Turks and Caicos Islands
The colours of the ocean as your flying into this island are absolutely jaw dropping. It is so so beautiful and as Grace Bay beach stretches for almost 5 km you are provided with the perfect tan enhancing exercise as you walk along and take it all in. I spent my time on Providenciales staying at the hidden luxury of Amanyara - teaching and treating here really was an honour. It's a remote private resort that is so beautifully designed creating a haven for guests, you reach the resort by flying down the 5k off road drive and into the most serene tranquil setting. As I was there in November through to February the weather was oh so beautiful and such a great escape, most of our guests flew in from the east coast so within hours your out of snowy NYC and in the blazing caribbean sunshine!
If I wasn't sat admiring the water I was out finding foodie spots... so here are some of my favourites that fueled my time on the island.
- Turks Kebab, just hits the spot nothing more to be said.
- Le Bouchon, this restaurant was just as great every time I went back the only thing I will say is picking something of the menu is a nightmare because it is all so good.
- Infinity Restaurant and Raw Bar - absolute stunning setting with hanging lanterns.
- Seven Stars bit of a must if your a brunch lover!
A lot of this island still really needs some love and whilst I was there I actually found the poverty very overwhelming (maybe due to the contrast). I witnessed the sheer desperation of people escaping from Haiti and the way in which they were greeted, if they made it. Theres an opportunity that arose from this and I will pursue that and do what I can for such a struggling world one day - Haiti and places alike need our help. With that said it doesn't take away from the islands beauty and if your a water baby it has to be on the list.
I will go back here, Providenciales is just one of TCIs many gems, so much more to see...