The Turks and Caicos provide an ideal setting for family or multigenerational vacations. Less than 600 miles south of Miami, the islands are easy to get to from the United States, they have hundreds of superb white-sand beaches, the surrounding coral reefs offer some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving, and levels of crime are low. They also possess a large inventory of villas that are suitable for family gatherings.
Andrew Harper works with a number of villa companies but enjoys a notably close partnership with Lacure, a 43-year-old firm with an extensive portfolio of luxury properties throughout the Caribbean and indeed around the world. On my recent trip to the Turks and Caicos, I met with Lacure’s local representative to view houses potentially suitable for Harper members. Initially, I found the range of options rather bewildering. Lacure has dozens of properties throughout Providenciales. Many of them are on or near Grace Bay Beach, such as the 9,000-square-foot, five-bedroom Amazing Grace villa. However, my guide was particularly eager for me to view those at the northern tip of the island, a residential area of gated communities and enviable private houses. (It is worth noting that the Lacure portfolio also contains villas that are attached to all four of the hotels reviewed in this issue.)
One of the villas I saw there, Cabuya, seemed representative of the best that the Turks and Caicos have to offer. Located on the Blue Cay Estate, part of the upscale Leeward Settlement, it overlooks the wide channel that separates Provo from Mangrove Cay.