Point Grace and Providenciales Trip Report

Feb 24th, 2008, 05:32 AM
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Point Grace and Providenciales Trip Report

We just returned from and eight day/seven night stay at Point Grace in Providenciales. We had a very nice trip. I will break the trip down into parts. This was our first trip to Provo. Thank you to everyone that provided help and information on this forum.

Resort - Point Grace is a small, beautiful resort. It really is a special place. One of my favorite parts was that everyday there was never a problem with getting a spot at the pool. The pool and beach are beautiful. The pool bar and lunches are great. The free breakfast was also very good. Also, we enjoyed the free drinks from 5-6.
We stayed in an upper cottage suite. The suite was furnished very nicely and we enjoyed the large balcony. We liked having a washer and dryer, very useful.
We liked the resort and would highly recommend it to people that want a quiet, relaxing vacation. We enjoyed the quietness, but at times it was a bit to quiet for us. Also, the service was pretty good, but not on the level of a Four Stars or Ritz Carlton. I could go into detail on a few service issues, but I don't want to sound negative on the resort - it really is a special, romantic place. Also, Point Grace was not the only place that I noticed service issues, so I do not want to hold it against them.

Beach/Other Resorts - The beach is simply amazing. The water is crystal clear and water temperature was perfect to swim in on the hot sunny days. I think I pretty much visited most of the resorts on Grace Bay. I prefer the section of beach from Point Grace to The Tuscany - it is less crowded. Our favorite place of
all was Grace Bay Club. We stopped in a few times and the service was OUTSTANDING - equal to a Four Seasons standard. I also like that the resort has a lot of beach frontage and it is not super crowded. I am glad we did not stay at The Regent Palms - it was extremely crowded at the pool and there were tons of kids.

Taxis - Very easy to get. I was originally worried about this. The hotel just calls and one is there within 3 minutes.

Dining - Overall, dining was very good on the island. Some places had service issues. Nothing major, more just very slow and inattentive at times. Our favorites included:
Bay Bistro - What a great place for lunch! We actually saw JoJo the dolphin swim by. Everyone cheered, it was a highlight of our trip. Great food at lunch.
Hemmingways - We loved sitting at the bar and eating here - food is ok, but we liked it.
Grace's Cottage - Very good dinner. Expensive, but the bean soup, filet and risotto were excellent.
Coyaba - Excellent as well. The lobster in cream sauce was very good. Very good service as well.
Anacoana - Our favorite. We has a table right on the beach and it was beautiful. The food was very good as well. They have a tuna roll appetizer that was too die for. We went here on our last night, and thought we would have gone back more, if we were there longer. We loved The Lounge there - the live music was excellent. Service was amazing at restaurant and lounge.

Excursions - We had originally planned to complete a few excursions, but we were just so happy with the pool and the beach that it was enough to keep us busy. So, we actually did not do anything, but just enjoy Grace Bay.

Overall - Overall, Grace Bay is gorgeous. I would like to return in the future. Next time, I would really like to stay at Grace Bay Club. The resort just seemed to have great service, which in my mind can make or break a trip. If not Grace Bay Club then, I would like to try the new Regent (not Palms), this condo hotel looked gorgeous. The pool looked amazing as well. I also thought Seven Stares looked pretty amazing.

Next Year - I don't think we'll be back next year, but we will definitely go somewhere in February. Any suggestions for a great beach like Grace Bay, but with a little more of a party scene? We loved Provo, but we also like visiting places where there are little beach bars and with more nightlife. I am kind of thinking St. Martin? Any ideas?
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Feb 24th, 2008, 09:06 AM
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Thanks for your trip report! Sounds like you had a great time.

It sounds as if service with upscale accomodations are at the forefront of your decision process. St. Martin (French side) would be a great option. I'd suggest staying on Orient Beach at either Alamanda or Esmeralda. Have fun researching!
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Leaving for Grace Bay in 2 weeks, Ocean Club West. I enjoyed your restaurant reviews.

Also looking forward to checkingout the other resorts.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Both Ocean Club Resorts looked nice. You'll have a great time.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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Caribbean Soul - Both resorts look nice. I was thinking about the Westin because we have enough points for a week's stay. I know it's on the other side, but sometimes you can't beat free. I will keep researching - planning is part of the fun for me!
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Feb 24th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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How about grand Cayman? You can get 50% off the rack rate at the Westin Casuarina for only 1,000 SPG points total for 5 nights!
We used our points (12,000 per night) last year at the Sheraton Maui and were upgraded to the best oceanfront room they had. It was gorgeous!
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Feb 24th, 2008, 01:14 PM
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Just read a post, "BEWARE," that doesn't make St. Martin sound too good.
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Feb 25th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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I was considering Grand Cayman as well. I have time, but I always like to book early for best rates and availability.
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