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Ro­man­tic Lux­ury

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - In This Issue - Story and pho­tog­ra­phy by Re­becca McCormick, ad­di­tional pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy Seven Stars Re­sort.

Hon­ey­moons used to be the epit­ome of ro­man­tic va­ca­tions. Th­ese days, things are not so sim­ple. Busy work sched­ules, en­core mar­riages and multi­gen­er­a­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of­ten post­pone or at least re­con­fig­ure what con­sti­tutes ro­mance for many cou­ples.

With this in mind, Seven Stars Re­sort in Turks and Caicos of­fers a range of op­tions from ro­man­tic cou­ples' mas­sages at their award-win­ning spa to “Toes in the Sand” in­ti­mate din­ing on Grace Bay beach, to pri­vate baby-sit­ting so that par­ents can en­joy plenty of alone time, and much more.

Like pea­cock blue wa­ter lap­ping against white pow­der beaches and am­ple sun­shine, kissed with a sailor's breeze (con­trasted with the 27-de­gree blus­ter the day I flew out of Lit­tle Rock).

Spa­cious one-, two- and three-bed­room lux­ury suites, a pris­tine salt­wa­ter pool, exquisitel­y fresh seafood and a spit-shined re­sort yacht make for a place so peace­ful you'd think a Caribbean fairy god­mother snapped her fin­gers and made the whole thing ap­pear in a cloud of glit­tery magic dust.

In my mind, the beauty so in­tense it looks like com­puter-gen­er­ated graph­ics come to life. This sort of scenery goes a long way to­ward clear­ing my mind, re­lax­ing my body and bathing my senses.

Who wouldn't en­joy cock­tails and a re­lax­ing boat ride while me­an­der­ing the north shore of the is­land to gaze at Ce­cil Beaton's land­scape in the sky, with “is­lands of gold and sil­ver, penin­su­las of apri­cot and rose against a back­ground of many shades of turquoise and azure?”

Here, one of na­ture's most spec­tac­u­lar back­drops even in­cludes the “Green Flash,” a phe­nom­e­non that oc­curs the se­cond the sun sets into the hori­zon.

Ac­tion-ori­ented ro­man­tics at Seven Stars can en­joy com­pli­men­tary wa­ter sports like wind­surf­ing, kayak­ing,

sail­ing and pad­dle board­ing. On shore, bike rentals, yoga classes, life-size chess and bocci ball pro­vide a fun al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional sun­bathing.

Want to mix in a lit­tle group gath­er­ing with your alone time? Min­gle with other guests on the ex­pan­sive West Deck over­look­ing Grace Bay for cock­tails and hors d'oeu­vres fol­lowed by fam­ily style bar­be­cue.

Pre­fer a more in­ti­mate din­ner? Re­serve a spot un­der the stars at Seven, an al­fresco restau­rant known for mem­o­rable meals pre­pared by the re­sort's uniquely tal­ented chefs.

But to re­ally en­joy your pri­vacy, soak in the re­laxed at­mos­phere of Seven Star's com­fort­able and lux­u­ri­ous pen­t­house suite for a pri­vately catered din­ner, ex­pertly pre­pared and el­e­gantly served by a gra­cious and at­ten­tive — but not in­tru­sive — wait staff.

The name Turks is de­rived from the in­dige­nous Turk's Head “fez” cac­tus, and the name Caicos is a Lu­cayan term “caya hico,” mean­ing string of is­lands.

The Turks and Caicos Is­lands com­prise 40 dif­fer­ent is­lands, only eight of which are in­hab­ited. Di­verse as the peo­ple who in­habit them, the is­land's main tourist cen­ter of Providenci­ales con­trasts the quiet and tran­quil is­lands of North and Middle Caicos, as well as the his­toric Cap­i­tal Is­land of Grand Turk. Each lo­ca­tion, how­ever, of­fers a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence and a unique char­ac­ter, but all of­fer great cli­mate, beaches and un­der­wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

For cou­ples who want to tie the knot in a Caribbean-style heaven, Seven Stars of­fers their ul­tra-pri­vate ocean­front set­ting as the per­fect back­drop to cre­ate a mem­o­rable day. A full range of thought­ful wed­ding ser­vices in­cludes the wed­ding cake of your dreams, cus­tom cater­ing menus and de­signer days at the spa for mother and bride. Spe­cific re­quests, in­clud­ing pre­cise di­etary and cul­tural re­quire­ments are a Seven Stars spe­cialty.

When the fes­tiv­i­ties are over, you can re­treat to your ocean­front suite for a mag­i­cal evening alone. In the morn­ing, be­gin your new lives to­gether with a cou­ple's mas­sage in-suite, a ro­man­tic pic­nic on the beach or an af­ter­noon ex­plor­ing the co­ral reefs.

What­ever your time­line or oc­ca­sion for ro­mance, if it in­cludes stun­ning scenery, lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions, hos­pitable staff and exquisitel­y pre­pared food, Seven Stars is wait­ing pa­tient as the in­com­ing tide.

The mag­nif­i­cent swim­ming pool at Seven Stars Re­sort is the only heated salt­wa­ter pool on the is­land of Turks and Caicos.

From pool­side break­fast to ocean­side cock­tails and tapas at sun­set, Seven Stars Re­sort of­fers a va­ri­ety of is­land-in­spired gourmet din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Em­ploy­ees at Seven Stars are re­sort am­bas­sadors em­pow­ered to solve prob­lems and en­hance pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences for their guests.

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