The two sides of the island are quite different and equally deserted – you will hardly encounter another soul. The “back” has a small marina from which the boat departs for snorkeling on a nearby reef; The Aquarium, a heavenly lagoon-like bay for kayaking (watch out for green turtles) and swimming in bottle-green water; and Jack’s Place, across the bridge where there is a small strip of sand and a nature trail. The front of the island has the spectacular beach (when the tide is out it’s fun to look for sand dollars) and a watersports shack with more kayaks and Hobie cats: ask Shelwyn to take you to Fort George Cay uninhabited for a picnic. There are also Fatboy bikes you can borrow (and golf carts for rent) to explore the sandy trails that wind through the interior of the forest.
The staff are local, friendly and knowledgeable about the island. servers at dinner remember your favorite wine.
There are a series of reef balls along a small stretch of coastline to protect its erosion and the island is part of the Caicos National Pine Recovery Project, which aims to protect the endangered national tree. In addition, there is no single-use plastic and planning has been approved for solar panels.
Accessibility for people with reduced mobility
All rooms are wheelchair accessible, as are the restaurant and swimming pool.
All that remains to be mentioned
Ask the staff to organize an outdoor movie night. The projector is set up on the airstrip and you can snack on popcorn while watching episodes of 1960s sitcoms Gilligan’s Island under an inky sky.
Hotel address: Pine Cay, TKCA 1zz, Turks and Caicos Islands
Price from: Approximately £1,275 including all meals, soft drinks, transfers from Provo and non-motorized water sports