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
I really enjoyed my stay! The place was affordable, clean and the staff was overall friendly. The room was perfect with a private balcony, washer/dryer, microwave, etc... this place is pretty much on the beach (2 min walk), walking distance to the grocery store, some restaurants and a few shops. Food on the island is very expensive, so the free breakfast was nice. It is very basic, but it works! Hopefully will be back!
We stayed two amazing weeks at Villa Del Mar and didn’t want to leave. The property is well maintained, quiet, safe. All the staff are friendly and helpful. We stayed in Studio which was perfect. The studio had all the essentials for our stay and the washer and dryer was an added bonus. Housekeeping was fantastic. Our room was clean with fresh towels each day.
Grace Bay beach which is a very short walk is breathtaking. Villa Del Mar has beach service with umbrellas, lounge and beach chairs, water and towels were perfect. In addition the beach staff are so friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed the weekly Managers cocktail reception with Rum punch and music. The bartender Captain Bill is great too.
We’ve stayed in other resorts in Provo but our stay at Villa Del Mar was the best so far. We highly recommend Villa Del Mar for its location and the great value. We’re already planning next years two week stay. Maybe three weeks! We loved it and miss being there.
I can’t say enough about this great resort. Though it’s not directly on the beach, it’s just a 2 minute walk. It’s clean, quiet and a great value on an island that’s very pricey. We are already planning next years stay here, we can’t wait to return. Staff was so helpful and made sure our stay was pleasant and enjoyable!
ROOMS: We had the 2 BR luxury suite which was a corner location and plenty of room for us (3 adults, 2 teenagers). The pull out sofa was perfect for our son and the curtains provided a dark, dark living room during the early mornings. The blinds did the same in the bedrooms. I've seen many reviews about noisy, creak beds. We did not experience that at all.
KITCHEN & LAUNDRY: Fully stocked with everything we needed including a microwave and dishwasher (with detergent), toaster, coffee maker, utensils and all dishware. We only took about 3 outfits each because we could wash clothes. You just had to ask for more detergent when needed, it was rushed right up to you.
We suggest the Graceway Supermarket out on Leeward Highway for groceries. Raheam took great care of us as we checked out with him almost every time. Be prepared, food is costly but yet only about 1/4 of the price you'd pay in a restaurant. A restaurant dinner for 5 will run you $120-$200 depending on your choices. We bought steaks and Bubba burgers and grilled 3 nights there. The gas grills at the hotel work wonderfully and there are 2 so one was always available.
BREAKFAST: We are not big breakfast people. We bought bacon, bread and supplies and made our own a couple of mornings. Otherwise, the pastries and boxes of cereal at the hotel's breakfast were just find for us. BUT: BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE! The hotel coffee was just not what we were used to.
LOCATION: You are literally across a 15' road from the beach. We were closer to the beach here (being across the street) than we've been in many other large resort stays when we had to trek from our room through other buildings, pools, etc. See my picture from the front of our hotel to judge for yourselves.
My complaint here is not with VDM but the Grace Bay Club which is the hotel across the street. They require you to walk on the sidewalk to the beach and then over on the beach about 50' to the VDM stand, chairs, water, attendant. As my 69 year old mother was with us, we cut through the bushes (a well-worn trail) to the sidewalk as it wasn't as hot and much, much easier to walk on than the sand. They had a sentry posted there to tell us we couldn't do that. Seriously? It's 50' on your sidewalk and would take us 30 seconds to quietly pass through. Nope, it wasn't happening.
CLEANING STAFF: Desi (Desair) tidied up our room daily and she was a blast to talk to and so, so friendly. She is one of the many bright spots on our stay with VDM. The hotel is very, very clean.
POOLS: 2 of them, one larger and one smaller. This is not a resort that is super loud with tons of activities, water sports etc. going on at all hours of the day. We prefer this quiet, laid back setting over the craziness you often get in larger resorts. When the package price is 1/2 of that of the resort directly across the street, we'll go here every time as VDM did not disappoint!
I stayed here for my birthday weekend and had an good time. The location is good for foodies, party goers and beach bums. It is not ON the beach, but steps away with bungalow, lounge chairs and water available on the beach for guests. The staff were very nice and had rum punch available whenever we requested. The only weird thing that happened on our last night our neighbor opened our room door with their key. I hope this resort upgrades to key cards because that is a huge safety hazard for guests.