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The Somerset in Turks and Caicos

The Somerset Turks and Caicos

Better than a juice box

I’m often asked, “What is your favorite hotel?” As much as we travel, that’s a tough question. But if you ask my kids, they will tell you they love The Somerset on Grace Bay. My favorite description of this resort comes from a Frommer’s review in the New York Times, ”This new resort looks and feels like old money. Gobs of old money.”

Ok, don’t stop reading, you can afford this. They even run specials, really. My kids don’t love it because it’s fancy, they love it because the staff treats them like family, the kids’ club meets under a coconut tree and the bellman Winston aka DJ Snoopy lets them spin records at parties. Even after experiencing the sublime Parrot Cay on our last Turks and Caicos trip, they still love The Somerset.

The Somerset Turks and Caicos

"Ok boys, chicks dig this move, give it a try"

Here’s the 411

Getting to Providenciales (that’s the main island in Turks and Caicos and where you want to fly in to)
A bazillion airlines fly here, even JetBlue. You need a passport, but it’s a British Protectorate, they speak English and all business is done in the US Dollar.

Getting to The Somerset- They will pick you up at the airport. You really don’t need a rental car on the island, the hotel shuttle will take you anywhere you need to go.

The Somerset Turks and Caicos

They have really young shuttle drivers

Booking your room- We love that the property has enormous accommodations for our enormous family. All of the rooms are suites and have full kitchens. Not that I ever want to cook on vacation, but we stock it with pb&j, cheerios and other snack items so that we don’t spend our entire budget on food at the pool restaurant. If you order before you arrive, they will stock your kitchen for you, score.

They have one bedroom garden view rooms at great rates that can easily accommodate a smaller family. We like the three bedroom ocean view suite. It’s ridonkulous. It has a wrap around porch with views and sort of feels like you have your very own seaside mansion. This is less affordable, but way more awesome. Regardless of what room you book, the beach is what you care about.

The Somerset Turks and Caicos

This is just the living room, the suite was bigger than our first house

Napping on the wrap around porch-heaven.

Grace Bay beach-This eight mile stretch of powdery white sand might have racked up the most awards of any beach ever. I’m not going to bore with all of their “World’s Best Beach” accolades because it would take up the rest of my post. But the sand really does feel (and look) like powdered sugar and the water really is that surreal aqua blue. It’s kind of like a dream sequence, it’s that amazing.

Kids Club- Want to enjoy an umbrella drink on the beach and read your book? Kids don’t agree? Enter the FREE Kids’ Club at The Somerset. Yes, FREE. And you don’t have to sign up, space limited, blah, blah, blah. They meet under the coconut tree and have such fun activities like making your own kite, baking cookies in the hotel kitchen, outdoor movies, etc. that your kids WANT to be there. The program is run by the amazing Miss Tracy who is a school teacher and all of the counselors are similarly trained, they know how to keep kids interested-read “away from you”.

The Somerset Turks and Caicos

Making kites at Kids' Club under the coconut tree

 

It works!!!!!

You can read more of my tips on fab restaurants, must try spas and adventure activities in Turks and Caicos on the Exclusive Resorts Blog (I’m their family travel blogger).

In case you were wondering, the dance lessons worked out for Wilson. The beach party in front of the hotel was the “best night of his life”.

I told her I was in third grade, but I'm mature for my age

How you doin' ah?

I was the guest of The Somerset however my children’s opinions cannot be bought with free rooms, since to them, all rooms are free.

15 Responses to "The Somerset in Turks and Caicos"

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  1. Karin

    August 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Great review, thanks for the inside information! Looks like someplace that my family would enjoy.

  2. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog

    August 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Looks divine.

  3. Chloe Gayton @chloegayton

    August 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    You nailed it on this one! Such a good family hidden treasure. I love how they call their kids’ club staff “aunties”. Looking forward to our next visit!

  4. Tam

    February 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Hello-
    The kid club looks like it’s for older children, would you still bring a 1yr old to this resort?

    Thank you so much!

  5. Kim-Marie

    February 26, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I would. The resort is very manageable, the pool is zero entry and they make babysitting accommodations for you. I have also had my children get sick while in Turks and Caicos and found it easy to get a pediatrician. I don’t like to go too exotic when they are little.

  6. Kristy French

    January 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    How does it compare w Regent Palms next door?
    Thnx!!

  7. Kim-Marie

    January 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Kristy,

    The Regent Palms is bigger and feels more “resorty”-they have the world’s best spa, which you can enjoy even if you are not a guest there. I will admit that we have crashed the Regent Palms pool many, many times. I like the Somerset better as the staff is very hands on and the pool is a quieter scene. Also, the rooms are more individually decorated, it really feels like you are in a home. But I have heard nothing but good things about the Regent Palms! You really can’t go wrong :)

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