Somerset on Grace Bay
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Just returned (July10-17) from a 7 night stay in a 3 bedroom ocean front villa at the Somerset. We are a family of seven with grandparents, parents and three children. We were met at the airport by a rep and taken to the Somerset where we were greeted with cool towels and a delicious fruit punch. Our vacation in paradise began. The villa was big and beautiful and right on the water. Plenty of room for our family. The kitchen was great, and you can have groceries brought in before you arrive. We chose to go to the grocery store so we could pick out what we wanted. Grocery store and shopping areas are near by. A grill is included if you want to do some barbecuing. Our family loved our private hot tub. Our villa also had free wifi, lots of TV's, and W&D. The beach is beautiful and we had access to all the paddle boards, kayaks, snookle gear. The two pools were fantastic. There are two restaurants on site. The service and food was outstanding and the people were lovely. Before we arrived and during our stay Adrian (a great help), the Concierge, did a wonderful job of scheduling our dinners and activities. The Tuesday barbecue was fantastic! A special thank you to Rico, Lewis, Winston (DJ Snoopy), Tevin and Carmen who treated us like family. The Thursday fish fry was great fun. Try the Vibes snorkel tour, it was lots of fun. The boat had a diving board and slide the kids loved. T&C is expensive but it was well worth it! We should have rented a van to do some more exploring, the taxis got very expensive. Our family made some special friends and want to return soon! One suggestion for the Somerset, they need a central billing system. Every time we ate or bought a drink you needed to have cash or credit card on you to pay. We loved our stay at the Somerset - they gave us the vacation in Paradise!!
Must start with the citizens of TCI. They treat their guest with courtesy,were very helpful and would go out of their way to go above and beyond. The beauty of the island speaks for itself. The beaches are not crowded or overdeveloped. TCI seems to respect it natural resources and have not destroyed the beauty of their beaches by overdevelopment. You do not have massive condos or hotels along the beach like FL and the vegetation is kept in place. Nicely done. The island is not cheap like most islands that have to transport in supplies. It did not seem to be a tourist trap like some islands. Sommerset had great accomodations, large rooms, a full kitchen and each bedroom had its own full bath. The view from our balcony was exceptional and had a view of the sunset every evening. The weather was perfect. The staff, Aulreco, Lewis, Natasha were extremely helpful and we appreciate them for sharing their beautiful home with us. We plan on coming back with our married children and their families next year. PS for those who want to stay connected, i did not and it was wonderful, there is wifi out by the pool and in the room.
This was our first visit to Turks and Caicos and my wife picked the Somerset off of photos and reviews she saw online. We were not disappointed. Beautiful property, well maintained and very clean. We had a two-bedroom penthouse, which was very large and comfortable and had a great view of the pools and beach. Staff was very friendly and catered to all our needs. Housekeeping was there first thing in the morning, and the concierge Adrian booked our restaurants in advance of our arrival. Pool side restaurant served sandwiches and drinks (and delivered to beach). Crowd was low key and friendly (mostly U.S. citizens on vacation). If you're there on a Tuesday do the beach BBQ. Food was great. Couple of things: Turks is expensive, so not for penny pinchers.Great restaurants, figure $30 to $40 per dinner entre, $15 to $20 appetizers and $12 drinks. T And rent a car if you're there for longer than five days.
We chose the Somerset for our first trip to the Turks and Caicos after much searching online and reading endless reviews. It did not disappoint!We are a family of five with three children under the age of 10. We stayed in a poolside Villa at the recommendation of Stevonia in reservations who was super helpful and friendly while I was planning. The room was beautiful. And the view simply amazing. All of the furniture and finishes were very nice. Plenty of towels and nice amenities. LOTS of space. Good Wifi from the room all the way to the beach. The location is absolutely perfect. The sand in Grace Bay is white and soft and the water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. We would spend half our day at the beach and half our day at the pool. Plenty of boats leave right from the beach there so excursions and activities are easy. And the staff is super helpful and friendly and will provide lessons and lots of water equipment including kayaks paddle boards sailboats and snorkeling gear. Everyone was exceptionally friendly but I have to mention a special call out to Aulreco Who was not only kind and friendly but also went out of his way to help us on the sea kayaks.There is a lovely little kids club that does activities which are included two times a day in the morning in the afternoon. Tassia is lovely and great with the kids. We did not use the kids club too much but my kids loved going to a Friday evening movie. And they threw an adorable party for the Fourth of July. Other amenities include a spa and fitness club although we did not use either of these. The concierge is very helpful in booking restaurants and also excursions. There is a great half day excursion which Adrian was even able to get us on when it was fully booked! This is the kind of above and beyond service that we experienced time and again and always with a smile. All in all our entire family agreed that this was one of our best trips ever and the Somerset was a big part of that. We will definitely be coming back. Many thanks to everyone who made our trip so special!
Stayed for 7 nights 6/30/17 in a 2 bedroom ocean villa with 4 adults. Taxi from airport: Confirmed with Somerset prior to arrival and had a Somerset rep waiting for us once we exited the airport. The cost is $14 per person to the hotel and we tipped the driver extra to stop at the IGA on the way for groceries.Check in: All guests need to submit passports to the front desk upon check in. They welcome you with some rum punch and cold towel and escort you to your room.Room:All 2 bedrooms are located in the Stirling House which is the main building that faces the beginning of the long lap pool. We stayed on the 4th floor and could see a bit of the ocean from our balcony. The condo was plenty large and very sound as we never heard our neighbors or even the other couple in the next room.Kitchen was well equipped with drip coffee maker, toaster oven, gas cooktop, trash disposal, wine fridge, and nice glassware for wine/cocktails. There's no plastic cups so if that's necessary for you consider bringing some in your luggage. A/C - Worked like a dream. The coldest A/C i've ever felt.Beds - One room had a king bed and the other had a queen. Both couples are used to sleeping on a tempurpedic bed so these were definitely not as comfortable. Wifi - complimentary and worked well across the resort, even in the water on the beach!Drinking water - This is still a mystery to us even though we've been to Turks twice (stayed at the Regent Grand previously). The locals say do not drink the water, but on both trips we've used the ice from the fridge and sink water to brush our teeth without any issue. A case of 24 bottles of water at IGA is only $5 and we bought 3 for the week.Housekeeping - provided once daily and always did a good job.PoolLovely pool. Faces the beachfront although you cannot see the beach once you're in the pool. Loungers are padded and have towel covers. Poolside service is available with cocktails and lunch. They also offer 4 thick pool floats which is great for sunbathing. Don't worry about bringing your blowup float from home.Sunblock was available at the pool to use.Fitness center: Small, but decent. A little dark as it's subterranean under the main check in building. They provide towels and small bottles of water. Free weights, circuit training, and treadmills are available.Bikes: They have 6-7 bikes to check out each day. They are in need of updating, for sure, but still work. We enjoyed taking them down the road to the grocery store and into the main strip for breakfast each day. Beach: Good beach. I am a water snob and this met my expectations with clarity and color. We were lucky enough not to have any major wind/rain during our 7 days in late June which was excellent. The interesting thing about Grace Bay is that there's a lot of boat traffic about 100 yards off the beach which creates minor waves some of the time. Other than that, you're able to just stand in the water and chat without issue. I still feel Cayman's water is superior to Turks though. However, the beach was clean and there was no coral or rocky entrance. No need for water shoes. There is a towel stand at the beach as well as lunch service starting around 11am. The loungers are not padded like the ones by the pool or like the ones they show on the main website. There are a few locals who walk the beach advertising for tours and hair braiding. Beach toys: 1 hobie cat (sail) and at least 6 paddle boards were available for checkout each day. Some rates already include the "training" fee so be sure you tell them if you've already paid it. They initially tried to charge me again but I told them to verify with the front office that it was already included. Tour: Island Vibes half day snorkel tour was worth it at $89 pp. They pick you up right at the Somerset beach. Manager's reception: Monday nights at the Pavillion restaurant. DJ on the outdoor patio was good. Fun atmosphere. Complimentary wine/beer/most cocktails at the bar. Pass around appetizers were complimentary. Recommended.Check out: Late checkout was not available for us as the room had an arrival scheduled for it that day. Checkout is 11am. The front desk can hold bags for you. You will use the gym bathroom/shower to get ready which was decent. We were on a 4:45pm saturday departure back to DFW and they recommended we leave the hotel by 2-2:30pm. The taxi driver and I would recommend leaving no earlier than 3pm as bag check in and security took no more than 30 minutes total. The airport in Turks does have an upstairs bar so go check it out. Tips: We had no issue with bugs and did not use the bug spray we bought. Bring a yeti from home to keep your drinks cold at the beach. We packed a suitcase of snacks/drinks and had no issue with those. Bring a sun shirt as the sun is HOT. Check out Coco Bistro (get a rez in advance), Mr. Groupers (walking distance from hotel), Hemingways (walk on the beach next to hotel), and Bayside Bistro (next door at Sibonne hotel)...all very good. For an upscale dinner, try the Grace Bay Bistro a taxi ride away. The town Fish Fry (a taxi drive away) was a good experience. Nothing too exciting and probably wouldn't do it again.Enjoy!
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Somerset on Grace BayTurks And Caicos,Turks And Caicos Islands
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Princess Drive Grace Bay, TKCA 1ZZ Providenciales
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