We stayed at Coral Gardens April 24-28,2013. It was our first time to Provo. We visited many other hotels to eat and realized that Coral Gardens is the best value on Provo. The management was excellent and very professional. No one uses the pool probably because the beach is a few steps from your room. We snorkeled in front of the hotel everyday we were there, saw a small nurse shark, eagle ray, and a sea turtle. The water and reef in front of Coral Gardens is the best anywhere on Grace Bay. The food at Somewhere Cafe is okay, it is what it is. Bartenders and wait staff are very nice. The staff is constantly painting and cleaning and everyone is pleasant. The rooms are huge and have full kitchen, we ended up buying some groceries and eating breakfast and lunch in our room, saved some money. One of the best things about this place is how few people are on the beach especially when you walk and view other hotels and see the crowds. Many people come from other hotels just snorkel in front of Coral Gardens, why not just stay at Coral Gardens. No problem booking with Cheap Caribbean, got exactly what we booked. I recommend renting a car, driving on the left is not a big deal and you can do some exploration. We will definitely return to Provo and Coral Gardens.
We have been to many islands but this was our first trip to Caicos. We stayed at Coral Gardens on Grace Bay. We have found our new home......the atmosphere and staff were amazing. We will definitely be back. The grounds are well kept....they had some renovation on the outside happening but it was not distracting to our time on the beach. The hotel size is smaller which is what we like. The manager Raoul, assistant manager Matthew, and Louis we awesome and helped us with planning things we wanted to do as well as dinners for what we were looking for. The maid staff were great and Jerome on the beach was our buddy. Thank you for an amazing time and we will definitely be back!
Coral Gardens was nice. And the staff was extremely helpful. In booking the trip, it's not clear that this is not a resort, so there is no breakfast, room service, stocked min-fridge, bottled water in the room, coffee, etc. Basically you are staying in someone's condo that is being rented out. There is one restaurant on site - Somewhere Cafe, which is very good. But it's pricey. Breakfast every day - at least $60-70 for two(mean, coffee, and 2 mimosas each). So you'll need to rent a car to eat elsewhere.
Resort is right on beach. Friendly and helpful staff. One restaurant on site, small island very easy to explore. Pool is small didn't use as was there for the beach. If want excursions, they pick you up on the beach right out front. The water was warm, calm and clear. Thursday night Fish Fry is a must and a lovely 15 minute walk down the beach. Pros: best snorkeling location, not crowded Cons: if you want lots of restaurants and shopping stay at the other end of Grace Bay.
had a great time hotel a little older than we thought but the rooms were spotless the staff was great very helpful the water was beautiful prices were very high just like any island but dont let that scare you wounderful place would do it again and again
This trip was our first to TCI, and will likely return. Coral Gardens is accurately described in the CC.com ad. Since we planned the trip with a lower budget, we chose a non-ocean view room. The garden room was clean but a bit tight for my wife and I to bypass each other in the sleeping area. The room was comfortable and the daily maid service was exceptional and quite friendly and always positive. The on-site Somewhere restaurant offers delicious and generous helpings of food - and tasty drinks too. The upper dinning area is open to the breezes and offers a great view of the water. The prices are reasonable considering the location. The highlight of Coral Gardens is the coral reef just a few steps directly in front of the property. We snorkeled for hours each day. We planned on doing a few excursions, but the quality snorkeling at that reef was tough to walk away from. We swam with rays, eels, turtles, dozens of species of vibrantly colored fish, and even a few barracuda. A highlight each morning was our greeting by the beach and pool manager, Gerome. Gerome always had a smile and a fun story to share. A honest and caring person always had an answer and tips that enhanced our experience on the beach and reef.
This was our seventh trip to Coral Gardens over the last 10 years. As always it met our needs extremely well. This time the very amply sized ocean facing room (with a balcony - gorgeous at sunset and a kitchen area) we were staying in had one or two minor issues since it was newly added to the ownership used by Cheap Caribbean (there are two offices and two sets of owners), but Matthew, the Managing Director and his team were excellent in their customer service to resolve them - or find a workaround - easily and effectively. One of the good things is that the ugly empty building next door has been torn down in the two years since we were last there, and that gives an open space on the left (from the shore). The beach is as gorgeous as ever and for us the greatest benefit is snorkeling on the reef directly offshore. We have noticed that Grace Bay is no longer as undiscovered as when we first started visiting, even in the off season (perhaps then also due to the recession), and we wince at the lack of care some swimmers take with ensuring they don't damage the reef, which has definitely deteriorated over that time. That said, we still swam with a turtle twice, and saw all the usual amazing fish that we have seen in the past (as well as the resident but very benign - so far - barracuda). The beach is also suitable for small children as it is very calm water. If you are visiting for the first time, our recommendation is to rent a car for the week, as this allows for a lot of choice in restaurants and to visit other parts of the island. We also cooked from time to time, since meals are not cheap here for the most part, although places just down the road in Turtle Cove like Sharkbite are great for casual dining. The management of Coral Gardens can arrange the rental as well as day trips - which we tried for the first time, and loved the half day trip which included snorkeling on a different area of the barrier reef, visiting the Iguana Island (which had amazing sea life as well) and trying conch salad. All in all it was a great half day out. Others in the resort had gone diving and were rhapsodizing about swimming with a school of dolphins, so that would be amazing for those who dive.