A hotel located on “the best beach in the world” aims to become a Caribbean culinary destination

A luxury resort on world-famous Grace Bay Beach hosts an annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival.

(Grace Bay Club)

It’s no wonder Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach has repeatedly topped TripAdvisor’s annual Best Beaches in the World list. Grace Bay Located on a sunny Caribbean archipelago halfway between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, Grace Bay’s famously pristine stretch of white sand is a stunning ecological marvel.

The patterned beach flows into clear turquoise waters with gentle waves that are perfect for paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling and cooling off from the island sun. This idyllic setting is at the heart of the enduring allure of Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos’ first all-suite luxury resort, perched 1,100 feet of gorgeous Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales.

(rock house)

All 82 suites at the resort overlook the ocean and feature private patios or verandas and elegant island-style interiors by designer Thom Filicia. There are also seven restaurants, three pools, and a luxury spa on the property, which is a popular couples’ vacation destination and wedding destination.

Grace Bay Resorts, the company that owns the nearby cliffside Grace Bay Club and newer Rock House, is aiming for more enviable dining by hosting an annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival at both properties.

(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’s LVE collection, beachside cigar and whiskey tastings, and a seminar on culinary trends led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Mehravan Irani.

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

(Grace Bay Club)

Both cuisines shine in the preparation of freshly grilled spiny lobster, mahi-mahi, and red snapper, while Rock House highlights include chili crab linguine, lobster-spotted lemon spaghetti, and impressively airy eggplant parm.

(Grace Bay Club / Caribbean Food and Wine Festival)

“We started the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival to engage visitors in the rich culinary heritage of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” says Nikhil Advani, Director of Operations, Grace Bay Resorts.

“This was our 12th year, and the festival has elevated our culinary profile internationally and put Turks and Caicos on the map as a popular destination. It is also a great opportunity for culinary talent from the US and Europe to share their talents in Turks and Caicos.”

Grace Bay Resorts is already planning to up its game for the 2023 Caribbean Food and Wine Festival by expanding the amenities at the recently launched Rock House, a 46-suite hotel carved into the rugged limestone cliffs of Providenciales’ north shore.

(rock house)

Designed to evoke the cliffside setting of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the Rock House features striking one- and two-bedroom rooms emerging from the coastal limestone rock that come with outdoor terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows, 13-foot vaulted windows, and private outdoor areas. plunge pools.

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

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The visual centerpiece of the cliffside hotel is the 100-foot infinity pool that’s the largest at Turks & Caicos, and sits near the main Beach Club restaurant and the more formal, cocktail-focused Cave Bar.

Advani says there are plans to open a “nature-themed” rockhouse restaurant in 2023 along with a spa, tennis courts and elevated two- to four-bedroom villas with 180-degree views of the Atlantic and surrounding islands designed by Coast Architects.

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

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