Where We’ve Been: Turks and Caicos

Virtuoso Life’s Associate Art Director Korena Bolding reports on her Caribbean getaway.

The Turks and Caicos have been at the top of my ‘must-visit’ list for years. When an unexpected break in my schedule allowed a quick getaway, I decided it would be the perfect time to check this destination off my list.

While I’m not one to lay idle by the pool for very long, rumor had it that at Grace Bay Club you could easily do nothing for an entire week. The rumor proved true. I needed nothing more than the stretch of soft white sand and eye-popping blue water outside my door.

Grace Bay Club is known for their incredible service and perfect location. (When I say incredible service, I mean INCREDIBLE!) I experienced both firsthand. When I arrived, my personal concierge, Boda, greeted me with a mobile phone and encouraged me to call him any time with any request no matter how great or small. I filled my week with floating in the newly opened adults-only pool, doing yoga on the pool deck at sunrise, and shopping in the resort’s chic and well-curated boutique. I rode to town on a cruiser bicycle to visit the fantastic home accessories boutique Belongings and, of course, lounged on the famed red beach beds where attendants bring by complimentary treats such as fresh watermelon sorbet.

Thierry Grandsire, Grace Bay’s outstanding general manager, hosted me and other Virtuoso advisors on a property tour (the Estate Penthouse Residence is jaw-dropping) and a lovely beachside dinner with our own private chef.

My favorite experience: One morning I took a long walk down the beach on a serious (OK, obsessive) hunt for a conch shell. I stumbled upon an area that was a seashell treasure chest. I spent hours combing through shells, admiring and photographing them.

I’m the type of traveler who doesn’t want to repeat a destination because there are too many places to explore. However, the Turks and Caicos has a spot on my return list and I highly recommend it.

You can read more about Grace Bay Club in the March/April issue of Virtuoso Life.