I just got back from a week at the Royal West Indies Resort. It was an incredibly relaxing trip.
I found the staff to be very polite and friendly. The grounds were beautiful with well kept stone pathways and lush foliage.
There are eight buildings with the low numbers towards the beach and higher numbers further inland. Buildings 6, 7 and 8 surround the "quiet" pool while building 5 faces towards the restaurant and other pool. The other buildings are positioned closer towards the beach.
Each unit is individually owned and then rented through the resort to guests. I stayed in a studio with a kitchenette (fridge, sink, coffee maker), full laundry, full bath and a patio. It was very clean and charming. I appreciated having WIFI and cable TV if I wanted it. After eight hours outdoors, a little A/C and cable really did the trick.
In addition to the two pools, the resort also features a hot tub, and direct beach access to the gorgeous Grace Bay Beach.
I recommend a stop at the GraceWay IGA for basics including some food, alcohol and water. While you can trick the tap water on Provo, it is highly sulfuric much like the water of central Florida. I preferred bottle water and they charged $3 a bottle at the hotel. I ended up buying a few gallons at $2 a pop at the IGA. Be sure to come prepared with sunscreen and bug spray.
Overall, I had a very pleasant stay.
- Next door to the rather loud Club Med -- I could hear it periodically (and usually in the early evening hours) from both the beach and my room.
- The hotel restaurant was very expensive (I spent about $100 on 3 meals and 2 cocktails a day there.)
- The hotel tacks on a 10% "service fee" at the Pelican Bay restaurant -- this money does NOT go directly to your waitstaff. It gets split through the entire hotel staff. I found it pretty tacky they added this on and I imagine may people just assume this is a tip -- which it is not. If you tip 20%, you are looking at 42% on top of tab -- which I promise is already expensive.
- The only place to get towels is in the beach area, not by the pools.
- This is a critique of TCI, not RWI the island is incredibly expensive in terms of both cabs and food.
- Reasonably priced in the shoulder season.
- Each unit has a balcony and various amenities based on the size.
- The hotel and restaurant staff were incredibly polite and kind.
- The beach was pretty close to the residential area.
- The grounds were quite beautiful and well cared for.
- My favorite dishes were the asparagus tips risotto and the whole hen with jerk sauce.
- The staff is very accommodating.
- The grounds felt safe.
- This resort is great for families with young children and couples of all ages.
Tanya Handfield of TNC Taxi was the most honest and fair priced driver I met there so I am including her in the review. You can reach her at: email@example.com
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- Also Known As:
- Royal West Indies Hotel Providenciales
- Royal West Indies Providenciales
- Royal West Indies Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales