- Small, intimate resort
- All rooms have large private balconies or patios
- Reserved beach area
One of Providenciales’ most affordable upscale locations, Villa del Mar offers an uncrowded, quiet beach experience for discerning travelers. Not a lot of frills and amenities, but what’s there is well done.
With just 42 suites, Villa del Mar never feels crowded, even when it is completely full. There is no rush to reserve chairs by the pool in the morning—two pools, in fact. Amenities include a hot tub, tiki bar, beach towels and umbrellas, free Wi-Fi, and more. Families are welcome, but the size, quietness, and lack of activities for kids mean that most guests come in couples.
Villa del Mar offers six different options of accommodations, which are spread across three low-rise buildings: studio, one, two, and three-bedroom suites, and one and two-bedroom luxury penthouses. All suites feature travertine floor tiles, custom lighting, designer bathroom fixtures, stainless steel kitchen appliances, a large living area, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. The suites are nicely decorated and spacious; all are between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet, some with balconies and some with a partial ocean view. There are no on-site restaurants at the resort, but plenty of great places are nearby. There is, however, a nice poolside bar, where a small continental breakfast is served in the morning. And a manager’s cocktail party is held once a week, where guests get a free drink and mingle with one another by the pool.
Just outside the resort, on Grace Bay Road, are dozens of restaurants, as well as unique boutiques and shops. Enjoy the tropical sunshine as you browse for souvenirs, beachwear, scuba gear, jewelry and art. And if you came for the ocean—be it diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, parasailing, kayaking or fishing—there are plenty of options in Grace Bay.
If you’re a history buff, don’t miss Cheshire Hall Plantation, the foremost historical site on Provo. A large, bustling cotton plantation in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the plantation was once the most important site on the island. It covered some 5,000 acres and employed hundreds of slaves. Visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and see 15 designated points of interest that include the stone ruins of the great house, slave quarters, kitchen, cistern and cotton press bases.