The Sands at Grace Bay

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Virgin rating

The hotel

Spread across six oceanfront acres on world-famous Grace Bay Beach, this laid-back resort is the ideal choice for a relaxing getaway. Take a walk through the lush garden courtyard (which features three swimming pools!) to the beach, where powder-white sands and a range of complimentary water sports await. Your suite features its own kitchen or kitchenette, so you can enjoy your holiday at your own pace. Or, head to Hemingway's to grab a bite with panoramic views of the beach - on select days, you can even enjoy live Caribbean music whilst you sip something refreshing and stare out to sea. Provo Golf Course is nearby, as are Casa Blanca Casino and two marinas, so there's plenty to explore nearby.

Amenities

  • Hobie Cats
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa

Where is it

Located on Grace Bay Beach, one of the world’s best beaches. Transfer time from Providenciales International Airport: approximately 15 minutes.

Hotel information

114 suites. All suites feature floor to ceiling windows, kitchen (junior suites-kitchenettes, one- and two-bedroom suites-full kitchens), air conditioning and ceiling fans, in-room safe, wireless internet access, cable television, direct dial telephone and hairdryer. Courtyard, garden, or ocean views available. Junior Suites have either a queen or king size bed with a sitting area, a queen sleeper sofa, private screened balcony (not junior suite Courtyard), washer/dryer (available in all junior suite Garden views and most junior suite Ocean views) and kitchenette. The kitchenettes include a mini-fridge, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, dinnerware, cutlery, and a small sink. Sleeping maximum 3 people.

1 Bedroom Suites have a queen or king size bed with a private screened balcony, a living/dining room that has a queen size sleeper sofa and a full kitchen. The kitchen includes a full stove, large microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toaster, coffeemaker, dinnerware, and cutlery. Sleeping maximum 4 people.

2 Bedroom Suites have a king size bed in master bedroom, king, or queen size bed in second bedroom, two full bathrooms, private screened balcony, living/dining room with a queen size sleeper sofa and a full kitchen. The kitchen includes a full stove, large microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toaster, coffeemaker, dinnerware, and cutlery. Sleeping maximum 6 people.

2 Bedroom Suites with Den have a king size bed in master bedroom, king, or queen size bed in second bedroom, and a queen size sleeper sofa in the den. These suites offer two or three full size bathrooms, private screened balcony, living/dining rooms with a queen size sleeper sofa and a full kitchen. The kitchen includes a full stove, large microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toaster, coffeemaker, dinnerware, and cutlery. Sleeping maximum 8 people.

Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar (all-day beachside dining).

Beach access. Three free-form pools throughout the central garden courtyard, connected by canals. Non-motorised water sports (kayak, windsurfing equipment, snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards, and Hobie Cats). Tennis court (lit for night play). Tennis lessons*. Basketball. Fitness centre. Bicycles. Scuba diving* nearby. 10-minute drive from Provo Golf Club*. Spa*. Welcome drink upon arrival. Outdoor in-ground Jacuzzi.

Convenience store located in the lobby. Complimentary WiFi in rooms, restaurants and lobby. Laundry and dry-cleaning*. Concierge service.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing staff

May 26, 2024 djDarrell R

The staff are friendly and helpful. Jeslia at the front desk was the sweetest. Oral the bell man is very kind and helpful. Dessare at concierge so patient and helpful. The guys at the beach are helpful. The beach is beautiful blue clear water.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The only place we ever stay in TCI

May 24, 2024 Anthony D Boston, Massachusetts

The first time we visited TCI was 2013, and we were not sure where to stay, so we checked out hotels online. When we saw The Sands, we were sure this is what we were looking for. The Sands is centrally-located on Grace Bay Road in Providenciales within easy walking distance of everything you need. Tons of restaurants of every price range, bars,… Read more
The first time we visited TCI was 2013, and we were not sure where to stay, so we checked out hotels online. When we saw The Sands, we were sure this is what we were looking for. The Sands is centrally-located on Grace Bay Road in Providenciales within easy walking distance of everything you need. Tons of restaurants of every price range, bars, coffee shops and souvenir stores are within a mile of the hotel. There is a supermarket, Graceway Gourmet, approximately 3/4 miles away; we walk there at least every other morning. As for The Sands itself, it is moderately-priced compared to other options in the area. It has its own access to Grace Bay Beach (consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in the world), and the beach staff is incredibly friendly and helpful in setting up chairs and umbrellas or assisting with the various water toys (Hobie Cats, paddleboards, kayaks)....be sure to tip...they really earn it! The grounds are well-kept with a series of connected swimming pools and palm trees adding to your stay. Each room is a privately-owned condo with full amenities. We usually get a one bedroom suite which includes a full kitchen, dining area, breakfast bar, living area, washer/dryer and a screened-in deck, which is a great place to have breakfast. Hemingway's Restaurant is on-site and is basically right on the beach. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner; the food is good and we can't wait to see the staff, who greet as like family every year. This December will be our tenth time in TCI, and every stay has been at The Sands...wouldn't want to stay anywhere else. Read less
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May 23, 2024 Lonny657

Disappointed in our suite facing ocean... sinks in bathroom very slow draining... hot cold water in shower almost impossible to control temperature... toilet keeps flushing itself... try to fill the tub and rusty water runs out of faucet...they have a shuttle running between their resorts so you can make dinner reservations... we waited an hour… Read more
Disappointed in our suite facing ocean... sinks in bathroom very slow draining... hot cold water in shower almost impossible to control temperature... toilet keeps flushing itself... try to fill the tub and rusty water runs out of faucet...they have a shuttle running between their resorts so you can make dinner reservations... we waited an hour and a half at the Palms at Grace Bay trying to get back to the Sands after dinner... we can not recommend this location to anyone. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great family resort

May 22, 2024 traceymcgowan

Stayed at the Sands with my husband and our three “adult “ kids. Main purpose was a scuba certification trip. We had a two bedroom unit in building one with an ocean view. It was a perfect fit for our family. I think we were lucky to actually have a full view of the ocean. Make sure you request an upgraded corner room. renovations are still going… Read more
Stayed at the Sands with my husband and our three “adult “ kids. Main purpose was a scuba certification trip. We had a two bedroom unit in building one with an ocean view. It was a perfect fit for our family. I think we were lucky to actually have a full view of the ocean. Make sure you request an upgraded corner room. renovations are still going on. I have previously stayed in the seven stars which is a five star resort. For a family The Sands Is more economical And the same great location definitely a four star but still has all the amenities that you would need. The full kitchen very helpful for making your own breakfast and lunches. The restaurant Hemingways on property was a great lunch spot. Well poured drinks too! Most restaurants in town are a 10 to 20 minute walk. Since typically the weather is always beautiful the walk was fine. We really enjoyed all the different pool areas at the resort. Never felt too busy. Definitely more of a family oriented location. Of course the white sand beaches and teal blue water are a great backdrop. The overall service at all levels was fantastic and friendly. We would definitely stay here again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great, but could be excellent!

May 21, 2024 KK66 Boston, Massachusetts

Spent last week at the Sands with three girlfriends. Beautiful beach, sand, water. We had a corner suite, 2 BR, room 3215--great room/location but could use a few improvements. The larger bedroom is very spacious, with a king-sized bed, plenty of closet space, drawers. The second bedroom is far smaller, with only a full-size bed. There was a… Read more
Spent last week at the Sands with three girlfriends. Beautiful beach, sand, water. We had a corner suite, 2 BR, room 3215--great room/location but could use a few improvements. The larger bedroom is very spacious, with a king-sized bed, plenty of closet space, drawers. The second bedroom is far smaller, with only a full-size bed. There was a roll-away bed that was rock hard, so went unused. The kitchen was fully equipped. Full sized fridge, stove, dishwasher, bar area. There is a dining table, ample sized living area, TV's as well as a great wrap around, screened in balcony with furniture, table, loungers. The oddity was the kitchen faucet-which for some strange reason, is mounted right under the counter overhang, so cannot be fully put in the on position. Service: We did not interact much with the front desk other than check in and out. We were offered rum punch at our check in, only to not be given any. We were only one of two parties checking in at the time. We were not given much information regarding the resort, other than the folder with the written information and keys to our room. I would think for the price of the resort, a breakfast would be included, but it does not. Food is ungodly expensive both at the resort and surrounding restaurants. There is a grocery store ($$$) that is about 20 minutes away by foot Taxi prices are ridiculous, so be prepared. Cash only. We paid 24 dollars to drive literally 5 minutes. Taxi fares are per person, so keep that in mind. I managed to find Eugene, who is a local taxi driver and also part of the Junkanoo band at Da Conch Shack. The pool is lovely and there a lot of little enclaves that you can hang out at all over the resort. Water temperature is perfect. Plenty of towels and floats. Beach is sugary white sand, calm, blue waters. Beach staff are good. They will set up umbrellas and chairs for you. Cordeiro was great Rose served us cold drinks on the beach--she is lovely. Resort is quaint, easy to navigate. If it were not so very expensive, we would return--but the cost of everything really puts a big dent in your wallets. I travel extensively, and this was bar far, the most expensive vacation. Read less