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Newly renovated LR with custom furniture
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Very good
14 reviews
Newly renovated LR with custom furniture
Newly renovated LR with custom furniture
Newly renovated Kitchen breakfast nook
Fully equipped kitchen
Newly renovated Master with bath ensuite
Newly renovated Master  2 with bath ensuite
Master bathroom ensuite
Covered alfresco dining with amazing view
Private beach with seating and 2 kayaks
Chalk Sound view
Private beach
Outdoor dining with outstanding views!
Flat screen TV in beautifully appointed LR
entrance to main house
Powder room main house main floor
Cottage 1, twins convertible to King with bath ensuite
Cottage 2, twins convertible to king with bath ensuite, open plan kitchen and living ro
Cottage 1 open plan with veranda and stunning view
2nd cottage bath ensuite
Cottage 1 bathroom ensuite 1
Cottage 1 open plan kitchenette and diving room and veradah with views
Cottage 2 with bed, bath, kitchen, living room and terrace
Cottage 1 open plan with veranda and incredible view on the Sound
Bright entrance
Outdoor dining, loungers, covered veranda, BBQ, pool and views
Relaxing poolside
2nd cottage, main house and pool view from vantage of 1st cottage
View of main house and 2nd cottage from beach
Your outdoor chef!
Kayaks come with your rental
Taylor Bay beach, a 3-4 minute walk from Bright Idea
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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joeleak
Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
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“It just wasn't for us.”
Reviewed March 23, 2011 for a stay in March 2011
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We did not enjoy our stay here. The difficulty in reviewing a property is that so many things are subjective, dependent on the experiences of the traveler and that is certainly the case here. To be fair, some issues we have with the property are not the fault of the owner and are just part of the Turks & Caicos experience, I suppose. I will try to be as objective and fair as possible.

First, the good things, or, at least the things which were true to representation. It was very private. The view from the rear of the house is great. The exterior landscaping is beautiful. It is, relatively speaking, very moderately priced compared to other places I looked at. I was able to book it late when nothing else was available. The water around the Island was the most beautiful I have ever seen. Taylor Beach, across the road, is spectacular and secluded. I thought the property management was extremely responsive to complaints and helpful. There is a great restaurant only 1/4 mile down the road. The Island as a whole had a lot of very good restaurants.

Now, the things that made our stay not so great. Upon check in, you are instructed on the use of the security system. Part of the security system are "panic buttons" which are recommended to be with you at all times on the property. You are instructed to use them if you see something that makes you uncomfortable. You then sign lengthy waiver forms pertaining to third party criminal acts. I think it is commendable that the owner/manager place so much emphasis on security. It really doesn't, however, make you feel secure. Because of the villa's seclusion, you feel vulnerable. It is more than a little disconcerting. It doesn't help that within 1/2 mile of the villa are some of the worst parts of the Island, which you must drive through each time you want to go anywhere.

The kitchen is serviceable, but it is by no means "gourmet." The living room is cramped and the furniture very uncomfortable. The beds and pillows in the master are in serious need of replacing. The pool was green the entire time we were there, so the kids (girls, ages 12 and 15) didn't use it at all. Though the property manager had the pool company out several times, the condition couldn't be fixed. Water pressure in the showers is almost non-existent, as is hot water. Luke warm is the best you get. On a couple of days, there was no water at all for periods of time due to outages. I take it that the water problems are not the fault of management or owner, just part of Island life. I will add that property management was responsive to complaints, there was just nothing that could be done besides waiting it out.

If your kids want to do any activity (parasailing, snorkeling, etc...) you must make a 20-30 minute drive to the resort areas. If you want to eat anywhere else other than the one restaurant on Chalk Sound, or at the house, you must drive 20-30 minutes. This was why the property really didn't work for our kids.

To sum it up, though this house was moderately priced, we did not believe it to be a value. It is by no means a 4 or 5 star accommodation, maybe 2 1/2 at best. If you want a secluded vacation in which you cook all but one or two of your own meals, sit on a secluded beach, or sit on a patio overlooking Chalk Sound with your panic button in hand, this property is for you.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check in / front desk Service
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Mar 22, 2011
My regrets in the lapse of time between the posting of this review and my reply, but I was flighted off the island April 6th for emergency surgery and am only now back on my feet.

Bright Idea is a wonderful villa and is generally one of my most problem free. Unfortunately, the fates conspired during this guests' visit, presenting us with a mechanical pool failure, the parts for which were unavailable on island. Despite every effort, we could not bring the pool under control. The clients received a partial refund as a result.

In addition, while water pressure at Bright is great, the service provider was upgrading their system during this guests' stay; a problem above and beyond our control.

As per the balance of the review, I will agree that villa rental is a subjective experience. Pool and water pressure aside, I must take reflect on some 'observations' made.

In any country, one will find high and low economic areas side by side. That does not, however, make the latter "some of the worst parts of the island." Economically challenged, yes. To suggest, however, that one is vulnerable in a proximal villa rental as a result is both an unfair and untrue categorization; a comment that I have no doubt that the hard working residents of Five Cays would take grave exception.

As for the stated drive of 20-30 minutes to join in any activities held on Grace Bay, I can, without hesitation, declare the comment as overstated. There is a 10-12 minute ride to get to Turtle Cove or the Gansevoort from Bright Idea, as an example, and an 15-18 minute ride to get to the one of the furthest points - Coco Bistro for dining, as an example.

I do, however, understand buyer's remorse. This was a last minute booking. When I spoke to the client, I stressed her privacy as I always do when there are children included. You'll note that while we had another property available right in the middle of the 7 mile stretch of Grace Bay with a higher per night price, Bright Idea was chosen.

Finally, with respect to the security waiver form, it relates to the use of the alarm system. This waiver originated as a result of multiple false alarms by renters, creating high penalty charges for the owners. It explain use of the system, the obligation to cancel false alarms, and includes general safety suggestions that are based on logic and common sense.

Bright was, and remains, one of the most popular honeymoon and family rentals. She underwent planned renovations and upgrades in April, when the owners were onsite, with particular emphasis on the creation of a large private beach. New pictures will be taken and posted at the end of the present family rental.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Philadelphia
Reviewed June 3, 2010 for a stay in April 2010
2
people found this review helpful

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check in / front desk Service
Liked best: right on the water
Traveling group: Family with teenagers
Your age range 45-54
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Rugged travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 29, 2015
Thanks for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you 'home' again soon. The staff send fond regards. Basia
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