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... he was showing a petite Mom how to use the washing machine. Half an hour ago he hadn't got a clue now suddenly he's an expert. Just kick me as you pass. Actually, no don't because it would hurt.
I was still quite cheerful until I started writing this blog and realised I had not logged off properly from my previous Internet session and had burned 100 minutes of my Internet time (that's £50 worth, oh yes) on fresh air.
But I'm till happy, yes ...
First order of time off business, after cold beers were cracked of course, was snorkeling off the beautiful reefs here in Provo (thanks again Wilson for the kick ass gear). Literally within one minute of jumping in the aqua blue ocean a gigantic sting ray swam by us, spotted like a tiger, it effortlessly glided past us ignoring as we tried to keep up. We hit the jackpot just off the beach as Smith's Reef was teaming with marine life. Yellow and red snapper, Nemo fish, ...
... that it was yet another 'magical' experience. Have officially moved into Chef position as the Owner keeps telling Steve to manage the responsibilities so that I am focused solely on food. Who knew we would have another Chef in the family!
A very full and happy crowd left today for the airport and we are (shucks!) stuck here in beautiful Provo due to high seas for another 2 days. We are anxiously anticipating getting off ...
... side marina through a serious coral reef zigzagging between the coral heads, this place has a fantastic viewed beach bar. In the evening phil felt bad with man flu but I went ashore for a few drinks in the bar and met some locals ( an Irishman and a Scotsman !!!) there must be a joke somewhere, and I chatted with Bob and Cam the owners of the place – the bar has only been open for 6 weeks.
3/4 We negotiated a special price for 2 days ...
How has this condo rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Gardens Providenciales
Loved Matthew Willimas our Dive Instructor, Ricardo was great, the Spa wonderful, wish Coyaba was open.
Overall service outstanding
This has been an amazing experience for my husband and I. We were hesitant to leave the US since my husband had been very sick. However, the reservation woman in Canada was extremely accommodating to us. We were also concerned because of hurricane season - no problem, we were emailed a copy of the hurricane insurance policy that the hotel offers. If there is a hurricane while you are at this hotel, you can go for free the next year. So, we proceeded to take our one year anniversary trip to this hotel.
May 25, 2004. This hotel was really wonderful! All the staff are very hospitable and will spoil you! We were going to spend 3 nites here and 3 at OCEAN CLUB; they warned us that we'd be back, and they were right! We packed and went to Ocean Club and from the minutes the girls at the front desk didn't greet me or feel very welcoming, I yearned to go back to Coral Gardens, and, thanks to my travel agent screw up we got to do just that. Coral Gardens is about double the price, but we got spoiled and it was worth it to us; Ocean Club is much more commercialized and less intimate. If you want to go this time of year, keep in mind it is very windy. For me, a Florida girl, the water cold pretty chilly! The reef is literally steps off shore and we saw many Sea Turtles and Rays plus lots of fish. We snorkeled a few times a day. The hotel is rather quiet with 1 nice restaraunt and 1 beach cafe. The Beach Cafe gave free breakfast and served mediocre food. HEMMINGWAYS was nice for dinner as others mentioned. Here is a tip: when you are sick to death of fish, the best steak is at CALICO JACKS...we had a Huge ribeye which was excellent. Best Conch Chowder is at SHARK BITES. Danny Bouys has a nice varied menu and was the place to watch sports! Make friends w/a tax driver, Virgil Taxi is the "house" taxi, and they will give you better deals as you travel around, if you have each place call them. Email me if you'd like any other info on the island.
Luxury at Coral Gardens
We spent 4/18 - 4/23/04 in the Penthouse Suite at Coral Gardens. Accommodations were luxurious; rooms were spacious and well appointed with 1.5 baths and walls that pocket slide together until outer walls disappear. Ceiling fans and furnishings have a real upscale island appeal. Full kitchen allows meal prep and price-saving but IGA prices were nearly double or more those found at home. Island is lovely. Our weather wasn't great. The potholes have potholes but we rented a car and managed fine. Dinners were great at Coyaba, Grace's Cottage, Magnolia and Anacaona. Pricey but lovely.We will return!!
I'd booked an 1 Bedroom Ocean Suite for 4 nights in late mid March.
We spent six nights at Coral Gardens January 14-20, 2004, and had a completely relaxing vacation. We had been to Provo 3 times prior, and had stayed at Grace Bay Club, Beaches and Ocean Club West. At Coral Gardens, we found everything we were looking for. The suites were clean and comfortable (we did not opt for the luxury suites, which are much more, well, luxurious, because we were travelling with another couple and wanted two equal size bedrooms); the view of the beach and open air patio was fabulous (we fell asleep to the sound of waves every night); the swimming and snorkeling right off our beach was fantastic - I am not an adventurous swimmer but still saw many fish, turtles and a sting ray; everything was very well-managed and laid back. Ricardo, the guest manager, was a wealth of information, helped us with car arrangements, directions, dinner recommendations, etc. It was the most relaxing vacation we have had in years - no hassles, just a beautiful place, wonderful people, and lots of sun.
I stayed there for a week and evertything's worked quite well.
We escaped to Coral Garden from an unhappy situation at another resort I won't mention. We arrived, and Ricardo came out almost immediately(guest services manager) to greet us. He was such a lovely man, who helped us. I believe it was Jeanne in the real estate office was also so generous, she helped us get all sorted out after switching resorts. The rooms are incredibly comfortable, and the patios that overlooked the reef were fantastic. The floor to ceiling sliding glass doors were to die for. The staff were all very friendly and nice.
I just returned from Providenciales and stayed at the Coral Gardens. I stayed from July 27 - August 2nd. I was deciding between three hotels, one being Coral Gardens, when the other two filled up. This was a GREAT choice! The staff was friendly, helpful, and informative. There is a taxi service that will pick you up from the airport upon arrival which works with the hotel. Just let the hotel know when your travel itinerary and they'll make your arrival and departure arrangements. The driver Sonny, is a talent in his own right! Ginger, the lady at the front desk, was most helpful. The first room was on the first floor and I requested to be moved to another floor. She informed me of one coming up the next day. I told her I was going to the beach. She said just to pack up my things and she would have the staff move my luggage to another room. What service! Kudos to the entire staff at Coral Gardens!
Stayed at Coral Gardens on Provo Feb. 8 -15, 2003. Resort is made up of owned condos, some of which are rentals, but yet run as a hotel with front desk, daily maid service, on site restaurants, spa, and dive shop. We booked a one bedroom condo, with full kitchen but no whirlpool type tub or washer and dryer (were coin laundry facilities on hand $3 to wash and $3 to dry). condo was around 1000 sq ft with 1 1/2 baths which was wonderful. Had balcony with table, chairs and loungers which faced the beach with a great view. What makes Coral Gardens great is that right off the beach is the Bight Reef with wonderful snorkeling. We snorkeled 2-3x each day seeing many schools of fish plus saw two stingrays. Others had reported seeing turtles, but it seems we were never in the water at that time. Tried many restaurants on island and our favorites were Coyoba, Hemmingways, Tiki Hut, Magnolia and Bay Bistro. A trip to the IGA will probably cost $20 for round trip taxi, then we spent about $140 on breakfast, lunch, snacks, fruits, and beverage type groceries. Only negatives with Coral Gardens is that they just don't have enough beach umbrellas to handle occupancy. My husband got up each morning and put our towels out on chairs, reserving our shade for the day (it seemed kind of "dog eat dog", but we have to have shade...) and the Coral Gardens beach does get a little busy with people coming from other resorts to snorkel at the reef, but in a way it adds to the people watching! I would stay here again in a heartbeat!