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My wife has been infatuated with Turks and Caicos for as long as I can remember – and who could blame her? Blue skies, white sand beaches, crystal clear water – it’s hard to beat. In September 2022, we took a trip to the islands to celebrate her birthday and had a wonderful experience despite running up against Hurricane Fiona. The best part: we booked our stay with Hyatt points and paid $0 for a 1,0000 sqft suite. 

When searching for resorts on Turks & Caicos Islands, the only request I had was that we stay at a hotel bookable with Hyatt points to use up some Ultimate Rewards I had burning a hole in my pocket. Lucky for us, there were two resorts within the Small Luxury Hotel collection, both of which had availability on our dates, and we settled on the Point Grace Resort and Spa. The other option, Sailrock Resort, looked incredible as well but because it’s located on the south island it required another (complimentary) flight from Providenciales which didn’t work with our already complicated flight itinerary.

Point Grace is an all-suite property with just 28 units situated on the beautiful Grace Bay beach. The photos and description oozed with charm and relaxation which is exactly what we were looking for on this trip so we were excited to check it out.

How We Booked

Though the Point Grace Resort is not a Hyatt-branded hotel, it is part of their Small Luxury Hotel portfolio which is bookable using Hyatt points and via Hyatt’s website. It’s listed as a Category 8 hotel, meaning they charge 35,000-40,000 points per night depending on whether it is off-peak or not. It’s a steep price to pay, but worth it for us in this instance. The booking process took only minutes to complete. After confirming availability for our dates, I transferred the necessary number of points from Chase to Hyatt, which show up instantly, and booked the room right away.

Reception area at Point Grace Resort.

Location and Arrival

We flew into Providenciales airport and took a shared taxi to the resort. I had read somewhere that transportation was included, but when I inquired about it I was told that is no longer the case. We were told by the hotel that the shared taxi would cost $14 per person (T&C runs on USD), but the driver ended up charging us $18. Still a decent deal for the 30-minute ride, which included dropping off other passengers. Plenty of private taxis were available as well if desired.

Upon arrival, we were met by the concierge who showed us around the resort. The property is a collection of half a dozen two-story buildings with 5-7 suites each surrounding the central pool and bar area, so it is quite compact. You are never more than a short walk to the beach, restaurant, front desk, or bar. Because we went during the low season, the resort was at just 30% capacity and it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

One of several wonderful sunsets witnessed from the beach.

The Room

The resort has 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom suites and a rewards night books into a 1-bedroom. We were on the ground floor and technically had a view of the pool and garden, but the building was ensconced in plants so there was not a direct line of sight, making it seem like we were in our own private oasis. The suite was over 1,000 square feet with a large outdoor sitting area, living room, full kitchen, walk-in closet, washer & dryer, and an ensuite bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower. It’s an impressive floorplan for a “base” room!

Outside of the suite building. Our unit occupied most of the bottom floor.

Bedroom, separated from the main suite by two steps and sliding doors.

Large living room.

Living room and kitchen.

Full kitchen (except oven).

All necessary appliances.

Local coffee.

Chocolate strawberries, cookies, and a bottle of Prosecco were waiting for us upon arrival. Nice touch!

Outdoor seating area facing the pool.

Large ensuite bathroom.

Ensuite bathroom with clawfoot tub

    We were very pleased with the location, comfort, and amenities of the suite and had no issues with it whatsoever. Having access to a full kitchen to cook meals saves money on eating out (which is expensive, as expected) and the washer and dryer were put to good use as well. Though the property is older, the classic colonial styling was sophisticated and well-maintained, which can often be an issue in hot and humid climates.

Dining

Breakfast is served at a small eatery called Hutchings, directly next to reception. All rooms receive a complimentary buffet breakfast with options for yogurt, fruit, bacon or sausage, potatoes, and more as well as made-to-order eggs. There is also an extended paid menu if you wanted to have something more complete like smoked salmon bagels or eggs florentine.

Hutchings seating area.

Complimentary breakfast menu.

Paid breakfast menu.

My typical breakfast order was three eggs over easy, potatoes, and bacon.

Though the items we ordered were always quite good, the “buffet” left quite a bit to be desired. There were only a couple of fruit options, some bread, and juice available on all mornings we were there which did not exemplify “luxury resort” vibes. The waiter claimed that they have minimal offerings during the slow season, but we managed to have decent meals nevertheless.

The sparse buffet area.

Bread options.

Fruit.

The property’s main restaurant, Infiniti, serves dinner and we ate there once during our stay. The food was very good and prices ranged from $35-$100+ for entrees. We had drinks as well, and those were quite good. We saw more people at the restaurant that night than at any other time during our stay, as there are resorts nearby whose guests must have been craving something different.


My only complaint was that the restaurant was really dark, which made it hard to take decent photos!

The best nighttime photo I could manage of Infiniti.

For lunch and drinks during the day, there’s a bar and seating area at the pool. I didn’t manage to grab a photo of the menu, but they offered sandwiches, salads, and standard pub-type fare at prices 10-15% higher than most U.S. restaurants.

Beach, Pool, and Gym

The crown jewel of this property is its proximity to the beach. Reachable in less than a minute from anywhere on the property, the water and sand were absolutely stunning and pristine. Stretching for miles in each direction, it was one of the nicest beaches we have ever been to.

Grace Bay Beach.

Found a conch shell at the beach. Conch is offered on the menu at most restaurants on the island and is quite tasty!

The resort lends out equipment for guest use, most of which is free. They have snorkels, flippers, kayaks, and catamarans available. The water was clear, warm, and incredibly clean.

Pristine beach as far as the eye can see.

The pool and bar are centrally located and equidistant to all suites. It was comfortable and impeccably clean which made it a favorite spot of ours to hang out in the afternoon after a day at the beach.

The good life.

The on-site gym was small but well-appointed. I typically like to get in a couple of workouts on vacation and had everything I needed for a full-body weight and cardio routine here. A bonus is that the gym is air-conditioned!

Well-equipped and cool gym.

The property does have a spa, but it was closed while we were there because it was low season. Based on the quality of other services at the resort, I’m sure it’s top-notch.

In Town

As mentioned earlier, each suite comes with a full kitchen and so in order to take advantage of it we had to go into town and get some groceries. We borrowed two of the hotel’s bicycles (free) and pedaled into town which took less than 10 minutes.

My wife, 6 months pregnant, on our way to town.

There’s a main thoroughfare with gift shops, real estate offices, and a few restaurants in addition to a couple of grocery stores. We stopped at Quality Food Mart, a Whole Foods-esque establishment, and picked up provisions for the following couple of days. The quality of offerings was high, as were the prices – but it was certainly cheaper than eating out!

8.50 USD for cookies. I passed – better for me anyway!

Groceries at Quality Food Mart.

We ate lunch at Danny Buoy’s, a pub-style restaurant on the main drag, mainly because they had TVs and were showing an NFL game we wanted to catch.

Even if planning to eat on-property, it’s worth venturing into town to walk around, get a coffee, or have a meal. During our stay, we visited two or three times and enjoyed being close enough to do so without being stuck at the resort.

Hurricane Fiona

The day we landed, we knew Hurricane Fiona would be passing by during our stay. Sure enough, we experienced gale-force winds on our third night which knocked out electricity for the remainder of our stay as there is no generator at this property.

Winds whipping across the property during Hurricane Fiona.

The staff were extremely accommodating and helpful during the outage and went way above and beyond to make the best of a challenging situation. Because the restaurant was closed, they hand-delivered three meals per day to our room (free of charge) along with water, a battery-powered lantern, and rain ponchos.

After the first day, they managed to get power back to some of the buildings, but unfortunately not ours. By the second night without air conditioning or WiFi, the staff graciously moved us to another suite that had partial electricity and it was much appreciated. Power had not been fully restored by the time we departed the resort and although the storm had passed, there was much cleanup to be done. There was no wasted time as the crews got right to work in putting the property back together.

Flooded walkways within the resort.

 

Final Thoughts

We had a truly wonderful stay at Point Grace Resort. It was exactly the kind of low-key, quiet, and high-quality experience we were looking for. Though the breakfast options were unimpressive and we had the unfortunate experience of Hurricane Fiona passing through during our reservation, we enjoyed it immensely and are still talking about the incredible beach even months later.

One of the greatest aspects of this stay is that we were able to book the room with Chase Ultimate Rewards by transferring to Hyatt. Rates were over $600 per night during our stay and so we realized a valuation of more than 1.5 cents per point – not incredible, but a solid redemption. Point Grace is the type of place I would likely be priced out of if paying cash, but thanks to this hobby we had an unforgettable experience.

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Brandon Chase is a financially independent writer, endurance athlete, and travel hacking enthusiast originally from Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Since getting hooked on “the hobby” in 2013, he and his wife have accumulated and redeemed millions of points and miles for luxury travel, including a $35,000 trip around the world for 97% off retail which he wrote about on his blog Fit For Miles. In addition to travel, he loves to be outdoors and has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and completed ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances. Brandon is thrilled to share his knowledge of credit cards, award travel, and optimization with the Go Curry Cracker readers and hopes to help people travel more and better than they ever thought possible.

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