It may snow in the San Francisco Bay Area tonight, which is rare. But I’d much rather be strolling on the snowy, sugary white beaches on Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos chain, a 40-island archipelago south of the Bahamas and east of Florida. The weather is warm and sunny year-round and I proposed to my wife along the shores of Grace Bay on a six-mile-long stretch of deserted beach.
A new venue here is The Palms Resort featuring a Meditation Pool, a destination Spa, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, a deck with circular sunning beds, Parallel 23 restaurant serving international cuisine and excellent scuba diving right off the shore. Here, you’ll see what I saw — parrotfish, stingrays, barracuda, conch, spiny lobster and an occasional harmless grey or nurse shark. It’s near Parrot Kay, where Keith Richards has a home and Jen/Ben stayed on their honeymoon.
Best of all, the guest rooms and suites offer pillowtop mattresses, 450-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed Internet access.