We never go back to the same place. There are too many places to visit in this world. But somehow we were back at RWI for the 2nd time. What makes RWI/Provo so great?
It's the laid back environment. It's the remarkable Grace Bay beach. It's the reasonable price of RWI. It's the almost guaranteed beautiful weather. It's the conch. The list goes on and on.
RWI is a condo hotel located in what I think is the best stretch of Grace Bay beach. There are many resorts to choose from in Provo, ranging from moderate to very high priced. You can stay at nearby Grace Bay Club or Seven Stars for triple the price but you share the same beautiful stretch of the Grace Bay beach. If you do want to splurge or are on a honeymoon, definitely choose the higher end resorts.
What you won't get at RWI are fancy beach beds, ocean-front dining/bar, pool/beach food and bar service, on site spa or an infinite swimming pool overlooking the ocean. What you get at RWI is the consistency of clean/comfortable room, well maintained grounds, friendly beach attendants, free kayak/hobie cats, and friendly guests. RWI is for couples and families of all ages.
Last time we stayed at a studio which is a good size for a couple but only with a kitchenette (i.e. microwave). This time we rented an ocean view ground floor 1 bedroom suite directly from the owners of Queen Ann Suite which can be rented via TripAdvisor's sister company Flipkey.com. I have nothing but great things to say about the unit and the experience. The suite is located in the prime area of the resort, very close to the main pool and the beach. The unit has everything you could possibly ask for to make your stay enjoyable. It has a fully furnished kitchen so you have the choice of eating out or cooking something up. Believe me, sometimes you just want to hang out by the pool/beach and not have to go out to eat. There is a washer and dryer so you don't have to pack as much clothing (yes pack light and bring more money). You have snorkeling gear, floats, inflatable, beach toys, etc. to use. The entire unit is well maintained, furnished and it even smells nice. The suite is spacious and you can enjoy your meals in the patio or the dining table inside. Another plus for this unit is that you can go out directly from the patio. For the most of the rooms at RWI, you would have to go in and out through the main doors located in the backside of the building. Having not to go up and down the stairs or carrying all the beach gears through the main door was a huge convenience for us. You may get a better view from the 2nd or 3rd floor but our choice is the ground floor.
Another reviewer mentioned about the noise from the next door Club Med. Yes, as an all inclusive adults only resort, they have entertainment all day and night 'til the wee hours. However, the unit is well insulated and you can barely hear what goes on at Club Med. Only the lightest of the light sleeper might be bothered, if at all.
There is a relatively new bakery "Fresh Bakery Bistro" almost across the street for great croissants, pastries, cakes, gelato, etc. Shopping centers are within 15 minute walking distance or you can take the free bike. IGA Gourmet offers very reasonable daily hot buffet meals (ribs, fish & chips, bbq or fried chicken, etc.) which can feed 2 people for only $10 - $12. Great choice for lunch/dinner. The onsite Pelican restaurant is convenient and offers decent food but the service is average and somewhat expensive. Rent a car and go to Sailing Paradise. The best conch and other local dishes at a reasonable price, better than da Conch Shack (but do try the Shack also for cool vibe/experience).
I have a feeling we will be back to RWI's Queen Ann Suite again and again. Just go and enjoy.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal West Indies Hotel Providenciales
- Royal West Indies Providenciales
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