Royal West Indies Resort
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Day 7. Our last day in TCI.
This time I wake up at 7:30; Diana sleeps in till 8:30, and I have another quiet morning on the balcony, writing. I could get used to this.
Disregarding the previous day's car rental/headache fiasco, we decide to rent a car once again, and drive around Provo. We’d heard there’s a great …
Ah, the ultimate sacrifice – the loss, nay, the willing parting with that most precious commodity – sleep. To be on vacation and to wake up (willingly) at 7am – now that's chutzpah. In this case we had to wake up at this ungodly hour (which remember, is 4am Seattle time) in order to go snorkeling on the Great …
Day 4. Another blissfully uneventful day. We awake around 10:30 (shaving off yet another half hour), and laze about for an hour or so. Ate breakfast on the balcony, scooting our chairs into corners to get away from the sun. After which we ambled over to reception, and inquired what we could potentially do with the remainder of the day. As it turned …
Day 3. Progress: we wake up at 11am instead of noon. Eat some cereal we'd picked up from the grocery store the day before, and check out two dilapidated bikes from the front desk. They’re both girls’ bikes, no gears, with handlebars that stick up like on hotrod motorcycles; steering them requires bending one’s wrist in very …
Day 2. I have strange dreams that night, but I cannot now remember any of them. I just remember they were stranger than usual. Anyway, we wake up around noon, and go in search of food. This time we decided to skip on the overpriced hotel food, and purchase some overpriced grocery store food instead – food is very expensive in TCI as it all …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal West Indies Resort Providenciales
The RWI is an excellent value - the resort was very well maintained and the location was perfect. We requested an oceanview room and it truly was a panoramic ocean view (Grace Bay is a beautiful beach). We had some concerns before we left for Provo after reading some comments about how expensive everything was and the unfriendliness, however, neither of these things were true in our experience (the cost was equivalent to other islands, although a Sunday NY Times cost us $9, which you can pick up at the Unicorn Bookstore no sooner than Tuesday afternoon). If trying to economize, take some of your favorite breakfast or snack items with you to save money (fruits and vegetables were about twice the price). The IGA is a fully stocked market, but the wine selection is limited. Some of the restaurants we liked were Baci (Italian, nice atmosphere for dinner), Sharkbite for lunch, Hemingway's for breakfast or lunch (right off the beach at the Sands), Danny Buoys for sporting events (Irish pub) and the best value on the island, Tiki Hut (don't miss the Wednesday night special - chicken and ribs for $10). Coco Bistro had a nice atmosphere and good food, but the service was sub-standard. Mango Reef at the resort was excellent and convenient. For diving, Provo Divers were professional and had nice equipment. There are free bikes available at the resort and a ride to the nearby golf course or to the marina is easy and has less traffic than heading the other direction. Rent a car to explore the island, even if for just part of the trip. By the end of the week, we knew quite a few people who lived on the island and they were very helpful.
Little Piece of Paradise
Royal West Indies is a reasonably small 60 to 70 room resort that is brand new, beautifully landscaped, beachfront property. My wife and I loved it !!! Especially liked the Hobie Cats for some great sailing.....consistant tradewinds of 10 to 20 knots.........beach cruiser bicycles that we rode up and down Grace Bay beach, we even took our snorkling gear with us over to Coral Gardens for some excellent off the beach snorkling...... great dining at the poolside Mango Reef restaurant..........and the very friendly staff!!!!! All in all a winner!!!!!! Will definately go back. Let me not forget to mention that even though every unit has a completely equipped kitchenette we went out to dinner every night to a different restaraunt because there are so many great ones to choose from!
Top Star Resort, Clean-Modern-New
The best location on Grace Bay Beach, best section of beach and near to restaurants and shops. We are perfectionest for cleanliness, not a speck of dust, no mold in shower tiles, no bugs or insects in rooms, grounds and landscaping impeccable. Units are new and modern. Both 1 bedrooms and studios are spacious. Rooms/Units have all the amenities (plus) you would expect back in the States. Apparently owners/developers live on site and give great persobal pride to this resort. Great views, even botanical rooms have great views of landscaping and pools. On site restaurant (Mango Reef) excellent. We are now regulars to TCI and have stayed here twice, and will be back again.
THE PLACE to stay on Provo - R.W.I. resort
A regular traveler to the Carribean, we can't say enough about the best value in Provo. The Royal West Indies Resort is way underpriced compared to the other condos on Grace Bay Beach. The pools and landscaping are amazing for this semi-arid island. Most units are new (2003) and the studio had everything we wanted....and more. Be prepared to extend your stay........a week just isn't enough. Having been on over 25 islands (Puerto Rico to Grenada) don't hesitate to contact us for some pointers. B.D.S.
My wife and I have been going to the Caibbean for the last 12 years. We will be returning to the Turks and Caicos for the 5th time this Marach.
I had read many reviews on this site while we chose a honeymoon destination.We could not have been any happier with the Royal West Indies and Turks and Caicos.The hotel was very beautiful and the resort is new, in fact they are still building in some areas further from the ocean. We had a one bedroom ocean front room on the first floor. I enjoyed being able to walk directly out of our room and onto the beach.
We went to the Royal West Indies Resort this year for our anniversary. We really wanted a relaxing resort with a quaint island feel to our trip and that is exactly what we found! The Royal West Indies Resort is breath taking. It is beautiful with a wonderful bar and restaurant with spectacular food. The beach staff was so helpful during the day and the pool was beautiful and everything was always so clean. We stayed in a beach front studio because it was just the two of us and I could not have been happier. We have stayed in 4 star resorts and this room was nicer than some of those rooms. We read some of the previous reviews which made us a little nervous but we were amazed at how crazy some people must be once we arrived (we believe that they have remodelled). We walked through almost every resort on the island and they were all very nice and clean. The ocean rivals the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii and the most luxurious islands in the Caribbean; it is the most wonderful shade of green with almost 60' of visability. Because the island is surrounded by coral reefs there is no seaweed, beautiful coral reefs that are easy to snorkle and hardly any waves (great for children). You must eat at Bella Luna (Italian) and CoCo Bistro (the most romantic restaurant). The food and goods on the island are very very expensive so budget appropriately. We also rented a car for the day and went to the Conch farm as well as ventured through out the island, this is only for people who want an adventure because streets are not paved and road signs are scarce but we saw things that most travelers don't which was very exciting and beautiful. My only complaint about the island are the native locals. They were rude on many occassions in the stores and even at the front desk of the hotel, but for the 6-7 really rude individuals we encountered we encountered twice as many that were unforgettable for their kindness. That would be my only negative comment but I also wanted to note that this island is nothing like Jamaica in the sense that since people were rude and you don't feel safe on the island because that is the furthest thing from reality, we felt extremely safe the entire time. We absolutely loved our trip. I will say that it is extremely hot which we do not mind but I did hear complaints from an elderly couple and unless you want to pay for activities continuously you must be prepared to sit on the beach or take a hobby cat or canoe out into the ocean but that is the extent of included activities at 99% of the resorts. If you have children I would definetely suggest The Beaches Resort for more activites that are included. But if relaxation is your aim this is the island for you! Enjoy Provo!
We spent a week in Provo with our 3 children ages 19, 14 and 12 and had a lovely time. After considerable research I chose Royal West Indies Resort which accomodated our large family by placing us in two adjoining units. Ours was larger with a full kitchen, living, dining and bath the childrens had a kitchenette and bath. Furnishings were quite nice, extremely clean, upscale, new and definitely of 4 - 5 star resort standards and the staff was wonderful!
We just returned from T&C. While there, we stayed at the Royal West Indies Resort which we would recommend. The resort is only 2 years old and one of the newer on the Island. It is very quiet although it is located next to Club Med and the noises from that resort can be heard clearly. The resort is small, but perfect. A walk down the path leads to the beaches where lounger chairs and umbrellas are set up each morning. The resort has other water equipment available such as snorkel equipment, Hobie Cats, noodles, etc.