The Sands at Grace Bay

Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos: Top 3 (Updated 2021)

The Turks and Caicos Islands are considered a safe destination for LGBT tourists. LGBT people tend to face no discrimination issues in resorts and very touristic areas.Most Turks and Caicos inhabitants are quite tolerant of same-sex relationships and in the islands we can find some gay friendly hotels Turks and Caicos.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 2001, and discrimination based on sexual orientation is constitutionally banned.Nevertheless, same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned.

Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas. The gateway island of Providenciales, known as Provo, is home to expansive Grace Bay Beach, with luxury resorts, shops and restaurants. Scuba-diving sites include a 14-mile barrier reef on Provo’s north shore and a dramatic 2,134m underwater wall off Grand Turk island.

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1. Grace Bay Club 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos

Grace Bay Club
Grace Bay Club

This impressive resort is located on Grace Bay Beach, on Providenciales, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands. It offers an extensive spa, 3 outdoor pools and a private beach area.

The stylish, air-conditioned suites at Grace Bay Club feature free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Each one has a private terrace with ocean views.

The resort features Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar, where guests enjoy fine dining on dishes with fresh, local ingredients, while The Grill and Krave Restaurants offer international dishes in an informal environment. There is also a pool bar and an infinity bar which stretches right to the ocean.

The Anani Spa offers a range of fitness and massage treatments. There is also a fitness centre and tennis courts.

The world renowned Grace Bay Club, first luxury all-suite resort in Turks and Caicos, offers guests a haven for uninterrupted relaxation. The resort, with the largest beach front access – 1100 feet, features all oceanfront suites. Divided into three separate sections that caters to discerning travelers of all tastes, it includes the adults-only Hotel area with private restaurant, bar, and swimming pool.

Had an absolutely amazing time. Never realized how blue the water is in the Turks and Caicos and how amazing the beaches are. Was here 12 years ago on an Aggressor dive trip, but the Turks and Caicos have really changed a lot in the past 12 years. A significant change for the better!

These islands are waiting to be discovered. A little off the beaten path, but truly must be experienced. They are quiet, relaxing and not touristy like many other islands.

The people here are some of the friendliest I have ever met in the Caribbean.

As a gay couple we were treated with smiles, kindness, and friendliness everywhere we went. We have heard mixed feedback about gay couples are treated in the Caribbean. We have never had a negative experience anywhere, but I would say here, we felt the most welcomed we have ever felt before on any island.

As for the Grace Bay Club, have to say, there isn’t any place like it. The rooms are all suites with ocean views and when you check in you are literally given a cell phone with a direct connection to your very own personal concierge. Renald was ours and he was absolutely the best ever. Tended to our every need and believe me, we are quite needy when we travel!

Our Room- we had a complimentary upgrade and our room was amazing! Extremely clean, easily the size of a complete apartment with a full kitchen, dining table (seats 8) a desk, a separate bedroom, huge bathroom (his and her skinks) tub, shower, closet and safe. Our balcony had a great view as we were on the 4th floor. It seems all rooms face the ocean, so you can’t go wrong.

Activities- all non motorized activities were free. We took advantage of paddle boarding, and sailing. The staff also booked us a jet ski tour off the property with a recommended vendor. If you want to leave the property to go to some restaurants in town, the hotel allows you to borrow their bikes for a short easy ride to town to enjoy restaurants and shopping which we took advantage of.

Grace Bay Club is divided into 3 sections: the hotel is in the middle with the villas on one side and the Estates (residences with their own pool) on the other. Between the hotel and the beach is the adults only pool. The pool is not super large, but there was rarely anyone in it. There’s also a nice hot tub and great showers for washing off the sand if you visit the beach. There’s another pool over by the villas that includes a swim up bar. We never visited there, but from what I could see it didn’t seem crowded either. We had a Grace Bay suite in the hotel which was so large (1700 square feet) that we joked that we lost each other in it. It had a huge living room, big balcony with ocean view and spacious bath with large tiled shower and separate soaking tub. The bed was very comfortable.

Oh – one thing I thought of to complain about – too many throw pillows on the bed. Unpacking them at the end of the evening was a chore. Lol really just kidding, this just shows you how perfect our stay was. The kitchenette has more than we needed including 2 coffee makers (drip and Nespresso), small cooktop, good selection of glasses including espresso cups, good sized wine glasses and champagne flutes. American breakfast was included in our rate. I’m not a big breakfast person, but it’s my husband’s favorite meal, so it’s saying a lot to report that he loved the large buffet especially the sausage, bacon and potatoes. You can also order omelettes or eggs Benedict from the kitchen.

The beach area is huge and the pool / beach attendants were attentive. There is a team of concierges who you can reach almost any time via a special cell phone they give you at check in. A shout out to Michael and Berg for their courteous and friendly assistance. There’s twice a day housekeeping and the lady doing our room was so sweet that I actually looked forward to seeing her. The rate was not cheap but this is definitely up there in our top 5 hotels ever visited.

Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos Islands
Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos Islands

How much does a room costs at Grace Bay Club ?

Prices start 782 $/night for Villas Junior Suite. The Villas Grace Bay One-Bedroom Suite
is 1320$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

This spacious, air-conditioned suite features a double bedroom and a lounge with free Wi-Fi, a DVD player and iPod docking station. There is also a dining area and a private terrace. The kitchen includes a hob, microwave and coffee maker.

Where to book onlineGrace Bay Club  – Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos Islands – you can find the best hotels deals in Turks and Caicos during Conch Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Turks and Caicos on  Booking.com or Trip.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Sibonne Beach Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Grace Bay Turks & Caicos

Sibonne Beach Hotel
Sibonne Beach Hotel

Overlooking Grace Bay Beach this hotel offers an outdoor pool, which is adjacent to the full-service bar located on the property. The hotel also has rooms equipped with small refrigerators.

Coffee making facilities and cable TV are standard in rooms at the Sibonne Beach Hotel. Rooms also feature tropical decor and large windows.

Guests can dine at the Bay Bistro, with views of the tropical beach. The hotel also has private access to the Grace Bay Beach.

The Sibonne is a 5 minutes’ walk of Ports of Call Shopping Centre. The Providenciales International Airport is 11 km from the hotel.

For casual elegance, relaxation and value Sibonne Beach Hotel is an intimate hotel directly on Grace Bay Beach – one of the best beaches in the world. With room amenities of a modern resort – we offer comfortable accommodations, lush garden or ocean views, fresh water pool and the best location on Grace Bay Beach. Our everyday value rates makes Sibonne Beach Hotel the best choice for your Caribbean vacation.

If you want to be on the beach and pay a reasonable amount, Sibonne may be right for you. This was our second stay. The first being in 2007. We had a partial ocean view room for $215. In 2007, the same room was $165.

If you were to have a partial ocean view room, I would recommend rooms Morning Glory Room 209 on the west wing, and Portulaca 215 on the east. The rooms next to it would not be bad either. The further into the complex, the narrower the views.

With that said, I would not hesitate to reserve a “Garden Room.” Cheaper with the same amenities.

Sibonne is one of the oldest established hotels along Grace Bay area. There are 30 rooms. You can reserve on-line. There are three seasons with different rates for this boutique hotel.

In the center of Sibonne is a well-cared for garden with flowering plants. It presents a superb ambiance of what the Caribbean—in this case the Atlantic—should be.

Having a partial ocean view room does get you on the second floor. The ceiling is higher with nice fan over the bed. Most rooms have a microwave, TV and is smartly decorated with tile floors. The bathroom is doable.

Some of the negatives we found is the Wi-Fi—and even the TV—can be extremely spotty—particularly at night. The office closes at 10:00PM, and so does the ice machine.

The Graceway Gourmet supermarket is but a few minutes away by car. We also enjoyed going to Turtle Cove and having a meal at Mango Reef. My wife enjoyed the vegetable fajitas, and I the Curry Vegetables with chicken. Close by is a superb snorkeling at “Smith Reef.”

I thought the chicken fajitas at Somewhere Café to be really good too. Although, we did not like the $1.00 water charge.

There is a saying in the Turks and Caicos: “Eat, Sleep, Beach, Repeat.” Sibonne did provide a nice reprieve from the hectic life back home. This boutique hotel has its quirks, but there is a part of me that wants to go back.

The view is breathtaking. Grace Bay is as beautiful as advertised. While there are more contemporary hotels/resorts on the strip that is in front of Grace Bay, I would willing to bet that any stay matches the stay of Sibonne.

The staff was very helpful, the grounds, was clean, there were plenty of beach chairs available, the bourbon selection was great, and Bay Bistro was excellent!

On Grace Bay there was also plenty of opportunities for excursions and water activities.

I am still in disbelief about how perfect this hotel was. For the price, you just cannot beat it.

If I had any complaints, it would be the WiFi as we had very little connectivity the entire time we were there. But to be honest, if that is an issue for you, you are doing this vacation thing all wrong because the ocean is enough to make you forget about your cell phone.

Aside from the WiFi and the dated decor, nothing else negative to report and those negatives are not even negatives in my opinion, I just wanted to share all of our experiences.

Please look into staying at Sibonne before booking one of the more popular named hotel/resorts. You will not regret it.

Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos
Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos

How much does a room costs at Sibonne Beach Hotel?

Prices start 215 $/night for Standard Courtyard Garden room. The Balcony Ocean View room
is 275$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

This second floor room offers a small refrigerator and a balcony with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Where to book onlineSibonne Beach Hotel  – Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos Islands – you can find the best hotels deals in Turks and Caicos during Conch Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Turks and Caicos on  Booking.com or Trip.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. The Sands at Grace Bay 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos

The Sands at Grace Bay
The Sands at Grace Bay

Located on the beautiful sands of Grace Bay Beach in the Providenciales, this resort features the relaxing Spa Tropique and water sports. An on-site restaurant and free Wi-Fi are also available.

Guests of The Sands at Grace Bay can greet the morning from the private patio or balcony in their plantation-style room. A kitchenette or full kitchen, cable TV and an amenities basket are also included.

Hemingway’s beachfront restaurant serves meals throughout the day, including huevos rancheros, fresh grouper and Caribbean jerk chicken. A manager’s party is held every week.

Bicycles, water sports equipment and a fitness centre with tennis courts are all offered for free use at The Sands. Spa Tropique offers a variety of treatments including Swedish massage and a water lily wrap.

Perfect harmony on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales Experience an earthly wonder of sand and sea at our 114-suite luxury resort on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies. Family-friendly, yet ideally suited for romantic getaways and wedding celebrations, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a harmonious balance of home comforts and sublime Caribbean elegance – as well as a picture perfect location on the sparkling shores of Grace Bay Beach.

If you are dreaming of a beach holiday in the Caribbean that gives you the flexibility of having your own fully-equipped suite while enticing you with fine dining, pristine grounds and sigh-inducing vistas, we look forward to welcoming you to The Sands at Grace Bay.

The property is beautiful! It was a little odd to be almost the only ones on property, but we found beauty in the silence and privacy. There are all these hidden pool areas that make this property romantic. They have a comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas around the whole property. The lazy river and spa were great as well!

The resort had lounge chairs and tiki umbrellas with little tables! The water was so clear that you can go in up to your neck and see your feet. There wasn’t any seaweed or rocks! The beach was a beautiful walk in both directions and it was easy to access other restaurants from the beach. We ate at Hemingways a few times which was pretty good.

We used the tennis court at night, which has bright stadium lights! The hotel provided the rackets and balls. They have kayak rentals and paddle boarding but we never got around to that. The hotel property isn’t big but it was just the right size for our anniversary getaway during this time.

The staff at The Sands were great! They were so warm and welcoming and very accommodating.

We did not rent a car, but we didn’t have a problem. There are so many restaurants nearby, and when we wanted to go to one further in town, we just had our hotel call a cab.

Just be aware, the prices of things (groceries, souvenirs, restaurants, alcohol, etc.) is very expensive

As for accommodations, there has been some talk in other reviews about rooms being outdated, but I can say that we were very happy with our room. We were in building 1 and had a 1-bedroom Ocean View room and it was spacious, clean, and exceeded our expectations for sure. The screened-in porch was great to sit on and have morning coffee and look out unobstructed to the beautiful ocean. The housekeeping staff always made sure the room was cleaned, beds made and turned down daily. The water pressure in the shower may not have been as strong as we liked, but that was really the only issue(if you want to call it that) we had at all the entire week.

The Sands is also a short 10 minute walk in to town which was great. We were able to walk to dinner, shopping, and the local grocery store(expensive) to grab some things for the room. They also have bicycles that you can reserve to ride to town as well.

While I can’t speak to the other reviews and experiences, I can say that our stay at The Sands was outstanding on every level, and we can’t wait to return. Thank you to everyone at The Sands that made our vacation memorable and one of the best we have ever had.

Beach is beautiful and well kept. The Sands offers complimentary paddle boards, kayaks and hobie cats for guest use. There is also a supermarket a half mile walk away which we go to for groceries. You can walk or take one of the hotel bicycles. We bring a backpack. Makes it easier. For a great snorkeling trip I suggest booking through Island Vibes.  Beach service here was fine..drinks and food delivered.

Excellent lunch and dinners at Hemingway but there are other options within walking distance. Another fantastic trip on beautiful Grace Bay.

 

How much does a room costs at The Sands at Grace Bay?

Prices start 330 $/night for Junior Suite with Courtyard View. The One-Bedroom Suite with Ocean View is 450$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples. double room features air conditioning.

This stylish 1-bedroom suite offers air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV and a balcony or patio with ocean views. It has a kitchen with a stove, microwave, fridge and coffee maker, as well as a dishwasher and washer-dryer.

Where to book onlineThe Sands at Grace Bay  – Gay Friendly Hotels Turks and Caicos Islands – you can find the best hotels deals in Turks and Caicos during Conch Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Turks and Caicos on  Booking.com or expedia.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Vlaicu Sorin

Traveler, trying to be a photography, hostel lover , backpacker, beer hunter. In search for the perfect place.