This is the perfect hotel for people who want to have a beautiful, high quality room with easy access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world without paying an arm and a leg to stay at a full service resort.
My husband and I rely on Tripadvisor for all our hotel research, and once again TA pointed us to exactly the right spot for us to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.
Our list of must-haves included: 1) easy access to shade/umbrellas on the beach at all times of the day; 2) a walkable location with a couple of restaurants and a grocery store nearby for snacks/drinks so that we wouldn't need a rental car; 3) a room that felt luxurious without the luxury price tag.
We got all of that and more at Villa Del Mar. The receiptionist provided a small but delicious cup of rum punch upon check in, which was a nice touch I thought perhaps we might miss out on knowing we weren't staying anywhere full service. From there we found our room to be very nice and extremely comfortable. We booked the studio and were perfectly satisified. The room was exactly as pictured. The first thing I noticed was the travertine tile that extended from the steps up to the room, all the way through the room, and out onto the balcony, where they could have used a cheaper material but didn't. The kitchenette was also quite nice with granite countertops. It had a toaster, microwave, mini fridge (with a frozen shelf but no separate freezer--ideal for liquor and ice trays), plates, cups, mugs, flatware, etc. We tipped our maid each day and came back to clean dishes. Speaking of the housecleaning staff--they are AWESOME. Our room was sparkling every day. No sand anywhere! They are wonderfully thorough and finish early. Our room was always done before we came back around 1 pm.
The bathroom is enormous--especially for someone coming from NYC! This felt like such a luxury in and of itself. The bathtub is perfect for long soaks. I should also mention that the bath towels were very plush and soft--much better than most hotel towels. Their provided bath gel suds up into a huge bubble bath. The king sized bed was very comfortable, although the mattress was a bit too soft for me. I slept like a baby every night. Another nice touch in the room was the ceiling fan. Although we relied on the AC, it was nice to have the fan as an option.
Besides the beautiful furniture and the luxurious bathroom, the balcony also sets Villa Del Mar apart from other hotels in this price range. The large balcony features a lounger with a side table and a dining set for four. All five chairs have thick, luxurious cushions. I took many a happy siestas out on my balcony lounger in the afternoons. Another nice touch that makes the room feel even more luxurious is that the whole back wall leading out onto the balcony is glass--and it slides any number of ways. You can open the doors in the middle, or push them to the right or left. There are also a set of screen doors so you can let the air inside but not any bugs.
Last but not least is the beach. Other reviewers have it right when they say it is no big deal to walk through Grace Bay Club to get to the beach. The beach is a national park, and Grace Bay Club has a small gate marked for national park access on their property, so they expect non-guests to use the path to the beach. Though our blue and white striped Villa Del Mar towels gave us away, the Grace Bay Club beach attendants were always very friendly to us. A bartender told us we were "like family" being from across the street. The street is very small and only receives very light traffic. Door to beach was probably under 2 minutes. Villa Del Mar's section of the beach is very easy to find and features more chairs and umbrellas than are needed, so there were always many, many empty spots from which to choose. We always got a front row spot, no matter what time of day. You could also ask one of the beach attendants to put out a new umbrella, or add a second umbrella to your set up for more shade. One thing I should mention is that if you tip the beach attendants on the first day, you'll get better service the rest of the week. They'll remember you and bring towels to you, etc. They have a menu for the Seaside Cafe, but instead of having the attendant bring us food, we just walked the very short walk over and at the restaurant. It was a great option for lunch, about $14-15 per lunch entree. The beach attendants also helped us book our parasailing with Skypilot and our snorkle cruise with Island Vibes. I had researched vendors on TA ahead of time and was pleased to learn that my favorites were the companies the attendant recommended, too.
We walked to the following: ate dinner at Caicos Cafe (recommend), ate lunch at the Seaside cafe (recommend), had ice cream at The Patty Place (do not recommend the devon stout ice cream), ate dinner at Jimmy's Dive Bar (good for a "cheap" meal), ate dinner and watched the World Cup at Danny Buoy's (recommend, also very affordable), got groceries at Graceway Gourmet (recommend), got breakfast pastries at Caicos Bakery (recommend). We also enjoyed the free rum punch at Villa Del Mar's manager cocktail hour on Friday evening, 5 pm I think.
We had a truly outstanding time at Villa Del Mar. I have a nice but very small apartment in NYC, and have been home less than 24 hours. I already miss the extra space and amenities (oh, to have a washer/dryer in my own home again! and a soaking tub!). For my husband and I, and how we like to spend money/vacation, we couldn't see any reason for us to stay anywhere more upscale. Villa Del Mar was perfect for us.
- 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