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“Luxiurious Without Being Extravagent”
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Sands at Grace Bay
Ranked #20 of 45 Hotels in Providenciales
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Luxiurious Without Being Extravagent”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Perfect location, amazing beach, well kept property, very nice rooms, helpful staff, and easy to get to! We had a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom suite which was very nice. The resort felt luxurious without being over-the-top and expensive. Compared to the other resorts we walked past along the beach the Sands feels quaint and unobtrusive, while some of the others feel very large, in your face, and have too many people.

A few very minor complaints:
- The mattresses are not the most comfortable in the world. They are not awful by any means but they are due for an upgrade.
- There seems to be limited beach umbrellas/seating and by 9 am most spots are already taken. The resort seemed about half full so I can't imagine what it would be like if it was full occupancy. Maybe they bring out more chairs and umbrellas.
- The lounge chairs at the beach seem a little cheap and are not the most comfortable. The chairs by the pool are better because they have mattresses.

In all, we would definitely return to the Sands if and when we return to Turks & Caicos. We found it very nice and relatively affordable.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Awesome location; absolutely beautiful beach, perfect for walking, jogging and lounging, clean and wonderfully kept property! The most beautiful, blissful beach we have ever seen!!! We had a one-bedroom oceanfront suite and it was very large with an oversized screened-in patio that had enough space for a party of 25. We did get one night free with four but the total seemed affordable for what we got and don't think we would have done any better somewhere else. The service is extreme island time; the staff isn't rude but not friendly either. Big John is the best staff member; great personality compared to everyone else. Front desk not very helpful & seemed to take for granted (when giving people directions) that we were visitors not natives; not a lot of attention to detail.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

We wanted a beautiful clean beach with soft white sand, a great hotel pool where you don't have to fight for a spot, a super clean, comfortable room with kitchenette, and friendly staff who don't bother you unless you need something. We got all of that and more! We showed up and were immediately given an upgrade (having reserved a studio) to a wonderful room with a full kitchen with granite countertops and dishwasher, separate bedroom, well equipped living room with pull out sofa and flat screened TV, and a simply amazing screened in porch with a spectacular view. One thing to mention here - this resort is peaceful and quiet - there is NOTHING next to it on one side, but for an empty field. That makes for better views and such a feeling of privacy I've never had at a seaside resort. There were a number of families there, but I never felt the kids underfoot... tended to stay at the pool with a waterfall (!!) And lazy river, while the families stayed at the more traditional pool closer to the beach. There are benches in the pool near the waterfall, perfect for sitting and reading in the cool water while soaking up the sun. All you need is a waterproof case for your Kindle and you're in business. We alternated going to the pool and the beach, never really deciding which was better. Hemmingway's restaurant is on site, has wonderful food and drinks and a friendly staff that will bring you refreshments anywhere you are (beach, pool, etc.) We also went to dinner a few nights....once walking down the beach to Mango Reef (terrific!), walking to Crackpot Kitchen (tasty!), and taking a very short cab ride to Coyoba (amazing!) And Bella Luna (very good!). On our last day, we used the free bikes the Sands provides and rode for about two hours straight, around all sorts of neighborhoods, concluding our ride at Somewhere Cafe - - what a treat that was. Just a glorious day. I can't recommend this resort more highly. It's perfect for those who want to relax and not be bothered with feeling like you have to partake in activities to be cool. You can easily do so if you want, but it's really meant for pure relaxation. We have traveled to many islands over the years and I think we have finally found the right place to return year after year. It just has all the right criteria - and it doesn't hurt that it is a direct flight from NYC and easily accessed by taxi once you get there. Can't say enough good things about this place.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

I would give this property a "4.5" but that is not an option on trip advisor We paid $425 per night, plus the $42.50 accommodation tax, plus $35.42 service charge(to pay the maids I was told) we did get the firth night free, so it cost $432 per night all told for (6) nights which is on the lower end in Providenciales. This was for a 1 bdr studio ocean view. The beach is in a great location and they never run out of chairs or umbrellas. We never went to the pools, but they looked nice, we preferred the beach. The pool closest to the beach is almost like being on the beach. The have a hot tub which we went to each night and it was well maintained although not all the jets worked. Overall the property is very clean but the rooms are a little dated, but who comes to the Turks to stay in their room?

We came with another couple for our 30th anniversaries and they gave us a complimentary bottle of bubbly and a balloon in the room which was a nice touch. We were complimentary upgraded to a 1 bdr suite in building #1(room #1301) the other couple started out in #3105 and were moved to #1202 which was also ocean view with a larger king bed. The 1 bdr studios have queen beds, but they look more like full size beds. We are in good shape, but there are no elevators, so we got a good workout going to the 3rd floor everyday.

The workout gym is in building #1 as well as two computers you can surf the net on. The property has complimentary Wi-Fi and it worked pretty well. The cable was spotty, especially ESPN2, for you sports fans they only have soccer on the other ESPN channel. Again, you don't come to the Turks to watch TV, but I am just passing this along. The ice machine is also in the basement of building #1 which worked very well. In our suite there was a small kitchen, blender, toaster, coffee machine (coffee packets are supplied), oven and full size frig. The balcony had a table for 4 and two nice chairs with ottomans to rest your feet on and is screened in. I was never bothered by bugs anywhere on the island as I have read in other reviews.

Suggestions: Bring collapsible coolers, plastic cups and your own hard alcohol. buy the 3 ounce plastic bottles at Walmart and put the booze in them in your checked luggage. (4) rum punches will cost you $44 before tip on the beach from Hemminways. Hemmingways is the restaurant/bar at the Sands. They never have a happy hour at Hemmingways. You can get your ice from building one and have cocktails economically if you do it this way. Go to the IGA supermarket and get you mixes and bottled water when you arrive. $10 for 32 Aquafinas at the IGA. You can also get your beer there as well, but beware of sticker shock. Turks Head (the local brew and is not bad) is $43 per case, Coors light is about $65 for a case. I'll explain more in the negatives about how expensive things are and why.


Positives: Location, value (for the Turks that is), clean property, service by the guys is very good. See below about the service from the women.

Negatives: The women there(at the front desk) seemed indifferent at times. They weren't rude, but were more interested in texting and BS'ing with their co-workers I asked one day who had a "Happy Hour" on Monday and she said no one has a happy hour except on Wednesdays. Not true as Jimmy's dive bar (10 minute walk) has one every night, plus the beach bar at the Regent Palms(allegedly owned by the same company that operates the Sands). This was the Concierge who had very limited knowledge about the island which is puzzling and didn't seem to care much to do any research or ask anyone else. Everything is very expensive because the tourists pay "ALL" THE TAXES on this island with their 35% value added TAX ("VAT"). This is why a (6) pack of coors light is $17 at the supermarket. They also do not have a deep water port so it is more expensive to get things there before the VAT.

Having said all that, this is our 2nd time in Provo and we would come back to the Sands because of the positives. Provo is an awesome island, so in the end the juice is worth the squeeze.

The Sands is also a good place for families with young or older kids. We did not do the kayaks, paddle boards or the Hobbie Cat sail boat, but they were options. We rented a car the whole time and explored every inch of the Island.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

We had such a wonderful stay here that we cannot wait to return. This is an old timer which hangs in with the best.
Our 1bedroom apartment was spacious and spotless. Obviously it was not new, but aside from a few nicks in the counter and on the floor it was delightful. The screened in porch was huge and our favorite place to have happy hour and relax.

The front desk people were charming but didn't always follow through the first time. The pool and beach areas were beautiful. The grounds were well kept and the staff was friendly.

This was great value, especially on this expensive island.

Stayed January 2014
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Kingston, Canada
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20 reviews
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Newer hotel - well maintained. Quiet location.
Minor repairs made quickly when requested.
Mattresses could use replacement.
There is a spa on-site.
Convenience store on site & 1/2 hr. walk to grocery store which stocks gluten-free products.
Flat rate p.p. taxis take you where you would like to go and to grocery store.
Beautiful beach and pools.
Hemingway's on site has a good dining.
I would love to go back

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is a long overdue review!
We stayed at The Sands last December 2012, along with most of our guests for our beach wedding next door at Bay Bistro. We, along with all of our guests found The Sands to be a very nice property sitting on one of the most gorgeous beaches I have ever seen. If you are reading this, you have no doubt either already experienced or heard about the incredible turquoise water and the clean, white sand that is as soft as flour. It is even more beautiful in person than in photos!
The Sands staff were all great, we spoke with them often in the months leading up to our wedding and they were always helpful. In person everyone was super "Island Friendly". From our rum punch upon arrival to our departure, everyone was awesome. We stayed in one of the ocean front suites, which was quite large and had everything we needed and then some. Our guests stayed in a variety of rooms, from the studios to two bedrooms and all of them were very nice. The pool and grounds were lovely with island landscaping. Hemingways was a very chill bar/restaurant on the property that was great as many of our guests enjoyed quite a few meals there. Also, if you are considering having a beach wedding at The Bay Bistro this is a perfect location as it is a very short walk down the beach. Cabs are super pricey there so this was a huge benefit.
Overall, we had the best time at The Sands! The price was great (especially compared to many other hotels in Turks and Caicos) and our wedding was a dream come true on a breathtaking beach!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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GeneralManager003_13, Front Office Manager at Sands at Grace Bay, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Dear Kabroohklyn,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us and your kind words about our staff, resort, amenities, rooms, pools and landscaping. We will share them with our entire team.

We were delighted that you chose The Sands at Grace Bay for your special wedding day, and of particular note that you found our staff to be “Island Friendly”. It goes such a long way to know how much you enjoyed your time and our gracious people.

Grace Bay Beach is breathtaking, the perfect location for your wedding. We trust there were so many long lasting and wonderful memories you will keep for years to come.

Again, thank you and we all look forward to welcoming you and your husband back to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands on your one-year Anniversary.


With warm tropical regards,

Barbara Rigby
Front Office Manager
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Property: Sands at Grace Bay
Address: Grace Bay | PO Box 681, TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales
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:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#15 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#18 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — 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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