It’s going to be 70 on Wednesday. I repeat – Mother Nature is turning the heater on! So thanks to signs of warm temps it only seems appropriate to share tropical photos that will channel some serious warm weather vibes.
About a month ago I visited the lovely islands of Turks and Caicos. Nestled a few hundred miles south east of the Bahamas the islands have been known for their world renowned white sand beaches and I can personally attest to their powder like heaven feel after spending 10 days seaside.
If you remember I made a serious commitment to traveling internationally this year. So we’ll just call Turks the first stamp of many on my passport in 2016. But unlike the trips coming up this one was meant purely for some good old fashioned R&R filled with Caicos Mamas, Fire-y sunsets and crystal clear waters. Take me back!
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The resort came highly recommended and after meeting a few of the other guests over sunset drinks we learned that it was a resort rich in tradition with families coming year after year. The property allows for both condo owners and guests to stay in five buildings on the property. Rooms ranged from individual hotel room like suites to full on two bedroom apartments which we stayed in. I have to say it was nice having coffee mere steps from bed every morning without inviting hotel staff in to deliver a morning pot. And who could beat this view!
Like any beach vacation I arrived with books in tow. Limited cell service on the beach left me somewhat disconnected in the best way so I managed to polish off Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (I think I may be the only person who didn’t like this book BTW) and the ever so hilarious Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? Does anyone remember the last time someone read a true honest to god – book, that wasn’t on a screen? Call it a liberating experience but for the first three days sun, sand and those two books were my only agenda.
However – as per usual I got ancy. So Monday we chartered the Southern Cross. Now this wasn’t just an ordinary boat. It was a true yacht restored with classic teak interiors and nautical detailing meant to be truly enjoyed – And we did with all the rosé on board. (Check out the video)
Owned and run by Capt. James Taylor (yep!), he and his lovely and wonderful crew led us out to sea to the soundtrack of 80’s beach music and the sights of crystal clear blue waters. Clearly I adjusted to yacht life – just fine.
Aside – don’t you love this hat!?! Get it here – #HatsByOlivia. Literally best investment I made all trip and perfect for the ‘gram!
We were on board for the day so we covered a bit of ground exploring offshore sand bars, snorkeling and learned a bit more about the T&C islands from our ex-pat Captain – who in fact happened to be quite the chef. After water play, a world class sunset and more rosé – (naturally) our captain/chef extraordinare and his right hand assistant Caroleesa prepared the freshest catch for us to enjoy under the stars while anchored in a gorgeous inlet. Lets just say with skies that clear I certainly broke out my star gazer app. Perfect for settling the stomach after a tasty dinner. An absolutely unreal experience from beginning to end and highly recommended for those looking for a relaxing and luxe adventure. (Here’s the Southern Cross FB page!)
Once we returned to the resort after a day aboard the Southern Cross it was back to working on the tan, walks on the beach, reading and of course taking LOTS of photos.
Turks marks my 10th trip to a Caribbean island and its by far one of my favorites. From the picturesque beaches to its warm people I will absolutely return again. With so much eating, drinking and relaxing – I’ll share where to Eat, Stay, See and Shop next week sharing a true in-and-out guide to all things to do in Providenciales.
Till then… we’ll always have the sunsets!