The Jetset Collection had the pleasure of interviewing Urmas Karner, the General Manager at The Somerset on Grace Bay.  He gave us his insider guide on Turks & Caicos, an island that boasts some of the most beautiful stretches of beaches and vibrant coral reefs in the world. The award-winning Somerset offers 1 to 5 bedroom luxury villas footsteps away  powdery white sands and calm turquoise waters.

BEST WAY TO START THE DAY:  Don’t quit from the night before.

BEST WAY TO RELAX AND UNWIND: Sunset Happy Hour poolside at The Somserset.

MY LOCAL CAFFÈ: Wednesday evenings at Melt Café in downtown Salt Mills (the Turks & Caicos Chess Club meets there, starting at 6 PM).

BEST WAY TO RELAX AND UNWIND: 9 holes of twilight golf Friday afternoons at the Providenciales Golf Club.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT FOR A SPLURGE: Can’t beat the “Pavilion” restaurant at The Somserset (1st Place winners at the 2015 TCI Conch Festival).

FAVORITE LOCAL JOINT: Bob’s Bar (Turtle Creek – off the beaten path – open evenings only, live music Wednesday nights).

WHERE I GO WHEN I NEED INSPIRATION: Look inward, everybody !

MOST UNDERRATED THING IN TURKS AND CAICOS: Island Vibes’ four hour snorkel / island exploration excursion. They pick you up right at your resort’s beachfront. A bargain at $89 per person, with very fresh conch salad and superb rum punch included.   Fantastic staff. Never overcrowded.  Sit on the roof loungers and watch the world glide by.


NO TRIP TO TURKS AND CAICOS IS COMPLETE WITHOUT: the Thursday Night Fish Fry at Bight Park. The island comes to life!

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