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“Nine Nights in Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salt Cay
Rhode Island
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“Nine Nights in Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Just got back from nine nights at Pirates Hideaway in Salt Cay. This is the place to go if you are looking for beautiful beaches all to yourself, charming accommodations, good food and an unbelievably relaxing time. If you want waiters to bring you drinks at the beach or pool, luxury accommodations, shopping and more than two or three restaurants, stay in Provo.

We loved it here. We did breakfast and lunch at Pirates (provisioning with Candy's help) and went out to dinner at the Coral Reef Bar & Grill and at the Island Thyme Bistro. We wanted to try Pat's Place, but she was on Grand Turk for a meeting and wasn't open.

At Pirates, we stayed in Blackbeard's Quarters, which is a separate cottage next to the main building. There were five women. Mother and daughter stayed in the bunk bed room, sisters and cousin each had their own room. All rooms had fans and we were quite comfortable - not bothered by bugs or the heat. Two full baths. All rooms with charming decorations. Kitchen with small stove and oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishes and cooking utensils, coffee maker and tea pot. The entire cottage was much more spacious than expected.

Candy was a wealth of information. Although she traveled back to England while we were there, she left us in good hands and we were well taken care of.

We rented a golf cart and some bikes. I would recommend that since it is a good walk to the restaurants and even further to the most beautiful of the beaches - North Beach. But with the golf cart - it was a quick fun ride to everywhere on the island.

Having the pool was nice. For the early birds in our group, they could lounge by the pool while the late birds were still getting up and having breakfast. This way no one was antsy to get to the beach since they could sun and swim in the pool until the group was ready to go. Worked out well for our group.

We would all go back in a heart beat. This is what Fordor's Travel said: "The north coast of Salt Cay has superb beaches, with tiny, pretty shells and weathered sea glass, but North Beach is the reason to visit Salt Cay; it might be the finest beach in Turks and Caicos, if not the world. Part of the beauty lies not just in the soft, powdery sand and bright blue water but in its isolation; it's very likely that you will have this lovely beach all to yourself." It was true for us. Most days there was just us on the beach - and this beach stretches along the entire north coast of the island.

In Salt Cay you aren't a tourist - you're one of the community while you're there. Go before too many people find this place.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 stars
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Port au Prince
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Pirate's Hideaway on Salt Cay. If you want the complete feel of a small, tropical island where mass tourism is absent, this is the place to go. The house was perfect. It does not have TV or internet, but a perfect kitchen, hot showers, good furniture and working fans that keep mosquitoes at bay. Candy's hospitality and service was great, stocking the kitchen with basics and checking up on us every day. Salt Cay is small and there is not much to do other than water sports (great SCUBA, whale watching, snorkeling, etc), some superb beaches, and general relaxing. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Over Christmas we had an enchanting holiday in Salt Cay at Pirate's Hideaway. We rented Blackbeard's Quarters, and though not luxurious, they were perfect for our group of 4 adults and 3 children. We had our own kitchen which was key, and a wonderful rec room that we thoroughly enjoyed. The best part was that we relaxed and everyone had a great time from the 5 year old to the 70 year old.

We loved exploring the different beaches and walked everywhere, though our children would have prefered to use the golf cart. We wanted them to really see the island and see all of the wonders that you miss even at 5 miles an hour. Candy is a gem and even helped set up our flights on Caicos Express. They are a very small outfit, but we had the most amazing plane rides to and from Salt Cay.

Salt Cay is rustic, quiet and a true gem. It is not posh, or pretentious. It is what life should be. Slow down for a while, enjoy great snorkling, great beaches, and wonderful wildlife. Donkeys, cows and roosters run wild, as do the gekkos. As for Pirate's Hideaway, it is a home away from home. Candy has a wonderful garden with a fabulous pool and veranda for lounging. We definitely recommend this place with two thumbs up.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Candy met us from the airport and was very welcoming. She showed us to our accommodation at Pirates Hideaway and what a great place to stay. Full of character and plenty of space. We were sorted a golf buggy for getting around which was fantastic. Just infront of Pirates Hideaway is a great snorkeling location and Salt Cay is a snorkelers paradise, with the best snorkeling on TCI. The island is great for the quiet get away,with friendly locals and a back in time and unspoilt feel. The beaches are great and you really feel you are not in a tourist hotspot. There are several places to eat and all the food was good, but book ahead, as this is a small island that has to plan even the most basic supplies. You will enjoy your stay, the charm, the history , the people and the uniqueness that is Salt Cay. I fully recommend Pirates Hideway and Salt Cay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011 via mobile

Pirates hidaway was a great adventure. Me and my family stayed there for two nights and it was very good! We are snorkel lovers and always like a good beach! Straight outside the door, acrross the road was a lovely beach although the rocks were jagged in some areas it was perfect for a sunbathe and a snorkle, not so good for a swim but the beaches up the road are good for that.

The place was a really good, well furnished and looked lovely. Alot of space and the conserventory was a great place for relaxing after a day of fun.
The rooms were spacious and kids will love looking at all the pictures and painting of all the pirates on the walls.

Candy, who manages the accommadation was helpful and informative.
Overall this was a really good place to stay and i would recommend it to someone going on holiday to the turks and caicos islands.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

We’re always looking for a balance between comfort, adventure, and affordability when we travel, and were delighted with our 4-night stay at Pirates Hideaway on Salt Cay. The owner, Candy Herwin, is one of the most interesting, generous hosts we’ve ever met, and went to great lengths to make sure that we enjoyed every moment of our vacation. She was helpful even as we planned the trip weeks in advance. She suggested we spend our first night at Sibonné on Providenciales, and we loved the place.
Candy joined us on the flight to Salt Cay, and once we landed, we were greeted by the owners of two of the three restaurants on the tiny island. Dinner reservations on Salt Cay are essential, given the logistics of importing fresh ingredients and planning meals. Pat’s Place offers delicious, traditional meals like conch fritters, plantains, and rice and beans (called “rice and pease” on all the islands). We enjoyed the Wednesday “Conch Fest” at Coral Reef Bar and Grill, and had excellent quesadillas and grilled red snapper there.
With only five days to explore the island, Candy’s suggestions and quick tours of some of the best spots helped us avoid any dithering and get right down to enjoying ourselves. She’s written a beautiful coffee table book on Salt Cay, and produced a documentary on the history of the island. We highly recommend watching it if you visit Salt Cay; with that level of detail filled in so vividly, we enjoyed our travels around the island all the more.
We stayed in the first floor suite in the main guesthouse, and even on hot afternoons, found that the overhead fans kept the room breezy and comfortable. We’d read about bugs bothering people in the Caribbean, but only encountered a few mosquitoes outside after dusk. Long sleeves and a little spray around the ankles were all we needed. There were no mosquitoes in the room at all. There’s a super beach for collecting shells and bits of coral just a few minutes’ walk from Pirates Hideaway, so bring some small ziplock bags to hold your treasures.
We poked our heads into a newly renovated Salt Raker house on the property, with colorful piratical and sea life themes painted on the walls of the bedrooms by a local artist. The two other tourists on the island (yes, there were only 4 of us that week) rented bikes, but we highly suggest a golf cart. It’s a bit bumpy on some of the beach tracks, but after a long winter of being cooped up indoors, we loved having the warm salt air against our faces on our daily journey past the salinas and historic Bermuda-style buildings. North Beach was our favorite spot to snorkel. We had the entire beach to ourselves, and the water was crystal clear, free of the sandy murk we’d encountered on Grand Turk and Provo beaches.
Other details of the trip: we flew to Salt Cay with Caicos Express -- an excellent airline. At the beginning and end of our trip, we rented a car from Grace Bay Car Rental on Providenciales. Their Nissan Tiida is a great little car.
Bottom line: we can’t wait to go back!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

It was time to get away from the glitz, glamour, and pull of the big city. I boarded a plane and found my way to Turks and Caicos. Which is wonderfully great for a vacation, but there are others there, others with their big hats, sunscreen white noses and screaming kids either pushing off the cruise ships or jostling for a lounge seat on Grace bay (that is if you stay at one of the hotels on Grace bay--).. I needed less, much much less... So I googled 'Off the beaten path'. And what do I see but a wonderful tiny 2mile island 30 minutes off the coast of Provo. -Salt Cay- I flew into a tiny airstrip on Caicos express. As of my visit the plane- a 8 seater Cessna flys in twice on Monday and Fridays and once on Wednesday. That fit the bill for my need for less people and relaxation to a tee. Candi the owner of Pirates Hideway was there with a nice gentleman/island guide Cozi to meet the plane and take me on a golf cart back to the hideaway. Candi had a wealth of knowledge of the orgins of the island, the current political situations, and the best ways to relax here. Two other wonderful ladies were there as well to pick up people that were staying on the island. Debbie from Salt Cay Divers/island tours (as well as a wonderful casual ocean front eatery), And Heidi the owner of Island Thymes(a wonderful casual bar/restaurant--you have to try the almond crusted snapper--better then any ny eatery!!) as well as manager of small island rental properties. Yes. When you land you are far removed from anywhere you have ever imagined. You are brought back to the basics of life and relaxation. The roads are sand/dirt. There are several really really friendly donkeys, and a couple of cows that meander up and down the streets. Little families of chickens walk on the sides of the roads. Yes there are roosters that remind you that its time to wake up and enjoy the splendor of nature. The hideway is on the south portion of the town it has a nice pool to cool down after a long hike or a strenuous day snorkeling/sun bathing. On a walk home late one night after enjoying a wonderful fish dinner at Debbies I walked off the property and onto the road next to the salinas and looked forward. The island is relatively flat and there were stars--- more stars then I have ever seen from straight ahead to the sides over the ocean to behind me I was engulfed in another world of bright twinkling lights. You even saw the Milky Way, Orion even had all the stars so that he really did look like Orion!!.. The next morning I decided to go exploring the soft sand of the North beach and the Rocky east beach. There were no footsteps in the sand. There was no one. The ocean was three different shades of turquoise. Beautiful Conch shells litter the white sand (make sure you go to Debbies for Conch night!!), gorgeous corals, natural bridges over the rocks, and serenity. Just the gentle sound of the waves meeting the shore. As you get to the south portion of the island you see a gentle inlet from the ocean into the island and the beautiful mangrove forest and nursery for the baby ocean fish. Out a hundred yards in to the ocean is the Columbus Channel. Every day I saw humpback whales blow or breaching. Debbie has a nice excursion where you take a small boat out to get close to these gentle giants. Amazing doesn't even come close to the bond you feel with life and with nature. Its like your very own survivor show only its you and the sea... I saw two donkeys grazing further up the hill and followed the footsteps back to the small town.. There are less then a hundred people on the island. Three main eaterys --Debbies, Island Thymes, and Pats (all who are amazing ladies that can make fabulous fish, conch, lobster or just a burger!!!).. Just remember that this is a small island and although fish is plenty it costs alot to bring fuel, basic cooking supplies, and spices to the island and the costs you incur correspond with this.. I always felt welcome by the islanders, ex pats, and fellow travelers. By the end of the trip most even knew my name!!... So come call any of the nice ladys and look up saltcay.org. and find yourself in the most basic of ways...

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Victoria Street, Salt Cay
Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Salt Cay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salt Cay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pirates Hideaway Guest House and accommodations in Salt Cay is a stone's throw from the ocean with a private freshwater swimming pool nestled in a tropical garden. Stroll the historic salt raking villages and see all the donkeys, rustic coastline and white powdery sandy beaches. Excellent diving and snorkeling spots. Pirates Hideaway is comfortable with friendly service, great stories and can help plan your flights from Providenciales which is only 75 minutes from Miami, Florida. ... more   less 
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