Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
No one will try to convince you that this 24-unit condo-hotel is a luxury property. With very few amenities and large but dated suites, it's the affordable price tag that will lure most guests. For those travelers looking for a comfortable night’s stay and not a drop a pretense, Reef Residences gets the job done.
In place of a proper lobby, a small office at the front of the property houses a desk where check-in takes place. The attendant will show you all of the features of your room and the property before delivering your bags.
The pool area is front and center due to its unfortunate location adjacent to the parking lot. The pool, whirlpool, and patio are mostly clean and well-maintained, though it's possible you’ll come across a few leaves and other debris collected at the edges of the water. The only other amenities on property are a small fitness center (above what looks to be a former spa), and a laundry room featuring two coin-operated washers and dryers.
The property’s only real selling point -- its rooms -- are cheerful, if slightly worn. If space is of the utmost of importance, Reef Residence delivers; even the cheapest unit is large enough to fit four, featuring a separate bedroom and a living room with a sleeper sofa. But if contemporary style and a better beachfront trump spacious accommodations, the slightly pricier Villa del Mar is the way to go.
The walk to Grace Bay from Reef Residences is only a minute or two. A small portion of the beach is claimed for guests, and the hotel offers umbrellas (though it is first come, first serve).
Just 100 yards from Grace Bay, within walking distance of a few local favorites
Situated toward the eastern edge of Grace Bay, just across the parking lot from the beachfront Windsong Resort, Reef Residences only has a slither of beach to its name, which is marked by tan-colored umbrellas. Luckily, the beach is public, so anyone armed with a towel and a beach hat can find an idyllic spot to while away the day. And along the way, you’ll find plenty of beachfront restaurants and bars like Somewhere…Café and Lounge, Havana Club, and JoJo’s Café.
Some evenings, you might wonder if you’ve had one too many rum punches when you inevitably hear what sounds like the cast of Sesame Street belting out a tune. Never fear -- it’s just the result of being downwind from the nearby Beaches Resort.
All suites are incredibly spacious, with kitchens and sofa beds
The suites are extremely spacious; a family of three or four could easily fit in the 725-square-foot One-Bedroom Upper Suite, which is the property’s cheapest unit, and includes a living room with a queen-size sleeper sofa.
However, a makeover is in order. In my unit, the walls were scuffed, the paint mismatched, and details such as tube televisions and rusted showerheads were in serious need of an upgrade. And though extra-large patios are gorgeous, with beautiful bougainvillea and large dining tables, most of the windows in the rest of the units face far less enticing views, like storage rooms or the parking lot.
A small pool, spa, and an off-the-beach location
This condo-hotel is a solid mid-range option on pricey Turks and Caicos, with 24 spacious -- if slightly worn -- suites featuring full kitchens, sofa beds, and sprawling patios. Features are adequate for a small condo property -- there's a small pool, fitness center, and spa -- and it's only a 100-yard stroll to the beach.