I never thought I was one to enjoy a beach vacation; by day two my boyfriend and I added an extra day to our stay at Grace Bay Club. Although I've no other place to compare it to, I cannot imagine wanting anything else in a resort vacation.
Staff is extremely courteous and eager to help. You're assigned a "concierge" upon arrival and given a cell phone on which to reach him or her on or off the premises. S/he will make reservations, arrange for car service, make suggestions, etc. We could've made a lot of the arrangements ourselves but it was nice to have someone take over. Vernon and Hudson were very friendly and professional. Tracy at reception was also very knowledgeable.
There are a variety of pools, accommodations (some with and without kids) and restaurants. The food is very good but costly (everywhere, that is). Ask if you can bring your own wine and avoid the corkage fee if you're dining on site. Take advantage of all of the pools b/c they each offer something special (e.g. cabanas, infinity pool, bar in the pool).
There's live music at night so if you don't feel like exploring and just want to chill after a day in the sun and dinner, stay put and listen to music in a great outdoor lounge(s) under the stars and moonlight.
There's a car service/shuttle that will take you to and from the airport. It's not free but convenient. No need to call; this will be arranged for you. The airport is a few minutes away from the hotel. Tip: if you really dislike lines, we heard one can pay $150 to get to the head of the line at security on the way home.
We walked very far up and down the beach in both directions from the resort. Grace Bay--which happens to be the most fabulous beach I've ever visited--appears to have the most cleared beach front property. Some of the other resorts, albeit it beautiful, had more brush than sand.
The spa treatments are awesome. We experienced two great massages and excellent facials. They use great skincare lines; the features line is Elemis which also provides the amenities in the rooms. There were other anti-aging lines. Our (romance) package allowed for 20% off all treatments but there was also a spa cocktail hr one night at which we bought a massage package (buy 3, get 1 ) which was an even better deal.
Bikes available any time. They're a bit old and rusty but then again, you didn't have to worry about locking them up. I would've liked a bike more suitable for short people.
Location is accessible to airport, beach, great restaurants.
Wi-fi everywhere, free international calling.
Breakfast was awesome. We were entitled to one day of breakfast in bed but we never took advantage of it b/c we loved the outdoor dining, the selections, the staff, morning newsletter.
Excellent housekeeping 2x/day.
Check your bills carefully. It's not that anyone's trying to scam you, but a few mistakes were made. This applied off the property as well. Everything was rectified quickly.
We stayed on the ground floor of the hotel thinking we'd walk out on to the beach, meaning sand. Instead, you walk out on to the grass and pathway to pools, beach, etc. It certainly was lovely just not what we expected. The two outdoor chairs were never used and the terry coverings seemed to have never been changed. We never saw anyone bothering to use those chairs. Next time we plan to ask for a higher floor to take advantage of the gorgeous view.
The rooms are very spacious but the decor was rather sparse. The couch was really stiff, the dining table small and could've used any extra two chairs, and a bench or couple of extra club chairs by the exit would be nice. It's not that you spend SO much time in your room, but it does make a difference.
No matter where you stay.... there's great food on the island but dinner for two with wine ran us about $300. You DEFINITELY want to check out Coco Bistro (five minute walk from hotel and casino), more than once if possible. They take reservations a year in advance. Be sure to make them. There are other nice places, but you can also get very good quality food at local places like Mr. Grouper's. It's a dive, casual, tasty, friendly, great rum punch!
There'a great market in town where you can buy snacks and stuff for the room. The resort provides all the bottled water you want, but although there's a small kitchen, there's no mini-bar or snacks. I didn't think I'd care about this when someone made the suggestion but by day three we were happy to have this convenience so close to us (five minute bike ride).
Every Thursday there's a Fishfry. It's like going to a street fair. Local Restaurants are selling their food, there's live music, some crafts, you can go in a tank in shorts straight from the beach, it's that casual (avoid dressing up in high heels). It's from 6-9PM; go early so you can get your grub and a seat. It gets crowded. It's down the block from the Gansevoort if you want to go there for drinks after (in which case you want to dress up a bit more).
Most resorts have free cocktails on Monday eve so you can chat with the managers. It's a great way to meet other guests, too.
Check the schedule for the glow fish or glow worms (look it up). IT's a few days after the full moon and nighttime cruises are scheduled for this. The water and fish light up from the moon.
if you go on a sunset cruise, find out which is the better one and book it as soon as you get there. We had a lovely time on ours (forgot the company name) but it was cheap drinks and some chips, no explanation of where we were and on others for the same price you can get wine and cheese. Our shuttle home was also falling apart. You'll have a great time though and everyone starts chatting after the first ten minutes in.
Bring sunscreen and a hat!! The sun is very strong there.
Check out a snorkeling/boat ride to Iguana Island and dive for your own conch! (Don't worry, if you're like me, you won't catch one but you'll still be fed, learn how to clean the conch and get to take home the shell. Ask your concierge to wrap it up so you can put in suitcase (cannot take on carry on).
Overall, this was one of my favorite vacations and I've done quite a bit of traveling. I do observe everything having been in both the spa and hotel biz in the past and currently am in property management. So I get a little picky. That being said, I loved EVERY minute of visiting Grace Bay and the Grace Bay Resort. If you really want to escape from it all, this is a dream. The moment you step off the plane, you'll feel relaxed. There's no time difference from EST, it's a 3 hr direct flight from JFK, they use US currency, and we had near perfect weather six out of seven days there. There are quieter and more exclusive places if you want but this place really suited us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The world renowned Grace Bay Club, first luxury all-suite resort in Turks and Caicos, offers guests a haven for uninterrupted relaxation. The resort, with the largest beach front access - 1100 feet, features all ocean front suites. Divided into three separate sections that caters to discerning travelers of all tastes, it includes the adults-only Hotel area with private restaurant, bar, and swimming pool; family-friendly Villas with their own restaurant, bar, and pool; and the uber-luxe Estate, with a complete set of exclusive amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grace Bay Club Hotel Providenciales
- Grace Bay Hotel
- Hotel Grace Bay
- Grace Bay Club Turks And Caicos/Providenciales