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With wedding season coming up and having just attended a wedding in Clearwater Beach, we thought we’d share the last destination wedding we attended. Since Alex likes lists so much, we looked up the hotel we stayed at on Turks & Caicos and found it was on the 2012 traveler’s choice luxury list for the Caribbean. We remember one of our favorite hotels on the list very well. We’ve always wanted to go back and are contemplating it after revisiting our pictures from the trip.
The Regent Palms in Turks & Caicos was a perfect island wedding setting. When we received an invitation from good friends to attend their wedding we were so exited. We were so excited because we got to participate in their wedding and experience an island we’ve never visited. Turning a destination wedding into a long weekend getaway with friends and Mrs Weekly Flyer (pre-Baby Flyer) was a real treat. The beach at Grace Bay was beautiful and not to mention the fact that you can get to the Turks & Caicos for only 4,500 Avios points one-way from Miami.
The Regent Palms is a 72-suite resort right on Grace Bay on the island of Providenciales, in the Turks & Caicos. This hotel was ranked #10 on the traveler’s choice luxury list for good reason. The hotel has a fantastic spa and plenty of grounds to relax. The pool is fantastic with a swim up bar and a great infinity edge. We paid a negotiated wedding party rate which included breakfast each morning at the main restaurant.
On the night of the big event, the ceremony, dinner and reception were all held at the hotel. The ceremony was held on the beach. A local guitar player arrived to welcome the bride and groom down the sandy aisle. The reception was held upstairs above the main plantation house. It was a fabulous setting for a wedding and the bride of course was glowing.
The hotel rooms were in top shape. Everything felt so nice and new. But forget the rooms, the resort has a great layout, access to the beach, a great swim up bar and was perfect for the wedding.
If you’ve ever been to Grace Bay you know it is a beautiful beach. The sand is soft, white, and the water calmly falls into the shore with a gentle ripple. There is a reef about 1 mile left and only 100 meters off the beach.
This is the kind of beach we love. The water was so crystal clear you could see your toes.
The setting for the wedding ceremony was close to as good as it gets. The aisle was sandy so all of the wedding guests went barefoot. The sound of a gentle waves and guitar strings were all we heard as the bride walked down the aisle.
This is what the points and miles game is all about. Getting to places free on miles to enjoy time with friends and family.
We enjoyed our time so much in Turks & Caicos that we are actively planning a return trip. When you can spend only 4,500 Avios points one-way per person from Miami to enjoy this island, it’s hard not to getaway for a quick weekend.
We feel lucky to have visited 6 of the hotels on the traveler’s choice Caribbean luxury list and have a stay planned at another hotel on the list later this year, on points of course.
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