The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. The islands are located 550 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and just to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti.)
Turks and Caicos is known as one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and we were lucky enough to experience this beautiful and family-friendly beach recently.
Poshbrood stayed at the luxurious and family-friendly The Somerset. The Somerset offers private estates and villa suites that linger at the edge of a turquoise sea with powdered sugar sand.
The accommodations all have large kitchens and all the amenities of a luxury apartment, so it is perfect for families or couples traveling together.
Oh, and they had us at “Kid’s Club is included.”
The Somerset is located on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach. They have a reverse-current lap pool and a vast infinity-edge pool just steps from the pristine white sand beach. On-site casual and fine dining restaurants invite you to enjoy a relaxed family gathering by the pool or an elegant dinner at O'Soleil.
My tiniest traveler and I stayed in a vast and chic two-bedroom villa with a large and open living/dining and kitchen area. The unit was light, airy and had gorgeous ocean views.
Each suite comes with plasma television, cable, DVD/CD surround sound system and iPod docking station.
When we weren't hanging out on the beach, swimming in the beautiful water, Penelope went to kids' club with a few other little guests.
The Caicos Kids Club program is operated by an accomplished local school with certified teachers qualified to ensure a memorable experience. The activities for each day depends on number of kids that have signed up, the weather, etc. but Penelope painted a few conch shells, tie dyed tee shirts and even made a traditional Junkanoo wind chime tunic.
On a night when I had adult dinner plans, she was treated to a movie night under the stars and pizza party!
We also had a wonderful time at the Somerset's Beach BBQ with rum bar for mama, music and great food. The staff was always so friendly and helpful and the beach setting simply stunning!
Spa treatments like massage, nails, waxing, facials are available in your villa or suite anytime. The fitness center is well equipped and also offers yoga and personal trainers classes by request and for a fee. Ulrich Krauer, the GM, is always present, affable and available to advise or help guests.
The poolside grill offers smoothies, adult beverages and delicious snacks and lunch. I had a lovely time lounging one afternoon with a book and rum punch when Penelope was at Kids Club.
Paddle boards, kayaks, boogie boards, floaties and hobie cat sailboats available complimentary to guests.
When you visit, walk down the beach to Sibonné Beach Hotel and cool off with some homemade ice cream.
Keep your eyes peeled for JoJo (the tourist-loving dolphin that makes regular appearances around Grace Bay beach) and for the local potcake dogs that call the island home. Visitors can even adopt a dog and take a potcake home (potcakeplace.com). Maybe next time, because we'll definitely be back!
The Somerset offers 1 through 5 Bedroom Suites with oceanfront, ocean or garden views. Rates start at low as $300 a night off season for rooms in the Stirling House to $4,000 a night in the winter for the luxury 5 bedroom oceanfront Penthouse. Rates include daily breakfast, children under 12 stay free with parents.
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