More about Royal West Indies Resort
Great deal Pre-Fixe on weekdays
Mango Reef is at the Royal West Indies resort. Its a very lovely restaurant, not directly on the beach but in a garden/pool setting. Really nice atmosphere and great service. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive dinner on Provo, they have $42 pre-fixe Mon-Thur. Nice choice of starters and entrees. Everything we ate was outstanding! I had a grilled shrimp and pineapple starter, and a mahi-mahi curry dish which was really really good. My boyfriend did not have the pre-fixe but had a great tropical bbq pork chop dinner which was also super duper! Generous portions. Very fast service!
Great wine list also! A lot of choices, and not expensive, some bottles were $25, which is much cheaper than other restaurants.
We also had breakfast there one day, gigantic portions of scrambled eggs, grits, bacon, etc. Very very good!
A wonderful experience!
I took my 8 year old granddaughter all the way to the Carribbean from Southern California. We could not have had a better week. Her Mom called this morning to say that she talked about it until 3 a.m. 1st day there she wrote in the sand on the powdery white/pink beach: "I love this Hotel". Her opinion, and mine never changed. We had a botanical suite. Botanical is the right word. We overlooked the meandering pool and spa and the most lovely gardens which surround the exteriors of this fabulous resort. We planned things to do--and yet were so inspired by the landscape and beachscape that we ended up most days right there. Food is terrific and casual at Mango Reef, so why leave?
What we did do was get the beach equipment attendant, Mr. Jamieson to take us out on a Hobiecraft. What a wonderful, exhilarating ride--for the price of a tip, he suggested $20 when asked, I paid $40. We visited the Conch farm--all self-respecting granma's want to say they had an educational experience. It was very interesting to us both. We visited The Sands, nice but not as lovely as the Royal West Indies and Hey Joses for Mexican--we're from California, afterall; and went to Turtle Cove for dinner at the Tiki Hut. Food was fine at all. Since I didn't brave the traffic we taxied all over--expensive. If you feel confident on the 'wrong side', with roads under repair, by all means rent a car. One of our best days was spent exploring for art--my passion. We stopped at Bamboo, Anna's and Art Provo. The most fun was at local Artist Studio (Phillip Outten's home), and animal farm! I saw a great piece and didn't get back to buy it. Reasonably priced too!
The staff could not have been nicer. They are not the equivalent of a concierge staff, and don't presume to understand what it is you want to see or do. But they will go out of their way to assist you. Dean's Cab Co was the best to me--and I tried my share. If you want scenic beauty, restful, lazy days and a wonderful week, this is the spot!
Great Place, Great Beach, Great Vacation
I, too, was skeptical of all the great reviews Royal West Indies (RWI) resort was receiving. I can confirm that all the great reviews are accurate. We stayed at the RWI May 29th - June 5th.
1. The hotel was fantastic, privately-owned condos that are available for rent whenever the owners are not there. This is not a timeshare and no one tries to sell you anything. There are about 7 buildings that make up the resort and there are two pools, a restaurant, and a bar. Each building had three floors. Every floor had two main doors (one to the right, one to the left). Inside, there is a door to a mini suite and another door to a larger suite. Larger families could rent two rooms and keep the inner doors open. The smaller of the rooms had a refrigerator, microwave, sink, plates, cups, utensils, washer/dryer in addition to a nice patio with table and chairs and the usual hotel amenities (cable-tv, phone, etc.). The larger of the rooms have a full sitting area, patio, full kitchen with stove, a separate bedroom, and the usual. We stayed in the smaller of the rooms and found it quite adequate for two people. Our first day there we rode the morning shuttle to the grocery store ($20 round trip for up to two people) and bought lunch and breakfast items from the local IGA supermarket (very comparable to any grocery store in US). Liquor is expensive there, so if you drink, bring your own with you (each person can carry 1 fifth of liquor). Every morning we ate breakfast on the patio watching and listening to the ocean. The pools were a little small and we only swam the distance of each on the last day there just to say that we went in the pools. We never dealt with the morning staff but we found the evening staff (one woman in particular) to be very helpful in recommending restaurants, calling taxis, etc. The available computer in the lobby allowed us to keep touch 21st century style with family and does have a WIFI router hooked up to it for those with laptops, although I didn't bring mine so I don’t know whether you could get WIFI access from your room.
2. The beach was amazing. We have been to St. Marteen, Aruba, Bahamas, BVI, USVI and many others and by far this is the prettiest water we have ever seen. The sand is so fine and soft you can't wait to put your feet in it. Also, when the wind blows, the sand doesn't go with it. The water had no muck or seaweed in it either. It was like swimming in a LARGE tub. Easy to follow and find starfish and conch trails in the sand below. In front of the resort there are chairs and umbrellas as well as an activities desk. Free canoes and a hobie cat are available for your use. We saw only about 5 people the entire time with brochures in hand (you know the type that usually hassle people) offering excursions and actually we never observed them doing anything besides walking down the beach, probably going to Club Med to bother those people. :)
Jojo the dolphin made a visit to RWI one afternoon and I swam with him for about 15-20 feet with him 5 feet from me. Amazing!!! Facing the water, if you walk to the left (WEST) 3 miles (a good hour walk) there is great snorkeling in front of the Coral Gardens Hotel (turtles, fish, coral). Occasionally you can here music from Club Med. This was not annoying in the least. There was no rhyme or reason to when it would start playing. In fact it was quite humorous trying to guess when it would start up next. And never seemed to last more that a song or two.
3. Nightlife. The typical night is going to dinner, strolling back to RWI on the beach (most restaurants you will visit are at other hotels) and hitting the sack early for an early wake the next day. There were a few places to go such as Bambooz, a new sports bar that is quite crowded. It was comparable to any in the US with many TVs and a couple large ones. NBA semifinals and Baseball were on. Tiki Hut's Wednesday night $10 Rib or Chicken night was great with a $20 bucket of Coronas. So if you are after nightlife you can find something to do, but there are no commercial ventures like "Carlos and Charlie’s" which is typical for an island with a cruise ship port. We had dinner at Anacaona one night (5 minute walk from RWI), which is a very nice restaurant with wonderful food (a little pricy) and a gorgeous view. Don’t forget to try the conch fritters!
4. Diving. The group of islands making up the Turks and Caicos are surrounded by a reef. A quarter-mile out the depth changes from about 30 feet to around 6000-7000 feet. This makes for great diving with sharks, rays, etc. We dove two days (two tanks each day) but never saw any sharks but plenty of other things. The people who did snorkel excursions while we were there all saw sharks so maybe do that if you want sharks. It seems to be hit or miss, but the fish were beautiful. The dive operators are excellent. All we had to do was get on and off the boat. No tank changes or anything. We chose Dive Provo but heard that the other operators were the exact same way.
Clean, Modern, Impeccable Landscaping, Good Value
What you notice most about RWI is the pristine condition of the resort, manicured grounds, and unhurried pace. Not cheap, but fairly priced and worth every penny.
I visited nearby properties and RWI was easily superior. One of the best locations on beautiful Grace Bay beach.
Pack light and take advantage of in-room laundry facilities. Mango Reef poolside restaurant is very good as are most of the eateries nearby.
Feel free to type to me and I'll be pleased to give you more of the "skinny" on RWI.
Simple the Best in Provo
RWI is my favorite resort in the Carribean
after muliple vacations to Bahamas,Jamaica,Grand Cayman,and Belize.The rooms are immaculate as well as the landscaping.The beaches are the most beautiful I have ever seen.If you like to snorkel make sure you take a cab or drive to the Coral Gardens resort.There's a gorgeous reef right off the beach.Be prepared to spend alot of money dining out the restaraunts here are not cheap. we ate breakfast on our balcony every morning. IGA store has everything you could possibly need.Dinner for two averages 100 bucks or more.The restaraunts here are fantastic though some of our favorites were Magnolias
overlooking Turtle Cove marina beautiful views,excellent food, service very romantic.Also Aqua Bar restaraunt in Turtle Cove fantastic fish,salads nice portions definetly top notch.If you love conch you absolutely need to go to Boogaloos for lunch its quite a drive to get there it's towards the North Point.It's just a shack on the beach but DR Conch will take the fresh conch out of the shell in front of you.We had the conch salad and fritters the best we ever had.This is where all the locals go for conch.The food at Mango reef was pretty good not the best the island has to offer.We heard Calico Jacks in Ports of Call was good and reasonable we tried to eat there for lunch but apparently their open for dinner only.They have live music Fri and Sat nights we heard was pretty good.I recommend riding the complmentary bike to Ports of Call.It's true the roads are terrible but so are all roads in the Carribean islands Iv'e been to.The staff at RWI were great espcially Jacqelynn in maid services and Meridy the bartender.The front desk people are okay just need to be polite to them we had no problems.Just remember when your down there your on island time relax and you won't be disappointed.We are going back next year, hate to wait a whole year.This resort was definetly the best place to stay in Provo.
We stayed at the RWI May 5-12 and loved it. We had an oceanview suite (just a large room, really) and really enjoyed relaxing on our balcony. Food and service at Mango Reef was very good, but our favorite restaurants were Grace's Cottage, Anacaona, Aqua Terrace and Magnolia (yes, we met Mrs. Tubbs, the cat, and she sat on my lap!). We also liked Bay Bistro, Caicos Cafe, Sharkbite (best fish & chips, plus sandpipers to feed) and Hemingways.
We went out on several excursions, most with Silver Deep. Our only complaint was the "secluded island" getaway in that the island (Water Caye) wasn't that secluded and that the guy didn't pick us up when he was supposed to. We had been on the island since 9:30 a.m. and were waiting for him to pick us up at 3, the time we had agreed upon. By 4 we were getting concerned. About 4:30, I flagged down a boat from J&B Tours, who said we should have booked with them and also that they would tell Silver Deep we were waiting. My husband, meanwhile, had walked to the other side of the island -- sunburning his already toasted feet -- and found another Silver Deep boat captain who agreed to give us a ride (and some conch salad). The other guy finally showed up about 5. I don't know what his excuse was! We decided not to make a big deal out of it, but it was worrisome wondering if we were going to be stranded out there. It was the only part of our trip that wasn't perfect. Oh, except for the snorkeling trip (with Silver Deep) that was too rough for snorkeling. And we were under the impression that snorkeling would be available from shore on our "secluded island," and it wasn't. Water Caye is a great place to go, though. I read that it won't be uninhabited much longer. A pity. A fishing trip with Silver Deep turned out to be a lot of fun. One woman on our boat caught a small shark. We went with Sail Provo on a Glow Worm cruise, and that was fabulous. I'd definitely recommend it if you happen to be in T&C around the full moon.
Overall, a great vacation, very relaxing, although we were busy, too. The weather was perfect every day we were there. It was truly a beachlover's paradise!
Hotel Superb; Island $$$$$$
We very much enjoyed the RWI Hotel. However, be aware that if you are in a bldg whose rooms run next to the service road, it is obvious that they have had some kind of burglar trouble since they now have temporary lighting 5' tall down that entire service road. If you are in a room on the ground floor these lights WILL shine into your bedroom. (pulling out the plug doesn't deter them even with numerous requests to reposition them). That is the only bad thing about the RWI. The bar staff is friendly, food is very good and priced right. No $18.00 Cheeseburger here! The layout of the hotel is also very easy to get around. There is complimentary internet access in the hotel lobby. Also, don't miss the listing of menus for area restaurants in the lobby. Please try Bella Luna Restauant, try the Snapper Involute...the best fish dish we have ever eatten. Also skip Shark Bite, no big deal really...if you dont have a car and must take a taxi there, you will be dissapointed! Try Gecko...it is a wonderful 1st class restaurant with good prices and no need to dress fancy. Best selection of Vodkas on the Island. Try the Rack of Lamb and the Jamaican Pork. Next, dont miss the outdoor bar called The Lounge at the Grace Bay Club....sit on outdoor couches or a bed and enjoy a bottle of wine ($$$$$ anywhere you go though) and then please try their restaurant, Anacoanda. Good service but with wine it will be $250+ for 2 people easy. Also, skip going to the Ocean Club West. They are inbetween two buildings that are being constructed and it is a mess. We went for breakfast and it was less than a one star. You self serve your own morning coffee in a styrofoam cup, ala Chevron station. If you are a fisherman, dont even venture in for Blue Marlin till July. Certainly dont spend $1,000 now that you know better!! Overall, the Island is not lush, green and tropical...it is arid, dry and dusty with VERY poor roads. The water is beautiful but no nicer than other Caribbean Island that dont cost as much and look attractive. Do you have unlimited $$$$ to spend? Then go to Provo. If you are not a diver and just want to enjoy your beach and sun along with a few cocktails, consider somewhere else. It is $50+ dollars for a bottle of California wine and $12.00 for a 6 pack of Bud. Nice Rum cocktails = $8.00 each. We have been all over the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico and were dissapointed in the overall conditions of the Province.
Great condo resort on Grace Bay
Friends who frequent Turks recommended looking into this place and it was great. We found the rooms to be very reasonable for what you get on Grace Bay. Nice to have a fridge and washer/dryer in the rooms. The beach is pristine and water is perfect. Only complaint I have is that RWI is located directly next door to Club Med which plays annoying dance music all night long starting about 7:00pm. Other advice = rent a car and drive to Long Bay Beach and also the NW Point...these beaches are prettier than Grace Bay and you usually have them all to yourself. Enjoy!
We stayed at the rwi from may23-29th, the place was great. Raining like cats and dogs but cleared up within a day, however after the rain beware of the sand fleas at the beach I was eaten alive. Very relaxing trip, stayed at the beach mostly, went to the conch farm...interesting and did a 1/2 day beach cruise with J&B Tours which we liked very much. Food is expensive but not that bad we ate out every night, Sharkbite, Tiki Hut, Mango Reef, All very good. You Must rent a Car and go to Bugaloos for lunch it is a little shack on the beach with about 4 tables but the conch is outstanding, we ordered the cracked conch and conch fritters and the portions were huge and delicious. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation this is it. No night life the RWI is very clean and the grounds are beautiful. Walked to other hotels and this was definitely one of the best, and we never heard anything from Club Med next door. I guess it depends which building you are in. Only Drawback we had was that my son left his backpack with his books and homework in the transport car from the airport and apparently the driver is also the town bus driver so needless to say someone must have thought that they found something valuable and took it and was never returned. The people there are very slow and response time to inquiries could be days.