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Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

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Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

Day 9 - our last full day on Provo. We were total beach bums again just soaking up the remaining hours of 10 days of GORGEOUS weather; not a drop of rain and just enough breeze to keep comfortable. Our last few days saw Grace Bay go summertime flat and that was what I wanted my hubby to see.... he could NOT get over how clear and beautiful that water is. The bluest of blues and the whitest of powder soft sand... the perfect combination!! No matter how many photos one sees...you have to witness it yourself to understand. That evening we returned to the Zen Garden at Somerset to listen to Nada but they were performing at a wedding elsewhere so we had a couple of drinks and some appies ..... the bartender makes the BEST chocolate martinis ever !!! Upon leaving we realized that the wedding with Nada playing was next door at the Sibonne so we sat on a lounge and listened for a while.... it was lovely. Afterwards we went to the Casino determined to leave just a bit more $ behind on Provo which of course we did ! :>)

Day 10- on our last morning I walked the beach for the last time with my friend and her 2 dogs and greedily squeezed in some more beach time before check-out. Then hubby and I walked over to Saltmills Cafe for lunch. WOW- we wished we had gone there earlier in our stay... the food was really good,great prices and in my opinion their Conch Fritters are as good if not BETTER than the Conch Shack!! Try them!! We arrived at the airport 2 hours before our flight to Toronto and although there wasn't a line-up outside it was organized mayhem once inside. We were packed in like sardines !! Note to self: don't depart on a Saturday hahah!!

Misc. Thoughts and Highlights

Having never rented a condo b4 on vacation we found that we really enjoyed being able to stay in for lunch or dinner and relax instead of going out to dine all the time; a condo is a nice option.

We always tip well and daily but the housekeeping we had at the Sands was below par so upon check-out we spoke to the supervisor on the front desk. Whether they followed- up or not we have no way of knowing but we felt that the front line should know that there were issues and the cleanliness levels need improvement. Also Terry on the front line is a great fun guy; one of the few we met at the Sands.

On Saturday night May 1st we celebrated our 1 year anniversary

at Coco Bistro and it was simply FANTASTIC !!! The ambiance, the service and the food ALL surpassed our expectations !! And since they knew it was our anniversary, they surprised us with a HUGE slice of their famous Coconut Creme Pie- complete with candles and Happy Anniversary drizzled in chocolate...... compliments of the restaurant. Now how sweet was that?? We can't wait to return to Coco Bistro- my new fav Provo restaurant !!!

Lastly- more than anything it made me so very happy to see how much my husband enjoyed his introductory trip to Turks and Caicos. Provo has held a very special place in my heart since 1990 when I first laid eyes on that glorious beach. And yes the island has changed and yes one must be more careful and cognizant of these changes. But somehow Grace Bay Beach has the power to soothe the soul.....and this I hope will never change.

I was so over the moon to return after 9 long years to 'my happy place' and to be able to return with my new husband made it even more special. And NOW he's addicted too !!!!!!!!

DONTCHA JUST LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER!!;>)

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1. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

Thanks for a really great trip report. Very informative and helpful. Hope I can write one half as well when we return.

Congrats on your anniversary also.

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2. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

I love it when people feel about Provo like I do!

Provodreams.....you fit that category.

Next time .....try out The Somerset.

You will love it like we do.

Mike and TCILover

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3. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

Great trip report PD! It is interesting to hear someone's perspective that hasn't been there for a while, and nice to hear that you still appreciate the beauty of the place. Next time you will have to go see some of the other islands in TCI which will take you back to the more like the way it was in 1990 on Provo, except the roads are paved.

Looking forward to pictures if you can...

Edited: 20 May 2010, 02:44
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4. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

Annette- thks so much - you are too kind !!

Mike and TCILover- thks!

that is very nice of you ....then I am in good company !!

Yes we are really looking forward to trying the Somerset next trip!!

Joebwan- thks! there are some good pics... but it may take a bit of time to get them on here.......

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5. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

Oh, how I love when a plan comes together, since I am such a planner myself.

Loved reading your trip report and I am so happy that you and your new hubby found your "happy place" together.

Happy 1st Anniversary!

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6. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

So close, and yet so far -- it's a wonder we didn't run into you two. We also enjoyed listening to Nada that night, while dining at Bay Bistro. Actually, watching all the Scots party on the beach was half the entertainment. LOL

We enjoy combining two different resorts, but try to finish with the nicer of the two. Last year, we spent four nights at the T&C Club, followed by four nights at The Somerset. Both offer different experiences, with The Somerset being a luxury step up. You will love The Somerset.

What a great report! I didn't want it to end.

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7. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

Ajax 1-

thks so much...and I have U to thank for referring Kalvin the driver....he contributed to making the trip great!!

CaribDesi- I am sure we did pass eachother at some point...didn't the wedding look like fun!! Yes we tried to put TCC last but the dates just didn't jive....can't wait for TCC and the Somerset next time !!

And thks. for the compliment... I enjoyed writing it....and I finally got it to stay put ! LoL

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8. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

I finally got a chance to sit down and read your entire report and enjoyed every bit ot it. We too had dinner the same night you did at O'Soleil in the Zen Garden. It was a great night.

Glad to hear you had a nice trip and you hooked your husband! Have you started to plan your next trip ;-)

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9. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

IntheBurgh

Thks for that..it was fun to write !!

Funny...seems a number of us here were in close proximity to eachother and didn't even know it !!!

My husband is DEFINITELY hooked and we're already thinking about next May IF not sooner !! :>)

Pics to come soon I hope....

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10. Re: Trip Report Apr 28th-May 8th- Part 3 the End (finally lol )

It'sso awesome introducing someone you love to TCI. So glad the love was mutual!