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Erica Nov 12th, 2002 10:52 AM

Sands at Grace Bay or Royal West Indies
 
Planning a trip for the end of April to T&amp;C and can not decide between teh two.<BR>I like the idea that RWI seems to be newer. Any suggestions??<BR><BR>Thanks!

Nancy Nov 12th, 2002 10:58 AM

Hello Erica,<BR>We chose the Sands because there was construction going on at RWI last month when we were going.<BR>We would recommend the Sands without hesitation.<BR>Gorgeous beach and grounds, great restaurant, wonderful staff on an island where it's tough to find professional help.<BR>Sands is only a year or two old.<BR>The pool area is stunning.

Erica Nov 12th, 2002 11:02 AM

Would you have stayed at RWI if it was not under construction?<BR><BR>Also, what do you mean wonderfull staff on an island where it's tough to find professional help?<BR><BR>Did you enjoy the trip to T&amp;C?

Nancy Nov 12th, 2002 11:21 AM

We may have stayed at RWI if not under construction, but I can't imagine having enjoyed it any more than we did the Sands.<BR>What I meant by the help comment is that Provo is a relatively new destination and is growing so fast that it's very difficult to find people who are well trained in the service industry.<BR>While almost everyone who helped us at the restauranst was absolutely wonderful and friendly, for the most part, many of the restaurants do not have skilled waitstaff. This means a long wait in many cases, and a less than polished presentation sometimes, but it didn't bother us much as we try to overlook things like that when we're on vacation. (It's a Caribbean thing :)It was only really bad a couple of times. <BR>The owner of Hemingways has done a great job with the people who work for him. He said that it is extremely difficult to find good staff on the island, and he keeps his employees happy and they stay there because they are well-treated and they work as a team.<BR>We loved our 2 weeks on Provo and will definitely return!

Erica Nov 12th, 2002 11:42 AM

Nancy,<BR>You stayed for 2 weeks??<BR><BR>Did you find yourself board?<BR><BR>We were having a hard time deciding to stay here, because of running out of things to do. We love to snorkel, and is the main reason we are going. But also like to do other excursions as well.<BR><BR>Any suggestions on on activites?<BR><BR>Thanks for all your help so far!!<BR>Erica.

fabila Nov 12th, 2002 01:05 PM

This is for Nancy or anyone who has stayed at the Sands.<BR><BR>Did you have a gardenview or oceanview? I book the Sands with AA vacations and choose a gardenview/courtyard. Can't remember but I think I'd like to upgrade to the oceanview. Would you recommend it and if you know, how much does it cost?

Howard Nov 12th, 2002 01:31 PM

If I had to pick between the two I would go with the Sands. Both Sands and RWI were finished within a year of each other so RWI isn't that much newer. RWI is next to Club Med. Nuff said. The restaurant Hemmingways at Sands is better than Mango Reef at RWI. If you are planning to snorkel from the beach the nearest place is Coral Gardens which is about 20 min walk from Sands and twice as far to RWI. Try the 1/2 day snorkel trip with J&amp;B Tours. There are also sail/snorkel trips with Sail Provo, Tao and and others. Check out www.wherewhenhow.com the on line magazine of the Turks and Caicos for lots of good info

Nancy Nov 12th, 2002 02:42 PM

Erica,<BR>After 2 weeks, we were ready to come home :) But there were still things we didn't get to do that we wanted to. (The conch farm was closed when we were there, and we wished we had gone diving more.)<BR>It's definitely not a destination for those who need shopping or night life.<BR>We spent 2 of the days at a secluded beach with a picnic basket of wine, cheese, olives and crackers - heaven! We rented a car for the whole time we were there and went all over the place.<BR>We ate at a lot of the local food places, and we made a lot of new friends.<BR>I would only recommend it for people looking for a really laid back relaxed beach-oriented vacation.


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