Here's a complete rundown of how to have a great vacation while not spending too much. But first, Comfort Suites. I went with my GF and we arrived at the hotel from an airport shuttle that is about a 10 min ride. It costs $13 per person. We got to the hotel at about 1pm and got checked right in. We asked for a King Bed, but they didn't have one, so they gave us one of the upgraded rooms with 2 doubles. Rooms are beautiful and just as nice as any 5 star in Cuba or Mexico. Spacious with fridge and hide-a-bed/couch, coffee AND dinning table with fridge. DEMAND AN UPGRADED ROOM or if they can't get you one, go down to the desk early every morning until they change you over !! The resort is right across the street from the beach. It's a short walk and is worth it to save $1000 a night which is what beachfront hotels cost. This hotel is great. it's laid out very nicely with a large sitting area, pool, hot tub and bar where you can buy drinks, watch TV and hang out. Also available are 2 computers to check emails and get online. The breakfast is a bit of a joke. They have toast, dry cereal, juices, bad coffee and some bland pastries. If you want yogurt, you have to ask the guy that hangs out restocking supplies. The hotel is trying to cheap out on the continental breakfast and it shows. After a day or two, I just went across the street to the grocery store. The hotel provides nice beach towels that you can take to the beach, use and trade in at any time for a fresh one. At the beach, there are only 3 tiki huts for shade and about 20 chairs. They are usually taken up quite early and there isn't alot of shade. If you want a good beach day, get up early and claim your chair with your towel and some belongings. We bought a styro cooler for $5 and filed it with ice from the hotel ice machine and brought drinks and lunch. Worked out great.
The hotel is also right across the street from the Graceway Grocery store. This is where you want to get your food. They have a nice deli/salad bar with fresh food that you can eat lunch at and get snacks/drinks. BOOZE TIP... Heineken is $73.99 for 24 bottles and Coors Light is $62.99. Drink the local Turks Head beer available in Lager and Amber for $45 a 24. It's very tasty !! They also make a nice rum called Bambarra available in light or dark 26er for $16.99 or for $14.99 around the corner at the liquor store (booze cheaper, beer more expensive). If you want to get out for a nice dinner, you can eat at any of the beach resorts and expect to pay a premium, but the setting is luxury and and it's worth to do for a night or 2. You are on vacation and should spend a bit !! Also along the main drag, not far from the hotel and along the main road, lots of restaurants. FOR CHEAP EATS... it's hard to find, but you should check out "Pizza Pizza" (not the chain), but a local pizza joint on top of the ice cream store with homemade food. Fair prices for pizza, you can share a large and be stuffed for under $20. THE BEST PLACE was "Hey Jose" Mexican food, right behind the grocery store across the street from Comfort Suites. You can get 2 tacos for $6 and the staff are very friendly. The atmosphere is great. If you want to have a few late night drinks, check out Danny Buoy's Pub. Kind of an Irish theme and they always have the hockey game on !! DJ is deaf, or seems to be as the music is usually WAY to loud, and I'm a musician !! It's a good time regardless. Also, just outside the main hotel entrance are some nice shops to get shirts, scuba/snorkel gear, ice cream, hair done, and Jimmy's Dive Bar for drinks and food. GETTING OUT AND ABOUT... Definately rent a car or scooter and travel to Turtle Cove and see some of the other beaches. Go to Taylor Bay and Sarsaparilla Bay on the south shore as well as Long Bay beach (Shore Club) where there is basically a georgeous empty beach that you can just go and enjoy a quiet time with nothing but sand and sea. Bottom line is that Provo is an expensive place, but it's beautiful, hot and sunny ! This is an amazing island. The people are kind and there is lots to do. It's also very easy to just blend in at the BIG resorts on the beach. Walk in the front door like you own the place, grab a towel and head to the beach to grab the premium chairs and umbrella, they won't bug you, especially if you order a drink and just mingle... there are no wrist bands and everyone just look like they belong. we met lots of great couple that we spend the week with and it was fantastic. This is also a great place for families, but you have to know that the kids are on vacation and do go a little nuts around the pool area... wasn't a problem for us, but we were at the beach or travelling around. THE HOT TUB is either too hot or too cold. Go bug DAVE and don't take any [--] from him. You are the guest and the hot tub should be working properly !!
If you snorkel, go to CORAL GARDENS... free snorkelling.. saw some barracudas and a BIG sea turtle.. If you are a serious snorkeler or scuba diver, go on a trip .. There's a scuba/snorkel shop at the hotel that will hook you up out on the BIG reef !!
To sum up.. it's a beautiful place with lots to do and see. Staying at the Comfort Suites was very enjoyable and very comfortable. It is a great place for a decent price and we will definitely go back. If you are thinking about the Grace Bay Suites, don't bother. The pool area is tiny and the music from Danny Buoys's will probably keep you from a good nights sleep. The Comfort is closer and has many more amenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ports of Call Resort is located within the beautiful Grace Bay area on Providenciales, an island of the Turks and Caicos, and is only a short 15-minute drive from the Providenciales airport (PLS). The property comprises of a central building featuring a welcoming reception, business center, breakfast room, fitness room, and poolside bar. Ports of Call Resort has 98 fully renovated deluxe junior suites approximately 325 sq ft offering pool view (some with balcony or terrace) and others with garden views. Rooms are located in two three-story buildings (no elevator) surrounding a tropical pool area that creates an intimate boutique setting. For your enjoyment, the tropical outdoor facilities include a poolside bar and lounge, table tennis, billiard table, pool, hot tub, comfortable chaise lounges, patio seating, shade umbrellas, towels, and a dedicated children's play area. Ports of Call Resort has a designated beach access to the awe-inspiring Grace Bay Beach complete with lounges, umbrellas, stand up paddle-boards, and kayaks, and is only 300 yards from the property. A shuttle runs each hour and beach towels are provided. The property also includes the Shops of Ports of Call. The plaza offers a variety of restaurants, bars, gift and clothing shops, as well as a spa, hair salon, ice cream parlor, dive shop, conference space, fishing charter, and auto/scooter rentals, further enhancing the Resort's array of services and amenities. Daily continental breakfast and in-room wifi included in all room rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Suites Ports Of Call Hotel Providenciales
- Comfort Suites Providenciales
- Providenciales Comfort Suites
- Ports Of Call Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales