Historical Traveller Reviews of Royal West Indies Resort Hotel
Nice place, indifferent staff
We went to RWI last month. The weather was very nice, the water was great for snorkeling, and once we rented a car, our vacation blossomed. A drive to Malcolm Beach was the highlight. We recommend borrowing an umbrella from the activities desk and bring a packed lunch. We also took the glow worm cruise recommended by another guest. It was truely romantic to set sail with the setting of the sun and return under a beautiful night sky.
We like the rooms but we were irritated by the many extras charged. The guest must have looked like walking ATMs. One waitress at the restaurant was terrific. She was helpful, polite, and inviting. She made up for a lot. The front desk, however, fringed on being rude. This had been an extravagant trip for us and we were welcomed with an air of resentment and indifference. On asking where a resturant was, we were told "there" with a finger point. Not a map, not drive or walk, not turn here or there. This was standard from the desk.
Loved our stay at Royal West Indies
from A TripAdvisor Member
After an exhaustive internet search of numerous Caribbean resorts and destinations, we discovered Royal West Indies on Provo. At first we wondered if the reviews were too good to be true: beautiful resort on quiet stretch of beach at a terrific price. We were not disappointed. The resort is indeed meticulously landscaped, the rooms are clean and modern, the beach is first-class and Mango Reef was surprisingly good. The sunsets alone were worth the trip. Anacaona, the restaurant next-door, boasts a romantic bar and delicious chocolate dessert! We brought some snacks and enjoyed breakfast each morning on our balcony overlooking the crystal-clear ocean. Although I am not a person who likes to travel to the same destinations, I am sure that we will return.
The only blight on our vacation was a terrible experience with J&B Tours. Our guide did not know or where to bonefish - this was clear after ten minutes - and our half-day excursion was an exercise in futility and frustration. Beware.
Overall, our vacation (May 2004) was perfect for us. I would not recommend this location for people looking for an active (or any!) nightlife. However, if you want a quiet, stunning beach with little commercialization then the Turks and Caicos is for you. I wouldn't think of staying anywhere other than the Royal West Indies.
Loved RWI--excellent value!
My wife and I spent May 9 through 20 at the Royal West Indies. We loved it for many reasons, not the least of which was the great value it represents. Advantages--(1) beach is awesome, wide, with sand like talcum powder, clean, and people were sparse; (2) the umbrella/lounge chairs by the beach [not padded like those at the pool] were NEVER full--they had 30 set out and only about 6-10 were ever full at any time of day, so no need to get up early to reserve one, but this may have been because it was low season; (3) rooms were very clean and new with lots of upgrades, like ceramic tile, granite counter tops, washer and dryer in-room, 3/4 size fridge, kitchenette, window in bath for good natural light (per my wife), generous balcony with table and chairs; (4) great on-site restaurant, Mango Reef; (5) grounds and pools beautiful [163 species of plants] and extremely well-manicured (however, pool was too cold for my wife's taste); (6) lots of free equipment, such as bikes, and for water sports, such as snorkeling and Hobie-Cats; (7) offers shuttle to grocery store [for $20]). Minor drawbacks--(1) no workout facility [just run on the beach]; (2) spa is no longer on-site (Spa Tropique moved out while we were there); (3) I'm a little concerned about the security (or lack thereof) that results from the studio's sharing of a common outer door with a neighboring 1 bedroom (that they use to create the two bedroom). All in all, highly recommended. Please e-mail me if you want our restaurant recommendations.
Heaven on Earth
Our family of 5 adults just returned. We were there from May 8-15th. We were there to join a group of friends. I can not say enough good things about this resort. The grounds were lovely, so clean and well maintained. Our rooms (2 bedroom ocean view) was just spectacular. Equipped with everything we needed. What a treat to have a washer/dryer...no dirty laundry to bring home (detergent provided). We did a combination of eat in/dine out. We ate a couple of meals at the Mango Reef and I enjoyed them thoroughly. We also ate at the Sharkbite and that was excellent too. Overall it is expensive but not outrageous. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly. the beach was magnificient. Please contact me if I can answer any questions. If you like to shop (I don't) the shopping is limited in my opinion. The IGA is well stocked. I did bring some food items with me to economize a bit. You will not be disappointed with this resort.
Paradise in Providenciales
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from a 5 night stay at a beautiful resort in Providenciales called the Royal West Indies. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, and the trip was every bit as romantic as we could have hoped. We had an oceanview suite, with gorgeous views of the turquoise water below. We ate breakfast each morning on our very private balcony, before we would head out to the quiet, pristine beach for swimming, snorkeling, or a sail on the complimentary hobie cats. If we wanted to venture further than the beautifully landscaped grounds (with 2 pools!), there were bicycles available. The staff was friendly, courteous, and very accommodating. The resort's Mango Reef restaurant, located poolside, had delicious food, and would even pack a picnic lunch (or cater a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach), if arranged for in advance. The other resort guests were quiet and friendly, and we had a very relaxing and enjoyable time. It was an easy walk to several of the other resorts and restaurants, when we were ready for a change. The beaches were very uncrowded (except for Clud Med, next door), and the snorkeling in the area was phenomenal! If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Providenciales, we would go back to RWI!
The RWI resort is fabulous!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We LOVE the RWI resort! We spent Easter week at RWI with our two kids, ages 12 and 15, and our friends who have a 13 year old, we all had the best time! This is Paradise!!! Each family had a one-bedroom condo and it was perfect. We love Grace Bay Beach, we can't believe how beautiful it is. The RWI resort is absolutely beautiful, and so clean. The pools and gardens are postcard perfect, the beach is awesome, not crowded at all near RWI, always enough towels, chairs, umbrellas, etc. (we walked past the Beaches resort, very crowded and noisy) The RWI's Mango Reef restaurant is incredible, we loved the food (and the rum punch) and the staff was great. We snorkeled several times, saw amazing fish and coral, and loved walking on the beach. We had a great time at the Tiki Hut for Wednesday night BBQ, make a reservation. Do bring and use your sunscreen, the sun is very strong. We also brought snacks and cereal. The staff at the RWI is so helpful in arranging snorkeling or whatever you want to do. You can easily walk to the shops and restaurants at Ports of Call. Grace Bay is so beautiful, the people are so friendly, the snorkeling is phenomenal, everything about the Royal West Indies resort is awesome. We can't wait to go back to RWI/Paradise!
Royal West Indies was an absolute delight!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Royal West Indies Resort was absolutely gorgeous. Much attention to detail, great staff and the landscaping is just gorgeous!!! I travelled alone as a single female and had a wonderful time. My hotel suite/room was lovely - spacious and clean. Beautiful! And I was on the ground level! There are sliding glass doors on one entire wall and with the doors closed any outside noise (the occasional child squealing with delight) is cancelled. The landscaping made my room virtually invisible from outside! Beautifully laid out! The locals were very friendly. I found some vacationers to be occasionally unfriendly (I am 'of color' and it seems some of the other vacationers assumed I was one of the locals) but the majority of people were terrific. Food was expensive...do take some munchies with you; take wine - wine is very expensive there. Liquor store has weird hours. The fare to the IGA is 20.00 for 1 or 2 -single travellers will pay the full 20.00 so make a friend or bring some snacks or pay the 20.00. Mango Rest. at the hotel had good food. Avg dinner was 35.00 for one w/o dessert. Beach was gorgeous. Staff delightful. Best bet is to walk all the way down to the leeward end of Grace Beach - gorgeous, intensely blue aqua and turqoise water and almost deserted. Take an umbrella for lying in the shade. I didn't notice any bugs; it was extremely windy during my visit though. Despite some bad weather I had an amazing time. I HIGHLY recommend the half day beach/powerboat cruise. Worth every penny of the 55.00. Streets are being paved as we speak so most roads in resort area and to airport are smooth. Take good walking shoes though. Club Med is right next door to RWI...they were considerate of their neighbors - no loud music and no music at all after 10 pm. I highly recommend Turks and the Royal WI Resort for families/singles wanting a quiet vacation with quality accomodations on a beautiful beach with wonderful people. I'll DEFINITELY be back.
Royal W.I. Awesome!
What an excellent accomodation! We stayed during Spring Break with our children, ages 8 & 9 in a two bedroom suite with ocean view. I cannot say enough about the decor and cleanliness of the rooms. Nicely done!
Landscaping and pools are very nice. The beach was kept very clean and there was plenty of room for everyone. Towels always available, lounge chairs with umbrellas for us all. Overall, a very good value! We were looking to escape the stress of our jobs and unwind with quality family time. Take a deck of cards or a simple game and enjoy the ocean breeze on your balcony or in the living room area. Provo stood up to and exceeded our expectations. Do not go there with the thoughts of a big night life. Go to enjoy the tranquil, warm, clear water, the slower pace, and the fantastic diving/snorkeling. Be sure to visit Coyabas' for dinner. Anacaona has a great reputation, but it will not seat anyone under 12 years of age. Highly recommend!
Idylic Spot excellent value
Ok. If you want to go to an all-inclusive featuring buffet food and lines and where there are many kids, you can go to Beaches. Please. If you want relaxation, choice of many very good restaurants that cost the same as a good meal in a major U.S. city and no lines and many fewer kids, then choose a condotel on the exact same beach. Ocean Cub West is surrounded by construction, the Sands is a bit out of the way. The choice is clear: the Royal West Indies. Beautifully landscaped, equi- walking distance to the golf course and Port o' Call, new construction and upkeep, friendly helpful staff all combine to make this a winner. we just returned after a 2 year absence and were thrilled and wowed by the place. if choosing between OC, Sands or RWI, RWI is the one. Especially recommended are the ocean front units in bldg 1. The studios have the bed near the sliders so you can enjoy the ocean murmur all night.
Exceeded All Expectations
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I just recently returned from a week at Royal West Indies and absolutely enjoyed every bit of it. The only hastles were at the airport (mostly on the return leg) from long secuirty lines. The roads are a joke, but it's all part of the island. I have read some comments in other reviews about surly locals and/or employees and can say we experianced absolutely none of this. The resort personnel were most helpful, always very cheerful, and would do anything to go out of their way to accomodate us. The rooms are new, airy, well equipped and the grounds are breathtaking. As mentioned in other reviews, take extra money, nothing is cheap but I feel the best value on Grace Bay is this resort. You won't be disappointed in any way if you stay here.
Top Local Tips for Providenciales
Horseback riding and scuba diving.
Provo Ponies will take you on a ride to the beach and let you run their horses if you are comfortable doing so. This was a blast! Diving with Provo Dive was incredible. Many sites to visit. Don't forget an underwater camera.
Renting a Car is Worth It
I recommend renting a car. Graceway Rentals was completely booked, so we rented from Avis. The service was excellent, the rates fair. I would not recommend a taxi. They are soooo expensive. We rented the car as soon as we arrived from the airport. We adjusted immediately to driving on the left side of the road. We rented the car to get to our resort, and shop at IGA which was worth it. We returned it the day after and enjoyed our local stay around the resort. We then rented the car again to drive a round the island, also worth it. We took a taxi to the airport on our last day and it cost us $15 per person(for a couple), but $30 for a person if you're alone, which was actually the cheapest we found.
tranfers vs cab
the tranfers are the same cost of a cab. so why not take a cab instead so you dont have to wait for others