With 72 oceanfront suites, Regent Palms Turks & Caicos offers an exclusive, five-star Caribbean retreat for top incentive qualifiers and corporate execs. During a recent visit, I was impressed by the friendly and attentive service, the delicious cuisine, and the exceptional spa at this impeccable resort—located on the choice white sands of famed Grace Bay Beach, whose brilliant turquoise color took my breath away.
“CEOs who visit for their vacations want to come back for their meetings and incentive programs,” says Director, Travel Industry Sales, Joanne Hogg, noting that the resort has 15 U.S.–based incentive programs booked in 2014 and 15 additional programs on the books for next year, ranging in size from 30 attendees to buyout programs for 150 attendees.
A British overseas territory with an economy based on the U.S. dollar, Turks & Caicos is a relatively affluent group of sparsely populated tropical islands, the largest of which is Providenciales in the Caicos Islands (where Grace Bay and the Regent Palms are located). The currency makes it easy for meeting planners to do business here, and the peaceful, relaxed vibe makes it easy for attendees to enjoy island activities. Home to the third-largest coral reef system in the world and known for the exceptional clarity and color of the water, Turks & Caicos offers boat getaways from eco-kayaking to yacht excursions. A favorite group activity is a cruise to uninhabited and strikingly beautiful Half Moon Bay, where participants can enjoy a gourmet picnic on the beach while observing Caicos Rock Iguanas.
Recently, the local arts scene on Turks & Caicos has become more robust. “Our culture has not been as ‘in your face’ as other islands, but now we’re bringing it forward to tourists,” says the charismatic Director of Culture David Bowen. Your attendees might see him, along with other locals, visitors, and ex-pats, at the popular Thursday night “Fish Fry” nearby the Regent Palms, where local restaurants cook specialties such as jerk chicken, conch fritters, and fresh-caught snapper; local artisans sell their wares; and bands play the foot-tapping local music called Ripsaw. For those who miss the Fish Fry, a popular on-site party for groups is an arts-and-crafts event set up in the resort’s courtyard. “The feedback about our cultural programs is always about how friendly the island is,” says Hogg.
The Regent Palms’ open-air lobby and Colonial-style design reflects a storied yet relaxed elegance, with five low-rise buildings clad in coral stone housing 72 spacious, all-suite guest rooms. Meeting facilities include a 1,800-square-foot ballroom, two 900-square-foot meeting rooms, and a variety of outdoor venues. And with more than 25,000 square feet and a lovely outdoor courtyard and reflecting pool, the in-house-managed Regent Spa—one of the largest in the Caribbean—offers a range of high-caliber treatments on par with anything you’ll find on the mainland.