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CONTACT: Nancy Hostler

    201/748-5629

    nhostler@wiley.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ? Frommer’sPortable Turks & Caicos Author Says

    Hurry Up and Book Your Winter Getaway!

A Gallup poll in the late 1990s found that the small Caribbean island nation of the Turks & Caicos had

    the least name recognition in the world. How times have changed: Not only is it one of the hottest new

    destinations in the Caribbean right now, but more than 60% of its visitors return over and over again

    (according to the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board). Responding to this trend, Frommer’s is releasing the first edition of Frommer’s Portable Turks & Caicos (Wiley; October 2006; 154 pages) the only guide

    to the islands by a major North American publisher.

Alexis Lipsitz Flippin, author of the newly published guide, says these beautiful islands are the ideal place

    to unwind, relax and escape the hustle-bustle of life.

According to Flippin: ―If you dream of lying on a pristine parcel of sugary sand encircled by mesmerizing

    aquamarine seas, or want nothing more than to spend an afternoon happily bubbling about a living,

    breathing coral reef with mask and snorkel, book a trip now.‖

    For those planning a trip to the Turks & Caicos and can’t decide where to stay, Flippin offers the following recommendations for every type of traveler:

? Best Resort for Families: Beaches Turks & Caicos (Grace Bay, Providenciales). What could be

    more thrilling than hanging with Elmo and friends after a day at the beach? A Sesame Camp is

    available for kids five and under, and a Pirates Island Kids Club camp has daily activities for children

    six to 12. And it not only has kid-themed menus, it has kid-themed restaurants.

? Best Resort for Singles: Club Med Turkoise (Grace Bay, Providenciales). This resort may not be as

    frenetically party-hearty as others in the Club Med chain (you can’t help but catch the laidback Turks

    & Caicos vibe), but you can still hit the in-house dance club from 11:30 p.m. into the wee hours

    nightly.

? Best Beachfront Resort on a Budget: Sibonné (Grace Bay, Providenciales). The amenities are few,

    but the accommodations are perfectly comfortable, the courtyards charming, and the prices

    reasonable—and it’s all set on the gorgeous sands of Grace Bay beach.

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    ? Best Resort for a Spa Getaway: [3-way tie] Parrot Cay (Parrot Cay), the Palms (Grace Bay,

    Providenciales), or Point Grace (Grace Bay, Providenciales). The Turks & Caicos islands have

    become a first-class spa getaway, and each of these resorts offers a truly memorable destination spa

    experience. At Parrot Cay, the COMO Shambhala holistic spa features Eastern-influenced healing

    and rejuvenating therapies applied by Balinese healers. At the Palms, massages are offered in white

    tented cabanas limned by a reflecting pool. The Thalasso Spa at Point Grace treatments use sea mud

    and seaweed, among other delicacies.

    ? Best Resort Room Amenities: Amanyara (Northwest Point, Providenciales). You’ll want for nothing

    in your private teakwood pavilion, filled with high-tech goodies like a Bose sound system and a

    flatscreen TV, a ―waterfall‖ shower, Kiehl’s toiletries, and even gourmet snacks and sweets.

    ? Best Resort to Hobnob with Celebrities: Parrot Cay (Parrot Cay). They’re here, alright, relaxing on

    white-cushioned divans or perfectly lit by tiki torches in the evening at the poolside restaurant.

    ? Best Resort to Play Pampered Castaway: Meridan Club (Pine Cay) or Windmills Plantation (Salt

    Cay). You really get away from it all in style at these two island resorts, both with world-class

    beaches you have practically all to yourself.

    ? Best Resort Restaurant and Lounge: Grace Bay Club (Grace Bay, Providenciales). This is Turks &

    Caicos dining at its peak: You’ll be under the stars, on a beachside deck lit by torches, and dining on

    perfectly cooked seafood. And the outdoor lounge, with glowing firepit and comfy cushions, is the

    spot for a sunset cocktail.

? Best Resort Shopping: The Palms (Grace Bay, Providenciales). The five shops on Palm Place offer

    delicious resort wear, elegant gifts, and high-end snacks.

    ? Best Resort for Scuba Diving Packages: Bohio Dive Resort (Pillory Beach, Grand Turk). This

    resort has it all for the diver: an in-house dive operation, complete with on-site PADI instructors and

    divemastersnot to mention big, comfortable rooms and a fine restaurant.

Frommer's Portable Guides are for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to pack a

    full-size guidebook. The Portables have the same commitment to accuracy and detail as the Frommer's

    Complete Guides, with the same broad demographic appeal, from budget to deluxe. Frommer's Portable

    Turks & Caicos, 1st Edition, includes complete information for some of the most popular islands in this

    regionProvidenciales (Provo), Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and morein one easy-to-carry guide.

Frommers.com offers many additional tips on traveling to the Turks & Caicos, as well as booking tools to

    plan your trip, including flight and hotel options. There’s also a Turks & Caicos podcast with Alexis

    Lipsitz Flippin available for download on www.frommers.com/podcast or iTunes.com.

About Frommer's?

    The market leader in travel guides, Frommer's has a guide for every type of traveler-from the sophisticated world

    traveler to the first-time student traveler on a tight budget. Frommer's publishes more than 300 guides and sells 2.5

    million guides annually, reaching 7 million travelers who count on Frommer's for exact prices, savvy trip-planning,

    sightseeing advice, dozens of detailed maps, and candid reviews of hotels and restaurants in every price range.

    Frommer's-the best trips start here. Frommers.com is a comprehensive, opinionated travel resource featuring more

    than 3,500 world destinations. For more information, visit frommers.com. Frommer’s is a registered trademark of

    Arthur Frommer. Frommer's is a branded imprint of Wiley.

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