by Jimmy Im
Sure, it’s not uncommon for a Caribbean island resort to make groundbreaking announcements about its property. But in Turks and Caicos, it’s incidentally quite rare. Just consider the Turks and Caicos island of Providenciales: A handful of fine resorts perched along its sandy 12-mile stretch of beach known as Grace Bay seldom blare any headline-making news. Perhaps it’s because they’ve already exceeded expectations with their high volume of return visitors. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?
Maybe not …
These days, one Turks and Caicos island resort is bucking the no-announcements trend.
Recently, Regent Palms decided it was time to give their much-loved resort a facelift to further enhance its guests’ resort experience. Repeat and new visitors will not only find touch-ups in guestrooms, and a major revamp in the spa, but soon enough a brand-new oceanfront restaurant-bar, and more.
This past weekend, Regent Palms celebrated its new look with a private event in its revamped 25,000-square-foot spa. Both ex-pat locals and visitors alike sampled the new spa menu concept (East-meets-West philosophy: Caribbean influences merge with Asian foundations — fitting given the Regent brand is based out of Taiwan). The new spa will now be a “destination spa,” one of the first in Turks and Caicos, where guests don’t ever have to leave the spa to enjoy additional perks … like food. The spa now serves healthy lunch menu items by Michelin-rated chef Eric Vernice.
Other plans are in the works to make the resort experience even more unforgettable.
An oceanfront dining option will open next fall. And a wedding planner will join the resort team, a natural next step given Turks and Caicos’s reputation as a hot spot for weddings. Plus, Regent Palms is now working with renowned stationery designer Cheree Berry. The former Kate Spade associate art director creates custom letterpress postcards for newlyweds, honeymooners and anniversary-celebrators. Cheree was hand-selected to design Chelsea Clinton’s wedding invitation (in addition to planning a collaboration with celebrities); this is her first venture with any hotel.