We recently spent a week at The Regent Grand in a 3 bedroom corner unit overlooking beautiful Grace Bay. Each morning we walked on the beach, admiring the turquoise ocean and looking at all the resorts along the way – trying to determine whether we had made the right decision staying at The Regent Grand. No doubt there were hotels that had a wider stretch of beach or an on-site restaurant, but with that wider stretch, came more beach chairs and umbrellas stacked up side by side, and definitely more crowds. At The Regent Grand, only guests are on the property, giving it more of a quiet, private and casual country club feel. We knew we made the right decision. The Regent Grand was a perfect choice for our vacation.
The condo:. We rented unit 310, a corner 3BR/3 Bath unit on the third floor. We were a bit nervous about renting from someone we didn’t know and weren’t sure whether we should rent directly from the hotel. It worked out even better than we expected. It was bright and airy, actually much brighter than the picture on the web site. There were 3 bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. The master bedroom is a little bigger than the other two rooms, and it has a King bed, while the other two BRs had a Queen or 2 Twins. Perfect for a family or in our case, two small families (there were 7 of us). The living room had a 50 inch TV and DVD player and all the other bedrooms also had TVs. The couch was a large sectional couch and there was a dining room table that could fit 8. The kitchen had all high end appliances and granite countertops and was fully stocked with anything you might need for the week (glasses, blender, cooler for the beach, etc ). The balcony was quite large with a table that could fit 6 and there was also a lounge chair. We spent hours on the balcony, looking at the ocean and watching people walking the beach. There is an empty lot next to the hotel, but no construction was going on at that time so it really didn’t matter. There were sliding glass doors between the living room and the balcony so we always had a perfect view of the ocean. The unit was direct oceanfront.
The pool: The gorgeous pool is in the courtyard surrounded by buildings. That’s a good thing because if it gets windy on the beach, you can always sit at the pool and be comfortable. The pool is tiled in different shades of blue and is really magnificent. When you look at The Regent Grand’s website, you always see pictures of the pool, but to be honest, it’s much nicer in person than on the web site. The lounge chairs next to the pool are really comfortable, with thick blue pads and clean, fresh towel rolled up. There were times there were several families at the pool, or times where it was quieter and times when we had the pool to ourselves. Still, there was never a problem getting a chair or having room in the pool to relax (there were typically kids in the pool). There were also two hot tubs that were used when the wind kicked up our first few days. The resort provides towels for the pool and beach and there were always plenty of clean towels available – a nice touch – because there was always an abundance of freshly washed towels. You’ll see --- it was nice because the towels always felt like they just came out of the dryer!
The Service: I’ve read a few reviews where people complain about not being a full service resort. So just to be clear, this is what you get. There is a bar next to the pool, with a friendly bartender, ready to make drinks whenever you want them. If he’s not busy, he will bring them to you. Otherwise, you have to walk 20 steps to order and get your drink. There were reviews where people complained the bartender was not always available. If he were missing, it was because he was walking around the pool, and sometimes the beach, handing out free bottled ice cold water to guests of the resort– another nice touch. So, if you happened to go to the bar, in the 5 minutes he was handing out water, you might have to wait for 5 minutes. Granted, no one is misting you with water while you’re at the pool, as they do at the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, but you get a really comfortable chair, next to a beautiful pool, with drinks and water within really close proximity (remember my comment about 20 steps?).
There is no on-site restaurant, but you have a condo with every imaginable convenience. Not sure why you’d need one but if you do, you can easily walk to a restaurant within 5 minutes. Vix is directly across the parking lot and is considered the hotel’s restaurant. At the beach, chairs and umbrellas are set up each morning, but there is no obvious drink service. The cleaning staff, front desk, security guards and bartenders are extremely friendly and ready to help at any time. I had read enough reviews to know it’s not a full service resort. But then again, give me a comfortable chaise at the pool, a chaise and umbrella at the beach (where I don’t need to get up at 6am to get it), clean towels, a beautiful pool and beach, a magnificent condo with every convenience of home (and everything is brand new!!), a smiling front desk, and a bartender who makes the best rum punch on the island --- what else do you really need?
The Beach: So you’re probably tired or reading that everything was perfect so I’ll take it down a notch. The beach is not as wide as other beaches like Grace Bay Club or Somerset (note the prices at these resorts were at least $5,000 more for the week for same or smaller rooms/condo ). But it is the same beach as Villa Renaissance and wider than Beaches (crowded!!) or Windsong. And Club Med’s beach is just in another league altogether because it is so wide. (but their rooms aren’t nice, the resort looks like colorful army barracks– although you don’t go to Club Med for the ambiance and it’s adults only!). For the most part, the original hotels on the island (with the exception of Beaches), have the nicer wider beaches. But the beach at The Regent Grand is perfectly fine, and if you have small kids, it’s even an advantage because the loungers are close to the water. And because there are only 10 or 15 umbrellas, the beach never feels crowded. And it’s important to note we never had trouble getting a chair at the beach. No one was running out to reserve a chair because there were enough chairs and umbrellas. There were even extra chairs and umbrellas if needed. It’s possible the beach is even a little narrower at high tide when the surf is rough but we really didn’t experience that. Look at the webcam to see the beach. What you see is what it is – a lovely beach and turquoise crystal clear water.
The Restaurants: Our two favorite restaurants were Coco Bistro and Magnolia Wine Bar. Both have incredibly good food and nice ambience. Coco Bistro is not on the beach but it’s still beautiful because of the lit palm trees. Magnolia is up on a hill, overlooking Turtle Cove – quite beautiful. Try the tuna appetizer if you like raw tuna at Coco Bistro – excellent! We also enjoyed Hemingways, a restaurant on the beach at The Sands, a 15 minute walk on the beach. If you like spicy food, try the grouper . The food was delicious and the sunset was magnificent. We did not like The Tiki Hut for dinner (supposed to be ok for drinks) and thought Da Conch Shack was just ok. Also worth noting was the opening of a gourmet supermarket, The Graceway Gourmet, within walking distance of The Regent Grand. It’s a well stocked, highly modern supermarket with a deli and gourmet section as well. Clearly, it was the most sophisticated supermarket I’ve ever seen in the Carribean.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience at The Regent Grand and really enjoyed it. The grounds, condo, pool and beach are beautiful and I can only say positive things about it. It’s a shame that Provo has gotten so built up over the last 5 or 6 years because it was more beautiful when there were only a handful of resorts and you could walk for miles without seeing people or buildings. But now that it is built up and if you are looking to go to Turks and Caicos, The Regent Grand is the place to stay if you want a beautiful, sophisticated and casual resort without all the crowds of the bigger hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful, boutique and beachfront property, continues to be highly regarded among the hotels in The Turks and Caicos Islands. During 2016 this hotel has been voted as Turks and Caicos Leading Boutique Hotel for the second year in succession by The World Travel Awards. It has also received the prestigious Travelers' Choice award and its 4 Diamond Status from AAA. 2015 saw The Regent Grand ranked (#1) property in the Turks and Caicos in Trip Advisor's category of Caribbean Luxury Hotels (#9 in the Caribbean), 2015 Turks and Caicos Leading Boutique Hotel by The World Travel Awards, AAA's 4-Diamond rating and voted #1 by US News Top Hotels. Facing 300ft of pristine Grace Bay Beach, The Regent Grand is where memories are made and traditions created! Our staff pride themselves on their personalized service and warm Caribbean hospitality. The Regent Grand is ideally situated in the heart of Grace Bay, adjacent to The Regent Village and seconds from shops, restaurants, bistro bars and duty free. All one, two and three large Ocean-front Suites boast private terraces and the luxury of unobstructed views while our more intimate Pool and Garden Suites overlook our mosaic infinity pool. Full rates include daily housekeeping, breakfast, welcome cocktail and WiFi. Amenities include heated mosaic pool, tennis, bikes, Nautilus gym, pool & beach service, pool bar, Teona Spa and fabulous Concierge service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Regent Grand Hotel Providenciales
- Regent Hotel Grand
- Regent Hotel Providenciales
- Providenciales Regent
- The Regent Grand Turks And Caicos/Providenciales