New Kid on the Beach – The Veranda, Turks & Caicos

I was so excited to hear about the recent opening of  The Veranda Resort on the island of Turks & Caicos. For several reasons, I think this hotel is going to be a winner among families looking for a new place to go for the holidays I (in contrast to the Viceroy in Anguilla which has not received such favorable recent reviews)…here’s why:

1) Turks & Caicos is an easy, direct flight from many metropolitan hubs (especially NYC) and the beaches are beautiful.

2) The Veranda is managed by The Grace Bay Club, which is a beautiful and well-managed hotel in itself (having stayed there, I can say this comfortably).

3) The Veranda is particularly meant for families with spacious 1 to 3 bedroom accommodations (and eight 3,000 sq ft + beachfront cottages with barbecues and white picket fences!) all equipped with LCD flat screen TVs, Sony Dream Machine, Play Station 3, complimentary Wi-Fi, Egyptian linens and feather beds.

4) It’s fully inclusive – I like this concept but its historically been associated with less exclusive resorts (this is not a “sandals” or “beaches” resort by any means). This means no worries about extra hidden costs.  However, if you prefer to eat out a lot, it might not make sense.

5) It’s located on 800 feet prime beachfront property on Grace Bay Beach (next to the Beaches resort but not too close).

6) 3 swimming pools (one devoted to kids), the requisite kids club, casino, and an asian-theme spa!

Word is still out on this hotel as it is still in soft opening mode so I will report back later with more feedback.  Great opening rates are to be had if you book now on the website.

INVIATO UPDATE 6/22/10: Friends who recently stayed here loved the accommodations (“spacious”), service and kid’s club. The decor is, as quoted, “a little too much like being in Toon Town at Disney World”.

There are 3 comments

  1. sue ann

    makes me want to go back to t & c again!! i am going for the 2nd half of spring break-not soon enough. thanks for this awesome tip-i want to check it out!

  2. kristine


    800 feet of beachfront…..doesn’t sound very big.
    I was under the impression Grace Bay is a long stretch of open beach?
    Any feedback would be great, we are thinking of staying here with our
    2 year old toddler. Good to hear there’s a kids/infant pool.


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