Meridian ClubPine Cay Turks & Caicos Islands,
Barefoot informality and sensitivity to the natural environment combine to provide a romantic tropical honeymoon for this small, convivial, and unspoiled retreat.
Pine Cay is a secluded 800-acre island, conveniently located just 560 miles southeast of Miami. The only resort on the island, The Meridian Club is beautifully positioned on a two-mile stretch of talcum-powder beach, considered one of the finest in the Caribbean. Soothing trade winds ensure comfortable temperatures and low humidity year round. The Club is an environmentally sensitive resort, ideal for those seeking an unspoiled retreat. Its 12 rooms and the Sand Dollar Cottage, are set among sand dunes, sea oats and sea grapes, and close to the beach. Some of the privately owned cottages that share the island are also available for rent. The resort is well known for its excellent cuisine, attentive staff, and “barefoot elegance.” Its rooms and cottages, tucked along the shoreline and dunes, all offer panoramic views of the ocean and the island. The two-story Clubhouse — with its indoor restaurant, bar, and guest lounge — overlooks a shimmering pool and the Caribbean Sea. There are outdoor dining areas on the terrace and in a colorful tropical garden, facing the beach with its thatched “shade huts” and sunning chairs. Guests spend their days relaxing and/or taking advantage of the resort’s many extraordinary activities. Options include swimming, biking, sailing, shelling, snorkeling, playing tennis, and swimming in the fresh-water pool. The staff can arrange exceptional bone-fishing and deep-sea fishing, plus excursions to nearby Turk & Caicos Islands. The Island:
Since there are no automobiles, televisions, radios and ringing telephones at The Meridian Club, you are left to enjoy the island’s natural beauty and tranquility. The surrounding waters (which average a pleasant 75 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit) teem with marine life. For divers and snorkelers, underwater visibility often exceeds 100 feet, and there are miles of coral gardens within easy reach. Ashore, Pine Cay remains a pristine natural haven, dotted with palmettos, pines and seven freshwater ponds, the perfect habitat for abundant local fauna and flora. Some say that Columbus refilled his water barrels from Pine Cay’s freshwater ponds during his quest for the New World. In the centuries that followed, countless mariners and marauders no doubt did the same. Yet despite Pine Cay’s location on an ancient, much-navigated trade route, its only permanent settlement seems to have been an Arawak Indian village dated at around 800 A.D. Then, in the late 1960s, a scholar-turned-dreamer set out to create an island escape, which eventually became The Meridian Club, Ltd. Today, the Club and a small group of private homeowners are dedicated to preserving the island in its peaceful, natural state. Dining:
Days begin for early risers with coffee and freshly baked pastries set out at sunrise on the open-air dining terrace. English breakfasts soon follow with freshly squeezed juices and such Club favorites as omelets, banana pancakes, and coconut waffles. If you prefer, breakfast can be brought to your room. Lunch — a light buffet of fresh salads and Pine Cay specialties — is followed by traditional English tea in the mid-afternoon. The highlight of the day is dinner by candlelight, served in the open-air, poolside dining room. The ever-changing menu always features fresh catches from the sea and a broad selection of meat and fowl dishes. Desserts range from Pine Cay lime pie to chocolate terrine with raspberry sauce. After dinner, drinks and coffee and tea are served upstairs in the lounge, the perfect place for watching the stars and recounting the memories of the day.
A walkway leads through manicured gardens — bright with flowering hibiscus, tropical plants, and a Mahoe tree with gorgeous yellow blooms — to 12 guest rooms in duplexes and fourplexes not far from the Clubhouse. Further along the path, the Sand Dollar Cottage has its own private setting amid the island.
Club Guest Rooms:
Our spacious rooms sit directly on the beach. Each has a large bath and dressing area with indoor and outdoor showers, a separate sitting and sleeping alcove, and private screened porch.
Sand Dollar Cottage:
This charming and secluded one-room beachside cottage, designed in a delightful hexagonal shape with a spacious screened-in porch, is the ultimate romantic retreat, partially shaded by graceful Casuarina pines.
Some of the island’s privately owned cottages are also available for weekly rentals, with or without a meal plan. Some overlook the beach, while others have breathtaking island views. These cottages are ideal for couples, families, and those seeking privacy, self-sufficiency, and the private villa experience.