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 just wrapped up a five night stay at The Sands at Grace Bay. I’ll start by saying the resort lived up to its reputation as a “reasonably priced “ (for Turks and Caicos”) resort. We have traveled extensively in the Caribbean and I would say the service was definitely in the bottom quartile. The front desk staff was not friendly AT ALL and definitely didn’t appear to enjoy helping guests. Everything seemed like a bother to them.
Our unit was relatively outdated and cleanliness left a lot to to be desired. A few simple touch ups could have made a world of difference. Every day we had to request extra towels as housekeeping did not leave enough for our entire family.
The main pool had a hanging light inside the water that had exposed wires - unsightly and a bit worrisome as a parent.
Hemingway’s food was very good but wait staff needed multiple reminders of requests (ie, drink refills).
I must say however the views and setting are amazing and redeem the property. We did an ocean front room which had 4 sliding glass doors onto an expansive patio. Well worth the extra money if you are on the fence!!! Beautiful beach as with any property on Grace Bay.
A few more tips:
When at capacity, you need to save a cabana by 8:15 am to get prime location.
We used TCI Grocery Delivery Service to stock our full kitchen. Highly recommend.
Taxis only take cash. Be sure to bring enough for your trip to and from airport and dinners.
The Sands provided a great family vacation experience. We stayed in a one bedroom with all the amenities a family could possibly need. The room was a little dated but it was clean and housekeeping did an excellent job. We would definite stay here again on our next visit to the islands. The grounds are well kept and the pool was always clean. We never had any problem finding chairs around the pool. I can not express how amazingly beautiful the beach and the ocean was. There was always beach loungers and palapas available. Every staff member we came across was very pleasant and helpful. Cisco at the pool hut was very helpful in answering any questions. Cisco is also the person to see about excursions. We booked our snorkel and island boat trip with him. The kids had a great time on the boat. Captain Flex, Emmanuel, Romel and CJ were great host. The rum punch and beer were flowing and the music was good. The conch salad and sandwiches they provided were good. Overall, it was a great vacation!
We checked in at the Sands last week for what was probably our 4th or 5th visit. Dellarese was extremely helpful and professional. We ended up with a room in building two that although not oceanfront was up high with a great view of the garden and ocean. The weather was great every day but one where we had a few hours rain. That did not matter as we saw it coming and booked a massage. The staff here is always willing to go the extra yard.
The resort was beautiful. The grounds were well kept and vibrant plants all around. The on-site restaurant was convenient. The staff was very attentive, pleasant, and accommodating. The drive from the hotel was a little challenging but we quickly learned our way around.
The beach, pools, garden areas, and overall experience are what you want in a Caribbean vacation. The beach at The Sands is wide and the ocean is a perfect aqua marine. Tropical plants and lots of small private areas around the pools. We stayed in a 3 bedroom, ocean view suite with 2 other couples. The screened in deck, the living room and the kitchen were spacious and well appointed. The master bedroom is great. The other two bedrooms are small and share a small full bath. The Sands is located just a short walk from a shopping and dining area, so the location is great. One knock on the place is that they could use more lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach and around the pool. People tend to "claim" chairs early and it is not relaxing to complete for lounge chairs. It is also expensive but we were there in high season and had an ocean view suite.