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Why Luxury Travelers and Celebrities Are All Flocking to Turks & Caicos

You'll find posh hotels, privacy, and pristine beaches-plus palatial new villas that go for $13,000 per night.
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It would be easy to write off Turks & Caicos as a mecca for all-inclusives and cruise ships, but over the last few years—and thanks to the addition of several posh hotels—the island chain has become a favorite among jetsetters, celebrities, and the kind of travelers who typically frequent ritzy locales like St. Barts or Saint Tropez.

Between the pristine beaches and accessibility (direct flights from New York are just three hours) the sudden surge of luxury tourism isn't all that surprising. At The Shore Club—one of Turks' newest high-end hotels that opened in 2017—the demand for over-the-top accommodations has been through the roof. So much so, that the hotel's developer Stan Hartling, CEO of The Hartling Group, decided to add three sprawling private villas on the property for guests in need of even more space and privacy.

Each of the 8,800-square-foot residences has six bedrooms (five are located in the main villa, and one is in a detached guest house) as well as direct beach access, ocean views, a heated pool, and a personal concierge. Of course, they're also priced accordingly: rates start at $4,500 per night, and go up $13,000 a night during high season.

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Having experienced one of the villas firsthand, I can vouch for the attention to detail that went into every aspect of the colonial-inspired design—from the fountain that greets you upon entering the gates, to the underground tunnel system that connects the home to the main resort, so staff can discreetly slip in and out as needed.

Below, get a glimpse into one of the properties for yourself.

The villa is comprised of six bedrooms, including a master suite, seen here.


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It has a private terrace, a sauna, an indoor shower and an outdoor shower—as well as a tub, for those who prefer a plethora of bathing options.

The master suite's balcony has sweeping ocean views.


Because the island is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world—behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Belize Barrier Reef—the water is shallow and swimmable for nearly 17 miles from the shore.

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Each villa has a massive chef's kitchen.


The resort can arrange a personal chef to curate a specialized menu for private dining—though you'd be remiss if you didn't also check out Sui-Ren, the Pervuian Japanese restaurant on property.

There's even a screening room.


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Villa guests have a designated butler, who can organize a movie night with room service and cocktails.

The property technically sleeps 12, but the living area could easily accommodate a much larger group.


"We see clients who rent the villa as a private 'home base' and then take additional hotel accommodations for the rest of the group or family," says Hartling.

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It has a market value of $7 million according to Hartling.


An alfresco dining area makes the perfect setting for breakfast.


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Or for a change of scenery, the properties are just a few steps away from the hotel's courtyard restaurant, which serves an impressive spread each morning.

The bi-level villa has a spiral staircase—but there's also an elevator, if taking the stairs while on vacation feels like too much of a chore.


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Arguably the best part: it's located just a few feet from this beach.


*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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