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
Only bad part of my review is that we are leaving today. Beautiful villas. Very comfortable and modern. We knew the bed for the 3rd person was a pull out couch. She had no complaints. We were in C102.. very close to the pool and front desk. The breakfast was blah. We ended up going off site for breakfast. The bread that were provided for breakfast were terrific, just wanted our eggs and sausage. Front desk staff was excellent. Helped booked excursions. Side note... take your cc with you, it does not charge to your card when they call. It is only for holding your spot. Housekeeping was at our room around 8. We came back around 11:30 one night and they do have security watching the grounds. It is a short walk across the road through Grace Bay Resort to the beach. That beach and those blues in the ocean make you forget anything is wrong in life.
We stayed 5 nights here - our first time on the property but not our first at T&C. We found the property and the room lovely and well-kept. Lots of quiet, no rush for pool chairs, great accommodations at the beach site, very helpful and cheerful staff. There was no problem with getting taxis, reservations or tour information, and our room was cleaned early and thoroughly every day. The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 stars is that the breakfast was meager, and it perplexes me as to why the management company would choose this route. All they need to do is add some individual yogurt or hard-boiled eggs on ice, and so many more people would be happy, and would rave about the place. We didn't mind the easy walk to the Graceway Gourmet Grocery for additional breakfast items and snacks, but it still seems counter-productive on their part to skimp in this area. That being said, we will definitely be back! It was a small inconvenience in an otherwise perfect get-away.
Visited with my mom and sister and we chose to stay at the Villa del Mar because of the proximity to the beach (without completely breaking the bank) and the wonderful reviews. This place did not disappoint!
We stayed in a top floor 2 bedroom condo and it was extremely relaxing.
Grace Bay beach is the most beautiful beach I have ever visited, I would definitely stay at the Villa del Mar the next time I visit!
Wow did I get ripped off!!! Stayed for 6 days with my 2 kids (12 and 16). Service was terrible. Arrived to the room which had one bed and a pullout sofa couch. They knew we had 3 in the room but I had to call 2 times to the front desk to get sheets for the sofa bed. Breakfast, is free-I can tell why. It consists of small boxes of cereal with warm milk that has been sitting on the counter in a pitcher, plain bagels, overripe bananas, and oatmeal in the packs like you buy at the store with nothing to put on it but a sugar pack. Good luck getting the room cleaned before 3pm. The TV broke and the toilet wouldn’t flush. Had to call to get both fixed. The staff was rude. Apparently there was a small cocktail party but the front desk didn’t inform us of that when we checked in. I booked a snorkeling excursion through the resort and the lady at the front desk assured me it was all taken care of and my credit card they had on file would be charged. When my family and I boarded the boat the deck hand looked disgusted when I told him that the excursion was already paid for so I didn’t bring a credit card with me. He had to call the front desk to get my card number. Spend your money elsewhere!!!
We loved our stay here. The apartment was spacious and lovely and we loved to have coffee and breakfast on the balcony. The beach is very accessible (4-5 mins walk) and lovely. Friendly and helpful service and great atmosphere. It's nice that it's a smaller resort so one never feels like there's a crowd and the reception staff recognize you. We wanted to book our return stay before we had even left.