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
First off, our trip was in May 2017. I know it's a late review but still wanted to give my input, I had to put May 2019 since the options wouldn't let me go back any further than October 2018.
Staff was friendly and accommodating. They gave us all the information we needed to know about the other beaches nearby and the local events going on (Fish Fry on Thursday’s).
The free breakfast was limited but enough for the morning, mostly fruit, cereal and lots of pastries.
Location was perfect. Our room was overlooking the pool side and palm trees so we had a pretty great view. It was a short walking distance from one of the best beaches - Grace Bay, and about 10 minute walk from the supermarket, which saved us a lot of money since we had a kitchen in the room. The kitchen had all the essentials: stove, toaster, mini fridge, pots, pans, and utensils.
It’s also not too far from the Port of Call strip (bars, restaurants, ice cream shops, souvenirs shops). Our car rental (Avis) was also walking distance so it wasn’t a hassle to locate and find the place.
Great value and would highly recommend this place to anyone!
Rented a studio bedroom which provided plenty of room for the two of us. It is a very short walk to the beach and you can also walk to many restaurants. While it is safe to walk around grace bay, we still rented a car and drive to dinner most nights. You can save a lot of $ by staying here and walking across the st to the beach!
This hotel is great. It is affordable and just a short walk away from the beach. The room was well equipped and clean. The staff was super helpful and accommodating. The only thing that was not so great was the pool. It could use a good cleaning and some replacement floaties. And the breakfast bar is limited and once they run out of food, they do not replenish so get there early. I would definitely come back again next year though.