There are three basic types of accommodations offered on Providenciales: Resorts and hotels, all-inclusive resorts, and rental villas and guesthouses.
The traditional hotel and resort is the most popular option on the island. Resorts tend to be found in the best locations, and complimentary usage of non-powered water sport equipment such as Hobie-Cat sailboats, kayaks and paddle boards is often included for guests.
Many of the larger hotels and all-inclusive resorts also feature a spa, multiple swimming pools, restaurants and bars. In addition, many hotels and resorts include a gym or fitness center, although the amenities offered vary greatly. A few of the Grace Bay resorts include package deals including tee time at the Provo Golf Club.
Most resorts do not offer a shuttle from the airport, and the majority of guests without a rental car typically take a taxi. Taxis are generally readily available, even during peak times when there may quite a few flights arriving.
If you want to simply relax and not have to worry about transport, finding out where to dine, and what to do, an all-inclusive resort may be the best choice for your stay. There are three such resorts on Providenciales, each with different price ranges.
Villas typically offer more privacy and space than resorts do, and per-person rates can be better for larger groups. Some of the boutique villas are located at perfect spots for water sports and outdoor activities such as snorkeling ( Smith's Reef and Turtle Cove), and kayaking and paddle boarding ( Leeward Channel and Chalk Sound). Many of the vacation rentals are fully equipped with a pool, full kitchen, laundry facilities, and BBQ grill.
The expansive Beaches Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort can be a great choice for those visiting with children as the site features an impressive collection of activities and attractions, including a water park, several pools, water sports amenities, a kid’s camp, and Sesame Street themed entertainment.
There are several inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos, and each offers a unique aspect and atmosphere.
If you’d like a more laid-back or Old Caribbean experience, are interested in historical and natural attractions, or like to hike, one of our other islands may be a better destination for you than Providenciales.
Parrot Cay and Pine Cay, two private islands found near Providenciales, each feature a single exclusive resort and a small yet select collection of luxury rental villas. These two islands are popular with celebrities, and offer a laid-back and elegant ambiance.
You’ll often get the best rates by directly contacting the accommodation. You should definitely do a little research online beforehand so as to have an idea of the going rates, but if possible, talk to the accommodation’s manager. Booking reservations in this way can be a great deal for everyone. The lodging or villa doesn’t have to pay listing or third-party finder’s fees, and they’re often happy to pass some of the savings onto you.
Like many vacation destinations, the Turks and Caicos experiences high and low seasons throughout the year. Rates during the winter months and around holidays can be as much as 25% to 60% higher than in the fall or late summer.
Accommodation in the Turks and Caicos and in the Caribbean in general tends to be more expensive than what equivalent-quality rooms in the United States typically cost. Prices per night range from around $150 to over $1000 for many hotels and resorts. Private villas are generally rented by the week (negotiable), and range from $1200 to well over $100,000. Many villas feature multiple bedrooms, and may offer a better rate per bed than other accommodations for groups and families. As nearly all tourism development in Providenciales is modern, rooms are generally quite spacious.
When booking, be aware that there is a 12% Government accommodation tax on top of all rates, and there may be additional charges. This is sometimes stated as being included in the price, and hotel rates on sites such as Booking.com include this. However, prices quoted on villas sites typically exclude this tax.
Beach front resorts and villas command premium pricing. You’re typically able to save quite a bit if you’re willing to drive or walk a short distance to the ocean.