Villa Renaissance Hotel, Providenciales
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elegant hotel, amazing islandfrom Nightshade
We stayed in a garden/pool unit 601, and everything we needed was there. The unit is not your typical rustic Caribbean apartment; it has Kohler appliances, marble countertops, Mikasa dinnerware, etc. Upon arrival, we were greeted with refreshing drinks and a basket of fresh fruits.
I understand that some travelers are very sensitive and little details can upset them, so I will let you know that I found tiny ants in a bathroom running around our vanities. I got rid of them very quickly using my OFF spray, which I brought with me. Also, the first 2 days we were in a unit, I noticed that floors were not very clean (I walk barefoot); I guess a cleaning lady wasn’t doing her job, but fortunately we had a different person cleaning our apartment on a 3d day, who did a great job and wiped our floors. These little details didn’t bother us at all, because we were on one of the most beautiful Caribbean Islands!
SERVICES & AMENITIES:
DVD/CD/MP3/ DVD±R/W player with an in-room collection of different DVDs, several books, a couple of board games including deck of card (convenient!), 2 TVs (bigger – living room, smaller – bedroom), dishwasher, washer/dryer, internet access, daily maid service, safe.
Blue towels are provided at the pool and there is a limit: 2 per person per day.
I was pleasantly surprised to find bottles of shampoo/conditioner and a body cream in our bathroom. I don’t consider it to be a luxury by any means, but it was our first experience renting somebody’s condo unit, and we didn’t know what to expect. I don’t know though if VR restocks shampoo/body cream, because during our stay we didn’t receive any additional bottles, so if you don’t want to bring these things with you or buy them on the island, I would advise to confirm that little detail (initial bottles are not that big, won’t be enough for 7 day stay). I’m mentioning these things as I know that many people (read men lol) don’t like any kind of shopping, especially when they’re on vacation! ;)
I’m also not sure if your cleaning lady is supposed to wash dirty plates and glasses, but 2 times we left them in the sink, we found them in a dishwasher all cleaned and shiny. VR also provides you with a laundry detergent in case you want do some laundry while you’re on vacation. I guess it can be pretty handy if you have small children or forgot to bring extra clothes.
In the kitchen, we found assorted teas & coffee.
We didn’t like their tap water – it had a weird desalinated taste to it and smell of sulfur, so we used bottled water which we bought in the nearest grocery store. Everybody says though that their tap water is safe to drink, but in the end, it’s your decision to make.
Pool is in non-heated and pretty deep. There is a little jacuzzi, but water from it runs directly into the pool, so it’s not hot. I think if you have small children, you can use this jacuzzi as a mini pool for them. Better yet, bring them to Sapodilla Bay – water is very shallow and calm. When we were there, we heard one little girl begging their parents to stay a little bit longer because sand was so soft and water so nice! That was cute & funny :) Grace bay, as mentioned by many people, is also a very beautiful beach perfect for lounging under the umbrellas and taking long walks. Being there in January, we didn’t see many people swimming though. I believe water temperature was still too cold for their comfort level.
MOSQUITOS: Yes, they’re there, hiding & waiting for their pray to appear and they show no mercy! ;) Please bring a bug spray if you don’t want to have an urge to scratch 24/7.
O'Soleil (worst - do not go), Parallel 23 (best breakfast), The Grill (bad lunch, overpriced), Saltmills Cafe (ok), Coyaba (best dinner), Hemingways (nice lunch), Bella Luna (nice lunch, bad desserts), Faiways (nice breakfast), Magnolia (very nice dinner, best dessert)
I also wrote a detailed review about restaurants and rental car services, which you can find here:[--] links… if you don’t see the link, you can go to Providenciales Forums and find “Our 1st visit to Turks and Caicos Trip Review”)
Honeymoon At Villa Renaissancefrom bfgibson
Aside from the passport scare the rest of the trip was awesome. We wanted to go somewhere that wasn't overly 'touristy' yet, and relax for a week. haha After building a new house and planning our wedding we needed a break.
When we arrived two grapefruit tropical drinks (no alcohol) were waiting on us. The manager also upgraded us to a 2 bedroom unit, which was very nice of him to do. I was secretly hoping he would since I had read this was a pretty common thing for them to do. The room was very beautiful and spacious. The view was very nice as well. The pool and grounds were very nice. I think they work very hard to keep this place up. The building is lit up very neat at night.
As some other reviews have noted, there is construction going on beside Villa. We didnt notice it too much, though as there is construction everywhere. I don't remember hearing it too much while we were on the beach. The most annoying thing is that they were refinishing the floor of the deck right next to ours, and so that was pretty loud for a few days.
I can't tell you much about the island because we walked everywhere that we went, and were just pretty lazy in general. We were going to drive around on bikes, but they only had one in working order. Perhaps we'll come back in a few years and actually try to see what all is on the island.
One thing to remember is that EVERYBODY who helps you expects a tip. I didnt bring very many small bills, so i wound up handing out some hefty tips. Next time I'll make sure and bring more $5's and $1's.
I have included a few pictures with this review and also a link to some more on photobucket.
The trip would not have been complete without some more immigration drama coming back home. When we went through customs in Miami apparently a guy with my name and birth date was wanted. So my new wife and I are hauled off to the immigration holding tank pending further investigation. The room was full so I just knew we were going to miss our connection. Luckily, though the guy who escorted us back there was really nice and moved us up to the front of the line. The guy who dealt with us wasn't very friendly and sort of gave us a hard time.. Finally before the shackels were brought out they asked to see my social security card and of course the number of the wanted guy didn't match me.. I was very relieved when he FINALLY believed I wasn't their man.
So besides those 2 immigration hiccups the trip and the condo were awesome. Besides these things make for good stories once ya survive them..
hope you enjoy your stay at Villa..
Beautiful islandfrom buddyandme
Just for you?!from MoDeFo
The hotel is of moderate size, so if you don't want to run into people all of the time and you don't want to fight for a beach spot- it's a great place to be. If you're looking for action and a "scene" Villa Renaissance (and perhaps Turks&Caicos) is not the place for you. It's about total relaxation!
If you want to stay at this fabulous spot, but are disappointed that they don't have many of the amenities that the other hotels have, I would advise getting passes for the Gecko bus (which takes you up and down the main street in Grace Bay) and having it drop you off at one of the other hotels for a spa treatment or a lovely dinner- the tokens are $4 each way (which is much cheaper than a taxi). Most of the water adventure activities will send a shuttle for you so you should be fine if you'd like to try something of that sort.
I stayed for 4days/3nights and that was just enough for me (there's not a lot to do on the island).
Loved Villa Renaissance!from bliss451
The management and staff were super friendly and helpful. The grounds are beautiful, the pool is beautiful and there is no restaurant on site so you don't get random people walking through the grounds ever. We rented through an owner on ----.com and she was so nice and gave us lots of tips prior to our trip. The room is not oceanfront, but the unit itself it nicely appointed and there was a great veranda out back. It is poolside, but covered by trellis and plantings...you never heard any noise outside the room. We spent most of our time on the gorgeous beach and tooling around the island, but enjoyed relaxing on the veranda as well. Inside the unit is a comfortable living room with tv, cd player and dvd. The kitchen has lovely granite countertops and stainless steel appliances plus all the kitchen wares you would need. There is a washer/dryer. The bedroom had a big, comfy king sized bed, a tv and two closets (one of which had a safe in it). The bathroom had double sinks and a large tub/shower. We did check out some of the ocean front units as well which are gorgeous with knock-out views. I don't think you could go wrong with any unit at Villa Renaissance.
We met different people staying at VR during our trip and they all were repeat visitors and agreed they wouldn't stay anywhere else.
If we go back, we would book Villa Renaissance again without a doubt!
(I'm posting candid photos but with the caveat that I am not the world's best photographer, so please forgive any blurry ones!)
Villa Renaissance was awesomefrom WinoMiami
My wife and I stayed in a 2 BR/2 Bath 3 floor unit over looking the Ocean for 3 nights. We upgraded from a pool unit, big difference in view and size). The unit was gorgeous, the views tremendous and so very relaxing. We ate out every night so we did not use the beautiful kitchen (other than storing the wine, beer and water).
Across the street is a great little breakfast/lunch place (Salt Mill) and a liquor store -. What more could you ask for? None of the restaurants are really 5 star on the island like you can find in the states, but in our opinion were better than most of the Bahamas and other Caribbean spots we have been to.
Following are the things we did outside the resort:
- Lunch and Breakfast at Saltmill, very good, recommended.
- Lunch at Hemingways (Sands resort) - very good, recommended (15 minute walk down the beach)
- Dinner at Anaconas - overpriced but very romantic/pretty at night, if money is no object (get white wine, red wine is served very warm,) can walk down beach 15 minutes or so, we took taxi
- Dinner at Magnolias overlooking the main marina - very good food, great views, nice wine list. ($15 taxi). Highly recommended.
- Dinner at Bella Luna - italian - very good, recommended, 10 minute walk down the street
- Sail Provo 3 1/2 hour catamaran sailing, snorkelling, iguana island stop, lunch - Wilson and Patrick were our captain and crew - not very friendly but competent. Nice boat. Skip the Iguanas (you don't have to get off, $5 per person to see 6 smallish iguanas). Snorkeling was awesome. Lunch was not bad - cold cuts, and cold tuna salad with fruit. Also a liquor based booze punch. No beer. - I would probably try to find a friendlier crew and find a trip that does some Conch diving to spice things up a bit.
Caicos...bellissimo!from A TripAdvisor Member
pale blue, and gold design and jacuzzi at the far end was at once, highly stylish and sophisticated, yet simply tempting, like a mirage in the Sahara.
The one bedroom cottage/villa, with its pale blue shades echoing the colours just outside our door, and the rich, brown tones of the armoire, coffee and side tables adding a touch of earthiness to this heavenly room, took our breath away! The living/dining room area was equipped with every convenience one could possibly want. From the stainless steel appliances....frigidare, dishwasher, stove top, oven and microwave to a neatly tucked away washer and dryer.....you couln't ask for anything more. Of course there WAS much more! Within the armoire was the TV with full cable, a DVD player as well as a CD player and sound system with a varied collection of CD's to fit anyone's taste.
The bedroom contained a large king-sized bed with plenty of pillows as well as closet space for the ridiculous amount of clothes my sister and I packed. The bedroom also had its own TV, also with full cable.
The bathroom was very spacious, with its two sinks, a large bath/shower, all with Kohler fixtures and smooth, earth-toned ceramic tiles throughout, all the rooms were impeccably
clean and fresh....as if no one had ever stayed in them before.
Just outside the living area's French Doors was an exquisite garden terrace with a large round table and four stylish and comfortable patio chairs. This was a great place to have our early morning coffee, afternoon refreshments and evening cocktails.
Large, pale blue beach towels were provided everyday from a basket beside the jacuzzi.
Once you picked up your towel you could just walk a few steps through the arched atrium
right onto fabulous Grace Bay Beach! Lounge chairs as well as royal blue sun umbrellas
awaited those who chose to take in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
We divided our time between the turquoise waters of Grace Bay Beach and the Villa Renaissance pool. While on the beach we experienced the tropical, Caribbean feel of the island... lying beside the pool we were transported to a Villa in Italy....the architectural style and flare of Villa Renaissance... so very Mediterranean!
Finally, the staff at theRenaissance were some of the nicest people we have ever met...
hardworking individuals who would take a few minutes out of their workdays to chat with us and make sure that we were well taken care of. I cannot recommend the Villa Renaissance highly enough to anyone who is seeking the perfect holiday!
Perfect Island Retreatfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Relaxing and Beautifulfrom Jules05
Beautiful and well runfrom Gosurf
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RESTAURANTS I know how important for some people to know where they can have a nice meal on the island, so I’ll give you a review of all restaurants we went to. I also will try to include the total price we paid, so you can decide for yourself if you want to spend that kind of money on food or not. HEMINGWAYS - Recommended We had our first lunch there - nice place within a walking distance from Villa renaissance. The food was good. SALTMILLS CAFÉ- Not recommended We had our first breakfast there. It was OK, but we didn’t find anything on a menu, which would bring us back to that place. It’s cheap though ($30 with tip) and it’s a 3 minute walk from the Villa, so if you’re hungry and don’t feel like driving/walking, you can eat there BELLA LUNA- Recommended but… We ate lunch and it’s a typical Italian place. We ordered 2 appetizers, 1 coke, 1 bottle of water and 2 desserts. Ended up paying $75 for a lunch, and we still don’t know what for as we didn’t check the bill before giving our credit card (our mistake, never again!). I know that our appetizers were $13 each and desserts were not on the menu, we asked for them. I would recommend eating lunch there, which was very good, but I don’t recommend ordering desserts as they tasted and looked like they were bought in a supermarket. My apple tart wasn’t a tart at all; it was a piece of an apple pie with a scope of some ice cream (ice cream was good though), my husband’s rum cake was very simple, with a whipped cream from a can (!) I guess they brought me some magic water, because when I asked for water, the waitress said that they had only “bla-bla” water, to which I said I didn’t care. Probably this water was pretty expensive as I cannot see how desserts we had could cost more that $10 each (still trying to figure out how we ended up paying $75 ;)). O’ SOLEIL- NOT Recommended! What a disaster!!! Please do not go there for a fine dinner! First of all, there was nothing on a menu we wanted to eat, and we were not alone. Three couples around us after having read the menu asked a waitress if they had any specials. The stuff is trying to be professional, but they’re far away from being a 4 star restaurant. Our waiter couldn’t tell us about today’s specials and he called another waitress, who could barely read all the specials from the piece of paper. Food was terrible. T e r r i b l e. Should I say it one more time? For an appetizer I ordered their signature dish – scallops. I felt sand on my teeth. For an entry I ordered Surf and Turf (Lobster + Steak)… I’ve never eaten at Danny’s but I believe they would bring you that piece of meat I got on my plate. Only they would charge for it $6-8, not $40. The worst I’ve ever had. Lobster was also overcooked – very dry and plain. I left everything untouched. Their Moet Champagne Moose with mango, which they show you on all photos and which I wanted to try so badly, wasn’t even on a menu! The whole dessert menu was so uninspiring, that we decided not to order anything. The only positive thing about this dinner was my raspberry martini. It was amazing, best raspberry martini I had. I guess, you can go there for a couple of drinks, but not dinner. Also, a presentation was there – cannot take it from them: nice plates, utensils, beautifully arranged food (too bad it was inedible!) After ordering 2 appetizers, 2 main dishes and 2 drinks, we paid $184.00 including tip. Not worth your money 100%. Their chef, Stephen McGarrie, should stop by his own restaurant and try what his people cook! FAIRWAYS- Recommended Considered to have the best breakfast on the island. It was really good, and we would probably return there if we didn’t discover breakfast at Parallel 23 –Palms Resort. PARALLEL 23-Highly Recommended Best breakfast on the island for us! We tried both: a la carte and buffet, and all the time food was very fresh and delicious. We wanted to have dinner there one time, but unfortunately we left earlier because of the family emergency, so I cannot tell if their dinner is as good as their breakfast. Buffet is $18 per person, but if you want an omelet, pancakes or French toast (=typical items usually included), you’ll have to order it from a menu and pay separately. First time we came there, I decided to go with a buffet and my husband ordered pancakes with walnuts, but for some reason they brought them with pine nuts, which he doesn’t like. He didn’t touch his food and told to take it back. Unfortunately, because we had to return our car, we didn’t have time to wait for them to make a new order of pancakes, so we asked for a bill. They put these pancakes on a bill, which wasn’t a big deal ($8), but we didn’t want to pay for their mistake anyway and kindly asked to remove it. They brought us a new bill where we saw that they removed pancakes, but added $5 charge for a cup of coffee my husband had. We felt it was a pretty low move from Palms, but paid our bill and left. Their breakfast was so good that we did not hold a grudge against them for a long; next morning we were there! :) MAGNOLIA -Recommended! It’s a very nice restaurant facing marina. Too bad it opens at 6PM and we cannot watch a sunset sitting there. Well, maybe in spring or summer. The staff wearing signature black clothes is very well trained; service is impeccable. We were not very hungry that night, so we ordered only 1 appetizer, 1 main dish to share, and 2 desserts. The food was very good, and if you go there, please order Pannacotta with Drunken Berries – I wish I can get it now! Total with 1 martini and 1 coke - $110 without a tip. COYABA - Highly Recommended! Must go! At least once, better – several times ;) I had slow braised pork Osso Bucco, which literally was melting in my mouth! My husband had Lobster Thermidor – Coyaba Style - he still talks about it. After having 1 appetizer, 2 main dishes, 2 desserts and 2 drinks, we paid $220 inc tip. For light eaters, please note that main dishes are pretty big! THE GRILL at At the Grace Bay Club – Not Recommended Initially, we went to Grace Bay Club to have lunch at Anacaona Restaurant, but it was closed for lunch (though everywhere it’s advertised as if it should be open for lunch).Because we were hungry and didn’t feel like driving anymore, we stopped at their Grill. Bad food, overpriced. My Italian Panini smelled funny and my husband’s grilled cheese and ham sandwich from the kids menu :) not only looked bad, but cheese wasn’t even melted! His original order- club sandwich was cancelled because they were out of turkey. $46 for this without tip + 1 glass of orange juice and 1 glass of coke. Save your money, skip it.
Rent from Grace Bay Car Rentals Ask for Todd. He's the best. A much better deal than taxi's everywhere and you can explore other beaches
Mosquitos Please bring bug spray...after about 4pm the mosquitos are hungry too!
Other names for Villa Renaissance Hotel
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- Address: Grace Bay - Providenciales - Turks and Caicos Islands
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