If you have just made the decision to tie the knot with your partner, your immediate future will contain a lot of frenetic activity. Planning a wedding can fast become a whirlwind of list making, crack familial diplomacy and stress filled meetings with caterers, venue management and dressmakers that can soon have your blood pressure on the rise.
So what better than the ultimate, relaxed honeymoon to look forward to at the end of all the wedding celebrations? Wise couples book up their honeymoon early, so that in challenging times leading up to the nuptials, they have a totally chilled-out endpoint to focus on.
Any couples seeking inspiration for the perfect romantic honeymoon destination need look no further than Turks & Caicos.
The Turks & Caicos are a quiet chain of islands nestling in the Atlantic, but with a strong Caribbean influence. If you want to find somewhere with the softer charms of the Caribbean, but without some of the brash elements, then this relatively undeveloped set of beauties are the isles for you.
After the chaos and partying of the wedding, this is the perfect place to unwind and start off married life together. Here on Turks & Caicos you will discover award-winning sandy beaches, clear blue waters and an un-crowded and laid back environment, perfectly suited to relaxation.
Honeymoon accommodation should be selected carefully as it is important to get it right. As newly-weds, you will want comfort, privacy, romance, a touch of luxury and some convenience – and nothing fits the brief better than the beach-side accommodation found at www.coralgardensdirect.com . Coral Gardens is a luxury resort on Grace Bay Beach with a wide choice of private rental accommodation – from suites to studios to penthouses, all leading directly onto pristine white sands. With a spa for receiving pampering treatments, a restaurant, two swimming pools and a fitness centre, at www.coralgardensdirect.com you’ll find one, two and three bedroom apartments available, all with relaxed Caribbean/Colonial style décor and all mod cons and amenities. As newly weds you will want to follow your own timetable, so self catering private accommodation makes perfect sense.
There are plenty of opportunities for romance in these islands. Strolling hand in hand along award-winning Grace Bay Beach is a good place to start, although it stretches for over twelve miles, so plan some stops on the way for a chilled rum punch and a swim in the turquoise waters. The sunsets on Turks & Caicos are famous, and many visitors enjoy sipping a sundowner watching the sun setting over the horizon. Occasionally, a green flash is viewed as the golden disc of sun dips below the line of the horizon – when it happens, it is quite a sight.
Horse riding under the moonlight along Grace Bay is possible and sounds like an impossibly romantic way to spend an evening. However, if you prefer your equestrian activities to take place in daylight hours, you have the option to saddle up in the day time as well.
Enjoying a spa treatment together is a wonderful way to relax, whether it’s a massage or other pampering treatment to rejuvenate you, the spa at Coral Gardens Resort provides European and Asian influenced therapies to enhance your equilibrium during your stay.
Magical Underwater Kingdom
Of the forty islands in Turks and Caicos, only eight are inhabited – this means there are lots of untouched places to explore. Many islands are surrounded by natural reefs which make fabulous viewing galleries for the marine life. Get kitted out with a snorkel and mask and discover together the unique sea creatures in this protected national park. From turtles to rays, to starfish, eels and so much more – while away hours in the crystal clear, warm waters.
On the Ground
The language spoken in Turks & Caicos is English and the currency is the US dollar. Reaching the island chain is straightforward with many international airlines flying in to the airport on the main island of Providenciales. From the US mainland it is either a ninety minute hop from Miami, four hours from New York or thirteen from LA. The climate is generally sunny and dry with December to May being the optimal times to visit. November to June is hurricane season, so for guaranteed honeymoon sun, factor this possibility into your dates.
Book the honeymoon you both deserve in Turks & Caicos and start off married life as you mean to go on, in a perpetual state of total bliss…