White sand beaches…bright turquoise waters…a pristine private paradise, AND you can get there with a direct flight from Boston?! You know a Caribbean island like that would have this traveling gal saying an easy goodbye to early spring in New England and a huge hello to our new happy place in Turks & Caicos! While you may have followed along on our #MandalayTC Insta Adventures, here’s the bACK story and details of how the blACKbook gals did a wellness vaca in T & C.

(All Mandalay Photos by the amazing photographer Jess Jenkins!)



STAY HERE ~ MANDALAY VILLA 

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To say that Mandalay is a Turks & Caicos oasis would be the understatement of the year. This incredible beach front property is an architectural gem on Long Bay Beach. The villa’s luxurious layout provides privacy for each suite, yet connects everyone together with decks, dining rooms, pools, fireplaces, lounges, hot tubs, a magical discovery around every bend. The beach out front invites lying out under the perfect blue sky, dipping into the aqua water, walking on white sand beneath the morning’s striking sunrises.
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The lush and lavish lounge lifestyle had us feeling immediately relaxed as there were plenty of spaces to sit and savor that island breeze and that Caribbean sunshine.
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My favorite had to be the lower level, which we made a phone-free area so we could truly sit and sink into island time. Mandalay has five suites in the main house and two guest apartments so it can comfortably sleep up to 14 guests. With plenty of space in between all the areas, each suite, enwrapped in privacy, truly provides its own separate oasis with stunning views from every bedroom.
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We savored leisure mornings while taking laps in the infinity pool, created afternoon yoga sessions on the second floor deck and tried our best to freeze time while swimming in the endless turquoise ocean…
we’d rarely see other people on the beach, and most of our viewing visitors came from those horsebackridingon the beach or the awesome kitebaorders that you’d watch in the distance.
We’d rarely see any other people, and those we saw were riding horseback on the beach or kiteboarding in the distance. Awesome.
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Mandalay is just about as all-inclusive as you can imagine in a luxury villa with a full staff and an incredible chef that comes with your stay. Chef Josh truly has a handle of the freshest and most delicious ingredients to be found on this magic little island!
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Evenings would come with cotton candy colored skies, when we’d revel in the sounds of the ocean from one of the many decks and really drink in the feeling of being on our own little island.

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And we can’t not mention our favorite ways to relax… so here is each of our girl’s favorite instagram from the #MandalayTC experience.

The views from each and every room of Mandalay were spectacular and diverse. You were able to get a different perspective by simply taking a few steps. @livNantucket
“The views from each and every room of Mandalay were spectacular and diverse. You were able to get a different perspective by simply taking a few steps.”  @livNantucket
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“I loved this shot of the fire pit, because at the end of breathtakingly beautiful days together, it was the perfect place to relax and share stories from the day, as well as learn about each other’s goals and dreams!” @nantucketmermaids
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“Chef Josh and the rest of the staff at Mandalay took such incredible care of us during our stay. This home is such a special treat, impeccable and high-end, yet we felt so comfortable and at home during our stay.” @ewilson41
This moment away made me become so much closer to the work. Thank you for this gift Mandalay. @jasminetakanikos
“This moment away made me become so much closer to the work. Thank you for this gift, Mandalay.” @jasminetakanikos
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“My favorite detail about Mandalay is that it naturally offered spaces to commune and, equally, quiet places for solitude and reflection.” @jessiejenk
"A retreat within a retreat! My special haven upstairs at the gatehouse gave me my own private apartment with balconies off every room. On my magical walk between the gatehouse and main house, I meandered through fragrant gardens under swaying palms. Peaceful evenings and perfect mornings at Mandalay...I dream of returning every day!" @jessirinehart
“A retreat within a retreat! My special haven upstairs at the gatehouse gave me my own private apartment with balconies off every room. On my magical walk between the gatehouse and main house, I meandered through fragrant gardens under swaying palms. Peaceful evenings and perfect mornings at Mandalay…I dream of returning every day!” @jessirinehart


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PANOPLY SPORTS FISHING & LUXURY CHARTER

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You must, repeat must, see Turks & Caicos from the water. The beautiful ocean is so crystal blue that it almost seems unreal. The landscape truly makes you feel a world away, as you head out from the docks to explore along mellow seas with the crew at PANOPLY! We took a beautiful sunset cruise with this incredible luxury charter and spent the early evening sipping their famous rum punches and snacking on charcuterie as we watched a stellar sun set into the ocean while cruising to the Turks & Caicos sounds. The PANOPLY crew were both lively and knowledgeable and gave us tons of great tips on the island. They even brought out an old map to show us the differences and distances between the Turks and the Caicos, Grand Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales – or PROVO as the locals call it!
It was definitely a highlight of our trip and a perfect way to see the sunset in a super remote spot along the shore. Take note! For those looking to get their fish on, PANOPLY also offers both deep sea fishing AND bottom sea fishing along with their custom luxury day and sunset cruises!
It was definitely a highlight of our trip and a perfect way to see the sunset in a super remote spot along the shore. Take note! For those looking to get their fish on, PANOPLY also offers both deep sea fishing AND bottom sea fishing along with their custom luxury day and sunset cruises!

BOOK WITH PANOPLY!



RETREAT YOGA

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Ready to get your OM on while living that relaxing #PROVO life? Then we say definitely check out the beautiful RETREAT Yoga and Wellness Studio which offers hot yoga, restorative, vinyasa and yin classes and is located in one of the prettiest and super convenient locations downtown.
 I loved looking out at the palm trees during our sixty minute Vinyasa class. BONUS: After you get your practice in, head next door to their beautifully curated little cafe and market Retreat Kitchen, where you can savor a fresh juice and a bite to eat!
I loved looking out at the palm trees during our sixty minute Vinyasa class. BONUS: After you get your practice in, head next door to their beautifully curated little cafe and market Retreat Kitchen, where you can savor a fresh juice and a bite to eat!

YOGA AT RETREAT!



NAUTIQUE SPORTS

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Love to be active while you’re on vacation? So do we! So when we heard there was a boat trip that would take us on the adventure of a lifetime…we signed right up! Welcome Nautique Sports, a super cool water sports and boating company in the Turks that takes you around in their super sleek master craft water boats (with the best sound system I’ve ever heard!), and you can get your active fix with waterskiing, wake boarding, tubing and more!
Let them take you to some of their secret lagoon spots and snorkeling locations and have them show you some of these deserted islands, slices of sand heaven that will make you contemplate moving to Turks & Caicos forever!
Let them take you to some of their secret lagoon spots and snorkeling locations and have them show you some of these deserted islands, slices of sand heaven that will make you contemplate moving to Turks & Caicos forever!

BOOK WITH NAUTIQUE!



THURSDAY NIGHT FISH FRY

If you’re looking for a taste of the local flavor, be sure you’re staying for the full week in T & C and head down to PROVO for the Thursday Night Fish Fry! This super fun evening is filled with locals showcasing their libations (try the rum cocktails in the actual coconut), and be sure to bring your appetite and street food A-game as you savor some local bbq and fresh fish from the food stands and trucks. There’s live music, tons of fun and experiential retail, a totally a “fun for the whole family” vibe. The only regret that we had was that we weren’t staying long enough to go back the following week!


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COCO BISTRO

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Everyone told us to dine at Coco Bistro…and everyone was right. This beautiful palm tree heaven is nestled into Grace Bay, and while you don’t have a water view, you feel like you’re in your own private palm paradise. We got a 9:30 p.m. reservation on a Friday night and the place was hopping. Great cocktail lounge to wait in for your table, and the hardest part about the evening was just deciding what to get. Loved the fresh salads, flatbreads, fresh fish and the out-of-this-world shrimp curry. Be sure to make your reservations in advance…this place is consistently booked up and definitely worth experiencing.

COCO BISTRO!



LE BOUCHON

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A little French bistro tucked into downtown Provo, Le Bouchon serves up a little slice of French Cuisine Heaven. Be ready to mange, as the menu changes nightly with a big chalkboard of incredible specials. Be sure to savor some of their oysters, tuna carpaccio, their delish cheese and charcuterie platter as well as the burrata. Also…for those carnivores out there, the steak au poivre is cooked to juicy perfection and comes with mouth-watering scalloped potatoes. You’ll be begging the kind owners Julian and Michelle for the recipe. Take note! Their inside bar has the look and feel of a storied past and is a great place to savor a glass of wine. (Oh, and speaking of wine, their deli next door is the perfect grab-and-go for all your at-home provisioning needs!)


SEVEN STARS

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We came here after a long day on the water for some frozen cocktails and conch bites and sat outside on their deck to enjoy some late afternoon sunshine. It was heaven. This deck bar and lounge, located inside the beautiful Seven Stars Resort, has a chill ambiance with an extra special view of that beautiful Turks and Caicos water. Perfect app + cocktail spot.

SEVEN STARS!



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DA CONCH SHACK

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We called this Da Fun Shack all week because our lunch and libations here were one of the serious highlights of the trip! This infamous beach bar is run by a great group of locals and located right on the glorious beach of the north shore of Provo. You’ll start with a pitcher of rum punch while you soak in the sounds of the water lapping right near your picnic table, and from there it’s just a beautiful day of chomping on conch fritters, conch salad, cracked conch, pretty much anything with conch in it, and washing it all down with great cocktails.
As you can see from the photo below…we had so much fun with the owners we were the last ones left from a four hour “lunch” — a must stop.
As you can see from the photo above…we had so much fun with the owners we were the last ones left from a four hour “lunch” — a must stop.

DA CONCH SHACK!



INFINITI BAR

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In search of a stellar sunset to match your mojito? Look no further than the INIFINITI bar at the Grace Bay Club. This stunning beach front bar and lounge feels like a bit of Tulum meets the Turks.
Get there early and grab one of the couches as you sip and settle into island time watching the sun go down. This place is an insta dream!
Get there early and grab one of the couches as you sip and settle into island time watching the sun go down. This place is an insta dream!

GRACE BAY CLUB!



SOMEWHERE

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Okay, so full disclosure… the one time we went to Somewhere, they had JUST closed for a private party, so we were only able to tour around… but my dear friend Nanine, who was like my blACKbook of the that PROVO life, swore that this is THE spot for second floor deck margaritas and Tex-Mex and the best sunset on island. And any place where I can see the ocean and nosh on fajitas and pair it with  a good tequila is obviously going to be in my blACKbook… Somewhere is just giving us another reason to come back!

SOMEWHERE CAFE!



GET THERE: JETBLUE

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Easy In… Easy Out. That is a serious highlight of traveling to the Turks & Caicos from the Northeast. For those looking to book your trip down to this Caribbean paradise, no need to worry about layovers… In season, JetBlue does a great direct flight from both Logan and JFK right into the beautiful Providenciales Airport ! We left Boston at 7AM and were literally poolside at Mandalay by 1PM. Now THAT is my type of travel day!

BOOK JETBLUE!



FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MANDALAY VILLA!

Want to stay & play in the Turks & Caicos like blACKbook does? Get the full details on Mandalay (the beautiful villa where we vacationed located on Long Bay Beach) by clicking any photo. Mandalay Villa rents weekly throughout the season and full details of this extraordinary property designed by Ron Shaw of RA Shaw Designs can be found here.
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