Discerning readers of Travel + Leisure were once again asked to cast their votes for the hotels and destinations that define the very best in travel. One of the most robust lists to date, Travel + Leisure’s 18th Annual Poll saw four Turks and Caicos resorts ranked amongst the ‘Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas’.
Making its ‘World’s Best’ debut on the list at #23 is the Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos (formerly the Veranda Resort) with a score of 88.65. Claiming its prominence at #19 the Somerset on Grace Bay also makes its debut with a score of 89.33. The publication noted the Somerset on Grace Bay for its European façade, décor and top-of-the-line amenities.
No stranger to the list, the Grace Bay Club makes a splash on the Travel & Leisure list with a score of 89.49, well enough to claim #17. According to Travel + Leisure, the luxurious Grace Bay Club is one of the original sirens of the Turks and Caicos. The Mediterranean-style resort is revered for sporting a clean, contemporary look (sleek, dark wood furniture, a white-and-cream color palette), its family-friendly villas, and their eco-conscious kids’ program. Grace Bay Club previously made Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Hotels’ list most recently in 2009 and 2007.
The sole resort cracking the Top 10, and making an impressive ‘World’s Best’ debut, with a score of 90.75 is the Seven Stars Resort at #9. Travel + Leisure likened the resort’s 113 spacious rooms to mini apartments, with marble flooring, four-poster beds, and fully equipped kitchens. The beachside scene is described as posh, with the publication giving an extraordinary nod to service, noting that attendants roam the resort and beach offering Evian spritzes to lounging guests.
“These rankings further solidify the caliber of accommodations and standard of hospitality services offered in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” commented Ralph Higgs, director of tourism. “They help to strengthen our brand in the marketplace and encourage our resorts and their teams to continue to give visitors optimal satisfaction throughout their stay.”
The four resorts gave the Turks and Caicos the second highest number of resorts making the Top 25 list behind Jamaica with seven resorts. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis was ranked #3 ‘Top Resort in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas’, whilst two resorts in St Lucia, Anse Chastanet Resort, and Jade Mountain claimed second and first respectively .
In the same publication, Travel + Leisure readers may have noticed tremendous co-branding for the Turks and Caicos with Ford, a well-known American icon. The advertisement, promoting Ford’s 2014 Explorer, essentially plays on quality by asking, “Turks or Caicos?”, communicating that when you choose Ford, you’re guaranteed quality; same as selecting a visit to the Turks Islands or the Caicos Islands.
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