Historical Traveller Reviews of Sibonne Hotel & Beach Club
Go now before it gets crowded
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I recently stayed at Sibonne for 2 weeks. This hotel is one of the last boutiques on all of Grace Bay and has one of the best beach locations. Be aware that there is always an early morning run on the beach umbrellas. Price/quality at Sibonne was very good. We recommend staying in one of the balcony rooms. Provo in general is undergoing a huge construction boom and Grace Bay will likely resemble a mini Cancun in the years ahead. So go sooner than later. There was in fact some construction nearby but not overly noticeable when we were there. Weather was great - it never rained! Trade winds were a big help in minimizing humidity. Although Sibonne has a restaurant, we preferred Hemingway's (a short walk up the beach). Tiki Hut at Turtle Cove was also good.
Great little jem
We arrived at Sibonne at Christmas and stayed in a beach front room. We were pleasantly suprised at this little hotel. We booked our vacation in June and stayed here only because the other resorts we usually stay at were all ready booked up. The hotel has a very small pool that no one uses, but you are right on top of the beach just steps away and are located on the best part of the beach. We highly recommend the beach front rooms they are more private and have a great view but there is only three of these rooms so book your room early. Rent a car and see this small Island there is a lot of great spots to see and other beaches. Restaurants that we love on the Island are Anaconda at Grace Bay Club, Graces Cottage at Point Grace, Hemingways next door at the Sands and Bay Bistro at Sibonne. We have been to almost all the restaurants on the Island and do not recommend many others. We arrived expecting the Island to be very busy since everything was booked up in the summer, we had no idea were everyone was. Some days we walked the beach with no one around and the restaurants were quite as well. This was our first vacation to Turks that cost so little, at the end of our vacation my wife and I left just as happy as when we stayed at Point Grace and Grace Bay Club. Consider Sibonne if you are in to the beach, relaxing and being left alone. No water sports, no gym, and no beach service but we did not care we loved it.
The beach is fabulous but...
My husband and I stayed at Sibonne from Feb. 26th to March 5th, 2005. The beach at the hotel is spectacular and the rooms are pleasant. The service at the hotel is not that great. The front desk will call a taxi for you--but that is it. The restaurant is ok but the service was very slow (way beyond relaxing vacation slow) and barely cracked a smile. A lot of the staff seemed very unhappy. We are a younger couple (early 30s) and felt like we were often ignored while the older guests were served first. We often took a two-minute walk to The Sands to eat at Hemingways. It is cheaper, the food is better, and the service is fantastic. Overall, staying at Sibonne was a great value when compared with the cost of the other hotels in the area. Nice restaurants and beautiful condo/hotel resorts are just a short walk down the beach.
Pleasant stay but could have been better
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent a very relaxing week at Sibonne. Excellent location, nice beach and warm water. The hotel restaurant, Bay Bistro, has decent food. But don't expect much from the service. It is not unusual for the staff to get your order mixed up, forget your beverages, drop dishes, and at times be rude and inattentive.
Best Deal on the Island
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from a 5 night stay at Sibonne. The beach here is unbelievable. You can't go wrong staying here! The rooms are very clean and you are on a beautiful stretch of Grace Bay Beach. Right next to Pointe Grace and the Palms, two of the islands 5 star resorts. A little construction going on next door, but you can safely walk the beach at any time of day. We walked home one night from Club Med (About 1.5 miles) and did not pass anyone the whole time. It was so calm and serene... Hardly any bugs and the weather was between 85 and 92 our whole stay. One of our best vacations ever. Right up there with Maui.
Small, unpretentious hotel in paradise
My wife and I just returned from a 20th anniversary trip to Turks and Caicos where we stayed at Sibonne in Provo (Jan 25-Feb 2). We loved our little hideaway so close to the beach on Grace Bay. Like they said, the water was literally only 30 steps from our door. It provided a great room with beautiful furnishings and tile throughout the room and large bathroom, all kept very clean by great room service staff. It gave us the quiet relaxed atmosphere we were looking for. The condo construction next door was visually obvious but the few sounds we heard never bothered us. While Sibonne did not have the adult toys like other resorts near by, eg. Sands or Beaches, we rarely saw anyone take advantage of those things at those places anyway. While there were no kitchens in our rooms (compared to condo resorts), we did have a coffeemaker and good size refrigerator and small countertop, which allowed us to pop off the beach for lunches we made from supplies from the IGA store on the island. We did have one lunch at the Bay Bistro our last day, and I have to say the food was excellent. Our only small complaint at Sibonne would be some of the staff were not particularly friendly, helpful, or service oriented particularly at the front desk. For other dining experiences, we had cheap to expensive dinners at other restaurants nearby, including Bonnie's (the best conch and local food we ate on the island), Calico Jack's, Hemingway's, Gecko Grille, and by far our favorite on the the island, Iguana, in Salt Mills Plaza. It's a new restaurant but they got it down, appetizers through dessert! For recreation, we snorkeled, dived, swam, danced (at Calico Jacks on Friday and Danny Buoys on Saturday) and napped in the sun! My scuba diving experiences around Provo were enhanced by the dive companies (went with both Ocean Vibes- see Wayne who about the most calm, level-headed dive master I've experienced, and Caicos Adventures - a few boat problems here that someone on the island can describe for you).
All in all, a great trip, good beach, diving, food, on a freindly safe island. I highly recommend Sibonne if you are looking for small, quiet, relaxed place to be yourself!
A great find
I stayed at the Sibonne for four days this January, and would go back myself, not to mention recommend it to anyone else. It is small and quiet but delivers everything you could want for a romantic beach vacation. The restaurant and bar are right on the beach, with a better view as good if not better than at any other restaurant on the island. The beach is literally steps from your room -- you will be closer to the beach at Sibonne than at any of the big hotels, I promise. The staff was nice and inobtrusive. The rooms were clean, well-maintained, with a nice bathroom, TV with all the channels -- it's not super-fancy, but it is eminently comfortable. I think you will not find a better deal than Sibonne, and my bet is that you will like staying there, no matter what the price, more than you would the bigger, splashier resorts on the island. Because if you want that experience, the Sands and Beaches are 5-minute walks in either direction along the beach.
Other notes: Coyaba, a restaurant at the Coral Gardens resort, is grossly overpriced and way overrated. All the food on the island is grossly overpriced, but as far as I could tell, the high-end restaurants are the worst offenders. At most of them, entrees are $30-$40, and really aren't that good. I live in New York, and I think I know what a $35 entree should deliver, and these restaurants aren't even close. So I would advise staying casual, going to fun, lively places and eating fresh seafood. Forget the high-end joints.
from A TripAdvisor Member
If you truly want a quiet, private, relaxing Caribbean vacation then Sibonne' is highly recommended. If you are looking for organized activities, crowds, lines, or over-the-top amenities on Provo then you should probably check out Beaches (family oriented) or Club Med (adults only).
The rooms at Sibonne' are simple and clean. Ours had 2 full beds, a bath with shower (no tub, we didn't need it), cable TV (didn't need that either), ceiling fan and AC. The center garden is absolutely beautiful and meticulously kept. However, the real draw is, of course, the beach which is literally steps from every room. Sibonne' provides beach towels, thatched roof tiki hut-like shelter, and lounge chairs. Our only disappointment was that the staff takes up the chairs at 4:30 daily. No big deal-- when we wanted them we took regular chairs from the poolside and returned them when we were ready. Plan ahead and take some snorkeling gear-- Coral Gardens is a short beach walk away and is nothing short of spectacular.
While there is construction going on directly next to Sibonne' it is not too terribly intrusive. When we were there (December) the beach was nearly deserted except for the 2 big resorts which Sibonne' is about a 1/2- 3/4 mile from in either direction.
The attached beachfront restaurant is known as one of the best restaurants on the island and we could certainly see why. It was wonderful getting up every morning and having breakfast (Continental breakfast included in the hotel rate) overlooking the turquoise sea. Everything we ate was absolutely superb-- the smoked conch chowder is a must. If you are feeling more adventurous there are other restaurants within walking distance, or you can rent a car (they'll pick you up at Sibonne') and try some of the more "local" places. Ask any of the belongers-- they are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable.
We will definitely return to Sibonne' and highly recommend it!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a fantastic 2 weeks at Sibonne. Wonderful hotel - small, intimate and friendly - a little tropical oasis in amongst the big guys! The food at the Bay Bistro was of an exceptionally high standard and a big thank you to all the staff for helping to make our stay so memorable. Thoroughly recommended for a relaxing beach holiday, informal yet maintaining high standards of service.
Sometimes returning to the same hotel in the same location can prove disappointing.............NOT AT SIBONNE!!. Sibonne is "Simply the Best" for location, accommodation, value for money and absolutely the most friendly, professional and attentive team of staff led by Ken & Sandra McLeod. Thank you for making our holiday so special in every way. We will definitely be back next year.
Top Local Tips for Providenciales
Connecting Flights - Sky King Air & Turks & Caicos
If you are connecting you should plan for the connecting flights to be late, very, very late. We flew from JFK to Provo (on time, both arriving and departing) however, both of our connecting flights were late in excess of an HOUR. Do not book your connecting flight without leaving a large window to allow you PLENTY of time. There is 1 security check point, so you will need to arrive with plenty of time to get checked in and through security - the standard 2 hour window is sufficient, but you shouldn't cut it any shorter.
100 dollars/night for dinneruse Gecko transportation to get around
Coyaba had excellent food, but was pricey. Coco Bistro is a must do -- great food, fair price, nice atmosphere. Try the Sibonne for breakfast and Hemingways for drinks at sunset. Magnolia was awesome, but make a reservation for sunset. Baci was the best service on the island with great Italian food (order a large pizza and eat the leftovers for lunch). Sharkbites is a fun stop for lunch or a snack -- good place to meet some local fishermen who have fun stories. Aqua has fabulous rare tuna and a great setting in Turtle Cover Marina.