This is our (family) 2nd year to visit Providenciales and the Somerset Resort. We had such a good time in 2008 we booked about 7 or 8 months in advance and had requested 302 or 303 and were told it would not be a problem. Unfortunately it was a problem and my internal tension was extremely high as AA had lost my 2 bags. I was not in a good mood and when told that we could not have one of the rooms we had requested, I thought this may not be the trip I was expecting. We were told that they do not guarantee specific rooms and I actually understand that, but we had been told that it would not be a problem. The front desk manager asked us to just relax and he would figure out a solution with the manager. He returned and offered us our first night in D2, which is an ocean front beauty that we would never consider due to the price per night. He then said a unit in the Sterling House would be available and we could look at it in the morning and they would move us over or I could pay an extra upgrade price per night and stay in D2. When we walked in, we knew it would take a small army to get us out of D2. We had loved our stay last year in the Sterling House unit 302, which was 2150 sq. ft., but the D2 ocean front with a huge wrap around balcony was really unbelievable. The view from the balcony has no equal. I am sure we will not spend the money it takes to make this unit our home for a week next year, but the point is more about how well we were treated and the extremely fair offer they extended to us...The staff is as friendly a group as I have ever encountered and will do everthing possible to accomodate your stay. From Winston delivering your bags to Warren following up everyday to see if you need anything. The maid service was also very good and made two visits a day.
So what did we do different this year and what did we learn. Make that trip to the IAG and we visited both. We prefer the older one on the Leeward Highway. It is a bigger store and has more to offer. The new one is more of an upscale version and the prices are upscale. I made lunch on the outdoor Viking Grill a few times and dinner twice. You can get fresh seafood at 5 Cays and I recommend the red fish or grouper. For restaurants we went to the Magnolia, which we discovered last year. We added another big hit this year with Grace Point Cottage. Both of these are superb and while expensive, well worth the investment. We did not like Coco Bistro and hated the Conch Shack. You will hear a lot about the Conch Shack and we went on the recomendation of both other tourist and locals. I just believe they hate to say anything bad about anything on the Island. While the atmosphere is open air with bare feet in the sand on picnic tables, the food reminded me of Long John Silvers with a lot of grease involved. Just was not our cup of tea. After being beat up with high cab fares last year, we rented a car this year and it was great having it available. Work on getting a car reserved long in advance of your trip. We opted for a local Island company. We were told it would be a luxury Toyota Camry. When we picked the car up outside the airport it was a 1999 Sunny (whatever that is) with 57,000 miles on it. Lesson; probably go with a major Rental Agency and make sure you understand what you will get in writing. I noticed a lot of Avis cars and they were newer, much newer. However, having a rental car is a very nice thing to have.
We go in the summer as rates are lowered because it is the off season. It was 85 to 92 degrees, so a little warmer than winter. The big difference this year was that the economy problems must have kept people home. The Somerset was the most busy of all the resorts and for the most part, I do not think over another 10 to 15 families were staying at the Somerset...It was not crowed at all and one of the reasons we like it so much. I took out one of the Hobie Cats everyday and the beach was deserted in both directions. We also took a snokeling tour with Dream Tours (done twice now) and we passed the Nikki Resort, which is an upscale Hotel, and the beach did not have a soul on it. You must take the Dream Tours snokeling and Conch dive tour. Shaun is the captain and makes the 1/2 day tour a must do. We were drawn into trying the Anaconda Infinity Bar......don't do it. It is a wonderful piece of marketing, but in the end, it is not anything worth seeing and 4 drinks cost me $88.00. Hotel type place and more South Beach type of crowd..If this is your crowd, you may like it. I like the feeling of a home and the Somerset does this better than any place I have ever been. I have over 3 million miles on American, so I have been to a lot of places.....
So that covers this years visit. I give the Somerset 5 stars all around except for value. It is a pricey place, but it should be for what you get. I gave it 4 stars for value as I would any place that has a 10% tax and a 10% service charge, so make sure you understand that the price you pay will have 20% added to it at the end. This applies to all hotels and condos on the Island. Grace Bay is as beautiful an area as can be found and you will easily find yourself planning a return visit.....We sure will...Just know that Opulence comes with a price.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Somerset, situated on pristine beach front property, features 53 suites ranging from 1,353 to 5,327 square feet. Each with ample living, dining and entertaining spaces and gourmet kitchens equipped with Viking appliances. The Somerset is infused with a sophistication that is as elegant as it is casual using sumptuous local textures, splashes of bright Caribbean colors and warm washes of cream and dark mahogany. The Somerset is an ideal venue for romantic interludes, family holidays and group getaways. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Somerset On Grace Bay Hotel Providenciales
- Somerset On Grace Bay Providenciales
- Somerset Grace Bay
- Somerset On Grace Bay Hotel
- The Somerset On Grace Bay Turks And Caicos/Providenciales