Review: Royal West Indies Resort

19 04 2008

We stayed at the Royal West Indies Resort (RWI) on Providenciales in Turks & Caicos in March 2008 for 7 nights and we were very happy with our choice. This condo resort is located on Grace Bay, where most of the hotels and restaurants on Providenciales are located.

RWI

RWI has 8 3-story buildings scattered across a beautiful, lush property that includes two separate pool areas, a gourmet restaurant called Mango Reef, and of course direct beach access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Although TCI is a chain of desert islands, the RWI grounds feature lush, tropical flora and fauna.

RWI Pool Area

We stayed in a studio botanical view, which was perfectly suited to our needs. The studio is larger than the typical hotel room, but also includes a small sitting area, a washer/dryer, and kitchenette. The resort has studios, 1 bedrooms, and 2 bedrooms available and they all come with with either a kitchenette or full kitchen depending on your room selection and a balcony or patio. The larger rooms have full kitchens, which saves a lot of money on an island where food is expensive.

RWI Studio

RWI Studio

RWI

Our third floor botanical view.

We found the rooms to be clean and well equipped. The kitchenette had utensils, glasses, bowls, and plates in addition to a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. Detergent is provided.

RWI Kitchenette

The bathroom was clean, and even though this is a condo hotel they provide the usual shampoo, conditioner, and lotion assortment for your use.

RWI Bathroom

Since we went during high season, resort umbrellas at the beach were always taken. My tip is to reserve your umbrella before 9 AM if you know you will be lying out all day. During the rest of the year, I have heard this is not an issue. If you don’t get a beach umbrella, you can lie out next to the pool. The sun is very hot in TCI, so an umbrella is pretty much mandatory.

RWI Beach

RWI has direct beach access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

There are two main ways to reserve rooms at this resort. You can either book through the resort or any travel agency (Expedia, etc) or you can book through a direct owner of a unit through vacation rentals by owner at vrbo.com. You will typically get cheaper rentals directly through an owner, but the spaces fill up fast. Also, if you book through an owner you only get maid service once or twice a week while booking through the resort of travel agency will get you daily maid service. Once you get there, there is no difference in service quality. I will also note that you should not book through the website because the response is slow but instead use their 800 number.
Overall, we were pleased with our stay here. The hotel’s location was great right on the beach, the restaurant was delicious, the rooms were fairly clean, and it is a good value on Grace Bay.

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29 02 2012
Murray Miskin

You leave good advice especially about getting the beach chairs and umbrellas early. We stayed in Building 1 which is the beachfront one at Royal West Indies on our last visit in January 2008. We rented through VRBO. We are back on Grace Bay now staying at nearby Ocean Club West and were sad to see that the wonderful Mango Reef restaurant has moved from Royal West Indies far down the beach to another location. It is replaced by Pelican Bay which we are told is very good. On our visit to RWI yesterday everything else was the same and just as nice as it was in 2008.

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