We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Loved the Royal West Indies Resort”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 14 more sites!
Royal West Indies Resort
Ranked #17 of 45 Hotels in Providenciales
Certificate of Excellence
A TripAdvisor Member
“Loved the Royal West Indies Resort”
Reviewed January 19, 2006

We had originally booked a studio room from Expedia, but decided that we would need the kitchen space of a 1 bedroom (since restaurants are sparse on the island and we didn't have a car). The front desk was very accomodating and charged us the difference between the two room sizes.
The difference between a studio and 1 bedroom is immense and I would definitely recommend paying the extra money for the upgrade even if you don't intend on using the kitchen. The space is much nicer and so much larger! You get a nice comfy bedroom + kitchen with nook + living (with sleeper sofa) + dining area + balcony (with table and chairs) and a washer/dryer!
The Royal West Indies is rated a 3.5 star on Expedia, and it totally exceeded my expectations!

Helpful?
17 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,927 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    1,085
    650
    121
    42
    29
See reviews for
328
1,058
64
16
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (498)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed January 18, 2006

If you are looking for a vacation spot to relax on a beautiful beach, this is the place to go. RWI was great as usual. We stayed here a couple of summers ago with our teenage daughters. This time it was just my wife and I. It can get kind of boring for teens, but what a wonderful place to just do nothing.
The staff were really nice. Cleomie took great care of us, making sure everything was just as she promised in our numerous emails back and forth prior to arrival.
Lots of construction going on, so be careful on the roads if you plan to walk anywhere. You would be better off renting a car or taking the gecko shuttle.
Alcohol is expensive at the IGA. Example, a six pack of Heineken was $15. Be prepared for the sticker shock.
RWI is the best value on Provo. There are other newer resorts that charge lots more and seemed kind of sterile to me. The staff at RWI make you feel very welcome.
Remember though that things do move a little slower, so be patient, relax and have another rum punch.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
11 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Upstate NY
Level Contributor
72 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2006

Had read all the good reviews of this resort and they were right! The grounds were beautiful, nice pools, great beach.
Nice quiet spot for a very relaxing vacation. The suites were very spacious, clean and modern. Restaurant at hotel was ok, not great. Rent a car because you can't walk on roads (due to lots of construction), or you can take the shuttle bus. Coyaba restaurant at Coral Gardens resort was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank MTravels
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2006

My wife, ten-year-old son, and I just spent Dec. 31-Jan. 7 at the Royal West Indies Resort on Povidenciales. We had a wonderful and very, very relaxing vacation. Most days the biggest decision was whether to walk down to the beach barefoot or put on sandals. The Royal West Indies is modern, well-maintained, low-density, and on a spectacularly beautiful beach. We were very satisfied with our one-bedroom garden view room.

I can think of only two disappointments. Contrary to many reviews, the snorkeling at Coral Gardens didn't impress us. (A half-day snorkel cruise that we booked at the front desk was much more memorable.) Also, huge cranes dot portions of the Grace Bay beach front, and very dusty work on the road to the resorts made that a route to avoid in favor of walking along the beach.

We took the advice of other reviewers, rode the hotel shuttle to the IGA the first day, and stocked up on what we needed for breakfast, lunch, and several dinners in our room. It has a wide, if expensive selection of standard American products. We found the hotel's Mango Reef restaurant mediocre, but one evening took a long quiet walk along the beach to Hemmingway's for dinner. We enjoyed it so much we repeated it on our last night.

We've traveled a lot and have had short stays at beaches in such diverse places such as Bali, Saipan, Seychelles, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands. For a quiet getaway spent reading books on the beach, the Royal West Indies Resort in the Turks and Caicos is hard to match.

Helpful?
30 Thank johnM6067ZP
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stamford, CT
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2006

We spent seven nights in an oceanview studio and loved every minute. The beach is fantastic and the water is amazing. The resort is very quiet and even though there is construction all around the island, there's none near the RWI.

EATING OUT: The hotel restaurant (Mango Reef) is very nice and reasonably priced. Overall, it seemed that most restaurants on the island have very similar menus. That said, among the places we enjoyed the most and went back to are Hemingway's at the Sands and Coco Bistro which is just down the street from RWI. For lunch, I would highly recommend The Grill at Grace Bay Club (right next door) and the Tikki Hut. Overall, prices are a bit higher than the U.S. but not that much.

To DO: There isn't much to do other than sunbathing and water sports. We snorkeled four days out of six. You can snorkel at two places right off the beach for free - White House Reef (in front of Coral Gardens resort) and Smith's Reef (off Turtle Cove marina). We saw ton of colorful fish as well as barracudas, eagle rays and turtles. Try Smith's reef for eagle rays and WH for turtle's - they are to the left of the reef.

ADVICE: Get the Gegko passes ($33 pp for 7 days). It's a shuttle that takes you to other resorts, restaurant and shopping areas. It runs twice an hour but the schedule is "approximate" at best - it never bothered us though to wait an extra 15-20 minutes. After all we were in no rush :). Also, go to the Ocean Club convenience store, which is right next door, for the essentials, like food, wine, cereal and bread. We ate breakfast on our balcony and had wine and cheese in the evenings.

We read other reviews about lack of beach towels and brought a couple. Good thinking. Couple of times there was none left by the time we got to the beach - we noticed that many people selfishly take more than one. Also, definitely bring bug spray as there are a lot of mosquitoes at night.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
30 Thank Naya_K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2006

We loved the RWI. We stayed in a studio in building one directly facing the ocean. The room was about 500 s/f and had washer/dryer and fridge and microwave, which were great. The room had incredible views and it was a delight to wake up to the sound and sight of the waves in the morning. Booze is expensive, but we did not think food prices were that out of line. The bar and restaurant at RWI were fun and the food was good and reasonably priced. Try the conch fritters. The conch fingers and fritters were my favorite wherever we went on the island. I had conch withdrawals after leaving.
We got caught in the tail end of the hurricane storm and were with out power and water at times. My advice is bring a couple of flashlights and a candle or two just in case. We also experienced flooding, but it was an incredible adventure and we appreciated the restuarants that stuggeled and managed to serve when they were without power for a few days.
We loved T&C and thought the locals were great. Just get past that quiet exterior and you will find charming senses of humor. Don't miss Mama's or Bay Bistro.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
15 Thank traciedee
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nashville, TN
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed December 25, 2005

Mon: smooth Flight on AA from Nash to MIA to PLS,customs quick and easy, 10 minutes, shuttle to Avis, nice Corolla $320/wk. for midsize+damage waiver
To RWI, met at Suite 123, nice as expected from reviews and pics on VRBO, RWI - beautiful grounds,nice pool, slight rain shower, cleared in 45 minutes, went to Mango Reef bar, everyone nice
Unpacked went to IGA, bought supplies, wine prices ok, beer high, food items fairly high spend about $140, we brought with us granola bars, popcorn, and softside cooler (great recommendations!) and 2 floats
Went to RWI bar, 4 drinks $18 happy hour, went to Saltmills to liquor store (closed at 7pm, went to Danny Buoy's for drink, good Irish pub, had Presidente (dominican beer(, note: foreign beer same price as U.S. beers b/c they're all imports here!
Went to Coco Bistro for dinner, conch fritter appetizer, shrimp fettucine for Kristen, filet for me, both very good, about $115 including bottle of wine, before tip, they add 10% gratuity, really beautiful setting, glad we went, highly recommmend
Tues: up late, went to beach at 9:30, easy to get chair, walked past Club Med (funny!) to Ocean Club, had drink at Cabana Bar on beach, went to cultural center, shops with island crafts, better prices than stores, back to RWI, swam, lunch at Mango Reef, quesadilla and lobster salad good, back to pool, manager's reception about 5pm, rum punch no so great, but nice to talk to fellow travellers, went to Turtle Cove, drink @ Tiki Hut, then to Sharkbite for cracked conch and nachos, $58, 15% gratuity already in, stopped by Bambooz then Danny Buoy's on way back.
Wednesday: cloudy morning, too long walk, sun out by noon, to beach for a few hours, went to Bonnie's @ 4pm, very hot (no a/c) then on to Tiki Hut for Ribs and Chicken dinner, very good, a Wed. night happening in Provo
Thurs: beach in morning, then drove to Bugaloo's, cracked conch and lobster, great, a must go!, back to beach, went to Sail Provo (picked up at RWI) sunset cruise, wine and cheese, very fun and beautiful, sailed by a beach wedding, $55/each, back to RWI, ordered pizza at Mango Reef, then back to room
Friday: up early to Snuba (down at Coral Gardens)@ 9am, just the 2 of us, saw turtles, fish, barracuda, then drove to Chalk Sound and Silly Creek for picnic lunch, beautiful homes!, back to beach, then dinner at Magnolia, maybe my favorite for overall experience, view from a hill over Turtle Cove, then Calico Jacks, very fun on Friday night w/band and dancing, met locals and other honeymoon couple, very fun!
Sat: beach day, then dinner at Grace Cottage, seafood casserole and coconut lobster, great, $200 dinner, very romantic,
Sun: last day, pool and beach, lunch at Hemingway's, burger and jerk chicken, good, nice people (very kid friendly, souvenir shopping then back to beach, one final sunset, then up at dawn Mon. home
final thoughts: great people, if you are nice and friendly to the people or Provo, they will treat you great, loved Sheilove, our bartneder at Mango Reef!
loved having the car, more expensive then shuttles or cabs, but so much freedom, well worth it for us!
RWI is a great value, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend, check out the 2 VRBO units for even greater savings! I know this is a long review, but if anyone has specific questions, I'd be glad to answer!

DanB
Nashville, TN

Helpful?
19 Thank DanB
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Providenciales hotels
0.5 mi away
Ports of Call Resort
Ports of Call Resort
#20 of 45 in Providenciales
4.0 of 5 bubbles 1,000 reviews
0.5 mi away
Seven Stars Resort & Spa
Seven Stars Resort & Spa
#3 of 45 in Providenciales
5.0 of 5 bubbles 2,347 reviews
1.5 mi away
The Palms, Turks and Caicos
The Palms, Turks and Caicos
#12 of 45 in Providenciales
4.5 of 5 bubbles 392 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Villa del Mar
Villa del Mar
#15 of 45 in Providenciales
4.5 of 5 bubbles 710 reviews
2.4 mi away
Windsong Resort
Windsong Resort
#9 of 45 in Providenciales
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,519 reviews
0.5 mi away
Ocean Club Resort
Ocean Club Resort
#23 of 45 in Providenciales
4.5 of 5 bubbles 792 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Royal West Indies Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Royal West Indies Resort

Property: Royal West Indies Resort
Address: Grace Bay, PO Box 482, Providenciales
Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
#16 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal West Indies Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, West Indies, BookIt.com, Booking.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, Expedia, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, TravelUp, getaroom.com, Evoline ltd, HotelsClick, Cancelon, TripOnline SA and HotelQuickly so you can book your Royal West Indies Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Royal West Indies Hotel Providenciales
Royal West Indies Providenciales
Royal West Indies Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing