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The Sands at Grace Bay
Ranked #18 of 44 Hotels in Providenciales
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Grace Bay is beautiful, but this is a review of The Sands. The Sands met my expectations and would certainly consider staying here again.

Best parts:
- Hemingway's food is good and to-go options are easy.
- Grocery store bus ($9 per person, so go alone)
- Big ice machine in building one for filling my ice chest after buying my own beer.

Not so good:
- Getting beach service from Hemingway's was an ordeal. It was like they didn't really want my $6 per beer.
- Nowhere to hang my wet clothes and towels. I even brought my own clothesline, but the tub/shower doesn't have enough hooks or towel bars.
- If you want to snorkel, consider staying closer to Coral Gardens. It's a long walk from The Sands.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

A little late on writing a review (July 2011) but felt like I needed to brag on The Sands and Turks and Caicos. The most relaxing vacation I have ever had. The staff at The Sands made us feel welcome from the time we arrived. The room was nice....plenty nice enough for the amount of time we were in the room.The concierge staff made us reservations every evening for dinner and seemed happy to do it. It was never hard to get a spot in the beach or get a palapa. It seemed like we were almost on a private beach. Great pool area....never overcrowded. There were bicycles guest could use to ride the local shopping or the market.We at least one meal a day at Hemingway's and also visited the Spa and had a great couples massage. The only down side was there is no elevator at the resort which was not a big deal at all since each building is only 3 floors. When we return to Turks we will defiantly stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank cuttinup
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We arrived on Saturday, 10/27/2012 and won't depart until 11/4/12. So far, our stay has been nothing short of perfect. The beaches (though rough seas d/t the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy) are STUNNING. Our veranda has an approximate 90* view of the sea, the grounds, and the pool.

Reading previous reviews, we were a bit apprehensive, specifically about the unfriendliness of the staff, the shabby rooms, the renovation noise...we have found none of that. The staff IS friendly...and professional. We Americans are used to all of our requests being met with a huge, fake smile and "AWESOME! OF COURSE, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME! I'D BE DELIGHTED TO FULFILL YOUR AWESOME REQUEST!" The staff here are both friendly and professional. The renovation noise is minimal, and the rooms are Key-West style charming. Our bed is so comfortable...we both agree we're having the best sleep of our lives.

We'll write a more comprehensive review later...just wanted to give a shout-out to The Sands at Grace Bay. We plan on bringing our five grown children + son-in-law next year!

Rob & Michelle Garver

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a week at The Sands at Grace Bay. This was our first visit to the Turks, we will definitively be back. Upon arriving we were treated to a rum punch and shortly after taken to our room. The staff was very friendly and the resort was very clean. Their restaurant Hemingway's served great food. Their fish and chips so fresh and not greasy plus you have a great view. The hotel's location was great and you could walk to many restaurants and shops. My only complaint was their bikes, many had flats and were not fixed.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Walt88
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Despite hurricane Sandy's impact on the weather, we were able to enjoy our stay largely because of the well-equipped 2 bedroom suite with full kitchen, laundry, den and wrap-around balcony porch. Everyday there is a shuttle to the grocery store and back which we used three times during the week we were there. Most often, we cooked for the kids then went down to the restaurant Hemmingway's which was excellent. I do not advise you to take cabs as they are expensive and you can get to great restaurants like Mango Reef simply by walking a short distance down the beach.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a week at The Sands at Grace Bay. We had a one bedroom garden view. It is a lovely, well appointed resort that is ideal for families looking for a quiet place on amazing beaches. There are many other newer properties with a more upscale feel all around The Sands. The hotel is very clean and the condos are all very spacious. The hotel staff were very laid back to the point it seems they are not really concnerned about your needs or desires. They all seemed either super bored or just lazy. This is a management issue that should be addresses. Having said that - I wish we had gotten an ocean view room but realized when we got there that not that many are truly ocean view rather ocean front. The views are truly breathtaking. These are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (and yes, I have seen alot of them). Provo is worth a visit. The Sands is great for families who do not need or want daycare programs. It is not ideal for people looking for alot of action or nightlife. I would definitely come back.

Room Tip: If you can spend the $ for an Ocean Front Room.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Stayed in a two bedroom ocean view renovated suite for 5 days during a girls trip. The rooms were comfortable and fit the 5 of us fine.

Pros:
-The welcome rum punch was a nice touch
-The rooms were comfy and clean and they were quick to replenish things we were low on
-The grounds were pretty and clean
-The beach was gorgous and they had a server from Hemmingways come out and take drink orders

Cons:
-The smaller room did not have a mirror so we were fighting for the full length one in the master, the bathroom mirrors and the one hanging high over the sofa.
-The front desk wasn't very helpful. When the pool towel service didn't have anyone there or any towels available, the front desk and concierge which had 3 people working and no guests to serve told me to go to the gym to find some. Also, they had bikes, but all of them had flat tires and didn't want to fill them. When they realized we were going to wait for them to fill them they did so reluctantly and one of them went flat pretty soon after leaving the hotel

Room Tip: Ask for building 3 or 4 if you want a decent ocean view
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Grace Bay | PO Box 681, TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales
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Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#13 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#16 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range: $240 - $622 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Sands at Grace Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect harmony on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales Experience an earthly wonder of sand and sea at our 114-suite luxury resort on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies. Family-friendly, yet ideally suited for romantic getaways and wedding celebrations, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a harmonious balance of home comforts and sublime Caribbean elegance - as well as a picture perfect location on the sparkling shores of Grace Bay Beach. If you are dreaming of a beach holiday in the Caribbean that gives you the flexibility of having your own fully-equipped suite while enticing you with fine dining, pristine grounds and sigh-inducing vistas, we look forward to welcoming you to The Sands at Grace Bay. ... more   less 
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