TURKS & CAICOS
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Ocean Club East Plaza
Grace Bay Road, Providenciales
Out toward the eastern end of the Grace Bay resort strip in the Ocean Club (see Sleep), you’ll be wowed by the inside dining room’s 32-foot ceiling and huge banana-leaf mural. Start out with a rum or vodka cocktail (Gecko’s got the TCI’s largest vodka selection), then take a seat inside or out back for the truly wonderful Caribbean-meets-Italian fare. Chef Nicola Giordano hails from the Amalfi coast, and his menu blends Italian classics (insalata caprese, splendid seafood pastas) with updated Caribbean (his plantain-crusted grouper is a signature treat) and hybrids of the two (conch parmigiana, anyone?). For max romance, sit outside on the garden patio, surrounded by torches and huge ficuses swathed in white lights.
HEMINGWAY’S ON THE BEACH
The Sands at Grace Bay
Grace Bay, Providenciales
The decor’s certainly nice (rattan, cast iron, white columns and umbrellas). The menu’s plenty tasty (heavy on comfort food like crab cakes, burgers, pasta and steak). But the big star at Terry Drummey’s place is the outdoor-terrace setting, with its sweeping views over the bay. Come for a sunset cocktail, then settle in for some first-rate fresh fish, like "The Old Man and the Sea"—the catch of the day—and live island music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, live jazz on Fridays. The dessert menu’s not huge, but that hardly matters, since you’ll want to tuck into the fried ice cream—vanilla with a crunchy cinnamon-and-sugar coating.
MAGNOLIA WINE BAR & RESTAURANT
Turtle Cove, Providenciales
Magnolia’s elevated perch, on a bougainvillea-and-palm-fringed candlelit wood deck, gives it a rare view (on this relatively flat island) not just over the yachts of Turtle Cove but also out to the twinkling Grace Bay lights. It’s inside a small, family-run hotel a hop and a skip down the road from the Grace Bay resorts, and it serves dinner only. The alternately Mediterranean and Caribbean menu with Asian influences is as fab as the view: tempura shrimp, prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast, pepper-and-sesame-crusted tuna in soy ginger sauce, escargots in garlic butter. By the way, owners Gianni and Tracey Caporuscio came to the island on their honeymoon—and then came right back.
The Regent Palms
Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales
Provo’s latest hotel-dining hot spot (in the Regent Palms; see Sleep) has a colonial feel with a 21st-century twist: crisp white walls, arched windows, blue wooden armchairs, an airy pillar-lined terrace. German-born Torsten Rumprecht’s East-meets-West cooking (lemongrass gazpacho with conch salsa; miso-orange-glazed chicken) has been dubbed tropical fusion. A couple of nice pluses: You get to see a lot of the team making it all happen in the wood-burning ovens and tandoors of the open kitchen; and the wine cellar’s one of the best on-island. Before or after dinner (there’s no lunch here), sample a Green Flamingo (light rum, coconut rum, mint, lichee juice and a splash of blue curacao and ginger ale) in the sexy eponymous lounge bar.