NEW YORK -- In the past few years, the Turks and Caicos has come
into its own as an island destination. Agency owner Gene Argenti
touts it as being "not overcrowded and overcommercialized."
Argenti and his wife Carol own and operate Silver Travel of
Princeton in Princeton Junction, N.J., and their clients have been
taking notice of this low-key island.
He said three years ago the agency had to sell Turks and Caicos
as a paradise where as now clients come in asking about it.
"Beaches put it on the map," Argenti said. The opening of Beaches
in December 1995 kicked off a spurt of growth in the accommodations
Other properties to make their debut were Parrot Cay in 1998,
Ocean Club West in 1999 and Point Grace in 2000. Club Med Turkoise,
Meridian Club, Grace Bay Club and Comfort Suites have been island
mainstays. This winter season, properties are showcasing new
features, courting agents and hoping to entice clients with
At Point Grace, check-in now takes place in a guest's suite with
the accompaniment of a drink and cold towel. Continental breakfast
is no longer included in the daily rate, and a spa is being added
on the beach.
Starting Dec. 22, Point Grace will offer guests a half-hour
"travel de-stress" spa treatment that must be used within their
first 36 hours at the hotel. An Autumn Value package that includes
transfers and a boat tour is available through Dec. 22.
For information, call (888) 682-3705.
Parrot Cay wants to rejuvenate guests with a series of Healing
Weeks that start in December. For example, Rodney Yee, codirector
of California's Piedmont Yoga Studio, is leading the Dec. 16
The five-night getaway is priced at $3,070 for a single room,
and $4,610 for a double. Accommodations, meals, two hours of
massage therapy during the week and five hours of yoga and
meditation per day are highlights.
For more information, call (649) 946-7788.
A new addition for Grace Bay Club this year was Serenity Spa
with Asian- and European-influenced treatments. On the menu are a
Balinese massage, Japanese shiatsu and Ionithermie treatments,
which are popular in Europe.
To lure couples, the property has a four-night Romantic Reveries
package through Dec. 18 that is priced at $2,353. For golfers, a
Tee for Two program offers three rounds at the 18-hole Provo Golf
Club. The four-night plan is valid through Dec. 18 and is priced at
For information, call (800) 946-5757.
The Meridian Club is promoting its seven-night Hideway-at-Pine
Cay plan, which is priced at $4,320 per couple for a club room and
$4,490 for a sand dollar cottage. Also available are a 10-night
Shell Seeker vacation and a five-night Honeymoon plan.
To book, call (800) 331-9154.
Ocean Club and Ocean Club West are paying 12.5% commission. The
resort is marketing a weeklong Escape to Paradise plan through Dec.
23. Rates start at $1,374 per person, double. Its Heavenly Holidays
getaway is valid for bookings from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. Rates start
at $2,685. The Seven Nights in Heaven plan is available Jan. 3 to
April 30, with prices starting at $2,013.
For details, call (800) 457-8787.