More about Villa Renaissance
This was our fifth trip to the Turks and Caicos and was our third stay at Villa Renaissance. While we have traveled extensively through the caribbean, our favorite island is still Provo and we are in the process of buying a condo there. We have found that, for the price, Villa Renaissance is one of the best places to stay on the island. While they do not have a spa or on site restaurant, the accomodations are great and the place is a welcome respite for us. And the location cannot be beat - dead center of Grace Bay Beach and walking distance to numerous restaurants, spas, and shops. This last stay was our best, as they have brought in a new manager (Ben - formerly at Ocean Club) who is just great and is taking the place to a new level.
Serenity, Romance, Beauty, Elegance...Villa Renaissance
The island was absolutely stunning! My wife and I have traveled Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, etc essentially all of the commercialized "hot" spots and "all inclusive" resorts. This year we were compelled to try something different. We happened to stumble upon Turks & Caicos and were so pleased with our find!
We stayed at the Villa Renaissance in Grace Bay. Perfect location! The people were friendly and service was unbelievably personal. The location is very close to some of the best restaurants on the island (Coco Bistro & Coyoba-evenings & Bay Bistro & Pararrel 23 at the Palms- breakfast, in fact my wife and I walked each morning and night).
I was a bit anxious about the room since we have always stayed at resorts but found the Villa extremely well kept. The room was absolutely fabulous. We found that we had access to all of the desirable amenities that we needed with "first class" service. The staff and management were always able to provide great suggestions and genuinely tried to make our stay perfect!
If you love snorkeling, diving and marine life, make the walk down the beach to "Smith's Reef" just past Coral Gardens. You could probably see a sea turtle or two but if you want true beauty keep walking. The manager at Villa recommended Smith's Reef which was stunning to say the least. Huge and started about 40 ft off shore...we saw a nurse shark, manta rays, twin eagle rays, and schools and schools of fish...the color of the reef and quality was absolutely gorgeous.
All in all, one of the very few trips I would ever take again. Thank you Villa Renaissance, ----.com, Susan, and all of the wonderful people that made our traveling experience so enjoyable. See you next year...p.s. we will probably bring the family!
My favorite place in Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos: Villa Renaissance, Providenciales: "Just Perfect".
September 18, 2007
A Trip Advisor Member, St. Louis, MO
We went to Turks and Caicos in July and have been meaning to write a review but things got busy. I do, however, want to add a revirew for anyone who is planning to go there.
The Villa Renaissance met and exceeded our expectations. We rented through VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner), unit #501. This saved on the cost, but the service and amenities were the same as if we had rented directly from the resort.
Villa Renaissance is centrally located so that we were able to easily walk to shopping and restaurants. We chose not to rent a car, inasmuch as driving is Euporean style. Cabs were readily available when needed, but we found a cabbie that we regularly used (Calvin Seymour) and felt that we had our own private chaffeur, honest, fun and respectful.
The Villa was beautiful and elegant. Our unit was well appointed, roomy, and beautiful, the kitchen fully equipped with anything we needed. Our unit, and all of the other units, were close to the pool and the beach, and at the same time afforded privacy.
It is a good place for families, (there were many), and yet a sense of calm and peacefulness prevailed.
The staff were more than helpful. Shareen Williams tried to fill our every wish (scheduling a snorkeling trip, parasailing, calling cabs or anything else we needed). The grounds are meticulously kept.
We were lucky that there were no mosquitoes due to the dry spell. Also, I would not have minded the high price of restaurant meals if the service had equaled the price. But, somehow, in contrast to the service at Villa Renaissance, the restaurants left much to be desired. Shopping is fun and affortable. If you like shelling this is paradise. I found huge conch shells.
We are looking forward to going back and when we do it will be to the Villa Renaissance.
Amazing Value and Luxury - AWESOME!!!!
We stayed at the VILLA RENAISSANCE and were "blown-away" impressed. At $295 a night this place is worth every penny and more. We had the equivelant to a condo, not a hotel room: large rooms, w/ kitchen, living room and outdoor patio. Everything looked brand new. The kichen had to be $30-40k with tons of granite and stainless steel appliances, fully stocked utensils, pots, pans,etc and complimentary wine in the fridge. The bathroom was so gorgeous and comfortable I did not want to ever leave it. It's on par if not better than the Bellagio's bathrooms in Vegas! They even give you travel-size Bulgari shampoo-conditioner-lotion! There are so few guests staying at the resort we felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND STAYING AT THE VILLA RENAISSANCE.
The only other resort we visited that I can say I was impressed with was THE PALMS. It's absolutely gorgeous and very romantic, with obvious attention to detail at every turn. I visited during the day for a massage and then returned at dark for dinner and walking through the complex at evening was enchanting. The cast iron wall sconces throughout the grounds and immaculate gardens and lighting were breathtaking. Everything a resort should be.
We visited the ROYAL WEST INDIAN RESORT, GRACE BAY CLUB, SANDS RESORT and TURTLE COVE INN for dining and was not wowed by anything at these resorts. They all seemed very pedestrian by comparison to Villa Renaissance and The Palms.
I have to be honest and say the island was a bit more underdeveloped than I thought, comparing it to other destinations like Aruba, St. Martin or Bahamas. Without a main "town" area or established inner city community, businesses are scattered everwhere without any cohesive personality, it leaves the island without an identity of its own. I do a lot of TC forum reading before I plan a trip so wanted to contribute.
PICTURES OF THE GORGEOUS VILLA RENAISSANCE
Villa Renaissance - we can sum up our stay in three words.....
Perfect, Perfect, Perfect! All staff were lovely and the General Manager was extremely friendly and helpful. We are islanders that are not easily impressed but this place was breathtaking. As Bermudians travelling to another island, we were pleasantly surprised. Would recommend to couples and small families. Fully intend on returning soon:-)
We stayed at the Villa Renaissance for Our honeymoon 4/28-5/7 and the it was amazing. The staff was very courteous and helpful in getting our dinner reservations. We stayed in #501, a Pool/Garden Suite unit. It was one bedroom with a full kitchen and living room, dual sink bathrooms. It was great. Very clean, daily maid service.
The kitchen came in handy making breakfast and having a fridge for all our own beer and liquor. This saved money as the drink at the hotel bar were expensive. The pool was very nice and is surrounded by the hotel. There are only 34 units there, and it was mostly empty, so it was like we had the place to ourselves. If there was ever anyone else at the pool, it was 1-3 people tops.
The beach was also very nice. Plenty of umbrellas (although a few were damaged one night during a rain storm) to sit under and the water was unbelievable. So clear. We can’t wait to go back.
What an incredible stay! My husband and I just returned from a wonderful honeymoon spent at Villa Renaissance The staff was friendly and helpful. The room (302) was beautiful and alas we found serenity. TCI is a place where you can do everything or absolutely nothing but listen to the waves. So here's the skinny...Car Rental: KK&T's: they are owned and operated by natives or "belongers" to the island. Family owned business, will bring the car to you...Best prices on Provo...TCI drives on the left, if you're not used to it, you will be..quickly! Food: Hemmingways (just down the street) yummy mango shrimp salad and great burgers according to my hubby. Great for lunch. Tiki Hut: Wonderful lunch and dinner; very nice atmosphere being at the marina. Couple and family friendly. Breakfast at the saltmills was great...right next to Iguana that wasnt bad for dinner either. Great drinks! Carribean Delight, had wonderful island food and Conch is the way to go any place you find yourself dining. IGA is the major supermarket, fresh produce, meats, snacks, wine, and spirits. If you are used the prices of these things in the states...just prepare yourself for the sticker shock. Most items are imported and costly. Many thanks to Ben, Shereen and Junior...wonderful staff at VR...we are planning our next trip already..
Link for photos at bottom of page.....
I'm not sure where to begin but I will start by saying we had a memorable trip and want to thank all those who contribute within tripadvisor.
We had an easy flight from Atlanta and breezed through customs. Gerard from Rent a Buggy picked us up outside and we were on the way to pick up the rental car. No hitches and we were at the hotel within no time. I think driving on the left is easier than driving on the right so no worries there.
After much debate we chose the Villa Renaissance and were so happy with our decision. Just a gorgeous intimate property and perfect for a couple looking to relax and enjoy the beautiful water/beach. I don't think words or pictures can accurately describe the beauty of Grace Bay and we loved our spot on the bay. We did however have to share the beach with one other couple. What a bummer. Cheers to Janine and Ian who were just married and we enjoyed meeting during our trip. Most of the trip you could see hundreds of yards in either direction and not see a soul. I'm sure its different in high season.
We had an oceanfront villa thanks to the wonderful GM, Ben. This room was incredible. Beautiful tile floors, incredible balcony with view, two bathrooms with tile/great fixtures, great bedroom, deluxe kitchen. Hopefully the pictures will show you.
We mostly just chilled on the beach with the occasional walk, and the occasional rum drink or turks head or water and not necessarily in that order. We did grocery shop at the IGA so we could enjoy breakfast on the balcony each day and to fill the cooler.
We ate meals at the following places: Grace's Cottage (excellent), Coco Bistro(excellent), Gecko Grille (decent but overpriced), Yoshi's (new sushi place) excellent, Hemingways (okay)
Somerset pool bar (very good) Tiki Hut (excellent snapper sandwich but we had to break in a new waiter but no problem.
We did some exploring including snorkeling at Whitehouse reef and a trip with Sail Provo. Awesome coral formations, cool fish, and our trip with Sail Provo was fun. We met some nice people and there were only eight of us on the boat. I would definitely recommend getting out on the water as its possibly even more beautiful or perhaps the rum punch was kicking in the color.
Well that's it. We had an awesome vacation and couldn't believe the beauty and tranquility of Grace Bay and the Villa Renaissance.
We're already dreaming of going back and actually thought about shipping our little girl there so we could stay a little while longer.
Here's the link to our pics, enjoy!
BEST IN PROVO
This was our fifth visit to Provo in the Turks & Caicos....and by far the BEST trip ever due to our condo at Villa Renaissance (VR). The location of VR is central to Grace Bay beach. There are many convenient restaurants and bars to walk to - including beach bars for lunch where you can sit and eat and see the sand and turquoise water of Grace Bay.
The condo (Unit 501) was a one bedroom with plenty of room and amenities. VR is a beach front property, but this unit is along the pool which saves you a ton of $$$$ (best value on Provo in our opinion). There is a double sink bathroom, king size bed, full kitchen, and living area with a couch and love seat - perfect for a couple!! The maid service every day was a nice touch. Having all the amenities means you can buy your own food and eat smaller meals (and drinks!) in and dine out when you want - a real cost savings as well. This was important to us since we snorkel and rented a jeep which we packed up each day with drinks, lunch, and our gear and took to the road each day for a new adventure.
The pool at VR is breathtaking, a mosaic-tiled blue with plenty of loungers, umbrellas, and towels. There is a bar on site (no food service) which is great for a tropical drink. The beach is the best - with more loungers and umbrellas and miles of white sand.
Needless to say, if this was our fifth trip, we obviously love this island. It is quiet (despite all the building going on) with little night life which is how we LOVE to vacate.
Outstanding - On Every Level
My husband and I stayed here for a week with our 10 year old daughter. We travel a lot, and l have to say this was one of our best vacations ever. Our ocean front villa was large, perfect, beautifully equipped and well maintained. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Both the beach and pool are exquisite.
Favorite activities were "diving" with Jodi at SNUBA Turks and Caicos, and kayaking to Little Water Cay (iguana island) with Big Blue Unlimited. Also the Conch Farm is worth a visit.
We had most of our breakfasts and lunches in the unit, and splurged on dinners at Grace's Cottage, Coco Bistro and Coyaba.
Wonderful hair braiding right across the street at Kid's Center.