More about Sibonne Beach Hotel
Really great food and drink!
Bay Bistro is located right on the beach at Sibonne Beach Hotel. We stayed there so we ate breakfast and dinner at Bay Bistro a few times and it was always great. Breakfast is kind of standard, eggs/bacon/toast but they have brunch specials Sat/Sun for $14 including a cocktail. Dinner was really excellent. They have a small menu but a good one: a few fresh local fish dishes, a few steak choices, chicken, pork, vegetarian choices as well. Nice salads and starters. The grilled grouper was awesome. Everything we ate there was great, not cheap (nothing on the island is cheap) but certainly not the most expensive place on Provo. Service was fast and friendly. The chef and owner were always around, which is really nice considering most of the island is made up of corporate entities and you have no idea who is running the place.
Fresh fish delivered right off the boat into the restaurant in the afternoons!
Junior's Bar, the best bar and bartender in Provo! Stop by during the day for a huge, delicious rum cocktail and a friendly face!
Highly recommended, even if you are not staying there!
During full moons they have a pig roast on the beach! I am really sad i missed this!
Best deal in thr Caribean
My wife and I just returned from a weeks stay (4/10 - 4/16/05) at TCI, it was our second trip there ( each for our anniversery, 42 years this time) and just like the first, it was a great trip. Last year we stayed at an all-inclusive hotel and this year at the Sibonne. The first thing you need to know about this island is that you are going for the beach and the water and it is the best in the world. If you want boardwalks and amusement rides this is not the place to go, there is none on that on the island. Once you understand that no matter where you stay it is the same beach and same water for all the hotels and you have access to all the same restaurants (and unless money is no object or you want some place to entertaine your kids for you) what you need in a hotel is that it is clean, pleasant, everything works, and its location is right. Since Sibonne is the oldest hotel, it had first pick for location and at $155.00 a night, why would you want to pay thousands of dollars a night for the same beach and water. I am afraid that all those high dollar condos are going to end up buying out a great little place (27 rooms) like Sibonne and all that will be left is the $1000.00 a night places or the 1 to 3 million dollar condos. As far as food goes, it is expensive anywhere on the island as it all has to be imported but the Bay Bistro at the Sibonne and its sister restaurant "Aqua's" at the marina had some very good food so did all of the other places we ate at. Just be prepaired to spend about $200.00 a day for two. This may sound high for just food but compaired to my stay last year where all food was including in the hotel charges I spent $300.00 less this year than last.
Get what you pay for
January 2005. The hotel is very simple. Rooms are clean and satisfactory. Towels in the room are thin and small. You get one beach tower for your stay (can swap as many times as you want for a clean one). There is limited service (front desk will call you a taxi). The pool is not really a pool. The chairs on the beach are just as nice as any of the hotel's beach chairs. There are two very nice hammocks to swing. The restuarant at the hotel is good and fairly priced for the island. The free breakfast you get from your room is toast, coffee and OJ. The Bar is the best part, great drinks and great bar tender.
Location of the hotel is just fine. There is so much construction on the island. Basicly the cove that all the hotels are on can be walked one end to the other in 30-40 mins (end to end). Every inch of water front has construction on it, either hotel or condo. There is also a inland mini town being build which looks great (with shopping and restuarants). This mini town is right behind the hotel (my guess it will be completed mid 2006).
net net the hotel is just fine, it is much cheaper than other hotels and you get what you pay for.
The Sibonne is intimate and right on the beach!
We had a fantiastic 6-day stay at the Sibonne in January. We loved our little balcony (ocean-view room) and the proximity to the beach (much closer than any of the other huge resorts along Grace Bay). Rooms were clean and well-kept with in-room safes. The restaurant had a delicious coconut crusted-conch in curry sauce and the view from the deck (right on the beach) was wonderful. The only downsides were the tiny pool (not much of a downside considering the ocean is RIGHT THERE), the short walk to any kind of convenience store (at the Sands resort next door), and the threadbare beach towels provided by the hotel (just bring one from home). The continental breakfast is very spare (toast, a little fruit, coffee and juice) but you can order add-ons from the regular menu if you require something heartier in the morning. Location was great--it's down the beach form the larger resorts so it doesn't get very crowded, but it's still close enough to walk to a large resort should you want to rent snorkel gear or eat at a different restaurant (Hemingway's at the Sands and Orchid Bar & Grill next door were fabulous!). A beautiful, intimate, well-kept hotel. We would definitely stay there again!
Dishes/drinks we enjoyed during our stay (all walking distance to Sibonne):
Hemingway's on the Beach: Chicken Curry, Grouper tacos, Grilled grouper
Orchid Bar & Grill: Cracked Conch, Passionfruit daiquiri
Bonnie's Bar & Grill: Cracked Conch, Conch Creole
Bay Bistro (at Sibonne): Coconut-crusted Conch, Bistro Sunrise cocktail
A Good Time In Turks And Caicos (4/19-4/26/05)
We were in Providenciales between 4/19 and 4/26- our second visit, the first being in 1999. We came back because we had good memories from our previous visit.
We stayed at the Sibonne, a good hotel that we would go back to. The bad things- a very tiny pool that is impossible to swim in and a rude front-desk person.
We rented a car at Hertz- $735 for a 4 Wh Dr Chevy Tracker per week with insurance. Not very helpful employees (mainly uncommunicative). You really need a car there if only for a few days to get to all of the out-of-the way places. Except for the main Leeward Highway, most of the roads are very bad. I can’t imagine a car lasting very long there. Gas was $4.00 a gal, but at a Shell Station near the IGA, I paid $4.70. I don’t know why, maybe it was a higher grade. It was hard to tell, but the attendant here was very rude. By the way, only one gas station takes credit cards, the Texaco near the Grace Bay Road.
Everything there was fairly expensive compared to the U.S.- $2.99 for a loaf of bread, $9.00 for a six pack of Turks Head beer, $5.00 for a Sunday Miami paper, etc. The IGA store seems to have the most expensive liquor on the island. The Cost Right at the Turtle Cove turnoff has good prices on liquor, but doesn’t stock local rums. If you’re taking liquor home, buy at the duty-free shop at the airport- $10.00 for a liter of Cave Rum.
It rained very hard for a few days while we were there with flash flooding on the roads and highways. In fact, one of the boat owners said a tornado touched down on the water. This was ironic since we’re from Kansas and tornados are common.
We explored one day and went to Malcolm’s Beach, the Northwest Point, and Wiley’s Point. Very beautiful, secluded beaches with absolutely no one around. Very bad roads to these places, though, with few guiding signs. I felt like I had kidney damage after a few hours on these roads.
We went on the semi-submersible submarine one day. It’s a good value for your money- $40 for an hour. Good if you have kids.
Grace Bay Beach was beautiful- one of the best beaches I’ve ever been to. Not crowded at all.
We took a trip to Grand Turk one day on a Sky King tour ($149 apiece). The island was extremely picturesque with old and historical buildings- great pictures. We also saw much poverty, lots of trash, miles of scrub brush, Salinas, wild donkeys, and horses. This seems to be an up and coming place to build houses.
We went to many good restaurants:
Tiki Hut- We went here two times. One nice waitress and one surly. Nice location and good food at decent prices.
Sharkbite Bar And Grill- Good place to watch sunsets. Good food that’s mid-priced. A somewhat surly waitress. Lots of families here. Get a cool T-shirt.
Calico Jacks- Good food and friendly waitresses.
21 North- Good food. No live jazz as advertised.
Hemmingways- great view, good food, nice atmosphere, live jazz on Thursday nights. One of our favorites.
Bella Luna- Expensive ($130 for two), good food, and nice atmosphere. Another one of our favorites.
Bay Bistro- Very good food, expensive, and nice atmosphere. The waitresses were unfriendly at breakfast, but better in the evening. Junior at the bar is very friendly and the drinks are good.
Hey Jose- OK Mexican food. Everybody was friendly here.
Bugaloos- Fun and fairly inexpensive.
Banana Boat- Ok food. We had a rude waitress who went next door for a quick hair appointment while we were eating our food.
Danny Buoys- The dining room was closed Sunday at noon, but quite a few people were drinking in the bar. We left and went somewhere else.
All in all, a good trip, just a little more expensive than in 1999
Just returned last night from a week's stay at Sibonne. Went with another couple, good friends who we have travelled and sailed the Caribbean with for 15 years. This was our first visit to TCI and we were very impressed. First, Sibonne was unique amid the large million dollar villa construction going on. We termed it old time (classic) Caribbean in its design and structure. We had 2 ocean view balcony rooms which were very spacious, especially since we each had an extra room which had a second TV set (didn't matter to us since we don't turn on the TV during vacation), a selection of best seller books, and 2 settees and coffee table which we used each night for cocktails. The bathrooms were adequate, but tight (one person at a time unless one was in the large shower). Housekeeping services were very good. The funniest item of conversation among the guests was the thickness (or lack thereof) of the beach towels. One couple complained that there were holes in the towels, but we managed to avoid those.
The garden was beautiful and natural as opposed to the "grounds" at neighboring hotels. The round pool seemed odd at first, but the shape allowed a great circular current from the filter so one could be in motion without expending any energy.
The beach is the main attraction at Grace Bay and Sibonne was positioned perfectly. The sand is so white that the water is more clear than pool water. I have read other reviews about people claiming palapas to the exclusion of other guests, but there never seemed to be anyone "left out." The atmosphere was such that we could walk into the restaurant from the beach for breakfast or lunch in swimsuits and coverups and barefeet and be at ease.
I can say much more about the vacation, but this review is getting long. If we return to Turks and Caicos, we'll definitely stay at Sibonne.
Hotel Sibonne + Dive Provo = Happy divers!
Just returned from a 5-night dive package with Hotel Sibonne/Dive Provo.
The hotel's literature/website is a little tongue-in-cheek, but if you are looking for a clean, comfortable and cozy hotel right on the beach at Grace Bay, this is it. Sibonne is now unique amongst the million-dollar condo resorts/construction sites on Grace Bay and that is absolutely it's charm.
The staff don't fall over themselves to make you welcome, but they get the job done and were quietly courteous. Junior, the bartender at the onsite Bay Bistro, is another story as he is larger than life and will even serve your beer on his head (this has to be seen to be believed).
Even though the hotel provides great value for money, new towels wouldn't go amiss as ours were worn out. And the complimentary "Continental" breakfast which swung the deal for us, is a little disappointing as it's just 2 slices of toast and fruit.
Dive Provo are excellent. They are very professional and conscientious. Their boats are in tip-top condition and you never need to touch your dive gear again after you check in. They provide a complimentary pickup and drop-off service which is a nice touch since driving in Provo is a bit of a white-knuckle ride! We were able to opt against a car as a result of this service and were not sorry. A 2-tank boat dive takes pretty much all day, but there is plenty of food and drink on the boat so you won't go hungry or thirsty.
The local 'Gekko' bus takes you to all the restaurants/hotels along Grace Bay (you can also walk along the beach although that might be tricky after dark). Buy passes and tokens at the large hotels/resorts as you can't pay on the bus. We were disappointed that the Sibonne didn't sell them and we had to get ours from a neighbouring hotel (the Sands).
Good eats at Hemingways, 21 North, Mango Reef, Bay Bistro. It's not cheap, but it's the Caribbean and everything in Provo has to be imported.
Overall, Sibonne + Dive Provo makes for a happy trip.