February 1, 2024
Plantation, FL — The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, is pleased to announce the signing of Salterra, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Turks & Caicos, marking the hospitality brand’s first property in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Located on the pristine beaches of South Caicos Island, the new property invites guests to discover world-class watersports, fine dining, immaculate white sand beaches, and enchanting cultural experiences, anchored by a true sense of place. Salterra, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Turks & Caicos is slated to open its doors to travelers in early 2025.
“Located on one of the most tranquil beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we are looking forward to offering guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature and themselves with the stunning backdrop of South Caicos,” said Michael Tibbetts, CEO of JEM Worldwide.
“Embarking on this extraordinary journey on the island of South Caicos, where luxury blends with the soul of paradise, our new resort isn’t just a destination; it’s a carefully crafted collection of experiences, a harmonious blend of comfort, and a reflection of our dedicated commitment to redefining luxury hospitality,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection.
Sustainability at Its Core
Ensuring the well-being of the environment, community, culture, and history is integral to the success of Salterra. The team is committed to safeguarding its island home through various partnerships that prioritize regenerative travel. As part of the effort to protect the island’s coral reefs, the Salterra ownership group has launched the South Caicos Coral Reef Consortium, involving the establishment of an in-water coral nursery and a land-based coral nursery at the nearby School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies. More than half of the resort’s energy will be derived from solar power, and all guest rooms will have filtered water dispensers as part of an effort to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bottles.
Inspired by South Caicos’ natural salt flats, Salterra’s design brings the outdoors inside, reflecting the tropical beauty of its natural surroundings. Spearheaded by the renowned design firm Edge of Architecture and 2020 Gold Key Awards Designer of the Year, Malcolm Berg, the resort boasts 100 guestrooms and suites with refined custom features, balconies with expansive ocean views, distinct finishes, and bespoke room amenities. Guest accommodations range from oceanfront king and queen guestrooms to spacious one- and two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom Governor’s Penthouse suites, ideal for families and larger groups.
Highlighting a color palette inspired by the local environment, guests at Salterra will be surrounded by hues of rusts and blues that take center stage complemented by a canvas of salty whites. The dynamic design will bring the resort’s vibrant and expansive grounds to life, utilizing regionally sourced materials such as native wood, coralstone, and sisal. This commitment to thoughtful design ensures that Salterra epitomizes The Luxury Collection’s ethos as a “hotel that defines the destination.”
Nurturing Body and Soul
The Spa at Salterra will be a sanctuary designed in harmony with the island’s natural environment. Featuring eight treatment rooms, including two thoughtfully crafted couples’ treatment rooms, the spa will invite guests to immerse themselves in a tranquil oasis where serenity meets sophistication. With a design philosophy centered on seamlessly integrating the South Caicos landscape, The Spa at Salterra will promise a sensory escape where the healing power of nature converges with curated wellness experiences. From the soothing ambiance of treatment rooms to the invigorating aquathermal facilities, every aspect of the spa will be designed to enhance the overall well-being of guests, offering a rejuvenating retreat in harmony with the island’s natural allure.
As part of its commitment to holistic well-being, The Spa at Salterra will offer an outdoor lounge providing a serene space to unwind. The aquathermal experience will further elevate the spa journey, featuring a sauna, steam room, invigorating showers, and a rejuvenating hammam. Guests will also have the opportunity to indulge in the luxurious embrace of a generous hot tub and social pool, creating a communal space for relaxation and connection.
Curated Dining Experiences
Nestled on more than a mile of natural beach adjoining a national park, Salterra will invite guests to embark on a culinary journey with six distinct food and beverage concepts, promising a diverse array of options throughout their stay. Discerning palates will have the opportunity to indulge in craft cocktails with unique twists at Sisal, the property’s lobby bar. For a more relaxed beachfront experience, the Latin-inspired Cobo Bar & Grill will offer a laid-back atmosphere with casual bites and tropical drinks.
Signature fine dining will be on display at Brine, showcasing a chef’s tasting menu and expansive wine list. Regatta, with a second-story outdoor terrace, will be serving a fusion of international and local cuisine for breakfast and dinner, and the lively Flamingo Café will be the ideal spot for grab-and-go delights such as homemade gelato or a rich espresso. The culinary journey will continue with creative offerings at the resort’s food truck, Jack & Jenny’s. Dishes will be inspired by the history of South Caicos, most notably the essential ingredient of salt, once called “white gold” for its enduring value.
Experiences and Excursions for the Entire Family
Salterra will offer an abundance of family-friendly and adventurous offerings, including world-class watersports – scuba diving, snorkeling, guided bonefishing, kayaking, and seasonal whale watching. Guests can paddle through mangrove forests, snorkel with eagle rays, or spend a day exploring uninhabited cays. From on-land activities like the South Caicos salt experience to serene beachside experiences such as paddleboard yoga, the resort ensures ample options for experiential learning, exercise, and adventure.
The resort also will provide a unique opportunity for guests to actively participate in coral reef restoration. Through educational activities, guests can contribute to the growth of endangered corals, directly aiding in the revitalization of South Caicos reefs. This hands-on experience underscores Salterra’s commitment to fostering future environmental stewards, inviting guests to collaborate with scientists in coral cultivation and planting initiatives.