Which Ocean Club is Right for You? This review is for Ocean Club Resort - EAST. There is an East Ocean Club and a West Ocean Club. Both face the same direction on the shoreline, so if you're wondering if one sees the sunset and the other doesn't - don't worry - you can see the sunset from both places.
West Ocean Club is slightly newer with more swimming pools. West Ocean Club is also closer to the giant supermarket (better than most supermarkets in the states), the airport and 'downtown'.
East Ocean Club is only a tad older, not as many swimming pools and not as near all the hub bub - so in our opinion, it was quieter and not as many kids running around, in face I think we only saw a couple kids, everyone else was either young couples from the States or Europe. Ocean Club East also has a dive center where you can take diving courses which they teach in one of the shallow pools.
No More Shuttle
Please note that earlier reviews that talked about a shuttle between the two hotels (East & West) and a shuttle around the island are now dated information - the shuttle was canceled so that the taxi cab drivers can make more money.
You can always hitch a free ride (tips appreciated please) with the hotel's taxi driver - Donovan - to Ocean Club West or the Supermarket. Rides to the supermarket are not free, but he'll wait for you while you shop. Feel free to bet Donovan how much $$ and time you will spend at the Supermarket - it's how he makes his side money because you will inevitably spend much more $$ and time in the supermarket than you ever think you will, even if your goal is just to get water.
Hurricane in Sept 2008
We were very lucky to stay at this hotel for a week and leave just a week before the hurricanes hit in September in 2008. I believe this hotel didn't sustain much if any damage - but it's wise to call and check with them. It was ironic because one of the first questions we asked our taxi driver was when the last time a hurricane hit the island - he said 1960 - so I guess it's safe to bet it'll be a while before another hurricane comes to visit T&C.
The quietness of this resort, coupled with the AMAZING, relaxing beach they have made this vacation the most relaxing, rejuvenating vacation we've ever had, nothing to stress over, nothing to worry about - the best sand we've ever experienced in a beach - it is extraordinary fine sand. There are comp towels, chairs and umbrellas for guests and walking along the beach is very relaxing and romantic.
Another review mentioned construction nearby - we never saw any or heard any - and given the state of the economy now, I'd be surprised if much new construction was being considered. However, again, given a hurricane recently passed through make sure to ask the hotel.
There are a number of grills on which to cook your food so you can buy meat or whatever at the supermarket and cook it yourself on one of the grills to save money.
We got a one bed room suite - unfortunately these types of rooms do not face the beachfront but it was very quiet and cozy. Small kitchenette so we didn't have to go out to eat every night (buy food from the supermarket) and saved some money - very comfortable beds and the best was the enclosed extremely large balcony which was nice to hang out at night and not have to get bitten by bugs and we could dry out our scuba gear.
AC & Fans worked fine, shower and hot water was fine. Free coffee in the morning in the lobby.
Staff was fine, we didn't have any issues with them - they were always friendly and prompt. Our water heater in our room broke and flooded the hallway in the room - didn't get anything wet but hotel management was very quick to come to the room, clean everything up and fix it - we were very satisfied. In such a relaxing environment, it's hard to stress out over anything.
Come to Ocean Club East if you want to:
1) Get away from it all
2) Relax and forget all your stateside issues
3) Not be bothered by screaming babies
4) Experience one of the best beaches in the world with top notch sand
5) Quiet experience - not looking for the club/party scene
6) Have decent food
The rest of this review is about the scuba diving...
We came primarily for the diving and dove with Caicos Adventures - this is because they had a package deal with this hotel and we felt - have the best boat on the island - a fairly new catamaran which makes for a very pleasant, smooth ride while you're in the boat - about 45 minutes to various dive sites. Diving in T&C is not inexpensive so shop around, although we highly recommend this place compared to all the other mega resorts on the island. Personally in regards to diving I thought there was more to 'see' in Southeast Asia (i.e. Thailand, Fiji etc. etc.). but the warmth and visibility of the water is spectacular - about 100-120 feet completely clear visibility. We dove with 3mm wetsuits and were very happy, you could also be fine with a shorty or if you have really warm blood - a swimsuit and t-shirt. The photos in this review are taken at about 80-90 feet - pretty amazing visibility for that level of depth. Also Caicos requires you to dive with computers which we'd never done before so that was really fun. They also were extremely safe divers - they do very small groups and have a safety stop bar about 15 feet underwater where they make sure you do your 2 minute safety stop - we've never experienced such commitment to diving safety anywhere in the world other than at Caicos Adventures.
Enjoy your stay here - we can't wait to come back.
- 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 Hotel Providenciales
- Ocean Hotel Providenciales
- Ocean Resort Providenciales
- Ocean Club Turks Caicos
- Ocean Club Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales