We stayed at the Windsong Resort from Jan 5 - Jan 9, 2014. The Resort is located directly on Grace Bay Beach and is, in my opinion, the best section of the beach. I traveled to other sections and I preferred the stretch directly in front of Windsong due to the soft, fine grain sand, easy snorkel rentals, and overall direct beach access.
We stayed in room 233, which was a 1600 ft ocean front suite, and was absolutely amazing. The walk out terrace offered amazing views of the water. The resort is clean and luxurious without being gaudy. We took time to check out and walk around other well-regarded and highly-rated resorts on the island, and we definitely preferred the ambience of the Windsong because it is not too vast or overcrowded. If you are more into the Cancun-style large resorts with multiple pools, bars, and group social activities, then we would recommend something like the Seven Stars resort or the Gracebay beach resort or The Beaches resort. We also checked out some of the private villas At Water's Edge (near Smith's Reef) but the beach is rocky and the sand grain is coarse. Windsong in comparison has the nicest beach front, does not have a crowded feel, and still manages to have quality snorkeling right off its beach front. This is a rare combination on the island. The continental breakfast was included with our package and we used it every day (worth about 30 dollars a day). The pool and hot tub were clean and rarely used by the hotel guests because everyone was on the beach. There is a maid service each day. The condo suites are equipped with a full kitchen and everything you need to prepare meals. It was also convenient having a washer and dryer to quickly dry wet clothes from our daily pool & ocean outings. One of the nicest features of this room (compared to others in other hotels/resorts) is the vast wrap-around balcony where we could lounge, relax and socialize, and eat our dinners.
We did rent a car (FYI - you drive ON THE LEFT IN TCI - very important point). That to us was worth it because we drove a lot around the island for groceries/stores/other restaurants. If you don't rent a car there is a shuttle that leaves the hotel and goes to the grocery store and they charge you a small fee. We were able to park right outside the hotel in the parking lot. The maps are not the greatest and the roads have a lot of round abouts. You really have to be mindful of driving on the left and navigating their road services correctly. Also, we rented a cheap car and it was a stick-shift. So be sure to ask if it is manual or not. Additionally, there are no addresses. For example, the concept of "34 Coconut road" and using GPS to find it - isn't there. So when you ask for directions be aware of this. There are street names and people often give directions based off of other things "Go past Seven Stars resort, and it will be the colorful building on your right," for example. It was like a treasure hunt every time we tried to find something (kind of fun actually). Just be prepared.
Snorkel equipment was 5 dollars a person for Windsong guests which is a pretty good price compared elsewhere. You could snorkel right off the beach. At the resort's beachfront, where you pick up towels and snorkel gear, be sure to ask Charles any questions, and for recommendations and assistance regarding local activities (for example, he called and made arrangements for our snorkel boating trip and advised us not to pay in advance in case the weather was poor). We also did the Caicos Dream Tour (which Charles recommended, and we also would recommend) and snorkeled the barrier reef. The best snorkeling we did was at Smith's reef (off of Bridge road and Coconut road) - we had to drive there and walk about 1000 feet in on rockier sand to get to the right place - but it was worth it.
I would definitely recommend the Windsong resort. You can see my attached pics (and these are on a very basic camera so they are not enhanced in any way).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Windsong Overview A repeat favorite for guests, Windsong is a refreshingly intimate, Caribbean beachfront resort located on Grace Bay and Providenciales’ best coral reef. The resort enjoys exclusive TCI membership in Preferred Boutique Hotels and is a Trip Advisor “Top 25 Caribbean Hotel.” Daily Continental breakfast, WIFI, non-motorized watercraft, bicycles, fitness center, underground parking, and chilled water and towels--both beachside and at the oceanfront pool--are complimentary. Relaxing spa treatments, romantic candlelight beach dinners, Jojo’s refreshing libations and menu selections, and scheduled entertainment delight Windsong guests. All accommodations offer kitchens or kitchenettes and laundry facilities. Selections include 250 sq. ft. -- 4,480 sq. ft. and range from standard rooms, to studios, to exquisite 1-4 bedroom oceanfront and penthouse suites up to 4,480 sq. ft. Additionally, Windsong offers a unique, private oceanfront villa with a trellised oceanfront terrace and private plunge pool. All Windsong Rooms Include:Non-smoking rooms with keyless entryMarble flooring & ensuite baths10’ Ceilings & custom cabinetryPillowtop beds with Hilden linensFrette towels & bathrobesBvlgari toiletriesFlat-Screen/LCD/HD/Cable TVDVD • I-pod docking station • Alarm clock Room-controlled air-conditioningIn-room safe ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windsong Hotel Providenciales
- Windsong Resort Providenciales
- Windsong Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales