Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
One of the island’s most serene resorts, with a feeling of exclusivity
It’s hard not to whisper when you arrive at Point Grace. From a personal in-room check-in policy to a pool sign that proclaims a ban on loud noise, splashing, and games, it is immediately obvious that those who come to this resort are looking for solitude and serenity.
Upon entering the resort, guests walk through a wrought iron gate emblazoned with a golden “PG.” From here, the captivating views are hard to ignore, with a sightline carrying your eye straight from the sparkling pool to the Caribbean Sea and open sky. Those who can’t resist the urge to head directly toward the views will find beachside service with fresh towels and refreshments, and padded teak loungers, cream half-dome shades, and even a couple of cabanas.
Back on resort grounds, four buildings house 28 one- to four-bedroom units. The style has a tinge of British Colonial, and the architecture ranges from authentic plantation home to Mediterranean villa. In the center of it all is the negative-entry pool, which is flanked by massive palm trees and adorned with sparkling golden tiles. Just at the water’s edge is a small bar and outdoor seating area, where cocktails and canapés are served daily between 5 and 6 p.m.
If you’re looking for service that fawns over guests, you might be disappointed, as Point Grace takes a more relaxed approach than some other properties (like Grace Bay Club). You won’t find many staff members wandering the property, but a few key players are in the right spots: at the reception, the poolside bar, and on the beach.
You may not find as many amenities at Point Grace as you would at some other resorts on the island (Beaches, for instance, has 16 restaurants and seven pools), but attention to detail is what truly makes Point Grace special. From the local Turks & Caicos brew packets next to the coffeemaker, to the choice of two different types of his and hers robes in the closets, everything appears to have been arranged by a friend with impeccable taste. For something extra special, arrange for your airport transfers to take place in the property’s classic Rolls Royce or vintage British taxi.
On the world-renowned Grace Bay, tucked into a quiet cove with no other resorts or restaurants nearby
Located at the Point (hence, the name) on Providenciales’ 12-mile Grace Bay, Point Grace is tucked away from the rest of the tourist racket. As a result, it is one of the few resorts at which you will not be able to see other resorts from your window, the pool, or the beach. The downside is that there is little, if anything, within walking distance, so a rental car or taxi is often a must.
British Colonial style with a contemporary twist, and elegant details like bear claw bathtubs and mahogany wood floors
Point Grace's 28 one- to four-bedroom suites are decorated with a staggering attention to detail. Their specialized touches, like impressionist paintings in gilded frames, vaulted ceilings, engraved wooden patio furniture, and ornate lamps, are lacking at competing resorts like Seven Stars and the Regent Grand.
Two restaurants -- one for casual breakfasts and lunches, another for romantic dinners -- provide a modern twist on Caribbean cuisine.
The plantation style restaurant, Grace’s Cottage, invites romance with private nooks and gazebos at the ready for candlelit dinners. Serving a mostly Caribbean menu, the restaurant is in superb standing with locals and features dishes like the swordfish steak with Portobello mushrooms and a tropical fruit salad, or the gilled foie gras served with a peach and banana chutney. Perhaps the only drawback at Grace’s Cottage is the fact that the restaurant is closed on Wednesdays, forcing resort guests to venture out into Providenciales for their dinners (or cook in the full kitchens).
Hutchings Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, but it's also a relaxation lounge, featuring an elegant grand player piano, comfy seating, a television, and a computer. Breakfast is included in the rate, and puts most other continental breakfasts on the island to shame, with massive fruit plates, croissants and pastries, and made-to-order eggs.
This luxury boutique is heavy on style and refinement, with British Colonial design and 28 huge multi-room suites (they start at 1,080 square feet) featuring kitchens, terraces, and high-end bathrooms. Property highlights include a lovely, tranquil pool, personal beachfront service, a small but spectacular spa, and one of the Providenciales’ most romantic dinner spots. However, its remote location on the point of the beautiful, 12-mile Grace Bay beach -- while peaceful and quiet -- makes it necessary for guests to rely on expensive taxis or car rentals to explore the island.