Turks and Caicos is the premier destination for families looking for a different type of Caribbean vacation. Far away from the huge resort complexes of other islands, Providenciales is home to the world’s top-rated beach, Grace Bay, and small luxury resorts aiming to provide a more personal touch.
The Somerset on Grace Bay, a five-star small boutique resort, provides guests with an intimate vacation on one of the most desirable oceanfront locations on Grace Bay. Guests receive an unparallel luxury experience and personal experience at the low-key and quiet resort. The small staff of Somerset rarely changes, and they quickly feel like family for the many guests who return year after year.
The Somerset’s accommodations are more than a hotel room, but a home away from home. The 53 uniquely designed villas range from a 1,400 sq. ft. one-bedroom unit to a 5,300 sq. ft. five-bedroom penthouse estate. Villas are located beachfront, with ocean and pool views. The Townhomes are located on the lush croquet lawn.
This past August, we were fortunate to be invited by The Somerset to stay three nights in a three-bedroom oceanview estate house. The estate residences are the ultimate luxury accommodations. Our villa featured a king master bedroom, a second bedroom with two Queen beds, and a third bedroom with one Queen bed. The master bedroom included a huge in-suite bathroom with a whirlpool tub, a standup rain shower, an enclosed toilet, and two sinks. The two other bedrooms also had bathrooms with either a soaking whirlpool tub or standup rain showers with luxury toiletries from Bvlgari®. The master bedroom included a vanity, a sitting area, a walk-in closet, and direct access to the outdoor ocean and pool view terrace.
The main area of the villa had a beautiful sitting area with a big screen tv, an eight-person dining table, and access to the terrace with views of the ocean and pool. The luxury kitchen came complete with marble counters, high-end cutlery, and professional Bosh appliances that included an ice-maker, dishwasher, garbage compactor, and more.
The outdoor terrace wrapped around half of the villa with ocean and pool views. It included an outdoor grill with a large outdoor dining table, a seating area, lounge chairs, and a private hot tub.
One of the most stunning areas of the resort is definitely the pools area. It includes a reverse current lap pool, a plunge pool, and an infinity-edge pool overlooking Grace Bay.
Our girls enjoyed the uncrowded pool area so much they wanted to spend all their time there. They quickly made friends with other children and had lots of room to play because of the intimate nature of the resort.
For us parents, we enjoyed relaxing in the luxurious loungers that were never hard to find while the kids enjoyed their time. We also appreciated that they provided free sunscreen because we ran out one day, so it was a lifesaver!
A two-minute walk from the pool area is Grace Bay Beach, which is probably the nicest beach we have visited in all our travels around the world.
The sand is powdery white, and the kids described it as walking on marshmallows. We visited other areas of the beach, and The Somerset had one of the nicest strips of the beach of the nearby resorts. We loved that we never had to fight for a seat, no matter when we showed up to the beach. Every parent would agree that there’s nothing more stressful than not finding a chair with three kids in tow!
The hotel also provides guests free use of the resort’s non-motorized water sports equipment. There is free paddle boarding and snorkeling, and more.
Most days, we ordered lunch from Barbetta on the Beacht next to the pool area. The menu included lots of options for kids, and the food was always tasty. My favorite meal was the jerk or shrimp tacos. Daniel also liked the restaurant’s burger. They also have a variety of adult drinks. We enjoyed the run punch and strawberry margarita.
At night, we either ordered out, made food in our villa, or ate at Barbetta House, which is located next to the crocket lawn. It is not open every day of the week, so it’s best to look at the schedule and book a reservation in advance. They also serve breakfast every day for resort guests.
The resort also offers a beach barbecue at night once a week. At sunset, the resort serves up meat, chicken, hot dogs for a set price, and lobster at an extra cost. The night is filled with fun games like a toga, dancing, and even a fire-breathing man performance. It’s truly unbelievable what he could do!
Finally, the highlight of our kid’s time at the resort was the kids club. It’s very personal with just a few kids, and Miss Sharon is an absolute star. She is patient and has a loving quality similar to a grandma, and our kids and the others at the resort loved her. She makes all kinds of arts and crafts with kids, and they never came home empty-handed. Their favorite crafts were making tie-dye shirts and seashell jewelry boxes. Miss Sharon also hosts other activities around the resort. Our kids loved the s’more making at night. There is also a weekly movie night where the kids sit on the resort’s crocket lawn and watch a movie on a widescreen. The Somerset also provides them with popcorn and food!
Just to note, if you’re traveling during Covid-19, the resort can book a rapid or PCR test for guests that will be done at the resort. They get it all done, and you never have to leave the resort.
We definitely recommend The Somerset if you’re looking for the perfect luxury family vacation. We have created family memories that we will cherish for a lifetime. Just warn you, though that one stay at The Somerset is never enough!