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Honeymoon: Turks and Caicos

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You’ve seen our wedding photos, now it’s time to show you our honeymoon! Destination: Turks & Caicos!

It took us a while to decide where we wanted to go. We knew we wanted to go to the Caribbean because all we really wanted to do was relax. We didn’t want to do Europe because that’s more tourism and physically doing stuff. We just wanted to be lazy :) plus, we haven’t taken a real vacation in over 2 years – with getting engaged, buying a house, and planning a wedding, a relaxing vacation was well overdue.

We had St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and Turks & Caicos on the list. We crossed off St. Lucia because it was too far and we crossed off St. Maarten because, well, I don’t know why. All I know is that we talked to some friends who have been to Turks & Caicos before & they highly recommended it.

After we decided on where we were going, we started looking at resorts and hotels. We first wanted to do an all-inclusive thing, but then we realized that would pidgeon-hole us because you would likely end up staying at the resort the entire time and not exploring the island and trying different foods – and you know that was one of my main things, so we started looking at really nice hotels. We probably spent a good couple days searching and finding places within our budget. We finally stumbled across Beach House. It was recommended to us by Turks & Caicos Magazine. They saw my tweets saying we were going to TCI (Turks & Caicos Islands) so they asked where we were staying. I had no idea so I asked for recommendations and they knew I was a foodie so the hotel they said that we could get our grub on was Beach House. Sold!

Beach House generously hosted us for two nights with us paying for the other 5 nights, we also booked under the Beach House Beginnings package. It included:

  • Round Trip Transfers to and from airport
  • Beach Picnic
  • Chef’s Tasting Dinner for 2
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Snorkeling at Smiths Reef
  • Breakfast credit each day (subject to tax and service charge)
  • Champagne and Chocolate Truffles

I love that Beach House has only 21 suites. It’s very intimate and very quiet. Everyone that works there is SO friendly and helpful. For someone like me, I like taking control of the situation, but when we were there, they took care of EVERYTHING. Making our dinner reservations, calling our cabs, etc. Definitely a different feeling but I loved it.

The grounds a Beach House are so well-kept and full of lush greenery and flowers.

They don’t have room numbers here. It’s actually their motto. “Where the rooms have no numbers.” We stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite. Really, we didn’t need all the space, we would’ve been fine with the 1 bedroom suite, but when we got there, they said that the suite we were originally supposed to be in, had some “sprucing up” to do so they upgraded us to this larger suite on the 3rd floor. I think they were just being super nice :)

The very large kitchen area when you first walk in through the door

This place was huge! Check out the living/dining room area.

Haha, can you believe Jason and I got put in this massive suite??

This was our master bedroom

Down the hall was the second bedroom that we didn’t even use! We should’ve took some of you with us ;)

Loved this waterfall shower!! I’ve always wanted one :)

This sitting area on our very large balcony was one of my favorites. I LOVED that it was covered and it was a nice place to walk out to every morning and see the marvelous beach. It was also really relaxing to just sit out there and listen to the ocean.

Ahh, this was the view from our balcony. Bliss.

Part of the Beach House Beginnings package is the champagne & truffles on arrival! The truffles lasted us ALL week! It was such a nice treat to have every evening after we came in from the beach.

This was in our freezer. Papaya and almond sorbet – made in-house. It was AMAZING. I have never had papaya before and I certainly want some now! The flavor is so sweet and lovely.

Cheers to being married and relaxing!

This is the dining area at Beach House. Lovely, isn’t it?

The Food

The food on Turks & Caicos Islands is extraordinary. It’s definitely a food lovers’ paradise. They have a lot of dishes with conch in it because it’s what they have an abundant supply of down there. I will say though – everything is imported and nothing is grown there, so food can get pricey – but it’s really worth it. The attention to detail and presentation and the incredible flavors of every dish we had – I’d gladly have it every night!

Beach House has an in-house chef, Chef Eric Vernice. His background is French cuisine and he ties all of the island flavors so well together in perfect harmony.

When you have dinner at Beach House, they start you off with a different amuse bouche every night. This particular night, we had this cauliflower cheese mousse. Oh my god. I don’t even know how to explain it. It was one of the lightest and most luxurious things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I wanted to just go to the kitchen and take the piping bag full of it and drink it. That wouldn’t have been too classy, though..

This was chargrilled wild prawns, octopus, and Caicos conch. Served with a Tuscan bean salad and chorizo vinaigrette.

Yellowfin tuna

Tartar

Mahi mahi, oven roasted

…served with vegetable stir fry & basmati rice and shrimp tempura miso soy

Ok, so part of the Beach House Beginnings package is a $20 credit for breakfast every morning. It’s basically free gourmet breakfast. EVERY MORNING. Makes sense why we gained so much weight. We had such rich breakfast every morning. Check out their breakfast menu – I mean, really. I think Jason could live on eggs benedict the rest of his life.

Me? I could live on this brioche French toast with lavender honey. That whipped cream? It’s got a hint of lemon. It’s PERFECT with the caramelized bananas. Ugh, I die.

We ventured out to the hotel next to us, the Gansevoort. We loved their restaurant, Stelle. This was a watermelon & mint mojito. So good.

We went to Stelle two separate nights and both nights we got the conch ceviche. With a presentation like that, who could ever say no to it??

Jason got one of their specials of the day – a salmon dish with roasted garlic potato puree

I got a pork tenderloin with sweet potato puree and poached apples and salted kale. SO GOOD.

So another part of the Beach House Beginnings package was the Chef’s 5-course tasting menu. I only got two pictures of this because the light was gone by the second dish :( This picture above is the amuse bouche that’s different every night at the restaurant. I honestly forgot the name of this but I know those little beads that look like caviar, they’re citrus beads – they pop in your mouth a citrusy taste! Really fun.

This was a display of sashimis with the citrus beads.

Another part of our Beach House Beginnings package was a beach picnic! They prepare all the food for you and you pick it up at the restaurant in these cute baskets. Thanks for carrying them, HUBBY ;)

Not a bad view for lunch, huh?

You’re about to flip out at how much food we got. This was a tomato salad with buffalo mozzarella.

Then a nicoise salad.

A turkey & cheese sandwich

AND a smoked salmon sandwich.

Finally, this decadent dark chocolate ganache cake.

Haha, food coma..on the beach.

Things To Do

Jason and I aren’t the excursion type couple. We’ll do like minimal physical activity but you won’t find us scuba diving, deep sea fishing, etc. We did do a lot of walking on the beach, eating, swimming, and Jason did some snorkeling. I, on the other hand, got really claustrophobic with the huge goggles and tube, so I opted out, haha

Yet another part of the Beach House Beginnings package was a sunset cruise. This catamaran picks you up right in front of your hotel! You do get a little wet though because you gotta walk right into the water about shin-deep to get on those stairs.

Haha, I thought this netting was going to break. Jason had to reassure me a few times that there was no way it could break.

On Thursday nights, at Bight Park (which happened to be a 5 minute walk from our hotel – we were so lucky) they have a local fish fry!! All these local restaurants come out and cook under these tents. Good food, cheap (our entire meal was like $40), and great entertainment. They have a live band and everything! It was really fun to do something that the locals do and get into their culture a little bit.

Making lots of conch salad!

The conch fritters with spicy mayo was REALLY GOOD. They were kind of like hushpuppies but just with conch.

This conch salad was SPICY but still great flavors!

And then we walked along the beach during sunsets :)

One night, we went to this restaurant/bar called Somewhere. It’s a really casual, low-key place with REALLY good food. It was a 5 minute walk from our hotel and it was a nice break from all the fancy food and expensive checks :) Jason got fish tacos and I got BBQ pulled pork quesadillas. It never felt so good to eat so casually, haha – we also ordered fries (the fries at the hotel were even super fancy thick cut and artistic looking ones!) and beers and just watched a basketball game.

During the time we were in Turks & Caicos, we met a lot of sweet couples, one of which was from our area and got married the same day as us! They were on their honeymoon too and doing the same package we did :) we also met this couple on the sunset cruise that live in LA but the guy was born in our area. We then met two other couples who were both from CT and another couple from Philly. It’s nice to talk to people while on vacation and be social and not just stick to yourself. Everyone’s got a different story so I love chatting people up – you could tell everyone felt the same!

All photographs taken by yours truly!

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Posted on May 14, 2013

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  1. 05/14/2013 at 6:19 am

    What a SPECTACULAR destination! I know we’ve talked about going to T&C and now you’re making me want to go ASAP. First of all, your photos are amazing and you’re making me drool at all the scrumptious food. And the water?!?! Don’t even get me started. I hope you guys had a tremendously memorable honeymoon! Congratulations again! :D

  2. Patti
    05/14/2013 at 7:14 am

    Wow, what a beautiful place and the food looks delicious. You really perked my interest about this island. Thanks for sharing

  3. 05/14/2013 at 7:57 am

    CONGRATULATIONS, lady!!!!! & your honeymoon looked like a DREAM!!! :) Can’t wait to see you this weekend! xox

  4. 05/14/2013 at 8:16 am

    This is breathtaking! I can absolutely see why it was hard to leave. Great post!

  5. 05/14/2013 at 8:22 am

    Oh wow, what an amazing location for your honeymoon!! Turks & Caicos has been on our must-see list for a few years. Now I want to go even more :)

  6. 05/14/2013 at 8:39 am

    Gorgeous pictures Julie! It seems like it’s the perfect honeymoon destination. I’m surprised you came home at all ;)

  7. 05/14/2013 at 8:46 am

    Wow, what a beautiful resort! And the food LOOKS amazing, so I can’t imagine how good everything was! Congrats on your wedding and it looks like you made some wonderful memories on your honeymoon!

  8. 05/14/2013 at 8:50 am

    Gorgeous!! So jealous!

  9. 05/14/2013 at 8:55 am

    Drooling over this entire post! Looks like such a perfect place to honeymoon. And will gladly take up space in your guest room next time, lol! Congrats again!

  10. 05/14/2013 at 9:15 am

    Uh, I die. See, I could have stayed in your guest room and not bothered you at all! And that wouldn’t have been weird. Nope. Ughhhhhh I need to go to T&C. Like tomorrow.

    Glad you had such a wonderful time, married lady. :)

  11. 05/14/2013 at 9:18 am

    I’m sighing…looks beautiful…what a romantic honeymoon getaway! The food looks absolutely amazing! We thought about going there this summer but decided on CA instead. Have to put it back on the list (though it won’t be anywhere near so romantic with a 7-year old)! : )

  12. 05/14/2013 at 9:27 am

    Looks faaabulous!! So glad you guys had a maawwwwvulush time!

  13. 05/14/2013 at 9:36 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time, thank you for sharing!! The place looks beautiful and all that food!!

  14. aww!! god i love turks!! it looks like you had such an amazing time!!!

  15. Dori
    05/14/2013 at 9:40 am

    Julie – so so stunning!! You and Jason are the absolute cutest – so glad you had a lovely honeymoon! : ) Dori

  16. 05/14/2013 at 9:46 am

    I MUST GO TO THERE. It looks beautiful and all that delicious food? OMGEEE. So glad you had a wonderful time! :)

  17. 05/14/2013 at 10:02 am

    Ah, there’s nothing better than a beautiful beach, great food and someone you love. What a lovely honeymoon, congrats to you and yours !

  18. 05/14/2013 at 10:06 am

    Wow!!! Your honeymoon looks like it was incredible, Julie! Just the way it should be ;)

  19. 05/14/2013 at 10:22 am

    Holy Moly Julie! What an amazing trip this was! it makes me nostalgic for our honeymoon and soo anxious to visit Turks. Gorgeous photos as always.

    PS- So excited to see you this weekend Mrs!!

  20. 05/14/2013 at 10:54 am

    Wow! Just, wow! This looks absolutely amazing, Julie! So glad you guys had an amazing honeymoon!

  21. 05/14/2013 at 11:17 am

    My sister and her husband went to Turks and Caicos and highly recommended it. Now after seeing your photos I want to go so bad. So glad that you had a great relaxing honeymoon.

  22. 05/14/2013 at 11:33 am

    Holy cow that place is huge! That looked like THE most perfect week! And that food? Oh drool! I say we all just move there! Sound good?

  23. 05/14/2013 at 11:54 am

    This looks phenomenal! I kind of want to go there just for the beach picnic!

  24. 05/14/2013 at 12:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos, what a stunning honeymoon location. I’m ready to book a flight! ;)

  25. 05/14/2013 at 2:17 pm

    ALready planned our next vacation but I am definitely sending this post to my husband to keep in mind for future trips:-) Your honeymoon sounds like it was so amazing, Julie. So glad you had such a great time!

  26. 05/14/2013 at 3:47 pm

    WOW!!! So glad you had such a great time.. Those pics are beautiful!!

  27. 05/14/2013 at 4:41 pm

    spectacular destination & beautiful way to start new beginning.

  28. Candice
    05/14/2013 at 5:09 pm

    I’m starting to think i should have went to the Carribeans for my honeymoon too instead of Europe. I agree with you that Europe is definitely more touristy and requires you to physically do stuff. Turks & Caicos looks absolutely relaxing. =) The food looks fantastic too!
    Congrats, Julie!

  29. Candice
    05/14/2013 at 5:16 pm

    Wow! the photos are amazing! I’m starting to feel I should have gone to the Carribean for my honeymoon versus Europe. I agree with you that Europe is more touristy and physically requires you to do something. Turks and Caicos looks absolutely relaxing! What a wonderful way to start off your new beginning. =)

  30. These pictures are BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on your wedding :) Love the picnic boxes for lunch!

  31. 05/14/2013 at 9:24 pm

    Your pic are beautiful!! Wow!! Looks awesome and I love reading this post! So fun!

  32. 05/14/2013 at 10:37 pm

    Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations! Everything looks like a heavenly way to begin your life and Mr. and Mrs. And, HELLO!!! Did I see conch mac on that menu?

  33. 05/15/2013 at 11:14 am

    Julie, these photos are gorgeous!! I’m glad you had such an amazing time! xo

  34. 05/15/2013 at 3:13 pm

    This looks so amazing! What a heavenly place to celebrate getting married! I’m saving this post. :)

  35. Wow – what a great honeymoon! So many great pictures, so much amazing fresh food. I would have gained 10 pounds for sure with all that food!

  36. 05/15/2013 at 8:47 pm

    What an amazing honeymoon you guys had! Everything looks just amazing!

  37. 05/15/2013 at 9:54 pm

    It would take a lot of might from me to return from a dreamy place like this :D

  38. 05/16/2013 at 3:38 pm

    Sounds and looks absolutely magical. You’re making me crave next year even more now!! Must start planning… :)

  39. 05/17/2013 at 12:47 pm

    Oh my! This resort is gorgeous :) I bet you two had an absolutely amazing time together!

  40. Traci
    05/19/2013 at 5:49 pm

    Oh I just had to share – Turks & Caicos is a beautiful Island, I spent 4 months there doing an intership with Beaches. We lived right on the beach and they paid us LOL – loved it and the water was amazing!! Congrats on the wedding!

  41. Chelsea
    05/22/2013 at 9:52 am

    Turks is my absolute favorite. I have always stayed at the Regent Palms in Grace Bay, but you may have just forced me to check this place out! If you do go back (because, duh, why wouldn’t you?) parallel 23 & coyaba are some favorite restaurants. And of course the conch shack!

  42. 05/28/2013 at 9:35 am

    well…i want to get married again so we can honeymoon there!! gorgeous!

  43. 05/30/2013 at 12:43 am

    Oh, girl…what a beautiful honeymoon locale! Thanks for sharing all the snapshots and snippets. Have really enjoyed reading your blog. In fact, I’m up past my bedtime. LOL! May you always cherish and remember those days and appreciate your blessings and the one you love! xo

  44. 06/05/2013 at 8:33 pm

    Looks like an amazing and relaxing honeymoon! Thanks for sharing!!

  45. 09/27/2013 at 10:33 am

    My hubby and I are going there with our 1y/o son in November! I’m so excited!

    • 09/28/2013 at 11:51 am

      Ahhh I’m so jealous!! I miss it so much! Enjoy!

      • barry ozmo
        01/31/2014 at 1:35 pm

        nice post and you were given the royal’s treatment.great pics.jason has very artistic fingers and the little citrus balls were probably finger limes which is a new age food and presentation qualities.oh congrats btw

  46. 08/30/2014 at 5:04 pm

    Wow. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    The Beach House looks really nice.

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