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The Sands Kicks-Off 25th Anniversary Year of Celebration with Resort-wide Renovations

The Sands at Grace Bay is announcing its 25th Anniversary Year of Celebration themed: Sparkling Sands, Shimmering Seas: 25 Years of The Sands, an Icon in Paradise – Now Better Than Ever! The celebration is being kicked-off with the unveiling of the resort’s extensive renovations that include a completely reimagined lobby and resort-wide refresh.

Dr. Stan Hartling, CEO of Hartling Group, expressed his enthusiasm stating, “We are delighted to inaugurate a year-long celebration marking the 25th Anniversary of The Sands at Grace Bay and extend our gratitude to our award-winning staff, as well as the champions and supporters who have been integral to our success over the past quarter-century. As we near completion of a major renovation to commemorate The Sands’ 25th Anniversary, this hidden gem and historical icon shines even brighter after 25 years of dedicated service to TCI.”

Preserving the inherent charm and elegance that defines the resort, The Sands’ renovation introduces enhancements across every facet of the guest experience, infusing modern amenities and stylish accents that captivate the senses. The newly reimagined open-air lobby welcomes guests into a contemporary ambiance, while meticulously refreshed guest suites boast updated furnishings and finishes, artfully adorned with decorative touches in cool blue tones and topped-off with crisp white linens. Beyond the chic room redesigns, the sleek new bathrooms feature oversized walk-in showers and frameless glass doors with rain-style shower heads, seamlessly blending coastal aesthetics with indoor luxury to provide an indulgent experience for guests.

Dr. Stan Hartling remarked, “This milestone celebrates the visionary inception and the pivotal role that The Sands played in the success we now witness in the Turks and Caicos Islands tourism industry.” Today, The Sands, The Palms, and The Shore Club collectively stand as a testament to the group’s stellar commitment, and the development of The Sands acting as the driving force to nearly $500,000,000 in Hartling Groups’ current value investment on the island. These properties not only redefine luxury living but also serve as significant employers, providing jobs for over 800 people in TCI.

#SandsationalSands25 Contest Kick-off
As part of the kick-off celebration for The Sands at Grace Bay’s 25th Anniversary, everyone is invited to participate in the #SandsationalSands25 contest! Past and present guests are encouraged to share their fondest memories at this iconic resort in a creative short photo story or video with a 25th-anniversary twist for a chance to win a 3-night getaway package to experience the magic of The Sands once again. Contest details can be viewed online at:

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ALS Sufferer Douglas Shares Thank you Message for Auction and Fundraising Efforts

Last month, the Sands at Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos hosted a charitable fundraising auction where you all had the opportunity to bid on a One-week stay in a Three-bedroom Ocean Front Suite at our award-winning Grace Bay Beach resort to benefit an ALS sufferer. We are thrilled to share that the effort was a resounding success!

Less than two years ago, a man named Douglas was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). This fundraiser in his name helped the family with costs for medical equipment and raised the funds for an “eyegaze computer,” a device that now enables Douglas to continue to communicate with his family even though his voice fails him.

All proceeds went directly to the family for purchase of the eyegaze computer and the special computer will subsequently be donated to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia for other patients.

Douglas and his family wish to thank all who participated in the auction as well as those who donated to the Go Fund Me page created for the effort.

Click to see the message from Douglas and thank you again to all who participated!