At Turks and Caicos properties, Freedom rings in summer plans

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" For information on the eight inhabited islands of the 40-island Turks and Caicos chain, visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com or call (800) 241-0824.

 

" Accommodations information for the Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association is available at www.tchta.com.

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- The Palms resort has garnered the lions share of publicity since its February debut in the Turks and Caicos, but other Hotel & Tourism Association member properties have not been idle.

A refurbishment project at the Sands at Grace Bay, sister property to the Palms, includes new Cybex fitness equipment, new TVs and video games and free wireless access in the hospitality lounge, and upgraded furnishings in the 116 studios and guest suites.

The Sands, along with 10 other oceanfront hotels and resorts, offers summer plans grouped around the central theme of Freedom, according to Gary Greenwood, head of the Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association.

Travel incentives include free room nights, free diving, free golf, free outings to deserted islands, free spa treatments and wedding ceremonies. These elements add value to vacation packages, he said.

Heres a sampling:

" All-inclusive Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort and Spa offers free weddings to couples who book a deluxe room for five or more nights. The package includes the ceremony; a champagne and cake reception for four people; a candlelight dinner; breakfast in bed and Just Married T-shirts for the bride and groom. To book, call (800) BEACHES.

" Pine Cays Meridian Clubs family special in June and July lets two kids (4 to 17 years) stay for free when accompanied by two adults paying the inclusive weekly rate of $4,550. Visit www.meridianclub.com.

" A seven-night stay at the Osprey Beach Hotel on Grand Turk covers full breakfasts, six days of diving plus a night dive and starts at $750 per person, double, in a courtyard room. Book via e-mail at [email protected].

" Grace Bay Clubs Dive into the Deep Blue four-night plan offers two tank dives per person for three days and is priced from $3,115 per couple plus tax and service, June 1 to Oct. 31. To book, call (800) 946-5757.

" From May 1 to Nov. 11, Coral Gardens Resorts six-night plan is priced from $2,730 per couple, excluding taxes. To book, visit www.coralgardens.com.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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