Ocean Club Resorts Hotel

, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Ocean Club Resorts Hotel

, Providenciales
Grace Bay Beach - Providenciales - Turks and Caicos Islands Hotel Website | 649-946-5880
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Ocean Club Best on Grace Beach

from A TripAdvisor Member
We honeymooned at the Ocean Club from April 19th to April 29th and loved it. The grounds and beach are beautiful, the staff was very accommodating, the shuttlebus service was great. For those looking for the Four Seasons level of accommodation and style, you will be disappointed. The rooms are very clean, but basic. However, at more than half the price of the Four Seasons on Nevis, this is an excellent value (we booked at an on-line website). We loved our huge screened porch overlooking the pool. After checking out every hotel on Grace Beach, we concluded that the Ocean Club was the best of the bunch. In our view, the Sands, Alexandra, Turks and Caicos Club were just too far away from anything else. Club Med seemed deserted and we could not hear any noise from there at the Ocean Club, but maybe that changes in a busier season. Allegro is closed by now, so there will be even more construction near Ocean Club West. The Grace Bay Club seemed small and not as nicely kept at the Ocean Club. We snorkeled at Coral Gardens, which is also pretty far down the beach. I only saw the beach in front of Beaches and was a little put off by hordes of people on very shabby lounge chairs.

For honeymooners or couples looking for romance, you should expect that there will be familes at the Ocean Club (no doubt the full kitchen and washer dryers attract families and there are no organized kid club activities, so they are out and about), but that did not bother us. We recommend taking a Junior One Bedroom Suite or Deluxe One bedroom, as it appeared to us that the rooms overlooking the parking lots were those in the studio category. Like other reviewers, we also switched from our original booking at Ocean Club West. Not only is the construction there loud, it is extremely ugly to look at and to us would have spoiled the feeling of being in paradise. There will be construction starting next to the Ocean Club East in Summer 2004, so look out for that.

We went to the IGA on the shuttle, which leaves every Monday, Wed. and Friday at 9 am for a small fee. We used the bus to OCW to get to Anacoana, the Caicos Cafe and the Port of Call shopping. -- can't beat the free shuttle. We also took the diner's express taxi that leaves every evening at 7:15 at $8 per person rountrip to any restaurant. The gas grills out by the pool are excellent and we met many of our neighbors hanging out around there at dinnertime.

We loved the free chips and salsa every night at the Cabana bar as well as the free coffee there every morning. Happy hour was always fun at the Cabana bar, and we enjoyed the manager's complimentary rum party on Monday night -- complete with entertainment. We saved hundreds of dollars (and calories!) by eating breakfast and lunch in and dinner in a few nights. We did not like Simba, which advertises as a five star restaurant, but they only have about 15 tables and the service was too slow and the food not worth the wait. We preferred Anacoana because the view on the water was just gorgeous--the food was a little above average, but who cares if you can sit and watch the sunset over the water? None of the food on the island is gourmet if you are a real foodie...go to New York City if you want gourmet dinners! We liked the grouper sandwiches and pitcher of Turks Head beer (get a case at IGA for $34) at the Sharkbite and enjoyed the outdoor dining at the Caicos Cafe. We rented a jeep -- but discovered there is almost nothing to see on the island other than Grace Beach. We got a flat tire and found that our spare was flat and the jeep had no jack. The owner at Island Buggies was OK with the fact that we abandoned the jeep on the north shore and gave us another jeep immediately, but if that nice New Zealander driving a construction truck had not picked us up, we would have been stranded for hours. So, if you rent, make sure you have what you need to change a flat before you leave since you will most likely get one on the very rocky roads. We took the Silver Deep snorkeling excursion and recommend it very highly. They will take you to Salt Cay to see the iguana preserve, then snorkeling on a reef for an hour and then out to Pine Cay, an unbelievable beautiful and deserted beach, to dive for sandollars and shells. Of course, they will also serve you rum punch!!

Great Resort

from PartyMartiniHouse
Our stay at Ocean Club East was perfect. Rooms, grounds, pool and beach were just like the pictures on the website. We had booked at Ocean Club West but after reading past postings to this website about construction we moved our booking to the east location and were glad. We visited Ocean Club West once during our visit and decided we had made the right choice. We heard the construction noise and did not think the grounds were as pretty or well-kept as at the East location. We also thought the menu at the beach restaurant was not as extensive as at the East location. While on the island we ate 3 times at Gecko's located at Ocean Club East and had excellent seafood under the stars outside with candles and torches. Very romantic and there was a nice martini bar inside. Also visited Hemingway's at The Sands and ate on the deck near the ocean. One night we went to the Bay Bistro at Sibonne and had no complaints there either. We especially enjoyed Coco Bistro, not on the water but outdoor dining under tall coconut palms with candelite and torches. Another very romantic dinner. The island itself is not attractive, everything is expensive, but waking up each morning, sitting up in bed to look out to see the beautiful water and beach just outside your door made you want to say, "Another day in paradise." Our only complaint was the multitude of families with children running wild with no supervision. We had to move from beach to pool #1 to pool #2 to get away from the screaming kids. We longed for an "adults only" area with a cleaner pool and some quiet time. It seems parents were taking their children who had been rolling in the sand and were dipping them and their toys in the pool to clean them up. Oh well, this was just a minor problem compared to everything else being so wonderful. It was nice to be picked up at the airport, have the front desk be so helpful and the people working at the resort be so friendly. From the front desk to the restaurants, everything seemed very well organized. Enjoy!!

Not the place for peace and quiet

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although this resort is very pretty, it is very noisy. This is not the place to go if you're looking for peace and quiet. From loud parties to parking lots outside our window to screaming children, we heard it all. The beach was the best part. You could escape the noise there--if you were lucky!

Trouble in Paradise

from A TripAdvisor Member
Cannot say enough about the beaches, fantastic!

However, we were a bit underwhelmed by the accomodations at Ocean Club, what we got was not was advertised. No real kitchenette, just an electric frypan and a microwave. Also, when they say "Island View", make the mental change to "Busy Parking Lot View". Noisy with traffic until the wee hours.

Had absolutely no cooperation from the front desk when we asked to be changed. We even saw empty units throughout our stay. That same attitude at the desk remained through the stay. Left a sealed envelope with our concerns for the management at the desk, have yet to hear from anybody.

We will definately return to Provo, but would not return to the Ocean Club.

t have asked for more!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Ocean Club is a perfect resort. We stayed from April 6th to the 13th. The accommodations were outstanding. The condo suites are a definite upgrade from your standard hotel room. We stayed in a junior suite which was more than enough room for me, my wife and daughter. The full kitchen provides the option of not having to eat all your meals out, which could get expensive. There is a local IGA supermarket in town where you can stock up. The washer and dryer allows you to pack lighter. The buildings and grounds are impeccably maintained and the staff is quite friendly and eager to please. The Cabana Bar and Grill on the beach was our usual choice for breakfast and lunch, and we never had a bad meal. They also have coffee machines at the Cabana Bar which provide different types 24 hours a day. There are numerous restaurants on the island which serve varied menus, but you have to drive or take a taxi to most. Some can be quite pricey, so be prepared. Some of the ones we tried and found to be very good were Baci, Bella Luna and Hemingway's. The Ocean Club has a "Diner's Express" van which will pick you up at the resort each night at 7:15 P.M. and take you to any restaurant for a nominal per person fee. They give you ample time to eat your meal and tell you when they'll be back to pick you up. There's also a free shuttle which runs all day and into the night back and forth from the Ocean Club to the Ocean Club West. Across the street from the Ocean Club West is Ports of Calls which contains various shops and three restaurants. It's a great alternate than to taking a taxi.
The best part of the resort is the beach: beautiful white powder sand and crystal clear, turquoise waters that extend far out from the beach.
The best I've seen in the Caribbean. And the beach is not crowded either. Plenty of space and great opportunities for long walks in either direction. Unlike other places in the Caribbean, there are no hawkers or local "businessmen" allowed on the beach to harass you.
There are lots of excursions available which you can book yourself or through the resort. For most of the excursions, they pick you up. For parasailing (a definite must), you get picked up at the Club Med dock, which is right next door. All in all, you won't regret choosing the Ocean Club. We're going back next year. Be sure to check the status of construction in the area. The Ocean Club West had a lot of construction going on next door and it was quite noisy. There is a condo project, "The Tuscany," scheduled to start this summer next to the Ocean Club and they usually start work early in the morning.

A Beautiful Place

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from four nights at this lovely resort and were impressed. The setting is incredible: the view from our oceanfront villa was one of the finest we've enjoyed in our many trips through the Caribbean. Food and service were good, though not fabulous. The grounds were extremely well kept and lush. This is not an island for those who like to tour around. Construction was ubiquitous and ugly; roads were poorly marked and in terrible condition. However, some of the sights provided at Chalk Sound for the adventurous were magnificent. We dined at both The Sands and Ocean Club West and thought the food better at the latter than anywhere else we tried. Unfortunately, the construction of new condos on both sides of OCW was annoying. OCE will have the same problem once construction begins on a new development next to them, so check on that before you go. Otherwise, we preferred that our resort seemed to be at the quieter end of the beach. This is a resort I would be happy to visit again.

We keep returning!!

from ADHarman
We've stayed at Ocean Club on 5 occasions, at various times of year since 1998, and are planning our 6th visit for late Fall. The staff turnover is very low, and we enjoyed the same excellent service we received on our first trip on our trip this past December. The Gecko Grille on-site restaurant has some of the best food on the island. The recent addition of spa facilities (still pretty basic, but they're on-site) and service is welcome. Ocean Club has a great business center--unfortunately it is so convenient that there is no excuse to not do a little checking in with the office while there!!

Simply perfect.

from cabanna59
Everything you could dream of. Very romantic.

The best yet

from bjsawicki
Just got back & had to write..We are a well-travelled family of 4. kids are 9 and 12. We loved every minute of our trip. Best beach in the world! we agree w/conde nast. and the hotel was understated and serene.
loved it.

A perfect and very relaxing holiday

from PStar75
My girlfriend and I stayed at Ocean Club last year. I've only just discovered Tripadvisor and wanted to add a review as it might (or might not) be useful. Things do change - so please check out any specific things I mention to see if they are still available. We booked directly with the Ocean Club online/via e-mail. We took advantage of an offer that included 2 days car hire, 2 meals at the Gecko Grill, airport transfers and a couple of other things that I cant remember! This turned out to be a great package as we greatly enjoyed Gecko Grill and the car allowed us both to find a couple of deserted beaches (on the southern part of the island) and to go to the IGA supermarket to stock up on provisions for lunch, snacks etc. although there is a small shop on site for the most basic bits and bobs. The car hire office is also on site - very convenient. We didn't need the car all week as there are not that many places to visit outside of Grace Bay - although we did had fun exploring particularly checking out some of the amazing houses on the island. If you do take a car take care on some of the roads as they are not in great condition. Our room in the Ixora building (garden view - a few steps from the pool and a few more from the beach) was clean and a good size and had a kitchenette for us to prepare food/packed lunches if we wanted them. There was a TV, decent sized bathroom and covered terrace all very nice as far as we were concerned.
The Ocean Club has a couple of pools, a pool-side snack bar, tennis courts, gym and even free Internet access in the lobby (useful for a quick check of one's e-mail). You can also use the facilities at Ocean Club West although we didnt get round to it as everything we need was on site. But by far the best aspect of the Ocean Club is the beach - no question. I have fantastic memories of getting up early and having a quick jog along it (much to the surprise of the resident Heron), lying under an umbrella reading a book on it and wandering along it in the evening with our shadows cast by the moonlight. One of the most entertaining evenings involved getting the shuttle down to Ocean Club West (in fact we asked the driver to drop us off at the casino in the Allegro resort which he kindly did). We had a quick flutter in the (tiny) casino, then went to Hemingways for dinner and then slowly meandered our way back along the beach stopping off at the various bars along the way. We called it our 'mini pub crawl'. Try the bar at Grace's Cottage. Pop into the Ports of Call 'shopping centre' as there are a couple of places there. But the best bar can be found at The Grace Bay Club. If you're walking on the beach you need sharp eyes to find it as it is set back from the seafront. But nothing can beat walking along the winding path from the beach and then finding a magnificent bar. Various characters were there when we arrived and all were happy to chat. Nothing quite like having a beer in such great surroundings. One evening we went down to the Turtle Cove marina where there are a few restaurants (e.g. The Sharkbite). Another evening we ate dinner at the Fairways golf club - just across the road from the Ocean Club - which made a nice change. It is also a good place to meet some ex-pats to find out more about T&C. Were not golfers but were told the course is good it certainly looked in great shape. As for day time activities we went 'bottom fishing' (quite successfully I might add!) and on a catamaran cruise that visited a local reef for snorkelling and an island full of Iguanas. These activities were arranged at the Ocean Club and we were successfully picked up by the tour organisers. There is also a dive shop on site for you divers. If you go to Provo make the most of the opportunities available. If you want high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shopping and constant activities Provo is probably not for you. One final note, the drive from the airport passes through the rather flat, dusty and featureless central part of the island. This does not give the best first impression of T&C but don't despair as once you get to the Ocean Club the views of the beach and ocean are simply lovely. I have many happy memories of our time at the Ocean Club.

Top Local Tips for Providenciales

Airlines there are only a few daily flights in and out of Turks and Caicos every day...make sure you get in line early if you are leaving on a high volume day (Sunday).

Silver Deep Contact Silver Deep. We went out with them while we were down and they are great to work with. Lots of excursions to choose from and a lot of fun! Their website is www.silverdeep.com

Save some cash on drinking and dining Go to the IGA supermarket and buy groceries for your trip. Eating out 3 times a day will really add up. Even the hotel restaurants and cafes are pricey. Also, if you don't want to rack up a huge tab at the bar, bring in alcohol through duty-free.

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  • Address: Grace Bay Beach - Providenciales - Turks and Caicos Islands
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