Where When How May/June 2017 : Page 46
VacationVillas BEACH VILLA OCEANUS 46 • • • • • MAY/JUNE 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”
RESORTS AND BOUTIQUE HOTELS ARE abundant in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with short-term rental development harnessing not only an impressive roster of R&R amenities, but rapid development of an entirely different rental sector; private villas and guesthouses. Such exclusive accommodation is attracting a much wider demographic in recent years, with families, friends and couples alike realising the appeal of going private much quicker and in greater numbers.
The benefits are clear, and enhanced somewhat by one unassuming fact: they’re not as costly as you may think. Vacation villas can work out a costeffective option for groups of friends or family booking together. Even then, the rise in the number of villas and guesthouses - whether it’s via Airbnb or other means- leaves price ranges competitive and malleable to an array of requirements and budgets.
The second benefit is the deeper level of personalisation private villas and guesthouses allow, with autonomous flexibility to tailor your timetable 24/7 to suit your needs. The privacy such accommodation warrants, by combining communal and private space under one roof, means villas adopt a family-style kind of affair, resembling the ‘home away from home’ many holidaymakers seek. Precious time with loved ones, downtime in your own space; villas and guesthouses have it covered.
Quaint, contemporary, colonial, European? A hand-built retreat or bungalow on the beach? Each villa is unique with a distinct character, ambience and architecture for you to pick and choose at will. Private villas range from quaint to palatial, and can offer space for as few as two guests, or comprise enormous estates for as many as multiple families and groups of friends. Should you want amenities for the kids, many villas also have purpose built children areas to retain the benefits of playtime championed at larger resorts.
Indulging in bespoke requests is a luxury not just confined to bigger resorts. Everything but a helicopter is primed and ready to land at your villa door, including a chef, concierge, maid, butler, masseuse, personal trainer; you name it, it’s on offer. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, simply send a shopping list to your concierge and arrive to a fully stocked fridge. Rum punch and crab cakes anyone? Choose to use the service providers recommended by the villa’s owner or property manager, or contact one of the private concierges on the island to enjoy these benefits.
Many, if not most, of the villas available for rent in the Turks and Caicos Islands, share common characteristics. From freshwater swimming pools, proximity to a beach access or a beachfront location, to air-conditioning, television, Wi-Fi, music systems, and security, across-the-board facilities are fairly standard. Kitchens are fully equipped, so you or your private chef will be able to prepare meals with ease, should you opt to dine in during your holiday.
In the Turks and Caicos archipelago, our islands are small and easy to navGate. If you choose to rent a car, finding a grocery store or other amenities usually covered by resorts is no trouble. If you prefer to use a taxi, one of our many reliable drivers are at hand to pick you up, take you to anywhere, and return you home to your villa, safe and sound.
Simply stated, private villas and guesthouses put you in control of your own time and space. You may eat, sleep, and come and go as you please, with whatever level of attention your needs see fit. Due to the nature of stand-alone accommodation, there’s a homegrown authenticity that arises from residing in the local environment. You may be located on a secluded section of beach, or hidden up top in a hillside villa, at a local’s luxurious home, or one of their holiday properties. The opportunity to not visit but live here, even for a short while, gives you the chance to immerse yourself in Caribbean life more like an islander does. For visitors wanting a home away from home, whether to enjoy family time within a causal setting, relish home comforts like cooking and playing games, or to retain the same level of privacy and independence, this option is for you.
A 12% government tax is charged on all accommodations. The additional 10% service charge added to resorts and hotel stays is not charged with villas.
Overlooking the southeast coast, Long Bay is known for its ocean views, yearround breezes and three-mile long beach of shallow water.
Alta Vista Villa
This elevated two-storey house benefits from four bedrooms, four baths, a modern kitchen, and living room on each floor. The property occupies an acre of land, and sleeps two to 12 people. Facilities range from a 30’ swimming pool, to 270-degree sunrise-to-sunset views, overlooking the south shore of the island.
649-244-6415 / Canada 519-633-1229 www.vrbo.com/486915 (MAP #59)
Three Dolphins Villa
This beachfront villa facilitates nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms, including its three guesthouse suites that altogether sleeps eight to 18 people. Over two acres of land houses a lit tennis court, 42’ swimming pool, Jacuzzi, grand piano, Wi-Fi and wheelchair access. A colonial-style property, with ocean views overlooking Long Bay. 649-244-6415 / Canada 519-633-1229 www.vrbo.com/229293 (See MAP #50)
Residing on the north coast of the island, Turtle Cove has a marina, several restaurants, and access to less-visited shorelines like Babalua Beach.
Aquamarine Beach Houses
Situated in Turtle Cove on a central patch of Grace Bay Beach, these beach houses are a few minutes walk from the best reef snorkelling on the island. Four adjacent beachfront homes are available for vacation rental, housing one to 50 people, with Wi-Fi, a communal pool, and a tennis court. Www.aquamarinebeachhouses.com 649-231-4535 (See MAP #56)
Located on the southwest side of the island. A quiet, residential region situated in a National Park, defined by a stunning natural lagoon and abundant cays.
Coconut Beach Villa
A six-bedroom, four-bathroom beachfront villa, split into two detached suites joined by an outdoor central pool. Ideal for large families who want to vacation together, while enjoying personal space. Amenities include a full modern kitchen, free Wi-Fi, a security system, and a boardwalk to the beach. Air-conditioning optional. 649-941-7440 / USA 972-747-7575 www.CoconutBeachVilla.com (See MAP #3)
Crystal Sands Villa
This beachfront villa is a spacious colonialstyle property split into two floors, a beach level suite and penthouse suite. Each suite sleeps six, with two master ensuite bedrooms overlooking Sapodilla Bay Beach. Enjoy high ceilings and spacious interiors throughout. Full modern kitchens, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, air condiTioning optional. Rent one or both suites. 649-941-7440 / USA 972-747-7575 www.CrystalSandsVilla.com (See MAP #3)
Sapphire Sunsets Beach Villa
Situated on Sapodilla Bay, this spacious property houses five bedrooms accommodating 10 people. Internal archways and glass doors around the living area add a touch of charm, with high ceilings, a roof deck, 50’ swimming pool, and areas for both adults and children. Conveniently located on Sapodilla Bay Beach, this villa benefits from sunset ocean views. Bright and airy interiors, and spacious exteriors that make the most out of a pool and deck, beachfront, and multiple seating areas.
781-263-7227 www.sapphiresunsets.com (See MAP #3)
A 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bathroom retreat. Villa Capri occupies 8300 square feet of prime location overlooking Chalk Sound National Park. Interiors are spacious, with an open plan kitchen dining and living area complemented by high ceilings and abundant light. Each king-size bedroom comes en-suite, with a Jacuzzi tub. The outside space features an infinity pool, indoor/outdoor speakers, a Gazebo with BBQ and refrigerator, and outdoor lounge chairs and couches. A waterfront deck and access ladder to the water allows you to take advantage of the villa’s kayaks and paddleboards. Mountains bikes also available. Wi-Fi throughout.
Www.villacapritci.com (See MAP #100) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residing in the Northeast, Grace Bay is the central hotspot for tourism. Upscale amenities are found here, from restaurants, shopping plazas, hotel resorts and of course, the worldrenowned Grace Bay Beach.
Grace Bay Townhomes
Centrally located in the heart of Grace Bay, townhomes house two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a living area, dining area, and poolside porch. A large communal pool benefits from beautiful landscaping throughout. Ideal for those wanting proximity to shopping, groceries and restaurants.
649-941-7440 / USA: 972-747-7575 (See Map #99)
Located on the northeast point, Leeward comprises a picturesque, gated residential area, characterised by tropical landscaping and proximity to Blue Haven Marina and Grace Bay Beach.
Set in the luxurious landscape of Leeward canals, Acacia Villa houses two ensuite bedrooms opening onto a verandah, overlooking a private pool. Sleeping a maximum of four adults, the facilities include Wi-Fi, a separate pool house containing a half bath and outdoor shower, kayaks, and access to the stunning Leeward canal and use of a boat dock. Proximity to both Blue Haven Marina and its selection of water activities, And Walkin Marina with its TCI ferry service. Beach access is one mile away.
TCI 649-946-4815 / USA 585-298-9553 www.AcaciaVilla.com (See MAP #12)
Pelican Nest is a 6 acre beach front property on Grace Bay Beach within the residential community of Leeward Estates. Cocoa and Cinnamon; twin 3 bedroom Villas, are elegantly furnished and bring together local and regional elements for a true Caribbean experience. Both Villas have mahogany kitchens and doors, stainless steel appliances, marble baths and floors, with central AC. The fully screened villas are set back 200 yards from the beach and offer magnificent panoramic views of the ocean from every room. Wheelchair accessible. Tel: 649-342-5731 www.PelicanNest.tc (See MAP #61)
Situated on the south coast of the island, this residential area is rich in limestone cliffs and vistas, with proximity to South Side Marina.
A three bedroom, three bathroom, colonial- style villa. Sleeping a maximum of six people, this beachfront villa comes with a private pool, kayaks, and private loungers with a palapa on the beach. Located on Turtle Tail Drive, the villa houses beautiful landscaping and ocean views.
649-946-8395 / USA 303-670-2628 www.VillaTropidero.com (See MAP #96)
VILLA RENTALS BY OWNERS
CARIBIQUE VILLA RENTALS
With 80 Turks and Caicos luxury villas on offer, Caribique Rentals are a comprehensive source of finding a holiday retreat to suit your size, location and style. The best way to browse villas is online, with detailed search functions to help you match the right villa for your vacation.
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES
ISLAND ESCAPES TCI
A company specialising in property management and villa rentals, Island Escapes TCI offers help in finding a getaway that suits your needs. If you own a home on the island and need experienced and reliable property managers, Island Escapes is the choice.
649-941-4006 / 250-483-5887 www.islandescapestci.com (See MAP #65)
TC Safari is a short-term rental-booking agent, representing exclusive oceanfront villas ranging from two to nine bedrooms. In order to book a property, or have your Turks and Caicos villa listed with TC Safari, please contact Joanne at 904-491-1415. Www.tcsafari.com
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