Coral Gardens Hotel

, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Coral Gardens Hotel

, Providenciales
Providenciales, - Providenciales - Turks and Caicos Islands Hotel Website | 649-941-3713
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Truthful review: excellent

from jjpavano
My wife and I booked this trip two weeks ago through sanditz travel in west hartford, ct-a last minute cancellation in my work schedule made it possible for us to go with our 10 month-old daughter (we reserved a room with a crib and we were told by the agent that CG called and said that our room might feel cramped with a crib and they offered us a larger room at a higher rate-which we declined (but i thought that was nice of them to call). we knew nothing about CG except what I read on trip advisor, which generally seemed good. when we arrived at the airport the transportation to CG was waiting for us. the grounds were very nice and the room was modern, clean with a very small balcony. there was a 'fridge and some utensils coffee maker etc. the beachside restaurant was excellent-the best meal i had all week was fresh snapper at the CG beachside restaurant. breakfast was included and every morning it was excellent-my biggest complaint about the entire week was that the coffee wasn't always that hot-and that's not much of a complaint. the beach had very fine sand, nice umbrellas (reserve chairs early in am), dive lessons/excursions, staff that monitored chairs so that people not staying at CG would not use them, beautiful blue warm waters (conde nast top 10 caribbean beach), excellent snorkeling 15' from the beach, ocean kayaks if you wanted to use them. the beach attendant would bring us blended fruit/ice on the beach every afternoon-and the place was very child friendly. the ocean front suites looked beautiful-althought we had a "garden view" room it was fine as we spent most of our time in the beachfront restaurant or on the beach itself. the staff was very friendly. this was one of the nicest places we have visited and we would certainly go back to CG. we would recommend a room with a kitchen-dining out was expensive especiallydue to cost of cab fare each way-sometimes this added $30 to cost of night. we did eat at "coyaba" one night-this is the CG restaurant that is supposed to be one of the best on the island. it is good but not worth the cost of the meal, which was about 190 for two (with only 3 glasses of wine!). great staff, good food, nice setting but overpriced-it was a $90 meal at most in connecticut. stick to the beachside restaurant which is a bit pricey but very good basic meals (tiki hut restaurant was fun too). we highly recommend CG to anyone who wants a quiet stay, nice staff, clean rooms and a great beach steps from the resort. no complaints.

Coral Gardens low key Provo delight

from cheddie
Coral Gardens has a lovely location right on Grace Bay. All the units have ocean views and the ability to open up sliding patio doors to have an unobstructed panorama without glass or screen. We enjoyed our stay; the staff was very friendly and our visit offered free morning breakfast at the Beach Cafe, a treat to dine with our feet in the sand right off the ocean. The Cafe is actually the social center of the property, drawing guests for meals, Internet access and to a casual office where staff can be located for requests or issues.

Our deluxe unit had a well-equipped kitchen, but the furniture showed some wear and tear. The bedroom furniture had only two small drawers for clothes; as a result, I never unpacked my suitcase and used it to access clothes during the stay.

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of the vacation - fellow guests who paid less than us for their room ended up getting upgraded to a suite and couldn't resist telling everyone about their good deal, despite it's tendency to turn off other visitors.

Great location,Great staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our family of 5 just returned from 8 nights at Coral Gardens.We had a 2 bedroom beachfront suite on the 2nd floor(2100 sq. feet).Rooms were spacious but could use some updating.Barefoot elegance is their moto.Staff was excellent.Location was perfect for snorkelling with National Park directly in front.Beachfront dining for breakfast and lunch was good with a somewhat limited menu for dinner.We had a privaqte dinner party for 10 on the beach one night that was exceptional.Hotel has new construction underway with 18 more units planned in the rear of the property avaiable on an interval ownnership basis.Additional construction of 72 unit complex next door(Windsong) is expected to commence shortly.Could be a problem in the near future.Road construction on Provo is widespread.We cancelled our car reservation and took cabs.We used the same company(Flint) and had no problems at all with service.Don't miss all day Silver Deep cruise where they catch and cook your lobster at a derserted beach.Sail Provo and Snuba are also a must.

Loved Coral Gardens

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a 6 night stay at Coral Gardens. (March 12-18) We were in a 2 bedroom ocean grand suite and it was spectacular! We have vacationed on many islands including Costa Rica, Antigua, Jamaica and Mexico and found Turks and Caicos to be the best! The view from our suite was unbelievable. We were on the 2nd floor and with the sliding doors that opened up the suite to an unobstructed view of the white sand and prettiest water I have ever seen, I was in heaven! The 2 pools are on the small side and have none of the waterfall type things that little kids like. They also don't have umbrellas for those seeking shade. It doesn't matter because you only want to be on the beach!! It is the prettiest beach I have ever seen and you have snorkeling right in front of you. There are plenty of umbrellas for shade on the beach and in the early afternoon the staff brings around chilled towels and sorbets to cool you off. The dive shop is great. Matthew is so knowledgable and loves turning people on to scuba diving. He took our family on two dive trips and both were truly memorable. He made a cd for our 12 year old to take to school and show his friends. He also booked a fishing, snorkeling, and shell hunting trip for us that was great. We thought about renting a car but took taxis intead. You have to give about 15 minutes notice that you want a cab. Restaurants are fantastic! Tiki Hut, Sharkbites and Banana Boat(bingo on sunday night) are great for kids. Magnolia, Aqua, Coyoba and Anacona are beautiful and romantic for adults. There is a lot of construction going in Turks but not near Coral Gardens, yet. We can't wait to go back to Turks and hope you love it as much as we did!

Teriffic location, intimate setting, excellent service

from crashesspam
My wife and I visited Coral Gardens in early March 05. We had a teriffic 1/2 week. We enjoyed our stay immensely, plan to return and comfortably recommend this place to any discerning traveller looking for that special find.

Travelling from NYC, we made the 8am AA from JFK and were on the beach with a rum punch and snorkle gear before noon. We were greeted upon arrival in the breezeway by Ricardo from guest services. While our room was not yet ready, he immediatey took our luggage and offered us a just vacated room to change into beach gear. From here we headed into the dive shop to grab some snorkle gear. 5 minutes later we were on the beach with two chairs and towels that Charles, the beach guy, setup. Moments later Gregorio brought over a couple of rum punches from the manager, Andre. Looking out over the unbelievable water with the reef just off shore, we were in heaven. What a great start! More importantly, it never went downhill.

The reef is amazing, one of the few that you can wade right into, it is large and vibrant, we saw beautiful coral, turtles, a nurse shark, barracuda, sea stars, and teams of colorful fish. Setup as a buoyed circle to protect the shallower areas, the snorkel route becomes a loop over varying depth. It is a public area, actually a National Park and many from the other resorts nearby, Beaches, Sands etc... walk the beach to snorkel here. It never felt crowded. Coral Gardens guests have chairs and towels and umbrellas right in front. A couple times a day, the staff come around with ice cold towels and a parfait glass of sorbet. A nice touch.

Coral Gardens is a smaller resort, only about 30 rooms. Our room was spacious, over 1500sf, and picturesque. We had one of the upper ocean grand suites with full frontage views and spanning sliding doors. Our view north and west was perfect for the sunsets. We did see some of the other rooms and they were nice and spacious, split level and overlooking the pool area. The larger suites, 2 bedrooms, had wrap around decks.

Andre and his staff are warm and attentive. Our stay was hassle free. No nickel and dime annoyances. We dined mostly at the Beach Cafe for breakfast and lunch. The Beach Cafe is the central hub, located just behind the dunes. Here the kitchen, bar, tables and a guest internet kiosk were located. This is where guests and staff mingled and met. Breakfast was included and was varied from simple fruit to Continental to Eggs and Panckaes with an island flair. The food was good and the coffee was great. Lunch, not included, was similar, a varied menu, from Roti's to a daily fish special. These were all reasonably priced and well served. We took our lunches on the canopied roof of the Beach Cafe.

On Tuesday, Andre himself prepares a managers dinner on the beach. Literally, a table set in the sand he prepares a 5 course tasting menu with varied wines for up to 12 people. We loved it and faced west to enjoy a unique al fresco sunset dinner.

The Coyaba restaurant on the grounds is simply special. It is billed as the finest on the island and while I cannot compare to others on the island, I can compare it to others based on my NYC life. The chef, Paul and his wife Karen have hit on one of the best combinations of atmosphere, service and food that we have experienced anywhere. The food was super, the flavors and presentation were varied and showed Continental, Indian and Island influences. NOTE: It is expensive, dinner for 2 with wine can top $200, but they earned it.

A couple of TCI things to note: General cell phone service is not available and land calls are heavily surcharged. The Gecko bus service is excellent for getting around the island for those of you not ready to drive on the left. It stops at all the resorts and shopping areas. The airport was fine and the taxis were numerous and clean.

Who is this place good for: Couples, absolutely. Families, with young toddlers, yes. Families with 9yr+, yes. We plan to return with ours.

In my opinion, the families with 3-8yr olds may find Beaches or Sands more matched to their current situation. This has nothing to do with CG, I am sure they welcome all, but rather just my experience with kids in this bracket and the issues with dining and entertainment needs.

Wonderful rooms, staff so-so.

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from a 1-week stay in Providenciales. We stayed at the Coral Gardens for 7 nights in a 1-bedroom ocean view suite.

THE RESORT. The important thing I would like to note is that the Coral Gardens is a hybrid--each condo unit is owned by someone but the place is run like a resort. As a result, at least in our experience, we didn't receive the same level of service as one would expect from a resort. For example, as I'm sure any of your beach travellers will know, you are undoubtedly going to track some sand into your room/suite. We found that while the people who cleaned our room did a fine job for the most part, we do not believe that they were regularly washing the floors. We didn't get to determine whether this was the case because after the 1st 2 days of feeling little sand particles on our feet, we took to wearing sandals all around the suite until bedtime.

THE STAFF. Unlike other places we have travelled to, we felt that there was a lot of missing information that would have been very helpful. They do provide you with an informational packet when you arrive but there is much information that would be so easy to include and would make for a smoother stay.

Don't get me wrong, everyone that you speak with is incredibly friendly. It was actually the oddest thing because you would approach the staff and they would be happy to talk to you but there would be no follow-through. 2 cases in point:

1. We realized from the get-go that we were going to need a car rental to explore and shop. My husband went to the front desk person (which, by the way, there is no "front desk" but is actually a person who sits at a computer in the Beach Cafe) to inquire whether there were any cars available (the resort apparently has a limited number of rentals available on-site. He was told that none were available but that one would be ready the next day. The next morning, we went to inquire about the car and were told that the cars hadn't been returned yet but that he (the staff person assisting us) would know within 1/2 hour. Then he disappeared. We called down to check and were told (by a different staff person) that there would no cars available that day. When my husband told this new person that we had talked about this with Staff Person #1, we were told #1 would call us back within 10 minutes. He never called us back.

By this point, we were starting to get annoyed so decided to just rent our own car through Hertz. When we went downstairs to get picked up, Staff Person #1 walked past my husband and greeted him but did not even acknowledge our continual requests for a car rental.

2. As part of our package, we were offered a sunset cruise offered through an independent company. The main person working in the dive shop was incredibly friendly and told DH that we were booked for Thursday evening. He claimed that there was no earlier availability due to "private charters." When we went down on Wednesday to confirm, a different staff person was there and said there was no sunset cruise offered for Thursday. Based on the information we received from this 2nd person, we believed that the 1st person had provided us with false information (including when he stated that no sunset cruises were available earlier in the week). The 2nd person booked us immediately and even called our room soon thereafter to confirm that we would be booked for a cruise on Friday (which we were very thankful for).

Needless to say that based on these 2 incidents, my husband was quite unhappy with the level of service we received...and we are relatively easy going travellers. His opinion did change somewhat when we participated at a resort function because we met a wonderful staff person named Andre who seemed to have quite a lot of information and was incredibly helpful to us. My husband later queried where Andre had been hiding all the days leading up to us meeting him :)

TIPS. Here are some tips which might be helpful to someone who will be staying at this resort:

1. Get your chairs EARLY. This is no joke. We went out earlier and earlier each day to try to reserve an umbrella/chairs and we never got them until one morning when we set the alarm for 7:30 am! We took our stuff down there and plopped it on the chairs and went back to sleep. We were unable to determine if there was some sort of scam going on where the staff might be putting towels down for someone but we could never figure it out. The reason why we thought there might be a "situation" is because one morning, we heard this husband/wife come down and were telling one of the resort's salesman that the husband was an NFL player. We saw an employee take towels off some chairs and directed the couple to sit there.

2. Breakfast not so great. You may want to consider, if you go shopping at the wonderfully huge IGA, purchasing breakfast items. We found that we became bored of the breakfast very quickly. Don't forget that you are not just limited to what is listed on the menu. You can order scrambled eggs, hardboiled eggs, etc. even though it is not on the menu.

3. Bar-b-que. The Beachside Cafe has a private grill that they can pull out for guest's own personal use--you just have to ask them.

4. Roof bar--the resort's materials claim that they have a rooftop bar. If you step back, you will see that this is actually on the roof of the Beachside Cafe. There are steps leading up to it from the East side of the building.

5. Pack food if you are getting kitchen. Our unit had a full kitchen with stove/oven, microwave, toaster, dishwasher. We wished we had given more thought to this ahead of time because we would have brought some of our own stuff such as tea and our favorite microwave popcorn.

6. Snorkelling. The snorkelling is great here. There is a little turtle family that lives here as long as star fish, etc. Not that there is a roped off area (in form of circle which you CAN NOT go in). We saw one couple (not from the resort) enter the circle and there was a huge row because Coral Gardens' staff were trying to tell the couple they were going to have to pay a $2000 fine. Grace Bay Beach (on which Coral Gardens is located) is a national park and there is a heavy emphasis on protecting the reef so do not make the mistake of going into the circle. Snorkelling around it is just fine and don't forget your water camera.

If you want some true privacy and have means to a car (do not rent a scooter as the roads are horrible) take a little journey to Long Bay Beach. Incredibly peaceful and vacant.

In addition to other restaurants listed in some of the other reviews, we very much enjoyed Hemingways at the Sands.

The weather was iffy during our 8 days. Half were gorgeous, a couple were overcast and 1 or 2 were rainy. But the temperature sure beat the frigid NYC temps!

One final note--please note that there is an incredible amount of development no the island right now. There is construction going up everywhere. Fortunately, we were told of this ahead of time and chose accordingly (no construction near Coral Gardens) so whatever resort you choose, make sure to ask about this, if you think it will be a problem.

Peaceful, relaxing vacation

from FondofTravel
Our family (mom, dad, two teenage daughters) spent a week between Christmas and New Years at Coral Gardens. We loved our spacious apartment with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen and terrace with ocean views. This is a small, quiet hotel with great snorkelling right in front of the resort. Breakfast is disappointing, but lunch at the Beach Cafe is decent. We had a beautiful and delicous Christmas dinner at Coyaba which is at the resort. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The folks at the dive shop were very helpful in arranging activities.

There is no workout facility there, but we were able to purchase a one-week gym membership at a nearby all-inclusive resort. We also went to a gym for spinning classes near Danny Buoys (which is a good place to watch sports.)

I recommend renting a car, especially during a busy week. We rented a jeep for the week, but relatives who joined us were unable to rent a car (none left on the island) and taxis were sometimes hard to find.

You'll want to go to the IGA supermarket which has a remarkable selection and there are good restaurants which you will need to drive to. We had good meals at the following restaurants: Magnolia (beautiful view), Caicos Cafe, Hey Jose Cantina, Coco Bistro (very pretty setting). You will never have a quick bite at any place, but what's the rush.

We enjoyed a taxi tour of the island, a boat trip to Iguana Island and some fishing, parasailing, snuba, snorkelling. The water is a gorgeous turquoise color, but the weather was very windy at Christmas and we had two days of rain. Still managed to get quite a bit of sun and swimming in. We didn't play golf, but there is a very nice course on the island.

One last thing, if it is a busy week, get to the airport at least two hours early.

I gave the hotel 4 stars because of the breakfast and no gym, but otherwise it was excellent. We would definitely stay at Coral Gardens again for a relaxing and quiet vacation.

Coral Gardens

from CaicosMan
Coral Gardens is a smaller boutique type hotel - part of the European "Charming Hotels" chain. Owned and operated by a Canadian expatriate with 15 years in Provo. This personal non-corporate ownership gives the place a personal touch. By the second day, every employee will greet you by name. Two pools, two restaurants. This is the only place on fabulous Grace Bay beach where you can snorkel right off the beach in front of the hotel. Highly recommended for people who want a quieter more personal experience than would be found at the larger places.

Hurricane Frances

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had only been on the islands for 4 days when hurricane Frances decided to turn on the Turks & Caicos, we were really very worried about what would happen? As it turned out, Andre and his staff made us feel so safe and at ease, i think what surprised us the most, was, that at such a disruptive and scary time, Andre and all his staff just kept on going, trying to keep us all at ease, which I must say they all did very well......We were even supplied with a hot meal on the evening of the storm!! We just could'nt believe the standards that were maintained, breakfast was still at the normal time, some cleaning up was in progress, but generally service was as usual! What more can I say about the Coral Gardens, apart from..... Thank you for making what was a very frighening experience for us alot more tollerable, we will definately be back for another visit to the Coral Gardens next year....... What a team

Marvelous Coral Gardens

from A TripAdvisor Member
Getting to any island is not easy since we are from South Dakota. We flew Delta from Atlanta with an overnight coming and going. We try to avoid Miami. Every island has it merits, but other than the Seychells, Provo has the nicest sand beaches we have seen. The colors of the water are spectacular.

The staff at Coral Gardens is fantastic. We have stayed at resorts where the staff made us feel we were imposing on them. Not so at CG. They made us feel that they were happy to have us there which made it much more fun for us. Actually everyone on the island was very friendly and helpful. One day we had walked quite a distance from CG and didn't want to walk back. I asked a gentleman with a cell phone if he would call a taxi for us since we couldn't find a store open. When he found out where we were going, he said, I'm going that way, I'll give you a ride.

We had an extremely memorable evening at CG. Andre made us a five-course dinner with wine pairing for each course. We were served on the beach, under the stars, all alone within 30 feet of the water. We were surrounded by four lighted torches. The two waiters were fun, attentive, and added greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. The food was outstanding. The whole evening will not soon be forgotten. There was also a manager?s party on the beach one evening which I think all of the guests attended. We had already met most of them at breakfast so it was a fun, relaxing time.

We stayed in a beautiful penthouse on the third floor overlooking the reef. It was very hard to leave the view and we basically didn?t. Our usual routine was to get up at five, have a cup of coffee on the balcony, walk the beach during sunrise for one to two hours, and then snorkel for one to two hours before breakfast. Then I would read while my husband did a little computer work, as the wireless was just too handy for him. Later in the afternoon we would snorkel again. We are going to have to go again to see the island.

We did take one boat trip to Iguana Island, Shell Island, and a quick snorkel. It was windy and rough. Actually, everyone said it was usually not so windy. That is why we went snorkeling early in the morning for the clearest water of the day. One of the best parts of snorkeling was swimming with the turtles every time we were out. They didn?t mind that we swam with them. Our grandchildren would have loved the turtles as we did. The first few days we were the only ones out on the reef snorkeling. In fact, we saw very few people on the beach the first few days, and many of the restaurants were closed as we found out the one day we did venture out for local cuisine. We went to IGA the second day we were there for groceries. Everything was double or more in price from home. I found the same wonderful whole grain bread as I get at a local store! I was glad I had taken some of my favorite cereal and a variety of nuts.

We took only a carry-on with us, which included our snorkel gear. Still we had too many clothes. Most of the time is spent in a bathing suit and cover-up anyhow. Would we go back? Absolutely.

Top Local Tips for Providenciales

Not a destination for single people looking for a party. A great place for a honeymoon. The island is very romantic. Sometimes you find that you have the entire beach all to yourself (depending where you are). You need to enjoy spending time on the beach and water sports to appreciate Provo.

rental cars If you plan on going to the south side of the island, be sure to get a rugged vehicle. Roads are unpaved and very rough.

nature at it's finest If you want a safe island with beautiful people and beaches, then come on down.

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