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“Great location and service!”
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Villa del Mar
Ranked #19 of 44 Hotels in Providenciales
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 November 2011

We stayed here Nov 2010 and had a great time! We had read reviews before we went and were pleasantly surprised with both the resort and the service we received while we were there. Would absolutely go back again!

PROS:
- The rooms are great! Very clean and new. We had a small kitchenette so we walked to the grocery store and were able to make breakfasts and lunches in the room, when we choose not to eat out. They also have grills out by the pool for use if you get meat from the grocery store.
- If you like to explore and try new restaurants, you are within walking distance to many great places to eat (with various price points to fit your budget). We found ourselves walking the main strip numerous times and trying new foods along the way
- It is small, but they do have a gym on site for guest use.
- The balconies are huge and a great addition to the rooms. We actually had someone come and give us massages on ours and it was great!
- The staff at the front desk was always happy to give us recommendations on where to get local food and taxis that would not be too expensive. Very helpful throughout our stay.
- The pool area is on the small size but in comparison with the amount of guests at the resort, it fit. There are also plenty of chairs and cabanas and there was never an issue getting either one.
- The beach is one of the best we've seen! They have both chairs and cabanas set up here as well. There is also someone there to get you towels, water, or whatever else you need.

CONS:
- The hotel is not on the beach and you are only able to see a glimpse of it if you are on the top floor of the resort. However, it is just a short walk (really, it's not even two minutes!) through the Grace Bay Resort. The walk really is not bad at all but if you want oceanfront, be advised.
- There didn't seem to be a set time for the bar on site. There is only one so when you are looking for a drink and no one is there, there really isn't anywhere else to go without walking up to the main road or going to the Grace Bay Resort.
- There is no restaurant on site so you do need to plan your eating time based on when other restaurants on the main strip are open - and if they need reservations.

TIP:
- If you're willing to take a walk to the grocery store, be advised that it is pretty expensive ($8 for a small box of cereal). But, being in a tourist area, I am not surprised. You can take a cab to a local store, which is much cheaper. Just ask the front desk and they will set it up for you. They have certain days where they take you, with a group, at no charge. Otherwise, you would pay for the cab ride as well.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

We visited Villa del Mar in Aug 2011 as a birthday celebration/summer vacation with my husband. The rooms were great and we loved the large balcony. We stayed in studio. The bathroom had both shower and bathtub. Everything was clean! (the most important thing)
We stayed for 2 wks. The negative is that in studio you only have a mini fridge and microwave and tiny sink. We knew this before coming. We also had ants which the front desk took care of within 1 day. The big negative was the breakfast ( bagels, cereal, cream cheese, juice and apple/orange, small variety of sweet pastries EVERY day!). Even for a female this is not enough to hold you for the morning esp when swimming. Another negative was the noise from huge tubrines across the street (large back side of another hotel which I could hear every day). Overall, it was very good stay! The pool and bathtub were nice too. Great value for the money.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank maky12
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Reviewed 28 September 2011

This is the hotel for travelers who like to fend for themselves. The room was VERY nice. The bed was comfortable, loved the shower and the complimentary coffee was good. The opening over the tub, which is the size of an exterior window, lets you look into the main area is a little weird but if staying with your significant other it's not too bad. (I just think bathroom time is private time but...)

The pool was on the small side but since we prefer spending our time on the beach it wasn't a big deal. The beach is literally 2 minutes away. You have to cut through Grace Bay Resort for access.

I felt the customer service needs a lot of work. They were friendly but that’s about it. Unless you ask specific questions regarding food, events or activities, they’re not offering any information. I'm just assuming since we were there during their "Slow" time (September 13th – 18th) that explains the lack of cable the last 2 days and no toilet paper.

Overall not sure I'd return to this location but did enjoy my vacation. The beach was too beautiful and relaxing not to have enjoy myself

Room Tip: Don't stay on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank maplewood185
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Reviewed 18 September 2011

Spent a week here with my husband and two daughters 17 months and 3.5. We LOVED it. I chose it after scouring Trip Advisor reviews and was a bit nervous about being across the street from the beach but it is so close there's no difference except you don't have a view. And you are sharing the walk with one of the top hotels on the island. Having seen that hotel, I far preferred where we were -- better pool, nicer balconies. Our kids loved the pool. The condo was great, everything worked well and the staff were incredibly attentive to any questions we had. Having been to T&C now I would definitely stay here again as it's perfectly located so that you can walk to the store and lots of restaurants. The beach truly is tops. Like a swimming pool and somehow never crowded. It's amazing. If you have little ones, I highly recommend a taxi to Sapodilla Bay which was pure heaven for our girls. The place has only a handful of houses on it (we were alone both times we went) and the water is below adult knees so for the small tiny people it's pure joy. We also took the semi-submarine trip which was so fun for all of us since otherwise the girls couldn't have seen turtles and rays and what a reef looks like. Also did some excellent off-the-beach snorkeling from Coral Gardens where my husband saw the resident turtle. It's so good and close that a curious child could just put on goggles or a mask and stand there with their face in the water and see a few fish. We took turns wading with the kids on the shore and snorkeling. All in, a really fantastic vacation and Villa del Mar is an incredible find.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank trampette
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

My wife, our 10 month old son and another couple stayed in a 2 bedroom condo September 7-15, 2011. The kitchen comes completely stocked to make meals and bake.The pictures on their website are true of the furnishings and appliances in the units. We had previously stayed at the Villa Del Mar in June 2010 in a studio and decided to bring our friends for a visit. It was just as amazing as the year before. Lynco and Lisa were incredibly friendly and catered to all of our needs at the front desk. Felix and Pedro keep the pool and grounds looking perfect and housekeeping does a fabulous job and pays attention to all the small details. Kerone has the chairs and umbrellas ready to go every morning on the beach. Jimmy's Dive Bar has great sandwiches and is within walking distance of the villa. The Villa Del Mar has two pools, one of which as a beach-entry so our son was able to crawl all around in the pool which was awesome to have. We rented a car for 3 days and explored the island from Chalk Sound, Taylor Bay, Turtle Cove, Malcolm's Beach and the Northwest Point. The Shark Bite is a great place to eat in Turtle Cove. You can walk to all the shops at Ports of Call and Salt Mills from the villa. It was amazing feeling like we had the entire Grace Bay Beach all to ourselves as the Grace Bay Club and Ocean Club West were both closed for maintenance month. We hope to make it a yearly family vacation staying only at the Villa Del Mar.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Seth E
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

My partner and I stayed at Villa del Mar from September 3-10, 2011. The cab fare to the villa was $26 + tip. All of the staff were wonderful - very helpful and friendly. We stayed in a studio condo which was exactly as pictured - so no surprises. Having said that, as there is no full kitchen in the studio, it made it hard to prepare meals. After having an opportunity to preview a 1 bedroom unit, we've decided that the best thing to do would be rent that upon our return, rent a car and do a big shop at one of the 2 IGA stores. That way we'd be able to avoid the costs of eating out all the time. The prices at the grocery store are a bit of a shocker - 2 to 3 times the cost of the same items in Canada - but everything is imported and a 30% tarrif is applied. A six-pack of Corona is $15, but Guiness is actually cheaper at $12. The local Turks Head beer is decent enough, and cheaper. Several of the resorts and other restaurants on the island close on or about Labour Day for several weeks for maintenance. This caught us by surprise. The Conch Shack apparently has been closed since Hurricane Irene. We drove by and it looked deserted. The Shark's Bite restaurant at Turtle Bay was similarly closed for 2 weeks. But we ate at the Bistro next door to the Shark's Bite - and it was quite good! Also ate at Jimmy's Dive Bar (great burger!), and Hey Jose's mexican restaurant (great chimichanga and you must try their namesake margherita). Both of these restaurants are within walking distance of the villa as is Fresh. This bakery has lots of different items to eat. I had the Conch Burger (excellent) and another time a Quiche Lorraine (also delicious). The deserts are yummy and some are loaded with alcohol too. Checked out the stores at the Salt Mills and even more across the st (within walking distance of the villa), and also ate at Danny Bouey's (had fish and chips - surprise, Grouper! It was really good). We rented a Suzuki Swift from Avis for $66/24hr. Went to Chalk Sound and Turtle Cove, and the Conch Farm - 40 minutes drive from one end of the island to the other. Grace Bay beach is truly the best beach in the world, and every morning Kendron had the chaise lounges and umbrellas setup right on the beach, and towels and cold water were always available. Oh, and the loungers at the villa itself were so cushy. Easy to fall asleep in them, and I did. Only a couple of niggles - they couldn't make Mojitos on Mojito Monday because they didn't have all the ingredients. And no cranberry juice for a Tequila Sunrise. So perhaps more focus needs to be applied in keeping a fully stocked bar. But the free rum-punch Friday made up for it. :) We will go back to Villa del Mar - it's a cost effective and more personal alternative to the much larger and more expensive condo-resorts.

Room Tip: Get a 1 bedroom or larger unit so you can prepare your own meals
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank TravelByNumbers
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

We arrived at Villa del Mar just two days after Hurricane Irene. There wasn't any visible damage anywhere on the property. However, the studio we booked had a mildewy smell, apparently due to water damage from the storm. We asked the front desk for a can of air freshner but they insisted on upgrading us to a Suite located in another building FREE OF CHARGE. You can tell that the property is fairly new as the decor, fixtures and appliances are all really modern. One drawback to this hotel is that you can't see the beach unless you are on the 4th floor but, the beach is literately only a few steps away. The staff was very nice and extremely helpful; no matter how odd your request/question, they will go to great lengths to assist you.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Villa del Mar

Address: Crescent Road, TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales
Region: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range: £172 - £466 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa del Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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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