My room at the Villa del Mar condos was well-appointed with all the luxurious touches you would appreciate at an upscale resort. The bed was so comfortable that it was hard to get up and start my day--I just wanted to sleep in for hours! The balconies was huge.The women at the front desk were all very nice, gave good advice on local events, and encouraged me to try activities I would not normally engage in (i.e. the Provo Ponies horseback riding excursion--try it, you'll love it!) The walk to the beach was really short and I would agree with the other posters that its about a 1 to 2 minute walk, tops. To get to the beach you would cut through the Grace Bay Club whose grounds are beautiful! There was construction going on at the Grace Bay Club grounds but it was never intrusive and didn't prevent access to the beach.
The condos are also within walking distance to most of the main shopping areas (Ports of Call and Salt Mills) in Provo. Personally, I didn't attempt to walk to these shops at night, not only because I was a solo traveller and had a very heightened awareness of safety, but because there are some dark, bushy areas that could serve as perfect hiding areas for robbers, etc. I took taxis in the evenings, which could add up pretty quickly. A 3 minute cab ride to a restaurant costed me $8 or $10. More than one person? Could be more.
Another important thing to remember about Provo is that it is expensive. Other posters have commented on this, and I've now seen it for myself! Arts and craft stores carry some really nice, locally produced items, but I thought they were a little overpriced. I'm all for supporting artists and compensating them for the talent and hard work, but I still felt some items were a tad expensive for what you get. The Graceway IGA near the condos packs some hefty price tags on items (i.e. $6 for a quart of milk, $8 for a bottle of juice, $5 for a box of Hot Pockets, etc.) There are some pricey but delicious restaurants in the vicinity--Coco Bistro, Mango Reef, and Hemingway's were some of the stand outs. Danny Buoy's was not that great. The best bang for the buck was the Salt Mills Cafe which had delicious food and reasonable prices.
If you travel during the off-season (late August through early/mid-November), be prepared to find some restaurants and shops closed, and certain tours/excursions either not operating or canceled because there weren't enough folks who signed up. I was disappointed when I couldn't get a sunset cruise on my last night because not enough people had signed up.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Villa del Mar. The benefits of visiting there during the off-season were that the two pools were not crowded and the condos and beach were very quiet and tranquil.The condos are very economical for the amenities you receive, and if you request a pool-view room on a high floor, you can get a decent view of the ocean! Apologies for the lengthy review...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa del Mar is the perfect island retreat for a vacation filled with endless sunshine and delightful diversions. Located on Providenciales (a.k.a. Provo), the most developed island in the Turks and Caicos chain, Villa del Mar is just steps from the 12 mile strip of sugary fine sand and cerulean blue water known as Grace Bay Beach, internationally recognized as one of the world's top 10 beaches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Del Mar Hotel Providenciales
- Hotel Del Mar
- Del Mar Hotel
- Villa Del Mar Turks And Caicos/Providenciales