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The Sands at Grace Bay Voted #1 Caribbean Resort in USA TODAY 10Best Awards

The Sands at Grace Bay is thrilled to announce that it has been voted #1 Caribbean Resort in the USA TODAY 10Best Top Ten Caribbean Resorts Awards as chosen by a panel of Caribbean travel experts and voted by readers as the best in the region.

Commenting on this preeminent award, The Sands’ General Manager Mona Beeson said, “This outstanding accolade naming The Sands as the 2023 Best Caribbean Resort is the direct result of a comprehensive and collective team effort across all areas of our resort. When we heard that we had been nominated we felt honored and now that we have been voted #1 Caribbean resort we are simply overjoyed and enthusiastic to express our gratitude! To add to this fabulous news, Hemingway’s Restaurant situated oceanfront here at The Sands was named Best Restaurant in the Caribbean, garnering the #1 spot on the list of Top Caribbean Restaurants. We look forward to celebrating all the year through and will continue striving for excellence in every aspect of our guests experience. 

Thank you to each and everyone who voted. The overwhelming response from our valued past guests and Sands’ fans is ultra-heartwarming and profusely appreciated. We graciously thank you for your support. It’s the perfect time to come for a visit and be part of the celebration!”

Click to read the USA TODAY 10Best “Best of the Caribbean for 2023” that shares the top winners in all categories. The Sands at Grace Bay is honored to be in such distinguished company.

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The Sands at Grace Bay Announces Renovations and Upgrades Seasonal Closure

During what is normally a slow time in the Caribbean islands, Hartling Group announced Monday morning that it will close The Sands at Grace Bay resort on September 1 through October 14 and will utilize this time for some additional renovations and upgrades to theThe Sands at Grace Bay 2020 popular Grace Bay Beach resort.

“Our decision to close was not an easy one, said Karen Whitt, VP of Sales & Marketing for Hartling Group, however Hartling Group operates three resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Sands at Grace Bay, The Palms and The Shore Club, and this does provide some options. It is noted that The Shore Club will remain open for business as usual, and The Palms will offer an extended “long-term stay,” option for persons wishing to visit for 14 or 30 days with limited services. More details of that promotion will be shared in another release.”

The resort is currently contacting guests with existing reservations at The Sands with options for their stay. Clients can also contact our reservations department at [email protected] or call toll-free 877-777-2637.

The Turks and Caicos Islands re-opened their borders on July 22, and visitors have been enjoying the usual low-density, high level service and amenities that the TCI has become famous for. The top priority of Hartling Group has been the health and well-being of our guests, employees, and the community. We look forward to resuming normal operations and welcoming visitors back to The Sands at Grace Bay on October 15th.

The sands at Grace Bay Hobie CatThe Sands at Grace Bay is situated on the world-renowned 12-mile crescent of powdery white sand known as Grace Bay Beach. The Sands at Grace Bay continue to gain acclaim showcased by the many awards and positive guest reviews that our resort and dedicated employees continue receiving, including “Best Family Resort” in The Caribbean Journal Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2019; “Guest Review Award;” and Family Vacation Critic once again named The Sands as a “2019 Family Favorite Hotel.” The resort is proud to carry the acclaim as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence property for the eighth year. Plus U.S. News & World Report has named The Sands as one of the 2019 “Best Hotels in the Turks and Caicos”– a commendation the resort has received since 2015.

This 114-room resort offers accommodations in junior suites and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet, all of which combine comfort-focused amenities and spectacular natural surroundings. Suites also come with fully equipped kitchens appointed with stainless appliances, dining and living room areas, private balconies, washer/dryers and more. The Sands at Grace Bay is the home of Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar – a legendary beach-side venue and local favorite. Spa treatments by Spa Tropique are also available by appointment.

For additional information or to book, visit – or call toll-free from the U.S. (877) 777-2637 or from Canada (800) 567-5327. Travel agents receive ten percent commissions for bookings made at The Sands at Grace Bay.


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Sharing Hartling Heartfelt Hospitatlity

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The Sands team members are committed to delivering a memorable welcome with their usual great smiles — but at least for a while, we will stop shaking hands, hugs, and kisses with this in mind the gesture of hands to our hearts is our way of welcoming you with Heartfelt Hartling Hospitality as we work together to keep Turks and Caicos Coronavirus free.



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Exclusive Sneak Peak…Multi-Million Dollar Resort and Restaurant Upgrades!

sands-reno-1We are thrilled to share the exciting news that a $4.5 million upgrade and refresh is well underway at the award-winning The Sands at Grace Bay resort and Hemingway’s restaurant!

Guests are sure to enjoy the transformation that will take place throughout the resort’s 114 studio and suite guest rooms. Led by interior designer Rose Kelly of Inter Décor, updates will include new furnishings evoking a casual-modern style and inspired modern-abstract artwork showcasing coastal Caribbean colors, plus custom-made patio furniture by Asmayda Furniture Group of Miami and a new luxury bedding collection designed by Atlantic Hospitality.picture5

Enriching the resort at virtually every turn, the refresh will include new patio furniture, drapes and sheers, sofa sleepers and arm chairs, bar stools, and new lighting in living room, dining room and kitchen areas of all suites and studios. Plus, furniture hand-crafters have been commissioned to update the property’s desks, tables, and dining room furnishings to complete the overall new look of the resort’s accommodations. Once completed, the resort’s studios and suites, will offer an even more luxurious appeal with all the comforts of home.

Hemingway’s restaurant is also cooking-up some tantalizing new treats! Guests can look forward to enjoying their favorite dishes at Hemingway’s and to trying out some inspired new recipes from Chef Alix that will be offered seasonally. Vast enhancements to the restaurant’s facilities and a kitchen expansion to support the ever-increasing popularity of Hemingway’s will have guests enjoying an even greater dining experience at this award-winning culinary destination.

We invite you to be part of the excitement this fall at The Sands situated along the 2016 TripAdvisor Voted World’s Best Beach – Grace Bay Beach.

Book now for fall to stay 3 nights and get the 4th night FREE and get ready to have an even more outstanding vacation with us!

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Planning a fun day trip to North Caicos from Providenciales

For guests of The Sands at Grace Bay looking to explore the nearby Turks & Caicos Islands for a fun day trip, Caribbean Cruisin’ conveniently offers daily ferry service from Providenciales to North Caicos and South Caicos Islands. The 25-minute ferry ride from Providenciales to North Caicos is offered several times throughout the day, every Monday through Sunday.

Three Mary's Cay, North Caicos
Three Mary’s Cay, North Caicos

Here are some fun things to do and attractions to see in North Caicos:

Things to do in North Caicos:

Snorkelers enjoy the shallow clear waters and various coral heads along the North shore. The beaches along the North shore are gently sloping and the waves are minimal as the shoreline is protected by the barrier reef, about 1 mile from the coast.

North Caicos is home to some of the following attractions:

  • Three Mary’s Cays Sanctuary – a breathtaking beach known for snorkeling and its serenity
  • Whitby Beach – a 7 mile stretch of white sand beach that is famous for its snorkeling
  • Protected nature reserves – home to West Indian Flamingos
  • Eco-Adventure tours – guided kayak, mountain bike and boat tours are a great way to explore this island

Click here for more information on North Caicos:

Click here for the North Caicos ferry schedule:


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Cool Caribbean Beach Gear For Your Next Turks & Caicos Trip recently featured a “Cool Caribbean Beach Gear For Your Spring Getaway” article highlighting some great beach gear product recommendations that we loved! Here are 3 products featured in the article that our guests may enjoy bringing to use during their stay at The Sands at Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos:

  1. Polk AudioSwimmer Duo – this Bluetooth speaker is perfect for hanging along one of our pool or beach chairs.  It has a dirt, shock and water proof case. You can also use it in your hotel room by attaching it to a mirror with the suction cup that comes included in your purchase. It charges quickly and the battery lasts up to 8 hours.

    Polk Audio
    Polk Audio
  2. Adidas Climacool Voyager  – These quick-drying, lightweight hiking shoes have a drainage system to help keep water out when you’re on wet trails. They would be great for strolls along our Grace Bay Beach as well as handy to take along on boat rides during your Turks & Caicos trip.

  3. Fivesse Beach Backpack – This beach bag is great for enjoying a day along our Grace Bay Beach, for biking around Providenciales or for bringing on a fun day excursion in the Turks & Caicos Islands. It has a water resistant interior, removable water-resistant bags for sunscreen or snacks, an outside towel holder, and plenty of pockets including one pocket for seashells!


    For more cool Caribbean beach travel gear products and recommendations, visit our resort Pinterest page at:

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#SandsSelfie Turks & Caicos Photo Contest Winner Announced!

Thanks to all our guests who participated in our March #SandsSelfie photos – the photos you submitted on our Facebook & Instagram pages were simply outstanding and we loved seeing all your smiling faces! The results of our March #SandsSelfie Turks & Caicos photo contest are finally in –  and we’re excited to announce the winning photo submission that will be awarded a gift certificate for a 3-Night Stay in a luxurious one-bedroom oceanview suite at The Sands:

Here’s the Winning #SandsSelfie photo that was posted onto our Facebook wall by Erin Katsman-Lesynski:

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This photo captures one of the many reasons why families continue to come stay with us at our top-rated Providenciales resort and why we were named a “2015 Family Favorite Hotel” by Family Vacation Critic. Not only are we situated on Provo’s world-famous Grace Bay Beach (recently named #1 beach in the world by TripAdvisor), but we offer a plethora of family friendly free amenities for guests to have even more fun under the sun during their Turks & Caicos trip including watersports equipment, snorkeling gear, bicycles, 3 swimming pools and more – in addition to offering affordable rates for spacious studio and suite accommodations that are complete with all the comforts of home.

Congratulations and thank you for sharing this terrific family photo with us, Erin!

We encourage all our guests to continue to share their #SandsSelfie photos with us through our resort’s Facebook PageInstagram and Pinterest pages. We now have convenient Sands at Grace Bay “Selfie frames” that you can use for even more photo taking fun – and the frames are also a great way to capture your incredible memories during your stay with us.

Still haven’t planned your summer vacation? We’re offering a 4th Night Free special offer for spring and summer travel beginning this May and it’s valid on ALL room categories – so hurry to book your summer stay for LESS! Contact us today or make your reservations online.



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Spring Into Summer Rates & Our 4th Night Free Deal!

Image Courtesy Visit TCI
Image Courtesy Visit TCI

Located on Providenciales’ Grace Bay Beach – recently named the World’s #1 Beach by TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards – The Sands at Grace Bay is tempting spring and summer travelers with its 4th Night Free offer and reduced low-season rates starting from only $195 per night. Named one of the, “Best Hotels in Turks & Caicos” for 2016 by the U.S. News & World Report, a “2015 Family Favorite Hotel” from Family Vacation Critic and a recipient of’s “2015 Couples Choice Award”, our resort is leading choice amongst travelers of all ages seeking an affordable yet luxurious stay in one of the Caribbean’s most sought after beach vacation destinations.

In addition to offering some of the most affordable rates along Provo’s world-famous Grace Bay Beach, guests also benefit from the following free resort amenities during their stay: complimentary use of watersports equipment – including kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkel gear and Hobie Cats; bicycles for island exploration; a Tuesday Manager’s cocktail party; three free-form swimming pools; a tennis/basketball court, and more.

Our reduced low-season rates that start from only $195 per night are available for travel beginning April 9th through December 23rd, 2016. The resort-wide 4th Night FREE Deal is valid for new bookings of three nights or more, for travel between May 1st through December 23rd. The free night is not transferable or redeemable for cash, and is not applicable for groups. More resort information may be found online at – or by calling toll-free from the U.S. (877) 777-2637 or from Canada (800) 567-5327. Travel agents receive a ten percent commission for all bookings made at The Sands at Grace Bay.

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Enter Our March #SandsSelfie Contest For A Chance To Win A 3-Night Resort Stay At The Sands at Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay is kicking off another #SandsSelfie social media contest for the month of March – where both current and past guests who post a resort “selfie” photo onto the resort’s Facebook or Instagram pages, will be entered to win a future 3-night stay in a luxurious one-bedroom Oceanview suite.

The contest encourages guests to share fun and memorable selfie photos of their Turks & Caicos trip and stay at The Sands at Grace Bay, located on Grace Bay Beach – recently named the World’s #1 Beach by TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards. In addition to our world-famous beach destination – our resort has also been named one of the, “Best Hotels in Turks & Caicos” for 2016 by the U.S. News & World Report and received a Couples Choice Award from the popular wedding planning site

The steps to enter our SandsSelfie contest are simple:

1) guests take a #SandsSelfie photo from the resort property – and can use our new Sands at Grace Bay “Selfie frames” that will be conveniently placed at selfie stations by our pool and also by our award-winning beach

2) post your selfie onto the resort’s Facebook ( or Instagram ( account using the #SandsSelfie hashtag

3) and “follow” the resort on Facebook and Instagram to receive winner notification

The #SandsSelfie contest is happening now through March 31st. When the contest ends, one #SandsSelfie photo taken on the resort property will be randomly selected from either the resort’s Facebook or Instagram account as the winner. Photo entries must include the hashtag #SandsSelfie in their photo descriptions during the contest period, to be entered. Those who enter must “follow” the resort Facebook or Instagram pages, to receive the winner notification. One winner will receive a gift certificate for a free 3-night stay in a 1-bedroom Oceanview Suite for a future visit to The Sands at Grace Bay – that can be redeemed within one year from the date it’s awarded.

The Sands at Grace Bay still has availability during the upcoming popular spring travel months, but travelers will need to reserve their stay soon as space is limited. You can check our resort availability online via website or call toll-free from the U.S. (877) 777-2637; from Canada (800) 567-5327; or contact a travel agent for reservations.

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Turks & Caicos Humpback Whale Watching Etiquette

Every year from January through the beginning of April thousands of North Atlantic humpback whales migrate through the Turks Head passage that separates South Caicos and Grand Turk, towards the Dominican Republic for birthing. During this time of year, the whales can be seen and heard all over the Turks & Caicos Islands and can even be spotted right off of Grace Bay Beach beyond our reef. Whale watching tours are now offered from Grand Turks and Salt Cay and are popular excursions taken by many tourists visiting our Islands each year. For information on the various whale watching tours and excursions offered in Turks & Caicos, you visit the following website:


Tourists play a big role in helping to protect our Turks & Caicos whale population, as they often seek to experience these magnificent creatures during their Turks & Caicos trips. To ensure our Humpback Whales continue to return to our Turks & Caicos Islands, here are some points to consider from the Turks & Caicos Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs that can help keep these whales safe on their journey through our waters:

  1. During the Turks & Caicos whale migration season, boats and vessels should approach slowly, carefully and quietly (keeping engine noise to a minimum). Maintaining a respectful distance ensures that the will not be stressed or feel threatened.
  2. Avoid “fencing in” the whales by blocking them between boats, too close to shore/shallow water, cutting off their direction of travel, or chasing after them.
  3. If whales change their direction 3-5 times, it means they are feeling hassled and stressed. Simply maintain your distance and allow their space. Disturbed whales will swim away and your viewing could be unfortunately cut short.
  4. When operating a vessel, move parallel to the whales to avoid approaching them head-on, as this may give the whales the impression that they are being chased. Surprised whales may show aggression and become very dangerous given their size.
  5. Mothers and calves are tired and are more likely to be “spooked.” They need extra consideration of the above.
  6. Remember: whales are much bigger than people and most whale watching vessels. Safety is always a priority, for both the whales and the viewers. Approaching them with caution ensures the whales stay happy and you will get the most out of your experience.