VR Resorts: Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos

We recently had the opportunity to visit Grace Bay Club in the Turks and Caicos. Located on what is often called the Best Beach in the World, this is the original luxury hotel in Providenciales. Recently have undergone a multimillion dollar renovation is it truly the epitome of elegant luxury. Guests are afforded multiple pools and dining outlets in a serene atmosphere, very close to all the action in the T&C Islands.

After being greeted at the airport by a staff member with your name on a sign, you are swiftly taken to a waiting private transfer whisking you away from the hordes of people queuing up to go to the all inclusive Beaches.  Already feeling relaxed as you approach Grace Bay Club the Porte Corchere is draped in greenery, Bougainvillea, and water features.

 Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, Entrance - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, Entrance - Click for VR 360

While your bags are being attended to, check-in procedures begin with a chilled scented towel to refresh from your airport transfer.  Soon thereafter you're greeted with a speciality rum punch (non-alcoholic available as well) to enjoy as the necessities are completed.

 Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, Reception - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, Reception - Click for VR 360

Before we get into the room, let's just take a moment to enjoy the view.  Framing the most iconic views in the Turks and Caicos, the very large balcony is attached to both the bedroom and living room,, creating an effortless flow from inside to outside and living to sleeping areas. Oh, and the VIEW!

 Grace Bay Balcony, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Balcony, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

To say the rooms are spacious would be a disservice, these are the largest rooms on Grace Bay. Living rooms feature a sitting area, dining table, mini bar, and wet bar including cappuccino and coffee machines.  

 Grace Bay Living Area, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Living Area, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Space is always a luxury, and this oversized and understated room dwarfs the luxurious King bed. Bedside waters are replenished twice daily and you views of the famous Turks and Caicos blue waters when you wake up are complimentary.

 Grace Bay Bedroom, Turks and Caicos, Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Bedroom, Turks and Caicos, Click for VR 360

Of course, the bathrooms don't disappoint.

 Grace Bay Bathroom, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Bathroom, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

The adults-only, infinity-edge, ocean-front lap pool blends multiple features into a aquatic oasis. The lap pool provides a refreshing start to the day but couples can still find quiet corners to take a dip close to their lounge chairs.  More than once you might see a father/son or group of buddies enjoying a drink at the infinity edge. 

 Grace Bay Pool, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Pool, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

🚨Expedition: Bucket List Alert! 🚨 This is the Longest Bar in the Caribbean! Open to families during lunch, this becomes an adults-only chic bar in the evening featuring number of signature cocktails.

 Grace Bay, Longest Bar in Caribbean - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay, Longest Bar in Caribbean - Click for VR 360

A slightly more casual place to entertain off the bar with various sitting areas, a fire pit and woven oriental lanterns. The Spa Cabana is visible next to the pool.

 Grace Bay, Fire Pit - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay, Fire Pit - Click for VR 360

This is why you come to Grace Bay, and this is why you stay at Grace Bay Club.  Voted #1 Beach in the world multiple times the sand is softer and cooler to the touch than you've felt anywhere else.  Of course the legendary Grace Bay Club service extends to the lounge chairs.

 Grace Bay Beach Lounge Chairs, Tours and Caicos - Click or VR 360

Grace Bay Beach Lounge Chairs, Tours and Caicos - Click or VR 360

Grace Bay is a BIG Beach of long, clean, cool, sugar-fine sand and calm azure blue water. Sure it gets busier than this but I didn't time this photo but we're not talking Miami Beach here.  I've been to beaches in the Seychelles, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia,throughout the Caribbean, this is a really nice beach.

 Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

The Rum Shop. Personally, I never wanted to leave. Grace Bay Club is the kind of place to come back to time and time again as many do. My photos and videos are taken candidly, nothing is staged (as evidenced by my posture), but this shot exemplifies how well they have bounced back from the storms last year.

 Grace Bay, Rum Shop, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay, Rum Shop, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Even the family pool is photo ready, classic, high design concepts worthy of InstagramTravel.com

 Grace Bay Pool, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Pool, Turks and Caicos - Click for VR 360

Grace Bay Club is a classic and a must when you are in Turks and Caicos. Smart design makes a moderately larger resort feel like a boutique, it appeals to celebrities and a more refined international clientele. Guests range from girls getaways, honeymooners, part time owners, and multi generational families.  This isn't the place for a rowdy bachelor party, there other places down the beach for that, but those with an eye for fashion will be very happy here.

-Brian Payntar Harris

Owner, Aspen Travel Advisors

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