Royal West Indies Resort
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... and I were all out snorkeling with our eyes peeled. Finally, I looked back toward the boat to see Peter waving his arms in my direction. I swam back to learn that Caleb had spotted the anchor and Amber, who had switched into their kayak to search, was nearby. They were able to get the anchor out of the water, into the kayak, and they swam the kayak back to We Don't Neaux. It was quite the mission.
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Now, ordinarily a few mosquito bites I can handle… but sunburn and mosquitoes… now that’s a bit much. So we nearly run out of there, trailed by the plaintive “Hey where are you going” buzz of the mosquito cloud deprived of food, and hightail it back to the car. A few stray mosquitoes hang on even there. Bites have already blossomed on ...
To make things easier on me, I'm just going to throw some of my log (formerly known as my journal) at you with some information added for clarification. 1st Mate's Log: 21/02/08, Thursday, 18:30, Atlantic Ocean, 26.08.823 N by 79.36.750 W Set sail today! around 10. Gulf Stream is tough, like a giant river, and we're heading directly into southeast wind. I'm on third watch, going to eat and sleep for a little bit now. Oh ...
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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.
We've travelled extensively in the Caribbean (three times this year alone) and we will definitely return to Provo.
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.
Royal West Indies, an excellent choice
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.
Three of these visits will be spent at the Royal West Indies. We like the quite relaxing atmosphere we find there. The accommodations are great; large bedroom suites, washer and dryer, microwave, sink, refridgerator, and safe in each room. The landscape grounds are well kept, the beach clean, not crowded, with chairs and unbrellas. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. We do find it necessary to rent a car for the week. This gives you the freedom to explore the island, get food at the IGA for breakfast, lunch, snacks, ect. The roads are dark for walking at night and taxi's are based on a flat rate. We would also drive to the Coral Gardens resort where there is great snorkeling right off the beach. It would be a couple of miles to walk from RWI. Some fine restaurants, including RWI's Mango Reef, to sample if you have the auto. It does take a 4 wheel dirve auto to get out to the Northwest point of the island. Great sunsets and I am told great snorkeling, but each time we have went out there, the water was rough and we did not go out. Compared to other islands in the caribbean, we like the Turks and Caicos best. Whenever we are deciding on where to go "next winter" we also say, we can go back to the Turks.
The Roy West Indies is Fabulous!
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.
The ocean view is not that great on the first floow because there is some brush, but we really didn't mind. We went in May so it was off season and the resort was very quiet which we loved. This resort is really one of the nicest on the island. I would say that Point Grace is probably the only nicer resort and their prices iare double what we paid. This island and these reorts are not the kind of places where you can get "on the beach" food and drink service. It just wasn't that kind of island, but we really didn't mind.The weather was perfect in May and we found the locals to be very pleasant. I would suggest that you rent a car to get around on the island. We would not have been able to do the site seeing that we did without a vehicle. I would really call this resort a five star hotel and we will definitely return!
Loved Turks and Royal West Indies
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!
Best of Both Words
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!
The design is quite British, beautiful attention to detail, limestone steps and gorgeous landscaping. Our two units had spectacular ocean views...sunset was breathtaking.
The resort offers an inviting outside cafe/bar and the food is good to very good, drinks are quite pricey but the rum punch is a staple not to be missed! They do not offer bar service at the beach so you do have to get up from your beach chair (such an inconvenience!) to retrieve the not to be missed rum punch! A small pool meanders through the lush landscaping, not condusive to kids but good for a newly married couple or someone that doesn't want to stray far from the source of the infamous rum punch!
Provo island is a desolate,sun blasted piece of earth; so don't go with expectations of lovely topography(there's a noticeable absence of birds!) the fun stuff is located in the healthy reefs that team with colorful fish. Our family dives so this kept the kids occupied.. otherwise there was nothing for them to do. There is excellent snorkeling available but those reefs are down past Beaches. From RWI it's quite a walk at least 20 minutes. Also you have to plow through the Beaches crowd...it's always amasse of families, food. coke cans,trash etc. you have to wonder how this could possibly be good for the marine life....
While at RWI we opted for a day of bottom fishing...what a blast! Captain Ed picked us up right on the beach in front of RWI.
RWI does not offer a grocery so be prepared to get staples on Provo and bring a lot of cash or a credit card with a high limit...items are 3 - 4 times more expensive than in the states.
If we were to visit Provo again we would stay further down the beach near the reefs for easy snorkeling. If snorkeling isn't high on your list or you don't mind the walk I highly recommend RWI for it's high standards, beauty and tranquil setting :)
A great, quiet, relaxing place to stay
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.
The restaurant at the hotel is okay. The food is okay and the same that most other resorts served. The service was not as great. There was only 1 waitress for about 10 tables (the whole restaurant.) She did a great job, but it was too much for one person. Since we were there in the off season, I don't know if they have more during the high season. They stopped serving breakfast during the low season because it was not worth it financially. Don't know if that's why they only have one waitress or not. The kitchenette in the rooms was a lifesaver. We were able to have breakfast and lunch in our rooms which saved us money.
There wasn't much night life or evening activity at the resort which was fine with us, but others may want more. The resort is closely located to other resorts that have a casino and another that has live music in the evening. So, night life can be found close by.
We would definitely stay here again.
Well worth the trip!
We just returned from a week long stay at the Royal West
Indies, and after spending a year reading posted traveler reviews, I knew I needed to contribute as well, as there is little literature out there on these unspoiled islands. The Royal West is one of the newer resorts on the island of Provo, and clearly is making a name for itself. The accommodations were great, and you have a choice of staying in a one room studio or larger bedroom suites. Each room has a washer and dryer, and the smaller studio comes with a large refridgerator to keep lunch/breakfast items, as well as a microwave and sink. We found this to be just fine for eating small meals during the day, and then going out for dinner. The other rooms have full kitchens, which would accommodate all meal preparation if you chose to do so. The staff at the Royal West are terrific, and are very knowledgeable about the island. If you have questions, just ask - it can often save you time and money if you just check in with them regarding restaurants, tours, cab fares, etc... We researched a lot of resorts before going to Turks and Caicos, and were very pleased with our choice. We will return!