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Trip Report Turks and Caicos trip report

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Thank you to everyone who helped me with my many questions on Turks and Caicos. As promised, here is my trip report! First, let me start by saying, I love T&C. What a beautiful island—the beaches—glorious! Having been to Bermuda and Anguilla, which I feel have some of the best beaches around, I was pleased to find Provo right up there with those. My DH and I couldn’t agree as to which island had the best beaches (that we could determine). DH prefers Bermuda. I think it’s a toss -up between Provo and Anguilla. I was surprised at how developed Provo was though—I really thought it would be a bit less so- like Anguilla. It felt more built up, more “Americanized” than I had anticipated. (mind you though, we never left 12 mile beach).
The Regent Palms was simply perfect. I was a little skeptical b/c of the write up of the swim up bar and the scene. But it was truly 5 star. At check in, the staff brings you cold juice drinks and takes you directly to your room . Our room was spectacular. We had a one bedroom ocean view—and the view was direct spot on from 4 floors up. Not a crane your neck out the window view. It was a true ocean view. The room was gorgeous—perfectly decorated, fine moldings and marble. A bit funky in an elegant way- not at all garish. Lovely four poster bed that was so comfortable. Plenty of closet/drawer space. Beautiful 3 “room” bathroom (WC, large double vanity sink area and large shower/bath area. The deck was very large with a bed and a table with chairs, again overlooking the beautiful pool and beach. Our room was ready at check in (1:00). PS- the pics on the website just don’t do the rooms justice.
The staff was wonderful- couldn’t do enough for you. So helpful, so pleasant. Honestly, everyone seemed to have a smile at the ready.
The pool was infinity edge and a maze- really architecturally pleasing. And with the beach just beyond it, it looked seamless and beautiful. The beach was gorgeous. I had read some posts about people feeling that the “cabanas” lined up right next to each other on the beach made the beach seem crowded. Perhaps b/c we arrived at the tail end of school vacation week, it wasn’t that busy, but we never had anyone sitting in either of the cabanas next to us the entire time there. Personally, I would have preferred movable umbrellas, but the cabanas (shades) didn’t bother me at all. It never felt like the resort was overcrowded.
Although kid friendly (and we had our 3 yo DD with us) I didn’t find the hotel at all overrun with kids. It was really a perfect balance .
I have stayed at many 5 star resorts and I can say without question that RP belongs in the 5 star category. I’m just going to go straight to the food now, b/c honestly, we did nothing but lay out at the beach and the pool, read, spa and eat. (the spa was beautiful too).
We had lunch twice at Plunge and both times the food and service were fabulous. We also had lunch at Hemingways which was pretty good. We ate lunch 2 times at Bay Bistro. The first time was fabulous. The second was so-so.
The first night DH and I dined at O’Soleil. The staff there was really great. Listening to Nadine sing was a great plus. I loved my meal and the service. DH’s meal was a bit of a mess- had to send it back twice. But they more than accommodated us and took care of this misstep. They really get great points for great customer service—and as I said MY meal was great.
On night 2, DH and I dined at Anacaona. I would say again my meal was fantastic here. DH’s was ok- he ordered a USDA Prime steak that didn’t taste like a prime steak. Service was OK here—not amazing but not bad. I had read that the portions here were very small, and I have to say that was not our experience. The portions were pretty large and the setting was magical.
On night three, we dined at Coco Bistro. I liked the setting, very cute, very Caribbean. Service here was top notch. DH and I were salivating over our apps—get the tuna if you go- it was sublime. Our entrees were less super. A little disappointing for us I hate to say.
Then finally, on our last night, we dined at Coyaba. Our meal here was very very good. We were both very happy with our food and the service. My only complaint was that we arrived for our 8:30 res at 8 and wanted to have a seat at the bar. We asked at that time if we could be seated at 8:30 in the main area as we liked the vibe there. The hostess told me prob not b/c the tables were reserved. After asking again and then being seated there, it was clear that many tables were empty – couldn’t understand why she wouldn’t easily comply with a simple request that was easily fulfilled? In any event, we had a really good meal there.
There is no question that we will be back to T&C- I thought the food was close to the quality we experienced in Anguilla. Not quite Anguilla, but very very good. I would def stay at the RP again as well. Thank you all for your help making this trip as good as it was!

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