Providenciales, the largest island, is just over an hour's
flight from Miami, and thanks to a second weekly flight from
London, it's even more accessible for us Brits, but amazingly
remains off the main Caribbean radar - for now.
This blissfully overlooked 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
Amanyara in 2006. Development of luxury hotels here is slow,
but in Turks it's all about quality, not quantity; the handful of
luxury hotels here really are the cream of the crop.
Spend days reclining on powder sand beaches, with a view of
turquoise, azure and ultramarine ocean between your toes, indulging
in the freshest seafood (especially with a lobster season that runs
from August to April), and retreating to the spa for the
rejuvenation of body and mind.
Those of a more active disposition can try their hand at a range
of watersports, from paddle boarding, kayaking, and even
kitesurfing. Snorkelling and diving are also key activities for
visitors here. The Turks & Caicos Islands has some exceptional
diving, with more than 1,000 square miles of coral reef encircling
the islands, excellent wall diving and a healthy marine
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.