Sands At Grace Bay
What We Love
- A welcome rum drink is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Direct beach access with palapa-style huts
- Free non-motorized water sports and bicycles
- Napping in the hammock-filled coconut grove
- Bathrooms were renovated in 2012
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel service charge per night will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- The resort is popular with families; babysitting services can be arranged for a fee
- A 10-minute walk to downtown Providenciales’s shops and restaurants
- No full-service spa, but there’s a treatment room
- See more photos
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on award-winning Grace Bay Beach, this affordable resort encompasses six three-story buildings that house 114 plantation-style suites with views of the manicured grounds, tropical flowers and gardens. Check in with the friendly staff at the open-air reception desk, drop your bags in your room and sip that welcome rum punch on a beach lounger shaded by a palapa, and you’ll see just how easy it is to adjust to “island time” at the Sands at Grace Bay.
Bed & Bath
Couple-friendly Studio Rooms have kitchenettes, tropical-inspired prints and views of either the gardens or the ocean. For more room, upgrade to a One-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite, which is 1,028 square feet and features a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, a living area with striped white and seafoam-green seating, and pastel yellow walls with crown moldings. Some suites have a washer/dryer, and all have screened-in balconies or patios. Bathrooms were renovated in 2012 and feature Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
If you get tired of beachin’ it, there are three lagoon-style pools to choose from, and the coconut grove filled with hammocks is the perfect spot for an afternoon snooze. You can work on your backhand at the tennis court, shoot some hoops at the basketball court or explore the island using one of the resort’s free bicycles. The open-air dining room overlooks Grace Bay Beach, and it serves a simple but tasty menu of dishes such as curried shrimp wrapped in a banana leaf with a side of white rice and vegetables. And don’t leave without trying the island favorite: conch fritters and conch chowder.
In the Area
Swing your clubs at the Provo Golf Club — just five minutes from the hotel, the challenging and beautifully landscaped course is the only one in Turks and Caicos (look out for flamingos in the lakes). Or hit the water with a sail/snorkel excursion with Ocean Vibes, the hotel’s on-site tour operator. Hungry? Hit Da Conch Shack, which, while a bit on the touristy side, is a must for mollusk-lovers with such offerings as conch salad, conch fritters, conch chowder and more. When it’s time to relax, visit the hotel’s Spa Tropique, which offers hot stone massages, facials and full body treatments.
How to Get There
We walked the shoreline for 40 mins in each direction and believe this property was the best location for those wanting a quiet, laid-back stretch of gorgeous beach. It's hard to rate the rooms because they are condos with different owners, but ours was freshly painted with modern decor, a comfortable bed. Yeah, cabinetry was worse for wear, and the fixtures in the bath were showing signs of age, but fussy as I am, I was comfortable here because housekeeping did good work and the place was clean. Because you can walk into town the one restaurant on site was not an issue (and it's a great lunch spot) and there is a shuttle to take you down to The Palms if you want to dine there. Service from staff was hit or miss at times, and amenities are few here (the fitness room is depressing--decent equipment but stuffed into a windowless area of the basement) but overall the experience was good and we would return here again because that beach is what it's all about.
We were here for a destination wedding and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The location is beautiful and a short 5 minute walk to the local shops. the beach was pristine and the pools were great. This is a timeshare property as well so not all rooms have the same amenities, so just check with the staff and they will help if there's anything you need. Loved our stay here!
Nice spot to relax and enjoy the fantastic beach and sun. 2 bedroom unit was clean and comfortable. Kitchen was good and had most of what needed for 2 week stay. Daily room cleaning was nice. Local grocery store is short walk or use bikes available. Check bike before you go-they are in desperate need of some maintenance- each time we used a bike something mechanical happened. Helmets are available if you ask. Water sport staff are excellent and helpful. 2 paddle boards, a Hobie sailboat and a few kayaks are ready for use. Onsite fitness room is good enough for while here and would encourage anyone to use that versus go for run along streets - while there are sidewalks everywhere in Provo, we heard multiple times and caution lately for crimes of theft and assaults - especially secluded roads to beaches further away. Overall safe. A few shops in town not far away for souvenirs and restaurants. Not much nightlife if that’s what you are seeking. Trips to other islands are easily arranged. Snorkel at reef is short walk along the beach. Would recommend the Sands and good value for rates. Offers Ocean View, Ocean Front and Garden View. Onsite restaurant (Hemingway’s) is good food and service. Price is reasonable relative to island.
We stayed at the Sands for 8 days, beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving. First of all, the location is spectacular! A great spot on Grace Bay beach and close enough to walk to the shops and restaurants in and around the Salt Mills. The guys working on the beach to clean up the seaweed and set up chairs and umbrellas were awesome and very attentive. We couldn't have been happier with our days on the beach.
Now, the resort is showing it's age slightly. Our room was clean, but could use a coat of touch up paint. Additionally, our door didn't close without a ton of effort and a little muscle. Also, the cable kept cutting out and the wifi was a little weak. Don't get me wrong these things will not prevent us from returning to the resort, but they keep a 4.5 star review from being a full 5 stars.
Overall, if you're looking for an affordable place on Grace Bay where you're close to getting out and meeting the wonderful people of Provo, the Sands is a great place for that.
Recently returned from 9 wonderful days at the Sands. Myself and my wife were with 5 other couples and the staff was more than accomadating to make sure we had everything we needed. The pool and beach staff were the best.Delroy,Franklyn,Willy and Captain Eddie took great care of all 12 of us. Great job. And the front end staff was excellent.Priscila,Walky,Woydeka andYudelka and night manager Waldo You all should be proud. The Sands was just the right resort we we looking for . Great beachfront plent of huts and umbrellas good food at Hemingways and the grounds were always well kept. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great place to stay on Grace Bay ,the Sands is it hands down .