Behind the Scenes at Coral Gardens – Meet Matthew

Matthew and his lovely wife, Maureen

Family and personal relationships are at the core of what makes Coral Gardens so special. We are so fortunate to have families and friends return to stay with us year after year. As we head into the holidays, we’d like spend some time introducing (and re-introducing) you to some of the people behind the scenes at Coral Gardens. This month we’re kicking things off with the one and only, Matthew Williams, General Manager at Coral Gardens.

Matthew, tell us a bit about yourself – Where are you from originally? What was your “past life” before moving to Turks?

I’m originally from the UK. Before moving to Turks, I worked in the hospitality industry there as an assistant manager in country house hotels, having graduated university in hotel management. I also had the experience of working with the Savoy Hotel Group in London at Claridge’s in Mayfair. In the late 80’s, I ventured to St. Martin to work at the prestigious La Samanna, before returning and settling in the North of England for next 7 years.

How long have you lived in Provo and what brought you here?

I moved to Provo in the early 90’s finding an opening in the Grace Bay Club, which at that time was a luxury small boutique resort.

How long have you been with Coral Gardens?

I have had a longtime relationship with Coral Gardens resort, appearing on the scene in late ’98 as manager.  More importantly, with a great love of the outdoors and the fantastic waters, as a PADI Master Scuba Diver I was part of an adventure concierge offering onsite dive classes to guests & visitors, right off the beach in front of Coral Gardens

What do you enjoy most about working at Coral Gardens?

I love meeting people and getting to know them.  I also enjoy welcoming repeat visitors back, with some I have know for over two decades.

When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do in Provo?

Scuba diving – I am fortunate enough to be called up by local dive operators to guide & dive master on their excursions, though I really don’t teach as much these days. I bike extensively around Provo on a mountain or road bike and when time permits I will hop on the ferry with the bike to catch a long ride around North & Middle Caicos. Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes, whether a fresh ocean catch or firing up the wood smoker to create mouthwatering ribs and other delightful dishes.

What do you love most Turks/Provo?

For the most part the casual lifestyle and the weather.  The beautiful surrounding turquoise waters and fresh air.  Finally, spending time with my wife, family and our dogs.

What’s the one thing that you recommend that everyone do/experience while they’re here?

Get out and explore but don’t forget there is so much to the Turks and Caicos Islands than Provo.

Any last thoughts?

That answer could go on quite a while! Let’s chat more when you visit us!

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Great island, great condo
5 of 5
Don’t waste your time looking at other places, this condo provides a comfortable and luxurious place to stay with a great view of Grace Bay – one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Enjoy the protected Coral Gardens reef right where you stay.
Daniel V.Colleyville, Texas
Wonderful trip
5 of 5
Fantastic time in Turks and Caicos ..we were 2 couples for a week at this wonderful condo with a million dollar view . Waking up and having breakfast with that wonderful view was the best. Having the beach right outside your back door was wonderful. Best location . Most relaxing trip ever! Everyone at Coral Gardens made our stay great. We had everything we needed in the condo.  Thanks for a great stay. Looking forward to visiting again.
JodiDublin, Ohio
Wonderful! Beautiful! Relaxing! Fun!
5 of 5
My husband and I have traveled to many Caribbean Islands and definitely have ranked Turks and Caicos as our favorite!!! Our room at Coral Gardens was very nice and had beautiful views! The condo was also very spacious and was equipped with everything we needed. The whole entire staff was incredible and so eager to make our vacation so relaxing and fun! We had the most fun just spending time every day on the beach snorkeling, swimming and meeting so many nice people from all over the world! Somewhere Café which is right on the property was awesome! The service, food and staff was wonderful!!!
LuAnn A.Seguin, Texas
Excellent location, amazing beach and beautiful property
5 of 5
We have been to Turks & Caicos 3 times and have loved it each time. it’s our favorite place to visit. Coral Gardens was a great location and a beautiful property. We had a very nice condo and all the services and amenities you could ever need. The staff at Coral Gardens was wonderful to us and went out of their way to make sure all our needs were met with grace.
Debbie B.Miami, Florida
Lovely Spacious Condo in a Idyllic Grace Bay Location
5 of 5
The Coral Gardens has the good fortune to be located directly on the best snorkeling reef in Grace Bay, and that central location on Grace Bay is just the beginning. Grace Bay is world renowned for it’s beauty for many good reasons. The warm, crystalline blue waters, the calm surf, the pristine white sands make Grace Bay a “must do” experience. In order to enjoy your stay the accommodations need to be comfortable and relaxing. This Coral Gardens condo has that in spades. The entire facility and beach area was immaculately maintained. The spacious condo was very tastefully decorated, well furnished, and equipped with every necessary item for vacation. The floor plan allowed this one bedroom to live much larger than you would expect.
Ron C.Newberg, Oregon
Perfect Location! Amazing beach!
5 of 5
The property was perfect! The view from room was amazing, overlooking the ocean. Everyone that worked at Corel Gardens was extremely nice and helpful! The location was great. We walked everywhere! Somewhere Cafe was convenient and the food and drinks were really good. The beach was fantastic!! The ocean was gorgeous. We loved having the reef right there. We went snorkeling each day and saw some amazing sea creatures. We will definitely recommend this place! And hope to be back!
Marcie H.Nashville, Tennessee

Property Info

5 Penns Road
Providenciales
Turks and Caicos Islands TKCA 1ZZ

(800) 787-9115

info@coralgardensongracebay.com

Office Hours
Monday – Sunday 8am – 8pm