Those travelers to the TCI who have sampled only Providenciales have merely touched the tip of the TCI iceberg. Case in point: this little eco-resort high above the swirling azure seas of Mudjin Harbour and the imposing ironshore ridges of Dragon Cay. It's the only resort lodging in Middle Caicos, a magnificent but still largely undeveloped island of unbelieveable lushness. That means craggy ironshore caves, seas brimming with fish, great swaths of pristine bonefishing flats, seaglass dotting the sands, and, well, mosquitoes. Not to worry: The resort's 8 units—5 studio cottages, 2 two-bedroom villas, and 1 three-bedroom villa—have screened porches and A/C to keep out any unwanted pests. Built of whitewashed wood and blue-tile roofs, cottages dot an undulating sprawl of densely vegetated cliffs. The sunny interiors are done in a pastel palette, outfitted modestly but comfortably with good beds and fully equipped kitchens (Sunset has a kitchenette), not to mention big windows and patios that offer stunning views. This is a magical place to play in the great outdoors in peaceful seclusion: You can swim in Mudjin Harbour, explore nearby beaches in Hobie Mirage kayaks, or arrange an excursion with a local guide, including snorkeling and scuba-diving trips and bonefishing expeditions. If you have kids in tow, be sure to take a dip at nearby Bambarra Beach, an emerald expanse with shallow, gentle seas. You may not see another soul.

You can bring groceries in from Provo or North Caicos (the latter is limited) or have the resort provide grocery services before you arrive. Staff keep an inhouse stock of wine, beer, and triple-filtered water for sale, and you can request the day's catch (fresh grouper, lobster in season) from local fishermen. You may not need to cook at all, now that the resort's new restaurant, Mudjin Bar & Grill, perched spectacularly on a bluff overlooking Dragon Cay, is up and running, serving lunch and room-service dinner.