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Our Turks & Caicos Adventure at the Fabulous Gansevoort Hotel

by Naima Sanowar

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I am a self proclaimed beach fanatic. Really I am. It is all about the clarity of the water, the color must be a magnificent shade of blue, the consistency of the sand, soft to the touch. Second to the beach is the weather. Less rain and endless sunshine is key for me in choosing a holiday destination. Thirdly is the hotel. I am all about sexy family friendly vacations. The hotel must play to the whims of not just my Hubby, The Epicurean Man and I, but also to my 6 year old son, Karate Boy.

Summer in the Caribbean is known as the “low season” aka the ” hurricane season”. After much research online and questioning friends and family, I came up with what was destined to meet all my criteria for a perfect holiday. The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cay’s, 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.) Technically, the Turks and Caicos are located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.

Flawless weather , The blues that surrounds Turks and Caicos are so vivid that you’ll want to consult a color wheel, miles of pristine, powder soft sand of Grace Bay Beach, twice named ” World’s Leading beach’ by the World travel Awards. Sold ! My two guys and I were Turks and Caicos bound. I chose the fabulous Gansevoort Hotel for our five day stay. Here is a short description of this amazing hotel .

“Step into the Gansevoort Hotel where you’ll find a sleek boutique hotel unlike any other in Turks + Caicos. Caribbean cool meets urban chic in a completely modern beachfront retreat on Grace Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Just as the flagship hotel in New York redefined the “hip hotel” concept, the resort in Turks + Caicos offers a similar experience but with a sensual island vibe. Savor soothing ocean views from any of the 91 guestrooms, including 32 suites and 4 penthouses. Laze and lounge by the 7,000 square foot, infinity edge pool. Heal your core at the award winning exhale spa. Wine and dine to the rhythm of electric grooves and gentle trade winds at Bagatelle Bistro and Beach Bar + Grill. Once here you’ll understand why Gansevoort Turks + Caicos was recently named one of the top ten trendiest resorts in the world.”

The Gansevoort sits on a beach that is probably one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean – perfectly clear water, powdery white sand beach, and not very crowded since the Gansevoort is located at the end of the strip and feels much more secluded than the beaches of the other hotels . We made advanced reservations for the stylish beach beds. This is a must, comfy, spacious and well perfect for lounging with the many rum drinks I was ordering on a daily basis. My son Karate Boy would blurt out randomly ” this is the best day EVER” . The Gansevoort has more of an adult theme, thought they do provide a custom made kids program if required. We choose to just hang with our little guy mostly, and hired a babysitter through concierge for our late night escapades.

Most days we opted to lay on the breathtaking beach in front of The Gansevoort, on their comfy beach bed, drinking refreshing and delicious rum punches. I am being redundant aren’t I? Again this is Island life at it’s best. In the late evenings, we would lounge on one of the ” islands” at the spectacular, sexy pool. Making new friends, Karate Boy swimming for hours while the hubby and I are doing what else? Downing more delicious rum punches. Every evening at the beach, we gazed in awe at the magical sunsets.The service is impeccable at The Gansevoort, all our desires met and Karate Boy became very popular with the personnel at the hotel. The hotel was booked to capacity, yet it never felt crowded at all. At any given moment, we were able to get a beach bed or chairs by the pool. The beach itself spacious and never crowded. I can describe the vibe at The Gansevoort as sexy, laid back, modern, breezy and cool. For us having our six year old son with us, the hotel suited us perfectly as a family. Karate Boy found many things to get into, and became fast friends with the other kids that were guests at the hotel.

Bagatelle the only restaurant at the Gansevoort was lovely. We ate there mostly, lunches by the beach,and a bit more formal dinners at night. On two occasions we did venture out for dinner at this fantastic spot down the beach called ” Somewhere“… …since it is somewhere on the beach. Love it !!! The food served at Somewhere consists of simple, fast, fresh delicious menu items with a Tex-Mex theme. I ate the most delicious fish tacos, the Hubby loved their steak and Karate Boy devoured the chicken tenders and chips. A very laid back vibe, nestled right on the gorgeous Grace Bay beach.

We did find at least two days for adventure. I am the Adventurista after all. On Saturday we boarded the Caicos Dream for a day of snorkeling, diving for conchs and discovering a beautiful beach on Iguana island. Karate Boy impressed us with how brave he was and snorkeled with his Dad. The Epicurean Man dove in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and caught two conchs for us. The Captain cleaned the conch once we were on Iguana Island and prepared the yummiest conch ceviche for everyone. One of the highlights of the day was when a stingray and a lemon shark swam up to us. We all got into the water, and was not one bit afraid, well maybe a little bit afraid. We felt like such dare-devils, especially Karate Boy.

Renting a car was extremely easy on Turks and Caicos. We decided to rent one for a day of fabulous adventure finding the perfect hidden beach. A morning of detective work, I found out this ” perfect hidden beach” was breathtaking Taylor Bay. The bay itself is close to a mile long and is extraordinarily shallow for hundreds of yards, perfect for young children to play and splash in the water without the risk of deep water or waves. Karate Boy and I frolicked for hours as I taught him how to float. As well, there are some good shells and starfish there to be found. Let’s leave my photos to explain the further beauty of this beach. ( In the video below my wonderful Hubby, mooned me by accident and well all of you as well) However, getting to Taylor Bay can be very hard if you don’t know how to get there. No signs exists and it is not marked. This is the islands after all. Inside joke to all my fellow islanders. We did get lost for at least 35 minutes. The Epicurean man was a bit freaked our driving on the left side of the road, but once he got the hang of it, he was a natural. It was all so worth it. After Taylor Bay, we headed for some local food, the locals and fellow tourists we talked too, all raved about the Conch Shack. For something less touristy, venture about 15 minutes by car into the Blue Hills along the northwestern coastline. Da Conch Shack (Blue Hills Road; 649-946-8877; www.conchshack.tc) . Sitting on this beautiful, rocky beach, The Conch Shack serves up, what else delicious conch. It is also known for it’s famous Rum Punch. Karate Boy ordered yummy fish and chips. The Epicurean Man had a tasty, fresh stew Mahi, Manhi with rice and beans. We all shared a Conch platter, which consisted of fried conch fritters, conch hush puppies .. one word YUM !!!

What made the trip even more fun was Anne-Marie Martinez, the VIP Events Manager, at the Gansevoort in Turks and Caicos. She greeted us at the front desk upon our arrival and made the rest of our stay fabulous. Ann – Marie single handily spearheads a campaign exclusive to the Gansevoort called ” The Fabulous Life”. A bit more information below. I am already planning ” A Fabulous Life Program” for my fabulous Mums for Mother’s Day at The Gansevoort in Turks and Caicos. So very excited. My two favorite guys and I loved Turks and Caicos, the beyond beautiful beaches, laid back vibe and friendly people.The Gansevoort was the perfect choice to stay for our family. The Adventurista puts a STAMP on this for anyone who heads to Turks and Caicos for a beach adventure.

The Fabulous Life is a marketing campaign created by Anne-Marie Martinez of The ONE Group a leading hospitality and restaurant group that develops, manages and operates a portfolio of luxury restaurants , lounges and bars. Responsible for creating concepts and signature venues like the famed STK, ONE, The Collective, Tenjune and Bagatelle along with collaborations with the super chic Gansevoort Hotel group. The ONE Group continues to grow at a rapid pace with international projects that are grabbing the attention of tastemakers and influencers all over the world.

The Fabulous Life campaign has been developed to bring out the life stylers desperately seeking a place they can drink dance and indulge. This season join Anne-Marie and The ONE Group family for a weekend of festivities you don’t want to miss. Friday nights channel your inner scar face and get dressed for a night of Solid Gold at the Bagatelle with mash ups and mixes of house, disco and classics. Saturday be ready to lay pool side for bottomless bubbles and Sunday for the unforgettable and breath taking sunsets that will have you extending your stay an extra night.

Your Fabulous Weekend Awaits
Call 888-844-5986 and mention The Fabulous Life

Turks and Caicos Tourism Board

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Giselle August 20, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Quite a lovely piece Naima. The pictures put me there. Lovely.

Naima Sanowar August 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Thanks Giselle. Yet another beautiful island in the Caribbean.

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Naima

Natacha August 20, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Great article Naims and a lovely endorsement for Gansevoort and Turks and Caicos. Loved the pics! You guys looked as though you had a fabulous time. What a summer for you and your family.

Naima Sanowar August 20, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Thanks Tach,

It was a fabulous beach holiday. I am waiting for our adventure together. Cousins exploring the unknown lol.

kirstin August 21, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Oh my goodness, those blues must have been so soothing for the soul. Gorgeous piece, Naima.

Naima Sanowar August 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Kirstin,

The many shades of blues in Turks and Caicos were spectacular and yes soothing to the soul. So glad you enjoyed the post.

x
Naima

Deirdre September 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM

finally checking out your pictures which are beyond gorgeous! such a great vacation!!

Naima Sanowar September 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Thanks so much Deirdre for the continued support for my blog. It was such a wonderful, relaxing and visually stunning vacation.

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