Ocean Club Resorts Hotel, Providenciales
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Ocean Club Best on Grace Beachfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Resortfrom PartyMartiniHouse
Not the place for peace and quietfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Trouble in Paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 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 Placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
We keep returning!!from ADHarman
Simply perfect.from cabanna59
The best yetfrom bjsawicki
A perfect and very relaxing holidayfrom PStar75
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.
Other names for Ocean Club Resorts Hotel
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- ocean club turks caicos
- ocean club resort
- Address: Grace Bay Beach - Providenciales - Turks and Caicos Islands
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