It’s curious how at The Shore Club in Turks and Caicos during an early morning spent sipping coffee on the balcony, there is no people watching to be done. There’s only the show the sun puts on as it rises above the east shore on Long Bay Beach, making the water below glitter like sequins under stage lights.
Sightings of staff seem rare, but this isn’t because they aren’t there. They appear when you need them; ghosts when you don’t. It’s the reason you’ve never seen the maintenance worker before until he knocks on your suite door to fix that flickering light bulb you didn’t notice until now.
High levels of service here are accomplished using a tunnel system beneath the resort, much like the method used at theme parks like Disney World. Though, this secret passageway has two uses. It doubles as a walkway for resort employees and an entrance for visitors of the property who want to arrive in secrecy.
High-profile guests can be shuttled from the parking lot straight to one of the on-property villas that house up to 14 guests at a time. Arriving through the basement, an elevator lifts them to the first floor by the kitchen, which is fully stocked in advance of their stay. A resort chef can prepare intimate meals inside the expansive, open space while guests enjoy their pool, an outdoor shower, courtyard and terrace. Other perks include private butler services to kiteboarding lessons.
Since the first villas debuted nearly two years ago, guests have ranged from A-list actors, to wedding parties, to swimsuit companies shooting their next catalog. At press time, the final two villas of the six-villa collection were on track to open by December, and while they have their apparent advantages, guests of the 106 ocean-view junior suites, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, and two penthouses on property are equally spoiled.
There are four on-site pools; a wellness center; the Dune Spa; and Sui-Ren, a Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant serving a variety of dishes from sushi rolls to ceviche. The Caribbean-chic property was developed by Hartling Group, which is known for a signature style that seamlessly blends interiors and exteriors. This theme can be found at sister properties on the island, including The Sands at Grace Bay and The Palms Turks and Caicos. Guests at The Shore Club can visit both resorts using a free shuttle service that picks up at the lobby.
Before departing from the island, guests should make a reservation at The Palms’ Parallel 23. The al fresco restaurant looks like a European courtyard, and the menu is indulgent with appetizers like tuna tartar and chicken satay, to main courses like the Caicos Bank Grouper served on a bed of chickpea, turmeric cream and arugula.
Turndown service at The Shore Club includes a neatly tucked bed with slippers set to each side, a bottle of water and a chocolate on the nightstand, and a quote on a square piece of cardstock. “Live the story you want to tell,” one says. Of course, those staying at the resort have already met this challenge.
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