It’s gotta’ be all about the beach.
Such was the overwhelming feeling I had upon accepting an invitation last summer to experience Ocean Club Resort, one of two Ocean Club properties (the other is called Ocean Club West), both of them nestled along what to me is the choicest swath of famed Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
I’d heard of Ocean Club Resorts before, of course, though I couldn’t say that anything super-distinctive about them ever stood out in my mind. A good 21 hotels line Grace Bay’s shores. Many are virtually synonymous with luxury. Some cater almost exclusively to families. Others are all about the party.
Ocean Club, I thought, must surely be solely about the beach, right?
Answer: yes… and no.
I mean, Ocean Club’s corner of Grace Bay is particularly stunning; as wide an expanse of sugar-white sand fronting a hotel as you’ll find here…
Ocean Club’s beach is also optimally angled to the northwest, making for some rather amazing sunsets.
The far eastern border of Grace Bay is just a short walk from Ocean Club. There’s not much over there except more amazing beach that you can generally enjoy all to yourself…
Okay, but enough about the beach. What else makes Ocean Club special?
At 1,200 square feet in size, the one-bedroom suite I called home at Ocean Club offered a lot more than I bargained for. Full kitchen with bar, 1.5 baths, its own washer/dryer, an expansive screened-in porch, and enough room to host a pretty nice sized party made this one guest room I never wanted to leave.
There are six total room categories at Ocean Club to choose from –– studio suite up to three-bedroom suites. All are outfitted in furniture and decor that is a mix of whimsy, West Indies chic, comfort, and TCI beachiness.
Ocean Club offers two choices for dining –– the casual Cabana Bar & Grille right along the sands of Grace Bay, and Opus, easily one of Provo’s finest restaurants. Beachy food options are about what you’d expect at Cabana Bar, with wings, flatbreads, fingers, and burgers all over the menu. (Don’t miss this loosey goosey beach drink favorite either.)
Opus takes things MUCH further, of course, though gastronomy just scratches the surface of what really makes Opus amazing to me. (More on that another day…)
Ocean Club isn’t some over-the-top ultra-luxury property of the type and variety you’ll find elsewhere along Grace Bay. Their resort staff, though, makes you feel like a million bucks, which I’d take any day over gold-plated anything’s elsewhere.
For more on Ocean Club Resorts, visit them online here.