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“We didn't want to leave!” 5 of 5 stars
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Harbour Club Villas & Marina
36 Turtle Tail Drive, Venetian Road, Providenciales   |  
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Ranked #8 of 44 hotels in Providenciales
Graiguenamanagh, Ireland
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9 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“We didn't want to leave!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2008

We didn't want to leave. As has been said by so many others, Barry & Marta were just kindness itself. Harbour Club Villas is the perferct place to stay if you want a quiet, homely place , away from the "busy strip" but with superb and friendly service. You will need a car as it is on the quiet side of the island, but they will help you organise everything. They even lent us books on local Flora and Fauna and the history of the islands because they could see we were interested. Wouldn't get that kind of treatment in a hotel! So we give them the full quota of stars. Fran & Robert, Ballyogan House B & B Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny Ireland

  • Liked — Peaceful and friendliness of owners
  • Disliked — All I can think of is no full length mirror!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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seattle, wa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2008

We stayed at Barry and Marta's Harbour Club Villas for ten nights this February. We can honestly say that this was a perfect vacation for the two of us. Our 16 year old son stayed home, so it was like a second honeymoon for us (we've been married 18 years.) We chose Turks and Caicos because of the photos of the beaches, and specifically chose Harbour Club Villas because of the privacy of the location and the fact that we could cook our own meals. I should mention that the prices of groceries are fairly high, as everything has to be imported to the island. What we did, and have done at other places as well, is brought a suitcase full of frozen food, i.e., steak, chicken, etc., which always helps us cut back on the cost of food. It is normally no problem as far as customs goes, but don't bring fruits and veggies through. As far as the villas, they are the most spacious one bedroom we have ever seen. The cleanliness factor is a ten and Marta kept fresh towels stocked and the bed made every day. We cooked all of our meals here and it worked out great--we'd barbecue the meat up at the pool area where there is a nice, newer barbeque and then bring it back to the villa to eat! The main reason we didn't go out at night was that we were out all day at the beaches and were too tired to get dressed up and go out! This is exactly the type of place we love--quiet, yet not too far from services, separate villas with helpful, family-type hosts. Barry and Marta are the perfect hosts for this type of resort--they like to visit and are very personable and helpful, so each guest gets very personal service. Now the beaches-----pure heaven! I should say that if you are the type of person who likes lots of people around, some of the places we went might not be for you. But even on the days we went to Grace Bay, it wasn't really all that crowded, just more so than all the other places. Our absolute favorite was out at the Southwest point, near Bonefish Point. It is a little ways out down a rather bumpy road, but it was not bad at all. You do have to walk about a half to one mile down the beach to get to the perfect area, but every step is worth it. We just carried backpacks full of food, drinks, ice, etc., and walked in until we found just the right spot. It you walk out to the very point the sand is bright white and the water many shades of blue and very shallow. There are dozens of starfish in the shallow waters and no one else there most of the time. There were a couple of times when people who were fishing would walk by, but no one else was really nearby. We loved it--my husband could walk around to the bay and fish and I layed on the beach and read my book or played in the water. This beach was my idea of perfection. It is quite a walk past some rocky beaches, but so worth it when you get there! Also, there is a fun "pirate cave" you can check out near where you park your car, when the tide is out. Very cool. Other nice areas are the Malcolm Roads beach, but a bit more crowded. There is fabulous snorkeling there when the tide is out. Also for good easy snorkeling Grace Bay is great. A perfect beach that is easy to get to, gorgeous and not too crowded is Taylor Bay, that is our second favorite. Also Marta let us know about a couple of small beaches right down the road from the villas that were great, when the tide was out, really private, no one else there. All in all we have one of the best vacations that we have ever had, and we travel quite a bit. Our only complaint is coming all the way from Seattle takes awhile and can be a hassle, but it was totally worth it.

  • Liked — size, cleanliness, location, friendliness of staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester County, Pa.
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8 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2008

If you would like to explore the island in a 4 wheel drive vehicle for fishing,shelling,finding old rock carvings made by shipwrecked sailors,solitude,snorkeling off the beaches, or to find great food...then this is the place. Marta and Barry went out of their way to make our vacation wonderful including a drive to show us access points to some very fine places to be.You will not find them on your own,and I suspect very few locals know ALL their spots.We spent 2 entire days without seeing a soul.

This is a sure bet . I suspect any less-than-rave review was written by a couch potato who did not bother to do research.
The villa itself was roomy, comfortable and clean. It was quiet at night and the location is a 5 minute drive to Grace Bay, Turtle Cove and other spots of interest. We were pleased to discover that restaurant prices and the IGA grocery prices were very reasonable.

  • Liked — The hosts
  • Disliked — the weather,we hit a cold front
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Baltimore, MD
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2008

Staying here is similar to staying with family. Barry and Marta are very helpful, and let you do your own thing, but made sure to check on you every time they saw you. The rooms were very clean and fresh flowers everyday. We were on our honeymoon and Marta put flowers in the shape of a heart on the bed for us (see photo). If you need something, they will get it for you or tell you where to get it.

The Marina dog adopted us (Effie) she was a very sweet potcake dog. I would have taken her home if I could.

The fishing was not the best due to the time of year we took our trip.

The snorkeling was better than Aruba. Went to the Coral Gardens everyday and was never let down. Saw over 20 turtles in the grasses along with a huge Manta ray - (see photos).

We had a jeep and did a ton of exploring on the island. Scooter Bob's is where we got the jeep and it was waiting for us with the keys in it at the airport with our name on it, along with directions to the rental office. Super easy. Price was reasonable.

The food prices at the IGA were high, but we expected it. The Sharkbite had good food also.

  • Liked — the privacy, the location, the staff
  • Disliked — put all food away or you will get sugar ants.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jupiter, Fl
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

We spent 13 days at the Harbour Club Villa’s and Marina over Christmas 2007. It was great!

There are not enough positive adjectives to describe what delightful, helpful, and fun hosts Barry and Marta are. Even before we arrived Marta was so helpful over the internet answering questions, helping with car arrangements, as well as making dining recommendations. And from the moment we arrived both Marta and Barry did everything imaginable to make our stay enjoyable.

The facilities they built and operate were perfect for us. If you are someone who wants big, fancy, crowded hotel type accommodations, then don’t stay at Harbour Club. If you are someone who needs to be right on the beach and wants a bar and/or restaurant right outside your door, then don’t stay at Harbour Club. If, on the other hand, you are someone who wants peace and quiet, nice views, no crowds, privacy, spacious accommodations, and don’t mind driving a bit to your choice of a variety of great beaches, or a variety of great restaurants (or maybe even B-B-Q-ing your own dinner while watching an absolutely gorgeous sunset), then Harbour Club might just be the place for you.

We give Harbour Club Villa’s and Marina a 10 out of 10!!!!

  • Liked — SPACIOUS VILLA AND THE OWNERS
  • Disliked — NO TUB
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2008

My wife and I visited Turks and Caicos the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25 – Dec. 2) to ocelebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. From the start of the week to the end we could not ask for more. The island is beautiful and the weather was perfect.

Hosts -
After much research and review reading, we chose to stay at Harbour Club Villas. It was definitely the right choice.

Barry and Marta own Harbour Club Villas. They completed the picture perfect week. When we arrived at the villas, we were immediately met by Barry and Marta who welcomed us to the island and to their villas. After getting our luggage into the villa, they spent about a half hour explaining things we needed to know about the island, familiarizing us with the driving on the island and pointing out a couple of places to hit our first day.

As this was our first visit (but surely not our last) we did not know where to go first. Just about everyday, we would consult Barry and Marta. Their knowledge of the island was extremely helpful and they were able to direct us to different area and secluded beaches around the island. They were so nice and helpful. They made us feel like we were had been longtime friends.

Even before the week started, Barry and Marta were extremely helpful. They offered to make a car reservation for us with Scooter Bob’s. We were arriving on a Sunday (Marta emailed to inform me that alcohol is not sold on Sundays on the island) and Marta offered to purchase beer/wine for us so it was cold in the frig when we arrived.

Accommodations –
The villa was everything we expected. It was perfect for two people. It was one bedroom, one bath with full kitchen, including microwave (which we didn’t use), coffee maker, full refrigerator, dishes, pots and pans. TV with satellite channels (we saw news from NY and Miami ). There is a gas grill by the pool that we were welcomed to use (and we did one night). The bedroom was just the right size with plenty of closet and drawer space for my wife and me. The bedrooms have a wall unit air conditioner.

There was a dining room table which we used to play cards at night but meals that we had at the villa (mostly just breakfast) were eaten on the patio right outside the villa overlooking Flamingo Lake and surrounding palm trees. I really got used to eating breakfast outside every morning among the palm trees.

As mentioned earlier, they do have a pool but we spent everyday on the beach. They have also built a marina on the backside of the island. It appeared at least a few of the dive boats on the island dock in this marina. My wife and I do not dive so I am not much help in this area but I am sure Barry and Marta would have more than enough info in this area.

We had mentioned that we were interested in snorkeling and I asked if there was a place we could rent snorkel equipment. Barry and Marta had snorkel gear that they let us use for the day. They also said they had kayaks that we could use but we ran out of time.

Location – The location of the villas was perfect. The island is not that big but I thought the villas were centrally located. Nothing is a far drive.

I am not sure the vacation could have been better and it was in large part due to Barry and Marta. Thank you Barry and Marta!

  • Liked — The hosts and the beaches
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2007

We just returned from a wonderful two week stay in the Turks and Caicos. Aside from the beautiful islands and the gorgeous weather, we were fortunate to find Harbour Club Villas, which was the icing on the cake.
Barry and Marta are the hosts and the creators of Harbour Club Villas. They moved down to the Turks and Caicos from Banff, Alberta ten years ago and have created a little piece of paradise. They are the ultimate hosts, opening up their home and their sharing their local knowledge and experience with their visitors.
When we first arrived at the villas, we were greeted by Barry and Marta who welcomed us to the island and to their villas, and whisked our luggage into our room. The rooms are spacious, well kept and appointed with everything that you could possibly need. I would challenge anyone to come up with something that they couldn't find in the villas, or by asking Barry or Marta.
The full size kitchen is stocked with a full fridge with freezer, microwave, range, toaster, blender, electric can opener, corkscrew, complete set of dishes, mugs, plastic glasses (to take to the pool), Tupperware, pots - all clean and ready to use!
The kitchen even has a breakfast bar, complete with two bar stool chairs.
The linens and towels were all new or next to new, and the towels were extremely soft and luxurious. They provided lots of bath towels, and also provided beach towels.
The linen closet contained beach chairs and a cooler, and we also borrowed a beach umbrella from them more than once.
The bedroom had lots of closet and dresser space, along with a comfortable queen mattress and pillows (extra pillows and a blanket were also in the closet). There is a air conditioning unit in the bedroom as well, although we never used it once.
The entry area contains a sofa and two chairs. They provided a number of novels and books, although we never had the time to open one of them!
There is an eating area with table and four chairs, and then a living room area with two sofas (one was a hideabed) and a coffee table. All of the furnishings are in great shape, and very comfortable. There is a TV in the living room, with satellite.
The bathroom has a large shower and lots of cabinet space above and below the sink.
Everything in the villa worked well, and you can tell that they put a lot of effort into the upkeep of the property.
Air conditioning is always a "must have" for me, and I would never book a place that didn't have it. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't need to use the air conditioning once in the two weeks. Even on the hottest days, there was a breeze. All of the rooms have wooden louvers on the windows that you can adjust, and by opening the louvers and turning of the ceiling fans in each of the rooms (five fans in total in our villa), we were able to keep cool without all of the noise that an air conditioner brings. We even slept with the blanket on some nights, but could still hear the evening crickets outside.
There is a nice pool on the property, but I must admit that we spent almost all of our time diving, exploring the island and on the beaches. They have a BBQ that I noticed some other guests taking advantage of, and a nice eating area by the pool.
The villas are located right above the harbour, which made easy access for us to get to Flamingo Divers. We dove nine days with Mickey and Jayne at Flamingo Divers, and it was very easy to just walk down to the harbour from our villa. I would highly recommend Flamingo Divers as well, as they were superb to dive with, but I will post a separate review on them.
The location of the villas was also a pleasant surprise, as the tourist hot spots on the island have massive construction projects going on (new resorts and condos), and the villas are away from this hustle and bustle. It made for a nice relaxing location, but close to everything.
I would highly suggest renting a 4x4 vehicle if you are going to explore the island as we did. Roads are very rough in places, and lots of them are not paved. Marta arranged a car rental for us after we arrived and even drove us down to Scooter Bob's rental office (another former Canadian :).
Barry and Marta knew TONS about the island, and always had answers to questions that we asked about local terrain or culture. We did a lot of exploring and snorkelling off the beaten path, thanks to Marta's expert advise on how to get to little spots that no one seemed to know about. We frequently had beaches all to ourselves, and really enjoyed all of the unique experiences.
They even loaned us their ocean kayaks, so we were able to explore the local coves and try something that we had never done before.
They also arrange bonefishing, if that is your passion.
All in all, our stay at the Harbour Club Villas was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Barry and Marta's villas to anyone else planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos - you won't be disappointed!

  • Liked — The attention from the hosts to the villa condition and to our needs
  • Disliked — Nothing that we didn't like
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 36 Turtle Tail Drive, Venetian Road, Providenciales
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Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Providenciales
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harbour Club Villas and Marina is a six villa estate uniquely located on two waterfronts between ocean and lake on Provo's tranquil south shore and all within a short, five minute drive to Grace Bay beach. Six, one bedroom villas ideal for couples, families and small groups. We have scuba dive boats leaving our marina daily and bonefishing in the lakes right out your villa door. Rent one villa or rent them all and have the entire resort for your next group event. ... more   less 
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