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For some of you this will be the last entry you read before I get back home. For those only reading these blogs at work you'll not get my last ones until Monday, when it will all be over. For the rest of you I will continue posting entries until we reach the Orlando Airport on Saturday.
So how would I summarise my first cruise? Well, generally I have hated it. On a positive note this ship is amazing, and the musical hooters very clever. ...
... other sorts of beautiful colored fish were hanging around the coral. Steve got my attention but had trouble getting me to notice at first, suddenly I saw what he was pointing out, a 4 foot barracuda was hanging in between two large coral rocks. The biggest, ugliest barracuda I've ever seen did not seem too impressed with us invading his space. Hours disappeared as we explored the waters, finally climbing back on board the tender in time for a cold beer and beautiful ...
... to go explore, snorkel, booze, eat and relax. We need to pack in the good times and R&R over the next 48 hours before setting off for Puerto Rico. We are expecting a 48 hour crossing in 4-6 seas, landing with just enough time to grocery shop and scrub down before 6 guests arrive for a week straight. OH BOY!
Stay tuned for a Provo update from time off the boat.
love from the blue
Captain Steve and Chef Clair
... side marina so stayed for the second day, We were taken off to the supermarket by Bob and Cam the owner and a mate of his who comes down with his wife each year from Canada when its cold and wet up there- good call Cam – it is a small but very pleasant marina, with a great eyeball entry through the coral heads, only suitable for shoal draft yachts -5ft max – sorry “Persephone”
An American yacht “Mandolin ...
... clear up. And as soon as we dropped anchor, 2 pods of dolphins swam by.
They had disappeared by the time the certified divers went down with their divemaster. Then Janelle and I went down with Kevin (K2 to distinguish him from the other Kevin, who did my pool work yesterday.) And as soon as we got down, the dolphins came back! One slowly rolled over just ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grace Bay Club Providenciales
Perfect place for romance
Great place for couples. Beautiful rooms. Great food. Wonderful steel band under the stars. Broad, white sand beach, quiet at Christmas time.
Great swimming. Staff very friendly and responsive. Perfect for tranquil getaway on one of prettiest beaches in Caribbean.
The GBC was awesome! We were there November 29th-December 7th. Rooms were huge, service was unbelievable! My fiance and I have traveled to 5 star resorts all around the world, bora bora, nevis, europe, hawaii, maldives, etc. The service here at GBC is unparalled! If I had to say one 'negative' thing, it would be that the food selection could be greater. The food that was available at the Anacoana restaurant was great! Definitely recommend! We were also stayed 3 nights at the Parrot Cay resort on Parrot Cay. This too was a great resort, although I would have to say GBC surpassed it!
Recent week vacation to turks and caicos
Just got back from a week in the islands... Grace Bay Club is wonderful, Ocean club is average, so is the food there (Gecko was closed)... Food was great everywhere else we went-Hemmingways, Magnolias, Magnolia Reef, Tiki Hut, Fairways at the golf course, Anaconda. No one we talked to ever had anything bad to say about any of the places they had eaten at. Misquitos were bad, esp.at night. It was hot during the day. The golf course was nice, but too hot to play by mid-day. Beaches and water sports were great. There's no shopping. There are many pot holes in the roads, but we enjoyed renting a car and seeing an island. There's no way to get from place to place other than taxi, or rental cars. You can be eaten alive by misquitos while you wait for a taxi after dinner...
Enjoyed it. We really chilled out. Took pictures from our hotel room every day same time. They have turned out really good and each day shows the same scene; blue, calm sunny.... The Club med down the beach will ruin the place, unless someone sorts it out; the big build with the Americans coming will add upmarket quality but above all the beach, the sun, the water, the people and the hotel will go down as a real memory. Its definitely to be developed. The people are actually friendly; service is not the US style and so if you have to ask twice, hang in there ...it will come.. Really great place. It is being developed but looks real quality and could in the next three years be a carib Florida gulf coast with quality..Snorkeling and diving are second to none. If youre going and have a spare seat .......
First Class Property and Service
If you are looking for a quiet, romantic and elegant resort in a private setting, I would strongly recommend that you consider the GBC on Provo. The service is absolutely impeccable and the property site is ideally situated on Grace Bay Beach. The oceanfront dining is a real treat and the oceanfront setting is somewhat rare for restaurants in the general locale. The property is affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (www.slh.com) and was recently named Best of the Best by the Robb Report (Jun 03). All in all, it was a genuine five-star experience.
My husband and I have been going to TCI yearly since 1995. Back then, TCI was a sleepy little island with the most fantastic beach in the Caribbean. (I have been to MANY islands over the years, and still think Grace Bay's is the most beautiful) The second time we went, we stayed at the Grace Bay Club. We had such a nice time. In the years since, we have stayed at Ocean Club West twice(very nice) and at Grace Bay again last year. Honestly, the rooms at OCW were more modern than GBC, but the food and staff at GBC were more upscale and accomodating. Who can resist the Evian brought to you on the beach? And GBC has the most killer club sandwiches I have ever had!I am a little sorry to see that Grace Bay in general has been so built up over the years. We always go off-season (hate the crowds) but more and more one hears construction noise droning in the background. I think Provo is fastly becoming a victim of its own success. We still love it, but it is not what it was even five years ago. Pretty soon it will be just another pretty beach clogged with fat American tourists!We keep telling everybody it is boring so they won't go and spoil it... ;)
Trip Advisor User, Boston, MA
We just returned from Grace Bay Club and loved the property. We travel extensively to such places as Cap Juluca, Four Seasons, Nevis, Lodge at Koehle, etc. and found the huge rooms, quiet atmosphere, and special touches in service great features. I definitely recommend a third floor room; those at lower levels were disappointed that the ocean view was blocked by the palm trees and not as private. In contrast to another reviewer, we never heard a peep from Club Med and we kept all our exterior doors and windows open at all times; perhaps their room was facing to the east. The food at Anacoana was just okay. I suggest trying the myriad of surrounding restuarant choices.
A perfect vacation
My family decided to stay at Grace Bay Club for April Break. I got nervous after reading reviews that the service was terrible, but it ended up being quite the opposite! The service was one of the best parts of the hotel. The whole staff catered to our family. The hotel was quiet and relaxing, compared to the noisy Beaches where there are thousands of little kids running around. Anacaona, the hotel's resturaunt was one of the best places to eat on the island. Over all the vacation was great!
My husband and I chose this place for its supposed quiet elegance-instead, we were faced with the opposite. Although the grounds are pretty, the service is terrible-most of the help were willing enough but poorly trained. We ate all our meals there on MAP-the food was excellent but each meal was fraught with either service problems or incorrect billing or serving choice. The resort is advertised as a no kids under 12, but with the public beach and zillions of condos on both sides, the kids were everywhere. Also, do not think the beach looks anything like the photo on the website-this photo was taken many yrs ago-the entire bay is very developed with condos and a very noisy Club Med (which attracted less than desirable people). The pounding techno music from Club Med was prevalent from cocktail hour into the late eve hours-hardly the elegant Caribbean atmosphere we paid for. Perhaps this place used to be better, but it is no where near the level it should be for the price. We have no problem paying the high price provided if it brings the quiet elegance boasted by the resort. Beware.
Fabulous hotel; worth every considerable penny. Provo is great, but fast developing. Go soon, before it becomes just another developed island. Do snorkel and do see the Rock iguanas. Also, do eat at the Caicos Cafe and the Coyuna Cafe, as well as the hotel's own Anacaona.