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
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- 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 were very happy with our experience at the Sands ! A few things went wrong but the staff made it right and that’s really all we could ask for. Things happen
We arrived too early and the room was hurried to get ready so it wasn’t as clean as it should have been but I understand they felt rushed. It was cleaned well every day after that. The view was great from our second floor room. We sat on the screened in balcony every morning for breakfast. We were happy to have a washer and dryer in the room and a nice kitchen. Food on the island is quite expensive, even at the grocery store ! We did stock up on water, breakfast food and some cold cuts for lunch. We ate a couple times at the on-site restaurant and it was good, and very handy to the beach at lunch, but we like to try lots of local places so we only did this a couple of times.
The beach attendants are fantastic and will gladly help out with an umbrella or anything you might need. We tipped most of them but they are not pushy or act like it’s expected.
We did not try the pool, since we are beach people but it did look somewhat worn.
The grounds are very nice and easy to get around. It’s not a large and overwhelming resort. While Grace Bay beach is fantastic, our personal favorite was Long Beach.Be sure to drive over and check it out ! The perfect beach if you have small children, as you can walk out forever and never get over your waist and it crystal clear. Lots of kiteboarding there as well.
We have been here a number of times over the past 6 years, and it’s inexcusable that the gym is in such miserable shape. If you like working out on vacation, forget this place. The “gym” consists of a small room with a broken universal machine, some treadmills and step-climbers, dumbbells and old, ratty exercise mats. The broken universal is appalling. This hotel ain’t cheap - why don’t the owners upgrade the gym?!!! The gym is in a word - pathetic.
Just returned from 4 nights at The Sands Feb. 6 - 10. Here are my insights:
- Location is super ideal. Only 12 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes walking to shops/restaurants, and a quiet beach area on Grace Bay Beach.
- Staff was incredibly nice, helpful and professional, and hardly ever a wait at the front desk to ask questions/get help
- We had a 1 BR ocean view - great room! Building 2, floor 3. Had a nice couch/seating area, fenced in balcony, clean, kitchenette, pretty view (a palm tree blocked most of the ocean view, but we didn't splurge for the ocean front), AND a washer/dryer inside the unit - so nice!
- Beach staff were helpful for umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, etc.
- Ate breakfast, lunch and dinner each once at Hemingway's and it's a great oceanfront restaurant to have onsite - very lucky it's there (I recommend a dinner reservation about 24 hours in advance, especially if there is a wedding in the house)
- Amazing snorkeling right off of the beach was available a 30 minute beach walk down to the Coral Reef Resort (and a cute 2-story restaurant called Somewhere)
- Sunsets are amazing from the hotel - the hotel is at a bend where you can see the sunsets.
- This is every beachfront hotel and not just The Sands, but the guests and apartment owners hold all of the chairs/umbrellas by 8 a.m. even though there are signs at each umbrella telling you not to and your stuff will be removed after 30 minutes, even though it is not. There are people that live there for 4 months that hold their spot at 6 a.m., come down at 1 p.m., decide it's too windy of a day and leave after 30 minutes. So frustrating. It would be a basic expectation that I could go to the beach at 9:30 a.m. and find some sort of chair/umbrella combo especially when I'm ready to use it at that moment. This problem is not unique to this hotel, but I sure wish I could find a hotel to enforce this policy.
- The restaurant doesn't open for breakfast until 8 a.m. so if you are looking to eat before getting an early start, you can't; also the convenience store on site didn't open until 9 a.m.
- Although the beachfront dining at Hemingway's is beautiful, the bar area is a bit unconventional. The bartenders (very nice and attentive) are in a sunken bartending area and the patrons are in normal height chairs versus bar stools on tile. It's not a typical tropical bar setting. Head down to The Palms or Seven Stars for that.
- If there is a wedding that day, the reception will be loud until about 10:15 p.m. ending with fireworks. Not too bad, but we had a 5 a.m. wake up call for our flight so we were relieved when suddenly the noise quit.
Comments outside of the hotel review:
- Remember you are on island time so if you schedule something at a certain time, add on that person being 20-30 minutes late (shuttles, car rental drop offs, etc.).
- Recommend a day or two of excursions outside of Provo. If you have time, the full day at the French Cay was amazing. If you go see the iguanas, make it quick.
Special shout out to Carolyn at Hemingway's who noticed I bumped my head harder than I thought I did (earlier that day - long story) and brought me an ice pack. Her attentiveness and kindness saved me a huge headache the next day.
All and all, I highly recommend The Sands for their location, grounds, service and amenities. Anything I'm picking on is not of significance or would be the same at other beachfront hotels. Enjoy Provo!
Just returned from our third stay at the Sands. Our family of five stayed in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath ocean view suite in Building 1. The room was nicely updated, everything was in good condition and the views were beautiful. We rented a car and bought a beach umbrella for the first week so that we could visit other beaches to snorkel and to pick up groceries. The bight reef is a short drive away and you can see lots of reef fish, turtles and sting rays. Smith’s reef is further away but the corals are much more vibrant, with a greater variety of fish. We also visited Taylor Bay on the south side of the island and practically had the beach to ourselves. Taxis and very expensive so we find it much cheaper to rent a car. Our favorite restaurant is Bay Bistro, next door to the Sands, also Da Conch Shack is worth a visit.
The only complaint I have is with other guests reserving palapas at the beach early in the morning and then not showing up until noon. Half of the palapas have signs that say guests cannot reserve them for more than 30 minutes. The other half have no signage. We went to the beach at 8:00am and never secured a palapas because other guests would “reserve” them at 7:00am or earlier by leaving a shoe, a book or a bag on the beach chairs. One particular couple would reserve their palapa at 7:00am every day and then leave it unattended until noon. The Sands should ensure that all palapas have appropriate signage about not reserving and it should be enforced.
Counting this stay, it be our 6th at the SGB. We love this place. (Because I booked too late for July of 2016 and 2017, there were no rooms available for our stay. We had to book OCW. OCW is also very nice, but in order to get a true two bedroom two bath with ocean/beach view which offered privacy in the room, we had to pay a lot more money. Room was very nice but way too expensive.) We like the two bedrooms/two bathrooms OVS at SGB. We have stayed in five different configuration of these suites and all were very nice.
We love the way the Sands @ Grace Bay is situated on the beach.
We were very disappointed with our last stay as we requested buildings 3 OVS (elevator) or 4 OVS on second floor (not too may stairs and close to the beach, pools and restaurant). We were given building 1 on third floor Nice view, but set way back. Reason for requesting second floor OVS in the above mentioned buildings, was that my husband has had two total knee replacements. Stairs going up to third floor and distance to beach etc. was a bit much for him. The front desk tried to place us in another building after a one night stay, it was in building 4 on first floor, no view, who wants to pack up all over again. Hubby did the best he could, he was not happy. We are a family of 5, ages ranging from 75, 70, 54, 48, and 11. Hopefully this year we will get a better placement. I know there are no guarantees with rooms, but when one makes a request for documented medical reasons, one would hope they would really try to please returning guest. I booked early again this year, Ocean View Suite, building 3 or 4 second floor, time will tell.
Overall, it's just a very nice relaxing place to stay. The rooms were always cleaned by the time we returned for the day. Beach towels are always available, as are huts or umbrellas. Staff was always friendly.
We have learned over the years not to take to much food from home, as we like to eat lunch and dinner out. We do bring breakfast foods and snacks with us. We make one run to the IGA for perishable foods, juice, butter, milk, yogurt and stop at the distributor for soda and beer. Maybe this year we will try making our own cocktails for during the day as they can get to be very expensive as the trip goes on. We usually have a light lunch at Hemingways. Sometimes we share to keep the cost down. We enjoy Hemingways restaurant and the staff there.
We know we will have to take a taxi to all of the other restaurants we have enjoyed over he years, and maybe try some new ones this visit. No lobster for us as we will be there in mid July.
Hope this has helped and that you enjoy your stay at The Sands at Grace Bay
BAK and family