It’s February, so romance is in the air. If you’re fortunate enough to be spending Valentine’s Day in Turks and Caicos then you’ll have a wide range of romantic dining options to choose from. Even if you’re not here during the special holiday for lovers – when you do visit, these spots are sure to bring out the romantic in you.
But, before we present some of our favorite romantic restaurants, we want to point out that in no way is this list exhaustive. Almost all the restaurants you’ll find in Turks and Caicos have something special to offer - whether it’s a signature dish, a unique setting or a special cocktail. This list is just a sampling of the spots we think provide a romantic setting and excellent cuisine.
Anacona in the Grace Bay Resort is the only gourmet restaurant located on the beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It’s open-air setting, right on Grace Bay Beach, provides both a dramatic and romantic ambiance. Sometimes there is live music and when there isn’t, the sounds of the ocean fill in. The menu emphasizes fresh ingredients with a modern presentation.
The restaurant at the Amanyara Resort also offers a gourmet experience in a spectacular and serene setting. Although the journey to the restaurant can be an adventure and reservations in advance are required, once you arrive you’ll be instantly impressed. The restaurant is spread out around the tranquility pool with stunning ocean views, creating a zen-like effect. The menu is filled with fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat, all prepared with a Mediterranean-Asian-Fusion influence. If peace and quiet are top on your list - this place is heaven.
At Beach House the chef’s surprise tasting menu will whisk you away into the world of Chef Eric Vernice who will prepare a 5-course ‘farm-to-table’ menu for you. The French contemporary menu has a distinct twist of Turks and Caicos and offers a wide variety of dishes for culinary lovers.
Coyaba Restaurant is an eclectic, sophisticated and award-winning gourmet restaurant located in the heart of Grace Bay, next to the Caribbean Paradise Inn. An elegantly-appointed gazebo style tropical garden serves as the dining room, where guests peruse the daily-changing creative menu of Chef Paul Newman. Paul’s dishes have a strong European influence but always with an inventive touch.
Set within the largest palm grove on the island, Coco Bistro is a food lover’s fantasy in a one-of-a-kind setting. Located in Grace Bay next to Sunshine Nursery and within walking distance from many resorts, Coco Bistro serves fresh local cuisine under a sea of stars and swaying coconut palms. The restaurant has a reputation for consistently creating, fresh, flavorful Caribbean cuisine as well as delivering an exceptional dining experience.
Grace’s Cottage in the Point Grace Resort is probably one of the prettiest dining settings on Providenciales. The restaurant has a relaxing charm with an inviting mahogany bar located in the Victorian-styled cottage and candlelit tables on the patio and terrace. The food here is as delectable as the ambiance it is served in - and the fact that they can only accommodate a total of 62 guests at a time ensures a level of intimacy as well.
Perhaps the most romantic place to dine is right on Grace Bay Beach itself. The Mango Reef restaurant at the Alexandra Resort can arrange for a romantic barefoot dinner for you on the world’s best beach - it doesn’t get much more romantic than that!
Beach Dining at Mango Reef