Villa del Mar
What We Love
- All rooms have private balconies or patios
- Poolside grills, available to all guests
- Free WiFi
- Two pools and a hot tub
What To Know
- Located just across the street from the beach
- Although there's no restaurant or spa, the front desk can offer recommendations nearby
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set back from the beachfront, Villa del Mar is a relaxed escape with a laid-back attitude. Since opening in 2008, the 42-room property has exemplified the “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” getaway; it’s a place where two pools and a hot tub ringed by cushioned lounge chairs provide all the daytime entertainment you need. The hotel comprises three terra-cotta-topped buildings, and each guest room has a private balcony or patio, a washer/dryer, travertine floors, a flat-screen TV and Gilchrist and Soames bath products. Classic beach style reigns in these airy spaces, with photos of palm fronds, sea fans, starfish and coral adorning the beige walls. Deluxe Studios are about 700 square feet and have a kitchenette and a separate shower and bathtub with a white wood-slatted peekaboo window that looks into the sleeping area. For more room, plus a full kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, upgrade to a 1,100-square-foot Two-Bedroom Luxury Suite. A continental buffet breakfast (bagels, muffins, etc.) is laid out each morning by the small poolside tiki bar, while a compact fitness center offers a way to burn the calories. Although there’s no spa, the front desk can help arrange in-room treatments. The hotel plans to eventually break ground on two more buildings, adding a restaurant, a coffee shop, an expanded fitness center and an additional pool and hot tub. But in the meantime, unfurl your towel on one of the many sun loungers and enjoy the natural charms of Turks and Caicos—long sunny days and the white sand of Grace Bay Beach.
In the Area
The hotel’s central location puts some of the island’s hottest tables within walking distance. Nab a reservation at the popular Coco Bistro and try such zesty dishes as rare blackened tuna with red Thai curry sauce, jasmine rice, mango chutney and buttered broccoli. It’s also a short stroll from Villa del Mar to the Regent Village and Saltmill shopping complexes, where you can peruse a Jais jewelry outpost, art galleries and a surf shop. When night falls, start the evening across the street at Grace Bay Club’s super-trendy Infiniti Bar for a fruity cocktail, and then end the party in the wee hours at the aptly name Jimmy’s Dive Bar. You can also try your luck at blackjack, craps, roulette, or poker at the Casablanca Casino—you may just leave Turks and Caicos a little richer.
How to Get There
We've been to the island 3X - and this is my favorite hotel to-date. Everything was beautiful. The room was spacious, bright, well-appointed, (even the toaster & coffee-maker, dishes, & silverware are new and really nice). The roos were clean – well laid out. Furniture was good. The bed excellent. Great bathroom & the best bathroom towels ever (!!!). The wi-fi was slow, but stable (I was able to do remote work, no problem). The hotel location (near-enough to town to walk, but not noisy… near the beach, etc.) terrific. Your staff? Excellent. The grounds & pool – pool chairs? Amazing…
Our second trip to the Turks, and second time at this property.
We had a studio, with a kitchenette. Small fridge, microwave, plates utensils etc... No Stove or oven.
With breakfast included, we got items from the Graceway grocery store, formerly the Graceway IGA. We were able to have lunch and most suppers on the property.
Having two very good size BBQ’s, or Grill’s, works very well.
We bring Heavy tinfoil and tinfoil 9” X 9” disposable pans to grill vegetables etc, on the BBQ’s.
We did go out for supper a few times and ordered pizza from Mother’s, once.
From the beach it is a 2 minute walk to the hotel property, and from the middle building to the beach was 3 1/2 minute walk. We actually timed it. We have been at several Beachfront properties where we had to walk longer distances to the beach. So this was a breeze.
The street you cross would be better called a laneway. As it is not busy at all.
Brothers Kerone and Lerone are the beach attendants. It would be hard to get two more friendly, positive, personable, individuals, let alone brothers. They are a definite asset to the Villa Del Mar team.
There is always a cold jug of water on the beach , so bring your own water bottles. Beach towels as well. Lots of beach chairs and umbrellas.
You can easily walk almost hour in either direction.
Beach vendors offering Para Sailing etc, are not overly bothersome.
If you are prone to Sand Fleas, bring bug spray. Most people are fine. But for some reason they like me. And within a day the bites become, unbearably ITCHY. All you want to do is scratch. Making it very hard to sleep.
I spray , late afternoon, and evening.
They don’t come out in the hot part of the day.
The villa was well maintained and having a kitchenette was very helpful since food is expensive on the island.
The swimming pool was cute and we had no problems with the kids playing and chilling out. There was always a spot to sit.
Near the beach, there is a staff member behind the sign who tells you which spots are open and provides towels. He was very friendly and provided beach toys to the kids.
One thing I was disappointed in was one of the staff members behind the desk. She looked like she was very mad and always had a blank look. When I was checking in, she said it isn’t time to check in yet and there will be extra charge if we check in now. So I said I will wait. She obviously had keys and paperwork and it seemed like the room was already ready even though she said the room isn’t ready yet. We hung out at the pool for about 30 minutes and I asked another staff member who was walking by, which way was to the beach. She asked me are you checked in? Did you not get all the information? I said no and I told her that I was asked to wait until the room was ready. She walked in to the office and I could see they were talking and then asked me to go in and check in. The lady behind the desk was pretending she didn’t know anything and asked me what can I do for you? I said I heard my room is ready. And she said yes. And gave me the key and asked me to sign the paper. No one helped me with bags and she said second building on the left. That was a very unpleasant check in.
I was pleased with all other staff though. The cleaning crew was very friendly and prompt.
Breakfast was very handy and the rum party was fun.
Grace Bay is probably the best beach we have ever been to. Clear, calm turquoise water, beautiful white sand, clean and not that crowded when we were there (Nov. 3 - 10). Hotels on right on Grace Bay are pretty pricey - - out of my price range. I'm glad I found Villa Del Mar.
Although not on the beach, it is only a few minute walk from the hotel to the beach. You have to cross one small street (that is not busy) then walk through the Grace Bay Club to get to the beach. We have stayed at plenty of larger "beachfront" resorts where our room was further away from the beach. Villa Del Mar has its own designated area on the beach with towels, chairs and umbrellas. Plus, the area is staffed by Kerone and Lerone, to make sure you have what you need.
Our studio room was comfortable. It had a small kitchenette (fridge and microwave), a large bathroom with shower and separate tub, a sleeping area, a sitting area with a couch and large tv and an outdoor patio. The only issue with the room was that there is a cut out in the wall between the bathroom and the sleeping area that is closed with shutters, so there was limited privacy while using the toilet - - sorry.
The hotel grounds are well manicured, and we loved the pools. There is a heated pool and a cold pool, both great places to relax.
The continental breakfast was exactly as advertised. Cereal, bagels, english muffins, toast, croissants and some pastries, with cream cheese, butter and jelly. It was what we expected and have no complaints.
There are many restaurants, and a grocery store within a fifteen minute walk. We walked to dinner ever night, and never felt unsafe.
Not ocean front, but a 3 minute walk to the ocean. Staff very friendly and front office very helpful. Rooms clean and a lovely 3 pool and garden area.
Only downfall is the continental breakfast served only on plastic, plastic, plastic! We would bring the China cups and plates from our room to get our breakfast. Other restaurants are trying to do away with plastic.