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Dellis Cay – Wikipedia

This cay is currently uninhabited, and does not have any finished hotels or residents. Unfortunately, the island is marred by uncompleted structures on its western beach.

This resort scheme was part of the luxury Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay Project and the future of development on the island is unsure. It’s unclear if or when construction may resume.

Dellis Cay

A beautiful beach wraps around the northwest point of this cay, and Dellis Cay has had the reputation of best beach in the country for seashell beachcombing. The cay was named in the late s after Grecian John Dellis.


Inexpert skin diver John Dellis moved to the Turks and Caicos from the island of Hydra in Greece to begin the sponging industry in the islands. Cqy, sponges were harvested directly from the reefs surrounding the Caicos Islands, yet they were overfished and became depleted within decades.

After that, the sponges were farmed in sheltered lagoons, including Chalk Soundwhere some ruins still remain in the water. In years, the sponges would be large enough to harvest, after which they would be cut, dried, and exported. Two occurrences rapidly put an end to sellis industry: Sisala fibrous agave exported to make rope and raised on almost every major island in the country, became unviable to raise due to the invention of plastic fibres.

David Chipperfield Architects, Lissoni Associati, Kengo Kuma, Zaha Hadid, and Carl Ettensperger each designed various elements, including the hotel, villas, residences, the spa, restaurants and boutiques, the marina, and coastal features. Unfortunately, due to the caustic marine environment, the unfinished structures are likely unsalvageable, ccay will probably have to be demolished for future development to occur.


The terrain of Dellis Cay consists mainly of low-elevation sandy soil, and low marine sedimentary stone bluffs. xellis

As is the case with many of the islands in the area, the entire southern side of Dellis Cay consists of wetlands. Much of the wetlands are marine mangrove, but some of the interior ponds are brackish, which is an unusual environment in the Turks and Caicos.

The unfinished Mandarin Oriental project on Dellis Cay. Dellis Cay The beach at Dellis Cay.

The ruins of the Dellis Cay Project today. The exquisite beach at Dellis Cay.

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