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Grace Bay Resorts Sets New Fully-Inclusive Standard in Turks and Caicos with Opening of The Veranda Resort on Providenciales

Five Star Fully-Inclusive Resort Features Inspired Caribbean Décor, Two Oceanfront Restaurants and the Only Private Beachfront Cottages in Turks and Caicos

(Providenciales, Turks and Caicos) – Grace Bay Resorts, the company behind the celebrated Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos, has once again raised the bar among distinctive resorts in the region with the opening of The Veranda Resort in Providenciales on February 1, 2010. The five star fully-inclusive 123- room residence-style resort features oversized home-like accommodation in addition to eight private oceanfront cottages, two beachfront dining experiences, unprecedented services and amenities, three separate private pools with one reserved for adults only and breathtaking views of Grace Bay beach at every turn.

“There is a growing demand for value-added product in the luxury marketplace today and we feel The Veranda’s five star fully-inclusive program fills a much needed niche within the luxury sector of Turks and Caicos,” says Nikheel Advani, Chief Operating Officer of Grace Bay Resorts. “We have gathered some of the finest hospitality talent to ensure this property is operated at a five star level. Once a guest steps foot on this property they will recognize the familiar fingerprint of our impeccable service and personalized standards that have come to define the Grace Bay Resorts experience.”

The Veranda is being managed by Grace Bay Resorts, the 15-year old luxury hospitality brand. All 123- units including the eight beachfront cottages are available for private purchase with Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty. Prices range from USD$335,000 to USD$2,950,000.

“Representing an investment of over $80 million, The Veranda Resort is one of very few new resorts to open in the Caribbean this year,” says Mark Durliat, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts. “The successful completion of this project is further proof that the Turks & Caicos, despite the global economic turndown, remains an attractive destination for foreign investment in the leisure sector.”

FULLY-INCLUSIVE DEFINED

The Veranda Resort’s fully-inclusive concept is redefining the five star travel experience for the new value-conscious traveler seeking a boutique luxury resort experience with all expenses determined upfront. Rates at The Veranda are structured on a per night/per person basis and include all meals, premium beverages, on-site children’s programs and non-motorized water sports. A la carte dining is available at all on-site restaurants in addition to the Bar at Marin and Sky Lounge serving a selection of premium alcohol from Grey Goose vodka to the elite Kim Crawford Pinot Noir from New Zealand. In addition to the aforementioned amenities, guests of The Veranda enjoy added services including concierge and in certain suite categories personal butler service, in-room chef, dining service, pre-arrival provisioning of groceries, shopping and delivery throughout stay, childcare services and daily housekeeping including dry-cleaning and laundry. Added touches for all room categories such as in-room Espresso machines stocked with premium Illy coffee, Sony Playstation 3 Videogame consoles, Egyptian cotton linens, IPod Docking Stations and a selection of Elemis Spa Amenities further reinforce the resort’s five-star status. Guests are encouraged to experience complimentary on-site daily activities including yoga classes, movie nights and sailing, kayaking and beach volleyball.

THE OVERSIZED ROOMS

Perched on 11 acres, The Veranda Resort occupies approximately 800 feet of beachfront along the famed 12-mile-long sugar-white sand of Grace Bay. Inspired by British Caribbean architecture, the vibrant community-style resort is divided into three types of accommodation: the four-storey Veranda House, a collection of 2-storey Veranda Townhouses located along the Veranda’s picturesque walkways, gardens and pools and eight freestanding Beachfront Cottages with private plunge pools and direct beach access. All buildings feature Caribbean chic architectural styles and furnishings inspired by the legendary coastal destinations of Nantucket and Key West. Each residence features flat screen televisions, a BOSE Sound Dock entertainment system, wireless internet and a custom fully-stocked inroom kitchen and bar facilities with stainless steel appliances and full washer/dryer. Each bathroom environment is decadent with marble floors, stone vanities, deep soaking tubs, and glass enclosed rain showers.

The Veranda House is located at the heart of the resort and is comprised of studios (up to 594sqft), one bedroom (up to 956 sqft) and two bedroom (up to 2198sqft) layouts. Perched on the top floor of the Veranda House is a collection of unique two-story loft style two-bedroom residences with entry foyer, master and guest bedrooms, 17 foot ceilings and private balconies that offer stunning views of Grace Bay.

Located along The Veranda’s picturesque walkways, gardens and pools are the multi storey one-, twoand three- bedroom Veranda Townhouses ranging in size from 687 sqft to 2,996 sqft. All residences feature spacious outdoor verandas and viewing decks.

The eight freestanding three- and four-bedroom Beachfront Cottages at The Veranda are surrounded by lush landscaping for privacy and boast direct access to Grace Bay beach. All cottages come equipped with the amenities and services you would expect from a five star resort including: private plunge pools, concierge and butler services, private chef, dining service, pre-arrival provisioning of groceries, shopping and delivery throughout the stay, childcare services, daily housekeeping services, laundry services and much more.

DINING

Marin
At the heart of the property is Marin, the resort’s signature beachfront restaurant and bar perched alongside the Linear Pool and white sand beaches of Grace Bay. Marin provides dramatic ocean views and gourmet cuisine infused with local and Caribbean influences for an unexpected dining experience. Fresh seafood is the primary focus with an extensive wine list of over 120 selections stored within a contemporary glass wine wall. Long sommelier tables decorate the interior space for larger parties, while intimate clusters of beachfront dining provide more private retreats along the shore and pool. Blue glass tiles decorate the adjoining Bar at Marininspired by Keith Hobb’s neighboring Infiniti Bar at Grace Bay Club, complete with outdoor fireplace and four egg-shaped swinging chairs. The bar will provide an additional 40 seats and serve a collection of Caribbean inspired tapas. Bar service will begin at 11am. Marin boasts 200 seats and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Grill Bleu
The perfect setting for a light meal, this alfresco venue overlooks Grace Bay Beach. Boasting the only Tandoori Oven in Turks and Caicos, the menu offers a continental blend of grilled favorites and tropical libations. Contemporary in design, the space seats 100 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Natural sand colors with bright blue accents keep the focus on the surrounding environment while colorful flavors are prepared in a striking open-air kitchen.

Courtyard Café 
Experience homemade favorites including a range of gelato and specialty coffees in an intimate Courtyard setting surrounded by colorful Caribbean fountains and lush tropical gardens. Fresh pastries and sandwiches are made daily in addition to frozen drinks and smoothies. Open for breakfast, lunch and light dinner fare.

RELAXATION

Sabai Spa & Wellness Center 
Sitting across a tropical water garden, the new two-story Sabai Spa beckons guests with pampering and wellness programs and an extensive fitness center offering yoga, state-of-the-art equipment, Lit Nova surface tennis court and personal training/nutrition counseling. The Asian-inspired style design incorporates natural elements such as wood and stone, providing a fresh and soothing setting for guests to indulge in the ultimate pampering and beauty services. The eight treatment rooms feature a mix of single and couples rooms as well as separate, secluded private suites. A full menu of Elemis spa services such as massages, facials, body treatments and four manicure/pedicure stations are available to guests in addition to full his/hers facilities with steam rooms, outdoor showers and relaxation areas. For more information, visit www.verandatci.com or call 877-945-5757.

About The Veranda Resort & Residences
The Veranda is developed and owned by Faez Ltd., a Turks & Caicos company controlled by UK entrepreneur Andre Serruys. The property development team consists of Ronald D. Sutherland, president of The Hemisphere Group and Jeffery A. Lee, architect and senior partner of Lee & Astwood Architects. Both have extensive experience with some of the finest resort and residential properties in the Caribbean basin.

About Grace Bay Resorts
Grace Bay Resorts is a boutique developer and operator of high-end, luxury resorts and branded residences, founded from its flagship property Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos which opened in 1993. Led by Mark Durliat and Nikheel Advani, the developers and hoteliers behind this renowned resort, and Michael Brewster, Managing Partner of Denver-based SV Capital Partners, Grace Bay Resorts provides development, branding and management for its brand and is expanding its award-winning services into other Caribbean destinations and Latin America, with a target of 10 properties in the next few years.

About Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty
Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty is the leading luxury real estate brokerage firm in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Joe Zahm, President of Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty, and Mark Durliat CEO of Grace Bay Resorts, joined forces in 2003 prior to the launching of the highly successful residential program at Grace Bay Club. This relationship has been a fruitful one, with well over 100M in real estate sales sold at The Villas and the Estate at Grace Bay Club. Mr. Zahm and Nina Siegenthaler, VP of TSCIR, have worked hand in hand with Mr. Durliat’s operating group (led by COO Nikheel Advani) to create a dynamic sales program that has forged a market leadership position in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

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