The Sands at Grace Bay
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OverviewSet on spectacular Grace Bay beach, this beautifully appointed all-suites hotel is perfect for families and couples looking for a beachfront home away from home. Enjoy absolutely breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the oceanview studios. The comfortable condo-style accommodation also features handy kitchenettes, and larger studios have a washer/dryer. There's an oceanfront cabana restaurant and bar on-site, along with a watersports centre.
Location: Directly on Grace Bay Beach, 10 min drive from the airport, Provo Golf Club nearby.
This was our second visit to The Sands. This year, I asked my two adult children to join us. As usual, our accommodations were fabulous and the staff was top-notch! Thank you, all for another wonderful vacation!
We stayed as part of a group (1/7/18- 1/11/18) who has been to the resort previously and enjoyed our time there. However, this time the resort was less than satisfying. Our room was a "Courtyard" view, which I didn't realize was a cement view between rooms (very dark - even with blinds open). The original room was leaking and did not have air conditioning - since the resort was "fully booked" they had no place to put us until the next night (that or they wanted to make sure if they moved us it was to the same type of room).I'm guessing that they opened too soon after the Hurricane, but we were not happy with the service (Lackluster) and the rooms (un-inhabitable)...very disappointing - the last time we were there we enjoyed the time...it's unfortunate... I would look elsewhere for accommodations (rate was $342/night including tax and resort fee). Likely won't be back there again - as much as we love Provo...
This has been our yearly Anniversary vacation spot for some time now. The island is pristine and the people that call this island home are the warmest and friendliest I've ever encountered during my world travels. The employees at The Sands are always willing to help you decide on your plans for your daily excursions. They go out of their way on every detail to make sure your stay is absolutely perfect. Their knowledge of the islands attractions and activities make it easy for you to decide on when and what to do next. If you just want to relax on the beach, Grace Bay is a giant swimming pool with white sandy bottom and crystal clear waters. Hemingways restaurant which is beachfront and on the premises is also a delight. Having cocktails delivered poolside or on the beach is delightful. I can't wait until our next visit this April 2018 for our customary Anniversary celebration week. :)Mr. Sal P.
The only problem with our 5-day vacation was that it was too short! The accommodations were ideal - lots of space, easy to get to the beach an pool, and the kitchens had evything we needed. The hotel is a short 10-minute walk to several good family-friendly restaurants and an easy bike ride to the grocery store. There were plenty of activities - free kayaks, snorkeling, and sailboats - and three pools to chose from. We ate twice at the restaurant which was good but expensive - but got snacks and poolside drinks there every day. The staff was so helpful and kind - we can't wait to come back!
WONDERFUL OCEAN VIEW STUDIO IN BUILDING 3: Just returned from our first trip to Turks and Caicos, 4 nights at The Sands at Grace Bay, January 10-14, 2018. We loved it! Reserved last minute through onlyturksandcaicos.com a site linked to tripadvisor's pages for The Sands. That site was sufficiently descriptive specifying ocean view so we could really compare what we were buying. We had a wonderful stay in an "ocean view studio" in building no. 3, which is located closest to the beach and is the only building with an elevator. Good news since we were on the 3rd floor in unit 3308. That particular studio (1308 and 2308 probably have the same floor plan) is a little odd in that you walk off of the porch entry right into the bedroom with the king bed just 5' from the door, BUT you then go through a door into a little hallway which has a bolted door into the adjacent two bedroom unit to the left and the 3-piece standard rather small bath to the right, and straight through the hallway is another door into a nice sized living area with kitchenette and a pair of sliding glass doors out to a beautiful patio with an angled but unobstructed view to the beach, ocean, a large undeveloped property and then the side of the Seven Stars resort. Gorgeous!OVERALL PROPERTY/GROUNDS: Definitely 4-star in my opinion. Beautiful grounds overall. Lovely grounds, beautiful pool facilities, all very very quiet during our stay although we heard a few crying/screaming children the morning we departed in another building. You'll see a rusty door fixture here and there and a broken roof tile, and a less than perfect painting job on ceilings, etc., but overall as I think my photos show the property is beautiful and very well maintained. Shrubs and grounds and flowers were being cared for while we were there by hand - i.e. no gas equipment was heard during our stay, a nice change from most American properties and neighborhoods. THE BEACH: Soft white sand, quite a bit of dried sea grass was intermixed in the sand while we were there. We understand that a very strong storm hit the area the Sunday prior to our Wednesday arrival and deposited a great amount of seaweed on the beach - very little of which was evident anywhere along Grace Bay during our stay so a sign that things are cleaned up quickly. The beach in front of The Sands is a nice width - I didn't measure it but the beach seems to be quite a bit narrower in front of Beaches which is west of The Sands and then gets wider as you go east. Plenty of room in front of The Sands and beautiful miles to walk in either direction.HEMINGWAY'S ON SITE RESTAURANT: We only ate dinner here one night. We had a very underwhelming meal at Hemingway's. Grilled wahoo was $38 and it was inedible. The grilled grouper was just average. Both were coated in some evidently store bought spice and broiled. Presentation was so so. Service was actually pretty good. Manager offered to get me something else since my wahoo was bad but I passed. Disappointed about the food quality for dinner because the location is spectacular and the restaurant itself is modern and very classy looking in my opinion. Live music consisted of one man acts - singers maybe with a guitar - backed up by recorded tracks - not the best we've ever heard but added nicely to the atmosphere. Maybe it's best to end the night here after dinner elsewhere? Very busy for breakfast and lunch - we didn't try either but everything looked very appetizing when we passed by.OTHER RESTAURANTS MR GROUPER, COCO BISTRO, BACI, BAY BISTRO: We ate at Mr. Grouper our first night - a short drive away. Both had excellent fried grouper sandwiches. Corkage $8 if you want to take your own wine. Not on the water but a nice enough spot and for a Wednesday night a pretty good crowd. Thursday night was Hemingway's per above. Friday night was pizza at Baci (recommended by the front desk) in Turtle Cove where we had an excellent large pizza for $23. Saturday night was Coco Bistro which we absolutely loved. We split an entree and ordered two appetizers and 3 glasses of wine for $136 which included a 10% gratuity to which I added because the service was exceptional. Gratuities of 10% to 15% were included on several of our bills but we never felt pressured to add more because it was simply never mentioned. For Sunday brunch we walked 100 yards down the beach to Bay Bistro, connected to the Sibonne Hotel, and had a wonderful meal. Very reasonably priced (I'll try to attach photos of their menus), fresh food, great service. Not fancy, a bit of peeling paint here and there and worn finishes but a really good value. GROCERIES: Don't judge us but I've attached a photo of my receipt from our stop at the IGA aka Graceway. Make your own conclusions at least based on our few sample items. Most items were twice as expensive as here in NC, some were about the same. Overall I thought it was more reasonable than other island destinations and that the selection was better than I've seen elsewhere.SECURITY: Overall we felt safe everywhere that we travelled. It's common wisdom there to not lock your cars at any time to prevent the windows from being broken. We did, however, lock our rental at the IGA when we shopped on the way to The Sands from the airport. We did not hear of any issues during our stay. The front desk will recommend that you not walk to Salt Mills or Mr. Grouper for dinner or next door to another resort after dark - but we saw many people doing just that and apparently without incident.CONCLUSION: Our first trip to Turks and Caicos and The Sands and we will be back.
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- Items of a personal nature
- Daytime tennis
- Manager's cocktail party
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Hobie cats
- 116 rooms
- A la carte restaurant
- 1 bar
- 3 pools
- Fitness Centre
- 1 lit tennis court
- Outdoor whirlpool(s)
- Casino nearby
- Dive shop
- 1 queen-size bed
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- Cable television
- Clock radio
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe
- Internet access
- Iron and ironing board
- Kitchenette facilities including microwave, sink, toaster, dishes, cutlery
- Washer and Dryer
- Maximum occupancy of 2
- 1 queen-size bed or 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofabed
- Kitchen facilities including refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, sink, toaster, dishes, cutlery
- Maximum occupancy of 4
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Resort Location Map
The Sands at Grace BayProvidenciales,Turks And Caicos Islands
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Grace Bay PO Box 681, TKCA 1ZZ Providenciales
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