Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined…

JoAnn Ardell

I first visited Turks and Caicos in 1996 when most of the roads weren’t yet paved. From getting off the plane, to bicycling down the main highway, I felt as if progress hadn’t touched this spot in the world, as if time had stood still. There weren’t the crowds of Montego Bay, and that wasn’t a bad thing. Years ago, a lot of people didn’t know where Turks and Caicos Islands were – the first resort was only built in the 1980’s.

I spent the entire 2 weeks there, speaking to real estate agents, business owners, and bone fishing experts, in fact, anyone that would listen to me. I was determined I was going to live here in paradise, on “my” island. This was the place I was meant to be.

Many years passed, and life threw many curve balls my way, but in November 2011, I took ownership of my home in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos is “beautiful by nature”, as the ads say, but there is so much more; people smiling, neighbors helping each other, and friendly shop owners who greet you by your first name. Beautiful mixtures of cultural backgrounds abound in Turks and Caicos. It has the same comfortable feel of cottage country (the little cabins lining the lakeshore,) except the cabins are villas and the lake is the ocean. It’s a place where patience and a slower pace of life resides, and kind people are everywhere. A place where you can take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy serenity, feeling the sensations of water, sand, and the ocean breeze against your skin.

biking in Provo 1996

Biking in Provo – 1996

I believe this island is the true Caribbean, and I wanted a special name for my home. Satori is defined as that of infinite space: Satori is an individual enlightenment or a flash of sudden awareness. Your Aha! moment. Turks and Caicos was my Aha! moment. I feel living in Turks and Caicos is the way life is meant to be lived. Being here allows you to simplify your life, having a slower, kinder, gentler approach to your daily routines.

Truth is, I’d rather go barefoot than wear heels, to feel the sun on my skin, have the trade winds dry my clothes, and leave the hectic pace of life behind.

So, come experience what I fell in love with, the true Caribbean – Turks and Caicos – Satori at Grace Bay.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.