by Andrea Guthmann
Looking for a non-stop party on your next vacation? The kind of place where poolside dance lessons are followed by bingo and lively nightly entertainment? If you are, Ocean Club West, on the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos, is not the resort for you.
But if your family is looking for laidback luxury with lovely landscaping and a breathtaking beach, then this is the place for you. It’s located on the island of Providenciales, one of the 40 islands (only eight of which are inhabited) that make up the British protectorate of Turks and Caicos. You may not have heard of Providenciales, but a growing number of people have.
The hotel’s 64 condo-style units want you to feel like you’re at home—if home was on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the Caribbean! Screened-in porches let you peacefully enjoy your coffee or glass of wine while looking out at the ocean, or your kids in the pool. Save money by making your own meals in your unit’s kitchen, or grill up a burger on one of the two barbecues by the pool. There’s a large gourmet grocery story just two blocks from the resort, where you can pick up provisions for your whole vacation.
Barefoot luxury, that’s the vibe at Ocean Club West and its sister property, Ocean Club, just a pleasant mile-long beach stroll (or complimentary shuttle ride) away. The resorts have a “stay at one, play at both” policy, and guests at each hotel have full privileges at the other. The two resorts have many similarities—they’re both three-story privately owned condo units, with casual al fresco restaurants and an authentic island vibe.
There are some differences, though. Ocean Club Resort lies at the far east end of Grace Bay, on a secluded undeveloped stretch of shore. Ocean Club West is in the middle of the Grace Bay action with restaurants and shopping across the street. The rooms at the newer, more upscale Ocean Club West have more updated decor, whereas furnishings at Ocean Club Resort feel a bit more dated.
Ocean Club West does a nice job catering to families and ensuring the safety of their youngest guests. You can request complimentary rollaway beds, cribs, railings for twin beds, and even baby monitors. Strollers, booster seats and sand toys are also available at no extra charge. Should mom and dad want a romantic evening alone, staff members are available for babysitting at an additional charge.
In keeping with the casual atmosphere, there’s no room service, but there is complimentary coffee in the main lobby each morning. The lobby is also home to a library of DVDs, board games and books, as well as several computers for guest use. Rows of lounge chairs and umbrellas, also free of charge, are lined up for guests each morning on the beach, or you can enjoy a leisurely swim in the meandering pool surrounded by manicured gardens. There’s a fitness center and tennis courts, along with complimentary tennis equipment and bikes for exploring the island. Of course, if doing nothing but relaxing is on your agenda, that’s OK, too.
Our Editor Loves
- Location on Grace Bay Beach
- Condo-style rooms with full kitchens
- Complimentary bikes for exploring
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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Deluxe beachfront condominium units range from studios to three-bedroom condominiums. Each unit is individually owned, making the interior furnishings different and unique in each suite. All units, except for studios, have a full kitchen, including a breakfast bar, oven and range, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, sink, dishwasher, and cooking/dining ware. Every condo has central air-conditioning, a washer/dryer and soap, private terrace, a flat-screen TV with cable, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There's daily housekeeping service, and toiletries are restocked each day. Some of the rooms connect and can be booked as the suite type desired.
Buildings A & B are oceanfront; the other five buildings either overlook the landscaped pool or the back gardens, with some also having partial ocean views.
Pro Tip: Ground-floor units overlooking the pool are the best option for families, especially as there is no elevator.
Studio and Studio Deluxe
The studio is 400 square feet with a king bed, and the Studio Deluxe is 600 square feet with two double beds. These rooms have a two-person maximum, but a complimentary crib can be added to either room category for an infant. Studios face in the other direction from all the other suites, away from the ocean toward what's called the island view. Studios are also unique in that they're the only units without a full kitchen. Instead, they have kitchenettes (refrigerator, microwave and hot plate burner delivered upon request).
This unit is 900 square feet with a king bed and a pullout sofa, or a complimentary rollaway bed can be provided. This is a good choice for a family of three, and possibly an additional infant.
One-bedroom suites offer 1,200 square feet of space, with a separate closable bedroom with a king bed, fully equipped kitchen and large living/dining room area that opens on to a screened-in porch or balcony. The living area comes with a sofa bed or a rollaway bed can be brought in. These have one and a half bathrooms with a bathtub and sleep up to four (five if one is an infant in a crib).
The two-bedroom suite is 1,600 square feet, with a master bedroom with a king bed and a second bedroom with two twin beds; each has their own bathroom, and one has a bathtub. The living room features a spacious sitting/entertaining and dining area that opens to a large screened-in porch with outdoor furniture. The living area either has a sofa bed or a rollaway bed can be brought in. This unit also features a fully equipped kitchen, and sleeps a family of four to six.
These units have a master bedroom with a king bed, second bedroom with a king bed, and a third bedroom with two twin beds. They also include a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room with pullout sofa and 3.5 bathrooms, fitting up to eight people.
We spent 9 days at the Ocean club west. The place is fantastically located on the wonderful Grace bay. Our house is fantastic, double bedroom and 2,5bathrooms, large living room/fully equipped kitchen.
The beach is amazing, towels are always available (even if sometimes they have strange spots but I asked for new ones). Decent restaurant, expensive as all the rest, but hey, you are in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
The grocery shop is 5 minutes by bike (complimentary bikes available for the clients) and the price are a little higher than in Manhattan, so I would not bother to take food with me next time (this time I brought with me coffee and olive oil).
They also offer good “L’occitane” products for bathroom, so no need to bring soap/shampoo/hair conditioner with you.
Hairdryer available in every bathroom.
1) the air conditioning is very noisy, when it starts it is like a laundry spin, very bad especially during the night
2) laundry and dryer are old and noisy; but you may not want to use them during your holidays, so that is not a big problem
3) they do not differentiate the waste and I find it very unpleasant. I am really attentive to our planet and the difference we can make and the fact that they do not ask to differentiate at least the plastic is unsustainable to me.
I would definitely come back, asking for a house with silent air conditioning system, if any.
We spent 10 days at OCW at the end of July/beginning of August in a Junior Suite. Check-in was smooth but we did have to wait for our room to be ready at 3:00. We had a couple hours to kill. We ate lunch at the beach bar. The service was good and the food was too. It was the only time we ate there. Here’s my resort review:
ROOM: I believe my receipt said we had an “ocean view” but we had a “pool view” we were on first floor. Higher up we would have seen the ocean. No complaints about the view, it was great. Our room was nice. Not completely updated. The bathroom had been recently updated. One minor complaint. There was nowhere to put anything in the actual shower. The small shelf was taken up by a container that can be filled with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I had to put all my supplies on the shower floor. Minor but I wanted to mention it. There were plenty of towels and lots of drawers in the bathroom. We had a full kitchen and it was wonderful. It was fully stocked with all the utensils you could need. My husband loved the little cooler. He filled it with ice and took beer to the beach everyday. It was great being able to cook breakfast. The patio area was nice, the screen was in need of some repair. The fans on the patio were great. We could eat breakfast out there or just lounge. I loved that we had enough drawers and closet space to unpack. I don’t like living out of a suitcase when I’m away. We made good use of the washer and dryer and in-room (free) safe. The bed was fine. AC and ceiling fans all worked well. Wifi was good. The room also had Netflix which was nice. We had to call maintenance for new batteries in the remote but that was our only issue. Housekeeping made up our room everyday and not once did they start knocking on the door at 9:00. We did have one issue with a neighbor. 1:30 in the morning we were woken up by the people next door. They were drunk and outside on their patio smoking and just being loud. I asked them to please keep it down and they went inside shortly thereafter.
GROUNDS: The grounds are well kept. Watch out for lizards. They freaked out my husband a couple of times. They didn’t bother me. One day I saw a cat. I loved the little statues on the ground. Everything outside looked well-manicured.
POOL: We did not use the pool. We came for the beach! It was a nice size and appeared to get a lot of use.
BEACH: This is the real gem. Grace Bay is amazing. The water is crystal clear and the sand is soft. We had no issues getting chairs. No issues with getting towels whenever we needed fresh ones. We spent most of our days on the beach. The resort has kayaks and paddle boats you can use. There are plenty of people walking up and down selling additional water sports. Be on the lookout for the Jammin’ Gelato guy. He only comes by once.
FOOD: We did not eat at Solano. We did have one dinner at Opus at the sister property. I wrote a separate review on that. As everyone says (and I’ll repeat) food here is VERY expensive. It was great being able to walk to the Graceway and pick up some things. We brought a suitcase full of food so we only needed perishables.
OVERALL: OCW is in the heart of everything. There are lots of restaurants and shopping to walk to. We did not have a car and did not need one staying here. The resort is older than those around it. It’s not “modern” compared to its neighbors. The difference is you’re pay half the price as you would at the Seven Stars to be on the same beach in the same location. Would I stay here again, absolutely.
If your idea of vacation excitement is shell-collecting, building sandcastles in powder-soft sand and swimming in a calm, clear turquoise ocean, then this is the resort for you. Ocean Club West sits on a beautiful and popular stretch of Grace Bay Beach, often making the world's "Best Beaches" lists.
Ocean Club West has a nice meandering pool that circles a lushly landscaped island. Guests also have access to the two pools at Ocean Club Resort.
There's a nice lighted tennis court surrounded by lush gardens, with complimentary rackets available at the front desk.
The world-renowned Provo Golf Club is across the street from the sister property, Ocean Club Resort; hotel guests get a discounted rate and can use the complimentary shuttle between the two hotels.
Explore the island on one of the complimentary adult and kids' bicycles. They're all in good condition and some even have training wheels for the smallest bicyclists.
The lobby has a nice library of paperback books left behind by guests, including quite a few children's books.
There's also a complimentary board game lending library. The front desk has plenty of board games and backgammon, as well as decks of cards.
There's a privately owned dive shop, Dive Provo, across the street, where kids as young as 10 can become PADI-certified. Or, you can go with the dive operator located at the sister property, Ocean Club Resort, that's 1 mile away, reachable via the complimentary shuttle. After doing classroom work and practicing in Ocean Club's pool, adults and kids could be diving in some of the world's most beautiful reefs within the week. This can be a great way for teens and tweens to be entertained.
Guests of Ocean Club West enjoy access to Solana, a stunning beachfront restaurant at Ocean Club Resort. This multi-concept restaurant offers three unique dining experiences: the Grill Deck, for everything from fresh lobster to burgers; The Solana Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar for an interactive dining experience; and the Bar & Lounge for craft cocktails and light bites. Solana is open between 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
Should you want something more formal one night, the hotel's sister property, Ocean Club Resort, has a high-end restaurant with the island's largest wine cellar. Ocean Club's upscale Opus gets well-deserved rave reviews for both its surf and turf dishes. Enjoy a moonlit, 1-mile walk to Ocean Club Resort, then take the free shuttle back. There's live music on Thursday night—think romantic jazz, not steel drums or a reggae band. Opus is best for families with older children.
Next to the pool is a barbecue grill with comfortable chairs and tables. It's a fun way for families to have meals on a budget.
A large, upscale grocery story with a bakery and deli that rivals anything you'd see at home is a pleasant two-block walk away. It's well stocked with fresh produce and everything else you might need to make good use of the in-room kitchen and barbecues situated around the pool.
Planning & Tips
- All About the Extras
Ocean Club West has free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Guests also have access to a 24-hour business center in the lobby with computers, printers and a fax machine.
- Baby Amenities'
A limited number of baby monitors, bed rails, high chairs and strollers are available on a first come.
- Exercise Facilities
A small fitness center has cardio equipment, as well as weights.
Massages and other treatments can be arranged through an outside vendor, Spa Tropique.
Complimentary coffee is served in the lobby daily.
There's no kids' club, but the front desk can help arrange a babysitte (likely someone from the staff), if given 24 hours notice.
When to Visit Turks and Caicos
Thanksgiving through April is high season in Turks and Caicos. June 1 through end of November is considered hurricane season. Ocean Club West's lowest rates are during the summer/fall period.
There are direct flights to Providenciales International Airport from many U.S. cities, including Miami, Chicago and New York. Ocean Club West is about a 20-minute drive from Providenciales International Airport. A taxi to/from the airport should cost around $20 per person for a shared ride.
Leave the car keys at home. One of the big perks of Ocean Club West is that it's in the heart of the activity at Grace Bay Beach. There's a cute pedestrian shopping village directly across the street with a variety of island style shops. Ports of Call has a fun Caribbean restaurant, Crack Pot Kitchen; an ice cream and snack shop, Giggles; and a dive shop that sells bathing suits and other water sports attire and equipment. A large, modern grocery store is only one block further.
If you do rent a car, there's a free parking lot at Ocean Club West.
Make a reservation for a candlelit dinner at Solana on Grace Bay Beach.