My girlfriend and I spent the New Year's Holiday (Dec. 28, 2010 - Jan. 4, 2011) in the Turks and Caicos. Specifically, we stayed on the small, private island of Pine Cay at the Meridian Club. We received the highest level of service, often executed invisibly, in the most relaxed atmosphere I can conjure.
The club is the primary accomodation on the island with just 12 beachfront rooms and a separate cottage available. Our room right on the beach was luxurious and enormous with four fully indepedent spaces: the sleeping area, sitting lounge, screened patio, and dressing/bathing room. An outdoor shower and private tiki shade a few steps closer to the water completed the suite.
We stayed in one of the rooms closest to the main club building but hardly noticed any disturbance thanks to the separated architectural layout. Our room and the adjacent made up a duplex structure separate from the next. The only other structures on the island are some private homes, staff housing, and related operational buildings.
Golf carts are the primary mode around the island. They, and the lack of telephones and televisions, help to maintain the incredibly peaceful and "removed from the world" relaxation.
Included with a stay at the club are delightful meals prepared by a masterful kitchen from fresh local ingredients as well as continental favorites. The offerings each evening were problematic only in that we could not enjoy them all.
While there, the New Year was celebrated with a special Titanic theme complete with a twenty foot-long sinking ship in the pool! Guests were invited with reproduction tickets to board the White Star Cruise Line and dress for the theme. The popular event attracted hotel guests, homeowners, and off-island guests for well over one hundred attending the well-produced, highly-detailed evening. The event added a bit of welcome excitement for my restless self and stood out at a resort where relaxaion is provided so thoroughly, one is literally able to do nothing.
- 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