The Palms Turks and Caicos

Center of the action, family-friendly

16 Princess Drive, Grace Bay, Providenciales TKCA1ZZ

(649) 946-8666

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At a Glance

This grande dame property (previously the Regent Palms) in the heart of Grace Bay is known for its sophisticated rooms and exceptional spa.

Indagare Loves

  • The 25,000-square-foot spa for serious pampering
  • Romantic evening meals at Parallel 23
  • A great kids’ club plus family-sized suites complete with Viking appliances and washer/dryer units


The Regent Palms’ four-story towers feature seventy-two suites—arranged like a horseshoe around a sprawling, free-style infinity pool—and are made of Caribbean coral stone, giving the property a distinctly Anglo-Caribbean feel, which continues in the spacious guest rooms. There’s the typical dark-wood furniture, including mahogany king-size beds and armoires studded with brass buttons. Floors are smooth marble, walls are painted white or cheerful pastels; and ceiling fans, wicker chairs and tasseled curtains add old-world British accents. The inspiration here is the style of British theater designer Oliver Messel, who is most famous for his villas on Mustique.

Of the Palms’ seventy-two rooms, only forty-eight face the ocean, an important detail to know when you book. For the best, uninterrupted views, ask for an oceanfront suite, which has terraces furnished with terry-cloth-covered double daybeds so you can take in the turquoise-drenched views. If you’re traveling with kids, it pays to upgrade to a one- or two-bedroom; each comes with a kitchen with Viking appliances and a Nespresso maker, as well as a washer and dryer. The oceanview rooms are behind the pool, so you’ll see the buzzing poolside action before you see the sea. For the ultimate splurge, there are eight sumptuous Penthouses, all three-bedrooms. Throughout the property are seemingly countless connecting options, ideal for extended families or groups of friends traveling together.

Most guests seem to prefer the infinity pool to the beach, though some couples take advantage of the adults-only loungers on an elevated deck between the pool and the beach. When I stayed here, most guests, including tons of families, seemed to prefer the infinity pool to the beach, though some couples took advantage of the adults-only loungers on an elevated deck between the pool and the beach. When the resort is full, scoring one of the more desirable pool spots, especially one of the five so-called pods (large round mattresses topped with pillows), can be tricky. The sunken, poolside restaurant Plunge, which also has a swim-up bar popular with young guests who order smoothies, serves light lunches. There are plenty of child-friendly options, and a limited menu is available right at the beach and poolside. For dinner, the fine-dining restaurant Parallel 23, in the Palms’ pretty courtyard, draws lots of guests from other resorts. Also gathered around the courtyard is a collection of small boutiques, including a gourmet food store—a nice touch—where you can stock up on snacks like Terra chips, crackers and pâté and German chocolates.

What really sets the hotel aside is its 25,000-square-foot Regent Palms Spa with a serene reflecting pool, stand-alone treatment villas and a row of adjacent chaise lounges under draped linen curtains. If you’re a spa junkie who wants to stay in the Grace Bay area, there’s no other facility that comes close.

Who Should Stay

Families and friends traveling together (most of the suites can be turned into one-, two- or three-bedrooms), couples who want to be part of the Grace Bay action and spa aficionados who plan their time off around treatments and wellness.

Written by Simone Girner

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