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Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos

A Review

We had a wonderful ten day stay at the beautiful Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos a few weeks ago. It’s incredibly rare for us to stay in a resort, or even in a hotel. We usually are in an Airbnb or VRBO, with our hotel stays limited to one night here and there usually at an airport. But we gave this a try and we were not disappointed. Here is my review of the Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos.

Royal West Indies Resort

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is a small Caribbean country in the Atlantic only 736 miles off the coast of Florida. The country has a population of 39,000 within its collection of 40 small islands, of which only eight are inhabited. They use US dollars, drive on the left and are a British territory. Queen Elizabeth names a Governor for the country.

Turks and Caicos

Most of the population are descendants of slaves, who were forcibly brought here to work the salt flats and cotton fields. More recently many people have immigrated from The Bahamas. Today the economy is based on tourism and off-shore financing.

Grace Bay, Providenciales

We spent our time on the island of Providenciales, home ot the international airport (by the way, the airport is the worst thing about the island, sadly in need of an upgrade). Our lodgings were in a small town known as Grace Bay. Grace Bay has an astonishingly beautiful long white sand beach where the lovely resorts sit, including the Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos.

Grace Bay

The town of Grace Bay seems to be fairly recently developed, with resorts, shops and restaurants spread out over a few miles and all easy walking distance from our resort. A really nice grocery store was less than a mile, dozens of restaurant and shops about a mile or less. Everything seems practically brand new. Sidewalks are good, and roads too. I felt very safe doing a five mile run each morning.

Grace Bay

Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos

This resort was far better than I expected, which of course was a great surprise. We booked the least expensive room, a “studio” for $260 a night via Expedia. With all the taxes and fees, the actual cost was closer to $300. The “studio” is basically a large hotel room that included a table and chairs for two, small sitting area, small kitchen with fridge and microwave (see last week’s blog about hotel microwave cooking), a bathroom and a washer and dryer. Having a washer dryer was a big bonus we weren’t expecting. Our room also had a very large deck with table, chairs and lounge chair over looking one of the two pools.

Our Studio Room

The Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos also has one bedroom suites. In addition you can combine a one bedroom suite and a studio like ours to create a two bedroom space.

Small Kitchen

Made up of 8 buildings with 15 units in each, the buildings are spread out around beautifully landscaped grounds. All units either overlook one of the pools or the beach.

There is no elevator, but a very nice and strong bellhop carried our bags up to the third floor on our arrival. Staff also secured the taxi for our return trip to the airport. Taxi’s are different here…usually shared vans.

View from our room

First Rate Amenities

We were pleasantly surprised to find such beautiful pools as well as access to a beautiful beach area on Grace Bay that included lounge chairs and umbrellas just for the guests of our hotel. Beach and pool towels also available from the friendly staff.

Enjoying the pool

In addition the hotel offers guests the free use of Hobie Cat sailboats, kayaks and bikes.

Enjoying the free bikes


Pelican Bay Restaurant and Bar sits poolside at the Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos. It is highly rated and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition they had one of the most generous daily happy hours I’ve ever encountered offering half off all drinks from 5-7pm. Special weekly Fish Fry and BBQ are also popular. On Sunday nights they have live music and it was so good.

Pelican Bay Restaurant and Bar

We cooked in our room five of the nights we stayed and ate out four nights. In addition to enjoying the Pelican Bay Restaurant and Bar for breakfast we walked to four more dinner restaurants and one lunch that we really enjoyed.

More We Enjoyed

Coco Bistro and Coco Van – When we couldn’t get a reservation at the highly rated and very popular Coco Bistro we ended up having a really good meal at their food truck called Coco Van. We had Chicken Fried Burger, Duck Tacos, Egg Roll, two side salads and four beers. $80.

Coco Van
Coco Van

Another highly rated restaurant we tried was called Caicos Cafe. I was expecting it to be Caribbean food but it actually was Italian with lots of pastas and other things too. I had a spinach salad and grilled octopus. Arne had the local specialty Conch Chowder and BBQ Ribs. With one beer and water $120

Caicos Cafe
Conch Chowder at Caicos Cafe

A short walk down the beach we discovered The Flamingo Cafe, a tiny beach shake with great water view. Not much to look at but the food was great and inexpensive. Conch Salad and two Grouper entries $60.

Flamingo Cafe
Conch Salad at the Flamingo

We ate lunch out one day at the local food truck called Roosters just a block from our resort. Fish Tacos and burgers on the menu but we also tried a local Caribbean pork dish called Griot. $18

Roosters Food Truck

We splurged a little on our final night on the island and went to Coyaba, one of the highest rated restaurants in the area. Fantastic service. Cute space. Excellent food. Two fish entries, one salad, beer and water total was $160.


Visiting Turks and Caicos

We chose not to rent a car and not to wander beyond Grace Bay during our visit. But for those interested there are great beaches around the island (some remote), a national park, snorkel and dive tours, sailing tours, sunset tours, kayaking, parasailing, golf and more. Although groceries and dining out were quite expensive, overall we had a really positive experience and would definitely recommend it, as well as a stay at the Royal West Indies Resort Turks and Caicos.


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  • Reply Kelly Lowry

    Looks amazing! You are indeed an inspiration Loreen.

    June 3, 2022 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Heather

    I’ve wanted to go to Turks and Caicos for a while! I love seeing you there and great information and wow, on the food prices! 😮 You do things right, love it!

    June 3, 2022 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Dawn Crocheron

    Gorgeous spot! Thank you for sharing!❤

    June 3, 2022 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Alma

    Yes, please! I can see myself there. Great area & just my kind of place.

    June 4, 2022 at 3:29 am
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    On the travel wish list! Would love to visit Turks and Caicos. It has been on our scuba diving list for some time. So it was good to read about the Royal West Indies Resort. And always great when a stay is much better than expected. Love when there are some good places to eat off a resort.

    June 4, 2022 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply Laureen Lund

      I think you would love it.

      June 5, 2022 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Wendie Scott Pond

    I just stayed at RWI May 16-24. LOVED the property. Wish I had read this sooner for the restaurant recommendations. Wanted to try Roosters food truck and Coco Van…ive eaten at Coco Bistro in the past and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.
    I had a ground-floor studio in your same building. Was nice to walk out the slider to the pool.

    June 5, 2022 at 8:44 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Cool. I would definitely go again.

      June 6, 2022 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Ann

    Even though I am not a huge fan of long flights I would love to visit Turks and Caicos! It looks amazing with that blue tropical water 🙂

    What is a Concho salad?

    June 7, 2022 at 5:42 am
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