Turks and Caicos' Hotel Upgrade Spree Continues

For more than a year now, pretty every big name resort in Turks and Caicos seems to be getting a makeover from Grace Bay Club’s recent $1 million renovation to the more recent announcement that the Regent Palms will be getting some minor touch-ups.

And now you can add Choice Hotels to that list.

Canadian businessman Dale Papke said he would spend about $2.5 million to renovate the recently re-licensed Comfort Suites Ports of Call Resort in Providenciales, which his real estate company recently acquired.

“The island itself is starting to get on the radar, our renovations have begun, and we look forward to re-positioning the resort as the premier value-priced resort in the Turks Caicos Islands," said Papke.

Renovations to the 98-room property have begun in earnest and include complete room refurbishing, as well as upgrades and renovations to public areas, including the lobby, breakfast and bar areas as well as the hallways which will have enhanced lighting.

New large screen televisions, 17-inch safety deposit boxes, poolside and balcony furniture, an eight-person hot tub, a fitness center, children's play ground and hourly beach shuttle service to and from the world famous Grace Bay beach will be some of the new amenities, services and attractions added over the 12-month renovation.

Papke notes that "guests will have the choice of walking 300 yards or being shuttled to and from the beach or staying at the resort and enjoying the incredible landscaping of the property, the courtyard pool setting or the quaint shops."

As the new acquisition includes the adjacent Ports of Call Shopping Village, the resort will add the 18,000 square foot plaza's great variety of restaurants, bars and shops as an extension of its amenities and services.

The transformed hotel will offer travelers the opportunity to stay in a trendy, clean, upbeat resort with on-site restaurants, bars, an ice cream shop, gift and clothing stores, hair stylist, spa and dive shop.

“It seems as though pretty much every hotel in the destination is on top of its game right now,” Karen S. Whitt, general manager of The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos and the destination’s Hotel Association president, told us last month in an interview.

Whitt told us the Regent Palms will be getting some minor upgrades from new in-room designs to a new pool-side bar to some possible spa refurbishments later this year.

Last year, Grace Bay Club announced a $1 million renovation, the bulk of which went toward a new adults-only, glass-edge, infinity pool and bar.

Also, adding to the trend, Seven Stars Resort recently introduced a program of complimentary beach services and experiences to make a relaxed day spent along one of the world’s best beaches, even better.

“This continues to be one of the most successful years the destination has ever had,” Whitt says.

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