The Caribbean's Top 25 Boutique Hotels 2014 - March 2014
This blissful private-island getaway is set on the 800-acre, privately-owned Pine Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands. And it's all about escaping the hustle and bustle - meaning no TV, no phones, no A/C (beach breezes remove the need) and not even a clock in the rooms.
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Top 25 Small Hotels in the Caribbean - January 2013
While most guests would prefer that the Meridian Club remains a "well-guarded secret", there's no arguing that Pine Cay is home to one of the most charming and delightfully-understated resorts anywhere in the Caribbean. The word is out! Meridian Club is proud to announce that it has been named one of TripAdvisor's "Top 25 Small Hotels in the Caribbean" for 2013.
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Top 20 Beach Resorts in the World - September 2012
"Hideaway Report readers are in search of unique experiences and expect to be treated as individuals. Their recognition of your property is evidence that they found what they were looking for. Well done!" ~ Andrew Harper, Editor-in-Chief
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"This is the crown jewel of the Turks and Caicos for those seeking the relaxing and timeless spirit of the old West Indies, the intimate resort fringed by crystal-clear aquamarine waters and one of the Caribbean's last great untrammeled beaches...for romantic beach-lovers who yearn to truly get away from it all in a uniquely unspoiled Robinson Crusoe setting, nothing quite compares."
No.1 White-Sand Beach in the World - December 2011
"The sparkling white beaches of Pine Cay made this little isle one of the first to be developed for tourism, and today the original Meridian Club is still where guests stay for the best access to sand, snorkeling and diving. Walking paths line the private island, and people get around by bicycle, on foot or by golf cart. Leave your stress - and your shoes - at home."
Dinner at Eight - May, 2011
"Despite my ridiculously fair complexion, I am a beach person. When S and I need to drop out, we head to The Meridian Club on the private island of Turks and Caicos. A bundle of Eres suits, some tees and a couple of good books and spf500 and I'm packed for a week of idyllic beach living. On the plane over, I anticipated the deserted white sand beaches, the sparkling turquoise sea and the gentle tropical breezes. As I daydreamed about our holiday, I noticed that, like Pavlov's dog, I was salivating..."
by Josh Lew
"The Meridian Club on the island of Pine Cay is one of the Caribbean's original earth-friendly resorts. They have been using electric vehicles (golf carts) to traverse the cay for more than three decades. The club's lodgings are built using strict guidelines. Features like rainwater collection and storage and solar-powered water heaters add to the island's overall eco-friendliness. Island-goers have easy access to bicycles and environmentally friendly motorboats."
by Gemma Handy
"Remember a time when the Caribbean meant an understated old world charm? ...A time before amiable service was replaced by its obsequious counterpart. When the world moved on and got itself in one big rush, it left Pine Cay behind, This idyllic two mile long private island...is just a short boat ride from the tourist hub of Providenciales.
There are no paved roads, no cars, no TV and no radio - barely anything to signify there's an outside world at all... The cay's north side boasts a two mile stretch of pristine white sand as fine as talcum powder...one of the last places on earth where it's safe to stroll the beach day or night...
Apart from the hotel and a smattering of privately owned homes, the 800-acre (3.23 sq km) isle is pure, undisturbed nature. Most of the land is green space, much of it designated parkland... This insouciant sanctuary, with its anachronistic charms and just the right mix of luxury and home comforts, is precisely what the doctor ordered."
Readers' Choice Award - September, 2010
"Recipient of 2010 "Readers' Choice Award" as #12 in the "Top 20 Beach Resorts" in the world, and #14 in the "Top 20 International Hideaways"
The only Turks and Caicos resort to be honored in either category...
Hideaway Report - June, 2010
"Delightfully informal resort on an 800 acre private island skirted by a spectacular two-mile deserted white sand beach..."
Reader's Choice Special Award - September, 2009
"Recipient of Reader's Choice Special Award as one of the 'Top 20 Beach Resorts' in the world - the only resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands to be so honored."
2nd Edition, 2009
"Don't expect luxury of the marble-floors or gilded-chandeliers variety -- this is what is lovingly referred to as "barefoot elegance"… the high life of an entirely different sort, the kind where you and a lucky few others are securely ensconced on a private island paradise…
The island has no cars: To get around, you either hoof it or, if you're in a hurry, tool around in an electric golf cart. The beach in front of the resort is simply extraordinary, and sand dollars float up without fail on the tawny sands of Sand Dollar Point, mere yards away. The snorkeling in the coral gardens offshore is satisfyingly good.
The meals -- included in the rates -- are hearty, nutritious, plentiful, and insanely tasty … It's all wonderful, and the rooms have even been refreshed, each with a spacious bathroom, screened-in porch, and patio with a decadent outdoor shower..."
"You don't have to travel far (from Providenciales) to find adventure..., we decided to make reservations for lunch at The Meridian Club on Pine Cay. Hotel staff picked us up at Walkin Marina in a comfortable new boat and we traveled across the Caicos Banks to the dock on Pine Cay. One of the first things we noticed is that, in a country graced with stunning beaches, Pine Cay boasts has one of nicest and least trafficked.
The Meridian Club is a quiet, secluded hideaway. The only vehicles allowed on this private island are electric golf carts. The resort has just 13 beachfront hotel rooms, a large club house with a restaurant and a pool - relaxing has never been so good! And the food - superb - was surpassed only by the setting."
by Ramona Settle
One of the 12 Best Such Resorts in the World - April/May 2009
"Islands Magazine, in an issue rating private island resorts, lists The Meridian Club on Pine Cay as one of the 12 best such resorts in the world. Editor Chris Tauber interviewed us to find out exactly what makes The Meridian Club on Pine Cay so delightful.
"Other places say they're "Old Caribbean"; the Meridian Club on Pine Cay means it. Of course, there's a lot that's new about the resort: new room upgrades, a new fleet of boats, new chefs and new environmentally conscious initiatives. The vibe, though, hasn't changed since the resort's inception some 35 years ago. That means a longtime staff, an unspoiled natural environment and a classic island lifestyle (no crowds, no TV and please, no cell phones). Enjoy any of the 13 suites right on the beach of this 1.25-square-mile island, or truly make yourself at home in a secluded rental."
"The sand-lined 800-acre (324-hectare) private island-a tiny oasis where iguanas are the only year-round residents-hosts only one other main attraction, the Meridian Club. While nearby Providenciales (Provo) Island has been built up to within an inch of its life, Pine Cay is one of the few places that hasn't changed much over the years...The state of mind here? In a word, unplugged. There are no cars, and the community-oriented club-set in one of the most pristine curves of white-sand beach you'll ever leave prints on-has no air-conditioning, TVs, or phones in the rooms. All the action you want is just beyond your screened porch, where a ten-second sprint gets you to Pine Cay's iridescent bay and to world-class diving, snorkeling, and dolphin- and stingray-watching. Just five minutes offshore sits Caicos Bank, a huge shallows several square miles long, threaded by channels; it has some of the best bone- and reef-fishing, as well as bottom- and deep-sea fishing, in the Caribbean.
The Meridian Club can organize deep-sea excursions for marlin, wahoo, and mahimahi, or you can just wade out and cast a fly from the beach. Bring your catch back to the defiantly unpretentious two-story clubhouse (it's rumored there was a necktie sighting two years ago), where the chef will cook it up for dinner."