My wife and I have gone to a lot of beach resorts around the Caribbean and Mexico. We've been with our young boys to massive all-inclusives in Mexico and the Dominican Republic for Spring Break the past three years. This year we decided to try something low-key... and we're so glad we did.
Grace Bay is about the most idyllic location you can imagine. The waters are crystal clear and the sands a sofr powder white. With the bay protected by a reef, the waters are calm. At low tide, waves are almost non-existant. So if you want to boogie board in the surf, this isn't your beach. But as parents with young children, it was great not having to worry about them being swept out to sea or churned under by crashing waves.
The Sands at Grace Bay is a lovely mid-range condo hotel. There are a few less expensive options and many more that are far more expensive. We loved the combination of three small pools for the kids and the beach. And the beach activity guys were great, happily taking my wife and kids out for a sailboat ride along the bay (I don't know how to sail, but should learn). Life vests, sea kayaks, fins and other snorkel equipment are all there for the asking.
And forget about towel card nonsese we've experienced at other resorts. Just take towels if you need them and place your old ones back in the bin. I mean, really, who are these people who steal towels anyhow?!
Another thing we love about the Sands is we perfer palapas on the beach to umbrellas. They have a nice row of them down the beach. I tend to be an early riser, but slept in a little more on vacation. I'd walk down to the beach at 7:30 a.m. during a busy Spring Break week and be the first one grabbing a spot. How nice to not be battling for turf at 6 a.m. like I've had to do elsewhere! Heck, there were still palapas available well after 9 a.m. most days. And around the pools, there always seemed to be chairs available. The whole situation was very laid back... as it should be on vacation.
The room (#3113) was fine, with kitchens that have reportably been remodeled recently. Don't expect marble baths like at some big resort hotels. But who cares? Ceramic tile does it for me. Our one bedroom unit with a pull-out couch for the boys was just what we needed. The in-unit stackable laundry was perfect so we didn't have to pack as much. And we saved money by eating breakfast and lunch in our unit. (Note: The new IGA near the Grace Bay resorts is more gourmet and organic themed. Lower prices can be found at the original IGA grocery on the Leeward Highway.) Building 3 is closest to the beach.
The Sands does have free Wi-Fi through the resort, as well, which allowed my BlackBerry to connect and make VoIP calls back to the States as if I wasn't away from home, which was also great.
Hemingway's is a nice restaurant on site, where we ate a couple of times. The beachfront location can't be beat, although the service can be slow at times (we experienced this elsewhere on the island, too). But again, who cares? You're on vacation.
So if you're looking for a spot to hang out for a relaxing beach vacation with your family and don't need nonstop activity (no pounding music playing, just the sounds of the ocean), then this may be just the place for you.
We're already planning our return for next year.
- Also Known As:
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- Sands At Grace Bay Providenciales
- Sands Grace Bay
- Sands At Grace Bay Hotel
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