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Evaluate: Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos

We spent 5 nights at the 147-room Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos, which I’ve been curious to take a look at, on condition that it solely opened in 2021. The preliminary critiques of the resort on-line are fairly harsh, so what’s my take?

There’s rather a lot to like about this resort, like the situation on Grace Bay, the superb views, the eating choices, and the pleasant service. Moreover, it’s superior to have a Marriott Bonvoy property in Turks & Caicos, as this can be a nice possibility for incomes and redeeming factors.

That being stated, the Ritz-Carlton additionally has some downsides. It’s clear that corners had been lower on a number of the resort finishes, notably within the rooms. Moreover, the resort merely lacks a way of place, from the design, to the on-property eating places (even when the meals was good). Anyway, let’s get right into a extra detailed assessment.

Redeeming factors on the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos

I redeemed factors for our keep on the Ritz-Carlton. Marriott Bonvoy will quickly be introducing dynamic award pricing, which can seemingly be an enormous devaluation for aspirational redemptions. Because of this, I’m attempting to redeem as a lot of my Bonvoy factors as doable proper now.

The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos is a Class 8 Marriott Bonvoy property, which means {that a} free night time redemption at present prices wherever from 70,000 to 100,000 factors per night time, relying on whether or not you’re staying throughout an off-peak, customary, or peak interval.

Our dates had been over the “customary” interval, so a redemption value 85,000 Bonvoy factors per night time, with the chance to get a fifth night time free. In different phrases, 5 nights value 340,000 Bonvoy factors, or a median of 68,000 Bonvoy factors per night time.

As some extent of comparability, paid nightly charges for our dates had been $1,200+ together with taxes and charges. After all it’s value retaining in thoughts that in the meanwhile luxurious resort pricing is thru the roof, given the pent up demand for journey.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos location

The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos is situated in Providenciales, proper on Grace Bay. That is arguably the most important promoting level of the property — Grace Bay is thought to be one of many world’s most stunning seashores, so to have direct entry to that’s superior.

The Ritz-Carlton is on Grace Bay

The Ritz-Carlton is a roughly 15 minute drive from Providenciales Worldwide Airport (PLS). Word that whenever you arrive on the airport, the one choices for transfers are shared, so for $34 per couple you will get a shuttle to the resort, although it might cease at different locations alongside the way in which (this added round quarter-hour to the journey time for us).

Alternatively you may prepare a non-public switch prematurely, although that’ll be rather more expensive.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos check-in & foyer

As you pull as much as the Ritz-Carlton there’s a gate you must go by way of. The resort little doubt stands proud within the space, on condition that it’s 10 flooring, and most different issues on Grace Bay are at most just a few flooring excessive. This has been unpopular with many locals, who really feel like this takes away from the attraction of the Grace Bay space, and I can recognize why.

From the rear the resort seems a bit odd, however that’s simply because all the rooms face the seashore and ocean, so on this aspect of the resort there are solely hallways.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos exterior

From the opposite aspect the resort seems a bit extra like what you’d anticipate.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos exterior

The Ritz-Carlton has a lovely open air foyer, which I all the time take pleasure in at a seashore resort. There was a little bit of foyer seating, after which a foyer bar there as nicely, which I’ll cowl in additional element a bit later.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos foyer
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos foyer
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos foyer

Reception was situated simply contained in the foyer and to the suitable. There have been two separate desks, in order that friends might sit down whereas checking in.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos reception

Our check-in course of was pleasant and environment friendly, and we had been even supplied a glass of glowing wine.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos welcome drink

We had been knowledgeable that we had been upgraded to an oceanfront room. All rooms right here have views of the ocean (which is superior), so the improve from an oceanview room to an oceanfront room represented a one class improve.

We had been requested if we needed to be escorted to our room (which we declined). We simply discovered the elevators, which had been situated contained in the constructing throughout from reception.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos elevators

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront room

I’d say the most important downside of the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos is the indoor areas, and that begins with the elevators. The elevators had a thoughts of their very own, and weren’t very responsive. It was nearly a operating joke for friends who received within the elevator collectively, because it’s a thriller the place you’ll really find yourself.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos elevator

The resort has 10 flooring, and we had been assigned room 3605, situated on the sixth ground (there are two separate buildings with residences, so I assume the “3” on the entrance refers back to the constructing we had been in, after which 605 is the precise room quantity).

Do the hallways actually seem like what you’d anticipate at a brand new Ritz-Carlton? Critically, there’s no artwork in them or correct wall remedies, and it feels extra like your common house constructing than a luxurious resort.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos hallway
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos hallway
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos room exterior

The excellent news concerning the rooms is that they’re fairly giant, at 442 sq. ft. The dangerous information is that in addition they don’t really feel notably luxurious. Our room featured an extended entryway with a closet to the left and the toilet to the suitable.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room entryway

There was tile within the entrance hallway, after which the remainder of the room was carpeted.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room entryway

The room had a snug king measurement mattress, and a daybed on the foot of the mattress. Ritz-Carltons persistently have snug beds, and this resort was no exception.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room

There was a wall-mounted TV close to the window, a ceiling fan, and at the very least some artwork on the far wall.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room

The curtains to the balcony had been guide, and at the very least added a splash of colour to the in any other case boring room.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room

Alongside the wall closest to the doorway was a dresser after which a small glass desk with two chairs, which additionally contained a welcome amenity consisting of glowing wine and a few sweets, which was a pleasant contact.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room sitting space

There was additionally a Nespresso machine, some water, and a few reusable Ritz-Carlton water bottles.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos in-room espresso

There was no minibar, however reasonably simply an empty mini-fridge.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos in-room mini-fridge

The lavatory was giant, and had double sinks, a soaking tub, a walk-in bathe with three totally different bathe head choices (which was superior), and a partitioned off rest room.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room toilet
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room bathtub
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room bathe
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room rest room

Toiletries had been from Diptyque, which was superior. These toiletries had been in reusable bottles, which I don’t thoughts, besides it was actually exhausting to truly pump out the liquids.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Diptyque toiletries

The spotlight of the room was the outside house. There was a big patio with two chairs. Whereas it confronted the 2 residences buildings on one aspect, it additionally had breathtaking, direct views of Grace Bay.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room balcony
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room view

I beloved having the ability to sit out right here, and easily can’t say sufficient good issues concerning the view and being so near the ocean. Opening the door within the morning and listening to the sound of waves crashing is simply magical.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room view
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room view
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos oceanfront king room view

Rooms weren’t solely serviced each day, however there was additionally proactive nightly turndown service, which included bottled water and candies.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos turndown service

As you may in all probability inform, I’ve combined emotions concerning the rooms. They’re an important measurement and have stunning balconies with unbelievable views. However in any other case the rooms merely don’t really feel luxurious, and look like they might simply as simply belong to a Westin.

The rooms want a bit extra persona, and ideally some extra artwork and even wall remedies. For that matter, the toilet might additionally use towel racks. Humorous sufficient we met some pretty girls who had been staying on the resort as nicely, and once we requested them what they considered the rooms, they instantly introduced up their confusion concerning the lack of towel racks within the toilet.

It’s fairly clear some corners had been lower in the case of the indoor finishes. On the plus aspect, the outside house is way nicer.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos swimming pools

The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos has two swimming pools, situated past the three buildings and close to the seashore. There’s a walkway straight from the foyer main to those.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos path to swimming pools & seashore

One pool is completely for adults, and is rather well finished. It has loads of seating, and an total good design.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos adults solely pool
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos adults solely pool
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos adults solely pool

There’s a second pool for households. Whereas the pool design as such isn’t as inspiring, I feel many will recognize a separate possibility for these with children.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos household pool
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos household pool

It’s my understanding that the resort was roughly 80% full once we had been staying there, so I used to be impressed that there was no must play video games to order seats. They had been all the time available.

I additionally appreciated that the resort had quite a lot of complimentary sunscreen out there on the pool, plus water. There are such a lot of seashore resorts that attempt to rip friends off with sunscreen.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos sunscreen & water

My one disappointment right here was the shortage of sizzling tubs. I all the time discover it unusual when seashore resorts don’t have sizzling tubs, however possibly that’s simply me?

Ritz Carlton Turks & Caicos seashore

The Ritz-Carlton’s largest asset is that it’s on Grace Bay, usually thought to be one of many world’s greatest seashores. There’s a path main on to the seashore, after which the resort has a setup with lounge chairs, service, and so forth. There are additionally every kind of water sports activities out there.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos path to seashore
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos from the seashore
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos seashore seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos seashore seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos water sports activities

So, did Grace Bay reside as much as the hype? I’m not a lot of a seashore lounger, however reasonably am extra of a seashore walker, and I’ve to say the reply is sure. The seashore right here is extraordinarily lengthy (you may stroll over seven miles), and I used to be amazed by how smooth and clear the sand was, and the way clear the water was.

This actually is a prime notch seashore, and having the ability to take an prolonged stroll right here each morning was an actual deal with.

Grace Bay seashore

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos health club & spa

The Ritz-Carlton has a health club and spa, situated on the bottom ground close to the elevators and the foyer. The health club was very nicely outfitted, with each cardio and weight tools. The health club additionally had floor-to-ceiling home windows towards the ocean, which was good.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos health club
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos health club
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos health club
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos health club
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos health club

The resort additionally has a spa, and you may discover the menu right here and the spa listing right here. We didn’t find yourself utilizing the spa. We had been considering of getting a therapy on one among our final days, solely to find that the spa is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Oddly the resort’s web site means that the spa is open each day from 9AM till 6PM, although clearly that wasn’t our expertise. I don’t suppose I’ve ever been to a seashore resort earlier than the place a spa is closed for 2 consecutive days.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos spa

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant (breakfast)

The Ritz-Carlton has just a few eating choices, and a type of is Coralli Restaurant, which is situated on the seashore. That is open each day for breakfast and lunch, and it’s additionally the place pool service is offered from.

Whereas breakfast isn’t included for Marriott Bonvoy elites at Ritz-Carlton properties, we nonetheless checked out the restaurant a few mornings.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant exterior

The restaurant has a little bit of indoor seating, after which additionally a lovely outside patio searching towards the ocean.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant indoor seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant outside seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant outside seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant outside seating

You’ll be able to discover the breakfast menu right here. One possibility is to do the buffet for $34 per particular person together with espresso and juice, or else you may order from the menu. Beneath are some photos of the buffet.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast buffet
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast buffet
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast buffet
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast buffet
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast buffet

We ordered a la carte, and had each sizzling and iced espresso, which had been fairly good.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast

We additionally loved the avocado toast, omelets, and the banana oatmeal pancakes (which we wouldn’t often order, however a gaggle we met on property advised us how good they had been, so we determined to present them a strive). The meals was wonderful throughout the board.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant breakfast

It’s value noting that the Ritz-Carlton additionally units up complimentary espresso within the foyer every morning, which is a pleasant contact.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos complimentary espresso

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant (lunch)

We additionally loved lunch at Coralli Restaurant, because it’s the first on-property restaurant that’s open through the day. You’ll be able to both sit within the restaurant, or within the extra informal bar space.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant bar seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant bar seating

So far as drinks go, there was an in depth wine and cocktail listing. In addition they had some pitchers that could possibly be shared, and we ordered The Tipsy Palmer, which consisted of Maker’s Mark, iced tea, merely syrup, and lemon juice. I’ve gotta say, at $49 this could be the perfect worth alcoholic drinks on property. We each have a good alcohol tolerance, however my gosh, we had been wasted after ending this. Oops.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant drinks

You’ll be able to discover the lunch menu right here, and as you may see, it consists of every kind of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and extra. We ordered the Mediterranean dips to start out, after which I had the fish sandwich, whereas Ford had the doner kebab.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant lunch
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant lunch
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Coralli Restaurant lunch

We loved the drinks we ordered from the pool as nicely.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos poolside cocktails

Throughout the board meals on property was costly, however no more costly than I’d anticipate at a Ritz-Carlton within the Caribbean.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak (dinner)

The Ritz-Carlton has a BLT Steak, as you’ll discover at a number of Ritz-Carlton properties. Whereas not a very native expertise, BLT Steak does have some nice meat. The restaurant is situated in a separate constructing subsequent to the resort, close to the doorway (because of this it doesn’t provide something in the way in which of ocean views).

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak exterior

The restaurant has each indoor and outside seating, and we determined to take a seat outdoor within the courtyard.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak indoor seating
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak outside seating

I’ve a foul behavior of ordering soiled martinis in locations the place that’s not a typical cocktail, and often find yourself dissatisfied. I attempted my luck at BLT because it’s a steakhouse, and luckily they delivered.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner

Firstly of the meal we had been supplied some hen liver pate and popovers. Ford beloved the hen liver pate, whereas I beloved the popovers. Yum.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner

So far as dinner itself goes, you may discover the menu right here. To start out we ordered the tuna tartare to share.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner

For our mains we each ordered the seven ounce filet mignons with horseradish, which we loved immensely.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner

We additionally ordered some asparagus to share.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner

On the conclusion of the meal we had been supplied some heat mini-brownies.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos BLT Steak dinner

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Casa Nonna (dinner)

On choose days of the week the Ritz-Carlton has Casa Nonna, an Italian restaurant. At first I used to be confused about the place this restaurant is, since I assumed I had seen the entire resort, however hadn’t seen the restaurant. Then I spotted that Coralli (the breakfast and lunch) restaurant is solely transformed into Casa Nonna at night time. Ahh…

We sat exterior, and what a view!

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Casa Nonna outside seating

As you might have guessed based mostly on the identify, the restaurant serves Italian delicacies, and you may discover the menu right here. We had been supplied some items of flatbread to start out.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Casa Nonna dinner

As a starter we shared the calamari fritti.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Casa Nonna dinner

Then for our mains we break up the tortelloni di ricotta and branzino croccante. All three dishes had been distinctive.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Casa Nonna dinner
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Casa Nonna dinner

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge

The Ritz-Carlton additionally has the Foyer Lounge, which is open from round midday till late at night time. It’s fully outdoor, and appears out towards Grace Bay, with loads of seating choices.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge

Whilst you can come right here for a drink, the Foyer Lounge additionally serves sushi, and you may discover the menu right here. We ordered some tuna with avocado and two sushi rolls, which had been all very nicely finished.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge lunch
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Foyer Lounge lunch

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos on line casino

The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos has a on line casino. We didn’t find yourself utilizing it, nevertheless it’s there. The excellent news is that it’s in a separate constructing close to the doorway (proper subsequent to BLK Steak), so for those who’re a visitor on the resort you don’t have to fret about this detracting from the expertise.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos on line casino

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace sundown cruise

The Ritz-Carlton has a catamaran, named Girl Grace, which does a 90 minute sundown cruise most nights. That is open to each resort friends and outsiders. The associated fee is $129 per particular person, and that features drinks and appetizers. Because the solar set early throughout our keep, the cruise began at 4:30PM.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace

The catamaran itself is kind of good, and certainly there was an open bar and a few appetizers. The employees had been pleasant as nicely.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace sundown cruise
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace sundown cruise

I loved a few aperol spritzes.

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace drinks

And the sundown was certainly stunning…

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace sundown cruise
Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos Girl Grace sundown cruise

A number of issues to notice, although:

  • The very good girls we met on the cruise advised us how resort employees advised them “you will get trashed” whereas promoting the idea of the cruise
  • I solely point out that as a result of some individuals had been actually trashed; for instance, there was one woman who will need to have spent an excellent 10 minutes flicking off a drone and yelling “f*ck you” at it, regardless that it was very distant (at the very least I’m going to hope it was alcohol that precipitated her to behave that means?)
  • Whereas the cruise presents appetizers, you’d suppose this place was a Centurion Lounge based mostly on how fast the meals was gone; inside 5 minutes there was nothing left
  • When the cruise began we had been advised we’d sail 45 minutes in a single course after which flip round, however in actuality we sailed for possibly 5 minutes, after which simply form of stayed there for some time; I’d guess we received at most half a mile from the resort through the cruise

Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos service

General I used to be impressed by service on the Ritz-Carlton. A number of observations:

  • Employees on the resort are roughly half locals and half Filipinos, which created a extremely fascinating blended service tradition; the locals working on the resort had been pleasant, as had been the Filipinos (as you’d anticipate, because it’s a really service oriented tradition)
  • I’ve seen some complaints on-line about service on the resort being actually sluggish; whereas service wasn’t the quickest and there was a component of “island time,” personally I didn’t have any points with service velocity
  • All payments on the resort have a ten% service cost mechanically added, after which you may tip on prime of that; it’s my understanding that tipping in Turks & Caicos is just like what we do in the US, so I all the time added an additional 10%

Backside line

I’m glad I had the possibility to take a look at the brand new Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos, which is a superb addition to Marriott’s portfolio.

Highlights included the big rooms with seashore and ocean views (who doesn’t love listening to the sound of waves from their room?), a really perfect location on Grace Bay, pleasant service, and wonderful meals (although at a value, as you’d anticipate at a Ritz-Carlton within the Caribbean).

The principle factor I didn’t love concerning the resort was how the rooms had been appointed. It’s apparent these rooms had been designed on a funds, although I really feel like if a bit extra effort had been put into the rooms (wall remedies, artwork, towel racks, and so forth.), this could possibly be a prime notch property. The opposite normal problem individuals have with this property is that it stands proud like a sore thumb. The builders didn’t attempt to mix into the atmosphere, however reasonably constructed one thing that’s means larger than absolutely anything else on Grace Bay.

So, would I return? Sure, completely, assuming I had been redeeming factors. I beloved being proper on Grace Bay, so having the ability to redeem factors for an oceanfront room with that have is superior. That being stated, if I had been paying the money charge and weren’t model loyal, I’d definitely think about different choices as nicely.

What do you make of the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos?

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