Having read an excellent day by day trip report while researching this trip, I thought I'd post my trip in daily increments. I won't, however, live up to the writing prowress of the aforementioned poster.
Let me start with the basics....
-this is our annual couples trip (ie the kids are home with grandma)
- 8 nights in mid-Feb
- we chose Turks and Caicos because of the amazing beach and easy access (ie you don't need to take 4 different modes of transportation to get here like, say, Anguilla). Also because we were more interested in relaxing by the beach than adventures this time. (Our other top option was St. Lucia).
- we chose Seven Stars because of its location near many restaurants. Wil have to get back to whether it ended up being the right choice
So, on to Day1
We arrived smoothly at 12:30, 30 min early. Customs & luggage were easy. Grabbed a dining guide and when where how from the rack to the left of baggage claim while waiting. Nice map in the latter.
Seven Stars station is just outside to the left of the door. They gave us each a small bottle of water and got us set up with a shared van ($13 each as noted in numerous posts). Short 15-20min drive to the hotel.
Check in was fine - nothing special. They did ask for our booking confirmation (we had booked through a third party site) so we had to dig through emails and forward before we could proceed. Rum punch was good. They have DVDs, board games and bikes available at no charge.
We are in a junior suite, garden view. What that means is we face west, away from the ocean and pool. Would be nice to have the ocean view, but we do get to see the sunset which is nice (no plans to be up for sunrise). Bathroom is very nice/large. Previous posters commented on the "kitchen" so was expecting more. It's more of an upgraded mini bar area incl mini fridge (with ice maker!), stove, coffee maker, microwave and dishes.
Once we were all settled, we walked up the beach (east) looking for lunch and exploring. Not seeing many restaurants on the beach, we ate at Flamingos. Decent rum punch. Food was fine. Great view of the water. Cash only. Happy with our stop.
Saw several beach volleyball games as we walked back. Dipped in the ocean (yes, a little chilly if you're not overheated from being in the sun), the heated salt water pool and generally chilled until dinner.
Had reservations at Bella Luna thanks to Leonard, Seven Stars concierge. I made a list of targeted restaurants based on my trip advisor research. Then I asked Leonard to help with the order. For the first night - something nice, but not fancy, within easy walking distance. Bella Luna was perfect! Shorts & a nice shirt. Practically across the street. Good food. Not an amazing, "must not miss" kind of place, but reminded us of our regular Italian choice at home.
Tried to stop at GracewayGourmet IGA on the way home,but it closes at 9, not 10 as mentioned on the web site. That's ok, I can literally see the sign from my balcony, so it's close. Mental note, no need to stock up, because it's so easy to access.
I know it was saturday, but it'd been a long week, so that was it for our first night.