by Lissa Poirot
While the Somerset may seem a small resort on Grace Bay, compared to the sprawling properties nearby, luxury is in abundance. Fifty-three suites ranging from 1,400 to 5,300 square feet are set in three estate, villa and main house building configurations in the resort bordering 300 feet of Grace Bay’s white-sand beach. Families can relax on the beach or in the resort’s freshwater pools, or play beach games, croquet, board games or volleyball. Kids will love the Caicos Kids Club’s free activities and fun, including special teen programs. (Two children 12 and under are free in all suites with parents, as well.) Adults can also enjoy some quality time together at the resort’s upscale restaurant, private dinners, or oceanfront spa treatments.
Suites are unique in decor, artwork and furnishings, feeling more like homes than a hotel. Oversized closets, marble flooring, separate showers and baths in most rooms, flat-screen TVs, surround sound systems, French doors, and modern kitchens outfitted in SubZero appliances are matched with one- to five-bedroom suites with oceanfront, ocean or garden views. Onsite dining includes casual, open-air dining and fine dining, as well as private chefs for dinners in-suite or on the beach. The resort can also order groceries to stock the kitchen before arrival, for families wanting to utilize their kitchens and wine cases, which can also be stocked prior to arrival.
Our Editor Loves
- Kids dinner on select nights
- Condo-style accommodations
- Ability to accommodate large families
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The Somerset condo-style accommodations are nothing but modern and luxurious, with no two rooms and suites decorated the same, but yet all fully embodying the feel and decor of the Somerset. Flat-screen TVS, DVD/CD surround sound system, and iPod docking stations are found in all room types, as well as free Wi-Fi. Villas and suites also feature oversized closets, terraces or balconies, marble floors, full marble baths, and gourmet kitchens with Viking appliances. The resort is broken into three different suite configuration types, with garden and villa suites.
Garden Villas are two-level accommodations with one- to three-bedroom suites ranging from 1,400 to 2,950 square feet. One-bedroom suites typically house three comfortably, although some can accommodate a second child. Two-bedrooms feature a king master and queen or doubles in the second bedroom with two full baths, while the three-bedroom features a third bathroom and a loft with sofa or trundle bed for a third sleeping room.
Villa Suites are the most sought after, with views of the infinity pool and the ocean in configurations similar to Garden Villas. Suites range from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, with three-bedroom villas featuring a queen third bedroom instead of a loft.
The Estate Building, which is five stories, features one- to five-bedroom villa configurations with oceanfront or ocean views. Suites range from 2,500 to 5,300 square feet. One-bedroom villas offer ocean views with a king bedroom, living room with queen sleeper sofa, state-of-art full kitchen and dining room, and private balcony or terrace. Two-bedrooms have a queen or two doubles bed in the second bedroom, while three bedrooms have queen, doubles or twins in the second bedroom and a queen in the third. The five-bedroom penthouse is spread out between two floors with a king master, king or queen or full/twins in the other bedrooms.
Just returned from another amazing 9 day stay at The Somerset! This was my 6th trip to Turks, second time at The Somerset. I will NEVER stay anywhere else. Once again we were overwhelmed by the continued warmth and hospitality the staff displayed under the leadership of General Manager Kevin Reeder. Greeted with cool towels and rum punch gets vacation was off to a great start! Our 3bedroom villa in the Sterling House was amazing and kept clean during our stay by Amisha, (she was just the sweetest). The smiling faces of Sara and Margarite started our days off at breakfast along with the rest of the morning staff. Colin at the pool greeted us each day as we passed him by,,,sorry Colin we are beach lovers, but you are a charm. The beach crew were so much fun. Bernard, Loxley, and the rest of the gang kept us hydrated as well as entertained for days! They are ALL simply the best! Ready to assist with towels, chairs, or umbrellas. They were eager to help many families with mobility issues. They rescued a few amateur sailors as well as paddle boarders, and blown flotation devices (large swans).
The location of The Somerset is perfect! It is close to several good restaurants, and a quick bike ride to town. I do suggest you stay on property and enjoy the BBQ on Tuesday nights. The DJ Winston is the best and the food was outstanding. The evening was topped off with the most beautiful sunset. Monday night we enjoyed the Manager’s cocktail party as well. It’s fun chatting with the Kevin Reeder (who truly loves his job, his staff, and people in general). The food and drinks were tasty and they had a s’more station the kids (and adults) were enjoying. I say if you are looking for a beautiful, charming, resort that welcomes families as well as couples, love a pristine beach, happy people, great food, drinks, and many amenities; look no further! I will count down the days until I can return to this amazing place! Thank You for a perfect vacation!
staff here are very friendly. we rented residence in the back court yard near the breakfast pavillion. breakfast (omelettes to order, sides like bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, fruits like pineapple, cantelope, honey dew, and watermelon, and pastries like banana bread). only drawback is they served exact same things every day so more variety would be nice. coffee, juice, milk then tips are expected of waitresses. sunscreen, towels, and water are provided free at the beach. mondays have free drinks with very good coconut shrimp. tuesday night beach barbecue is very good food but drinks are expensive with bottle of water for $3. fire show was fun and dancing by dj for teenagers and kids. kids club each day 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm hosted by Sharon who is very patient and good with kids. Our daughter spent every day a session making things like bracelets, jewelry box, beach bag, memories for her since she is very arts and crafts oriented. beach location is next to palms resort and water is calm except for channel so be careful not to go too far because day trip excursion craft are speeding through the no wake zone. paddle board, kayak, snorkel gear, sailboat provided free so those provided fun activities. beaches is down the beach but very crowded. bight reef is 25 minute walk down the beach and worth the hike to see different fish and small sea turtles eating seagrass about 100 fee from shore. our daughter is just learning to snorkel and she easily made the short walk and swim to enjoy the swim with us. very convenient location near shopping, bella luna italian restaurant was good and we tried coco bistro but their prices are a little steep for small kids and teenagers
Pools and Beach
The resort features two swimming pools, one an infinity pool and the other a zero-entry pool closest to the resort's 300-foot, white-sand beach. Steps away from the resort is Grace Bay Beach, where families can find plentiful chairs and umbrellas, beach games and beach volleyball.
Caicos Kids Club
Kids 5 to 12 can enjoy the resort's free children's program with supervised activities like arts and crafts, games and sports, beach fun, scavenger hunts, movie nights and more. Teen programs are offered in a daily activity list, and children under 5 can join the club programs, if accompanied by an adult. A kids' dinner is offered on select nights during the week to give parents a chance to have couple time.
The front lawn of the resort serves as an authentic, regulation-size croquet field, so bring your croquet whites and join in the fun.
LunaSea Pool Bar & Grill
The casual, open-air grill overlooking the infinity pool provides lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some dinners on, on occasion. A kids' menu is paired with the regular menu of local and international dishes with a Caribbean flair. Private breakfasts can be pre-arranged.
The resort's upscale restaurant serves breakfast, dinner and brunch on Sunday. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and includes things like eggs, fruit and pancakes on the kids' menu. Dinner reservations are suggested and dress is elegant casual. Guests can find flank steak, seafood and a raw bar on the dinner menu and the kids' menu offers chicken fingers, pasta and burgers.
Families can enjoy the popular weekly beach BBQ on Tuesday evenings when Pavilion is closed. Enjoy the party and live music while feasting on delicious BBQ.
Provided daily for breakfast, 7 to 10:30 a.m., lunch, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner, 6 to 11 p.m. Private in-room dining can also be arranged with a personal chef and wait staff.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Babysitting services can be arranged for in-room and evening services outside of the kids' programs.
A small fitness center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Cybex training equipment and free weights. Yoga and Pilates is offered for a fee, and personal trainers can also be arranged, for a fee.
The Art of Smart Timing
The resort is busiest during the holiday season, when a seven-night minimum stay is required. Spring break is also high season for the resort, and the resort is most available during the summer and fall months. Turks & Caicos average year-round temperatures remain in the 70s and 80s, with summer providing afternoon rain showers.
The resort is serviced by Providenciales airport, located less than 15 minutes away.
Walking around the resort is convenient but if you have small children, a stroller may be a smart thing to pack.
For Mom and Dad
Schedule a treatment and a professional technician through SpaTropique a spa service that sends treatment professionals to multiple resorts to provide service in the dedicated treatment rooms, on the beach or in your suite. Services include massages, facials, body treatments, and nail treatments. Services are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, but must be booked in advance, as walk-ins are not available.