Windsong on the Reef
What We Love
- Free continental breakfast, bicycles, non-motorized water sports and WiFi
- Located steps from Bight Reef’s extraordinary marine life
- Penthouse rooftop decks include an outdoor kitchen, Jacuzzi and postcard-worthy views of Grace Bay
- Weekly karaoke and movie nights at Havana Club
- The hotel provides a discounted shuttle to the nearby grocery store
- Post-dinner cocktails at Stargazer lounge
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- There are Maytag washer/dryers in all suites
- Renting snorkeling gear costs $5 per set, per day
- Childcare is available upon request
- READ MORE: Turks & Caicos vacation guide
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in 2008, Windsong Resort takes things down a notch, promising barefoot, laid-back luxury. Twin four-story beige buildings house 50 units and front 435 feet of prime beachfront on world renowned Grace Bay. It’s only a few swim strokes from one of the best snorkeling spots on the island (Bight Reef), but don’t feel obligated to leave your lounge chair. Beach and pool attendants can bring water and chilled towels and even take food and beverage orders (Turks Head Lager, anyone?).
Bed & Bath
Windsong’s accommodations run the gamut from average Studios to the over-the-top detached, 2,400-square-foot Two-Bedroom Villa (complete with its own pool). Decor in all rooms and suites has nautical and island flair; paintings of lighthouses and rowboats hang on pastel yellow walls and goldenrod or lime-green sofas sit atop travertine flooring. If you’re vacationing with a large family or group of friends, it’s well worth splurging on the 4,480-square-foot Four-Bedroom Penthouse, which comes with a gourmet kitchen (it can be provisioned ahead of time), a wet bar, wicker ceiling fans and marble bathrooms with Bulgari toiletries and separate tubs and showers. Large corner sliding glass doors bring the outside in, but the private rooftop deck steals the show with yet another kitchen, a Jacuzzi and unbeatable views of Grace Bay.
The alfresco restaurant and subdued bar, JoJo’s Café, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can up the romance factor by making reservations for a memorable meal at Dune, which has stunning water and sunset views. Wedged between these dining spots is the heated outdoor swimming pool, which features two waterfalls, partial glass walls and an underwater stereo. And if you want to catch a flick or belt out some tunes, the Havana Club hosts weekly movie and karaoke nights. There’s also a small 24-hour fitness center, and a spa with two treatment rooms, both with ocean views.
In the Area
The resort’s ideal location puts some of the island’s hottest restaurants within a short drive. Nab a table at the popular Coco Bistro and try such zesty dishes as rare blackened tuna with red Thai curry sauce, jasmine rice, mango chutney and buttered broccoli. Or ditch your pool lounger and trot along the beach on horseback; it’s one of the best ways to take in the backdrop of white sand and turquoise water. Riders of all skill levels can participate; long pants are strongly suggested. Feeling lucky? Try your hand at blackjack, craps, roulette and poker at the Casablanca Casino — you may just leave Turks and Caicos a little richer.
How to Get There
We've never been to Turks before, so we were really excited to go. We chose the Windsong because my husband wanted to just walk out of the room and into the water to snorkel, and he wasn't disappointed! Proximity to the reef doesn't get any closer, and the water is also a stunning shade of turquoise.
We had a two-bedroom oceanfront suite which was humungous and gorgeous, bed were super comfortable, kitchen was well-stocked, and housekeeping was attentive.
The hotel food was really good, sure it's expensive, that's the case with the price of food at ANY hotel! You pay for the convenience. Also: Turks and Caicos is expensive. If you want cheaper, go to Cuba.
My kids loved the pool and hot tub, and my husband and I worked out in the workout room - which was small but totally fine. To the person who said the gym was small, of course it's not going to be like your gym from home, get over it.
The hotel staff was LOVELY. They're all super nice and helpful.
I hate having to reserve a chair or cabana super early and we never had an issue with the number of chairs on the beach...totally enough for everyone.
The only downside: The people from other resorts (with a special mention to Beaches) are like pigeons...they're omnipresent, and they alight on the lounge chairs and cabanas at Windsong, seemingly unconcerned that they're not guests of the hotel and shouldn't put themselves on our chairs. Seriously I don't understand people like that, but please Windsong, do something about this.
The reef IS public property but ugh...sometimes it was crowded with snorkelers and that was a bit annoying.
Otherwise? Perfect. We had so much fun and are already planning our return trip!
Thank you Windsong!
Winding Resort is a small resort but it's almost perfect. We stayed in a one bedroom oceanfront suite on the 3rd floor room 134 building 1 and it was perfect. Clean, spacious, and beautiful. The kitchen is well equipped, and the view is amazing. Most of the staff is very friendly. We ate at the resort sometimes and Jeff was our favorite server at Jojo's. Jeff always went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and even recommended great places to see and things to do. We didn't really enjoy eating there if Jeff wasn't working. Service can be slow, and It is very expensive. The food is delicious but they do charge for everything.... All in all we had an amazing time.
We found the Windsong to be the perfect place to stay. The staff was very helpful with any request we had, especially Darren, one of the resort butlers. It was great having Jojo's Cafe right there for breakfast each morning, as well as the Dune Restaurant for an evening dinner by the beach. The beach staff was great supplying towels and drinks. We were also able to use kayaks and other watersports equipment to explore the reef that was right next to the resort.
I must say that I am only giving this hotel the maximum score because of the location! The hotel stays on a perfect spot at the beach: literally right in front of the reef barrier. So, we simply got our snorkel every morning and jumped directly into the most amazing nature that we could ever see, without needing to take a boat to get to remote places in order to see the nature. Every day was a surprise: turtles, every type of fish, octopus, stingray and so on. Amazing!!!
Now, going back to the hotel: the hotel is fine, clean and well kept. Our butler was OK, nothing special about this type of service (he only booked restaurants and tours for us).
Room service is not so good. We had to call room service every two nights asking for extra soap. They did not refill the soap every day. Unbelievable we had to call for that…
Breakfast was a joke. It is not included as we expected. Each person can have one bowl of fruit, one yogurt OR milk, two slices of bread and ONE glass of orange juice. Yes, only ONE little glass of orange juice. They did no refuel it at all. The most terrible thing was that if you wanted ham or cheese to eat with the bread you had to pay EXTRA 4 dollars per slice! So, every day we payed 8 dollars each person, because we wanted to have ham and cheese whit bread. Coffee was cold….
Service at the beach was just OK. Waitress did not stay there all the time, so sometimes I had to go after them. The strangest thing was bottles of water that they distributed at the beach. Apparently it was free, but when we asked for the second time the waitress said that there a limit of bottles per person. Ridiculous! Either the hotel provides free water or not. It makes no sense to provide free water, but only one or two per person. By the way, water at the room was 5 dollars each.
Food was very expensive (as every place in Turks and Caicos). We ordered coconut shrimp at the beach and it came with only 5 shrimps…very few for the price we payed. Drinks were OK, but full of ice…so much ice that five sips was enough to finish our drink.
In general, I would recommend this hotel only because of its location, and not because of the hotel itself!
Nice room, clean and quiet. Good complimentary breakfast, with add-ons at reasonable price, Wonderful staff very helpful, including Khalil, Lavone and Jerome who made it more fun and enjoyable. Dinner was also good.
Only negative - not much nightlife and not near the town center of Grace Bay. Note that all meals on the island subject to heavy tax and 10% service fee (Not including any tip to be added)