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Sands at Grace Bay
Ranked #20 of 44 Hotels in Providenciales
Certificate of Excellence
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
60 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful stay”
Reviewed 19 June 2012

We stayed here from June 8 - June 16. We were in a 2 bdrm oceanview room, #3315. We had an amazing view of the ocean. It did overlook the access road/parking lot, but so what? There was no noise from it, so it didn't bother us at all. The suite was huge and well laid out for 2 adults and a child (the second bedroom was far enough removed that we could be in the living room and not worry about bothering him while he slept). The staff was friendly, and surprised us with both champagne and a birthday cake as we were there for a birthday and an anniversary.

The location is excellent. A very wide beach with empty lots on both sides. On hot days the water did seem a little crowded, but you could always just go out 30 feet and be by yourself. We never had a problem getting a palapa, even in the afternoon. But if there weren't any available, the staff would setup an umbrella. We made use of the kayaks and the catamaran.

The only complaint was that the sheets were very rough and stiff, which was particularly uncomfortable against sunburns. And the pillows were very thick and somewhat hard.

Room Tip: Building 3 has great oceanviews. Although ground floor rooms do have direct access to the paths, it...
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

This was our second booking w/Michael McHugh from DreamMakersvaca.com, & Mike put together a lovely family vacation again, & I'd highly recommend DreamMakers. He's definitely our go to guy for Caribbean vacations. Six of us stayed in a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom suite #3105 joined w/#3106 (ground floor which worked well for grandkids) steps from the ocean for 8 days 6/10-17. Condo was very large, attractive, comfortable & had everything you could need. Had a wrap-around porch w/nice view, but the glass sliders leading from the livingroom needed new rollers- the kids couldn't open & close them. The management was excellent. We had a glitch w/air conditioner but someone came soon after we called & corrected the problem. Our grandkids, 8 & 5 kept busy between the pool & ocean. The pool was clean and a comfortable temperature. Tues. night was the mgmt. mixer, serving, Turks Head beer, punch & rum punch with crackers, cheese, dip & veggies. Had a good turn out & it was fun. The grounds are well maintained & nicely landscaped. If you're prone to bug bites, bring spray. The beach staff were very friendly, helpful & wanted us to have a good time. One would be hard pressed to find a prettier beach. Stayed at Beaches (all-inclusive) a few yrs. back & wanted a different experience & preferred the quietness & autonomy of The Sands. Rented a mini-van from Hertz & husband was concerned over the bald front tires but didn't have any mishaps. Even though they give you a map, roads aren't marked very well. Be forewarned that beach access beyond the hotels is on rough dirt roads, but it's fun to see the island & explore. For us, it was an enjoyable vacation. Grandson couldn't get enought of the cracked conk at Da Conch Shack!

Room Tip: Weren't bothered w/noise at beach front corner suite in June. Probably depends on who is there...
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Cape May, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2012

We took a family vacation to the Sands. The beach was VERY impressive. The grounds were VERY well kept. Our room was very nice, and room service was also excellent. The ONLY thing that we found to be a little "tacky" was, there were tables set up near to the pool, and the items being sold seemed to be gift shop items. At a resort like this, one would think a gift shop may be in order, not locals "hawking" junk from card tables. This is the ONLY issue.
ALL employees were VERY nice. The restaurant food was pretty good. I would HIGHLY recommend The Sands, and as a matter of fact, I already have. I live at a resort in New Jersey and have visited MANY resorts, this ranks right up there with the best. (mainly due to the location)
We had a two bedroom suite. I would HIGHLY recommend these accommodations.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Boise
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

We stayed in a 1-BDRM Suite which was nice and clean; could use updating, but enjoyed it. However Hotel tried to bill for an extra night and you need to review your bill. People are friendly; staff was friendly but typical island slow. Expensive, but beach is terrific. Some bugs after 4 so take bug spray. Patio was screened in so you could enjoy without bugs. Landscaping was very pretty. Would stay there again as it was very relaxing. You can walk for miles on the beach and it is easy walking; plus ocean is warm and great to swim in. Beautiful sunsets.

Room Tip: Lower rooms have a screened patio to the walkway to restaurant and beach; however 2 & 3 floors a...
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2012

Stayed at the Sands at Grace Bay for 5 enjoyable, relaxing days. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite with a view of the ocean and it was breathtaking. The hotel staff mistakenly put us in the wrong room originally and made up for it by providing us with a complementary bottle of wine. The Manager had a pool side gathering on Tuesday, with appetizers, rum punch, etc. The beach was clean, water was beautiful and staff were very accommodating in providing towels, chairs, etc. The Sands at Grace Bay in definitely on my list for a return visit.

Room Tip: The rooms in building 3 provide excellent access to the Hemmingway Restaurant and the beach. The s...
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Lidra B, Manager at Sands at Grace Bay, responded to this review, 14 June 2012
Dear Mr. Paradise369,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to know you enjoyed our Tuesday cocktail party. It is such a nice way to meet the managers/staff and other guests, many of which we've built long lasting relationships with.

We hope to welcome you back to The Sands in the near future.

Sunny regards,
Lidra Barranco
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Birmingham, AL
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Our group of four moms and four daughters stayed here after high school graduation. It was a perfect spot for our needs. The property is a bit dated, but they are in the midst of re-doing the condos. As another reviewer said, the beauty of The Sands is its beach...it is a really nice size and quiet; we walked down the beach and compared it to other resorts (especially Beaches - ugh) and were so happy to be at The Sands. Everything is also free - the beach setups, floats, noodles, boards, towels, etc. The pools have plenty of chairs as well. It is nice to have Hemingway's close by - they provide drink service on the beach also. The hotel has plenty of free bikes as well - can't stress the importance of going to the grocery for breakfast/lunch food. It is more expensive than the States, but the gourmet grocery is a great place to go with a great selection. There is also a french bakery near the Hertz rental store. We also went to Da Conch Shack twice - a do NOT miss (especially with live music). Coco Bistro was great, as were Bay Bistro and Bella Luna. The one recommendation I have is to take BUG SPRAY. I didn't understand why all the porches were fully screened until the first night...you are happy it isn't an open porch. I also recommend the activities booth at Sands - Reef Peepers??? We did both a half day snorkeling and a sunset cruise. Both were around $85 each and the crews of both were fantastic! Well worth the money!
I can't say enough about the beach here...we've been to both Bora Bora and the Great Barrier Reef....this is the most beautiful water I have ever seen - anywhere. I'm already planning our next trip back!
I would definitely recommend The Sands for a large group, a family, or someone who wants a low-key vacation...it is more like a Florida condo than a deluxe hotel. I probably wouldn't stay there if it was just my husband and myself BUT I would definitely stay there again with a group....LOVED IT! It was great to have a kitchen/full size refrigerator/laundry.
As an aside...the airport departure is awful...four airlines, one room. We were also leaving as the virus was breaking and more than one person was sick in the awful, awful, long security line (did I say hot and awful?)!!! The "VIP lounge" is upstairs and outside...it has a plastic roof covering, bar and island music. Much better than waiting in the room downstairs!

Room Tip: The buildings behind Hemingway's do have a view of the building along with the beach! The buildi...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Stayed at Sands from 5/31 - 6/4, 2012 in a 2 bedroom ocean view suite. The ocean view required a telescope, but it's hard to really complain about anything in T&C. Room was very spacious, comfortable, and accommodating to our needs. Room service was a bit delayed though - with our daily service not happening until later in the afternoon (at which point turn down service would've been more appropriate). That delay I found to be frustrating as returning to my room after a walk to town around 1pm led to me walking into rooms with beds still not made, sand still on the floor from my beach walk in the morning. Other than that, service was fine - not over friendly but I didn't mind as I don't go on vacation to hang out in the hotel lobby.

The beach is what makes the Sands stand out from the rest. Since there are no other resorts on either side of Sands, the beach feels very private and is extremely quiet. All the other hotels on Grace Bay are on top of each other so it seems very crowded. I'm not sure when/if development next to the Sands will happen, so take advantage of this now! The hotel was nicely located within walking distance to the town to do some shopping. A little bit of a walk to the Grace Bay Gourmet Market, but there's a hotel shuttle for that. We rented a car and found it to be unnecessary, as we were too enticed by the beach and pool to really explore the island.

Hemingway's is good for dinner, lunch is so-so and I found the staff to be less than attentive for lunch. If anyone spots Jojo the dolphin while you're there for lunch, then expect to wait awhile for anyone to take your order or bring you your food. "Island time" takes on a new meaning in some T&K spots ...

Bella Luna & Bay Bistro (just a walk on the beach) were both excellent for dinner. Coco Bistro - which requires a car or cab ride - was good as well for dinner. Due to an outbreak of a virus, Grace Bay was closed during our visit so we were unable to check out their infinity pool. Luckily nothing was affected in our neck of the beach and we hadn't heard about it until we pulled into Grace Bay's parking lot.

Lemon To Go Cafe which is the first spot you hit on your walk to town makes excellent iced coffee and tea. Highly recommend. They share the space with a florist which is nice to smell and to see all the beautiful tropical arrangements. Anna's Art Gallery has great jewelry pieces and paintings - all locally designed/painted. Brought several pieces in there and will treasure them forever. Very nicely made. A bit pricey, but anything to bring me back to T&C I don't mind the price! Sail Provo also had some great souvenirs as did Fottac at the Regent Village Shops.

Room Tip: Building 1 is quiet and removed from the noise of the pool areas. The ocean view rooms though aren...
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Property: Sands at Grace Bay
Address: Grace Bay | PO Box 681, TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales
Region: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#14 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
#18 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sands at Grace Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect harmony on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales Experience an earthly wonder of sand and sea at our 114-suite luxury resort on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies. Family-friendly, yet ideally suited for romantic getaways and wedding celebrations, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a harmonious balance of home comforts and sublime Caribbean elegance - as well as a picture perfect location on the sparkling shores of Grace Bay Beach. If you are dreaming of a beach holiday in the Caribbean that gives you the flexibility of having your own fully-equipped suite while enticing you with fine dining, pristine grounds and sigh-inducing vistas, we look forward to welcoming you to The Sands at Grace Bay. ... more   less 
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