These last few months have been a whirlwind. I can’t believe we are nearing the Fall season, and our wedding and honeymoon was already over a month ago!
Now that I have some time to catch my breath, I wanted to share more details our time in the Turks and Caicos. From traveling during the COVID era to our stay at the Seven Stars Resort and everything in between.
Air Travel During COVID
Not gonna lie, traveling during this time is no small feat. Turks & Caicos was one of the few islands that opened up towards the end of July, and we knew we were determined to make our honeymoon happen.
However, there was a few hoops we had to jump through before even getting on the plane!
The main hurdle we faced was you had to send documentation of a negative COVID test between 5 days of your departure. If you have been staying up-to-date on the turnaround time for COVID tests, you will know that it could take 7+ days to receive test results.
PLUS you not only had to get tested within 5 days, you had to submit to Turks & Caicos security portal 3 days prior so they had time to review. With that said, you really only had 48 hours to get a test and get the test results.
As you can see, we were pretty stressed and worried it would not happen. Luckily, we were able to find a test that allowed a quick turn time.
On the day of our flight, we had to give our negative test results again before boarding, and we had our temperature checked. The plane wasn’t too full, and everyone was wearing masks the whole time. The staff also didn’t serve drinks/snacks, but instead gave us a bag of goodies when we boarded. We took an American Airlines flight out of Charlotte which was great because it was a direct flight straight to Turks & Caicos (~3 hour flight). We liked this option because it allowed us to avoid additional airports and less contact with people if we had a layover.
When we arrived at the Turks & Caicos airport (Providenciales International Airport), it was pretty quick to move through customs. They had spots marked on ground to easily guide with social distancing, and we also had our temperatures checked while waiting in line.
They had a taxi stand easily accessible outside of the airport that took us to our hotel which was about 10 mins away. We did have to share the van with another couple, but we were spread out and also wearing masks.
Overall, it was a little nerve-wracking, but I appreciated that everyone had to get tested before boarding and enforcement of masks and temperature checks. We both had a great time and knew that it was worth the headache at the beginning.
Arrival at Seven Stars Resort
Upon arrival at the resort, we were greeted by very friendly staff who took our bags to sanitize them. Yes, you read that right, they sanitized our bags. Crazy world we live in now, right?? Being the germaphobe that I am, I appreciated the extra step of cleanliness 🙂
They brought us drinks and showed us around the resort as our room was being prepared. The resort was very spacious and had several room towers that spanned over the property. We were happy that we decided to upgrade to an ocean front room because it really made a HUGE difference. With that said, we spent a lot of time on our balcony eating breakfast and listening to waves crash in. Our room also had blackout curtains which might have been the best sleep I had gotten in a while!
They had a universal pool (pictured above), but also had an adult pool on the other side of the resort which I personally loved. It was much quieter by the adult pool and also less crowded. However, I will add that overall the resort was not very crowded due to the tight restrictions to get on the island.
They had hand sanitizers all over the resort walkways, and any time you left the resort and returned (i.e to go to dinner, jet skis, etc.) they would take your temperature. The staff would constantly ask if we were comfortable, and would take any additional sanitization protocols if we wanted needed them!
The resort had a few restaurants around the property. The “Seven” restaurant (pictured below) was the main one which was upscale and great for our celebratory dinner. The staff was so sweet and gave us a beautiful dessert to celebrate our honeymoon! They also had restaurants by the pool and other bar areas that were great for mid-day snacks. Also, if you are big fans of room service, they had great accommodations.
Another great plus for the Seven Stars Resort is that they had AMAZING water activities! They had options from catamarans to kayaks, and they made sure to wipe everything down before the next guest. The staff was always willing to lend a helping hand and give their recommendations on activities at the resort or around the island. We felt very safe during our stay at the resort, and would highly recommend for both couples and families.
turks & caicos island activities
Unfortunately, some of the restaurants and other fun activities were still closed due to COVID, but we were able to do jet skis at a place called Caribbean Cruisin’! They picked us up from the hotel which made it very easy and safe to leave the resort!
We had about a 1.5 hour tour to an abandon ship and some other private islands. Our tour guide was a local, and had so much knowledge about the ship and the surrounding islands which made it an experience to remember forever! If you are able to go one day, I would recommend our tour guide whose name was “eel” if he is available that day! On the jet skis, we were able to see stingrays and see more of what Turks & Caicos has to offer!
I know people say this a lot, but the sun really is different in the Caribbean than in the U.S. so make sure to load up on sunscreen and reapply frequently especially if you are spending time in the water.
In conclusion, I was so happy that we were able to have our honeymoon very close to how we dreamed it to be (minus the hurricane that came at the end!) The staff was so happy to start having people on the island again, and in return we could feel their warmth and generosity! If you have any questions about our stay, make sure to drop them below, and I’ll be sure to answer them!