The Beach House will be on my short list the next time I travel to Providenciales.

Overall Impression One of my fondest memories of a recent visit to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands of the British West Indies is of long leisurely walks on the seemingly endless beach. From the Beach House in the Bight, an intimate 21 suite property with luxury amenities where I stayed, I could head east or west. My favorite time to walk was in the early morning as the sun was peeking out of the horizon. Because heading east meant facing away from the sun on the return to the hotel when the sun was brightest that was my first choice. Stormy weather arrived the day after I did, closing the beach for part of my stay. Despite the strong winds walking on the beach was still pleasant. The waves pounded the shore and the breeze pulled my hair away from my face while I made my way on the powdery sand, which was intensely white against the striking turquoise water. Along the way I watched the many hotels and occasionally small houses that peppered the beach and the early risers jogging and staking out their corner of beach for the day.

On my return, if the water was calm I went for a dip before heading to breakfast at the hotel restaurant, tucked between the pool and two of the property’s small buildings. I liked the restaurant’s open air setting and casual ambiance. When the sun became too hot and when the stormy weather arrived I took refuge in my spacious and comfortable two-bedroom suite with a side view of the pool in the foreground and the ocean in the far background.

The peaceful pretty beach was my favorite feature at the Beach House. I especially appreciated that there was a designated area on the beach with cushioned comfortable wood lounge chairs and an umbrella for my suite. I found it, one row removed from the shore, by searching for the wood stake with my suite name, Beachy, in the sand behind it. I also liked the intimate ambiance, relative quiet of the property location (compared to the building cluttered beach further east on Grace Bay), its lovingly tended gardens, tasty food (especially the chef’s tasting menu for dinner), and luxury amenities. The Beach House will be on my short list the next time I travel to Providenciales.

Children The property welcomed children of all ages. During my visit I counted 12 or more children, some young enough to wear diapers and need a highchair.

Class of Accommodation Boutique Resort

Connectivity There was complimentary high speed WiFi. On the first night, the speed was good enough to connect my VPN. On the second night, the connection was too slow for Skype, and on the third night the connection dropped all together.

General Manager Vianel Filpo

Handicapped Access No

Length of Stay Three nights

Location In the Bight next to Grace Bay

Owned and Managed Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited, a British Virgin Islands company registered at Craigmuir Chambers, Road Town, Tortola.

Pets Allowed No

Size The two acre property had 21 suites spread into a two story and a three story building and employed 50 staff.

Year Opened-Renovated A spokesperson estimated the hotel first opened in 2004. The most recent phased renovation began in 2012 and continued into 2015.

Lobby and Common Areas The hotel was designed to have a “Hamptons meets the Caribbean” decorative style. Dress was casual.

Bathroom My suite had two bathrooms, an en suite master and a hallway bathroom for the second bedroom. The master suite had a plastic bathtub and a shower curtain. I especially liked the doorless shower in the hallway bathroom.

Room Beachy, my two bedroom suite, was located on the top floor of a two story building adjacent from reception and next to the property parking lot. To reach it I walked on a paved path from the reception building to the first building, and up a flight of stairs. The outside door led directly to an open kitchen with an island in the middle. It had full size KitchenAid stainless steel refrigerator freezer, double sink, and KitchenAid Microwave oven as well as white wood cabinets, white tile counter tops and three cushioned rattan bar stools at the island. On the kitchen counter there were four glasses on top of coasters and a glass vase with a flower simple arrangement.

To the right of the kitchen there was a rattan dining room set with a round glass top table and four cushioned armchairs. To the right of the sitting area, there was a sectional carpet, cloth loveseat, gray rattan blue armless chair and two matching stools facing a cabinet on top of which stood a remote controlled flat screen LG television.

The suite was decorated in a casual contemporary style. The words “Where the rooms have no numbers” appeared on the bathroom walls and balcony cushions. It had central air conditioning, off white floor tile, high ceilings, white gauze curtains over most of the windows, partial ocean views from the interior and covered balcony and a partial pool view. There were minor signs of wear such as a stain on the upholstery, and rust on the vanity mirror in the master bathroom. In the master bedroom there were privacy blinds as well. The walls are painted pale blue. The temperature in the apartment was 78 degrees Fahrenheit most of the time. There were ceiling fans in the kitchen, living, and dining areas, and in each of the two bedrooms. Framed glass covered reproductions hung on the walls in the living room and dining room.

From the living room a small hallway led to the master bedroom with an en suite bathroom, a hallway bathroom and second bedroom with two single beds with a shared night table in the middle. The master bedroom, on the left, had a king bed, framed between identical night tables with lamps. The bed was cushy and comfortable with a medium firmness. It had for four synthetic pillows. There was a luggage stand and hanging and shelf space in the closet. For additional drawer space there was a dresser in the corner. The second bedroom was furnished with two twin beds, pale blue cloth futon, dresser with a Precision flatscreen tv, and upright light.

At different times of the day, from early in the morning into the evening I could hear a variety of loud sounds when sitting in my balcony. Some of the sounds could be heard in the master suite. They included mechanical noises, staff screaming, guest conversation from the pool area and music from the restaurant. Sounds carried within my building so that inside my suite I could sometimes hear guests knocking on or slamming doors or moving tables, entering their suites or speaking within neighboring suites.

Food and Restaurants Meals were available at set times. For breakfast there were two main options, a la carte and buffet. The buffet offered fruit and yogurt cups, sliced deli meats and cheeses, a variety of breads and sweet pastries, fruit salad, and a fruit bowl with several kinds of fruit including oranges, pears, kiwi, apples and bananas. I opted for the Salmon Bagel made with applewood smoked salmon, cream cheese, lemon zest, tartar sauce, and caper on a toasted bagel with a small arugula side salad. It was satisfying, if a touch salty for my taste. I especially liked the side salad. Weather permitting, lunch was available at the restaurant and beach side in a shaded dining area adjacent to the beach bar. I especially liked the fresh whole snapper dish served at lunch with yummy vegetables.

Cristian Rebelledo, executive chef, focused on “gourmet food without pretension” and offered a seven course tasting menu. Rebby Bucking was the assistant chef and Mayra Reyes was in charge of the wine selection. The night I dined there his seven course tasting menu (without hot spices at my request) consisted of: Veggie pickle cebiche and mushrooms served with 2014 Danzante pinot grigio from Italy, Tuna tartare with sesame seed lemsay (a favorite) dressing served with Matua non vintage pinot noir from New Zealand, Beef carpaccio served with 2013 Byron pinot noir from California, Conch chowder (a favorite) served with 2013 Muga Rioja from Spain, Sea bass Coin textures and veggies served with 2013 JJ Vincent Bourgne Blanc from France, Zen-Noh Waguy in dark sauce with veggies and figs servedwith a 2014 Josh cellar cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley (USA), and Chocolate Fantasy served with a non vintage Deviation late harvest from California (not a favorite).

Amenities There were H2O Canadian toiletries such as 30 gram facial bar, 50 gram Black Sand Bath Bar, 37 milliliter plastic bottles of Sea Moss body lotion, Sea Marine shampoo and Sea Marine conditioner, and Sea Salt body wash. There were also mending kit, tissue, cotton swabs, vanity mirror, branded cotton bathrobes, and electronic safe. At turn down there were bite size sweet nibbles on two nights and a property postcard on another. In the kitchen, there were complimentary paper towels, a handful of organic tea bags from Allegro a Colorado company, house brand individual size plastic bottles of water and coffee. There was also a pitcher of tap water with sliced oranges in the refrigerator and individual size containers of coffee creamer. In a closet next to the kitchen there was an iron and an ironing board.

There was an ample supply of bright orange beach towels, complimentary use of pedal bikes and helmets, non motorized water sports equipment, and designated beach “pods” for each suite.

Beach The property faced a narrow stretch of pretty beach. It had comfortable sturdy wood lounge chairs with cushions and umbrellas, one set or pod per suite. There was a plentiful supply of towels. Buoys marked the unguarded beach. Once during my stay was there a staff person at the beach available to assist with the beach furniture or non motorized amenities including snorkel gear and fins. In the afternoon there was no shade anywhere within my pod, which had two lounge chairs and an umbrella. Because of the fixed location of the umbrella it was not possible to adjust it to provide shade to the adjacent lounge chairs. The lack of shade under the cloudless sky and burning sun made it difficult to enjoy the beach for more than a few minutes. For about half the time I was there the beach was unusable and not staffed due to choppy waters and gusty winds topping 20 miles per hour.

Facilities There was an outdoor swimming pool, Kitchen218 restaurant with service on the beach deck, Elevate Spa (a single treatment room), a fitness room, and a small room for cooking classes and meetings.

Fitness Center and Spa The workout room and spa rooms were adjacent. The workout room was open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It had a bathroom, free weights, and three electronic machines. The spa room had a treatment table and a manicure set up.

Pool Adjacent to the restaurant, there was a free form 40 feet by 20 feet infinity pool with an average depth of four feet. There were wood lounge chairs with umbrellas and cushions identical to the ones on the beach and additional plastic beach chairs. There was a plentiful supply of towels.

Other The property participated in an Earth Saver Program that offered guests the option to have their linen washed every third night instead of nightly, according to a card left on my bed.

Cleanliness Very Good

Date of Review April 2016


Photos and Article by Elena del Valle

Service The rooms were serviced twice daily. Most of the staff I met, with the exception of the beach personnel, were friendly and service oriented, starting with Hendrika at the reception desk when I arrived. Later Jessica and Maradonna also at the front desk, Andrea at breakfast and in the beach area shack, Dorothy and Francisco at the restaurant were pleasant and helpful. Charlie, one of the groundskeepers, went out of his way to answer a question I had asked one of his colleagues.

Would You Stay There Again? Yes

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