It’s been five months since our trip for my 30th birthday when we visited Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.  Five months too long if you ask me.  It is funny how below 30 degree temperatures can make you wish you were on a beach wearing nothing but a bikini, taking in the sun, and enjoying a cocktail or two. Quite frankly, I’m tired of bundling up, and layering clothing. Instead of sloshing around in the cold, wet snow, I’d rather frolic on Grace Bay Beach that was conveniently located steps away from our room at The Sands at Grace Bay.

Upon our arrival at The Sands at Grace Bay, we were first greeted by friendly staff with a complimentary beverage, rum punch.  The hospitality didn’t end there.  In fact, throughout our stay, we encountered the same hospitality and friendliness from the staff at +The Sands at Grace Bay just as we did on check-in day.

The Sands at Grace Bay is a beautiful, 4-star, 114 room luxury resort that has courtyard, garden, and ocean view suites or studios, which are housed in six, three-story buildings.  Like its name states, the resort is conveniently located on the 5 miles of the 12 mile long Grace Bay Beach, which is one of the world’s most top-rated beaches due to its soft white sand, and clear turquoise waters.

Peep that mirror across from the bed.

During our stay, we had a modest one bedroom studio that was equipped with a queen-sized bed, kitchenette with a microwave, dinnerware, cutlery and a small sink.  It was kept immaculately clean by the staff at The Sands at Grace Bay.   Our room had views of the tropical foliage of the central garden courtyard that surrounded two free-standing wading pools, which was not only beautiful during the day, but, even more so, and romantic during the evening hours.

 

Unfortunately, during our stay, the resort was pretty booked so we had to keep our studio, which had an adjoining room that was divided by a locked door. Needless to say, we heard everything our neighbors did. Everything.  Our next visit, we’d definitely try and get a different room. Thankfully, most of our time was spent outside of the room.

If you’re wondering about the bathrooms, they were simple. The shower stall is cut out from the picture, but, it was a standard walk-in shower.  The bathroom was kept clean, and the toiletries were re-stocked daily.

Location

 

Not only is The Sands at Grace Bay conveniently located on Grace Bay beach, it was just a few minutes’ walk to downtown shops and restaurants.  Both my husband and I love it when a vacation spot is walkable and safe.  Providenciales, and The Sands at Grace Bay offered both.  This is why every morning we walked to what turned out to be one of our favorite breakfast spots, Shay Café, which I mentioned in my previous post about our trip.  And later on in the day for lunch, we frequented Big Al’s Island Burger.  We were also able to walk to one of the popular spots, Mr. Grouper’s, where we once had lunch.We spent a lot of time on the beach. I think I mentioned that in my initial post.  When I say lots of time, we were on the beach first thing in the mornings, in the afternoon, and at times, we’d even walk the beach at night to catch the sun setting.

We even woke up early to catch the sunrise.  My husband enjoyed this the most.  He’s an early riser.  I’m talking, 4:00 a.m. Who does that on vacation?  It was nice, but, I’m really not a morning person.

Amenities
Besides air conditioning, one of the most important things a resort needs to have for me as
a mom, and blogger, is a wi-fi connection.  We were going to be away from our daughter for five nights.  That’s a long time.  With a wi-fi connection, we were able to connect with her via Facetime, and receive updates on her from my mom and sister.  The wi-fi connection also
allowed us to research local restaurants, and things to do around time using one of my favorite travel sites, Tripadvisor.
View of pools from our room

As I mentioned previously, The Sands at Grace Bay has two free-standing wading pools that are connected by a canal.  There’s an additional pool located closer to the beach.  Closer to the entrance, in the garden area, there’s an adults-only hot tub, which we took advantage of several times.  The resort does provide for free non-motorized water sports activities – hobie cats (small sailing catamaran) sea kayaks, paddle boarding, and snorkeling.  My husband snorkeled while I floated in the water using one of the complimentary pool noodles. Life jackets were also available for use.  Palapa and lounge chairs are also complimentary.  Trust me, 15 out of 24 hours of ours were spent lounging on the beach under the palapas sipping on cocktails from the resort’s restaurant, Hemingway’s.

The Sands at Grace Bay provides complimentary bicycle rentals, and features a tennis court for anyone looking to get more active outside of the water. There’s also a gym, but due to the storm that hit Provo a few days prior to our arrival, the gym was closed.

Getting There
The Sands at Grace Bay is about a 15-minute ride from the Providenciales airport.  Airport transfers are provided via taxi for a fee.

The Sands at Grace Bay is the perfect atmosphere for couples, as there are very little activities for children outside of the pool and water sports.  To me, the resort was the ideal romantic setting for both my husband and I, and a lot of other couples we saw during our stay.  Couples can spend time strolling the white sand beach, having cocktails and conversations under a palapa, snorkeling, and more. If you are looking for a vacation offering seclusion, then you need to stay at The Sands, and experience the serenity and “Grace” of Grace Bay.

My 30th birthday spent in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos at The Sands at Grace Bay was just the retreat from city life, and the calm that I needed to relax and regroup. It’s time to plan another trip!

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.


  • Michael Orobona

    It is a safe place to travel (Provo), easy to get around by car as well. Did you venture out far from your hotel?

  • Camesha

    I have wanted to go to T+C for a while now. It looks beautiful there!

  • Looks like a great (and warm!) trip! We were in Grand Turk for just a day on our last cruise, but I’d love to go back.

  • Janeane Davis

    It seems like such a beautiful place. I could hse some time in a warm, beautiful place like this one.

  • Oh my goodness. Looks so fun!

  • Girl… this sounds like my kind of retreat. Definitely on my list of places I have wanted to visit. 😉 Gotta get my beach bod on. lol

  • Val

    omg this looks absolutely amazing!!! I’m a gonna save this for my
    girlfriends for our next mommy trip..if we can get one planned maybe
    next year.

    • Yes! On our flight going, there were some girls going as a group. I think they stayed at Sandals.

  • I love the beach! So happy you got to go

    • I love the beach as long as I can see my feet in the water. IDK the last time I’ve gone to the beach here in NYC.

  • Justina

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time! I haven’t been on vacation in forever!

    • We did. Even though we really just lounged, ate, drank, walked around to sight see… we loved it.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Thanks for taking me to Turks and Caicos! I love the photos

  • This reminds me of the resort I stayed at in the carribbean!! Oh how I want to go back!

  • I was just looking at that resort on Trip Advisor! So your review is perfect timing for me!

    • Oh really? It’s in a great location.

  • I live 20 mins from the beach, but the resort sounds nice…except for the thin walls! Lol!

    • Aside from the door that connected the rooms, the walls weren’t thin. Without it the doors, we wouldn’t have heard anything.

  • Because I need to be tormented, reading about beaches, right now.

    I just love staying somewhere with superthin walls. 😛

    • LOL the walls weren’t thin. If the room didn’t have the door between it, which I think is probably used if there’s a family needing adjoining rooms, we wouldn’t have heard anything.

  • That water is gorgeous!!

  • All this post tells me is that I need a huge vacation lol It looks beautiful! OMG tho at the neighbors. I’d have been flipping.

    • Book a vacation now. It was actually funny.

  • What a beautiful place! I wouldn’t be thrilled about hearing the neighbors (or them hearing us lol).

    • Isn’t it! LOL OMG at first we were like WHAT is THAT noise? Then we figured it out. One time the couple got into an argument afterwards, and we heard the woman slam the door and leave. lol

  • That looks like an absolutely wonderful vacation!

  • OMMMGG this looks amazing! I definitely want to go one day!

    • If I were a snowbird, this would be my home. The scenery is beautiful. The people are super friendly. The only downside is that everything is expensive.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Kim, you’re killing me. I’ve always wanted to go to Turks & Caicos, but it won’t happen this year unfortunately. Some day

    • Aww man! I’ve seen some pretty good deals for flights, too. Under $300 R/T When you go, I’d love to hear about your trip.