Guests at the Ocean Club resorts on Turks
Caicos are never far from the sand and shore.
The sand and the sea are why we keep coming here,” the well-tanned
woman agreed with her companion, as they debated the merits of best
beach spots around the world.
Their conversation drifted over as I sank ankle-deep into sand
as soft and white as flour, then waded into water the most vivid
shade of turquoise imaginable. Indeed, these are the reasons I too
would return to the island of Providenciales (“Provo”) in the Turks
& Caicos that, and Ocean Club, which snuggles up to a prime
stretch of famous 12-mile Grace Bay beach.
Ocean Club is a charming, unpretentious, condo-style resort
boasting more than a 50 percent repeat guest list. It’s the perfect
place to send clients who want to simply relax, swim and sun under
pink umbrellas in a pretty piece of paradise. The beach is a key
draw Conde Nast Traveler ranked Grace Bay the “best beach” in the
world. More active clients might also enjoy the islands’ top-ranked
Upon checking in, I discovered that my one-bedroom suite was a
comfortable home-away-from-home. Bookshelves in the living room
were stuffed with paperbacks, and pink conch shells lined the
railing of the huge screened porch. I felt like I was staying at a
seaside family cottage, not a resort.
Units at Ocean Club and its sister property Ocean Club West
(together called Ocean Club Resorts) range from 400-square-foot
studios to 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom suites. The top
third-floor units, which have vaulted ceilings with wood beams, are
the most desirable. Individually owned, the units are decorated
differently; mine featured bright colors in the quilted bedspread
and cushions covering the wicker furniture. Another suite I peeked
into had plush living room furniture and a Persian carpet covering
the pink tile floor. A big bonus, especially for families a large
market for Ocean Club Resorts are the full-size washers and dryers
found in all units except studios.
With access by cab to a large IGA grocery store, many clients
will enjoy the convenience (and cost savings) of cooking in their
unit’s fully equipped kitchen. But Ocean Club’s Gecko Grille, one
of the best restaurants on the island, is sure to tempt them out
for dinner at least once. In a candle-lit setting, either in the
sleekly styled, air-conditioned dining room or out in the garden,
they can perhaps start with delicious baked escargot with mushrooms
and cheese, and then move on to some grilled fresh Caicos lobster
tail on a bed of linguine.
The very casual Cabana Bar & Grille by the beach pool is a
good place for lunch, especially conch fritters washed down by the
local Turkshead lager. When the beach chair beckons again, clients
need simply to kick off their flip flops by the side of the wooden
stairs leading down to the sand to reclaim their place in the
Other amenities offered at Ocean Club include free high-speed
Internet (there are Wi-Fi hotspots by the pools) a supervised
children’s program, a small fitness room and spa services.
The Turks & Caicos and Provo in particular is currently
undergoing a construction boom in the high-end luxury market. Ocean
Club Resorts is a moderately priced but good quality
Ocean Club or Ocean Club West ?
How do clients choose between Ocean Club and Ocean Club
Both look similar with the same pink-and-white, Caribbean-style
architecture. But Ocean Club West, also fronting Grace Bay beach
just a mile away from Ocean Club, is newer than Ocean Club and has
an attractive winding pool with bridges and lush landscaping. It
offers more studios and studio suites, which at 900- and
1,100-square feet, respectively, are larger than those at Ocean
Club. It also tends to attract more families with young children,
while boomer-aged couples gravitate toward Ocean Club and, in
particular, its popular Cabana beach bar which is a lively
gathering place at sunset.
I preferred Ocean Club, even though it’s older and a little
faded (the paint was peeling in my bathtub) I liked its wider beach
better and the fine dining Gecko Grille restaurant is on property.
But whatever the choice, staying at one offers clients privileges
at both, and a free shuttle every 30 minutes connects the two
Ocean Club Resorts
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