We just returned from nine days at Ocean Club West (OCW). During our stay we found that OCW was by far nicer than OCE. So if you are trying to decide between the two, I suggest going with OCW. We took the complimentary shuttle to OCE for dinner twice and I was amazed at the nicer feel, grounds, and pool of OCW and felt we made the right choice. In fact, we often saw the shuttle dropping people off at our property from OCE to spend the day at our pool. The cafe on sight at both hotels was good, but I have to say the dinners at OCW were delicious, a bit more gourmet in nature, and it was a nice spot to sit and enjoy the sunset.
When staying at OCW, you are within walking distance to Caicos Cafe (very good for dinner), Coco Bistro (pricey but worth the dinner), the French Bakery (great for snacks or a light breakfast), the IGA Grocery Store, and even the Avis Rental center. My family and I even walked the 1-2 or so miles along the beach to Hemingway's Restaurant at the Sands Hotel one night. From that walk I realized that OCW really does have one of the nicest spots on Grace Bay Beach. Once you round "the point" on the beach south of Ocean Club West, the area between hotel and sea becomes smaller and beach chairs are more crowded together. Not the case at the beach near OCW, which is wide with plenty of room for people, chairs, walking, etc. Even though we were there during part of the July 4th holiday, there was never an issue finding a spot on the beach or at the pool. In fact, many times we had our "section" of the pool to ourselves. The pool has an island set in the middle of it with barbecue grills, a gazebo, and some chairs. So it really has an intimate feel when you are in a part of the pool where no one else is hanging out.
Since we rented our unit from VRBO I cannot say much about the hotel experience itself. There were several water outages while we were there. The first two times it was only for an hour and not much of a nuisance. The third time it began at 10 p.m. and carried through to 6 p.m. the next day. This was a nuisance because we couldn't flush the toilet or wash up. In fact, while we sat at the pool for an hour the day of the water outage, we witnessed more than 15 individual people come off the beach and rinse themselves or their feet off in the pool, since the beach side showers had no water. While this is not a direct fault of the hotel, I felt the hotel should have provided a water system down by the beach for rinsing. This caused the pool to become very cloudy and unappealing. The next day I saw several men working hard to rectify the gross pool situation, but it was dissapointing and I was glad to be leaving.
Overall though, OCW is a nice, quiet and friendly place to stay. I've read in other reviews where people claim the women who work at the resort are not friendly. This is the complete opposite of what we found. Offering someone a smile and a hello, we always received one in return. Many of the people who work on TCI aren't even from TCI. We found the majority of people orginated from the Domincan Republic, Haiti or Jamaica.
Dining is expensive overall, and so is grocery shopping, particularly since a 10% tax is added to everything consumable. But we alleviated some of that by bringing a carry on with snacks, cereal and other goodies we didn't want to have to buy on arrival. It was nice to have a simple breakfast or light lunch on our front porch each day and then splurge a bit for dinner.
We were pleased with our experience and would recommend OCW to friends and other people with small children. Our 3 year old daughter enjoyed the pool and beach very much. There were many families there with kids 12 and under and yet it never was loud or crowded.
We did rent a car for two days which allowed us some exploration. We found Sapodilla Bay which was absolutely beautiful and perfect for a toddler because of the shallow water. We also went to eat at the Turtle Cover Marina, which wasn't impressive. We could have had just as good, if not a better meal at the Seaside Cafe or another restaurant near OCW.
Bottom line, we will return and just hope for no water outages this time. It was worth the money and way better than staying at a "cattle call" type of all-inclusive place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Club Resorts is comprised of two beachfront properties, Ocean Club and Ocean Club West, located one mile apart on stunning Grace Bay Beach. The intimate resorts offer a “Stay at one, Play at both” opportunity for guests to enjoy all the services and amenities of both. An easy stroll down a beautiful stretch of beach is the popular way to get between the two resorts, although guests can be chauffeured by a complimentary shuttle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Club West Hotel Providenciales
- Ocean Hotel Providenciales
- Ocean Hotel West
- Ocean Club West Turks Caicos
- Ocean Club West Turks And Caicos/Providenciales