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Meridian Club - Pine Cay
Service and facilities
DINING Ocean view dining, candlelight dinners, poolside barbecues, deserted island picnics - all will become fond memories of your stay at the Meridian Club.
Dress at the Club is always casual and shoes are optional, even at dinner. Bathing suits with cover-ups or sport clothes are the norm at lunch. Informal summer evening clothes for ladies, and sport shirts, slacks and even shorts for men, are perfect for dinner. They have had only one or two necktie sightings on Pine Cay in the last ten years. Informality is their trademark.
You can begin your morning with freshly brewed coffee, fresh-baked pastries and breakfast on your screened porch, or join other guests for breakfast at outdoor tables on the pool terrace. Later, slide out of the pool for a light buffet lunch. For the more adventurous, picnic lunches can be prepared upon request.
After a sail or a stroll on the beach, there's afternoon tea and biscuits (cookies) by English tradition.
Drinks are available throughout the day at the downstairs bar. Relax in a poolside lounge chair and cool off with one of Floyd’s special preparations or steer a straighter course with a tall cold glass of iced tea or soda.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served in the upstairs bar between 6 and 7:30pm. Catch the sunset, and possibly a “green flash” from the veranda.
Dinner by candlelight, almost always featuring fresh catch of the day, follows in the open-air dining room or out under the stars if you choose. They pride themselves on their fresh seafood locally caught ocean fish, lobster and conch prepared in various styles. For those who do not care for seafood, or want a change of pace, there will be other choices such as steak, chops, rack of lamb, duck and Cornish hen. The chef will prepare vegetarian meals upon request.
Desserts are a specialty item at The Meridian Club always freshly prepared, always a variety to select from and wonderfully presented. Coffee and cordials are available after your meal.
THE ISLAND Since there are no automobiles, televisions, radios and ringing telephones at the Meridian Club, you are left to enjoy the island's natural beauty and tranquillity. The surrounding waters (which average a pleasant 75 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit) teem with marine life. For divers and snorkelers, underwater visibility often exceeds 100 feet, and there are miles of coral gardens within easy reach. Ashore, Pine Cay remains a pristine natural haven, dotted with palmettos, pines and seven freshwater ponds, the perfect habitat for abundant local fauna and flora.
Some say that Columbus refilled his water barrels from Pine Cay's freshwater ponds during his quest for the New World. In the centuries that followed, countless mariners and marauders no doubt did the same. Yet despite Pine Cay's location on an ancient, much-navigated trade route, its only permanent settlement seems to have been an Arawak Indian village dated at around 800 A.D. Then, in the late 1960s, a scholar-turned-dreamer set out to create an island escape, which eventually became the Meridian Club, Ltd. Today, the Club and a small group of private homeowners are dedicated to preserving the island in its peaceful, natural state.
ACTIVITIES Pine Cay is fast becoming one of the only places in the Caribbean where you can get completely away from the pressures of modern life, just kick back with a good book under a shaded cabana and hear nothing but waves rolling up on the beach. No crowds, automobile traffic, television, ringing telephones or other irritating features of the fast-paced lives we all lead back home. You won’t find parasailers, jet skis or vendors hawking goods on the beach. Some of their guests have been coming to The Meridian Club for over 20 years just to enjoy the serenity they offer while they relax and unwind. They will never change their style just to be like all the other resorts. They realize, however, that some guests like to integrate a little, or even a lot, more recreational activity into their vacations. For those people, there are a surprisingly diverse range of options available to choose from without disturbing those who want their privacy and quietude.
SAILING ~ Small Hobie Wave sailboats are available on the beach without charge. The rental of larger private sailboats may be sometimes arranged. The nearly constant breeze makes for wonderful sailing.
DEEP-SEA FISHING* ~ World-class fishing for sailfish, marlin, wahoo, tuna, dolphin, mackerel and barracuda in the blue water just beyond the barrier reef. Attractions for a non-fishing partner, in addition to an enjoyable boat ride, may include sightings of porpoises, whales, sea turtles and even a rare whale shark. The chef can prepare your catch for dinner. Half- and full-day trips available.
BONEFISHING* ~ Bonefishing on the flats off Pine Cay can be excellent. Whether a seasoned expert or a raw beginner, their experienced guide will go out of his way to help you catch one (or many more) of these fabulous shallow water gamefish. Wade in ankle to knee deep water or fish from a boat. Their guide is accomplished at fly fishing as well as spinning. It's a half or full day outing.
BOTTOM FISHING* ~ Guided trip for snapper, grouper and a variety of other bottom dwellers near the reef or on the Caicos Bank. Good outing for beginners with plenty of action most days. The chef can prepare your catch for dinner. Half-day.
KAYAKING ~ There are kayaks available for guests to use in exploring waters surrounding Pine Cay. This can be a magical experience on a clear, calm morning or late afternoon. The “Aquarium”, a secluded area at the south end of Pine Cay, is a favorite spot.
SWIMMING ~ The sea or the freshwater pool? It's your choice. If you choose the sea, be sure to keep an eye out for a dolphin swimming near the shore. Many guests have had the exhilarating experience of swimming with JoJo, a wild dolphin with an affinity for humans.
SNORKELING ~ Daily snorkeling trips are conducted by the Club, weather permitting. Masks, fins, and snorkels are available. Since you will be skimming the reef in a national park, they ask you to "take only pictures, kill only time, leave only bubbles." Spear fishing and underwater collecting are forbidden by law.
SCUBA DIVING* ~ With visibility usually exceeding 100 feet and an astonishing variety of marine life, scuba diving in Turks and Caicos is world-renowned. They can arrange courses for beginners and a wide selection of challenging dive trips for experienced divers (PADI or NAUI dive certification cards required) through professional dive services on Provo.
JOGGING AND WALKING ~ The beaches and golf cart paths make excellent places to run and walk.
BASKETBALL ~ There is a well maintained court by the maintenance building.
TENNIS ~ Racquets and balls are available at the reception desk at no charge. A sign-up sheet is available for reserving a court time. The midday sun and afternoon tropical breezes make early morning the best time to play. Round-robin tournaments are scheduled from time to time.
BIKING ~ Explore Pine Cay by peddling your way along the trails and paths which crisscross the island. Bicycles are available for guest use near the Club entrance.
GOLF* ~ Open to the public, The Provo Golf & Country Club offers a lushly landscaped 18-hole golf course, consistently rated among the top ten in the Caribbean. They are happy to arrange tee times. Transportation is via Club boat and taxi.
SHELLING and BEACH COMBING ~ Sand dollars and lovely seashells can be found along the beach. Sand Dollar Point, a half mile from the Club, is a favorite spot to search at low tide.
BIRD WATCHING ~ There are many interesting and colorful migratory and non-migratory birds on and around Pine Cay. Bird guidebooks are available in the lobby and gift shop.
SPA SERVICES ~ They have a full time spa specialist on staff who is experienced in all spa techniques, including massages, manicures, pedicures, etc. Hair plaiting can also be arranged.
LIBRARY AND BOARD GAMES ~ The Club's exchange library, located on the second floor of the main building, is a quiet spot to cool down in the heat of the day and read a book. Guests are welcome any time of the day. An assortment of board games is available in the club including Monopoly, Scrabble and Dominos.
DARTS ~ There is a dart board right next to the bar.
SHUFFLE BOARD ~ Have a challenging game on the shuffle board court by the tennis court just a minute’s walk from the club house.
SIGHT- SEEING ON PINE CAY ~ Rent a golf cart and explore the safe and beautiful island. Maps are available in your room binder and at the front desk.
SUNSET COCKTAIL CRUISES* ~ On nice evenings they often organize impromptu sunset cruises with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A very popular event. The ultimate in relaxation.