The Palms, New Five-Star Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is Now Open

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ — The Palms, a new $85 million five-star resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is now open. Inspired by the classic estates of Oliver Messel, it lies on 12 acres of landscaped gardens on Grace Bay beach.

The Palms’ 72, two-and three-bedroom suites are situated in low-rise coral stone buildings and boast a minimum of 1,800 square feet of luxurious living space, with vaulted ceilings, marble floors and ocean-view travertine terraces large enough for a private dinner. Guests who stay in one of the eight, three- bedroom penthouse suites (accessed by private elevator) enjoy an extra measure of lavishness, including outdoor garden showers, hot tubs and butler and chauffeur service. Deluxe guest rooms are also available. Additional indulgences include mahogany four-poster beds, custom-made 450-count Egyptian cotton linens, Roman baths with mosaic tile, high-speed internet and flat- screen TVs, CD and DVD players. The Palms is the only resort in North America to offer bathroom amenities by world-renowned Acqua di Parma, maker of fine fragrances, bath, body and lifestyle products.

Former Ventanas al Paraiso and Golden Door guru Angel Stewart designed the 15,000 square foot spa, which is nestled by peaceful ponds and gently illuminated by torchlight. It features an outdoor meditation area, eight freestanding hand-cut coral stone treatment rooms and seven tented cabanas in a garden setting. The signature “Mother of Pearl” treatment is an exfoliating scrub incorporating pulverized native queen conch shells. Guests may also enjoy a full menu of water-based therapies, fitness center, clay tennis court, croquet lawn, and non-motorized water sports. An 18-hole championship golf course is minutes away.

At the center of the resort, the almost-$2 million serpentine infinity pool offers innovative pool decks, offering sun-worshippers maximum privacy. Wooden decking, Wi-Fi around the pool, sun pods, a hot tub “island” in the center, underwater music, and a people-and beach-watching area adjacent to the pool bar are but a few of the unique features. Guests enjoy tropical sorbets, aromatherapy mists and individual iPod minis for use during their stay.

“We operate with the philosophy of ‘anything is possible,’” says Managing Director William K. Anderson, whose pedigree includes some of the world’s most exclusive hideaways, including Antigua’s Jumby Bay, Fiji’s Wakaya Club, and he was a partner in Island Outpost hotels. “We are creating a bespoke vacation experience for each guest.”

The resort highlights cuisines of the sun, drawing from various cultures circumnavigating the globe. The poolside restaurant offers international street food. The dining room’s centerpiece is its state-of-the-art open kitchen with wood-burning oven, sushi bar/wok station and tandoori oven. Executive Chef is Jasper Schneider, formerly of Eric Ripert’s West Coast outpost of Le Bernardin. “We’re delighted to have this culinary star join our team. He’s the ideal person to interpret and brilliantly execute our innovative Parallel 23, ‘cuisines of the sun’ culinary approach along with many ‘firsts’ with wines and spirits,” said Anderson.

Unusual for a resort of its size, the 2,000 square foot Messel Ballroom can seat up to 130 guests and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities. The second floor of the Mansion features a wraparound terrace for pre-function cocktails. Other special events can be held on the croquet lawn, which can be covered by an elegant marquis for receptions and dinners.

Winter rates per day range from $750 for a Luxury Room to $7,000 for a three-bedroom Oceanfront Penthouse Suite with a butler and chauffeur. Rates include continental breakfast. For more information and reservations, call toll-free 1-866-877-PALM. In Canada, call Resort to the Best, 1-800-567-5327.

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