaxing as the Turks and Caicos islands. The sand is like superfine velvet and the water is shades of translucent and sparkling teal, blue & green. Oh yeah, and the weather is absolutely perfect, 360 days a year. Really. Photos can’t do these islands justice. Before my trip to the gorgeous Turks & Caicos islands in the Caribbean, I wasn’t able to concentrate while sitting at my desk on the Upper East Side, struggling to get the formatting of an article to work with me instead of against me. But now, doing the same thing at the same desk, going back is all I can think about. 

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

The minute I stepped out of the cab in front of The Somerset at Grace Bay, the resort where I’d be staying for the next five days, I was mesmerized. The gorgeous view of the lobby straight ahead, surrounded by luscious floral bushes and perfectly landscaped grounds, I was immediately greeted and handed a glass of delicious rum punch. Walking through the “breezeway” towards the long infinity pool that stretched towards the ocean, I felt the frenetic energy of Manhattan melt off my shoulders. As I slid into a seat under a sun umbrella, and ordered myself a seafood salad and a fresh fruit smoothie, I realized that leaving this place would likely be the most difficult thing I’d have to deal with all week.

Turks & Caicos: Paradise is Close

Poolside at The Somerset, immediately after arriving

The infinity pool sparkled and invited me in; the sides and bottom covered in small blue shimmering tiles. We enjoyed some fresh fruit by the pool, and as the sun started to set, we went for a walk on the beach.

Sound like heaven? It is! But there are even more great reasons to visit. Here are four relaxing reasons why you should book Turks and Caicos to your next vacation:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

8 Comments

  1. I love traveling to various parts of the world and when I travel, I make sure to try local food. Beach dining sounds like a great idea and I guess I’d love Somerset menu! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. You got me! You perfectly described (in words and in photos) the sand and the beach that I want to book a trip right now! I also like the fact that the place is safe. Definitely visiting this summer!

    And oh I love your necklace! I’ll surely take one as souvenir 🙂

  3. You sold me! I just booked it. Can’t wait to have dinner on the beach!

  4. Courtney Watson

    WOW – I’m definitely going to book a stay at this hotel. And I love that the flight from NYC is so easy 🙂

    • It is! Three hours goes by so fast – a movie and a little magazine reading and you’re there 🙂

  5. Sarah Evanston

    I just took up snorkeling and this is going to be one of my snorkeling destinations on our next vacation. It looks amazing, the water is perfect and who wouldn’t want to wake up to the beautiful beaches and impeccable accommodations?

  6. Great article. You’ve definitely made we want to visit T&C. Thanks for all the advice : )

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