The isolated location (minimal noise, beautiful beach) is the sole reason to seek the Meridian Club out. Also working in its favor are the attentive resident managers who work at be efficient, helpful and warm. HOWEVER, it's Ground Hog Day revisited in the mood and daily routine of the complex. Not under management's control, is the high rate of repeat customers who just can't get enough of the place or seemingly each other. There's a real clubbiness to the evening 6:30 cocktail gatherings and although people do make an effort to chat up the new-bees one can't help feel that you're either 20 years too late or that your visiting a plush nursing home. This place is not for those who like to loll about on vacation - breakfast ENDS at 9:45 am - just about when we barely roll out of bed...and the staff, courteous, maybe friendly but also extremely officious, starts sweeping your dishes away before you've even touched your coffee @ 9:30. No food is served until lunch again - when the bell rings (at once, I sympathesized with my cat! ). However, as we were boating back to the mainland on our departure, another guest mentioned that for sleepy heads room service can be ordered...we did not realize that - ah well. Lunches were passable and just fair - and while there was always a salad much of the food was heavy stews and creamy broths (also evident in the tummies of the attending crowd - meow!). Interestingly, if you didn't grab your dessert from the get-go there most likely would be none when you returned after the main meal. Those big-bellied (BB) guests took multiples leaving none for others - the kitchen leaves out a designated amount - but we soon caught on and balanced multiple buffet dishes through the line - although in the end we probably shouldn't have eaten it in the first place so as not to eventually become BB-ed!!!. DInner however was another story; quite good - a choice of 3 entrees, your preference. i.e. you inform the cook at the start of the lunch line what you expect for dinner. The 'commissary' where groceries can be bought is open 2-3pm every day. Since there are no more than 12-15 guests at any one time, rooms are made up early in the day and extra white towels are made available, which is nice. The rooms themselves however are what one might call 'original Caribbean' - adequate and camp-like but not 'fancy'. Effort however, is made to keep the grounds and beaches well groomed. In the end, since we just wanted to rest 'n' read on the beach, which was white and gorgeous - the vacation was by no means a disaster.....BUT would we go back? - probably not...we'd like to find place without the boarding school regimentation, yet still be efficient, lighter fare to eat and with an overall air of rustic sophistication. The search continues.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Meridian Club is a private island hideaway resort in the Turks & Caicos islands of the Caribbean, with two miles of deserted, pristine white-sand beach (just 90 minutes by air from Miami). The property is environmentally sensitive and ideal for those seeking an unspoiled secluded retreat. Founded in 1973, the Meridian Club offers a Caribbean experience the way it was before the appearance of big hotels and condominiums, jet skis and beach umbrella communities. No crowds, no cars, no noise - a step back in time to a simpler, less hectic life. 12 beachfront/premium rooms and the Sand Dollar Cottage are set among sand dunes, sea oats and sea grapes, fronting on the beach. Some of the privately owned homes that share the island are also available for rent. Soothing trade winds ensure comfortable temperatures and low humidity year round while the surrounding waters (averaging a pleasant 75° - 80° Fahrenheit) teem with marine life. Underwater visibility often exceeds 100 feet and there are miles of coral gardens within a five minute boat ride. Ashore, Pine Cay remains a pristine natural haven, a private secluded island with vast open space and seven freshwater ponds, a perfect habitat for the abundant local fauna and flora. Winner of several awards from TripAdvisor, Andrew Harper, Caribbean Journal and Fodors honored. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meridian Club Hotel Pine Cay
- Meridian Hotel Pine Cay
- The Meridian Club Turks & Caicos Turks And Caicos/Pine Cay