We recently stayed for a week at La Vista Azul. Having done our homework before booking, we knew that the resort is not on the beach and that it does not have an on-site restaurant. These things were not an issue with us as they have been with other reviewers. We, however, left with mixed feelings about the resort.
This is definitely not a place for anyone who can not walk up and down stairs. It is built into a hillside and you have stairs to get to your room no matter what building you are in. If you're in bldgs 4 or 5, it's a toss-up as to whether you park on the street level, where the retail shops are, and walk up or park up top and walk down more stairs (which means more stairs going back to your car) . For Bldgs 1-3 , parking up top is best. After a switch from building 4 to 3 (water heater issue in original room), the bell boy drove with us to make sure we found the upper parking lot, which is reached from a different street than where the main entrance is.
We had the largest 1 BR, which was nice. It was and end unit and had and additional half bath, which the other 1 BR's don't. It also had a tub if that's important to you. Others just have showers. Unit was modern with granite counter tops and stainless appliances. However, we found some of the furnishings a little odd. The bed is lower than a standard bed, which could make it difficult for some to get in and out of. There was no dresser/chest in the bedroom, so the only place to put clothes was in the two small nightstands. The shelf in the double closet was taken up with beach towels and additional linens. There was plenty of hanging space in the closet but not a lot of hangers. In the combination LR/DR/kitchen there were overhead recessed lights in the kitchen, but nothing in the LR or DR. The only light for these areas was the light kit on the ceiling fan in the LR area. There were two circular end tables in the LR but no lamps (gotten broken perhaps?). No chandelier or similar over the dining table. Made for some difficult lighting, especially to read. Finally moved one of the lamps from the BR nightstands into the LR.
Most of the unit are privately owned (although there are a number that are still unsold or up for resale) so furnishings will vary, especially when it comes to kitchen items. It appears the units started out with a dinnerware service for 6, but things have either disappeared of gotten broken. Replacements have not been made, which I would guess is up to the owners if the unit is privately owned, which our unit is. We had a 2-slice toaster, electric kettle and coffee pot, but don't count on making blender drinks as there was no blender. There was no "starter pack" of kitchen items that you find in so many places now - no coffee, no paper towels or napkins, no salt & pepper, and no sponge/dish cloths, or liquid detergent for doing dishes in the sink. There was detergent for the d/w but this doesn't work well for doing dishes by hand, which we had to do due to the odd number or plates & silverware (we didn't want to run the d/w with only a few dishes in it ). You can buy the above items at the convenience store located at street level or the IGA. It would have also been helpful to have some plastic glasses for use at the pool and hot tub, since no glass is allowed in those areas.
The units have an in-unit washer/dryer which is nice but again, not even one starter pack of detergent. We also found out that housekeeping uses the w/d to do the linens for the unit. Some days the housekeeper came back and replaced the linens when they were finished being laundered, but other days we needed to retrieve them from the dryer ourselves. Just an FYI if you return to you room and it looks like you don't have any towels in your bathroom.
There are no phones in the rooms. Apparently they have cell phones the give you with an initial credit for calls, but this was never mentioned to us. We found we didn't need it. Also note that there are no clocks in the BR's either so if you have an early morning flight, you'd best bring some sort of alarm as there'll be no wake-up calls or alarm clocks to set.
The location of the resort was within a 5-minute walk to a half-dozen restaurants in Turtle Cove. Beach access was about 5-minutes walk away, 1 minute drive. There is parking available. About a 15-20 minute walk or 5-minute drive takes you to Bight Park, which has facilities (rest rooms, boat rentals, playground, soda vending machine, picnic tables, and a small garden area.). The resort has beach chairs, small umbrellas, and snorkeling gear available free of charge.
There's two small pools, one strictly for adults, although some people tried to ignore that since the adult pool was closer to their room. Generally it was pretty quiet at the pools.
For what we paid, the place was a bargain but we did feel it was missing some of the small details. Perhaps this is a reflection that a number of the units that remain unsold and that little of the retail space at the street level is rented (right now it seems to consist of a convenience store, beauty/nail salon, small bar, and a realtor or two). Maybe if things stabilize on those fronts, there will be more attention to detail. If you don't require beachfront and the full amenities of a resort or hotel, it's a place to consider. We weren't unhappy with our stay but thought there is definitely room for improvement in some areas. We still would consider returning here but it would depend on pricing and current reviews at the time we would be booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled seventy feet above sea level with spectacular views of the sparkling turquoise Caribbean sea, La Vista Azul Resort is the Turks and Caicos Islands newest four plus star resort. La Vista Azul overlooks the north coast of Providenciales, also affectionately known as Provo:an island destination that features some of the world's best beaches, fishing, restaurants, spas, water sports activities, and home of the world's third largest reef system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Vista Azul Hotel Providenciales
- La Vista Azul Resort Turks And Caicos/Providenciales