The Secret Caribbean
Turks & Caicos
This forgotten corner of the Caribbean was placed firmly back on the map by the opening in 1998 of the excellent Parrot Cay. Further legitimacy arrived on the coat-tails of the opening of Amanyara in 2006.
Original Travel knows both hotels well and aside from indulging at these two five star retreats, diving is a key activity for visitors here.
In fact the coral reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park are right offshore from Amanyara, and for the truly dedicated diver, the Turks & Caicos Aggressor is one of the finest liveaboard dive boats anywhere in the world, allowing access to further flung dive sites that can’t be reached in day trips from any of the island hotels.
Back on dry land, there are excellent spas offering a range of treatments for the rejuvenation of body and mind, as well as yoga. Island hopping visits to the Iguana & Sand Dollar Islands are also possible.
Finally there’s good snorkelling in the shallow turquoise waters, catamarans, Laser sailboats, boogie boards and sea kayaks and an 18-hole championship golf course to tempt you away from the poolside.
Turks & Caicos
Located to the southeast of the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands are made up of eight major islands and numerous uninhabited smaller ones, known as ‘cays’. They are renowned for their numerous white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs, and are consistently rated among the top diving locations in the Caribbean.