Hotel on ‘best beach in the world’ aims to become Caribbean culinary destination

A luxury resort on famed Grace Bay Beach also hosts the annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival.

(Grace Bay Club)

It’s little wonder why Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach has repeatedly topped TripAdvisor’s annual rankings The best beaches in the world listing. Located on a sun-kissed Caribbean archipelago halfway between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, Grace Bay’s famed perfectly powdery and pristine stretch of white sand is a stunning ecological wonder.

The distinctively pebbled beach lays in clear turquoise waters with gentle waves that are ideal for paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and cooling off from the island sun. This idyllic setting is central to the enduring appeal of Grace Bay Clubthe first all-suite luxury resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which sits on 1,100 feet of the sought-after Grace Bay beachfront in Providenciales.

(House of the Rock)

All of the resort’s 82 suites face the ocean and feature private patios or verandas and island-chic interiors by designer Thom Filicia. There are also seven restaurants, three pools, and a luxury spa on the property, which is a popular destination for couples and weddings.

Grace Bay Resorts, the company that owns Grace Bay Club and the newest, cliffside rock house nearby, aims to dine more on its enviable location by hosting the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival in both hotels.

(Grace Bay Club)

Last month’s festival, now in its 12th year, was highlighted by a four-course tasting menu paired with wines from John Legend LVE Collectiona cigar and whiskey tasting on the beach and a culinary trends symposium led by James Beard Award-winning chef Meherwan Irani.

The connection between food and wine comes naturally to a hotel brand that prides itself on serving fresh, local seafood at both the flagship Grace Bay club and the more intimate Rock House, which offers a coastal Italian menu to match. its aesthetic inspired by the Amalfi Coast. .

(Grace Bay Club)

Both kitchens shine for producing freshly caught grilled lobster, mahi mahi and red snapper, while Rock House specialties include chilli crab linguini, lobster-flecked lemon spaghetti and incredibly delicious eggplant parmesan. airy.

(Grace Bay Club/Caribbean Food and Wine Festival)

“We launched the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival to introduce visitors to the rich culinary heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” said Nikheel Advani, Chief Operating Officer of Grace Bay Resorts.

“It was our twelfth year, and the festival increased our culinary awareness internationally and put the Turks and Caicos Islands on the map as an epicurean destination. It is also a great opportunity for culinary talents from the United States and Europe to share their talent in the Turks and Caicos Islands. »

Grace Bay resorts are already planning to up their game for the 2023 Caribbean Food & Wine Festival by expanding amenities at the recently launched Rock House, a 46-suite hotel carved into the steep limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore.

(House of the Rock)

Designed to evoke the ambience of the cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, The Rock House offers stunning one and two-bedroom accommodations that protrude from coastal limestone rock and feature outdoor terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, arched windows of 13 feet and private outdoor spaces. deep pools.

(House of the Rock)

Rock House enlisted interior designer Shawn Henderson to outfit rooms with porcelain and terrazzo floors, oversized tubs and Waterworks fixtures, full-size SubZero refrigerators, and an eclectic mix of custom furnishings.

(House of the Rock)

The visual centerpiece of the cliffside hotel is a 100-foot infinity pool that is the largest in the Turks and Caicos Islands, located near the Beach Club’s main restaurant and the more laid-back, beach-focused Cave Bar. cocktails.

Advani says there are plans to open a “nature-themed” Rock House restaurant in 2023 with a spa, tennis courts and elevated two- to four-bedroom villas with 180-degree ocean views. Atlantic Ocean and surrounding islands designed by Architectes de la Côte.

Rock House (rooms from $655) and Grace Bay Club (rooms from $700) are offering up to 30% off room rates as part of their Black Friday/Cyber ​​Monday deals. Visit the Grace Bay Resorts website for more details.

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