The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos
Set on the private island of Pine Cay, a 30-minute boat ride from Provo, The Meridian Club is the crown jewel of the Turks and Caicos for those seeking the timeless and relaxing spirit of the old West Indies.
Just 13 guest rooms tumble onto a deserted white-sand beach. Decorated with Haitian paintings and handcrafted furnishings, the simple, comfortable accommodations come with king beds and separate sitting alcoves opening onto screened porches. Spacious baths feature two vanity areas and indoor/outdoor showers. Overhead fans and louvered windows circulate the island’s year-round breeze.
An obliging staff tends to guests’ every need in a clubhouse trimmed by a scenic veranda. The informal dining room spills out to a terrace with tables beneath thatched umbrellas and a newly upgraded pool. Complementing the superlative two-mile beach, the resort provides a small flotillaof sailboats, plus daily snorkeling forays to a nearby national park reef. Spa services and bonefishing excursions are also available. This sanctuary will not appeal to everyone, but for beach lovers who yearn to truly get away from it all, nothing quite compares.
Beachfront Club Room, $1,085-$1,310, all meals included. Tel. (649) 946-7758.