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“Affordable luxury in paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Sands at Grace Bay
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Grace Bay | PO Box 681, Providenciales   |  
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Concord, NC
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“Affordable luxury in paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

We traveled with a group of 11 friends, 2/3 of which are divers. We reserved one 2-bedroom and one 3-bedroom oceanfront suite and overall both were spacious, well-stocked, beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable. However, if (when!) we go back, we will not stay in a 3 room unit with friends again because it is more suited to a family with small children. The master suite was amazing, but the other bedrooms were very small. One had the HVAC unit in a closet (started up very loudly several times per night) and only two small end tables with drawers for our clothing. The other was set up like a sitting room with a sleeper sofa rather than a standard bedroom. Not good when everyone is paying an equal share and one room is far superior to the others. The 2 bedroom unit was perfect for adults or a family traveling together.

Overall The Sands was amazing - excellent staff and service, on-site spa ranked one of the best on the island, beach-side concierge w/free use of beach and snorkeling equipment, including hobie cats. The divers booked through Caicos Adventures, which came highly recommended and was one of the best dive outfitters we'd ever used. The hotel assisted with tons of other excursions including horseback riding, 4-wheeling and a night at one of the local casinos. There were several pool areas - all well-maintained. Tues night there was a cocktail reception with free drinks and food - all excellent! The rum punch is addicting! The resort is not in a heavily populated area, so we walked quite a bit to find restaurants other than the one on-site - Hemingway's, which was terrific, but you can only eat at the same place so many times before you tire of it. Mango Reef was a 1.5 to 2 mile walk (cabs were fairly expensive for groups our size), but was also excellent. There was a shopping center roughly 1/4 mile away with a great casual/family restaurant (SaltMill Cafe was the name, I think - fastest service we found) and several small shops, which we visited quite a bit. There's also a grocery store about 1/2 mile away and The Sands will take you there by shuttle twice per day.

The only (very mildly) disappointing element was the lack of evening activities. The casino outing was very disappointing (it was small and completely empty except for our group) and other than local bands playing a few nights on the patio at Hemingway's, there was simply not much to do. Good thing we were very tired from so much day-time adventure! I would highly recommend The Sands to families and couples alike and will def be going back some day - particularly when it was definitely the most affordable luxury resort on the whole island - and possibly that we've ever experienced.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2009

The location along the long strip of hotels was perfect. Set away a little from hotels on either side. It had the widest beach area with cute tiki huts so you could still take in the scene unlike some of the hotels with chairs and sun shields right against each other. The landscaping was really pretty and green. Hemingways is the only bar and restaurant on location and they come out to the beach for drink requests. $5-9 drinks We hit the IGA and bought beer and wine for the week which worked out well. The pools were clean and refreshing. Relaxing waterfall at the middle pool with great pergola and shade palm trees. Easily our favorite spot. Hotel has floaties for lounging in the pools and ocean. We took out the little hobie cat sailboat which was so much fun. Risked hurricane season in Sept but the weather was perfect and had the hotel practically to ourselves. Reserved the queen bed condo with courtyard view or something but we still had a great location and I thought it was better than the one room king bed regular hotel style. Our room was separate from the front/ living room space with kitchenette. We stocked up on snack foods and sandwich stuff so we could eat and get right back to the beach or pool and went out for dinners. Overall it was a decent hotel, clean, great location, kind staff and a great trip!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

My husband and I visited Provo for the first time for our 10 year anniversary. I visited TripAdvisor every week for months to make sure our stay would be the best, and it was!!

We arrived at the airport and went directly to the Budget counter to rent a car. The price was $39.95 daily which was comparable to in town rental places. The only drawback was that you had to return the car to the Budget office in town as opposed to the airport and someone will drive you the short distance to the airport from there.

The Sands at Grace Bay is BEAUTIFUL!! There was a miscommunication with the room we booked and we were upgraded immediately to room 3310 which was awesome. We arrived on a Tuesday just in time for the managers rum punch evening. That was a great introduction to Turks... having rum and Turks Head lager while watching the sun set and meeting some fellow vacationers. Since we happened to take a chance and visit during hurricane season the resorts and restaurants were SO not busy. A couple of the restaurants and resorts were closed. The Sands was the most happening place within a mile walking distance on the beach. Try and make it to the IGA just to get snacks and drinks if you want to avoid the $4 Turks Head and $7 fruity drinks. We LOVED the palapas and never had to wait once for one.

Our favorite place to eat was Hemingways at the Sands. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were consistant and the prices reasonable. The fish tacos were our favorite and the filet with mushroom sauce for dinner was great. Other places we dined.... Tiki Hut, Horse Eyed Jacks, Somewhere on the Beach and take out from Pizza Pizza in our room while watching the Steeler game... that was fun!!!

The staff at the Sands were nice and things ran smoothly. They have a 'no problem' attitude which worked great for us since this was a purely relaxing vacation. My husband dived with Dive Provo... which was great, especially when he got to swim with a shark. We went on a sunset cruise that we booked with the tour company at Sands. It was great and we met some really nice people from all over the world. We snorkeled at Coral Gardens right off Grace Bay and saw sting rays, turtles, angel fish, barracuda, star fish and other little creatures. We drove to Sopadilla bay but wasn't that impressed. There is a much prettier beach if you drive away from the airport on Leeward Highway and take a side road where some housing developments are being built.

We were very impressed and will go back again hopefully when our kids are old enough to dive and the whales are migrating.

  • Stayed September 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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Nashville, TN
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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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Markham, Canada
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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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3 hotel reviews
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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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36 hotel reviews
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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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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:
#11 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
#21 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sands at Grace Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect harmony on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales Experience an earthly wonder of sand and sea at our 114-suite luxury resort on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies. Family-friendly, yet ideally suited for romantic getaways and wedding celebrations, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a harmonious balance of home comforts and sublime Caribbean elegance - as well as a picture perfect location on the sparkling shores of Grace Bay Beach. If you are dreaming of a beach holiday in the Caribbean that gives you the flexibility of having your own fully-equipped suite while enticing you with fine dining, pristine grounds and sigh-inducing vistas, we look forward to welcoming you to The Sands at Grace Bay. ... more   less 
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