The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos opens this summer. In this post I wanted to go over the basics of this property as it is a point property that might interest some (although I’m personally skeptical).
Basics by Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos
The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos is currently taking reservations for stays on or after July 2, 2021. The 155 room hotel is located in Providenciales and overlooks Grace Bay.
The resort offers everything from a club lounge to a casino, a spa, several pools and a BLT steak restaurant. Unfortunately there aren’t many pictures of this property right now so we need to be patient and use our imaginations.
In addition, the hotel sells rooms, although the website does not specify the number of square meters or the characteristics of these rooms. There seems to be a limited number of room categories at the moment – there are deluxe rooms, club rooms, junior suites, executive suites, and a few more specialty suite categories.
This is the fourth Ritz-Carlton property in the Caribbean after Aruba, Grand Cayman and St. Thomas (excluding the Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties, which are segregated for all practical purposes).
Redeem points at the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos
The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos will be a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy hotel:
- A free night costs 70,000 points off-peak, 85,000 points in standard and 100,000 points off-peak
- As always, you get a fifth night free at Marriott Bonvoy
For comparison, prices paid at the Ritz-Carlton appear to start at around $ 600, but can be way higher.
If you’re booking a paid stay at the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos, I recommend booking through the Marriott STARS program for free breakfast, a room upgrade based on availability, hotel credit, and more.
My skepticism towards Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos
I’ve wanted to visit Turks & Caicos for years, mostly because of its proximity to Miami. I heard it’s beautiful and especially that the beaches are really special.
That being said, I always struggled to actually book a trip given the hotel options so far:
- Amanyara is probably the best hotel, but it’s also outrageously expensive (you basically pay the “not far from the rich New York tax”).
- I heard COMO Parrot Cay is great; It’s still very expensive, but a little cheaper than the Aman
- Point Grace Resort & Spa looks pretty good too and is part of the Hyatt & SLH partnership so you can earn or redeem World of Hyatt points there
That brings us to the Ritz-Carlton, which I honestly find hard to get upset about, even if there is currently a lack of options:
- While most of the other Turks & Caicos hotels are a few stories high, the Ritz-Carlton is 12 stories; That just feels so out of place for the area, and the concept of a casino and a BLT steak didn’t resonate with me (interestingly, the new St. Regis Bermuda will also have a BLT steak as a signature restaurant).
- While 155 rooms isn’t that much between the hotel, residences, and casino, you can expect this to feel like a resort factory
- Additionally, it’s not that Marriott Bonvoy Elite members get great treatment at Ritz-Carltons as Ritz-Carlton is excluded from breakfast benefit for Bonvoy Platinum members and above
- When I think of Ritz-Carlton resorts in the Caribbean, I think back to the following video from the Ritz-Carlton Aruba
The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos will open in the summer of 2021. There aren’t many big chains in Turks & Caicos (for better or for worse). While I’m willing to overlook a lot to earn and redeem points, I think I’ll skip this hotel between the casino, BLT steak, lack of elite perks, and my generally low expectations of Ritz-Carlton’s Caribbean real estate.
And it’s one thing if there was an incredible offer or something, but at 70,000 to 100,000 points a night there are better places to redeem points.
Are you planning a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos? If you have been to Turks & Caicos before, what was your experience and recommendations for places to stay?