Pine Cay unveils a new Relais & Châteaux hotel
Pine Cay in Turks and Caicos is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets. This secluded private island is home to an elegant 12-room hotel, a small collection of private homes, and two miles of pristine white sand beach. Pine Cay unveiled its new branding – the latest addition to its new look after a recent hotel renovation – alongside new Relais & Châteaux accreditation, the only property in Turks & Caicos to be part of the exclusive collection .
The understated legacy of Pine Cay
The story of Pine Cay began in the late 1950s when Austrian explorer Count Ferdinand Czernin stumbled upon the island during his travels. A lover of its untapped wilderness and complete isolation, Czernin made it his mission to share this isolated treasure with like-minded friends eager to escape the demands of metropolitan life. Sadly, he passed away in 1966 before his dream came true, but his legacy lives on through a handful of intrepid families who invested in the island throughout the 1970s, sensitively building charming family homes and a central pavilion to work in perfect harmony with their environment. – the first of its kind to exist at Turks & Caicos. Today, these families are still the main caretakers of the island, with their children and grandchildren among a small collective of owners who oversee the operation of the island, deliberately discreet. There are now 38 homes (eight of which are available for rent) scattered across the 800 acres of land, and what began as the Clubhouse for owners and their guests has naturally evolved into a boutique hotel for the intimate community. but growing from Pine Cay.
A rustic renovation
A recent renovation has seen the hotel elegantly redesign its ten existing beachfront rooms and add a new spa, fully equipped gym and two independent beachfront suites, all designed to uphold rustic charm. Pine Cay’s origin and barefoot philosophy. Clean interiors celebrate the cool Caribbean location, with calming sand tones and natural pine and driftwood accents complemented by bold pops of turquoise and deep ocean blue. Beautifully bright bathrooms feature double sinks, walk-in rainfall showers, and outdoor waterfall showers, while private outdoor terraces house double daybeds, outdoor dining areas, and access. direct to the pristine beach. A Tiki Beach bar was added earlier this year, and a full renovation of the main bar is expected to follow next year.
Under the sea: wild adventures
A 20-minute boat ride from the mainland Turks and Caicos Islands, Pine Cay is home to one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, with two miles of perfect white sand owned exclusively by hotel guests and owners for maximum privacy and tranquility. . The third largest barrier reef in the world, along with salt marshes, sparkling freshwater lagoons, and rolling sand dunes, inspire guests to get back to nature in the most glorious way. Days at Pine Cay are spent snorkeling the kaleidoscopic coral reef and reef balls, which also serve as a nursery for harmless baby nurse sharks, turtles, schools of young fish and all manner of young species. marines. Dazzling dives can be arranged with a trusted local dive partner, just like kitesurfing.
Loaned paddleboards and fully see-through kayaks are ready and waiting to be borrowed, and the Cerulean waters are ripe for fishing adventures, including deep sea fishing, reef fishing and bone fishing. unparalleled world class. An almost constant breeze from the trade winds promises ideal sailing conditions, and a small fleet of Hobie Cats is available, with larger boats available for charter at an additional cost. Back on dry land, you can bird watch, cycle, play tennis, shelling at Sand Dollar Point, swim in the freshwater pool, splash under the stars at the Sand Dollar Cinema, or go on excursions. a day in the neighboring islands. Unforgettable wildlife encounters range from the gargantuan (whale watching) to the smallest: dazzling glowworm cruises take place each lunar month, and guests can toast the luminescent show with a fiery rum punch.
Flavors of the islands
Defying its remote location, the colorful and vibrant cuisine of Pine Cay captures the joy and spontaneity of island life. Guests can look forward to sumptuous breakfasts featuring fresh tropical fruits hand-picked from the vegetable garden and irresistible pastries, breads and rolls from Pine Cay’s pastry chef. An array of light bites, zesty salads, and freshly caught seafood await for lunch, while those looking to explore the island further can opt for a picnic basket packed with goodies to enjoy at the place of. their choice. Afternoon tea and cocktail hour allow patrons to spend the day until dusk, and at dinner patrons are treated to daily changing tasting menus that showcase the best of produce. locals and defend a melting pot of international flavors. As an extension of its generous spirit, the exclusive rates at Pine Cay Island include all selected meals, snacks, desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, as well as transfers, daily snorkeling trips, water sports , sailing and other island adventures, which means that all guest needs are there from the moment they arrive on the island.
Channeling the blissful serenity of its surroundings, guests of Pine Cay are invited to unwind at the Sand Dollar Spa, where two tranquil treatment rooms await. Guests can choose from a wide range of massages and body scrubs, as well as reflexology, lymphatic massages, Ayurvedic rituals, cream baths, and bespoke treatments at the hands of Pine Cay’s expert Balinese masseuse. Exclusive treatments include the Pine Cay Escape: full body scrub, refreshing cucumber and yogurt body mask, soothing mini facial and scalp massage; and the Ultimate Restoration of the Caribbean Sea ritual: an energizing exfoliation with papaya and pineapple extracts, followed by a crème-fraiche wrap, a facial treatment and a Balinese or Swedish massage. Other health highlights include a fully equipped gym, tennis court, and beachfront yoga classes.
Act in full conscience
Sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity are at the heart of Pine Cay: cars are not allowed on the island, but transportation exists in the form of electric golf carts and bicycles; single-use plastics are nowhere to be found; and the boats are fitted with fuel-efficient four-stroke engines. All buildings have rainwater collection and storage systems with gray water used for irrigation, while compact Dark Sky lighting is installed throughout the hotel, including new eco-friendly beach lighting for give the island an extra shine at night. Pine Cay is a key partner of the Caicos Pine Recovery Project, which works to protect the country’s native tree, Caicos pine (Pinus caribaea) and its habitat for the future, currently threatened by the invasive tortoise shell. Pines.
Enter the exclusive Relais & Châteaux collection
Pine Cay is the first hotel in the Turks and Caicos to receive Relais & Châteaux accreditation, and one of seven Caribbean properties to be part of the collection of luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. Relais & Châteaux praised Pine Cay for its “quintessential privacy” and selected the island as “champion [the brand’s] fundamental pillars of sustainability and biodiversity ”.
To reserve: Island-Inclusive rates at Pine Cay start from USD 1,525 per room per night, including all meals, soft drinks, selected alcoholic beverages, mainland transfers, water sports, sailing and all activities on the island, on the basis of two shares. Pine Cay welcomes children from 12 years old.