Resort offers Grace Bay luxury

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- A new resort, The Turks and Caicos Club, opened last month on Providenciales, boasting 21 luxury suites overlooking Grace Bay.

The property -- which offers oceanfront and oceanview one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens -- already is drawing bookings through December from walk-in clients, said a spokeswoman.

And that's despite a rather pricey range of rates.

Prices through April 9 run from $645 per night, double, for an oceanview, one-bedroom suite to $795 per night for four people in a two-bedroom suite; extra guests cost $85 a night.

Off-season stays later in the year can be had at a relative bargain; the comparable rates from April 10 through Dec. 18 are $430 per night and $580 per night, respectively.

The Turks and Caicos Club pays agents 10% commission.

All suites feature a washer and dryer, central air, direct-dial telephones, Internet access, cable television and a VCR. Kitchens feature stainless steel appliances, including a refrigerator with an ice maker and filtered water dispenser.

The resort provides twice-daily maid service and a grocery delivery option.

Although the deliveries and in-room kitchens might lure amateur chefs in from the beach, the Turks and Caicos Club also serves up gourmet meals at Simba, its on-site restaurant.

Simba also offers room service, special-event catering and in-room personal chef services.

Activity-wise, the property sports a freshwater pool with cold-towel service and complimentary Hobie-cat, windsurfing, kayaking, bicycling and snorkeling equipment.

Fitness-minded guests can work out in the exercise room or sign up for a poolside yoga class, while golfers can get their strokes down on a 2,000-square-foot putting and chipping green.

For more information or to book the resort, call (800) 269-0966, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.turksandcaicosclub.com.

Whales are on their way

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- Visitors to Turks and Caicos can have a whale of a time from February to April, when they can spot some of the 2,500 humpback whales that annually arrive for a spring break from the arctic cold.

The mammals usually pass close to the shores of Salt Cay and Grand Turk, according to the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, and visitors can enjoy the spectacle from whale-watching boats or from the shoreline.

For more details, call (954) 568-6588, visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com or e-mail [email protected]. -- K.K.

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