We love reading the great reviews people post about their experience with us on the very popular Tripadvisor.com – here’s one from our guests that stayed with us and helped to celebrate the holiday season here in the islands
“We stayed here from Dec 25, 2010 – Jan 5, 2011 and we will be going back next year! We will also be recommending this hotel to anyone we meet that is going to T&C.This property is very clean, comfortable, the staff is great and friendly, the location is walking distance to everything…grocery store, all types of restaraunts, casino (they will pick up and drop off as well) and the beach is about a 30 second walk through another property across the street. The fact that this hotel is not on the beach is really not even an issue as most of the resorts that are located on the beach have just as much of a walk as VDM or longer to the beach! You are really going to get the same value at VDM as at any of the 4-5 star resorts on the beach for a much more economical cost.Our room was on the main level and walked right out to the pool (that was barely used and felt like our very own private pool). The deck loungers and beds around the pool were the most comfortable I have ever been on and many times fell completely asleep for a few hours. The bed in the room was excellent as well and everything is decorated in a tasteful, updated way. There is a hot tub on the property as well which was always kept nice and hot.Many people own units at VDM and stay for extended periods of time. When we go on vacation we expect our accomodations to be at the high standard we have at home or better and VDM definately provided that in every way. There doesn’t seem to be a better place to stay than here, you will not be disappointed.”
At the moment Villa del Mar does not offer a full service restaurant on property. We do offer a BBQ area where you can make your own food right next to our comfortable pool and bar area.
But for those who want to dine out, you’ll be pleased to know there are many restaurants within a short walking distance from your suite. We can help with suggestions and reservations for any restaurant on the islands.
Here are 5 of our favorites, all within a 5 minute walk:
Coyaba: Literally right around the corner and one of the long-standing landmarks of fine dining on TCI. Chef Paul Newman and his wife have been pleasing island diners for years with their creative dishes and cozy setting.
Anacaona: The signature restaurant at Grace Bay Club, directly across from our front entrance. One of the most romantic dining experiences in TCI. Enjoy cool breezes right on the beach, or a cocktail at their famous infinity bar.
Coco Bistro: Dine under the palms of this inviting little bistro, set amidst a garden of towering palm trees. Chef Stuart Grey has a creative knack for combining traditional and modern dishes, and the atmosphere is ideal for an intimate night out or a group dinner under the stars.
Caicos Cafe: Owned and operated by a classic French chef, this Provo favorite serves up fresh fish dishes with a European flair. Set on a comfortable outdoor deck. Excellent wine selection
Mango Reef: The restaurant at our neighbour, the Royal West Indies, features a diverse menu of European and Asia inspired dishes and friendly bar. Offering indoor and outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One ‘bonus’ pick we recommend is Fresh. It’s open for breakfast and lunch til 5PM, and features awesome baked goodies, fresh coffee and breakfast sandwiches, and a wide selection of sandwiches, soups and salads.
Just about everyone knows that the scuba diving in Turks and Caicos is among the best in the world. We asked our friends at Big Blue, a full service and very ecologically friendly dive shop here, to give us their top picks to see the best of the best. Here’s their list for Providenciales and vicinity
— Sandbore Channel (West Caicos). Always a feeding ground for the big stuff, and and part of an excellent West Caicos day trip
— G-spot and 3) DD (French Cay): Well worth the 60 minute or so boat ride as a sheer vertical drop and amazing corals await. Frequent visitors include manta rays, sharks and other curious creatures
— West Sand Spit (Out there): It’s a haul, but makes for a great day trip
— Football Field (Pine Cay): Is that American football, or soccer? Doesn’t matter, a convenient spot just minutes from Leeward Marina but with an active reef and a very cool, natural stretch of sand that the local residents – grouper, lobsters, barracuda – might just use for kicking the ball around when there are no divers there.
— Black Coral Forest / Amphitheatre (Northwest Point, Provo). Northwest Point is nice two tank day trip, with a number of spots along its wall. This is one of the best with an amazing natural coral environment that looks like it could have been man made. During your surface interval, see if you can spots and celebs at nearby Amanyara Resort.
— Driveway/ Whiteface (West Caicos): Another prime example of the beauty of West Caicos’ breathtaking wall diving. Slide down the ‘driveway’ over the wall and into the blue abyss.
On Sunday April 3rd Villa del Mar hosted its first ever Easter egg hunt for children under ten years old. The event was instigated by one of the suite owners, Saeeda Foss from Toronto and over twenty children, including both
guests of the resort and children of Villa del Mar staff, took part. Mrs Foss kindly provided a large number of eggs and other prizes so all the children left with their fill of chocolate.
Villa del Mar is ringing in 2010 with some unbelievable specials.
Starting January 1 and for the entire month, all studio suites are half off – that’s right 50% off regular rates! That’s a savings of more than $100 per night and brings the per night room rate down to $130 plus taxes. You won’t find better value that that along world famous Grace Bay beach.
These deluxe suites offer a king-sized bed plus a queen-sized Sofa Bed. They include a furnished balcony or patio with view of relaxing pool area that is just steps from your room. Studies include a fully equipped kitchenette (mini fridge, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, cutlery, microwave), plus cable TV with DVD player, in room washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, clock radio, hair dryer, in room safe, air conditioning. These are a perfect accommodation for a couple or small family.
For travelers staying with us in February, March or April, we have a fantastic offer on all room types. Book by December 31, 2009 and get two nights free if you book a 7-night stay. That deal applies to all our studio, one- and two bedroom accommodations, including our top floor penthouses with ocean views. The larger luxury room include fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances and large living areas.
But remember to get the two free-night special, you must book by December 31, so plan your early 2010 getaway today!
Everyone knows that the most famous and appealing attraction in Turks & Caicos is our world famous beach – miles of powdery white sand and turquoise waters - that is truly among the most stunning in the world. Grace Bay Beach attracts beach lovers and sun worshipers from over the world, yet due to the low density of hotels and resorts here, is never crowded like other famous beaches.
At Villa del Mar we enhance the beach experience even more with our exclusive beach service offered just for our guests. Within our specially marked area of the beach (note that all the beaches in TCI are open to the public so no one property ‘owns’ any particular section), you be greeted by a welcoming attendant who can cater to your every need. Need extra towels to relax on the finely appointed Villa del Mar beach loungers? No problem! How about nice cold bottle of water? Umbrellas and beach toys are also available for our guests on Grace Bay beach.
We even offer remote bar service, where you can order a drink as your relax on the sand and a drink from our bar will be delivered within minutes.
All of this natural beauty and pampering is just a short stroll from any room on our property - less than a minute from our front desk to be exact. So slap on the suntan lotion and hit the beach at Villa del Mar!