We (myself, my wife, and 16 year old son) absolutely loved our stay here and were very depressed when it was time to leave. We stayed for a week (Easter week, 2011) in a 2 bedroom penthouse suite (C402), so any room comments naturally apply to this suite only. I will try to provide as much information as possible to help you decide if Villa Del Mar is for you.
We loved this suite with all the amenities of home. The top (4th) floor unit has high vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans in the living room and Master bedroom. The top floor suites are double the width of the other suites. The full-sized kitchen has granite counter tops, an island with a sink, dishwasher and bar-stool seating. All appliances are stainless steel including the full-sized fridge (with ice-maker) and stove. The kitchen is fully equipped with silverware, plates and bowls, pots and pans, cooking utensils, microwave oven, toaster, and blender. There is also a stacking washer/dryer (detergent provided) in the unit. The round dining room table seats 6 and the living room has a sofa bed. There are flat screen TV’s in the living room and in both bedrooms. The living room and master bed room have DVD players as well. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The master bedroom has a very comfortable king bed as well as its own “bar” area complete with sink, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and bar-sized fridge. The master bathroom has a large double sink with granite counter top, lots of storage space, a bathtub, a separate large walk-in shower. The bedroom has a high wall mounted remote-controlled air conditioner (the high-end type, not the window type). The master bedroom also has its own balcony with a table and two chairs facing the rear of the building. There is a very large glass-railed balcony which overlooks the pools. It has an outdoor table that is great for breakfasts and lunches as well as a seating area. This balcony is not covered except for a trellis over the one section. You can see a bit of the ocean between the buildings of the Grace Bay Club. We loved sitting on this balcony and really didn’t miss not being right on the water.
The property is located across the street from the Grace Bay Club which is far more expensive. Again, we did not miss being directly on the beach. The property is nicely landscaped with two swimming pools (both of which have large kid friendly shallow areas) and a large hot tub. There is a bar which serves a basic (included) breakfast in the morning and drinks (paid) during the day. Beside the bar are 2 propane BBQ’s which can be used at anytime. There is a small gym (with 2 exercise machines and free weights) beside the pool. The front desk has numerous brochures on activities. They are happy to recommend and book activities and restaurants for you. Parking is free and plentiful. The lounge chairs are extremely comfortable and there was never a problem getting one, even though the property was very full. At no time did you feel like you were at a crowded resort. The beach is a one minute walk through the Grace Bay Club. Villa Del Mar has its own section of beach with lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels, and water. There is a beach attendant who will set you up and even bring you drinks from the Villa Del Mar bar. Here too we never had a problem getting chairs no matter what time of day we went to the beach. Everyone who worked at Villa Del Mar was cheerful, helpful and friendly – everyone always greeted you with a smile.
We didn’t do too many activities. We did the guided kayak tour in the mangroves with Big Blue Unlimited which we really enjoyed. We also did a 2 hour guided Sea Doo tour to various islands (can’t remember the name of company). It was fun, but even my 16 year old son (who had his own Sea Doo) felt that 2 hours was too long in the rough ocean (with a stop on an island). 1 hour or less is plenty. We heard great things about the Provo Ponies but they were booked solid and we couldn’t do it. Book this one before arriving or you may out of luck. There is generally not much good snorkelling from the beach along Grace Bay – most if it is just a white sand bottom. The two closest places to snorkel off the beach are Coral Gardens (45+ minutes walk along beach) or Smith’s Reef near Turtle Cove (60+ minutes walk on beach). Both are accessible by car as well. Smith’s Reef is much more secluded – you will only see a few other people while you are there as there are no hotels. If you like long walks on the beach, turn right when you get to the beach and continue walking past all the hotels. In less than 25 minutes of walking you will have the beach almost all to yourself as there are only some private homes. My wife and I marvelled at how much seclusion was available so close to the hotels – we have so many photos looking up and down the beach without another person in sight.
We did have a rental car which we found to be very convenient as we like to explore as much of an island as possible when we are on vacation. There are a number of restaurants and stores within walking distance, but a car is useful if you want to venture out beyond where you are comfortable walking (especially at night when it can be quite dark in areas). The main IGA grocery store is like any North American grocery store as almost everything is imported from the U.S. You can’t walk to this one, but there is a smaller grocery store less than a 10 minute walk away. I believe that there may be a shuttle that goes to the grocery store in the morning – but this needs to be confirmed. We had great meals at all of the restaurants recommended by the front desk: Hemingway’s (ask for outside table near beach), Coco Bistro (not on beach, but outside and feels like you are in a forest of beautifully lit palm trees, Anacaona (the beachside restaurant/bar at Grace Bay Club – beautifully lit at night with hanging baskets, fire pits, and numerous couches to relax on).
Overall, we can’t say enough good things about Villa Del Mar and the island in general. Villa Del Mar had great accommodations, great staff, great location, and never felt crowded. We loved Turks and Caicos as well - great beaches (where no one is trying to sell you anything), friendly locals, happy tourists, and where it is easy to get away from the crowds (for now, as the airport is undergoing an expansion). We would come back in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa del Mar is the perfect island retreat for a vacation filled with endless sunshine and delightful diversions. Located on Providenciales (a.k.a. Provo), the most developed island in the Turks and Caicos chain, Villa del Mar is just steps from the 12 mile strip of sugary fine sand and cerulean blue water known as Grace Bay Beach, internationally recognized as one of the world's top 10 beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Del Mar Hotel Providenciales
- Hotel Del Mar
- Del Mar Hotel
- Villa Del Mar Turks And Caicos/Providenciales