A Day in the life of The Meridian Club Managers

Guests are often curious about our roles, so we’re telling you all about it.

Our guests are often fascinated by our choice to live and work on a secluded island, seemingly far removed from the jostling speed of life in the big city, or even from the unhurried pace associated with the main island of Providenciales. And quite often, we are asked to elaborate how we fill our days on this serene island surrounded by clear skies, powdery sand and brilliant blue waters. Well, truth be told, life does take on a slower pace here on Pine Cay, but the tasks of managing a premier resort, training new staff, coordinating maintenance requirements, and ensuring supplies get delivered in time provide plenty of exciting moments!

pine cay water lens

Our typical day starts off early…

6 am: Rise and shine!

The day begins with taking Molly for a walk along one of the sand highways that crisscross the island. Molly is a black, German shepherd who joined The Meridian Club in 2008. She is on active duty as a member of our K-9 team, and although she has a handler she lives with Wally and me.

While we are out, Wally feeds our 3 cats (Lilo, Stitch and Thunder). They are all island cats. In May 2013, Thunder was brought to us by a guest when she was a one week old baby and fit in the palm of your hand. Her mother had died so we fed her with an eye dropper for 3 week. She is a terror now and thinks she is a flying squirrel. Is quite energetic and loves to torment Molly. (they are never in the same room but she torments her through the glass).

thunder pine cay kitty

6.30 am: Wally begins his day.

Wally goes to the office at the Club House to review accounts, restock the bar and be available should anyone require the use of golf cart to go on a bonefishing adventure at the crack of dawn.

7.30 am: All systems are a go!

On this day there is no power outage, although they can happen 2-3 times per month. Guests find the experience quite charming as it really illustrates the unplugged vacation. While we haven’t had to do so in a little while, there have been times where we have run the generator for a week!

But today I come in and get started right away, reviewing emails and running the paper. I also do a check to see if any birthday or anniversary balloons need to be placed outside any guest’s door.

8 am: Breakfast.

Breakfast is served buffet-style with several choices also available from the a la carte menu. This is a great time to join guests around the pool deck and if they have any special plans for the day. Some of our guests will join the snorkel boat at 10am, others will head to the aquarium for some kayaking and the rest will likely join the yoga class, swim, read, nap or go exploring along the beach.

8:45 am: Office time.

Office time begins in earnest with staff questions, phones ringing and getting ready for any early guest departures of the day.

11:00am: Good News!

We FINALLY received our shipment of parts for the golf carts. They had been held up in Florida for several weeks – pending paperwork that the supplier failed to supply. The golf carts are the only transportation mode for guests and homeowners on Pine Cay so getting necessary parts in time is very important.

Rule of thumb: each time we have a shipment – the rules change! Not only is there the challenge of getting the paperwork correct but then we need to wait until there is space available on the container ship. Once the items have arrived in the Turks & Caicos, we need to prepare all sorts of documentation for customs clearance. And once the goods are released from customs, we have to get them trucked to the barge to bring to ship them over to Pine Cay. But that’s not the end of it… We then have to wait for a proper tide – too low and they can’t get in – and a KING tide as well so that the barge can come to Pine Cay and then leave Pine Cay. By the time the goods have finally landed on our island, the price has almost doubled.

wesley ringing lunch bell

1pm: Lunch.

Lunch is announced by the ringing of the bell. This meal is served buffet style with an assortment of hot and cold entrees, and a delicious assortment of salads. As usual, the dessert cart is overflowing with sweet treats. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a table and chat with guests about their morning adventures and to learn about their plans for the rest of afternoon.

This is usually when – after experiencing the tranquil tropical weather, the variety of things to explore, and the mesmerizing assortment of food – our guests begin to query us as to how we got here, how long we’ve been in the islands, and so forth. In the end, almost everyone says they wish they had our job.

1:30pm: Departures and Arrivals.

This is a popular time for additional departures and new arrivals following shortly after. Departures take a little longer here at The Meridian Club because everyone wants to hug people good bye – something you probably won’t see at other resorts! Departing guests receive a Goodbye souvenir: we take a photo of our departing guests for our “Pine Cay’s Most Wanted” Album and we also send them a copy as a memento of their vacation on Pine Cay.

Afternoon arrivals – guests are met by one of our staff members at the dock on Provo. Since airlines rarely feed people anymore there is always a snack, such as a chicken caesar wrap, salad and mixed fruit, awaiting our guests when they arrive on property.

TMC Staff Bev and Wally

3:00pm: Training session with newly hired assistant.

Staff training is a great time to instill The Meridian Club hospitality and service philosophy. Labor laws in the Turks & Caicos provide a 90-day trial period to work with new employees – very helpful when we are trying to get just the right personnel who thrive in a remote environment and enjoy engaging with our guests!

4:00pm: Wally departs to exercise, usually a run or weight lifting.

5:30pm: Leave the “office”!

Wally usually calls me on the radio to come home. We shower and change for dinner, and are back at the club by 7pm for cocktails in the upstairs bar, OR when its Sand Dollar Cinema( golf buggy movie night) when we meet at the airport where Wally has the popcorn maker going and guests assemble to watch an episode of Hogan’s Heroes or McHale’s Navy or other old style sitcom.

6:30pm: Cocktails.

Evening cocktails hour on the upper lounge offers a terrific view of the sunset and makes the perfect backdrop to share stories with others until dinner is served. Guests pore over photo albums, engage in a game of scrabble, darts or mancala, and entertain each other with their day’s adventures.


7:30pm: Dinner.

The dinner bell is rung to announce the meal service. Twice a week – local night and Jump Up – dinner is served buffet style on the pool deck. Dinners in the dining room are a 5-course tasting menu sure to delight your inner foodie.

There’s a Junkanoo scheduled for tonight – a noisy Caribbean tradition that incorporates several instruments, lively costumes and singing to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. There’s usually a special cake made for the occasion and sometimes I’ll recruit our younger guests to help create even more of a fuss.

9:00pm: End of our day.

molly pine cay k9 crew

After a little bit of play time with the cats and dog, it is time for bed. With so many wonderfully unique experiences that happened over the day, it’s hard to imagine what tomorrow will bring. But, Wally and I are looking forward to the adventures (both exhilarating and frustrating) that only life on a secluded island could deliver.


We look forward to welcoming you to our delightful haven here on Pine Cay. It would be a pleasure to spend lunchtime on the pool deck or sip a cocktail in the evening, and get to know you. If you are in the midst of planning your Caribbean holiday or if a secluded private island vacation is somewhere on your bucket list, please feel free to Contact Us for more information.

Add Crab Hunting To Your Private Island Vacation Fun

Freshly-Caught Pine Cay Land Crab Makes a Delicious Caribbean Meal

The Turks and Caicos Islands are renowned for their fresh seafood and Caribbean-inspired flavors. Wahoo, grouper, conch, lobster and red snapper are all local delicacies, freshly prepared with spiced sauces, as part of a zesty salad, or grilled to perfection. However, a lesser known local favorite is the elusive land crab.

Here on Pine Cay, staffers Rosheka and Sherwyn Drepaul like to go night crabbing in search of Blue, Black and the soft-shell Orange Crab. Crabbing season begins at the end of April and extends to the first week of September when island is pulsing with these crustaceans. “We go in-island and use flashlights to spot the crabs,” explains Rosheka clearly missing the fabulous crab meals she enjoyed over the summer months. “We move quietly, but quickly to pin the crab, and then toss it into a large bucket by grabbing onto the back of its shell.” The crabs are usually found along the sandy inland trails and under the scrubby brush all over the island, during season.

Crab Hunting Pine Cay

With harvests as large as 38 crabs on one occasion and as few as 9 crabs on most other forays, the Drepauls are quick to point out that no crabs go to waste. “Crabs are housed in a special crate, watered and fed 3 times a day. We will not harvest any more crabs until the first catch has been eaten, and if we have more than we need, we share the bounty with other staffers, friends and family,’ says Rosheka.

And guests on vacation at this secluded island getaway can also join in the fun. If you are fortunate enough, Rosheka and Sherwyn may invite you to go crabbing with them during crab season. “You have to be very, very quiet,” cautions Sherwyn. “And bring your flashlight ‘cuz you got work to do!” pipes in Rosheka with her ever ready, contagious laugh.

Land Crabs Pine Cay

Rosheka and Sherwyn Drepaul

Rosheka has worked in Guest Services at The Meridian Club on Pine Cay since, April 2011, in Guest Services and Sherwyn has been involved with Security and Grounds Maintenance since November 2003. They tied the knot in Orlando, FL in early July 2013 with 4 of their 6 children present to watch the beautiful and intimate ceremony. Going crab hunting is a unique way for the newlyweds to enjoy some very quiet time together!

Recipe for Pine Cay Crab and Rice

What you will need:

  • 3 crabs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chopped onions, green and red peppers, and celery
  • Fresh or dried thyme
  • Water
  • Browning (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Rice

Cooking Steps:

  1. Separate legs from bodies and remove the “mustard” (or the “green gland” or “tomalley”) and place in a separate bowl.
  2. Put legs and bodies into (unsalted) boiling water and boil gently for 15 to 20 mins.
  3. In the meantime, heat the vegetable oil in another large pot, and add in the “mustard”. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring regularly.
  4. Add 1 cup water, and celery, chopped peppers and onions with teaspoon of browning (optional). Return to boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove boiled crab from water and add to rice pot. Return to boil.
  6. Add more water to rice pot to bring volume to level needed for the amount rice you wish to cook. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Add rice and cook per instructions until rice is fully cooked. No water should remain when rice is fully cooked.
  8. Serve hot with fried fish or fried chicken, and an icy fruit punch made with pineapple and orange juices, splash of lime juice, and EITHER a splash of grenadine or cranberry juice.

Pine Cay Crab Derby

If watching crabs is more your style, then join the Pine Cay Crab Derby fun during crab hunting season, the island equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Maybe you can enter your own crab!

Pine Cay brings delivers yet another wonderfully authentic highlight to your private island vacation in the Caribbean.

Turks and Caicos Islands – Explore Ft. George Cay

Historical Trading Post near Pine Cay Provides a Glimpse of Islands’ Past

By Susan Clark McBride
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You’ve enjoyed several days on Pine Cay, unwinding to the rhythms of the surf and the warmth of the powdery sand seeping through your toes on strolls to Sand Dollar Point. In addition to filling out the daily crossword, swimming in the sea, and dining al fresco, perhaps you’ve taken the snorkel boat to the reef and enjoyed the underwater magnificence of “Flowers Garden” or the “Fish Bowl.” You may even have had so much energy that deep sea fishing filled one of your days, catching tuna or wahoo that Chef Shane masterfully morphed into a delicious dinner. What now? Read another book? Play some tennis? Ride a bike?

Perhaps this is the day to just go nuts and sign up for an outing to explore the Turks and Caicos Islands. If so, Ft. George is a terrific choice. The rich history of Ft. George is significant and, while this may be hard to believe, this tiny island adjacent to Pine Cay is a lovely spot to get even further “away.”

So, if stepping back into history and exploring an uninhabited island with your loved one appeals, take the complimentary transport from the dock to Ft. George. In minutes, you’ll land on its shore with the promise of return transportation arriving in a few hours. And then, in addition to languishing over a yummy picnic lunch under your beach umbrella, if you remembered your sunscreen, camera and snorkel, it’s time to explore!

Fort George Cay, Turks and Caicos

History of Ft. George, Turks and Caicos

Historians believe Christopher Columbus’ first stop in the New World was in the Turks and Caicos Islands in October of 1492, as Pine Cay allowed him to restock his ship’s fresh water supply en route to Cuba.

What isn’t as well known is the fact that Thomas Brown, an American Loyalist who arrived in America at age 24 and became an able fighter for the King (rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the King’s Rangers Regiment), settled on the Caicos Islands. Legend has it Brown encouraged the British to recognize Ft. George (originally known as Fort St. George) as a vital trading port in the Caribbean. He also requested it be fortified. Brown and his followers built the fort and outfitted the battery with 16 cannons in the early 1790s. Located at the north end of the island, the fort and gun battery defended settlements in North and Middle Caicos against attack by pirates, privateers, the French, and Haitian rebels.

Exploring Ft. George

Over the decades, archeological digs on Ft. George have unearthed countless artifacts: musket ramrod pipe fragments, uniform buttons, wrought nails, cast iron slabs that formed the base of Dutch ovens, flint from a musket’s firing mechanism, ceramics, bottles and more. Seven cannons remain today, with several visible in the shallow waters close to shore, ready to be viewed through your dive mask. As you explore Ft. George Cay, you may also discover faint remains of the old military fort. Keep in mind that the island is a protected historical site and national park; it’s illegal to take or damage any artifacts.

Pine Cay plays an important role in the history of maritime exploration. The Meridian Club takes pride in the stewardship of the island’s and its neighbors’ history and ecosystem. After packing up the remains of your picnic and skimming a couple minutes across the channel before jumping into your golf cart and heading back to the Club . . . when you sip cocktails that evening, you too can share tales of relaxing in a significant place, unique in history and scope. You’ve collected yet another Pine Cay experience and taking home yet another memory.

John Hamilton’s On-The-Go Travel and Leisure Show Interviews Mike Theil from Hideaways International

Secluded, romantic beach getaway on Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands receives wonderful review

Listen to a brief radio interview about The Meridian Club with Mike Theil from Hideaways International on KGO San Francisco. The interview was part of John Hamilton’s On-The-Go Travel and Leisure Show, on KGO 810 AM.

Radio Interview

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Finding Love at the Heart Centre Hospital

Celebrating a Valentine’s Day Engagement for Meridian Club Staff Member

It is with great pleasure that we announce the engagement of Avianne Adolph to Mcdonald Penn on February 14th, 2014, exactly 1 year after their first date.

The happy couple will be married in Jamaica in September 2014.

Newly Engaged

And here’s Avianne’s story:

We met on February 1st, 2013 in Nassau, Bahamas at the Heart Centre Hospital. I had accompanied my Mom who was battling breast cancer at the time and had already done her Chemo treatment in Provo and was scheduled to have her radiation treatment at the hospital in Nassau. Mac was there for a heart treatment, because he had suffered from a heart attack in January. He approached us and we spoke for a long while. We departed to Providenciales on the same flight, sitting next to each other.

We had our first date on February 14th, 2013 and a year later on the same date, he asked me to marry him and I accepted! We plan to get married on September 6th, 2014 in Jamaica.

Mcdonald Penn, my fiancé is 41 years old, and a Turks Islander. He is a car mechanic at Express Equipment, Providenciales – a Canadian based company. His parentage is from the islands of North Caicos and Grand Turk. He has spent 22 years in the United States working with the Yellow Cab Company and has been back home for 5 years.

He is funny, friendly, caring and an extremely hard worker. And my Mom loves him!  That is important to me.”

From all of us at The Meridian Club and from the guests who know and love you, “Congratulations and Best Wishes for a lifetime of happiness!”

Getting Married In the Turks & Caicos Islands

The Meridian Club: A Private Wedding Like No Other

So engagement season is coming to a close (did you know about 80% of engagements happen between November through February)? It makes sense though. With being Thankful at Thanksgiving, and then you have Christmas, Chanukah, the New Year, and of course Valentine’s Day being the day of Love. Or perhaps you were a history major and wanted to honor the president’s birthday? Now that the engagement part is over, comes the wedding planning.

Did you ever consider small, private, remote, secluded island where it could be just you and yours? Perhaps the only people on this island would your very closest friends and family? Sounds like a dream – it is. Sounds like it’s impossible – it isn’t. Sounds like it costs more than a mansion – it doesn’t. People have been coming to Pine Cay for years to say their vows. Some of them children of frequent guests and others come because they have family on Provo. Second weddings and vow renewals are also very popular here.

Will you marry me?

Weddings on Pine Cay are mostly managed by The Meridian Club staff or bride, with some input from other vendors on Provo if necessary.

Size of party

The remote island has planned weddings that are small, just “she” and “he”, and larger ones that book out the whole club of 13 units. Some even spill out into one of the 12 homes in the rental pool. The wedding party loves this atmosphere because they really get to enjoy each others company in an intimate setting, while also getting alone time and privacy from the others. Due to the 800-acres of private island offering two miles of pristine beach, most weddings tend to have a beach theme.
Wedding Party Pine Cay


To get married in the Turks and Caicos Islands you must establish residency by being on the island a minimum of 3 business days. Prior to arrival a magistrate or Justice of the Peace (JP) on Providenciales will be in touch with the Bride and Groom about the documentation requirements.

There are certain items which you must complete prior to arrival in the Turks and Caicos, such as confirming that you are single based on a search in the registry in your home country, providing divorce documentation to prove your status should this be the case, confirming your widow/widower status if applicable, getting parental consent for a certain age, and/or having your passport translated should it be in a language other than English.

Wedding Bed

On your day of arrival, a taxi will take you to the office of the magistrate to finalize the Application for a Marriage License Form and the Declarant Application Form. This puts things in motion for wedding itself a few days down the road. Usually this same person, the Marriage Officiate, comes to Pine Cay with the properly processed documents and performs the ceremony.

Though The Meridian Club will locate a pastor of a specific religion upon request, this person usually does not handle legal issues. In that case couples would need to involve both the magistrate and pastor. Click here for more information about Marriage License requirements in the Turks & Caicos Islands. To contact the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages please call 649-926-2800.


Floral arrangements are typically done on-site, though larger arrangements and special requests have been honored and addressed by florists on Provo. The arrangements tend to incorporate a lot of indigenous flowers to Pine Cay, which make the accents that much more special.
Wedding Cake


The pastry chef usually creates a beautiful cake, after conferring with the bride and groom about preferences.


Our options are pretty wide open, though typically the bride usually hire a DJ or use a loaded Ipod for background music. Sometimes, the couple may Popular with many brides is the saxophonist that comes from Provo.Wedding Dining

Pine Cay: The Place Where Anyone Can Just “Be”

Stars Among Us?

By Susan Clark McBride
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There’s something magical about meeting someone on Pine Cay, connecting instantly, and forming a friendship that lasts. It happens, is conducive. You discover and enjoy a remote island together – bonded by what brings you to a special place like this in the first place. You depart with sand in your shoes and dear friends to plan your next visit around, delighted when that happens and disappointed when your calendars can’t coordinate.

Such is the case with Liv and Steve.

It began with a poolside chat, comparing who’s reading what, discovering we all come to the island to swim and sail, snorkel and kayak, get away . . . sitting together at dinner, enjoying spirited games of dominoes in the upstairs bar at the Club after. Moving on to create delicious meals in each others kitchens from what remained of groceries purchased in Provo . . . until finally, one evening, as we raced to the dock in a golf cart just in time to make the Glow Worm Cruise, fragments of conversations got the best of us.

So finally we asked. “Who are you?” It didn’t matter. We really didn’t care. A lot of people “are.” And frankly, Pine Cay is just the place to not care about who’s who. But we’re becoming fast friends and enough random comments have played into our conversations. Curiosity’s piqued. So we ask, “Who are you?!”

With a wink and a dimpled smile, he admits: Hollywood producer. Dozens of movies. Lots of our favorites. Heart tuggers and heart stoppers. Innovative, break-through films debuting state-of-the-art technology. Academy Award winner, including Best Picture. Oscars, Golden Globes, Peoples Choice awards. What do you know…Topics for future conversations, future vacations together.

Second inevitable question, one as homeowners we ask every guest, “How did you find Pine Cay?” It’s almost always an interesting answer. In this case, a coincidence. The proverbial planets aligned. After reading about Pine Cay and the Meridian Club in a magazine, Steve and his crew filmed at a homeowner’s in Vermont. The topic of Pine Cay came up they planned their first of many visits.

I wonder what Steve and Liv did during this year’s Academy Awards on March 3rd? Who were they rooting for? Were they sitting in the audience? But, actually, what I really need to know is when they’re heading back to Pine Cay so we can coordinate calendars and play dominoes after dinner.

Pine Cay – the place where anyone can just “be” and wonderful friendships can form.

Family Reunions in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Getaway to Secluded Island Resort Restores Balance to Busy Families

Busy Kids, Busy Parents

“Hyper scheduled” is a word used much more frequently to describe the lives our children lead today. Parents race from one lesson to another, juggling their children’s commitments with car pooling, meal planning and homework. After school activities rotate around a gamut of team sports, music lessons, religious classes, martial arts, dance, swimming, and so much more. And sometimes even school holidays don’t bring an end to all the activities.

Clinical psychologist, Paula Bloom, states, “Parents need to teach their kids to balance human doing with human being.”

So what do both parents and children really want? After months of recitals, lab reports, and swim meets both groups may simply have the desire to stop and do absolutely nothing, even if only for a few days. No phones, television, computers, carpooling, racing from one appointment to the next, or cold dinners on the fly. Nothing.

A Family That Plays Together….

The Frost family knows just how important down time is to their family of 16. They visited Pine Cay with their adult daughters and their spouses in 2004. In 2009, the whole family of 16 came to The Meridian Club for a memorable reunion and they are already planning their third family reunion escape to Pine Cay – with their 3 daughters and their spouses, and 8 grandchildren – in June 2014.

Family Reunions Pine Cay

Below are 3 unedited contributions from daughters Cindy, Debbie and Sarah, about the time they spent on Pine Cay with their spouses, children and parents.


“The Meridian Club allows families to escape to a place of the past. A getaway without computers, televisions, and cell phones, bringing family conversations, games, and laughter that is hard to find in this busy, media-filled world. Children play outside, snorkeling, building sand castles, swimming, and exploring the uncharted, safe island on bike, foot, and golf cart. Meanwhile adults catch up, or catch a nap… Relaxing is the Meridian Club’s middle name. It’s a place where people can let their hair down and unwind in an unbelievably beautiful setting, shoeless and carefree. Cocktail hour is always a fun event, whether watching the sunset or getting ready for Jump Up, the staff makes the evenings special for all ages. I can’t wait to go back.”

Pine Cay Kayaking


Pine Cay…is a very special place. We were fortunate enough to experience The Meridian Club with our children in June of 2009, (currently 13 yrs old and 14 yrs old), with our extended family and even more fortunate to be returning with the whole clan again this upcoming summer! The Meridian Club is a place to take a break from our busy schedules, our busy deadlines and set aside our ever busy devices. The family time spent in such a beautiful setting was priceless. Our children kept busy exploring the island on bikes and beach walks, snorkeling with Raymond, deep sea fishing, staying up late for movie night, sneaking (amazingly tasty) cookies in the afternoon and relaxing – playing cards and reading books! June is an ideal time to be at The Meridian Club with children. We felt as though we had the island to ourselves and there was a friendly calm to the air. I don’t know who is more excited about our upcoming trip, our kids or us!

Pine Cay Jump Up


I can’t think of a better place to spend time with family then The Meridian Club. Of course you have the beautiful scenery, but what really sets The Meridian Club apart is its remote location. I love the fact that you are on the island with maybe 10 other guests. When we went with our family we were lucky enough to be the only guests! Imagine being surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean blue water and having miles of sandy beaches to yourself. The staff at The Meridian Club is irreplaceable. They make you feel as though you are a part of their family. They take care of everything for you. Your only responsibility is to relax and enjoy yourself! Every morning, Raymond took us out to the best snorkeling spots. The reefs are in pristine condition. We also spent time cruising the island in golf carts and bikes, playing casual tennis and beach games. It was refreshing for the kids to have no electronics and make their own fun! The Meridian Club is the perfect family destination.

Meridian Club Family Months

The best part of planning a family reunion on Pine Cay is that with only 13 beach units it not impossible to have the whole place to yourself.

Family Months at The Meridian Club, Pine Cay

Every June and July are Family Months at the Meridian Club, a private island resort located on Pine Cay a short boat ride from Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Discounted room rates (buy one get one at 50% off) during these two months means that families can choose this time for a special reunion event at the resort by inviting grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.

Customize Your Family Reunion at The Meridian Club

The Meridian Club offers guests the luxury of unhurried days of snorkeling over colorful coral reefs, swimming in the shallow turquoise waters, playing on the blindingly white sand beach, and dining on some of the most refined cuisine in the Caribbean.

Family reunions are special times; a time to reconnect, share stories, and marvel at how the children have grown so fast. To capture the joy and relaxed pace of these idyllic days, The Meridian Club lets you call the shots on how you wish to spend your days. Choose when you wish to go on snorkeling excursions, when you would like to have dinner served, whether you want to dance the night away, spend it in quiet conversation in the upstairs lounge or tell stories around a beach bonfire.

A Gift of Time for the Whole Family

Guests to The Meridian Club often return during June and July with their children and grandchildren to carve out a perfectly serene experience with the ones they love. And because of how well families do without schedules and phones, they tend to book with The Meridian Club as often as they can and as far in advance as possible. Because sometimes for those of us with such busy schedules, the thought of a summer holiday on an impossibly beautiful Caribbean island is exactly what we need to get us through the breakneck pace of our lives away from Pine Cay.

Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Every Day is Extraordinary on Pine Cay, but Nothing Compares to the Holiday Week

Ever wonder what it’s like to live on a private island among the residents, feel like you are part of their tranquil community, while enjoying your own much-needed vacation? Or perhaps you want to know what elves do should they live near the equator? Well, wonder no more. Here is a day-by-day (not any day-by-day either) account of what happened this year on Pine Cay, one of the world’s secluded island resorts, during the holidays.

Best Day of the Week

December 24th – ’twas the night Christmas, and all through the island, not a creature was stirring…well, actually, the “eve” was celebrated with caroling, eggnog, and the usual pre-Christmas cheer. Many thanks to Jennifer for providing instrumentals (by putting bells on her toes!) and enhancing our rendition of Jingle Bells.
December 25th – Bev and Wally, Managers of The Meridian Club, decked out in elf costumes, then greeted guests, owners and residents before services were given poolside. Makes one wonder, where else on earth can you go to services given poolside? This was followed by a feast befitting Whoville and a sing-along of the 12 Days of Christmas specific to life on Pine Cay, including “FIIIVE ROLLLLING STOOOONES” to acknowledge the Stone family.
December 26th – We hosted our own version of Yankee Swap with what we call “Bad Santa”. Naughty, nice, whatever, it was all good.
December 27th – The Smith family (one of many on the island, just take your pick) hosted Bingo Night. Attendees followed the shiny nose to their house and stayed up well past bedtime!
December 28th – The weekly high season festive Jump Up! pool party was a smash, though it did not feature Dasher, Dancer, Prancer or even Vixen, it did include…plenty of tasty morsels from Shane and his elves in the kitchen.
December 29th – You say you have been to a water park, but have you been to the Slip ‘N Slide in the tropics? Maybe you should join us next year and get a taste, or a splash of it?
December 30th – Even our little island needs a day of rest, once in a while! Bah Humbug you say? No, no, our romantic beach getaway was getting ready for yet another celebration.
December 31th – We “Auld Lang Syne’d”(which literally means “Good Old Days”) to fireworks and a cake decorated like Magic Kingdom.
January 2nd – Pine Cay’s weekly in-season Sand Dollar Cinema featured a 30 minute animated short titled Merry Madagascar.
And to all a good night, er, year.

Press Release: Feb 2014

Changing only what’s necessary – The Meridian Club on Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos Reopens with upgrades and new features

Turks & Caicos Islands (February 12, 2014), – The Meridian Club on Pine Cay reopened 90 days ago with fanfare, celebrating new upgrades and property features, while also offering packages that would appeal to different guests. As one frequent guest likes to describe the experience, “this is a place where everyone is the same, no matter age or type of travel group, we all seek this pristine experience.” So, this year’s changes seek to address the varied audience that is attracted to the remote and secluded private island in the Caribbean.

New Features

As happens every year in summer, the staff has been busy on a variety of upgrades, which include (1) a new dock space that moves up and down with the tide (making embarkation easier), (2) new water sports equipment such as Hobie cat wave sailboat, sea kayaks and paddle boards, (3) the largest and yet not noticeable is new electric cable throughout the island, (4) a new gift shop with logo-d items, and (5) staffing changes which include a new pastry chef (along with changes to the dining area to accommodate more enjoyable dining experience) and a new yoga instructor.

New People

The biggest news on this private island is the introduction of a yoga program, called Pine Cay Yoga. As of early December, the property offers yoga on a weekly basis, every Wednesday morning. Laura Mensen is originally from Canada but lived in the Turks & Caicos until 8 years old, then returned to Canada to continue her education and came back to the Turks & Caicos in recent years. She started practicing yoga alongside her father over 15 years ago and completed her training in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Asheville, NC, and now resides on Provo. Her Pine Cay Yoga classes will be held in the morning in the lounge, with astounding endless beach views, at a cost of $20. In addition to Laura, the property also has a new pastry chef.

Yoga on Pine Cay

Special Packages

Fishing: For guests who book five nights or longer and reserve a fishing excursion, they will get a free bottle of wine, use of a golf cart for a day, and a discount for a massage in the spa. More info.

Romance: For honeymooners, or those who feel like they are on one, the Romance Package includes a special private dining experience.

Families: The months of June and July are family months, which means children of six and older are welcome at the Club (a real treat). Bookings of five nights or more result in a discount for the child staying in the room. More info.

Summer Value-Ad: For May, June and July, bookings of five nights or longer will receive a bottle of wine and free use of a golf cart for a day (though it is recommended not to redeem both at the same time!); available upon request. More info.

Pine Cay is a remote private island that is part of the Turks & Caicos, ideal for a secluded beach getaway or private island vacations. All reservations at The Meridian Club, which has 12 beach suites and one private beach cottage, include breakfast, lunch, dinner and basic activities such as kayaking, using the snorkel gear, playing tennis, taking the bikes around the island, learning to paddle board, etc., though additional activities can be provided at a fee, such as SCUBA diving, a variety of fishing experiences, spa services and golfing. Private taxi and boat transfers are also included in the nightly rates, which start at $840. For more information, contact Melanie@maacg.com or visit www.meridianclub.com.