It’s around midnight at the recently opened Nikki Beach Resort in Turks & Caicos. A poolside party thrives under tiki torches and a starless sky, and it doesn’t look like the fiesta is going to end any time soon. The disc jockey (set inside the island bar) turns the house music up louder as that typical Nikki Beach crowd socializes around the bar. (Think of a late 20- to 30-something BlackBerry set revisiting college spring break — minus the kegs and blackouts, of course.) The wrap-around bar itself serves as a platform for two young female go-go dancers strutting their stuff in boots and bikinis. Meanwhile, a tall blonde model theatrically rouses the guests along the lawn with improvisational dance moves, and a flamethrower takes center stage on the lawn. It’s nothing but a typical Friday night at Nikki Beach Resort.
The hotel occupies a prime beachfront.
Opened in March, Nikki Beach Resort Turks & Caicos Islands offers its guests the comfort of 48 stylish suites (one-, two-, and three-bedroom and two penthouses) in a complex that encompasses 432 acres on a very remote part of the west coast, so you can’t feel any more exclusive. The chain plans to expand with brand-new condominiums by March 2010. And the nearby eco-friendly mega-yacht marina will open on Nov. 15, with 110 slips to accommodate vessels that are up to 200 feet in length.
The amenities at Nikki Beach are everything you would expect to find at a luxury resort. There’s a limousine pick-up from the airport with a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot for the short ride to the property and private VIP poolside cabanas with an on-site rain shower. "Personal Assistants," as opposed to front desk or concierge clerks, wait on guests’ arrivals, and there’s also 24-hour room service and twice-daily turn-down service. The Infinity pool is lined with sun beds. Good luck finding a spot at the swim-up bar, which includes a live DJ during weekend afternoons and special events. The beach isn’t large, but for the size of the resort, it’s rather ideal, dotted with opium beds and sun beds. While a gazebo clearly extends into the ocean, the hammocks behind the line of palms aren’t the easiest to spot unless you look hard enough (leave it to Nikki Beach to cleverly secure a hiding spot).
All 48 oceanview suites are equipped with full kitchens with modern appliances; a dining area; flat-screen, high-definition televisions; a living area with sofa; complimentary wireless Internet; and large terraces. Bathrooms include Bvlgari bath amenities and a large tub with Vichy shower. Comfort and luxury is a strong highlight and overall theme in the minimal, modern designed suites. Even the minibar is stocked with high-end brands like Patron tequila.
Cafe Nikki, the resort’s signature restaurant, serves international island cuisine by the pool. For a more intimate setting, the Pearl Ultra Lounge is available for private dinners and events.
The 24-hour fitness center includes mostly cardiovascular machines and will be enhanced with the opening of the 16,000-square-foot spa in March 2010.
Nikki Beach Resort Turks & Caicos Islands is the first of several other branded properties to come. Nikki Beach — the global club group known for its celebrity-studded events and lavish parties — plans to unveil four more properties in the next two years, all strategically placed in similarly tropical destinations.