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4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Grace Bay | PO Box 681, Providenciales   |  
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Nashville, TN
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“Sands at Grace Bay and Provo are Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

Went to Providenciales for 5 days to celebrate my 40th birthday with my wife leaving the kids at home. Arrived at 2:30 right on time, customs was busy but only took about 10 minutes. Paul from Grace Bay car rentals was there waiting for us and was very helpful giving directions and pointing out places on the island. Woudl definately recommend them. Made it to the hotel, kind of odd driving on the right side of the car in the left lave, but got used to it and the roundabouts quickly. Check in was very quick and easy, they had upgraded us to a Studio Ocean View w/ a balcony (see picture) from a courtyard view without one. Got us rum punch and gots us off to a great start. Everyone seemed relaxed, friendly, and helpful. Room was great, small "kitchenette" was a microwave, small fridge, toaster, sink and various dishes, glasses, silverwear. Had a washer and dryer in the bathroom, which was large and clean. Headed to the beach (again, see pictures) and walked around a bit. Tour desk got reservation for diving the next day with Caicos Adventures

Decided it was time for an early dinner as we had skipped lunch flying over the Bahamas, so we went to Hemingways. Had the conch fritters (ok, but a bit doughy), jerk chicken sandwich (excellent) and the fish tacos (best I have ever had) and a margarita (not great) and some Turks Head lager (great). We did find that everything on the island is expensive as this meal ran us $60, but hey, we're on vacation, right?
Next day diving at French Cay. thought we were going to West Caicos but change of plan. Boat was big and only 6 divers and 2 dive masters and the captain. If you have never been here, it is very hard to explain how beautifully blue and clear the ocean is. At 40Ft deep going 20 knots you could easily see starfish on the bottom as we passed over. My wife stayed aboard to snorkel and lay in the sun. Diving the wall was great although I get excited and use my air up too fast. Came back for a nap in the hammocks, went to dinner at Jimmy's Dive Bar and then up to Calico Jacks. Both had really good food and Leeanna at Calicos was great and made us coconut leaf animals to take home to the kids. Then headed to the grocery store, the IGA and did some quick pick up things. Again, we were kind of surprised how expensive everything is. $10 for a large papaya, $5 for a half gallon of OJ and $11 for a six pack of beer kind of hurt. Went back to the room and chilled out
Saturday went to the Conch Farm which was suposedly open but nobody around, so we just strolled around a bit and decided to drive around the island. Went to the Nikki Beach resort which was super luxury and super deserted like just about anywhere else. Manager there recommended Caicos Dream tour so we gave them a shout and booked for the next day. went back to the Sands, got our snorkel gear and drove down to Coral Gardens and went snorkeling off the beach. Saw some good coral, quite a few fish, couple barracuda, couple turtles, at at Somewhere on the Beach which was really good. Back to the Sands for a nap. Headed to Horse-Eyed Jack's for dinner, again, nobody there but us and one other table, had a wonderful jerk platter with pork, chicken, shrimp and some potato salad and slaw, everything was great. Went next door to Da Conch Shack and got a plate of cracked (fried) conch and some rum punch and daiquiris which was all excellent but still, just us and one other table. When they say slow season, they really mean it.
Sunday went on the Caicos half day tour, left from the beach 2 hotels down and went out to the reef on Grace Bay, snorkeled out there, saw some cool things, couple small sharks. Headed back to the east end and stopped near the conch farm, learned about conch and got to dive for our lunch, about 8 ft of water and just go down and grab some, then off to a deserted island to have the captain and mate fix them up in a conch salad and we sat on the beach and drank beer and rum and really consider why I go to work every day. On the way out, saw a HUGE ray swimming so they stopped the boat and I dove out with the camera but had a hard time focusing (remember the rum?)
Back to the beach and just layed out the rest of the day, went out for Pizza that night, again, $23 for a 16" pizza was kind of stiff but....
Monday headed out and drove around killing time before the flight, saw quite a bit if the residential areas, Chaulk Sound was beautiful too.
Anyway, was a great trip, too short but would definately recommend going there and would recommend the Sands as well, it was very well kept up, the pools were great and everything was very clean

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2009

Not much to say, just that this hotel is a dirty dump! We checked out after 4 hours and booked in to the Regent Palms. Never again. If you like to shower with bugs, sleep in dirty sheets, be screened in on your balcony and have no functioning phone or hot water than book at the sands. I would not recommend....Good luck if you do.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sands_Managment, Manager at Sands at Grace Bay, responded to this review, July 24, 2010
We set very high standards, this is be tolerated by the hotel. However, the patio is screened in, so you can enjoy your patio in the evening and at night without the bugs. Its one of our key features at The Sands.
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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2009

We chose the Sands because of the reviews we read and we had the time of our lives. Bothof us have travelled around the world to numerous islands nad we found the SANDs and Tuks and and Caicos the most beautiful and Affordableyet. Our oceanveiw room was spaciocios and well kept. The staff kept it stocked and neat and watching the sunset from our porch and the ocean with a cup of coffee in the morning was incredible. Hemmingways was reasnobly priced like any restraunt around here in Boston. There were pricier places around but the sands and Hemmingways was the best bang foryour buck. We will be back next year no question about it!!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2009

We stayed at The Sands August 5-9, 2009. We have a very nice time and are even talking about going back. We stayed in an ocean view 2 bedroom condo. The condo was very spacious and clean. Housekeeping took care of the condo daily with fresh towels and linens. The condo has a full sized kitchen which makes it great for preparing breakfast and lunch. We ate both of those meals in the room since we rarely left the beach. The beds are a bit hard but nothing major. I always had a good night's rest. The baths are spacious and very clean. I can only say good things about the room.

The beach at The Sands has to be one of the most gorgeous beaches I have even seen. I am not an extensive traveler but have been to the beaches in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Punta Cana. This beach topped them all. The water was crystal clear and the water and beach were clear of any debris or seaweed. It was spotlessly clean.. We were in the water from morning until late afternoon. There were always plenty of chairs and umbrellas on the beach for everyone. You will love it. There is a pool but we never used it because the beach was so perfect.

The Island still has a third world feel outside of the resort, as it does in Mexico and Dominican Republic. There is a lot of poverty, etc.

We rented a car which we were leery of but it proved to be a wise choice. We always felt safe driving whether in the daytime or at night. Taxi service on the Island is so expensive and getting around in a car is not bad at all. There are no traffic lights or traffic signs. You drive on the left hand side of the road and you drive around roundabouts. It sounds bad but isn't. Just remember to drive on the left and yield to the right. Traffic is minimal so it isn't bad at all. The car came in very handy for going to the supermarket for groceries and going out to dinner in the evenings.

Prices at the grocery store will shock you. We spent nearly $250 dollars for breakfast and lunch supplies. A sleeve of bagels was over $7....a can of tuna was $8.....A pound of turkey lunch meat was $13......a box of cereal was $6.....a case of soda was $19.....a case of beer was $42. So, you can see how pricey it can be. However, we spoke to someone on the beach and breakfast for 4 at the restuarant on the resort was $86. All and all, eating in for breakfast and lunch saves you money.

Take sunscreen and lots of it. Sunscreen at the small store on the resort was $26. Whew. They got you!

Dinners out were fabulous. Try Coco Bistro and Iguanas. Sharkbite is another good choice....great food in a marina setting. All were excellent. One day we did go the Da Conch Shack for lunch. It is a great local place with great local flavor. It is just picnic tables on the beach but well worth the drive. The food in great. If you have never had conch, now is your time. Delicious. All restaurants are very casual for attire. I wore shorts and a polo every evening. However, pay attention to all bills. Most restaurants add the gratuity in. The first night we tipped on top of the gratuity.

One thing you will notice is that the local people are not overly friendly. They are not "all and out" rude, but not as welcoming was one would expect to visitors, who clearly are the stable of their economy. The most friendly staff members and waiters/watiresses were from Jamaica and Dominican Republic, not the Turks and Caicos. You will see what I mean while there. The folks at Customs, the folks at the car rental, the cashiers in the grocery stores, etc. all appear as if you are bothering them. However, remember, the beaches and the sun do not talk back...Ha! It is a small price to pay for such a beautiful place.

Enjoy your stay at The Sands. I hope you love it as much as we did.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

We have been wanting to go to Provo for some time now. On a last minute lark, we booked a flight and the hotel via AAVacations and this place deserves a 10! WE will return.
I phoned ahead (toll free) and asked for an ocean front first floor room and was offered room 3101. (there was a $100US upcharge plus tax). It was perfect; a one Bed Room, with living room, kitchen, 2 baths, large screened porch. The kitchen was perfect for our late brunches.

The Sands offers twice a day van trips to the IGA for $8US, so you can stock up goodies. Note the prices are typically higher than the states for food, so you may want to bring some goodies from home to save some cash. There is another "gourmet" grocery store in Grace Bay (east of the Sands and about a 15 minute walk) that is a nice alternative. (I brought my Costa Rica Naranjo Coffee, although I ran out and bought some coffee that is roasted in TCI). The cab ride from the airport was $24US plus tip. After a few days of eating at Hemingways, which is really good, we rented a car from Avis for the remainder of the trip. It is a trip to drive on the left, but traffic was relatively light. But it also meant we could explore more of the restaurants on the island.

The Sands has a spa, but it is really a couple of rooms that a local company rents space, so it is not staffed all day. You need to phone to make a reservation. We got a couples massage and I would rate it a 7 for the quality and 6 for the price. They also have 2 public computers with web access and a fitness center. Two pools with private sitting are in the center of the complex, but we preferred the beach and the ocean. Did I say the beach was the best in the world. Soft sand, perfectly clear water, warm temps!

The Sands' neighbors are far enough away to give you a big sense of privacy. Future development may change that, and there is new construction east about a mile. Interesting thing to note is that the building craze has perhaps slowed down a bit, although there is plenty of real estate (both residential and commercial) for sale. If you got the bucks, it is probably a buyers market right now.

Service was friendly and professional. We were never hassled, and felt safe.

The Sands' is offering some off-season deals right now, so for some last minute travel (important in hurricane season), you can get 1-2 nights free. We will return to the Sands, and probably in the summer.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2009

We just returned from our second trip to provo. Once in January and just recently the last week in July. Thanks so much to all of the Turks "experts" and to everyone for their reviews as we discovered a lot of helpful tips to make our second trip just that much better.

On our first trip in January we stayed at the Seven Stars. We are a younger couple that are relatively laid-back but definitely appreciate the finer things in life but did not like the hoity toity feel and missed that tropical feeling we were looking for in a provo hotel. This trip we chose the sands because we really enjoyed hemingways last time for breakfast every morning and the screened porches looked inviting. It was a great decision. This hotel is definitely for those looking to relax, enjoy your HUGE screened porch, a very clean, updated room but would not be for someone looking for the very trendy/ miami/ modern/ nightlife scene...for that I would recommend the Gansevoort. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it as we were just looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway and this hotel was very comfortable. The beaches are the best anywhere and the staff on the beach at the sands are outstanding from digging holes for your umbrellas and chairs to helping not only go get the hobie cat and kayaks but also helping us to learn how to use them. Hemingways is great onsite for breakfast lunch and dinner and is pretty reasonable considering the alternatives. The rooms are very nice...we stayed in an oceanview 3rd floor room in building 2 and it was perfect. The kitchen was a great size and really well equipped. The bed was super comfortable and all of the furniture and accomodations were very nice and well-kept but also very "homey" which was nice. Of course, my favorite part of the room was the screened porch which was huge...but if you go to the oceanfront ones in building 3 wow! you could have a party out there as they're gigantic. We enjoy working out and really just did a lot of walking and running outdoors. The fitness facility at the sands isn't the best i've ever been to as it's in the basement of a builiding but is definitely sufficient with free weights and machines and treadmills and a yoga ball...all you really need for a quick workout especially when you're supposed to be on the beach relaxing!! We really enjoyed staying at the sands and will definitely be back in the future.

In regards to food and where to go, we went to the new grocery the first day which is a little pricey but definitely worth it and appreciate the layout and selection at the new IGA!! We ate breakfast in our room most the time but if you want to venture out we definitely recommend the eggs benedict and french toast at Hemingways. In regards to lunch we love to walk so we tried several spots along grace bay....hemingways fish tacos are incredible, the tuna or chicken cabana wrap at ocean club west hit the spot after a long walk, and the wraps & salads at the palms were amazing. Caicos Cafe inland a little more was also excellent and we heard fabulous things about them for dinner. For dinner we didn't go anywhere outrageously fancy but our favorite spots were Opus, Hemingways, appetizers and mojito martinis at the Lounge at Grace Bay and Baci for a nice, waterside italian meal. We went to Bay Bistro but our service was not very good and it kind of ruined the experience. We wanted to go to Coco Bistro, Parallel and O'Soleil but never made it....definitely will on our next trip. I love the romantic atmosphere at Grace Bay but for a different feel one of our favorite spots was "Somewhere on the Beach"...the mexican food was fabulous and something different as you start to want something else other than the same fish/steak menus. The staff there is incredibly nice and fun and the atmosphere/view is hard to beat...definitley more casual but in a refreshing way.

A couple of things I would highly recommend that we learned from the provo discussion boards is to definitely go to Rumeurs for your jewelry gifts as it's all authentic jewelry (lots made of beautiful shells) and island wear without being cheesy like some of the other shops. I purchased several things for our female family members and they were all a big hit and really beautiful. I also highly recommend the Palms for a massage...both my husband and I went there the last day and it was the best massage I've ever had! I wish we had booked a massage there more than once during our stay and plan on doing so in the future!! I definitely recommend going to the grocery store and stocking up on your favorites but don't forget the styrofoam cups for morning and evening beverages for your walk on the beach, lots of bottled water, and also if you have a soft cooler bag from home that came in handy!

I highly recommend this island and hotel and can't wait to go back!! Enjoy!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2009

Six complexes, building #3 is the closest to the beach. We were in building #1, which is the newest one, but further back. Stayed in one-bedroom unit. Good-sized kitchen, but lots of tiny ants roaming around (keep everything in the fridge). Dishwasher and washer/dryer in rooms (except studios). Housekeeping even supplies dish soap and laundry soap. Temps were mid 90's. Water was so clear. Hotel has bikes available to ride to grocery store (5-10 minutes away on bike). Also a shuttle is available for the bigger grocery store ($9 pp roundtrip). Some tours available--suggest the Glass-Bottom Boat Tour, where you can dive for your own conch and the guides make fresh conch salad for you. Beach staff brings drinks to you and set up umbrellas any where you want. Restaurant on premise called Hemingways. Food is decent, free music and Manager's Rum Cocktail Hour on Tuesday nights. Walk about 10-15 minutes down the road and there are more restaurants, including a shopping plaza (Saltwater Mills). Walk down a little further and there are ice cream shops and more restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#15 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#18 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sands at Grace Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 118
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