Special to OneWed by Marie O'Mara of Honeymoons.com
Seven Stars Resort on Grace Bay, Island of Providenciales
So many friends had told me to visit the Providenciales, and now I can see why. After arriving in Turks & Caicos after a long week of work, I was more then ready to relax on the beach! Seven Stars Resort on Grace Bay, a brand new property, was exactly the place I needed. What was amazing, after getting my luggage I was greeted by a driver and from there I wasn’t loaded onto a bus with 50 people, or herded like a group of cattle to an area to wait in the heat, or asked to stand on a long line. I simply got into an air conditioned Lincoln and off we went! The driver welcomed us to the Island with interesting facts about this paradise, making the 20 minute drive go by in a snap.
Seven Stars is located on Grace Bay, part of the Princess Alexandra Park, a protected marine reserve on the northern coast of the island of Providenciales. The resort, having one of the longest beachfronts of powder white sand on Grace Bay, was named for the seven stars in the Pleiades constellation.
When we arrived at the Resort we were greeted with their signature drink along with a wet & cold towel to dab our hands and face, instantly freshening us up. We were seated in the lobby while a team checked us in and took our luggage, a very relaxed & excellent approach to the standard front desk check in. By the time we finished our drinks we were ready to check into our room and get changed to hit the pool. The resort offers residential style accommodations in three beachfront buildings all surrounding a central swimming pool amidst courtyards, fountains and lush tropical gardens.
I was more then impressed with our room. The suite, at least 3500 square feet, offered us our very own ocean front retreat. My favorite was that the suite boasted a wrap-around terrace affording dramatic ocean views and lounge furniture. We had an expansive living area, including a large dining area and a gourmet kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops with a wine refrigerator and Nespresso coffee machines.
Once changed, we headed to the pool. Other guests lounged poolside while attendants offered chilled towels, a cooling spritz and cocktails. On the beach, a variety of complimentary water sport equipment was available, including kayaks, sailing boats and snorkeling masks. There was plenty to do and plenty of cabanas for privacy.
Each day we decided to walk the beach, it was stunning. To say the sand was white was an understatement; it was gorgeous and so soft. My favorite day was when we sat on the beach and enjoyed The Deck, a great bar located on the beachfront. It was perfect; surrounding the bar, a bi-level hardwood deck included comfortable seating with lounges, daybeds and hammocks creating an unpretentious spot to sip tropical cocktails and enjoy bite-size nibbles. It was very relaxed and felt perfect.
At night, we tried the hotels up and down the beach for dinner, each one was better then the next. It was fun to get dressed for dinner since the island’s fine dining establishments are geared towards a high-end crowd. On the last night of the trip we stayed at the hotel and dined at their very own Terrace. It was a gorgeous room with a roof top terrace lending to a remarkable dining setting.
We enjoyed the fitness center, which was fully equipped and I even made time for a trip to the spa for a treatment. This property is clean, very pretty, organized and well run. If honeymooners are looking for a place to just relax and enjoy each other in a very romantic setting, then this is it.