Stayed for 3 weeks in April. This resort is kind of like a nice cottage. It is made up of apts with a large bedroom, full kitchen, living room and bathroom. If the resort is not full then the restaurant is only open for dinner Thur, Friday and Sat night. If a ship is in then it is open for lunch. When no ship is in then get up in the am, go for a wonderful walk on the beach, make yourself an easy breakfast and then sit in the quiet either on the beach or by the pool. Wonderfully relaxing and quiet. If a ship is either stay on your beach, talk to the visitors, go into town for some sightseeing or go visit the Cruise centre and have some fun. There are day trips you can book in town - diving and snorkeling is huge here - there is a 7000 foot "wall"
The manager of the resort was very helpful and friendly. Since I was staying so long I brought food with me - they will let you bring just about anything into the island in your luggage. Denise took me with her when she was going into town so that I could do some grocery shopping. Between my groceries and the restaurant I did not go hungry.
I was doing ancestry searching on the island and between taxis, the manager and 1 relative I have on the island I was able to travel into town every other day to meet people, talk and investigate documents. The days I didn't go to town I enjoyed my time at White Sands very much. The water and beach is incredible!! Had a nice chat each afternoon with the mgr when she took a quick break in the afternoon.
Did a day trip to Salt Cay and enjoyed that very much. Attended some church services - a great way to meet people on the island! The people (belongers) who live on this island as well as the new people who have made this island their home are one of the friendliest group of people I have met. Couldn't reach a taxi for a ride home from the grocery store one day and one of the customers made sure I got back to the hotel.
This is not a resort that can be compared to the all inclusives you might be use to - but then the island is not like the other islands you might be use to. The island is small 7 mi x 2 mi & is very laid back. Bought some alcohol and mix, brought an insulated glass with me to make my own drinks, you clean up after yourself daily - a cleaning lady comes in twice a week, you are responsible for your own entertainment. But you don't gain that 10 lbs that you have to lose when you get home and you feel so relaxed, so calm, so rested -I would go back there in a second. Since I would be using a taxi Denise got one to make a good deal for me while I was there. Missed the min. I got on the plane to go home. With the exception of the Bahia in Punta Cana, I do not return to resorts, but I will definitely return to White Sand Beach, hopefully with my family.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me! If you decide to try something a little different and give White Sands a try then give the potcake dog (we named her Daisy) a pat for me, walked everyday on the beach with me, "protected" me by the pool - no one was coming near me haha!, then would sleep outside my door. Almost brought her home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Sands Beach Resort and Santa Maria Casino - Ocean front one bedroom condos with choice of king or two twin beds in the bedroom, living room has a queen size pull out sofa. Large kitchen and dining room. Large restaurant onsite, as well as Crew Bar tiki hut (snorkel gear available) and fresh water pool. Santa Maria Gaming Saloon/casino open daily with 100+ slot machines, roulette, black jack and poker tables. Upper deck terrasses with 2 bars to serve refreshing local drinks including our specialty Pirate Punch. Family friendly. Other services include: wedding celebrations/receptions, karaoke nights, private bbq on the beach/pool. Spectacular diving nearby or just relax and enjoy the warm caribbean breeze. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- White Sands Beach Hotel Grand Turk
- White Sands Beach Resort Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos