My husband and I, along with another couple, spent two weeks at Grace Bay Suites, returning on the Easter weekend. We loved this small property because it gave us the opportunity to get to know the staff well - we didn't go with the attitude that the trip was "all about us", although Bernie sure went out of her way to make us feel that way - sending her partner out to find Sorrel juice and letting us borrow her iPOD adapter so that we could charge our device. She even took our friends to the beach with her family on her day off!! We loved getting to know the barmaids, particularly Jean, at Danny Buoys and Bismania, a server at the Saltmills Cafe (who gave us high fives and Spanish lessons every time we went in). We were very interested in their stories, where they were from, their families, etc. These people work very hard, many of whom support families in other countries, and have a real sense of pride in doing their jobs well.
Having read reviews from people who stayed at Grace Bay Suites, I was prepared for the limited kitchen facilities. I packed groceries such as cereal, rice cakes, snacks, peanut butter and tea. I took plastic salad bowls which doubled as cereal bowls, an encased paring knife for cutting fruit and vegetables, a quart sized microwave dish, Ziploc bags for storing food and cloth shopping bags which were better for carrying groceries from the IGA. The IGA celebrated its first anniversary while we were there and threw a party in the parking lot together with infectious Caribbean music (my husband even had the guard at the Bank dancing) and a tasty BBQ of chicken, potato salad, grilled pineapple/onions and a drink for only $5.00. Dante, guard at the grocery store, was extremely helpful in answering lots of our questions - they have a concierge office just inside the grocery store for the convenience of visitors.
The property's location is perfectly situated for access to the beach - there is a very pretty access path at the end of the street adjacent to the Regent Palms which means that you don't have to take the intrusive walk through the Regent property itself (hey, we're polite Canadians). Proximity to restaurants at other hotel properties was convenient, i.e. Bay Bistro at the Sibonne Beach Hotel, Hemingways at the Sands or the Seaside Cafe at Ocean Club West Resort. Everything you need is close by - the grocery/drug stores, bank and car rental. Our party of 4, together with a couple from Calgary whom we met at the Suites, rented a Land Rover from Grace Bay Car Rentals and went out to Malcolm's Beach - certainly worth it if you like to snorkel. Todd and his staff were very accommodating. Horse Eye Jack's, in the Blue Hills area, was a great place to stop for lunch - beautiful location, good food and friendly staff. Taxis were clean and punctual - we really enjoyed "Dr. Love" who drove us to Walkin Dock where we got the passenger ferry to North Caicos, and who was waiting for us on our return. A day trip to North & Middle Caicos is worth the day's car rental. Be sure to visit Mudgin Harbour on Middle Caicos - one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen. It's also a treat to have the Forbes' prepare lunch for you at Daniel's Cafe. We very much enjoyed them. Brunch at the Provo Golf Course is well worth the walk and is priced very reasonably. The only downside, if you can call it that, of our trip was our discomfort with sneaking onto vacant lounge chairs at other hotel properties on the beach. We did that only a couple of times, making sure to occupy only those loungers that were on the fringe of the property and only when there were plenty of empty ones for the real guests (which was all the time). The fact that the beach was never crowded was certainly appealing. In general, we liked the size of the Grace Bay area - kept running into the same friendly people over and over again. That, for us, made the trip wonderful.
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