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We were hoping to make it from Georgetown Great Exuma to Turks and Caicos non-stop but we were beaten up by steep 5'-7' foot waves (with 9 footers thrown in for good measure), wind on our nose and the erratic rain. We learned that a thunderstorm was brewing so we decided to break for the night and head to Mayaguana. Mayaguana is an island on the southern tip located in the far Bahamas. It is one of the least visited islands. In 2007 ...
... s getting me all worked up. However, I did get out there immediately after. Brian was great. He was extremely concerned but very supportive. Roberto, a very nice Columbian instructor got my board and brought it back to me and he asked me "que paso? que paso?" jokingly, taunting me - I think to calm me down and lighten the mood. I couldn't even respond I was so freaked out but later thought that the only response would be "la ...
... pepper. We both took a bite and enjoyed the flavor but did not notice any heat. We then here were handed a red pepper. This one we were a little nervous to try so we took a small bite. Initially, it had a little zing but this quickly passed. Then a classmate handed my intern an orange pepper. She took a decent sized bite and quickly handed me the pepper. I also took a rather large bite. Within seconds we were both coughing and tears were streaming ...
... does his deed and literally explodes from happiness. And allegedly lights up the ocean around it in the process.
I say "allegedly" because (skipping forward because the next few hours were spent lying on the beach and not doing much) I didn’t actually see anything explode – just about a dozen worms looking like a piece of a glow-stick floating on the surface for a few seconds then going back out into the inky blackness of the water. I tried snapping ...
... the one to drop them..... She made for some interesting sun downer conversation and Pete thinks she'd definitely keep the relationship interesting, in his words "A Real Firecracker", once again we were made to feel really old! These are just a few of the lovely and now new friends we have made at this island and hopefully we will continue to catch up with as we make our way up the island chain. Turks and Caicos, definitely a place to remind us of some great ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Renaissance Providenciales
Beautiful property with friendly staff and fabulous location. We literally walked out our back door onto the beach. In fact, we had scheduled a boating excursion and they pulled right up to our door to pick us up!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Renaissance Providenciales
Great place to relax
This being my third time to the island I tried a different resort. While the Villa Renasissance has no real services like a rest or spa the rooms are great. They are especially clean and very new. The maid service was excellent and the views amazing. We stayed in a second floor beachfront unit but was promised a third floor when I booked. This was at first frustrating but I believe all the units are great. If I was to go back I would request a first floor beachfront because you can walk to the beach off your porch.
The beach was very clean due to the two men who cleaned it at 7:00 every morning. Plenty of umbrellas and towels for everyone. There is contstruction going on next door but you will see there is construction everywhere. I tried to book a in room massage, a service they say will set up for you, but they just have a women call you from the island that is very difficult to understand. I would suggest booking a massage at another resort.
As for food we rented a car and went to the IGA or walked down the beach to other restorts to eat. The Sands is very close and has a great rest, Hemingways. I would say if you are looking for a mello place to stay with fanatastic accomadations this is the place for you. If you are looking to be waited on check out some of the other resorts. I have to say after staying at a couple of places on the island this resort has the nicest rooms on the island especially for the price.
Quality peace and quiet
We will definetly return.This place has a wonderful pool ,with spacious rooms. The majority of rooms face the ocean. Our room was on the first floor allowing easy access to the beach. There is some construction going on beside the Renaissance. The whole island is undergoing a development wave of new condos. Very quiet and there were no children splashing around. We left 3 children behind in Toronto. No regrets. They say children are allowed as long as they are supervised by the parents. Sawmills cafe is right across the street. Great breakfasts and lunches. The only downside is the lack of food services at the Renaissance. Otherwise it will see us again.
Great accomadations and beach
on a very expensive island great accomadations at a very fair price. a small caveat water pressure poor and hot water a little scarce but everything else excellent
The best place in the Caribbean
My wife and I stayed at the Villa Renaissance on the week of June 8th 2004. We have been all over the Caribbean and this was the best. We had reserved a one bedroom ocean front condo, when we got there we were upgraded to a two bedroom oceanfront on the third floor. Our condo was spacious modern, and beautifully decorated. There was cable TV in the living room, and in each bedroom. there was a stereo with CD and DVD player. Our condo also had a full kitchen. The large balcony has a breath taking view of the emerald ocean. On most days we were the only ones on the beach. There is no restaurant on the property, but just across the street there are several nice ones. On our first day there we went to the supermarket (IGA), and stocked up. Well worth it to make your own breakfast so you can enjoy it on the balcony. The view was so beautiful we even made dinner on a couple of nights. The staff was also very nice and helpful. If you are looking for a special place to relax and unwind this is truelly paradise.
Loved the Renaissance
We stayed for 5 days at the Renaissance with our two children. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The property is immaculately clean. The beach and pool were never crowded. The property does not have a restaurant on site, but I considered it a bonus as there was not significant traffic through the resort. The rooms are spacious and well decorated with full kitchens and spectacular balconies. We will definitely stay at the Renaissance again!
Lovely in every way
Booked out of Point Grace, their GM referred us to the Renaissance. I had to walk down the beach to personally thank him! The Renaissance is a condo resort, but feels personal and small, and fairly luxurious. Suites are huge and well appointed, the pool is lovely, and the beach...well, it's Grace Bay! Chermaine Malcom, asst mgr, is warm and efficient, and took excellent care of us. There are not many amenities (no restaurant, no spa), but you can waluk down the beach to eat, or eat-in. The spa at Point Grace is nice (cabanas on the beach), but the best massage therapist on the island is Rosanna - they have her # at the front desk, and she'll come to your suite. This place is great if you are looking for peace and quiet. The masses are down the beach at Allegro, Club Med, Ocean Club - they're all fairly dreadful. Attention New Yorkers: nonstop flight from JFK is less than 3 hours,taxi from airport is 15 minutes - a hassle free trip to a lovely resort.
Can't wait to come back!
so happy we came to this place. we never heard of turks and caicos. our agent told us about it and how safe and close it is. the beach in grace bay is like a postcard only better. we felt like we were staying in a villa on the riviera with the elite. rennaisance is a brand new hotel with the best beaches, views and a polite staff. our room on the third floor was decorated as if it were someone's home and not a like a hotel room. everything was brand new. we walked to shopping and several excellent restaurants, so in a way you don't even need a car, but we had one so we can see the rest of the island. very relaxing and quiet place. we also met some lovely families from england and spain and they said this is the best place to stay on this island. lina the manager was very sweet and helped us to really feel at home. the only problem was that we couldn't stay longer so we booked our winter vacation in january before we left. we checked out other places on the beach that looked very nice, but they were really really overpriced compared to the rennasiance and not even as nice. it was nice to find a new place to that you really feel good about and the money you spend.
We stayed at the Renaissance the first week in Septmember for seven nights. We originally had a reservation at the Royal West Indies, but we were disappointed with the level of accomodations(rooms were much too small and average looking). The Renaissance was at least 2 steps above RWI. The property is brand new and absolutely sparkles. Our week there consisted of peaceful and relaxing days by the pool and beach. If you are looking for action and activity by the bar and pool- stay else where! If you search for tranquility and appreciate beautiful architecture and surroundings, this is a wonderful property for you.
A Real Find
Just returned from Villa Rennaissance. My goodness; it was like being in heaven. It seems that my husband and I fell in love all over again.
But it was really more about this hotel. We were booked at another hotel and left because we didn't like the noise, so we walked the beach and found Villa Renaissance. Spectacular building and magnificent ocean views from our room. The beach there may be the best we've ever seen.
Villa Renaissance is set on an exclusive area of the beach near two other lovely boutique hotels, but we picked Villa Renaissance because of its overall appeal. We are so lucky to have stumbled upon it. The pool area was quiet and yet there were several small families enjoying themselves. Great restaurants near by too. I recommend it highly!
Spectacular! The best ever!
Absolutely the most beautiful resort that I have ever seen. All rooms have spacious oceanfront balconies and all are very comfortably decorated and appointed. The architecture is magnificent. On a beach with with several outstanding hotels and resorts, I was proud to let everyone know that I was a guest at Villa Renaissance. I'd say that one out of four passers-by on the beach were compelled to walk-up get a better view of this place. The pool and common area are private and have an exclusive, European feel. While the hotel has just opened, the staff was extremely polite and attentive, unlike most of the snobby, high-end resorts of this ilk. And the beach...The very best. Pink sans with soothing, calm waters. Villa Renaissance has the perfect location in that you enjoy tremendous privacy being near a point that reaches out into Grace Bay. You can walk to shopping and restaurants in just minutes, yet feel that your miles from any other establishments while on the property. This place has about 28 units as I understand, so you'll enjoy the intimacy whether you're a romantic honeymoon couple or just a small family enjoying a peaceful holiday from the hustle and bustle. My wife and I have been to most islands in the Caribbean and have stayed at some of the best hotels, including La Samana, Club K, Grace Bay Hotel, Cap Jaluca, Moulihanna, Jumby Bay, Petit St Vincent, etc. and Villa Renaissance combines all the best of these (without the embedded costs and lack of freedom of all the few all-inclusives that I've mentioned). The third-floor units have the best viewss. There were a few penthouses in the middle of the building, but I was told that they are for the exclusive use of the private owners. I'm not sure on this, however. My three children had a wonderful time here as well.
They are 5, 8, and 12, but this place is not for all kids. If you're children are demanding and need lots of attention, amusements, and attractions, rule this place out. It is very quiet and should remain that way. My kids loved the beach, the pool, and reading on the balcony, as well as just spending family tiime together. If you need action, try Beaches or Club Med.