Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A small yet delightful boutique resort with spacious, modern rooms and a 3-minute walk to Grace Bay
Villa del Mar’s lack of beachfront might be a major drawback, if it weren’t for the strip of sand designated just for the resort’s guests, reached by a quick walk through neighboring Grace Bay Club. The space may be small, but about a dozen lounge chairs and umbrellas, a few cabanas, and even an attendant for drink service give guests access to the same stunning sand, water, and sky as its far more expensive neighbor.
On property there is little more to do than lounge by one of the two pools, where the vibe is tranquil and laid-back, and lounge chairs always seem to be available. (Throughout the afternoon, I was able to leave and return several times and always managed to find a spot -- and even a cabana.) And though both pools are small, the separation between the family pool and adult pool keeps crowding to a minimum and ensures a quiet and splash-free environment for those who want it.
The spacious rooms are far nicer than you’d find at competitively priced hotels, and full kitchens make for up the lack of restaurant on-site. There is at least a small bar next to the family-friendly pool (as well as a few barbecue grills and teak tables with umbrellas), however, its operating hours are limited to daylight. Continental breakfast is served there each morning, though the limited offerings tend to run low quickly. (On the morning I stayed, by 8:30 the juice was low and the bagels -- plain only -- had been picked over.)
The staff is small but friendly, with the front desk happy to recommend a restaurant and even make dinner reservations. Just off the lobby are a small fitness center and a computer station with free Internet.
A 3-minute walk to the beach, and just a few minutes more to shopping, restaurants, and a grocery store
Villa del Mar may not be located on the water, but it is still a step up from most other resorts off of Grace Bay. It's only a short walk through neighboring Grace Bay Club to a small, full-service beach set-up. As a result, guests at this wallet-friendly resort can enjoy the same pristine sand and water as those paying much more. What’s more, the property is within walking distance of some of the Providenciales’ best restaurants and shops, and a short drive from snorkeling sites, golfing, and other attractions.
Villa del Mar’s contemporary and spacious rooms are probably the resort’s biggest selling point. Units were completed in 2010, and have been maintained so well that you might just think you are the first person to stay there. Full kitchens or kitchenettes with granite countertops, pendant lights, and cabinets stocked with cookware and utensils help compensate for the property’s lack of dining options, while streamlined furniture with a hint of island flare and extra-comfy beds with Egyptian cotton linens far exceed accommodations at similarly priced resorts.
The real draw at this 42-room boutique resort is the rooms -- spacious and modern with full kitchens, they’re just about the best you can get for the price. But on-property amenities are few -- two pools, a small fitness center, and no restaurant -- and a short walk through neighboring resort Grace Bay Club is required to get to the beach.