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Turks and Caicos Resort 218 is popular with entertainment and sports celebrities as well as an international world traveling clientele. The resort emphasizes privacy, relaxation, and health spa rejuvenation in a tranquil natural setting. Discreet staffers know when and when not to attend guests.
The resort offers 60 guestrooms, suites, and beachside villas and houses cooled by both air conditioning and ceiling fans. All accommodations feature four poster beds draped with white muslin curtains and covered by white spreads. Decor combines wood tones and cool whites, including tongue in groove pine walls painted white, bleached wood ceilings, sisal area rugs, white muslin drapes, white muslin covered upholstered seating, Balinese style teak furniture, wicker back deck chairs with pull out footstools, and latticed leather dressing benches.
Guestrooms and suites are located in seven two story Mediterranean style white buildings with red tile roofs terraced into a hillside about 200 yards from the beach. Rooms and suites include terra cotta tile floors and feature wood balconies or ground floor porches furnished with Indonesian daybeds and minibars and providing garden or ocean views.
Constructed of weathered Alaskan pine with wood shingle roofs, six one story detached Beach Villas and three one story two unit Beach Houses are arrayed along the beach. Separated for privacy and secluded about 100 feet from the ocean amid low dunes graced by natural vegetation, Beach Villas and Beach Houses have wood floors and feature large, screened, ocean view wood porches accessible by louvered teak sliding doors and containing Indonesian daybeds, teak deck chairs, and cocktail tables. Porches lead to weathered wood sundecks furnished with cushioned lounge chairs, umbrellas, and hammocks.
Sundecks fronting the three one bedroom Beach Villas and the six one bedroom Beach Houses contain heated plunge pools. Sundecks fronting the 2 two bedroom Beach Villas and 1 three bedroom Beach Villa contain heated swimming pools, with the three bedroom Beach Villa's pool measuring a generous 40 by 24 feet.
All bathrooms include blue tile stall showers, separate tubs with flat wood rims, and twin sink wood vanities. In addition to bathroom showers and tubs, the 3 one bedroom Beach Villas and the three bedroom Beach Villa feature spacious open air shower gardens consisting of waterfall showers, wood and stone walls, and wood grates surrounded by smooth, bleached river stones. (The three bedroom Beach Villa has two shower gardens.)
Two and three bedroom Beach Villas include private, 24 hour butler service and full kitchens for butlers to prepare guests complimentary breakfasts and light lunches.
One bedroom Beach Houses and one and two bedroom Beach Villas include four chair dining sets with gray marble top tables for room service meals.
The three bedroom Beach Villa has six chair dining sets.
All accommodations provide flat screen televisions, Bose Wave radios, Bose CD players, and DVD players. (The resort's library stocks CDs and DVDs for complimentary use. VCRs and videotapes are available on request.) Air conditioning and ceiling fans offer cooling options. Room Amenities: Cable/satellite TV; VCR; DVD player; CD player; Ceiling fan; Climate control; Complimentary newspaper; Air conditioning; Telephone; Multi-line phone; Internet access - dial-up; Voice mai; Minibar; Coffee/tea maker; Bottled water in room (complimentary); Wake-up calls; Housekeeping; Turndown service; Designer toiletries; Bathrobes; Hair dryer; In-room safe; Alarm clock; Television; Desk; Clock radio; Iron/ironing board (on request; Rollaway beds; Cribs (infant beds) available; Non smoking rooms .
All guests have the option of a complimentary full American breakfast served in the Terrace Restaurant. Complimentary afternoon tea is served daily in the library.
The resort provides complimentary use of sailboats, kayaks, windsurfers, and snorkeling gear and takes guests on complimentary snorkeling excursions. For fees, waterskiing and fishing are available.
Use of the resort's two lighted, Omni surface tennis courts is complimentary.
Enjoy Snorkeling; Kayaking; Sailing; Water skiing; Dock; Windsurfing; Tennis; Fishing.
The resort's boats dock well away from buildings and beach. Automobiles are not allowed. Natural sounds--breezes in palm trees, bird calls, the sand disturbed by the ocean--prevail. Furnished with lounge chairs and widely spaced white umbrellas, a 1.5-mile beach lapped by the turquoise Atlantic Ocean consists of sand fine as sugar and nearly as white. Other unpopulated beaches rim the resort, and by boat or golf cart staff members transport guests to them on request. The resort's large, rectangular pool includes a zero entry on one side and an infinity lip on the ocean side. The pool's weathered wood sundeck offers teak lounges padded with thick, terry cloth covered cushions and shaded by white umbrellas. On the deck's oceanside corners, wood shingle shelters contain daybeds.
Operating in Europe and Asia as well at this resort, Shambhala Retreat offers massage, body treatments, facials, nail care, waxing, acupuncture (when available), yoga and Pilates, Ayurvedic therapy, and healthful meals available at the resort's two restaurants, from room service, and by the Retreat's pool. Facilities include a yoga/Pilates pavilion, a private Pilates hut, men's and women's saunas, a unisex steam room, and a 35x12 foot pool and 12 person spa in front of a sunbathing and relaxation deck furnished with cushioned teak lounge chairs. Yoga and Pilates classes and use of the pool, spa, saunas, and steam room are complimentary.
Massage, treatments, and therapy emphasize Asian techniques. Consultants from around the world like Ananta, a widely known Ayurvedic therapeutic massage specialist from France, visit periodically to train Shambhala's Asian staff and work with guests. Ayurvedic options include therapeutic massage (strong, penetrating strokes combined with yoga like stretches), Abhyanga (rhythmic massage with warm herbal oils and powder), and Shirodhara (light neck and shoulders massage followed by warm, medicated oil gently poured on the forehead). Other options include shiatsu, Indian head massage, reiki, Thai massage, Indonesian massage, deep tissue massage, and Chinese tui'na massage.
Shambhala offers two special facilities for couples, a cottage and a pavilion. The L-shape cottage includes an air conditioned treatment room and a screened porch containing a dining table, a steam room, a Javanese two person day bed, and a square, two person cedar soaking tub. The pavilion includes a square, two person ceramic soaking tub, a blue tile steam shower, and an outdoor shower garden consisting of a waterfall shower, wood and stone walls, and a wood grate surrounded by smooth, bleached river stones.
A spacious, air conditioned fitness center in a separate building near the spa is equipped with cardio and weight machines. Open 24 hours, the resort's library offers two computer stations providing complimentary Internet connections as well as a television, books, magazines, and table games. The library also includes a pool table and a room equipped with a television and beanbag chair for children to play video games. Coffee, tea, and cookies are available during the day. Complimentary afternoon tea is served daily. The resort also maintains a medical office staffed by a nurse during the day. Amenities include: Swimming pool; Poolside bar; Spa services on site; Airport transportation (complimentary); Concierge services; Complimentary breakfast; Complimentary newspapers in lobby; Fitness equipment; Bar/lounge; Restaurant(s); Room service; Fax machine; Internet access in public areas - surcharge; Cell phone/mobile rental; Photocopy machines; Multilingual staff; Safe deposit box - front desk; 24 hour front desk; Porter/bellhop; Security guard; Gift shops or newsstand; Shopping on site; Babysitting or child care; Currency exchange; Medical assistance available; Laundry service; Arcade/game room; Garden; Video library; Pool table; Air conditioned public areas; Suitable for children; Caters to couples.
Rates quoted are for rental of 2 bedroom Villa. Please call for other rates.