Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos 2011
Posted 31 May 2010 - 12:58 PM
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Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:32 PM
With many brides, the cost for guests for rooms is a concern and recently a small resort has been built just in front of the Grace Bay Club called Villa del Mar Villa del Mar
Because Villa Del Mar is not Beachfront, it offers guests a lower cost option. Yet the walk right next to or through the Grace Bay Club is very short (similar length of walk if you are staying in a room at the somerset near the croquet lawn) Many brides have booked some guests at Grace Bay Club and some at Villa del Mar and mixing the group is very easy. Villa Del Mar rooms (also condo style) are really upscale and have gotten rave reviews on Trip Advisor. So that gives you a different option as well.
Here are some recent weddings at Grace Bay Club (receptions are held either at the Grill Rouge, Anacaona or the pool area by the estates).
Go Bears! | Brilliant by Tropical Imaging
Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos destination weddings. Wedding Film | Brilliant by Tropical Imaging
The wedding of Stacey & Larry Stauffer at Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos | Brilliant by Tropical Imaging
Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos destination wedding. | Brilliant by Tropical Imaging
The Wedding of Wendy nd Jamie at Grace Bay Club | Brilliant by Tropical Imaging
Just FYI, the same team managing the Grace Bay Club has taken over managing the Veranda All Inclusive that I mentioned in another thread.
There are a lot more weddings as well as other photo sessions from all of the resorts on our blog, you can search for a particular property and all of the entries will come up.
Oh yes one other notable area at Grace Bay Club is their kids club (if you have guests with kids coming down). They have a really well done kid's program and lots of fun and interesting stuff to do (I have sent my kids there sometimes during school holidays as they will allow locals to pay for daily camp rates). The Regent Palms is also another location with an involved kid's camp if that is something you are looking for. I don't know the cost (if any) for guests, but it may be something you are interested in.
Posted 01 June 2010 - 09:44 PM
I loved the videos and pictures! AMAZING WORK!
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Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:50 AM
Did you ever get any information on Grace Bay Club? I have to start my planning over since my wedding at Gansevoort fell apart and I am now considering Grace Bay Club. Any insight would be appreciated.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 06:22 AM
@JetSettingBride - where to begin??? We had been trying to book our wedding there for over two months. We were originally put in touch with their wedding planner who was brand new and who you could just tell did not have enough experience with high-end event planning. We were very concerned with her ability to pull off our wedding, so we asked to be put in touch with someone more experienced. They obliged and put the Director of F&B and the head of concierge in charge of our wedding. We worked with the two of them for over a month trying to get a cost estimate in order to begin the contracting process. Eventually we did our own estimate after their failure to produce one and sent it to them for confirmation. They scheduled a final call to review it, but on the call they admitted they had not even read our estimate.
Now, all of that is just poor customer service. The actual wedding feel apart when they sent their contract to us. It had a ton of errors in it regarding our event...items that had clearly been discussed; more importantly that that, they just became unethical. They change multiple policies regarding payment and fees at the last minute, such as:
- They changed our Food and Beverage minimum on the contract. Because of the hassles we had from the beginning they lowered our minimum as a courtesy. It was a nice gesture that didn't really mean anything, as we were spending well over the minimum already. When they sent our contract, they had actually raised the minimum to higher than the original amount discussed.
- They changed the deposit policy. Their paperwork clearly states that their deposit is $500 to reserve the date, 50% thirty days out and 100% 15 days before the wedding. On the contract they insisted on a non-refundable 50% deposit. They wanted me to send them $12,500 right now to reserve the date, when they couldn't even produce and accurate cost estimate for us. I pointed out the change and they held firm that they wanted the $12k to hold our date.
- They changed their published service fees. Their menus say 20% service and 11% tax. On the contract it changed to 36% total.
I pointed out to them that my concern with the deposit was not in paying it, it was that turning over $12,500 to a hotel that doesn't even know what a cost estimate is (I had to send them samples from other hotels so they could see one) was a huge concern. I was not comfortable with it and they wouldn't budge, nor would they tell me why they changed. My only thought it that they thought we had the money and that we wouldn't walk away after so much time invested. Little did they know...we would!
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