Turks and Caicos is all about sea, sand and sun — and West Bay Club is all about providing families with an unforgettable Caribbean vacation. Located on a peaceful stretch of Grace Bay, this boutique beach resort will charm guests with its family-friendly accommodations, beautiful setting and attentive, welcoming staff.
West Bay Club is located on the island of Providenciales (Provo), 600 miles south of Miami. It has an enviable position on the widest stretch of beach on Grace Bay, less than 15 minutes from the airport. Getting to Turks and Caicos is easier than in years past — there now are direct flights from many major airports. Grace Bay Club is a short 10-minute drive from Provo’s marina and downtown area, which offers shops, restaurants and nightlife catering to tourists.
West Bay Club offers Studios (no water views) and one- to four-bedroom Oceanfront Suites. The four-bedroom suite can sleep up to 12, perfect for a multigenerational family getaway. We stayed in a 1,500-square-foot one-bedroom suite, spacious and beautifully decorated with kid-friendly furnishings. The open-concept living space included a full-size kitchen, a dining table for six, and a living room.
Although the bedroom and living room both had large flat-screen TVs, we were having too much fun outdoors to use them. Each suite has an oversize patio, a great spot to lounge, enjoy a family meal or simply relax and take in the fabulous view: white sandy beaches and turquoise water for miles.
Suites have well-appointed kitchens with full-size stainless-steel appliances; studios have small kitchenettes with a microwave and mini refrigerator. For a small fee, the grocery provisioning service will stock your kitchen before arrival. If you need to re-stock, visit the large IGA supermarket, just 1.5 km from the resort. Because everything is imported to the island, expect prices to be much higher than back home.
West Bay Club can also provide a personal chef to prepare meals in your suite. Luxury suites have a washer and dryer in the extra powder room.
West Bay Club partners with SURFside Ocean Academy to provide complimentary activities for kids each morning and afternoon. Kids Town encourages children to be active and to learn about the local environment. The schedule may include making a seashell wind chime, competing in beach Olympics, or learning about sea creatures while snorkeling. Kids Town activities are for children 5 and up, but younger children are welcome with an accompanying adult.
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Kids-only eco-excursions off property are offered for an additional fee. The less formal Teen Extreme program has a fresh take on keeping teens involved: The director allows the teens to meet one another before they all decide which activities they would like to do. They can go sailing, snorkel, view a movie on the beach, or other age-appropriate activities, all while being supervised by the Teen Extreme staff.
Participating in the Kids Town and Teen Extreme activities created some unforgettable moments for our family. We enjoyed snorkeling, sailing Hobie Cats, and a beach bonfire with gourmet s’mores. The highlight for my 14-year-old son was tubing behind the ski boat, who pronounced it “epic.”
A variety of marine-based activities can be arranged through SURFside Academy for an additional fee. We tried paddle boarding, took water skiing lessons, and explored our very own deserted beach on Pine Cay. SURFside Ocean Academy can also provide swimming lessons at the resort’s pool.
West Bay Club has two dining venues. The open air Noodle Bar + Kitchen has outdoor seating on the patio and poolside. The menu includes dishes inspired by noodle recipes from around the world, as well as Caribbean favorites. Chef Joseph’s Caribbean-style ribs were outstanding!
Noodle Bar + Kitchen also serves the daily buffet breakfast. Stix, a small beachside outdoor cafe, offers light meals, snacks, and drinks with a colorful Caribbean flair. For a fun evening out, take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to sister property Grace Bay Club to enjoy a meal. The resort can arrange in-room child care on request.
Although West Bay Club has a beautiful pool, the real star here is the beach. With white sand and turquoise waters, it’s great for swimming, building sandcastles, or even sneaking in a nap. The water is clear and calm, thanks to the world’s third-largest reef just offshore. The beach team will set up your chairs and umbrella just the way you like and bring you a refreshing drink.
For those feeling more adventurous, the resort can provide snorkeling gear, sailboats, or sea kayaks, all complimentary. West Bay Club is located between two excellent snorkeling spots. A short walk south leads to the Coral Gardens, and just north is Smith Reef at Bight Children’s Park. Both reefs are right offshore and well-suited for beginners. Bight Children’s Park also has a playground and is the home of the Thursday night Island Fish Fry.
Other amenities at West Bay Club include the petite Anani Spa, which offers a variety of treatments, including massage, reflexology, wraps and facials. The fitness center offers cardio and strength-training equipment. Private yoga or fitness classes can be arranged through the resort prior to arrival, or borrow a bike and explore the neighborhood. And for parents who must connect with the outside world, West Bay Club provides complimentary WIFI, which we found to be strong and reliable.
The official language on Providenciales is English, and U.S. dollars are the accepted currency. If you decide to rent a car, be aware that driving is on the left side of the road. Visitors are required to show a valid passport.
The weather is beautiful year-round, with 350 days of sunshine on average. Winter lows are around 75°F/24°C and summer highs hover at 90°F/32°C. The constant breeze from the trade winds is very welcome.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is West Bay Club’s most popular time. Expect availability to be low and pricing to be at its peak.
Editor’s Note: Ciao Bambino was hosted by West Bay Club in order to review the property for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Denise Smith.
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