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Royal West Indies Resort
Ranked #19 of 44 Hotels in Providenciales
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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews
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“Great property for the money”
Reviewed 1 March 2013

After looking at a bunch of properties, I selected the Royal West Indies for a six night getaway. Overall the property was very nice, well kept, and located in a prime location on Grace Bay Beach.

Pros:
I booked an ocean view room and was upgraded for free to an amazing ocean front room. (Unit 135 has a perfect view of the beach and ocean). The suite had everything we needed, including a nicely stocked kitchen, comfortable bedroom and nice living area...not to mention a great balcony.

The resort grounds were beautiful and well maintained. They offered free bike usage and lots of free options down on the beach.

The restaurant and bar were very good! While a little pricey (like everything else on the island), you at least got great food and drinks for the money.

Cons:

While the staff was friendly, this resort is not focused on pampering its guests. If you want that, I suggest finding somewhere else to stay. They pretty much leave you alone to do your own thing, as opposed to other resorts that take a more personalized concierge approach.

If you plan to take a warm shower, you must limit your combined shower time to about 10 minutes. The tiny water heaters in each unit are way too small to accommodate more than one shower within an hour period.

While the pools are decent, there are far too few chairs to accommodate the number of guests. You will spend lots of time searching for chairs during prime sun hours. Plus, if you want a towel, you need to leave the pool areas to get towels down by the beach and then walk back to the pools. Not a huge deal, but an inconvenience to say the least.

Lastly, like everything in Provo, the bar and restaurant close down very early. If you are looking for late night snacks or drinks, you will have to head into town to Jimmy's Dive Bar.

Room Tip: Room 135 was a prime ocean front room. Other rooms in that building will also be great.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Strongsville, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 February 2013 via mobile

Nice rooms. This is a condo development whose owners put their units up for rent. Studio rooms are standard hotel size. One bedroom suites much nicer for the extra money plus a full kitchen. This place is deadly quiet. They roll the sidewalks in at 10 pm. Two nice pool areas; one for adults only. Very good bar and restaurant on property. Had some excellent meals there. Wireless internet very slow and businesscservices at front desk non-existent. If you are looking to totally chill out, this is the place.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Maine
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Trip Advisor folks have this one pretty well nailed down. Great value in a small beautiful beach resort area. This was our best experience in a non-hotel/owner run resort - six day stay. If your goal is a Caribbean escape with quiet relaxation rather than adventure and entertainment, this is your kind of place. We did not find the Club Med Resort next door to be any problem. The fully stocked grocery store nearby allowed us to enjoy excellent meals and wine on our balcony without spending a bundle every night in restaurants. No need to take wine with you as wine prices are reasonable.

We walked to rental car place and rented a car for two days - $50.00 a day. Car gave us access to snorkel beach area and trans back to the airport. Not much else to see on the main island. Great trip. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are enclosed in dense beautiful gardens - no view. We enjoyed the third floor ro...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

My husband, 20-year-old son and I really enjoyed our stay at Royal West Indies. It's a low-rise development pleasantly stretching over lovely grounds with pools and gardens along the way. It sits right on Grace Bay beach, a spectacular stretch of 12-13 miles of white sand beach and great swimming. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance, including Pelican Bay on site, which offers themed evenings and music, and a US-style grocery store is a 15-minute walk away. The units are spacious and really well thought-out, including all the amenities you need, from full laundry in-suite to kitchen utensils, detergent and coffee. The housekeeping was superb. We had a third-floor one-bedroom unit with a balcony overlooking the grounds and the beach (photo attached)- definitely worth the extra cost.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 431 in Residence 4 - very nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Just got back from a week stay at RWI! I looked into other places (closer to Bight Reef) but I am happy I went with RWI. The beaches in the area around RWI are much wider than closer to the reef area. The Coral Gardens (where Bight Reef is located) has an abandoned hotel next to it and it's such an eyesore! Plus this area is pretty crowded because of the public access beach.

I agree with the other reviewers - pros: quiet, small (not like those massive hotels), clean (no issues with our room - ok, we did have one cockroach in our room but it was half dead and we didn't see any other bugs - another reason to be off the ground floor), beautiful gardens, wonderful view from our room (#535) - 1 bedroom suite with a garden/pool view but had a view of the ocean from our table on the balcony. Would definitely recommend a 3rd floor room for the best view if you are not traveling with small kids. The 2nd floor is nice for those rainy times (ask for one with a ceiling fan). The room was very spacious for us. The bed was oh so comfortable! Wish the windows in the bedroom had blackout blinds. Woke up to the sun peaking thru the wooden blinds too early. Next time I'll bring an eye mask:)

Loved having a Hobie Cat (small sailboat) to use - they only had one working (the other two were in repair). Wished they had paddleboards! I rented one over at Grace Bay Club (two hotels west of RWI (very close) and they were nice to let me use it (I paid them $40 for 2.5 hrs). The guys working at RWI said they could get me a paddleboard (they had a brochure from a local place) but their rates were expensive ($100 for a 1/2 day). I paddled from GBC over to our place and paddled back to return it. Super easy!

Loved the free DVD rentals at the front office - would be better if they had more selections but got to see a few movies I've never heard of before. My kids loved it!

Cons-pools were a bit cold and there is only one that's ok for kids to splash around in (the other two are in the quiet zone). However, the pools are not the main attraction when staying on Grace Bay Beach so really, it wasn't a big deal. Don't bother snorkeling around here - nothing to see. If you want water slides and such, then go to Beaches. Agree with BeachFan711 that the front desk and staff in general could be a bit more welcoming and willing to extend themselves. I think you just have to expect that and make sure to ask instead of waiting for them to offer their assistance.

Not much for the kids to do besides the beach and the pool (which should be enough, right?) The pool isn't very exciting for bigger kids. Would be great if they had a few games - ping pong table, shuffle board.

As for general info about what to do in Provo, I would highly recommend renting a car for at least one day or two. It's cheaper than taking taxis (we paid $56/day for a Toyota Corolla - yes they are old cars with over 100,000 miles but work fine). We rented from Grace Bay Rentals and even if they say they don't have a car available, keep inquiring (they will drop off and pick up the car from the hotel and their office is a 8-10 min walk from the hotel). They have cars that are being turned in all the time. The island is very small and easy to get around (the dirt roads can be a little bumpy but it's worth the trek to explore the other beaches and sites). If you're worried about driving on the left side, the max speed limit is 40 mph and seriously, half of the people driving are tourists so no worries. They have turnabouts - just remember to yield to the right.

Check out the Hole - a huge hole in the earth with seawater below. I guess some crazy people have jumped in. There used to be a rope hanging down from a tree but that's gone. If you walk about 10 feet on a little side trail from the rim, you'll see a little cave that takes you a few feet below the hole. Be careful because it's sandy and could be a little slippery. We went in and saw a few bats and a different view of the Hole! Pretty cool!

Long Beach is very nice - you'll see the beach and waters littered with conch shells. The water is very shallow here and it's a remote location. Sapodilla Beach & Taylor Beach are beautiful! Taylor Beach is a little tricky to find. There are no signs but there are usually construction workers around and you can ask them. These beaches are great because if it's windy on the east side, the waters here will be calm:) We didn't get to really see Chalk Sound very well. We wanted to eat at Las Brisas but it was closed on the day we were there (Tuesdays).

The next day we rented a car to snorkel over at Bight Reef at Coral Gardens and over at Smith Reef. Worth the stop. You could probably get snorkel equipment from RWI and take it down to snorkel here (we brought our own snorkel gear) but they also have equipment to rent at Coral Gardens. There's a shower, bathroom and places to eat here too. However, at Smith Reef, there is nothing there except nice homes. Bight Reef - lots of fish to see right off the beach (really, like 10 yds off the beach!) Great for little kids (I have 2 boys - 12 & 10.) We also snorkeled at Smith Reef but there are rocks on the beach and going in is a little tricky. Had to try to avoid stepping on shells on the rocks and sea urchins. Would recommend wearing water shoes if you have them. I went down in a few inches a water to avoid having to walk into the water. I would not recommend this for smaller kids unless it's pretty calm. It was a little windy that day (and it was late in the day) but my husband and I snorkeled while my boys stayed on the beach/rocks. My husband saw an Eagle Ray and some other people there saw turtles. Not many people here so that's a plus (there was only one other person snorkeling). Yes, the coral looks a bit damaged both here and at Bight Reef but there are still lots of pretty things to see.

RWI is about a little over a mile from the grocery store and the shopping area. I walked to the grocery store (Graceway Gourmet IGA - it's huge & they have everything! FYI, they don't sell alcohol on Sundays) and took a cab back ($10). You can always use the bikes they have to ride back to the store if you needed a few items. Expect to pay at least twice as much as home. I brought a suitcase of food - mac n cheese, microwave popcorn, granola bars, ramen noodles, Crystal Light powder packets, salt/pepper shaker, cooking oil, cereals, etc. Expect nothing in the kitchen besides dish soap, coffee & sugar packets. We ate breakfast and lunch in our room and ate out for dinner every night. Explore the many restaurants around. We loved walking to and from the many restaurants near RWI. All were so good (Cabana Bar and Grill and Mango Reef had the quickest service and excellent food!). Pelican Bay restaurant at RWI was very slow and we ate there for dinner just once.

Lastly, if you are taking a taxi to and from the airport, it's kinda vague as too how much to expect to pay. It's not like you are in a position to bargain on the spot. But to give you an idea, we paid $46+ $4 tip each way for a family of 4 with our luggage. There was a guy traveling alone and he paid $25+tip.

We also did a late check out (2pm) for a charge of $55 - it was totally worth it! We got to spend another lovely day at the beach, had lunch in our room, showered up and left for the airport.

Sorry for the long review - I really rely on people's comments when making trip plans so I wanted to do the same.

All in all, it was a wonderful week in Provo. We will definitely be back someday!

Room Tip: We had a 1 bedroom corner suite on the 3rd floor - awesome views from our L shaped balcony of the oc...
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We just spent a week here - our first time in Turks. RWI was a great spot for us. We had a great room in building 2 - just a kitchenette. The fridge was a little wonky, but the terrace was great - we had a clear beach view. At first wished we were on 3rd floor because the balconies look so pretty, but because it rained a bit, we were glad we were covered on second floor. Next time we may ask for a one-bedroom - so we could cook a bit more. We did bring a kettle, tea and coffee and instant oatmeal so we could have breakfast cheaply. There was a microwave and coffee maker in room. Housekeeping was great, the grounds were beautiful. We never had to fight for an umbrella or beach lounger. We will be back, perhaps two weeks next time!

Room Tip: choose a second floor room as close to beach as possible - oceanfront - worth the upgrade.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Stayed in a 2nd floor one-bedroom suite with great balcony overlooking the quiet pool. The grounds are stunning and well kept. We traveled with our 2 year old son so the extra space of the suite was well worth it. Easy walk to grocery store or take the bikes (about 10-15 minutes). Sherman the bellman/jack of all trades was fantastic and bursting with positive energy--unfortunately the same could not be said for the reception and pool/beach staff. They were generally efficient but indifferent. Not a big deal but enough to change my rating from 5 to 4. Our housekeepers were fabulous and managed to work successfully around our sons nap patterns every day.

This is a very quiet resort and for that matter, i found TCI to be a bit too quiet for my taste. If you're looking for lots of relaxation and beach time then this is the place for you. If you like lots of excitement and activity, i would look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Recommend 2nd floor...3rd floor would be better view as long as you don't want to use your balco...
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Property: Royal West Indies Resort
Address: Grace Bay, PO Box 482, Providenciales
Region: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#10 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
#17 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Royal West Indies Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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