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Resort Suggestions for Turks & Caicos

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Hi all! My family has decided to plan a trip in March to Turks and Caicos. There will be a large group....about 10-12 adults ranging from 30-60 yrs old. We all love the sun, beach, pool, spa, water sports, snorkeling, lounging, great dinners, cocktails & wine. We will be looking to relax during the day, group dinners at night, and it would be great to be able to have drinks at a hotel bar and listen to live music together. We were also considering renting a home, but wanted to get some suggestions and ideas for a great resort. We were told to look into Seven Stars which I have and it looks very nice. Wanted to get opinions on this resort as well as others to look into. Thank you very much!

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    Look at The Somerset ...they have some large condos. They range from 1 to 5 bedrooms. www.thesomerset.com 2 great onsite restaurants, many walkable, fantastic spa next door at The Regent Palms---look there too( we spent our Honeymoon there)

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    Discloser: caribzack owns condos at the 2 properties always recommended at every post. They are lovely properties, but sometimes don't tick all the boxes of the OP. Always steers away from when an OP asks questions about Seven Stars.

    Again, both are lovely properties. Despite having an adult section at Regent Palms, it is the upscale choice of families with kids. You can next door to Mango Reef from it, they have live music twice a week.

    Somerset has the most gorgeous architecture on the island. They have changed management quite a few times in the last 2 years, just so you know. I personally wouldn't have a problem staying there, but you might want to see what comes of it. Restaurant has switched over a few times also, as recently as this fall with new chef. Most vacationers don't always hang out at the resort restaurant every night, but it is worth mentioning.

    From both you can walk to snorkeling, walk to a couple of restaurants. During the day from there you can walk to shops and the better restaurants on island, at night (when dark) you need transportation to the better restaurants, especially the ones with live music.

    Seven Stars has tried hard to become the resort to stay at. The rooms are gorgeous. The pool area is gorgeous. They have live music quite a few nights a week. They are in the middle of the hub, so walkable to everything. There are restaurants near by with live music that are an easy walk. Supermarket across the street. You do need transportation (I prefer rental car, tax ends up costing more) to go off the beach snorkeling.

    Seven Stars has it's own excursion boat to take you out snorkeling. I also recommend half day excursions with Caicos Dream Tours or Island Vibes for reef snorkeling and a stop at a gorgeous beach reached only by boat.

    A couple of other properties to consider, really gorgeous, but a little more self catering: (no excursion desk for example, but front desk will help, still walkable to many shops and restaurants):

    Villa Renaissance
    Regent Grand
    Tuscany


    If your interested in Seven Stars, call them directly and ask for Ygrit. She is phenomenal at getting you the best price.

    If undecided, email or call turksandcaciosreservations.com they are on island, keep in touch with majority of resorts and are quite delightful to deal with. When you book through them you get perks, anything from restaurant vouchers to free day rental car. The agent pictures are real, you can even stop by to meet them. They will work hard with your budget to get you the best property for your needs. They can also help you book extras such as cars and excursions.

    There are some stunning villas with 5-6 bedrooms around the island. Gorgeous! But so you know, the majority will need some form of transportation with them, as the hub of Grace Bay is mostly condos. If you don't mind cars to get around, I'd be happy to make recommendations for some stunning properties.

    Fodor's In Focus: Turks and Caicos comes out the first week of December. It includes everything updated except for a handful of the most recent restaurants: Via Veneto, ,Lupo, Chopstix.

    Discloser myself, I wrote the book!

    8-)

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    Actually Blamona -- my wife and I own a vacation home/ weekend place in The Hamptons ( easy to get to from our NYC home) I wish I owned on Turks & Caicos ! I have never stayed at 7* and do not tell people to not stay there .We spent our Honeymoon at The Regent Palms & found the Somerset next door more to our liking...FYI !

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