We had originally booked Pointe Grace for our 20th Anniversary, but switch to Ocean Club due to a nearly $700 difference. I suppose Ocean Club can be hit or miss depending on which unit you're in and who the other guests are when you arrive, but we definitey had a "hit" experience in that our room (8302) was nice (very "beach house-y") and the other guests were reasonable enough. I imagine that, at busy times and with obnoxious guests, it can get loud at night there as the suites have very large patios and two pools in the midst of the condos. Here are my positives and negatives, followed by some overall Turks and Caicos impressions / suggestions.
*The room and grounds were very clean with a large staff. Housekeeping did a great job on our room.
*The kitchen was nice and had lots of dishes and utensils (but only salt and pepper -- no other spices). We actually only ate out one time during our whole trip, but we're not big eaters anyway.
*The beach was perfect and had lots of available chairs and towels at all times. There was also a nice helf yourself water cooler which was a nice touch. We liked that there was nobody ever looking for tips here -- they pretty much leave you alone unless you specifically ask for something. For us, this is a positive, for others, this might be a negative.
*The location within Grace Bay was good. The advantage is that it is about the last large-ish resort in that direction, so you can walk on gorgeous, secluded beaches starting about 100 yards to the right of the hotel. The negative is that you can't walk to the great snorkeling reefs that lie several miles up on the left of the resort (well, you could walk there, but most people wouldn't -- the sand is very soft which tires you out pretty quickly).
*They have really nice, comfortable pools at both locations. Keeps you clean feeling. There are grills that we used once and several others used that were available. Three at Ocean Club. And these are nice, gas grills (the $1500 kind), not junky charcoal ones. Despite what we had heard, meat is not really that expensive at the IGA grocery store. One South American family cooked up a feast with all sorts of meats, vegetables, and wine.
*The restaurant and bar area was nice and lit up cool at night.
*Oh, and finally, Iove how all the resorts on TCI have screened in porches, as does Ocean Club. You can go outside anytime of the day or night and not have to worry about getting bit by bugs. In fact, we went all over the island and multiple beaches and I never got a single bite of any kind. I suppose it's seasonal.
*There are no free watersports amenities, which the website is a bit vague about. Not even a stinking kayak. Above It All sports is the only sailboat rental place in town that we found after multiple searches, and it happens to be right next to Ocean Club. We rented a catamaran for $85 for two hours and had fun, but most places seemed to have at least one catamaran available for free (Pointe Grace had one rigged and ready to go that we never saw used; Club Med, which is next to Ocean Club, had about six rigged and unused all day). Kayaking on Grace Bay does not really look fun, though, as it's a pretty strong current and quite choppy.
*The bar is too expensive. $5.50 for Turks Head beer when other places charge $4. If you drink, go to a liquor store instead, although making frozen drinks looked to be expensive as the mix was about $14 and the liquor at least $10 for a pint or so.
Providenciales Tips / Impressions...
*This island seems very safe and clean. Nobody approached us one time to sell us anything, which is a stark contrast from Jamaica, where we got approached by drug dealers and peddlers well over a hundred times (I exaggerate not). Still, it definitely lacked the edginess and culture of Jamaica and didn't seem to have anything uniquely theirs. The natives seemed calm and standoffish (some might think they're rude); but hey, their ancestors were dumped there after slavery was made illegal in the British Empire and many of them pretty much are still slaves (cleaning up after the white man for small recompense). There's also a lot of money on this island with hundreds of multi-million houses all over.
*Rent a car if you can. If you drive stick shift, rent from Avis. We got a car for five days, four nights for about $150 after tax! We drove all over the island and anywhere we wanted and refilled the car for $25. There's nothing too earth-shattering to see on the island, but there are a few cool sites.
*Visit Chalk Sound and Sopadilla Bay, both of which are high on the scale of beauty. Sopadilla Bay is great for swimming and hanging out.
*Visit the Alexandra National Park, which includes several excellent reefs just off shore. We didn't dive this trip, but didn't really need to because the snorkeling is so good. We pretty much saw what we would have seen anyway. There is no admission costs.
*Leave plenty of time budgeted for airport departure, as it gets super crowded and is not the most efficient place in the world.
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