East Bay Resort South Caicos – A Review

by Alli

If you ever need to get away from it all and unwind, South Caicos is the place to go and East Bay Resort is the place to stay. East Bay Resort is one of three resorts located on the small island of South Caicos.

I stumbled upon East Bay Resort in South Caicos by accident. I was searching for our annual Caribbean Island retreat. My husband and I have visited 12 islands now. We’ve revisited St. Maarten three times.

Sadly, some of our favorite islands haven’t recovered from Hurricane Irma. That’s how I stumbled upon East Bay Resort and I’m so glad I did! It’s a hidden gem in the Caribbean!

Below is a sunrise photo I took from my balcony.

Sunrise - East Bay Resort

I’ll talk more about the island of South Caicos in a different post. Today I want to focus on East Bay Resort.

Photos of the Beach - East Bay Resort - South Caicos

East Bay Resort is located in South Caicos, in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The resort features 86 beachfront suites and 16 traditional rooms.

We are staying for two weeks in a one-bedroom suite that is huge! It has 1-1/2 baths and the views of the turquoise ocean and white sand beach are breathtakingly beautiful.

A day a the beach - East Bay Resort

Our spacious and modern oceanfront suite is on the second floor and it’s an end unit. The entire wall in the bedroom is glass. You can see our suite below on the second floor. You can see our balcony and the bedroom – with an entire wall of windows.

Our suite also has a washer/dryer! That’s such a bonus when you’re visiting for two weeks.

Room with a View - East Bay Resort

Things I Love About East Bay Resort

Secluded

Two years ago, when we visited the number one beach in the world (Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos), it was beautiful but crowded.

Every morning I’d have to rush down to the beach to grab chairs and an umbrella. Not here. It doesn’t matter what time of the day you head to the beach, you’ll find empty chairs and umbrellas galore.

Secluded - East Bay Resort

Some mornings, on my daily walk along the beach, I’m the only person out there. I feel like I have an entire island to myself.

The Staff

The staff at the resort are the friendliest people on the face of the earth! From Bert, the manager of the resort, to the housekeepers, they go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your stay.

On the nights we dine at BLU Bar & Grill, Bert always stops by our table to chat for a few minutes. He even drove my husband to the grocery store a few times when the regular driver was busy.

The local grocery store doesn’t sell creamer so Bert makes sure we always had an ample supply. In all my years of travel, I’ve never met a manager of a resort as nice as Bert. He gets my vote for the nicest resort manager ever!

Housekeeping always leaves bottled water each morning and each night and the restaurant has my favorite Pelligrino sparkling water.

My favorite water - East Bay Resort

Complimentary Non-motorized Sports

The use of paddleboards, kayaks, and other non-motorized watersports are complimentary. Also, you can grab a complimentary bike and tool around the island (we did and loved it). Tennis and basketball courts are available as well.

Paddle Boarding at East Bay Resort

We played tennis and shot some hoops.

tennis courts - East Bay Resort South Caicos

The basketball needed a little air and the tennis balls were half-flat, but hey, who cares? We had fun.

basketball court - East Bay Resort

The resort also provides a free shuttle to local grocery stores and restaurants. You need to make reservations with the concierge each day before 5 for restaurant reservations. The shuttle takes you to the restaurant and the restaurant shuttles you back to the resort, all free of charge.

The island is very small and you don’t need to rent a car at all. If you want to arrange excursions such as snorkeling, scuba diving, etc, the concierge will organize everything. Of course, there is a fee.

Beach Towels

Beach towels are conveniently located in a hut near the beach. You just pick up fresh ones and drop off your used towels. If you are lounging beside the infinity pool, fresh towels are available there as well.

Security

East Bay Resort has a 24-hour security service and a state-of-the-art security monitoring system in place. I always feel safe and secure here.

AYUR Spa

AYUR Spa offers a huge array of massages, body scrubs, facials, ayurvedic treatments, and body wraps. They also offer waxing, manicures, and pedicures. 

Since we are here for two weeks, I’m going to the spa towards the end of my stay. The prices are reasonable and I’ve decided to get a 30-minute signature massage and a 30-minute AYUR Neem Facial. I think. I will probably change my mind a dozen times.

The facial treatments are exclusively from Decleor and Ingrid Millet from Paris. I have no idea what that means but I like the sound of it.

Spa Update: Spa day was amazing! I felt pampered and wish I had booked at least two spa days. 

Pros and Cons of East Bay Resort

I’m having a hard time finding anything I don’t like about East Bay Resort.

There are only a couple of things – If you don’t want seclusion, this place is probably not for you.

If you’ve never been to an island, the restaurant prices and the cost of food may be a shock but we’re used to it by now and we realize that most of the food has to be imported so naturally, it will cost more.

My husband wishes the menu at BLU offered more selections and he misses lobster because it’s not in season. Does that mean we get to return during the lobster season? I sure hope so! (It begins in August)

BLU Bar & Grill - East Bay Resort

One More Thing

To get to East Bay Resort, you’ll need to fly into Providenciales or Grand Turk and take a ferry or small plane (puddle jumper) to South Caicos. The plane (interCaribbean) is the fastest way and makes two trips a day. Luggage limitations do apply.

We flew into Providenciales from Charlotte, NC via American Airlines. It’s a straight flight (less than 3 hours). A representative from East Bay Resort met us at the airport and escorted us to the interCaribbean ticket agent.

We only had a 30-minute wait in an air-conditioned cafe before our 15-minute flight to South Caicos. That’s because I’m a planner and I had it all mapped out.

Remember, this is the place to go to get away from it all! If you like the party scene, this place is not for you. 

For now, I’ve got to go. I have a date with my husband and reservations for dinner at BLU.

Date Night - BLU Bar and Grill - East Bay Resort

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24 comments

robin rue July 16, 2018 - 6:51 am

That sounds like a lovely place to stay. My husband and I have talked about a Caribbean vacation for a long time now, but we love Key West so much that we always end up going back there LOL.

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Terri Steffes July 16, 2018 - 6:53 am

I read this with great interest! I have avoided the Caribbean due to crazy flight schedules. You have given me hope that this wouldn’t be a big deal. Thank you! Favorite destination?

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Alli July 17, 2018 - 11:10 am

It’s so hard to pick a favorite destination. For seclusion, it’s definitely South Caicos. The most beautiful beach is Grace Bay Beach in Provo, Turks & Caicos. The best food award goes to St. Maarten. We’ve been there three times and all the restaurants (plus the French bakery) are within walking distance of the resort where we always stay. I love them all!

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Terri Beavers July 16, 2018 - 7:35 am

I could really use a gest away to a nice resort right now. I love the blue water and the sandy beaches and the resort would be a dream getaway destination. That’s a great photo of you.

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Sarah Bailey July 16, 2018 - 8:13 am

Now this sounds like an amazing resort to go and spend some time at. I would love to go and spend some time relaxing on holiday.

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wendy July 16, 2018 - 9:31 am

Looks like a fantastic place to vacation and stay! Love the views and having seclusion is one factor I would really consider for a beach vacation.

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Melissa Chapman July 16, 2018 - 10:09 am

This looks like a great place to sit and listen to the beautiful ocean. I generally like a more populated place but a few days there seems perfect.

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candy July 16, 2018 - 11:52 am

The wonderful things about resorts is all the amenity that goes along with resort stay. The staff is always so well trained to take care of all the guests. Love getting spoiled.

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valmg @ Mom Knows It All July 16, 2018 - 6:29 pm

I have always wanted to go to Turks and Caicos. This sounds like a great place to stay, especially the part where you said it felt like noone else was there.

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Roch July 16, 2018 - 8:04 pm

It’s great to stay in a resort with beautiful ambiance and staff that welcomes you with their utmost care and hospitality. This place looks like a paradise!

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Glenda Cates July 17, 2018 - 12:57 am

Oh man, I wish I was on that Beach this evening as it is hotter than hot here in Texas.

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Ricci July 17, 2018 - 2:54 am

This both looks and sounds like an amazing place to stay! I would love to plan a beach trip right now!

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Tim July 17, 2018 - 9:08 am

I like the complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, and bikes. That is a nice benefit to staying at a resort especially in a scenic location like this.

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Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh July 17, 2018 - 9:55 am

That sounds like a wonderful place for a beach vacation! I really like that there are so many complimentary items to try out. I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding, but here they cost an arm and leg to rent.

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Karen Morse July 17, 2018 - 11:15 am

Amazing! So much to love about this resort, it has everything you need and more! You really can’t go anywhere better than the beach during the summer and a resort like East Bay makes it all the more worth it.

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Tasheena July 17, 2018 - 1:41 pm

Thanks for sharing your review! This looks like a beautiful place to stay at. The beach looks so relaxing!

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy July 17, 2018 - 1:50 pm

I’m glad to see you enjoyed your time at this resort. It looks absolutely gorgeous and welcoming. I would love to vacation here one day.

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Anosa Malanga July 18, 2018 - 9:11 am

Such a great place to explore with! I agree with you, food costs on islands is way higher because it needs to be transported too.

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iPad Hire July 19, 2018 - 6:19 am

I really like this amazing place, Everyone wanna go there …

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Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place July 19, 2018 - 9:37 am

I have never been to Caicos. I’ve heard so many great things about this Caribbean place. This island definitely is a hidden gem judging form your photos.

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Kennedy September 3, 2018 - 9:54 am

Thanks for great next year’s vacation idea:)

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David March 12, 2020 - 11:46 am

I have never been to Caicos. But now I have added this to my next year’s trips. Thanks

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Thomas April 4, 2022 - 12:02 pm

Just finished booking a weeks stay there. Was shocked to see the price for the “puddle jumper” to South Caicos $265.00 R/T.

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Alli April 7, 2022 - 11:46 am

Wow! Prices for everything are outrageous these days. Enjoy your trip!!

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