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Day of departure :( I went for one last short walk along the beach at sunrise. At 7:30 (when it opens), we drove over to Caicos Bakery to get some breakfast. Brian and Alex both got the chocolate muffin. I got the almond croissant, which turned out to be a mistake. It was very good, but the center was filled with what I assume was almond paste. And it was too rich and heavy for breakfast.
We had been planning to go for one last swim ...
Today was our last full day, so we didn't do much. Started with a quick walk before breakfast to the nearby geocache. Then after breakfast we decided to try to find Taylor Bay.
We got there before 9 so no problems with the "parking lot" and we were able to put our stuff under a tree. It is an amazing beach. We walked way out into the bay, found a starfish, took pictures and then headed out. ...
... I shared the warm chocolate cake with Alex.
I don't know if they are regulars, but there were two adorable silver tabby cats hanging out at the restaurant. The lady next to us started feeding them slivers of what looked to be filet mignon, so I can certainly see why they would hang out there.
And then back to our beach to watch the sunset. Which, once again, was a bit too ...
... of me. It was truly incredible. Then they took off and we went on our way.
We saw lots of life, but nothing else as exotic. The first dive lasted about 50 minutes. Then lunch on the boat so we could off-gas and head to the second spot, Magic Mushroom.
This was at the dropoff. And, unfortunately, we went a bit too deep for my camera, so I didn't get very ...
Today was our big snorkel trip with Caicos Adventures/Island Snorkeling Adventures. We started the day with breakfast on the balcony. We had some scrumptious toast from yesterdays's trip to Caicos Bakery. Then off to the lobby to meet the shuttle van. No island time here; the shuttle arrived 5 minutes early. We did their pure snorkeling trip which leaves from the south Marina. The road there was a bit of an adventure. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sibonne Beach Hotel Providenciales
Most excellent beach front resort
My husband and I went to Provo for the first time, on August 18, 2004 for an entire week. When we came back, all we can think about was the serene acqua blue ocean we saw each day until sunset which was half past seven. At night, the stars sparkled above us. The beach was incomparable to all the other Carribean Islands we've been too (Antigua, Cancun, Dominican Republic, P.R.), it was completely mesmerizing that we even looked at lots to buy when we were there. The hotel was very well maintained, and the restaurant at the resort was delicious!!!! Simply gourmet dinner every night. Right near by were couple of other restaurants that were also very good. You can walk along Grace Bay and snorkel right at the beach. The resort was not crowded at all, but did have limited beach chairs, so you have to grab a spot early in the morning!!! Or else, grab your towel and lay out beneath the beaming sun. Must use sunblock (45+). We both came back to New York completely bronze!
Great value on a fabulous beach
We just got back last night from our first trip to Provo. We stayed at Sibonne, which has GOT to be the best deal on the island. It's RIGHT on the beach, with some of the best beach frontage -- not crowded, with soft sand on the beach and soft sand under the water right in front of the hotel. (Some parts of the water have bits of scrub vegetation underfoot - not bad, but some parts were decidedly softer). We paid $137 a night for an Ocean View balcony room, including breakfast. (Every other place I checked was about $200 more A NIGHT).
I was expecting little for that kind of money, but the room was beautiful and very clean. The bed was brass with lovely mosquito netting (just decorative, we never saw a mosquito). Even the bathroom was very new with gorgeous tumbled tiles and a great shower. The cable TV has more than a hundred stations if you need that sort of thing, there was a great leather rattan chair in the room, lots of drawer space, a coffee maker, and a huge closet. I was very impressed.
I take exception, however, with the term "ocean view." Ocean "sliver" is more truthful. There are only two REAL ocean view rooms but they were taken. The others face a lovely lush courtyard.
The only problem I had with the room was that the air conditioner was loud. Most afternoons were cool enough, though, so we could nap with the air con off and the overhead fan on and the sliding door open to the breezes. That was heavenly.
At night the wind dies down, so we needed the air conditioner. I got used to it after awhile, but it was still a bummer. The other bummer was CONSTRUCTION! Right bang next to Sibonne. Our only peace was at lunchtime when the crew took off an hour. If it was just hammers banging it would have been all right, but they were working with some LOUD cement saws and jackhammers. We were so upset because one of the reasons we picked Provo was because of the peace and quiet we thought we'd be able to have in this relatively "undiscovered" island. It was like being on a beach in the middle of a turnpike. I was glad we hadn't spent the earth on this vacation, or I would have been very upset.
The other minor gripe I have with the hotel is that they give you beach towels when you check in -- and that's IT. You don't get new beach towels every day. We asked for new ones after four days but the front desk said they didn't have any more to give out. Hmmmm.
Also, this wasn't a problem for us, but might be for others -- there is NOTHING to do at this hotel other than lay on the beach. No kayaks or sail boats or floaties. You can walk down about a hundred yards to rent a kayak if you like. Also, the pool is VERY small. It's like a glorified bathtub. Again, not a problem for us because the calm beautiful ocean right smack in front of the hotel is better than a pool.
Now for the good parts: Service was fabulous at the hotel -- everyone is so friendly and eager to please. I fond the drinks at the hotel's bar to be the best we had on the island. Also, the hotel is the most charming to look at from the beach. It's very low, and the palm trees are higher than the hotel! It just looks so small and charming and quaint, like a real Caribbean hotel should. All the other hotels and timeshares look like monstrous Tuscan villas that do not go with the environment. They look very luxurious and nouveau riche, but not really what I want in the Caribbean.
Sibonne's Grace Bay beach is heavenly -- It's 12 miles long! So we took long walks every day, and that water is to die for. The last two days the visibility really improved; even without snorkeling gear we saw lots of fish, including two rays swimming right near the shore with us. The weather couldn't have been better, very sunny and breezy. Mosquitoes were not a problem at all. I got one or two no seeum bites at night, but fewer than what I get back home here in Washington D.C..
The food was fantastic everywhere we went on the island. I agree with others who've said that the free continental breakfast at Sibonne is meager. Bad coffee, watery bottled OJ and greasy mini croissants. We were never hungry enough in the morning to order from the larger breakfast menu, but others did and their food looked great. That said, dinners were amazing at Sibonne's Bay Bistro, their chef is so inventive and interesting. He's especially talented with vegetables. The first night I ordered the Provencal Vegetable Tart and it was divine. Another night I got the Tuna with thinly sliced fried onions on savory mashed potatoes and a lentil cake and it was amazing! It really was the best piece of Tuna I've ever had. My husband got the Red Snapper with Mango and that was fabulous as well. Appetizers are not very interesting or well done, but the entrees and desserts are superb. My favorite dessert was the banana tart with caramel sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream -- it's very delicate and flavorful.
Our favorite place to eat had to be Hemingway's, though, just a few steps away from Sibonne. You can't beat the atmosphere there -- it's right on the beach, like Sibonne's Bay Bistro, and they have great live music most nights. The lunches are amazing. My favorite was the grouper taco with mango and pepper salsa; my husband adored the Papa Burger. One night for dinner I paid way too much for a coconut shrimp dish that was just okay -- but my husband got the rib special at $16.95 and that was a steal. But we both agreed that the best dinner meal there is the lobser -- it's HUGE! And only $29! I loved it.
We also loved our meal at Grace's Cottage at Point Grace. I had a superb duck confit and my husband got an incredible Mahi Mahi. The bread was magnificent as well. Everything was perfect and romantic but it isn't on the beach and it was just too damn hot there that night. We were dying to leave just to be able to get back to the beach and catch a breeze!
I'm afraid we weren't too adventurous dining-wise. We just went to the places we could walk to by the beach at night. We were so lazy we never even got in a taxi! We did stroll by Beaches and thought how awful it looked! It has the smallest beach and everyone was just PACKED on it like sardines! It was such a relief to walk down a few meters to the much more peaceful Coral Gardens. We peeked into the Coyaba dining room there but we got so hot just standing there we didn't have the strength to go for dinner there. Again, it's not on the beach and there weren't any breezes blowing in there. Also, the very overpriced menu (even by Caribbean standards) didn't really grab us, although everyone we met said it was their favorite restaurant on the island.
Oh well, Next time!
Lovely Holiday at Sibonne
Just returned from a week at Sibonne Boutique Hotel. We absolutely loved it; very clean rooms, immaculate grounds, wonderful restaurant and right on the most beautiful beach you have ever seen, along with clear, turquoise water. There were no crowds at this hotel, no loud music or roudy guests, everything was just perfect. Would definitely stay at Sibonne again.
We will definitely return!
We just got back from our first visit to Turks and Caicos and just loved it. The Sibonne was perfect for us. We were looking to just relax, read, swim and get a little sun and were able to do that very nicely at the Sibonne. We had a corner balcony room with a view of the courtyard and ocean. It was clean and well maintained by the staff.
Everyone is friendly and courteous. It was so convenient to have good food, right there at the hotel, with a wonderful view of the water and sand. On our last breakfast we saw two whales breeching out by the reef. Other good eating facilities were a short cab ride away.
Snorkeling was about a 20 minute walk up the beach to Coral Gardens.
The hotel does not rent kayaks or Hobie Cats but they are available at the Ocean Club. (short cab ride) In short we really felt at home and look forward to our return to Sibonne.
Romantic, Intimate, Affordable Getaway at Sibonne Beach Club
We just returned from a week long vacation on beautiful Provo. We were on a budget, and prefer small, intimate settings rather than big all inclusive deals, so we researched and found Sibonne. I was nervous before we arrived -it all seemed to good to be true - an intimate small hotel with a gorgeous restaurant, comfortable rooms, and directly on a pristine strech of white sand and blue water, for only $99 a night. When we arrived, however, my fears were put to rest. The Sibonne is exactly how it looks in pictures (www.sibonne.com). The rooms are very comfortable - we were in the cheapest, smallest one (the internet value facing the garden), and still found it to be nice (the bed wasn't the best, a little hard for my tastes, but we planned to spend our time napping at the beach all day, anyway!). The beach apartment looks particularly fabulous as it is directly on the beach and really big with a kitchen, and the second floor rooms with the vaulted ceilings and great balconies also seem beautiful. Sibonne is not a luxury hotel there is no room service, no concierge, no pool bar, etc - but the ambiance there is amazingly romantic, quiet, and peaceful. There is also no huge pool, just a small one that no one really uses - why would you swim in a pool when the turquoise ocean is two feet away!? An evening hot tub would have been nice, though. The Sibonne beach is, to me, the best one on Grace Bay. There were hardly any people around us until you walked all the way down to Beaches or the Point. The sand is like powdered sugar, and the ocean more blue than I have ever seen it. Provo itself was great, but it is unfortunate the vast amount of huge construction that is going to make the island more populated. We were able to walk from one end of Grace Bay Beach to another (9 miles or something) without seeing very many people besides the crowds in front of some resorts (Beaches, Allegro, Club Med). Driving around the island, we found that very much of it is natural and has no construction on it, but the roads are pretty bad, and we were unable to make it to Malcolm Beach, even with our four wheel drive rented jeep. The food in Provo was pretty good - our favorite places were Hemingways (at the Sands) and Bay Bistro (at Sibonne), but these were the pricier places. We also enjoyed less expensive meals at Tiki Hut and Calico Jacks. We took one excursion with Silver Deep, a half day snorkel trip, which was really fun, although the windy weather made the snorkeling not as great as it usually is in TCI. Our guide was excellent, though, and we really enjoyed our stops on Iguana island and on another small unhabited cay. So, overall, our vacation was wonderful. If you are looking for a small romantic, afforable getaway, the Sibonne is the perfect setting.
Everything we had hoped for!!!!
My wife and I just got back from T & C and wanted to pass on our impressions.......Sibone was wonderfull, right on the beach with great views from every room, we had a second floor ourselves. Employees were friendly and helpfull, rooms were all very clean and recently refurbished, continental breakfast is croissants, coffee, and orange juice anything beyond that is extra$$ We also met some great people staying there and that is one of the reasons we prefer smaller hotels. We will be back next year!!!!!!!!!!!
Lovely Vacation Spot
Just returned from a 9-day vacation on Provo, staying at Sibonne Boutique Hotel. It was lovely; we had the little villa with a kitchen and partially screened balcony - just perfect. The hotel is just right for those of us who shun large, all-inclusive hotels. The staff is friendly and very accommodating, the Manager is wonderful and can help you with all of the secret snorkeling spots right off the beach, a short walk or drive away. The friendly resident cat is the "Little Ambassador". We spent several evenings just walking on the beach at sunset. The Bay Bistro restaurant, attached to the hotel, serves wonderful food and exotic drinks; some of the best meals we had on Provo. We highly recommend Sibonne!
Charming boutique hotel
We visited the Sibonne during peak season (February) and found it to a wonderful small hotel. The staff was thoughtful and gracious catering to even the strangest requests -- like blue drinks and chunks of fresh pineapple on a warm day! The rooms are minimally decorated in an odd sort of way but since most of the time is spent on the beach it didn't really impact the trip. Children were non-existent at this hotel. There appeared to be far more Europeans than Americans staying here which made for interesting lunch-time conversations. While Sibonne may not have the Hobie Cats, kayaks, etc. of some of the larger resorts, we also did not have to put up with nightly sing-alongs, showing wristbands in order to be served a drink or any other nonsense. The restauarant on-site was amazing and, for a change of pace, others are very near...including Hemingways. Perhaps best of all was the incredibly quiet beach complete with enough beach chairs for ALL the guests not just those arriving prior to 10AM. A wonderful, wonderful find!
Great find for the price
Le Deck is now Sibonne, and is an excellent little hotel (around 30 rooms or so) run by a very friendly scottish couple. The location is great - right on Grace Bay on the North side of the island. Ideally located so that you can walk to adjacent restaurants and snorkelling without hassle. It is also just far enough away from the busier resorts like Allegro, Beaches and Club Med (since these are all inclusive, patrons tend to stay in their own 'zone'). We really liked the rooms at Sibonne. We had an ocean view, and our neighbors who came with us had a garden view - we were both very pleased with the layout and amenities. We went in May (off peak) and almost had the place and the beach to ourselves. Best part was the very close access to the quiet spot on the beach. Only negative thing to say was there is some construction on Grace Bay, but not so close to Sibonne that it wasn't easily filtered out. Highly recommended. The attached restaurant is very good, but priced accordingly on the higher side.
Loved Grace Bay
My husband & I spent a week at the Sibonne Hotel, we found the staff to be very accommodating. They supply a large beach towel and thick & thirsty bath towels. Our room, bed and furniture was all very comfortable & clean. Loved being so close to the beach. We had some of the most beautiful sunsets! We really like the fact it is not crowded anywhere you go. It truly is a secret getaway, as most have never heard of it! I got some wonderful shots of an Egret that landed next to my chair! The temperature was perfect with a slight breeze. Everyday my comment was, "another beautiful day in paradise!"