Staff

The Somerset Welcomes Kevin Reeder

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Kevin Reeder, The Somerset’s new General Manager. Kevin is a life-long hospitality professional by both education and career. He earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has worked in the industry for 24 years. Kevin brings executive management experience in resort, special events, salon, spa and winery operations. “I’m privileged to be joining the outstanding team of The Somerset on Grace Bay and to becoming a part of the warm, welcoming Turks & Caicos community,” said Kevin. Kevin has a long history of serving on boards that are close to his heart including his current work with Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy and Happiness House. He is also the chair of the professional development committee of the Hotel School Graduate Students Organization for Cornell University. Kevin looks forward to being an active contributor…

Awards & recognition

Family Vacation Critic Favorite

We are honored to share that The Somerset on Grace Bay has been named a Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotel for the fourth year in a row by Family Vacation Critic. Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, features family-tested, family approved hotels from around the world to help families find the perfect destination for everyone- from tots to teens! Family Vacation Critic even rates surrounding attractions and restaurants in Turks and Caicos to better help you plan your vacation. “These winners represent hotels that truly excel as family-friendly properties,” explains Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. To qualify for the award, hotels must have been recommended by at least 75% of families. In addition, they must have received a rating of 4+ from both the editorial staff and families. We are delighted to have made the “favorite” list for the fourth year in a row and be recognized among six Turks and Caicos resorts. Treasure hunts, sandcastle competitions…

Dining, Events

Island Fish Fry

Bight Park is the place to be on Thursday night for island visitors and local residents alike, as food vendors, entertainers and cultural acts come together for the Island Fish Fry. This event is truly the culmination of “all things TCI.” Be sure to try our nation’s signature dish – the conch! The Conch Salad from the vendor “Froggies” comes highly recommended by many guests. The highlight of the Fish Fry occurs after the sun sets, with a performance by the local Junkanoo with colorful costumes, plumed feathers and lively music. Cultural acts are interspersed throughout the evening, including performances by dancers from the Edward Garland Youth Centre – the local organization that The Somerset supports. Our island “Henry the Conch” also makes an appearance at this lively event, providing a great photo opp for guests of all ages. Visit the Island Fish Fry This event occurs every Thursday from…

Dining, Recipe

Cocktail Recipe: Pretty in Pink

If you need a taste of the islands, this colorful cocktail, Pretty in Pink, is sure to do the trick! Although our rum-based drink is best paired with warm Grace Bay sunshine, you can also make it from the convenience of home by following this simple recipe: Ingredients 1 oz Cachaca Rum ¼ oz White Bambara Rum Dash of Strawberry Puree Dash of Club Soda 3 slices of fresh strawberries (for garnish) 1 slice of lime (for garnish) Directions Poured over ice cubes in a highball glass and garnish with lime and a slice of fresh strawberries. Save Save Save Save

Staff

Staff Spotlight: Billy Joe

Billy Joe Williams is our resort’s Guest Services Ambassador and has been a member of The Somerset team for almost 6 years. Ambassador, first class Mr. Williams is no stranger to the travel industry. Prior to joining The Somerset, he worked in guest services and ticketing at the TCI international airport. He has even traveled to American Airline’s Texas headquarters for customer service training. Now, he helps manage The Somerset’s front desk and ensures our guests have a seamless vacation experience. Often, Billy is the first of many friendly faces our guests see. Sometimes, he’ll greet guests at the airport and help coordinate transportation. Other times, he’ll welcome guests at the resort with cool towels and refreshing rum punches. Wherever you meet him, you’re guaranteed to experience his bright smile and warm hospitality. Treasured times His passion, charm and natural sociability help him relate with children, as well as their…

Resort news, Staff, Turks and Caicos family vacations

The Somerset Welcomes Tasia Simons as Activities Coordinator

Please join us in welcoming our new Activities Coordinator, Tasia Simons! Tasia joins us from Florida and brings a variety of industry and educational experience to The Somerset. Tasia will plan and implement our Caicos Kids Club activities, and ensure our younger guests create many treasured times. With her bright smile and warm personality, Tasia loves meeting new people and has already developed strong personal connections with many guests. Caicos Kids Club During your stay, join Tasia for Caicos Kids Club fun! Kids ages 5-12 are welcome, and activities are from 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. (24-hour advance registration is required.) The program changes daily, but some of the most popular activities include beach games, tie-dye, paper crafts and treasure hunts! Tasia’s priority is helping create fun moments for the entire family. During your stay, she will be delighted to offer you activity recommendations or suggestions. Save Save