Spent a little over a week at the Reef Residences in Provo and didn't want to leave. My wife and I, previous travelers to Turks & Caicos staying at a different resort on Grace Bay, knew exactly what we were looking for on this trip. First it had to be a good value. There are some very expensive properties on this island. Reef Residence was awesome for the price.
From past experience we knew we wanted something relatively close to "Coral Gardens", a walk right out to coral reef that has markers and offers good snorkeling. Everyone from miles around come to this area to squeeze in a couple of hours to get what we had just a hundred yards or so away from our room everyday. Aside from the fauna and flora of the reef we saw a huge eagle ray, a couple of baracuda, some fish we never saw before (have snorkeled some 10 other Caribbean Islands) and sea turtles.
We also wanted a place that was well located to island restaurants and supermarket. This was perfect between Turtle Cove Marina and its many restaurants and the Port-Of Call area with Duty Free shops and some excellent high end and moderate restaurants. A few ice cream shops too. Great Rum Raisin Ice cream at three places! With our rental car we were just seven minutes from either Turtle Cove or Port of Call. This was also one of the most western properties for making the traditional and a MUST ride to Da Canch Shack and also Boogaloos for a more island feel laid back right on the water. Can you say, No problems? ; ) There's also a restaurant a short walk away (six-seven minute walk?) on the beach well named as "Somewhere" that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a bar for late night drinks.
Best of all was the property itself. Be sure to go to its web site and check out pictures as well as what other Travel Advisor patrons added to this site. This place was "Aces" all the way. At arrival we were greeted with a rum punch and a big smile. We were with another couple this time wanting to see how really beautiful Grace Bay is said to be. (In my mind one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.) Again look at photos whether stock or by real people. Ya can't take a bad picture of it and its just a 150 step/one minute walk to the beach from our room. That's closer than many resorts we have stayed at. ...and they have their own beach section with lounges and umbrellas. We NEVER had to get into the "save a lounge with a towel" game. There was always a place for us in fact there was always a stack of unused lounges...ha, and they brought a rum punch to us on the beach everyday a little after noon. Nice touch! ...but again I digress, our accomodations!
Our friends were given an upstairs room with lots of space and a nice balcony. We were spoiled being in a suite that had an outdoor, semi-enclosed space with a wraught iron gate and rounded arches defining the area with tropical plants giving a tropical private feel with a huge table and four very comfy oversized padded chairs. We had breakfast out there most every day. It was the perfect place to end the day too. Sooo, relaxing!
We had some 1500 sq ft of living space we were told. The place was huge! Our bedroom, that looked out to our courtyard was perfect in size and decor. Ha, we even had his and her closets. My wife also insisted on his and her bathrooms. I used the one right off the bedroom and she the large one next to a large mirrored closet just five steps outside the bedroom. I went wild that trip keeping my toilet seat up whenever I liked.
As in anyplace I travel I was happy to have a digital code safe in the room for passports and valuables. I also had plenty of closet space along with a couple of drawers in the TV unit.
The huge livingroom dining room had a TV, (much American TV stations) a table for four...more chairs could be added. and a pull-out couch. The fully equiped kitchen had a full fridge with freezer, stove, oven, micro, coffee maker, and dishwasher. There were plenty of utensils, glassware, bowls dishes pans etc.
We didn't intend on cooking at all but the set up made it perfect for our own cooking a couple of times.
Our room was directly in front of the lovely pool. I suppose with the beautiful beach, snorkeling, and fine restaurants the pool was always quiet though we did get to talk to a number of other people staying at the Reef Residences while on the beach.
The full court with pool has a feeling of luxury. Loved it.
We liked the service. Verne was a quiet guy but quick to get us anything we needed. The staff cleaned our room to perfection every day.
Loved that we could slide four doors for a complete exposure to our outside space from our living room. We had no insects bothering us. During the hotter part of the day the A/C took care of business.
Our friends, though not on a ground floor room liked their rooms for space and comfort. One of them also enjoyed the exercise room most every day. Me, I enjoyed waiting for the rum punch whether at the peaceful pool or the beach. Reef Residence had everything we knew we wanted after visiting the island once before. Location was a prime reason but the luxury sure didn't hurt.
All was perfect and can't wait to return.
Rooms with the downstairs court poolside were the best for us
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