Updated: The Regent Grand Resort, Grace Bay, TCI
I'm fresh back from another visit to the Turks and Caicos islands. Provinciales to be exact. Having traveled elsewhere in the Caribbean, what brings me back to Turks and Caicos is the friendly people, beautiful turquoise water and white powder sand beaches.
I once again stayed at The Regent Grand Resort on Grace Bay. Grace Bay beach is Trip Advisor's #2 best beach in the world for 2014, CNN Travel's #3 best beach for 2014, and is considered one of the best beaches in the world by many travel experts and journalists. Upon arriving at The Regent Grand visitors are treated to a sneak peek of the tranquil waters of the ocean just beyond the open air lobby, swimming pool and main building.
The Regent Grand is an all suite, boutique hotel located near the center of Grace Bay. Comprising of 50 condo units, the majority having ocean views, you will hardly feel crowded in this resort, even during peak season. What I like about this resort is that it isn't crowded. The staff know you by name and they always greet you with a smile. Every morning I woke up an enjoyed coffee on my balcony and every day the beach attendants would wave and say good morning as they carried towels to the beach. Guest service is important here and rarely would I pass a staff member who wouldn't say hello. While the staff is attentive, they also give you your space and you never feel like they're bothering you.
The concierge team is excellent and they are always willing to help. Tiffany was kind enough to handle most of my dinner and taxi reservations and was a joy to chat with about the island and the culture.
Similar to my first stay at The Regent Grand I reserved a one bedroom oceanfront room. On this trip I was in room 206, a two bedroom condo overlooking Grace Bay. The finishes were nearly identical to my first stay; travertine floors throughout, a large American-style kitchen with grantie counters and stainless steel appliances, and a spacious layout. The rooms also feature wifi, which is included in the rate.
Staying at a condo resort has its advantages. For one, every room has its own washer and dryer. It's nice to be able to wash t-shirts and bathing suits during your trip. Each condo also has a large living room, which is an excellent gathering place in the evenings. If you want to dine in, the kitchen is fully equipped and has everything you need to prepare and serve a meal.
The Regent Grand is idealy located if you want to get off the resort property and explore. The resort's behind The Regent Village, an open air shopping center that has tourist shops, high end jewlerly stores, restaurants and office space. Across the street from the village is the Salt Mill, another shopping center with more restaurants and more clothing stores.
A short walk away, or bike ride, is the Graceway Gourmet, which is a grocery store. This is where you can pick up supplies if you want to prepare food in your room. (Remember you're on an island, so don't be shocked by the prices.)
If you feel like venturing out there are several local car rental companies within a short walk. (Grace Bay Car Rentals is across the street) You're also a short walk from restaurants at some of the other resorts on the island including Seven at Seven Stars Resort, Mango Reef at the Alexandra, Anacona and the Infinity Bar at Grace Bay Club, and Grace's Cottage at Point Grace. Turks and Caicos is considered one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, so walking around is perfectly ok, just use common sense.
From the airport The Regent Grand is about a 10-15 minute cab ride. Cabs are readily available once you make it through customs and immigration. A cab will cost you about $30-35 per couple.
The Regent Grand is not an all-inclusive resort. In fact, there aren't many on the island. I kinda prefer that. When you aren't tied to your resort it gives you the flexibility to explore and try other restaurants. Rates at The Regent Grand do include breakfast, which is served next door at The Vix restaurant.
Bikes are complimentary and available on a first come first served basis. Most rooms also include free golf at the islands only golf course, the Provo Golf Club.
Here's our previous review of the The Regent Grand from our stay last year.
Here's our guide to Turks and Caicos.