Grace Bay Club, which includes The Hotel (adults only) and the family-friendly Villas and Estates, sits on 11 acres of beachfront propertyâ€”meaning that no matter what room you have in the islandâ€™s first all-suite hotel, you will awake each morning to an eye-popping ocean view.
All rooms at the property have at least one private balcony or patio (or both), a spacious living room, and a kitchenette. Though many on vacay avoid even the thought of cooking, for those traveling with family or a group of friends, shopping for food and using the wonderfully equipped kitchen is Clark Howard smart. Breakfast at the Grill Rouge is included and not to miss. With made-to-order specialty omeletes, waffles, and French toast as just a sampling of this amazing spread on the beach, the attentive staff and backdrop feels like a country club on the ocean.
Evening dining at Grace Bay Club is also an experience. The four-diamond-rated Anacaona is the only gourmet oceanfront restaurant on â€œProvo.â€ I dined there the first night, and the trifecta of the beach, moonlight, and crashing waves was almost overwhelming. The Euro-Caribbean menu boasts some exciting choices, including the Fire Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with duck confit, portobello mushrooms, and ravioli, followed by the pineapple local-rum-cured Atlantic salmon with pineapple jam.
The Infiniti Barâ€”the longest in the Caribbean at 90 feetâ€”seems to have an ocean reach, and makes for a great place for cocktails any time of the day or night. Try the Moleca Spice Martini (with CachaÃ§a, orange juice, Tabasco, Angostura bitters) or, if you like a jolting coffee cocktail, order the Infiniti Java (amaretto, Kahlua, vodka, CrÃ¨me de Cacao, double espresso).