O.k. folks, I'll try to keep this shorter than last year's report, but no promises. :-) I'm also keeping it all on this thread, with a break here and there.
Our family of four (includes two sons 13 & 8) visited the T&C June 7-14. This was our ninth (if I'm counting correctly) visit during the past nine years.
The Turks & Caicos Club was our choice this year for the third time.
Quite frankly, I'm at a loss for words to describe how charming and hospitable Rebecca (the resort owner) and her staff are.
As I've said before, The T&C Club is unique among the many wonderful resort choices Provo offers. Although the accommodations are condo-style, it is actually a hotel -- no units are privately owned. There are only 21 suites, and it exudes the charm of a family-owned / operated bed & breakfast.
The T&C Club does not offer the amenities of a AAA 5-diamond resort (no resort on Provo does), but I will gladly put their front office and housekeeping staffs up against any 5-diamond resort anywhere in the world -- seriously.
Here are some examples:
Every staff member who worked there last year (front office, housekeeping, restaurant, beach/pool, etc.) remembered us and made a point to welcome us back. Wow!
One day, I asked Abdul (front office) if he would make a couple of dinner reservations -- one restaurant at 7:00, another at 8:00 pm. He later came out to the pool to apologize and told me that he was only able to get reservations each night at 7:30. I told him that was fine, no problem. Later that day, he came back out to the beach to tell me that he had been calling the restaurants and was able to convince them to change our reservations to the times we originally wanted. Wow!
Our housekeeper asked us everyday if we were enjoying our vacation and if there was anything she could do for us. On our last day, she told us how much she enjoyed cleaning for us, and hoped that we would come back again next year. Wow!
I'm not going into details about the rooms or resort facilities in my report, but will be happy to answer any questions.
BTW, the resort exercise facility is currently being renovated with new equipment, televisions and hard-wood floors. I missed it when I decided to run to Turtle Cove Marina the first morning, and walked back on the beach -- whew, tough workout!
The ten pounds I lost before vacation are now just a memory as I was soon up to my eye-balls in steamed fish, conch, peas & rice, plantains, etc. :-) We enjoyed our usual unorthodox mix of upscale fusion restaurants, along with great local spots.
Bay Bistro -- Great service, delicious dinners. Very creative dishes. Wonderful beachfront atmosphere.
Coco Bistro -- Arguably the best "all-around" restaurant on the island. There may be better high-end restaurants, but this one's a consistent "people pleaser."
Magnolia -- The sunset view and rare tuna alone make this a winner. Boy, do I love that tuna!
Caicos Cafe -- A little more casual. Family-owned / operated. Excellent service and grilled grouper that's to die for. The operative word for the spicy conch creole is "spicy." I loved it, but beware.
Local Authentic Caribbean "Island Food:"
Bonnies -- A sports bar with very good local take-out. Picked up dinner the first night, and lunch another day. The owner is fun to talk to, and the patrons take their billiards seriously. Great steamed fish and conch. Burger and fries for our 8-year-old.
Da Conch Shack -- Still a must-do for visitors. The best conch salad and fritters on the island. Other dishes are o.k, but not the level of the salad and fritters, IMO. Remember, it's all about conch here.
Smokey's on da Bay -- Love, love, love this place. My son and I made a point to go there for lunch one day, because they had closed early the night before. Sat outside and enjoyed incredible meals. Washed mine down with a cold Presidente while the bottom dropped out of the sky. What rain? I found Heaven!
Club Sodax -- Another sports bar. Great place for take-out lunch, or eat inside (a/c and smoke-free). We all had steamed fish, peas & rice, and plantains brought back to the beach for lunch one day.
Horse-eye Jack's -- You'll need to read the chalkboard for the local specials. We were surprised by how good the steamed fish was -- best we had all week. Menu is more Americanized.
Sailing Paradise -- First time there, and we really enjoyed it. A large family of Belongers shared the back deck with us. Great food and fun.
Nell's -- North Caicos. This one was a real "find." I'll explain later when I tell you about our excursions.
More to come...