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“Can't wait to go back!” 4 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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Ranked #26 of 44 Hotels in Providenciales
Atlantic City, New Jersey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Can't wait to go back!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

We were a little apprehensive of our visit due to a very negative review written on this site. We were extremely pleased that it wasn't at all true.

We had great service right from the start. The restaurant staff at Hemingway's was so wonderful; everyone smiled, said hello, and even remembered what you were drinking. Servers came down the beach every so often asking if you wanted anything. At the front desk, our request to use bikes was granted immediately every time, and with a smile.

If I had one complaint about the room it would be the bathroom. It was very small, and in need of an update, but on the other hand, it was very clean. The two-room suite that we were given was small, but had all of the necessities. Bed was very comfy. Even though they had a notice that sheets were only changed every 3 days unless you requested more often, ours were changed daily. I know we could have upgraded to an ocean view, but honestly, we spent so little time in our room that it would have been a waste of money in our opinion. We had a nice view of the pool. The landscaping and grounds were perfectly manicured and the flowering shrubs were spectacular.

Being Irish, we were excited to find an Irish Pub nearby - Danny Bouy's had great food and Guinness! We had a very good meal there - fresh fish and great hamburger. Also ate at a restaurant at the next resort down the beach and it was good. But Hemingway's food was wonderful. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner couldn't have been better. The complaint about food being VERY expensive was unfounded in our opinion. We live in a resort area year round and the prices here are much more expensive that what we found at Hemingway's.

There really is nothing to do in Provo, and a lot of the small shops were closed because it is off season right now. But were weren't disappointed. We rode bikes, walked the beach, read lots of books, and went on a wonderful snorkeling tour with Reef Peepers - booked right at The Sands towel hut, where help was also in abundance. It was a wonderful experience. My husband also went bone fishing with Silver Deep. Although he didn't catch anything, he really enjoyed himself and met with the owners of the business and fished with their son. He was disappointed that he couldn't fish off the beach - Grace Bay is a National Park and fishing is not allowed. We did snorkel right in front of the hotel and saw barracuda and other small fish; no shells to speak of which was a bit of a disappointment for me, as I am an avid shell seeker.

There are many spa services at The Sands, but we didn't use them. The prices there were high in my opinion. The pools and hot tub were well maintained, but we spent most of our days on the beach.

As I said, can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Rochester, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

We chose to stay a week at The Sands at Grace Bay to celebrate our 30th anniversary and were not disappointed. We had an ocean view, one bedroom suite and it was beautiful. I love that the huge porch was completely screened in because we left the 4 sliders open 24/7 and enjoyed the beautiful tropical breeze. The turquoise water is amazing. Tip: they provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap and body lotion. They also provided coffee and sweeteners. We ate at Hemingway's for several lunch and dinners and it was awesome. The staff was friendly and quite attentive. They served the best Mojitos I have ever had. The fresh mint was amazing. I recommend going in low season as there aren't lines or waiting for a seat in a restaurant. I suspect the whole island is very busy in the winter. They had three Hobie cats, snorkeling equipment and kayaks. Everything was fantastic. I want to go back right now!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

Set in the middle of Grace Bay this resort is perfect if you like to be close to restaurants and steps from a perfect beach. We stayed for 3 weeks and were pleased with everything. We were in an ocean front condo with a fabulous, relaxing porch. The suite was large with a full kitchen and laundry room. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Hemingways restaurant is right on the beach and wonderful. Wait staff will serve drinks and food to you at your beach chair, can't get any better than that. We rented a car to be able to explore the island and do some golfing. Highly recommend for a great price.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

We just returned yesterday. I would not change one thing about the Sands. The only - and only - thing worth mentioning are the hard beds. Everyone was pleasant and welcoming here. We read one negative review where the reviewer practically hated everything there. It sort of cast doubt on our trip. It certainly made us sensitive to her discussed topics. We actually reviewed our experiences every night. We couldn't find ONE person that wasn't pleasant. Maybe the negative reviewer should consider that when you're nice to folks that sometimes it's reciprocated. We spoke to everyone with which we came in contact. The only 'downer' people were some snooty guests.

A few things to consider:
Bring One Dollar Bills, as the cab drivers may not be able to make change.
Consider renting a car, as cab fare can eat you alive. Renting will allow island exploration.
Eat at the Salt Mills cafe - good food, friendly people, and better prices.
Sit outside at the Irish Pub.
Make sure you look the 'correct' way before crossing the street.
Bring flashlights for strolls on the beach, as it's pretty dark.
Think twice before using the bicycles, as traffic is crazy on the island.
The bicycles have no baskets, btw.
Go to the Gourmet Market. You can walk there, but be mindful of carrying heavy stuff back.
The water is safe to drink, but a couple of us encountered gastro issues without eating a bunch.
Buy your sunscreen at the little shop across from the Salt Mill. You won't pay an arm and a leg there.
Wear the sunscreen.
Wear lots of sunscreen.
Purchase and wear a surfer's rash guard. We're both tan, but that sun is strong!
Eat at Hemingway's. Good food, decent prices, and a really cool wait staff.
Bring flip

One line says it all:
We're coming back!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

We were happy with this hotel and our stay. We were in the lowest cost room with no balcony. But were only steps from the beach and pool, so balcony wasn't a necessity for us. The bathroom shower was kind of icky and mildewy. The shower curtain needed replaced and the tiles needed a good scrub down. But for the most part, we were happy with our room and the staff were always very friendly.
We ate at the hotel restaurant 3 times. Great food every time and cost was reasonable. I love the couch fritters, got them everywhere we went. Yum! Also, just a lil tip.. if you drink Coronas I would suggest buying them at the little hotel store versus at teh restaurant by the pool. Much cheaper!

We dined at Coco Bistro one night. Love, loved, loved it! Went the the Infiniti Bar also, that was cool. Also, ate at the restaurant at that hotel, had a table practicually on the beach. Can't remember the name of the restaurant but AMAZING food! Expensive but worth it to sit on the beach and watch the sunset with champagne.
Another tip is that you DO NOT need a rental car. We had one and barely used it. THe hotel had bikes which we biked to the grocery store and shops a couple times. And cabs were pretty cheap, which we took to the casino because we knew we would be drinking.
The water was the bluest we have ever seen. Even more blue than Hawaii. Wow, it was so clear and more of a turquoise color.
Only big downfall was the mosquitos! Which I was eaten alive by them even with bug repellant on. Of course my boyfriend didn't even get bit once!
All and all a decent hotel for the cost, good location, and good service.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

We spent 7 nghts at The Sands at Grace Bay for our honeymoon. We booked through Costco Travel and felt like the deal we got was good for the area. When we arrived late on our first night we went to our "ocean view" room, which really lacked much of an ocean view. Since it was our honeymoon, we decided to inquire about other available rooms with a better view or what it would cost to upgrade. The person at the front desk helped us, and was able to get us a better view at no extra charge, starting on the second night. The new room was amazing. Very glad we asked to change! We spent a lot of time sitting on our balcony watching the ocean, and drinking coffee or wine.

The room was very nice and met our needs. There was a small fridge, coffee maker, toaster, utensils, dishes, etc. We walked to the nearby grocery store and purchased some wine, and snacks which we kept in our room and enjoyed throughout the week. The resort itself is very quiet, which we enjoyed. But if you're looking for big nightlife or a party scene, this is not the place.

We dined at the resort restaurant, Hemingways, on several occassions and enjoyed almost everything we ate there. The only thing I had that I didn't like was the huevos rancheros, but everything else was quite good. The resort is also close to many other restaurants. We went to Bay Bistro, which is right next door, on two ocassions, which was very good. They have a very nice brunch on Sundays.

The beach is amazing at Grace Bay. The sand is soft and white, and the water is so clear and blue. It was beautiful. We were there during the slow season, so there was no problem getting a spot under an umbrella and a couple chairs.

Only thing I wish was different, is I wish they had room service. After we got such a nice view it would have been nice to have some meals out there and relax. Also, the staff is not overly friendly, but not to the point of being rude or anything, just direct I guess and not a lot of extra smiles like I'm used to.

I would definitely go back to Grace Bay and would stay at the Sands again, if it still looked to be a good deal. It seemed there were other resorts that were more luxurious, but the Sands was very comfortable and clean and was perfect for us.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Delaware
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2010

My name is Kia Holmes and I was recently a guest at The Sands from 10/7-10/13. I came all the way from Newark, DE to visit the beautiful country of Turks & Caicos and what it had to offer and I was not disappointed. The Sands Hotel was a beautiful establishment of luxury and privacy something I came along way to retrieve. The room was well kept by the housekeepers daily and the superior amenities and friendly personal service by Leonard Higgs specifically, was quite impressive. More than once did I lock myself out of my room and Mr. Higgs in a timely manner came to my rescue. Mr. Higgs was helpful when it came to local restaurants and outings around the Island, because of him and the rest of The Sands employees I felt like a valued guest. I truly hope Mr. Higgs and The Sands staff are rewarded and commended for their outstanding service. Thank you, and hope to see the Island of Turks soon for another stay at The Sands.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Grace Bay | PO Box 681, Providenciales
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:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#15 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#19 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
#19 On the Beach 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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