I was hoping to get some help from the experts. My wife and I are planning a trip to Provo in April 2014 for about a week. We decided to rent a villa but I can't decide what location would be best. We are hoping to find the perfect balance between convenience and seclusion: we want to be close to restaurants and bars, but also able to be by ourselves on the beach if we want to be (not literally alone, but in a fairly isolated spot.) We are young and active and don't mind a bit of a walk. So far I've come up with three villas that we like:
1. Atlantic Ocean Beach Villas: we like that it seems to be outside the main resort area, but also close to turtle cove. I like that it comes with bikes and a kayak, we are big kayakers. At the same time, I worry that it is too far if we want to go into the resort area for food. We would love to get by without a car, or only rent a car for half the trip, but I don't think that would be ideal with this location.
2. Spindrift: www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3547019
This seems a little closer but still somewhat out of the main area. I do notice, however, that it is right next to the Beaches resort, which I imagine crowds the beach. No kayak, no bikes. Probably need a car.
3. Villa Ono: www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p358177
This is right in the middle of everything, next to the Seven Sands. I could see us getting by without a car at this location, or maybe just renting for a couple days to stock up on food, explore the island, and then spend the rest of the time close by. But it's also right in the middle of everything: I would imagine we would have to walk a ways to get to a more secluded beach spot. No bikes, no kayak.
We hope to spend our days snorkeling, sitting on the beach, and, if possible, kayaking. I thought of renting a kayak for the week if we stayed at a villa without one, but the two I mentioned above seem too far from the beach to lug it back and forth everytime we want to go out. We would probably just go over to big blue to rent kayaks and explore the cays.
We plan on eating in for most breakfasts and lunch and then going out to dinner almost every night. We value our seclusion more than going out to bars, etc. We are pretty laid back and don't need anything fancy.
Any input on what location would be best for us? I am thinking AOBV but I am worried it will be too much of a trek into the main area. Obviously a short drive, but we prefer to walk or bike. On that note, would it be easy to bike from AOBV into the main area? It looks like lower bight road would get us most of the way there.