by Lissa Poirot
Grace Bay Club was Grace Bay Beach’s first all-suite hotel in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, founded in 1993. Spread out along 11 acres of groomed beachfront, the luxury resort has received accolades from Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, including Reader’s Choice “Best in the World.” While luxurious, the resort also remains family friendly, offering a variety of suites to accommodate families of all sizes, and children’s programs for kids’ to enjoy with or without mom and dad.
Our Editor Loves
- All-suite resort on Grace Bay Beach
- Kids Town kids' program for 5 to 12
- Full kitchens and room for large families
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
Grace Bay Club features 82 suites 600 square feet or larger, all featuring oceanfront views. The resort features four accommodation categories, each with distinctive touches. While The Hotel is the adults-only category, families can enjoy The Villas, The Penthouses or The Estate.
The Villas feature 38 suites ranging from 2,300 to 2,800 square feet. Situated along 50 feet of shoreline, the suites feature fully equipped kitchens.
The Penthouses, as expected, are luxury suites, 3,600 square feet in size. Situated along 100 feet of shoreline, the penthouses also feature 1,000-square-foot, oceanfront terraces. With two master bedrooms, a media room and private outdoor hot tub, the suites provide room for multigenerational travel or larger families to share, including fully equipped kitchens.
The Estate is the resort's hotel-within-a-hotel concept with 22 custom-designed suites. Guests of the Estate have access to all facilities on the property, but also have a private pool and restaurant not accessible to other guests. Accommodations range from 800-square-foot junior residences to the 7,000-square-foot penthouse and also feature outdoor showers.
All rooms feature ceiling fans, central air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, DVD/CD player, iPod docking stations, refrigerators with ice makers, and kitchens or kitchenettes.
by Heather M
I say well balanced because I have never felt so comfortable before in such a upscale place. The staff were so friendly, and willing to go above and beyond, Cordell was our favorite( beach/ poolside) he made it special and was always on top of it! We are foodies, and we were so pleased with the dining at Grace Bay. We had a special cocktail hour and WOW those Hor d'oeuvre were amazing. Breakfast was wonderful too, pretty good spread.
ROOM: balcony looking out over the ocean, 2 bedroom. Abosolutely majestic. It was nice having a washer and dryer, housekeeping was on there A game and our concierge were ready to assist. The phone provided to contact the concierge was a plus.
We have stayed at the Palms in Turks as well ,however,I would definetly go back and only stay at the Grace Bay Club. Different feel and atmosphere made all the difference in the world.
All I can say is WOW!!! We stayed here for 5 nights in a three bedroom room in the Estates at Grace Bay. The accommodations were fresh, roomy, and the master had a beautiful view. I loved the concierge cell phone service. It made me feel very safe and I could call for food, reservations, or activities from 8 am-10 pm. The water was the prettiest I have seen and the beach was immaculate. The service at the hotel was awesome. Amado was our favorite guy that met us everyday by the pool or beach and waited on us hand and foot while really getting to know us as a family. I loved his warm caring nature as well as many other staff including Anthony, Vernon, Franklin, Meka and Derek. The free included breakfast every morning was great, and you could eat it at the restaurant or get it as room service. My kids also enjoyed the free water activities including sailing and paddle boarding. The pool was very nice and clean and you could get poolside drink and food service anytime ! There were many great restaurants and fun tourist shopping within walking distance of the hotel. It was expensive to take a taxi anywhere so walking in a safe environment was great! Staying here was one of the most relaxing enjoyable experiences of my lifetime, and I am grateful my travel agent suggested this luxury resort!
Beach and Pool
The resort is situated along 11 acres of Grace Bay Beach. Only one of the three pools is available to all younger guests, who can access The Estate pool if they are a guest of The Estate. All non-motorized water sports, including Hobie Cats and paddleboards, are offered for complimentary use. The beach beds are available free on a first-come, first-served basis, and guests won't have to struggle to find beach chairs or umbrellas, as they are more than ample at both the pools and the beach.
Kids Town is the resort's supervised program for children 5 to 12, which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A colorful "tree house" provides a cool place for indoor games and borders a sandy playground with rock climbing wall, but the majority of programs are held outdoors on the beach and the resort grounds, to connect children to the environment and give them the water fun they crave. Field trips to the Conch Farm are made weekly and kayaking and paddleboarding are part of the program, too.
Teen X-Treme Program
Teens age 9 to 12 are offered a number of excursions (for a fee) and social events. Onsite watersports, mocktail and bonfire parties, and a sunset reggae cruise will keep teens (and parents) happy.
Bicycles are provided by request and are free for daytime use.
With rooms equipped with DVD players, families can check out videos at the library, which also features books and board games, all provided for free.
A casual beachside bistro, the Grill Rouge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with breakfast included in room rates. A kids' menu provides popular selections for little ones, while those with a larger palette will enjoy sandwiches, salads, and grilled seafood. For guests who fish during the day, the restaurant will clean and cook a catch for the family.
The exclusive restaurant of The Estate, serves gourmet fare in a casual setting, including poolside and at poolside cabanas. Krave serves lunch and dinner and is open to all Grace Bay Club, including children. A children's menu is also offered.
Infiniti Restaurant and Raw Bar
The premier oceanfront restaurant is open for dinner form 6 to 9 p.m. Children are welcome and a kids' menu is available.
Many accommodations at Grace Bay Club are suites that feature full kitchens or kitchenettes so families can stock up at the local grocer and prepare meals in-room. Room service is also available during restaurant hours.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
As a family-friendly resort, hotel staff will be happy to provide childproofing prior to your arrival, per your request. Babysitting service can be arranged through the resort's Kid Town program.
Babysitting service can be arranged through the resort's Kid Town program. And the resort will also recommend a nanny service if requested.
The Art of Smart Timing
The resort's peak season is the Christmas holiday season. Ten-day minimum stays are required during this season. Spring Break is the second busiest period, when the resort is often sold out. Low season for the resort is during the summer and fall months. Although hurricane season, Turks & Caicos often remains free of weather woes during these months. Average daily temperatures remain low 80s throughout the year.
The resort is located on Providenciales and its international airport, which is serviced by Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Montreal and Toronto. Passports are required for entry to the island, which is a colony of the United Kingdom. The official currency is the U.S. dollar, and the official language is English.
It's easy to walk around the resort but a stroller may be a good idea for younger children.
For Mom and Dad
Parents can enjoy the adult-only Anani Spa, which features six treatment rooms, including a couples' room, as well as a nail salon and a relaxation room.
For golfers, the resort provides free transportation to nearby Provo Golf Course, an 18-hole, par-72 course just three minutes away from the resort.