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Turks and Caicos, UK Territories

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There's no shortage of reasons to spend your vacation in Providenciales. If you only want one good reason to go, consider the world renowned Grace Bay beach - just a short distance from the Comfort Suites hotel. It's a premiere location for diving, with plenty to offer both novices and seasoned divers and boasts one of the top ten golf courses in the Caribbean.

Comfort Suites is a fantastic base for a Caribbean island vacation. It's only fifteen minutes from the airport and just across the road from that fantastic beach - in fact there's a boardwalk from the hotel to the beach, where the hotel has its own beach cabanas and loungers. Another major selling point is that it's only a one mile walk to the Provo Golf Club, whose 18- hole, par-72 championship course is rated in the top ten by 'Caribbean Travel and Life'. The course was designed by Karl Litten and combines lush greens and fairways with rugged limestone outcrops and freshwater lakes. A four tee position system offers a formidable challenge for golfers of all abilities. The ongoing interest and investment by course owners the Turks and Caicos Water Company - and especially the enthusiasm of Fred Herband and Barry Cooke - is one of the keys to the success of this great links. The dedication of course superintendent Don Salter and his 14-man crew enables the Provo course to maintain a reputation which has attracted the interest of the 'Golf Digest' which describes the 6,560 yard course as 'a first rate design, maintained to the highest standards'.

Whether you're an experienced diver or a newcomer to aquatic sport the Turks and Caicos Islands offers a wealth of experiences in unforgettable locales to challenge you and enrich your appreciation of the marine environment. There's amazing marine life just below the surface, accessible with the aid of nothing more complicated than a snorkel. Beyond the barrier reef there's the awesome sight of walls which plunge thousands of feet. The Marine Parks have protected status as befits such a rich and unique community of marine flora and fauna, yet the sites remain largely 'undiscovered' making for uncrowded diving. Experienced divers will revel in the buzz of being one of the few to have seen these spectacular seascapes and unusual marine species including some of the large underwater hunters. Novices keen to sample this exciting sport for the first time could not wish for a better introduction: underwater visibility is typically 200 feet or more and you'll soon be hooked on swimming through alien underwater gardens and forests alongside fish that haven't learned to fear humans.

Comfort Suites is a trusted brand for good reason. The resort has been carefully located with local amenities close at hand - for example the island's only casino is only a short walk away. The resort's excursion desk will help you arrange day trips and other vacation activities. Scooter, bicycle and automobile rental can be arranged on site. The hotel itself offers comfortable, well-appointed rooms with a host of features: a direct-dial phone with data port and fax capability is standard, just in case you can’t quite manage to cut yourself off from work entirely. Of course you also get a cable TV, air conditioning and an in-room safe. Some rooms have a balcony facing the ocean while others look out over beautiful gardens. A complimentary continental breakfast is available daily and free coffee is supplied for you to brew your own coffee at leisure in your room. Eight honeymoon suites are also available.

The hotel complex includes the Ports of Call shopping complex which features several restaurants and bars, a number of boutiques, souvenir and gift shops to suit all tastes and budgets as well as a liquor and convenience store. There's also a fully equipped fitness center and a European style beauty salon including a hairdressing salon.

When you're not exploring the island or the ocean you'll be able to relax in comfort at the hotel. Many guests won't feel any need to venture further than a daily stroll along the boardwalk to Grace Bay beach where they can make the most of their downtime without the need for effort or organisation by taking advantage of the hotel's reserved cabanas and chaise longues - even the towels are provided. The fifty foot swimming pool is perfect for a refreshing dip. The pool bar is on hand for a reviving drink after a day on or in the water, or if you just feel like unwinding. The hotel complex has a choice of three restaurants, but if that's not enough to whet your appetite local area restaurants will deliver straight to your room - their menus are posted in the rooms - or to the pool deck.

You think you know what relaxation is? You don’t – not until you’ve been to the Comfort Suites. The place redefines the meaning of the word.

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