My wife and I stayed in a one-bedroom oceanfront suite for seven nights on our honeymoon in October/November 2012. Upon checking in and walking into the room, the very first thing that jumped out and took my breath away was the view. I'm sure most of the hotels on Grace Bay with oceanfront rooms have similar views, so this doesn't necessarily set Windsong apart, but it certainly doesn't hurt. All in all, the experience and ambiance of Windsong were perfect for us.
Room: At 1600 square feet, the suite was almost twice the size of our condo back home, but we wanted something larger than a standard hotel room, and the suite layout made it feel more like a home than a hotel. The bedroom was large with a king sized bed and a walk-in closet with plenty of storage space. The kitchen was spacious and well-stocked with all the necessary cooking implements, which served us well since we decided to cook our own meals for a few nights (more on that in a moment). The highlight of the suite was definitely the living room and balcony. The living room had sliding glass doors on two sides that were able to be opened up all the way to the wrap-around balcony, effectively creating an open-air environment and allowing the ocean breeze and sounds of the gently lapping waves on the beach just yards away to drift into the room. The balcony had access from the bedroom as well, and was furnished with wicker furniture consisting of two lounge chairs and a picnic table with four chairs. This made leaving the room harder since we were able to laze about on the balcony so conveniently. The master bathroom had a large walk-in shower, two sinks, and a separate toilet. There was also a half-bath in the hallway.
Location: First the pro's. Windsong is located a quieter stretch of Grace Bay Beach, west of the major tourist center of the town. This makes it a little bit more subdued and relaxed, with less beach traffic than the more crowded stretches located to the east. The Bight Reef is located literally right off the beach behind the resort. This is an excellent snorkeling spot, with lots of marine life and good visibility. We actually spent three days scuba diving (around other parts of the islands) so didn't give snorkeling in the reef much thought until our last day but we were pleasantly surprised at the abundance of marine life. We spotted a sea turtle and a spotted eagle ray, two critters that eluded us on our scuba expeditions, so we were very excited about that.
The only negative thing about the location is that it is not easy to get into town where the majority of the restaurants/shopping areas are located, particularly in the dark and if you don't have a car. Our first day we were going to try to walk down the beach to the Mango Reef restaurant at the Alexandra for dinner (about a 20 min walk), but were rudely greeted by the waves crashing right up against the stairs at the back of the resort. Apparently this was an after-effect of Hurricane Sandy which had raised water levels in the region and effectively eliminated the beach. By our third day the waters had subsided and the beach was back. Attempting to walk on the road into town wasn't a great idea either; it is not well-lit nor is it well-marked; granted we were without a map and had not yet oriented ourselves to the island, but still, it was not pedestrian-friendly. The beach is fine to walk on during the day; we were able to walk to Regent Village in about 40 minutes, but after dark cabs are pretty much the only way to go unless you have a rental car. Partially because of this and partially due to the costs at restaurants, we decided to cook at the hotel a couple of nights; the hotel offers a daily shuttle at 4 pm to go into town to the Graceway Gourmet grocery store ($8 per person, round trip). As I mentioned earlier, the kitchen had all the amenities we needed to cook, so this ended up being a good option for us. We did end up cabbing into town a couple nights for dinner (about $10 each way). The Somewhere Cafe restaurant, located at the Coral Gardens restaurant next door, is also very good.
Ambiance: The resort was very quiet while we were there. I was a bit surprised, even though it is considered to be low season. The onsite restaurant, JoJo's, didn't have much traffic at any point during our stay (although the drinks they made were excellent, i.e. very strong :) That said, it was therapeutic to be able to sit out on the beach, or at the pool, or on our balcony and listen to nothing but the sounds of the ocean.
Amenities: Although we didn't have a beach due to the surge for the first couple days, the staff was very quick to get the chairs and umbrellas back up after the water receded. As I mentioned earlier, JoJo's restaurant made very good cocktails and it was convenient to have the bar so close to the pool/beach. They also offered a complimentary continental breakfast for hotel guests. It was pretty basic, but that's to be expected with a continental breakfast. You could also order additional breakfast items such as eggs, pancakes, etc. at a cost. Spa Tropique, a local massage parlor with several locations on the island, has a parlor located on the premises. We did a 70 minute couples massage and they did an amazing job. I don't get massages often but this was the first one where I dozed off at a couple different points because I was just so relaxed. I came out feeling fresh and rejuvenated. The rooms all are supposed to have wi-fi connections but I was not able to get onto the network in our room through my laptop or my phone for the duration of the trip. This was a minor nuisance as I wanted to stay as unplugged as possible, but it was a nuisance nonetheless when we were trying to look up info for restaurants, activities, etc. They did have a computer in the lobby available for guest use, and the speed of that connection was very good.
Overall, this is an excellent resort to stay at. The rooms are amazing, the beachfront is beautiful, and the whole environment is very laid-back. If you are looking for an awesome room with a great view, and don't feel the need to be situated right in the middle of the action of town, then I would highly recommend staying at the Windsong. It was exactly what we were looking for on our honeymoon.
- Also Known As:
- Windsong Hotel
- Windsong Hotel Providenciales
- Windsong Resort Providenciales
- Windsong Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Windsong Overview A repeat favorite for guests, Windsong is a refreshingly intimate, Caribbean beachfront resort located on Grace Bay and Providenciales’ best coral reef. The resort enjoys exclusive TCI membership in Preferred Boutique Hotels and is a Trip Advisor “Top 25 Caribbean Hotel.” Daily Continental breakfast, WIFI, non-motorized watercraft, bicycles, fitness center, underground parking, and chilled water and towels--both beachside and at the oceanfront pool--are complimentary. Relaxing spa treatments, romantic candlelight beach dinners, Jojo’s refreshing libations and menu selections, and scheduled entertainment delight Windsong guests. All accommodations offer kitchens or kitchenettes and laundry facilities. Selections include 250 sq. ft. -- 4,480 sq. ft. and range from standard rooms, to studios, to exquisite 1-4 bedroom oceanfront and penthouse suites up to 4,480 sq. ft. Additionally, Windsong offers a unique, private oceanfront villa with a trellised oceanfront terrace and private plunge pool. All Windsong Rooms Include:Non-smoking rooms with keyless entryMarble flooring & ensuite baths10’ Ceilings & custom cabinetryPillowtop beds with Hilden linensFrette towels & bathrobesBvlgari toiletriesFlat-Screen/LCD/HD/Cable TVDVD • I-pod docking station • Alarm clock Room-controlled air-conditioningIn-room safe ... more less
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