|The Regent Spa is about to go through a rebranding that will add a stronger Asian influence. A bistro will also be added.|
In Turks and Caicos, where barefoot luxury reigns supreme, The Regent Palms continues to dazzle. Four years after Luxury Travel Advisor first visited this 72-suite property, we returned in July and found that not much had changed. And that’s good news for your VIPs.
|The main courtyardt at the Regent Palms is a peaceful haven with plenty of greenery.|
The best suites here are the Penthouses, which are available in one-, two- or three- bedroom options and range from 3,422 to 3,791 square feet. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, and second and third bedrooms come with a king-size bed and a full-size sleeper sofa.
Cool Touch: The master bath has a private outdoor Sun Suite with an outdoor shower and hot tub, and the units boast a full kitchen with Viking appliances and a washer/dryer.
|One-Bedroom Ocean-Front Suites at the Regent Palms provide balconies or patios.|
We stayed in Room No. 5103, a One-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite. This room is on the first floor of building block No. 5, which is the block of rooms closest to the swimming pool. Tip: This comes in handy when you don’t feel like lugging your luxe sunbathing accessories with you. The room has a king-size bed, two TVs, an outdoor patio with lawn access and another outdoor napping area with a bed and couch. But the pièce de résistance was the walk-in shower with two showerheads. Note: Although the TVs are not flat-screen yet, plans are in the works to install them soon. Expect those plans to commence sometime in fall.
Luxury travel advisors should contact Joanne Hogg ([email protected]; 649-333-6100), director of travel industry sales, to make any special arrangements for their A-listers.
|Living Rooms in the One-Bedroom Ocean-Front suite have plenty of light and space.|
The Regent Spa is the resort’s crown jewel, with plenty of space and 17 treatment rooms. The most requested treatment here is the Zareeba, a 90-minute indigenous island herbal steam cleansing and detoxification ritual. Guests can sit quietly in a private Zareeba (a dedicated hut) and inhale an aromatic steam of freshly brewed therapeutic herbs. A cooling wrap and a body massage to release toxins complete the ritual.
Luxury Travel Advisor went with the Fitness Facial Massage, a gentler deep tissue massage. The 90-minute treatment includes an intermission in the form of a quick, rinsing shower before the masseuse applied essential oils and lotion on all vital muscle parts.
Luxury travel advisors should contact Spa Director Chelsi Murphy ([email protected]; 649-946-8667) for special spa requests.
Turks and Caicos may not be a fashionista’s paradise but The Regent Palms is the exception. In fact, the shops at the on-site Palms Place are said to be among the best in the Caribbean. The plaza is home to Wish Boutique, Splash Swim Boutique and Spice Market, a gourmet food store. Note: There are other shops outside the resort that are within walking distance. Advisors should contact Retail Manager Hazel Rush ([email protected]; 649-946-8666) with any questions.
|The Regent Palms is located on Grace Bay Beach, one of the most famous beacehs in the Caribbean.|
Getting there: Providenciales Airport is only a 15-minute ride away. For your well-heeled guests, The Regent Palms can provide both luxury transport, and VIP Flyers club reservations for quick check-in and priority security for departures at the airport. VIPs can land private helicopters at the Provo Air Center, which is also 15 minutes away from the resort.
When it comes to regal luxury, we say it’s the extras that put a resort over the top. The Regent Palms’ Concierge Team can arrange a private sunset sailing charter for VIPs, or have them spend the day visiting uninhabited cays. In addition, romantic dining can be arranged on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The concierge team can arrange in-room wine tastings or even a chefs table for a truly private culinary event. Contact Food and Beverage & Events Development Manager Jean S. “J.S” Richer ([email protected]; 649-946-8666) for details on that.
On the Horizon
Luxury Travel Advisor got the scoop on some major developments for the Regent Spa. General Manager Karen Whitt says guests can expect a new bistro that will focus on health food as well as other additions to the spa menu, making spa time a full-day experience.
Spa Consultant Deborah Waldvogel, also director of spa development and operations for Sedona Resorts, tells us there will be a full re-branding of the spa that could call for a name change and a stronger Asian and Indian influence on the menu. New treatments will be added and the spa staff doubled. The yoga station will be moved to the fitness center and the new bistro will take its place. That plan is expected to get rolling around September but the spa will remain open. (The new location of the fitness center has not been decided yet.)
The changes make up just one of three major projects planned at the hotel. The breakfast area will also be moved and enhanced, and a new beach bar will be added.
Note: Once the new spa changes are in place, Waldvogel says travel advisors should book treatments for guests at least two weeks in advance. She says plans are also in the works to enable online booking of treatments.
Luxury travel advisors should contact Whitt ([email protected]; 649-946-8666) for VIP requests.