Coral Gardens Providenciales Reviews
Beautiful escape convenient to snorkeling May 07, 2010
My husband and I have stayed at Coral Gardens twice (and we love to travel to different places, so you know it must be good!).
Excellent location - quiet, away from the touristy areas and large crowds, and DIRECTLY in front of a large coral reef area. You can literally walk into the water and a few feet away is the beginnings of the reef - one of the most famous ones on the island! A short (5-10 min) taxi ride or drive to the IGA supermarket and "downtown" type area with plenty of restaurants.
Beach chairs and tiki umbrellas reserved JUST for Coral Gardens guests - always enough to go around! Perfect place to relax on the beach without making your beach towel all sandy (you only get one per person per day - although I'm sure if you asked for another they'd assist you).
Full kitchen - great for preparing your own (inexpensive) meals if you wish!
On-site beachfront bar and restaurant - A separately owned place called "Somewhere", which offers tex-mex food with a little variety, RIGHT on the beach. We loved the upstairs bar area and ate there almost every night. Live music (local artists) some nights!
Service: great, friendly reception from one of the property managers, who will personally show you to your suite and explain how to use the safe and the local cell phone with which they provide you. We also received a complimentary bottle of wine for our anniversary!
Free in-room Wi-fi! - everybody loves that!
Proximity to Turtle Cove - just a few minute's drive away, in the opposite direction of town - another great reef location. Highly recommended!
Construction next door - the building that WAS being built in the "boom" has come completely to a halt and is now an open concrete structure. Very visible from the 1 bedroom oceanfront suites, but it's off to the side so you don't have to pay attention to it. Still, we feel it detracts from the experience a little.
Self-catering - this COULD be an issue if you prefer room service; however, we love to go at our own pace and not to be bothered.
No other cons! We love this place!
Summary: Very highly recommended! I suggest you rent a car - the roads are easy to navigate, even on the "wrong" side of the road, and if you're splitting the cost with others it will certainly be cheaper than taxi fares (they typically charge per person instead of per trip).
Part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, May 2010 travel blog
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