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Turks and Caicos Restaurant Chef to Visit James Beard Foundation

The culinary mastermind behind Beach House’s Kitchen 218 and Blue Haven’s Fire & Ice Restaurant, Chef Cristian Rebolledo, has been invited to present his visions at the James Beard Foundation  in New York City on May 6, 2015.

Chef Cristian oversees all food and beverage operations at two Turks and Caicos Collection resorts: Beach House , a boutique resort on Grace Bay, and Blue Haven Resort and Marina.  The Turks and Caicos restaurants located at these resorts have earned a reputation for culinary and service excellence.

Already recognized as a top chef in the impressive Turks and Caicos culinary sector, the Chilean native will next display his kitchen skills in one of the world’s culinary capitals.  Chef Cristian will have the opportunity to contribute to the James Beard Foundation legacy when he prepares a meal for members and guests on May 6.

The James Beard Foundation offers a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper understanding of culinary culture. The Foundation was founded by James Beard, a cookbook author and teacher who helped mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts.

Don’t hesitate to make your reservation for the Foundation event with Chef Cristian. Alternatively, come and stay at one of our Turks and Caicos Collection resorts after May 6th to try some of the presented dishes at our Turks and Caicos restaurant, Kitchen 218.

For more information on the James Beard Foundation visit www.jamesbeard.org.

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Turks and Caicos Spa Holiday

Visiting a spa is a special treat.  A Turks and Caicos holiday spa experience is something a little more wonderful.  Elevate Spa, located at Beach House and Blue Haven Resort, offers a luxurious pampering service and a beautiful Caribbean address as a bonus.  Whether you are looking for a place to unwind your mind and relax your body, or you want to feel re-energized and rejuvenated, Elevate Spa has exactly what you need.

To get the most from your resort spa experience it is worth following acceptable standard practices of etiquette, and exploring the heavenly list of organic facials and body treatments and enhancement packages available for you to enjoy. Arm yourself with a little insider knowledge by following our guide to enjoying your piece of heaven on earth.

Prepare for Your Spa Visit

Spa treatments are usually most effective when performed on hydrated skin.  Drink plenty of water before you visit the spa.  Also shower to remove sun  creams, salt water and swimming pool residue from your skin. Please remember that some treatments may not be performed on sunburned skin.  While our resorts are safe and secure, leave your valuables in your in-room safe.

Explore the Experience

On arrival at the Beach House and Blue Haven Elevate Spa you will be eager to explore the facilities and tempting treatments on offer. You can choose to be pampered in our dedicated spa treatment room, relax and unwind in our waterfront Massage Gazebo or arrange for a treatment in your room. The Elevate Spa menu will dazzle you with soothing mind and body treatment packages, organic facials and enhancements and invigorating and stimulating massages and body scrubs and wraps. Decadent pedicure and foot treatments are also available.  The spa uses Eminence, an organic skin care line.

Be Punctual

As with any appointment, arriving on time for your pre-booked massage, facial or body treatment is essential. In fact, arriving early allows you to comfortably settle into your beautiful calming environment so that you quickly begin to let go of stress. Arriving late may mean that your treatment time is reduced accordingly so aim to be punctual.

Be Honest and Open

It is important to discuss any medical conditions with the trained spa staff. Some treatments may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions so it is essential that you provide accurate personal information. If you are having a facial treatment and wear contact lenses inform the therapist before treatment begins.

Save the Shave

To avoid unnecessary aggravation of the skin it is recommended that you do not shave at least two hours prior to your Elevate Spa appointment. Some treatments may use products that react to freshly shaved skin so limit potential problems by saving the shave for another day.

Acceptable Attire

Within a spa environment clothing is a minimal requirement. You will however be expected to wear a robe and flip-flops, or similar footwear, in the treatment areas.

Communicate Personal Preferences

To maximize your relaxing experience at Elevate Spa it is important that you clearly communicate your needs and preferences. During your visit please inform your therapist if you are unhappy about any aspect of the spa environment. During a massage, facial or body treatment this may include the volume of the music being played, the lighting and whether you would prefer the treatment to be performed in silence or are happy to talk to the therapist. The firmness, depth and intensity of the massage strokes should also be in accordance to your personal preference, so make sure you express your likes and dislikes.

Courtesy Rules

Our spas are very popular, so make your appointment in advance to ensure you are able to indulge in services during your vacation.  If you are unable to keep your booked appointment please notify the spa immediately to avoid incurring a cancellation fee. Beach House and Blue Haven resort guests are requested to give a 12-hour cancellation notice. Please remember to turn off your cell phone before your spa service begins.  Speak in a quiet voice to spa staff and friends, to avoid disrupting the quiet enjoyment of others.

Having enjoyed the ultimate Turks and Caicos spa experience at Eelevate Spa please remember to tell your friends and fellow guests!

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Turks and Caicos Fish Fry

Thursday night has become Fish Fry night in Turks and Caicos.

The popular outdoor event attracts residents and tourists to the Bight Children’s Park on Grace Bay each week to enjoy live entertainment, locally prepared food, and a chance to do a bit of shopping for local souvenirs.

Fish fry events first became popular in coastal communities.  Fishermen who caught more fish than their family could eat would invite friends and family to enjoy a meal, since the fish would otherwise spoil due to lack of refrigeration.  The fish was normally battered and fried on an outdoor cooktop.  Sharing a meal became a social event, and guests would bring other dishes such as coleslaw and potato salad.  Following the meal guests would sing and dance.

In keeping with some of these traditions, the Turks and Caicos fish fry features live bands and local entertainment.  Approximately 20 vendors set up booths and serve local favourites such as jerk chicken, fried and steamed grouper, conch fritters, grilled local lobster, plantains, and even lobster mac and cheese.  Liquid refreshments such as cold beer and tangy rum punch are in ready supply.

The fish fry is open from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.  Admission is free and cash is required to make food and drink purchases.  Parking is free but also limited, so arrive early to get a parking spot and a table.

Beach House Turks and Caicos  is a short 10-minute walk away from the Bight Children’s Park.  If you want to experience local culture and food, plan on attending the fish fry.

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Turks and Caicos Multi Generational Travel

Multi-generational (3G) travel has become an integral part of the tourism industry since the term “togethering” travel was first introduced over a decade ago.

With a growing number of families living miles apart, and hectic lifestyles making family gathering time harder to achieve, a 3G destination holiday is often a terrific solution for families hoping to spend quality time together.  The trend has become so popular that it is estimated that up to one quarter of family vacations now include three generations.

Here are five reasons why 3G trips are becoming so popular:

  1. Grandparents are living longer, and are in generally better health in their later years compared to previous generations. They are able to travel and they want to participate in active activities with their children and grandchildren.  Hiking, cycling, horseback riding and water sports are some of the most popular activities that 3G families like to do together on vacation.
  2. Nostalgia encourages parents and grandchildren to introduce the family’s youngest members to vacation destinations that represent fond memories.  It’s also a great way to start a family tradition and to keep memories alive and relevant.
  3. Sharing travel costs results in travel savings.  When grandparents join a family vacation, parents can often save on childcare and kids’ club costs.  Renting larger condos and villas, or several suites at small resorts, can also help families reduce vacation expenses.  Many airlines offer airfare discounts for groups of 10 people or more, which is fairly easy to achieve when a few adult siblings organize a trip with their children and parents.
  4. Family travel provides an excellent opportunity to spend quality time together.  In an era when many grandchildren primarily communicate with their grandparents on Skype or Facebook, a family vacation permits a rare occasion to forge bonds that last.
  5. Important milestones can be celebrated at the same time, such as birthdays, school graduations, retirements and more.  The gift of family time, and the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences together, replaces the need for expensive gift giving across the miles.

If you are planning a Turks and Caicos multi-generational family trip, Beach House represents an ideal venue.  With just 21 suites, we are large enough to accommodate families, and small enough to facilitate property-wide buyouts.  As our many rave reviews will confirm, our guests say they feel like they are part of a family when they stay with us.  Attentive service is our hallmark, as is providing a truly relaxing vacation experience.  Families love our wide and safe, sandy beach, and the numerous complimentary amenities and services that are included in our rates provide great value to our guests.

Learn more about how you can host a memorable multi-generational family vacation at Beach House by contacting groups@wihl.com.

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Turks and Caicos New Year’s Eve Menu

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Kitchen 218 at Beach House.

Our Turks & Caicos New Year’s Eve event menu is now available. You can view it here.

Tickets cost $290++ per person for this amazing evening.  It will start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by the swimming pool, followed by a seven course dinner, and then fireworks and a DJ dance party on the beach deck facing world acclaimed Grace Bay Beach.

Reservations are a must for this spectacular evening.  Please contact us at reservations@beachhousetci.com.

 

 

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