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Sands at Grace Bay
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Grace Bay | PO Box 681, Providenciales   |  
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Ranked #23 of 44 hotels in Providenciales
Newton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Excellent Location, Best beach on the island !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I Stayed at the Sands back in late August 2013 for a week, the staff were very friendly, the rooms were kept clean, the cleaning lady was awesome, the bartenders at the Hemingway restaurant were fantastic ( Kona & john were great ) .

The Sands has the best Beach on the island period. The location is perfect, it's close to everything ( shopping mall, grocery stores, etc ) There is a reef near by if you like to go snorkeling or diving , I spent the majority of the time by the beach drinking the local beer ( Turks head ) :-)

I am already planning my next trip, I would definitely recommend staying at the Sands.

Regards,

Hicham

Room Tip: Ocean view vs Ocean Front !! only the Ocean front suites are actually looking directly at the Ocean.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I traveled to the Sands in November for a week long getaway. The resort is very close to the airport and Sand's does not offer a shuttle. When we tried to get a taxi it was chaos so I would recommend to try to arrange transportation ahead of time.

We stayed in a studio condo on the ground floor in section 6. The room was pretty nice with a spacious sitting area and adequate kitchen space. There is a washer and dryer in the unit which came in handy. One complaint about our room was that our unit was very close to the employee break area which got pretty noisy in the morning. The staff was very accommodating when we requested a blender and coffee filters.

The location of this resort is great. Walking distance to the Salt Mills and Regent Plaza with lots of options for restaurants and shops. Sands also offer free bike use which was helpful for getting to and from the Graceway Gourmet grocery store. Two recommendations - bring your own cups/koozies/cooler to bring to the beach and bring any non-perishable snacks you can. The prices at the grocery store are about double the price you see in the States (ex: cereal was $8 a box).

The pool area and beach was very nice and clean. They did provide waiter service at both. Neither were too crowded the week we were there. Hemmingway's the restaurant at Sand's was very convenient but pretty pricey. The food was very tasty but I would recommend to venture out to some of the other restaurants nearby (Mr Grouper's is a short bike ride away for local, affordable fare).

Overall it was a great stay. The Sand's was a great value to be able to stay on one of the best beaches in the world. We would most certainly come back.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Sands from 12/17 to 12/22/2013. Check in was a breeze all paperwork was done in advance all I had to do was show ID give a credit card and sign in. Smiles and answers to any and all questions were flowing. On the way to the room the bellman was a wealth of suggestions on where to go and what to do as well as a tour of the grounds. The room was clean and surprisingly large for a studio. A quick change of clothes and off to the beach that was right off the back of the pool. A stroll on the beach into the breathtaking sunset was a memory in the making. Dinner at Hemingway's was pretty good but kind of pricey. Dinner menue was kind of limited for a non fish eater. We found other places within a short walk for dinners but had breakfast at Hemingway's every day of our stay. Do not overlook the Hammock grove. There may be no more serene place on the planet. At 6'2" and 270 I rarely find Hammocks large enough or strong enough to be comfortable so this was a real treat.By checkout the staff knew and greeted us by name. This stay was like visiting with family,without your grandmother's fruitcake. We can't wait to come back.

Room Tip: Studios suck. No view at all so if possible the rooms with the balconies seem to be the way to go. B...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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High Point, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Overall, this was a wonderful place to stay. We were there Dec 18-22 for our 10th anniversary, staying in a one bedroom oceanfront unit (pricey but incredible views). The huge screened balcony and large indoor living space made it easy to feel comfortable. This is basically a time share condo development which is run like a hotel. Therefore, some of the units may be differing in the upkeep of the interiors. Our unit showed some signs of aging, but if you are not too particular about matching appliances etc, you will enjoy your stay. The on site restaurant, Hemingway's was okay (fish tacos are pretty good). We ate lunch their daily, but dinner is a bit expensive for the quality of food, so we tried other places nearby. Mango Reef is about a 5-10 min walk along the beach and was nice (also very expensive), and we got to sit at a table in the sand, which was great. The grounds of the resort were well maintained and the pools looked great - however the highlight was Grace Bay. Just beautiful. The Sands is on a stretch of beach which is clean, wide, and not really close to the reef, so it's great for swimming. We went parasailing, and took many walks along the beach. I almost never go back to the same place for vacation (except Disney World), but we will definitely be back with the kids next time.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hoboken, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Positives:
* Property's location is ideal and beach is perfect
* Grounds are very well maintained

Negatives:
* Rooms can use an upgrade; finishes are dated
* Check-in experience can be improved; strict 3PM check-in even when switching rooms
* Service by Hemingway restaurant staff could be improved - smile would be nice
* Concierge did not offer additional suggestions on restaurants, etc - only answered specific questions

In summary, loved the beach so will definitely return to Grace Bay but not to The Sands.

Room Tip: Lack of privacy on ground level rooms
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

The Sands was the perfect place to stay. All of the staff was pleasant. The ladies that work in the lobby were always smiling and kind. The Bellhops Inbel (Sp?) and Terry helped my best friend and I get settled in and made sure we never waited long for a cab. Mr. John and Ainsley at the Excursion booth were so helpful with booking our Snorkeling excursion. Ainsley took us out on the Hobie Cat and that was a fun experience. He gave us a quick sailing lesson as we went along. the Stay here was a delight. We were in a 2Br/2Ba Ocean Front that was close to the restaurant and both pools. We ate at Hemingway's each morning for breakfast and Ms. Clara was the sweetest. This place was worth every penny.

Room Tip: Building 4 4202 great location
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I stayed for a full week and would definitely come back here. The room was large, clean, and in good condition. Having a washer/dryer in the room was helpful (they even provided a couple detergent packets). The room (small condo/apartment, really) was a very good value for the price (not cheap, but reasonable for the area and for what it provided). The overall 'feel' of the resort was great - very simple and not pretentious at all. Staff was unobtrusive and courteous. The front desk staff (Judith, if I recall her name correctly) was extremely helpful and took a great deal of time to ensure we had an excellent stay.

The staff at the tour desk (offering diving through Ocean Vibes) were the only people who I was particularly disappointed with - they were minimally helpful when I had questions, and generally seemed to convey an attitude that my questions were a nuisance or burden. I was glad that I had chosen to dive with the much more friendly (and more highly rated, for now apparent reasons) Flamingo Divers.

Aside from that, I was generally very happy with this stay. Don't expect to be waited on attentively as you might at some other places, but if you are content with a spacious room, a gorgeous, quiet beach, and a low-key atmosphere then this place is simply wonderful.

Room Tip: Limited rooms have an actual view of the ocean, and many that do have only a partial view. Expect to...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Grace Bay | PO Box 681, Providenciales
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Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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#10 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#14 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#15 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sands at Grace Bay 4*
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