We were fascinated by The Shore Club. It is a unique and beautifully designed resort sitting on Providenciales’ Long Bay Beach all to itself. The only people around are whizzing by on their kiteboards along the turquoise blue water! It makes for a colorful scene when lounging beachside with a cocktail or viewing from one’s luxurious villa’s veranda. The wind on this side of Turks and Caicos is quite prevalent, though the Hartling Group have used all their resources to tame Mother Nature. The Shore Club is the epitome of “serenity now.” There are pockets of calm everywhere with soothing music playing, as you walk along the walled garden paths. The hotel and grounds are a perfect size for a quiet vacation, with 38 suites and 110 rooms. Each of the four pools is located in its own nook, complete with Moroccan-style cabanas, comfortable lounge chairs and the signature swing chair in the water. There is an adults-only pool overlooking the ocean and to keep the kids busy – a very cute Kids Club. Since it was built, this resort has been in the “Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean” rated by several travel magazines. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendly and well-put-together staff. The welcome drink was a yummy fruit infused concoction. We decided to hit the gym after being shown to our splendid suite. I have never been a big gym lover – this one certainly changed my mind. With views of the lap pool, blue skies and palm trees out the floor-to-ceiling wall of windows – one could run on that treadmill all afternoon long. There is a separate outdoor yoga pavilion, also overlooking the pool, it is the essence of calm. All the amenities for any level of gym goer are available.
Dinner was at SUI-REN, a chic gastronomic and visual pleasure. The food is a combination of Peruvian and Japanese incorporating fresh fish and delectable flavors. The scene is fashionable, as the guests know to dress well in these tropical upscale surroundings. Once again, the Zen vibe prevails with a beautiful fountain in the middle of the restaurant’s dining patio and delightful plantings throughout.
We were treated to a visit to one of the several villas at The Shore Club. Each one of the 8800 square foot residences is located beachfront in its own private enclave, only steps away from the main entrance of the resort. With six bedrooms, five in the main house and one detached, each villa boasts its own heated pool, private courtyard, expansive terraces, spacious guest rooms with large baths and a master suite, (including sauna) with ocean views. Exquisite, hand-crafted tiles and bespoke elements grace the sophisticated villas at this stylish retreat. The homes feature private elevators from an underground service area to the first and second-floor level, ensuring the ultimate in privacy. Each villa has its own butler at your service 24/7. They are nirvana for an expanded family vacation or a multi-family trip. Or perhaps your corporation would like to invite their executives and spouses to an outing in paradise? Not one detail is overlooked. We could have moved in for the season and sent for the children! Homeschooling in paradise, anyone? (The wi-fi was terrific at both The Shore Club and The Palms.)
Our deluxe suite cannot be overlooked. Similar to The Palms, it was exquisitely appointed with beautiful furnishings, a living room and master bedroom with a shared loggia, stunningly appointed. It had a kitchen that would rival yours at home. Our favorite Nespresso machine with a wonderful assortment of pods, plus a dining table that seats eight! This suite had a cozy family room and additional full bath. When booking, one can add additional bedrooms to suit your party’s size. We ran into a fun group we recognized from New Canaan celebrating “Charlie’s birthday” – there were eight couples. My guess is that they rented a villa or combined a few condos to have what looked like a very festive time! Happy Birthday Charlie!Our last night on the island, we enjoyed a casual dinner at the hotel’s Almond Tree restaurant. It is set in a courtyard, where the centerpiece is a large almond tree. The cuisine is “comfort food” which ranges from wood-fired pizzas to giant beautifully presented cheeseburgers. We had a long beach walk that morning followed by a light ceviche lunch at Colonnade – so we deserved a special treat. It was fun to see the multi-generations of families enjoying their time at the Shore Club. It was particularly heart-warming – when everyone sang with the guitarist “Sweet Caroline!” It was impossible to resist chiming in!