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Turks & Caicos!!!!! First of all, can I just say, the water over here in the Carribean is INSANE! I love Hawaii and grew up vacationing to the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, all BEAUTIFUL places, but the ocean in the Caribbean ia so incredibly clear and blue it’s like nothing I have ever seen before. Ben and I have been filming our new show, “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?” since early July and are in dire need of a getaway. Filming our new show was a great opportunity but definitely put a lot of stress on us due to the filming schedule and all the travel. Side note: I think it’s so funny when people tell myself or Ben to “get a real job” because filming our show included long hours and was pretty taxing in ways I’ve never experienced. Anyways- back to our vacation. We decided on Turks because Ben was working his softwares sale job down in Tampa and the flight from Tampa to Turks in only a 2 hour flight (great for you East Coasters!)
Ben and I stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel which is located in Grace Bay. The water in Grace Bay is like glass, although we traveled during off season so the winds were a bit stronger than usual. Grace Bay is located on the Northern Coast of Providenciales, which is also the name of the airport we flew in to. The resort is absolutely beautiful. The property itself has less than 100 rooms, which naturally keeps the surroundings more serene and relaxing compared to a huge, sprawling resort with 8 water slides and kids cannon balling into the pool every two minutes. Needless to say this resort is family friendly but definitely attracts more couples and adults. The rooms are very modern and open but honestly we didn’t spend a ton of time in the room, which is how I think it should be when you are staying on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
The hotel provides plenty of beachside activities, including paddle boarding, snorkeling, and kayaking, all of which are complimentary. The pool is one of the better designed spaces I’ve seen. It pretty much speaks for itself (see photo above). There are a couple of restaurants on the property, Stelle and Zest. Ben and I ate lunch beachside every day and tried Stelle a couple times. Note: Turks imports most of their food, even fruit, but their Grouper and Lobster is fresh and local and is INSANE. The grilled Lobster at Stelle was one of my favorite meals of the trip. Other places we loved: Infinity, Nowhere, Coco Bistro, and Mango Reef.
On one of the windier days on Grace Bay we rented a car a drove to a beach on the other side of the Island that supposedly was sheltered from the wind. We met the nicest couple who were celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary and all drove to a beach called Sapodilla Bay. The water here was waveless. Literrally imagine the clearest, bluest lake you’ve ever laid eyes on but this wasn’t a lake it was the OCEAN. We spent the day drinking Turks Lager, snorkeling and getting to know the wonderful couple from the Bay Area. Although we had limited adventures away from the hotel, this vacation was one for the books. Between the amazing service and facilities at the Gansevoort, the world renowned beaches of Grace Bay, the most relaxing massage and facial provided by the spa at the resort, and seven days of quality time spent with my fiancé, it was a vacation I’ll never forget and I have a feeling we will be back! Shop my must have vacation beauty products below 🙂
Beautiful pictures! I want to know more about the swimsuits and dresses you wore on vacation..I have no idea where to look for these gorgeous pieces?! You have the best style.
This sounds beautiful and romantic! I’m gonna keep this in mind for a future vacay! Thanks 😀
I just love you two!!
Can’t wait to see your blog take off after tonight’s show! Best of Luck 🍀
p.s. The word “Beauty” across your face is disconcerting. I doubted if I had the right blog. Just an FYI.
The pictures say a thousand words, I myself is a Caribbean girl (Jamaican to be exact 💖) but I never been to another Caribbean island. I was looking into islands to visit and my cousin who had been to Turks and Caicos on a cruise recommended it, saying it was amazing but hearing it from a non islander really makes me want to go there now. I love you guys, you’re AMAAAZING!
Really love you guys, the pics are beautiful. Your next vacation should definitely be to Jamaica where it really began.
Wow that looks like a very beautiful place Lauren! Hope you had a great time 😊
I love you and Ben together you guys are so adorable! and omg that red one piece is so cute!! where is it from??
Thank you for sharing all this incredible information about the resort and all of your vacation must haves! Great post!
Lauren, loved the post! What airline did u guys fly?
I live in the central florida area and am interested on going!
Keeo them coming girly, we love ya!
Wow that place looks unbelievable I’ve been dying to go to Turks! Is it a chain related to the gansevoort in NYC? You two look absolutely beautiful together! Wishing all the best for you too…f*ck the haters!!
You two look great together!! I dream of going to Turks one day! It looks so beautiful! Sounds like you two had an amazing time! Hugs! 🙂
Where did you get your clutch!? I love it 😍
We went to Turks on our honeymoon and was the best vacation of my life! We had planned on going back this past week but with a little one on the way and Zika we decided to stay in the US. Coco Bistro was our favorite all time restaurant! Such a beautiful and friendly island!
Ugh always was my favorite on the bachelor good thing you got him! Love these pictures, beautiful as always. Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures!!
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I love u guys so much and I have ben and lauren parties with at least 20 people every tuesday
Omg I loved this place! My husband and I went here on our honeymoon and we had the best time. I One of my favorite days was getting one of those pool beds by the pool for the day. Hope you enjoyed it!
You guys are a great couple! I love watching your show! Can’t believe people actually tell you to get a real job, that’s so rude! Can’t wait to watch the show tonight 🙂
this is wonderful timing, I’m currently trying to plan a trip with my husband – ALONE – for the 1st time in 3 babies/5 years:) Trip Advisor and cookie dough tonight – I’ll quit the cookie dough as soon as the plane tickets are bought;)
Your trip looked amazing and much deserved:)
Love it! Turks was already a honey moon idea I had for my fiancé and I next year, but now you gave me many more reasons! I have been there before for a stop on a cruise, but I’ve been wanting to go back! Thank you for sharing and for giving me so many ideas for our honeymoon next December 🙂
Such a beautiful vacation and couple. Love the blog and you. Always looking forward to your new posts.
Aww sounds beautiful! You are so lovely!
Omg so jealous! Looks absolutely beautiful!
I just discovered your blog today and I really love it! I’ll be reading everyday!
That looks like an amazing vacay! Love you and Ben on the show, y’all crack me & my boyfriend up!! LOVE the blog too 🙂
I’ve always wanted to visit there! I went to Costa Rica for three weeks this year and it was beautiful! How did you like Girl on the Train? I just finished and I enjoyed it!
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Did you mean *Somewhere Cafe? We ate there too.
My Husband and I saw you two at the Conch Shack and the hotel, but figured you were trying to go incognito 😜 Hope you had fun! It was so beautiful!!
Love your pictures! Looks amazing. Maybe I’ll get there one day!
Great job, Lauren~
Lauren & Ben,
I can’t imagine how you do all you do while looking so well put together. You are such a good pair your personalities complement one another, part of that chemistry thing!! Both of you are always smiling and the small disagreements are brief and then you are back smiling. With all the demands on your time I am happy for you that you were able to go off and enjoy being just Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins instead of the famous pair you’ve become. Those kind of vacays help you reflect on what made you fall in love in the first place and recharge. Even after, yes Ben I am going to say it” the babies come please don’t make my mistake, leave them for a weekend or an extended stay while the grandparents get to spoil them. You will be recharged, rested, reconnected to each other again and ready to go back and be Mom and Dad again. I love you both. My mom is 76 and she reminds me every Tuesday that “our show comes on tonight. Are you going to watch it with me”. Of course I do!!you both have such good souls. You are both attractive inside and out but most importantly you walk the talk and not many who become famous are able to say that. Goodnight you precious two peeps. Happy you got a good vacay!! I will pray for you as individuals and as a couple.
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You guys actually came to Tampa and I missed you 😭😭😭 that’s so sad. Come back to Tampa, we love you guys ❤️
Love you and Ben together (fan of the show and fellow fashion blogger here)! It looks like you had an amazing time in Turks and Caicos. Thank you for all the lovely pictures, I might have to check this destination out one day! 🙂
Just watched tonight episode and it was great. I am loving your blog. What you did to go after what you want is courageous and also scary but you handled it with grace.
Beautiful! Where did you get the black and white bathing suit you posted on your Instagram feed? In love! Xox and congrats on your (very) real job, enjoy every moment!
People are insane, regardless of the fact that y’all stay busy WORKING, why would it even matter if y’all did or didn’t work? Vacation bucket list worthy! Forever obsessed with how adorable you are!
Love love love! You guys deserve this! Xx
I’ve watched you from the beginning of the bachelor and you were always my favorite!!! I’ve waited for you to do a blog! You are such an inspiration and I love your style!!!! Congrats on the blog, engagement and life!!!
Where did you get the beautiful white cross cross off the should shirt you wore in tonight’s episode?
Your doing a great job.Lauren, you are a beautiful person inside and out. You have such a big heart! 🙂
I’m new to your blog and love it so far! I could literally see myself at the ocean and feel so much more relaxed now. Your ability to see beauty and inspiration in everything is so refreshing. I love how you give advice without “giving advice.” You’re a powerful writer, can’t wait to read more!
A new fan here from Alaska! Can’t wait to watch your wedding!
And here I am wrapped up in a cozy sweater….It did seem like you had an absolutely fabulous time! You know what they say; couples who vacay together, stay together! Loved the blogpost as always xxxx
First time checking your blog today. Love it. Will definitely mark the place as a vacation spot in the future. Kudos on making a blog as well. This is very inspiring and beautiful. You and Ben are such great people.
We will have to do one of our up coming vacations there. It all sounds so relaxing and inviting. Would love to try the lobster too. Thanks for sharing your experience. 🍹
Thank you Lauren & Ben for sharing your vacation with us. I’m excited for you Lauren I’ve watched your journey from ‘Bachelor’ to ‘Happily Ever After’ & I’m going to follow your blog. Just take it slow and steady, things will work out. Listen to each other & prayer can always help.
Just finished watching the newest episode of your show and decided to check out your blog. I love it! I’m so excited for you guys! The water in the Caribbean is absolutely the most beautiful! My husband and I went on a cruise through the Caribbean in January and have sinced moved to Maui from Oklahoma. I hadn’t been to Hawaii so I didn’t know the sand and the water wasn’t the same as in the Caribbean! Even the snorkeling is completely different! Congratulations on this awesome blog and I wish you both the best! Praying for your marriage!
This was so helpful!! My husband and I planned a trip to Turks not knowing much about it, but it sounds as amazing as I am imagining! Thanks Lauren!!
Absolutly Love u guys. ❤️️
Was it a all inclusive resort? Love the both of you by the way
Looks like paradise! 🙂 Glad you too had a great time. Loving yalls show too! 🙂
Lauren i love you guys….your gonna be great and do great…im watching episode now about your blog…i dont think u have any worries girl….love u
If you spend a little more time editing your posts, I really think it would help you! It hurt to read some of the obvious grammatical errors in this post.
“the flight from Tampa to Turks in only a 2 hour flight” ? (is only)
“on Grace Bay we rented a car a drove to a beach” (and drove)
Just trying to help if you want this to be a more professional-type blog.
Turks is Amazing! 1/5 top beaches in the world, that’s why the water is so beautiful.
Don’t let everyone on social media bother you about. It having a 9-5, they’re fricken jealous of you Lauren!! You have a beautiful fiancé who treats you well, you have a following, and are able to start a blog! No wonder they’re hatin! You do you girl. I’d really love to see some vlogs on the site too! People would love it!
Side note: I die at your pranks on the show, too funny. Poor Ben:). You’re personality it awesome
Can’t wait for more Lauren! @ginavirgilio <-insta
Amazing!!! I just recently went to Grand Turk and the water there was BEAUTIFUL. I definitely recommend the snorkeling. Love reading about you two, definitely my favorite couple from The Bachelor!! XOXO
I feel relaxed just looking at the pictures!
Amazing post! Loved all the pics! I stayed at the Gansevoort in Turks with my mom and it was AMAZING! Next vacation, check out the Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya. It was by far the best resort i’ve ever stayed at! Glad you had such a good time!
I love this blog post Lauren. I would love to see more travel diaries! Turks and Caicos looks beautiful
Look beautiful! My boyfriend and I just got back from a cruise to the Bahamas. Looks like we will have to look into this place as our next getaway spot! Thanks for sharing
You should have gone a few streets over, Taylor Bay is even better than Sapodilla.
ah!!! so happy you have a blog! I’m watching your show right now! haha You are a natural blogger I look forward to seeing your posts!
The beaches look gorg!
Glad y’all got some time to enjoy each other. I love you and the new show, Thanks for sharing some vacation pics 🙂
This all looks so beautiful! And I am sure you did a lot of cool, new adventures! Which one would you recommend??
Would you ever post about Ben’s style and where he gets his clothes that he wears on your show?
This makes me want to take a vacation ASAP! Indiana is great, but this girl loves the beach. Glad you and Ben had such a great time – you deserve a break from everything. Anxiously awaiting more beauty and style posts on your blog, Lauren. 🙂
Well deserved you two! Loved the blog keep it up!! Beautiful veiws im jealous.
How wonderful!! Great place to vacation. Love your outfits.
I’m a FA and I always tell passengers to go there! It’s amazingly beautiful. So glad you went there.
Lauren my sister and I literally loved you the moment you stepped out of the limo on Bens season. We both looked at each other and said “she’s my favorite!” I love you and Ben and, am so happy for you guys! Y’all make me laugh so hard when I watch your show. You two are so cute! Glad you had a wonderful vacation…. and I will be reading all your blogs! 💗
I love this web-site Lauren. You are very talented. I am looking forward to whats to come on your blog.
Just discovered your blog today from your show!! I LOVE you guys and you seem so passionate about fashion I hope this works out for you. Best wishes! 💖
Wow! What a stunning place to vacation! Love your blog so much! I always look forward to your posts. 🙂 One day maybe my husband and I will get to vacation somewhere as beautiful as that. Thanks for sharing your vacay with us and beauty regime 😉 Can’t get over your style girl!
Loved this post! We just stayed at Grace Bay for our honeymoon and loved it! Definitely recommend it for you and Ben 🙂 We learned a few tricks towards the end I wish we knew earlier -most of the local restaurants are BYOB. Hopefully you can get back, I know we want to!
Y’all are the cutest and seem so genuine. Dying for a blog with all your hair details.
When people tell myself should be when people tell me, proofreader! You deserve to have your best foot forward…
You are doing awesome!!! Keep it up
I love your blog so much, but I also wanted to state that you messed up spelling in the sentence about renting a car, you meant to put “and drove to the beach” but you put “a drove to the beach”. I just wanted to inform you, but it looks like you all enjoyed yourselves so much. I’ll have to make a trip myself. Can’t wait to watch next week’s episode.
There was another typo. Love the blog, just started reading it today. I’d be glad to proof read for you!
Love all the details on makeup! Keep posting! You are doing a great job!
Loving your blog, Lauren!! You need to be a blogger too 😘 Watching your show and you and Been are just too adorable!
Dang autocorrect! I meant vlogger not blogger ☺️
You are awesome and the blog looks great! Love your style tips as well 🙂
Glad you guys are having a good time! And love hearing about the products you have been using! I totally know what you mean about the water here in California (SF living). I’m new to your blog, and loving it! 🙂
Great information! Have fun!
Where is your black and white bikini from your trip from? I love it so much!
Hi ben and lauren! Im a huge huge fan of yours , lauren was always my fave since day 1 in the bachelor and im so glad that ben chose lauren in the end. Your so perfect together. You deserve each other and cant wait to see your own family soon. (Little benny and little lo. 😊) hoping someday that i will see you both in person. Please please. Love you both so much. Godbless!
Love this so much! My husband and I have followed your and Ben’s journey since the Bachelor started. We were always a fan of Ben and Lauren. While we watch “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?”, I can’t help to think that you two are the most perfect fit. With everyone judging and making comments on their own opinions, I love how you two keep to yourself and move on with a normal life!!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG ALSO LAUREN!!
I just got back from Turks and Caicos too! We stayed on Grace Bay too- but at a different location. Hurricane Matthew made the waters a bit rough- but still so beautiful!!!
Beautiful photos! Looks like you two had a blast! <3
I absolutely loved Turks when went! It was seriously the prettiest water I’ve seen thus far. I’m so glad you guys had a great time! You guys are so wonderful and I love the blog! Congrats!
I can totally agree about much need. We took a fast getaway last weekend. So unplanned, no agenda, book the day we left at a cottage called Liliiflora in Ocean Springs, Mississippi (look it up, its precious).
Y’all’s show is awesome just like you guys. I love the hope honest with a true connecting love at the end of the day.
When you announce this week you were starting a blog, I was so happy for you. Yet, understand the nerves of it all. Stand tall go with your heart even on the days you think no ones reading or looking at your blog. Not everyone’s tribe looks the same.
This blog was well done! Photos look stunning and your writing is an easy read, (almost as if I was there with you- I wish) Good luck on this journey.
Ahhh I love this I’m so glad you two are doing good can’t wait to see the rest of your season
Watching B&L now. Laughing hysterically at the makeup scene. Haha haha love you both!
Lauren, I love your blog! You’ve inspired me in many ways to create a blog of my own. You should be proud of your accomplishments as you are a creative, talented, beautiful young lady.
The beach looks beautiful! Congrats on your new show! I’m loving it! You definitely deserve a vacation. I hope you had a great time.
wow what an amazing place !!
the place looks gorgeous , hope you enjoyed it !
Don’t honeymoons come after weddings?
sounds like you had fun!xoxo
I LOVE your blog! It’s so unique and just amazing in all aspects! Please continue doing this!! You’re fashion is on point!
What a perfect place to honeymoon. When was the wedding?
ahhy It’s so beautiful !!!! lauren and Ben I love you !!!! Greece
Ilove u ben and lauren☺
Wow! Awesome…looks like a piece of paradise…did I miss the cost involved for going on such a vacation though? Was it expensive and if so, I am sure it was worth it! Great job thus far Lauren…#believetoachieve
It really looks like paradise! The sky, the beach and the ocean is so beautiful in that last photo, and to top if of you two look gorgeous and happy. I hope you had time to read that book of yours, it´s so good,
This might be the place my husband and I has been looking for. Do you need a passport to go there?
beautiful place, beautiful couple !!
We also just got back from Turks! We have two small kids, so we did the Beaches resort but it was AMAZING down there! Also, just a heads up, sometimes its autocorrecting “is” to “in”.. Glad you guys had a great get away!! Well deserved. Love watching you both on the show!
Such stunning photos, Lauren! Looks beautiful!
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The restaurant is called Somewhere not Nowhere. There is no “nowhere” on Grace Bay
I would love to know what airline you flew there. I live in Tampa and I am planning a Caribbean vacation also! Thanks!
Looks amazing! Have fun! <3
first time reading your blog! just wanted to say I LOVE IT! my favorite part is all of your outfits and how you include pictures of exactly what you are wearing! so jealous of your beautiful vacay! keep up the awesome work, Lauren.
Looove reading travel recaps! This one was especially fun to read because I’m going to the Caribbean for the first time too, in January! Can’t wait to see that bright turquoise blue water.
You are my new favorite couple. Please keep on posting about the two of you. Im excited for the wedding.Good Luck!
I love you two and you two deserve the world! I also love love love your blog!!
This looks absolutely stunning! Vacations are such an amazing time to relax and rejuvenate, whether you have a “real job” or not! Any type of job is definitely hard work, don’t let them get you down!
Lauren, your blog is full of grammatical errors. Not the first that I’ve seen on your website. If you’re going to run a lifestyle bog, at least be professional,
The long white dress is divine!!
Love the pictures! This is on my bucket list to go visit. You guys deserve a vacation. Thank you for starting this blog, I love reading your updates and your turtorials. Keep up the amazing work!!
love it ❤️
Looks really nice! What camera do you use?
What a beautiful place! So happy you are taking a break and just enjoying each other! You two deserve that time.
Love, love, love! My boyfriend and I are currently planning a trip to Turks and Caicos and this post was SO helpful!
P.S. Isn’t The Girl on the Train amazing?!?! I was so hooked on that book! I think I read it in 2 days 😉
What an amazing vacation for the both of you!!! Your outfits are darling!
Would love to know where to get the handbag and jewelry!
You are incredibly talented and most definitely have an eye for fashion!!!
Much love from Northern California ❤️
Why is your show so fake and clearly staged in almost every scene!? Come on! Either show your true true colors or just don’t have a show at all.
Nice pics. However, I’d like to see pics of something more realistic…. something that you would pay for from your own pocket. Most of this seems insanely luxurious and not something you could afford without the show. I love watching you on tv but everything seems setup still.
FYI we are visiting T&C next week and I was hoping to see something different from this post.
Lucky you! We got married in Turks & Caicos in Grace Bay in 2005 and have only been back once since having children. It is a lovely island indeed. Glad you enjoyed it too!
You guys seem perfect together. I love keeping up with you too, and I think you are such a great role model Lauren!