My fiancé and I stayed at Royal West Indies Resort in the Turks & Caicos in early February. The resort is well maintained and not so large that you feel lost. The resort is well landscaped, but not all of the walkways are lit well in the evenings. The front desk is very responsive. The cleaning services are very good and thorough. The beach is beautiful and long. Club Med and the Ocean Club border the RWI on one side, while Grace Bay Club is on the other side of RWI.
Book a suite vs a 1 bedroom. The additional space makes a big difference
Bring snacks with you. Chips, candy, juice boxes
If you plan on eating some meals in your room, bring salt and pepper packs or small shakers.
Bring large plastic bags. The freezers have ice trays (vs ice makers) and the bag will allow you to hold ice cubes while making more.
Bring fabric softener sheets for laundry
One loads worth of laundry detergent is provided
Bring plastic container to take water/juice to beach to drink
The water pressure is not great, but not bad
The water does not get really hot, so if you like hot showers in the morning, be prepared
Regardless of what the resort tell you, the bathtubs in the suites are not large enough for two people
RWI requests that guests keep there room’s thermostat at 78 degrees. We changed the thermostat to 72 degrees and the AC never reached anything below 74 degrees in a week. The ceiling fans helped a lot.
DVD players are provided in rooms and DVDs and books can be borrowed from the front desk
There is one computer for guests use in the front desk area. There are usually people waiting to use the computer
Magazines to pickup for guidance, available at airport, resorts, and some restaturants
Where, When, How
Provenciales Dining Guide
Map of Turks and Caicos
IGA (Grocery Store) www.gracewayiga.com
Prices for everything in the IGA are much higher than prices in the US/UK/Canada. It does make economical sense to buy supplies at the IGA and eat some meals in your room vs eating all meals at restaurants, which are also more expensive.
Small Dubliner cheese wedge = $10.00
Cranberry Juice (gallon) = $10.00
Lunch meat = $6.00
FYI Alcohol is more expensive too.
6 pack of Corona = $18.00
1 bottle of Absolute $22.00
Suggest buying any alcohol you can in airports duty free shops before arrival.
Mango Reef (at RWI)
Service was very slow, regardless of meal (slower than any other restaurant we went to)
Sandwiches/burgers are average, pizza is bad with cafeteria style crust, conch salad is good, tomato/mozzarella salad is good, lobster tails are small and chewy, french toast was average.
Barefoot Café (in Ports of Call, 15 minute walk)
cheeseburger and fries, Citronella drink
jerk chicken wrap with beans and rice, Blue Lagoon drink
$60 inc tip – average food, good people watching area.
Coco Bistro (5 minute walk on Grace Bay road from RWI), seating is outside in a palm grove. It is the best romantic dinner setting we saw.
mussels, seafood gratin, profetto rolls
egg plant/goat cheese/red peppers, snapper, strawberry napolean
$150 inc tip - appetizers and main courses were great, lobster tails were small
Graces Cottage at Grace Point ($10-$12 cab ride from RWI), seating is outside under several covered areas. It is beautifully landscaped and you feel secluded.
salad with crispy calamari, coconut lobster, sugarcane chocolate cake with mango ice cream
tuna tartar with mango chutney, grouper with risotto, chocolate tartan with strawberries
$181 inc tip – meal was average, portions were small
Note - Wear bug repellant at Graces Cottage
Coyaba (Coral Gardens Resort, $10 cab ride from RWI), seating is covered on a patio. Beautiful setting, small number of people seated (max of 50 under covered area)
Tilt mixed drink (fruity, rum mix), coconut tempura shrimp, tandori wahoo, crème brulee, desert wine
Dewars straight shot, bluecheese gnocchi with pecans, wild Scottish salmon, fried cheesecake balls in shell
$212 inc tip – BEST RESTAURANT ON THE ISLAND meal was excellent, service was great, menu specials change nightly
Tiki Hut (Turtle Cove, $12-15 cab ride from RWI), seating is offered covered and open, family oriented atmosphere, menu, and prices. Looks out to marina.
Corona, caribbean nachos with jerk chicken, breaded chicken sandwich with fries
Fried snapper sandwich, rum cake
$70 inc tip – good sandwiches, great family restaurant
Parallel 23 (Palms Resort, $12 cab ride from RWI), seating for dinner is indoors.
Blueberry Martini, artichoke heart salad with poached egg, fried fish patty, beef tenderloin, fruit and custard
$210 inc tip – average food at best, service was great. Would not recommend Parallel 23 to anyone.
Gilleys (Leeward Marina, $12 cab ride from RWI), seating indoors overlooking marina, family friendly menu and prices
Jerk conch, fried grouper sandwich with fries
$60 inc tip – good sandwich and tender conch, service was lackadaisical
Anacoana (Grace Bay Club, $6 cab ride from RWI, or 15 minute walk), seating is covered, candle lit at night, close to the ocean
shrimp trio, lobster tails, chocolate fondant cake
tuna tartar, baked sea bass, sticky date and walnuts with pudding
$167 inc tip – great atmosphere, great food
The Lounge is connected to Anacoana. The Lounge is an outdoor covered bar with small areas with couches spread out in front of the ocean. Great place to entertain yourself if waiting to get into Anacoana.
Gourmet Goods (10 minute walk from RWI along Grace Bay road)
Gourmet items store with a deli counter and tables outside
ham and provolone panini, turkey and provolone Panini
$19 – good sandwiches, free water/soda with sandwich purchase
Coyaba (Coral Gardens Resort, $10 cab ride from RWI), Second trip
Tilt mixed drink (fruity, rum mix), lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing, lobster termodore, raspberry and white chocolate mousse and shot of desert liquor
Chicken sausages and mash, beef tenderloin, chocolate fondant
$189 inc tip - best restaurant on the island meal was excellent, service was great, menu specials change nightly
Calico Jacks (in Ports of Call, 15 minute walk)
Family friendly setting and prices. Live Music Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 10PM. Extensive bar.
Corner Café (next to IGA)
Open air coffee shop. Average coffee. Nothing special, baked good were average.
-The Gecko (bus)- The Gecko is very unreliable for the posted arrival times. Do not count on the Gecko being on time when traveling to dinner. A week long pass is $33.00.
-Cab services- (really stretch vans) Cab services are numerous. RWI has a contract with a specific taxi service, they will call when you request a taxi. Guests are usually told that the taxi will arrive in 10 minutes regardless of when the taxi will really arrive. Recommend asking the taxi driver for his card with his phone number. This will save you trouble in getting picked up after a late dinner.
-Renting a vehicle- Recommend renting a 4x4 vehicle. RWI has a contract with a specific vehicle rental company (KK&T), they will call when you request a vehicle. The vehicles are not new and tend to be worn. Price for a Jeep Wrangler is $85/day but really $110/day including the required insurance, and government taxes. Hertz rental car is also on the island and has new vehicles in much better shape.
In the T&C, driving is on the left side of the road, there are very few stop lights (none in the resort areas), round abouts are present at road intersections for turning.
-Walking – During the day, I would recommend walking to Ports of Call (15 minutes) and Salt Mills (25 minutes). Both are along Grace Bay road running along the resorts on the east side of the island.
Ports of Call - Various gift, souvenir shops and eating venues. Definitely go to Mamas Gift Shop and Caicos Adventures. Barefoot Café and Calico Jacks are located in Ports of Call. Ice cream (Island Scoops) is also located in Ports of Call. A jewelery/souvenir that also sells beer/liquor is in Ports of Call
You will walk by Coco Bistro restaurant and Gourmet Goods (upscale food/wine items and sandwiches) between RWI and Ports of Call
Salt Mills – More upscale shops and pricier than Ports of Call. Going through an expansion. Iguana restaurant is located in Salt Mills. Liquor/cigar store is also present in Salt Mills. Cuban Cigars Cohibas range from $15-$25 by name level.
You will walk by Bella Luna (Italian) and Danny Buoys Irish Pub between Ports of Call and Salt Mills
Local Vendors – Muliple shops grouped together. Walk past Club Med on the beach and a small pier and the shops will be off of the beach to the right. Each store basically contains the same souvenirs, jewelry, t-shirts, magnets, and art.
Scuba diving – Caicos Adventures (in Ports of Call) is very knowledgeable, dive master has been diving the T&C area for 15 years. Other Diving companies include Flamingo Divers (on the eastern side of the island), and Turtle Divers(in Turtle Cove Marina). If you are strictly going to T&C for diving, go with Flamingo Divers.
Snorkeling - snorkel at Coral Gardens (Coral Gardens Reef) and Turtle Cove (Smiths Reef). Various fish life, sea turtles, barracuda, puffer fish are present. Coral Gardens has parts of reefs roped off to prevent damage to coral and allow for more sealife to be present to snorkelers.
The Conch Farm is an interesting educational tour, do not expect anything special, it is a conch farm.
The “Hole” (underground cavern, whose roof partially collapsed) is nothing spectacular, not much parking in area.
Make your dinner reservations by 1PM, restaurants book up quickly, especially Anacoana and Coyaba
If you find yourself craving pizza, try 21 North (in Ports of Call). It isn’t NY or Chicago pizza, but it is decent crust and cheese.
Gas prices vary from $4.50 - $4.70 per gallon
Postage rates for postcards to the US are $.50. Some places may try to tell you more
Tortuga rum cake is sold numerous places. Lowest price for a 4 oz. box = $7.00
Cab fare will vary from the provider for the same travel. We went via taxi from RWI to Coral Gardens and paid $10 with one taxi service and were charged $12 with a different taxi service for the return service.
NOTE for restaurants- there is a 10% government tax listed on bills. The majority of restaurants also include a separate 10% gratuity. The gratuity is usually listed seperate, but not always.
For seclusion seekers go to the Northwest Point of the island for getting away. I would recommend renting a 4 wheel drive because the roads are not paved and have holes everywhere. Beaches, trails, snorkeling and being left alone are aplenty.
If you have an early flight when departing, stop by the front desk the night before to pay miscellaneous charges and setup transportation to the airport. This will insure your bill is ready for you in the morning and the airport shuttle (taxi) knows what time it is needed at the RWI.
You are allowed to bring 3 conch shells per person out of the country
The US dollar is the official currency used in T&C
Apparently any song can become a reggae song, so be prepared for some interesting music.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal West Indies Hotel Providenciales
- Royal West Indies Providenciales
- Royal West Indies Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales