Harbour Club Villas & Marina
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No better hosts
Harbour club villas are the perfect place to relax, away from the crowds at grace bay and with barry and marta the owners you will not find a more welcoming couple. The villas are spacious and well situated, a 100 yard stroll to the harbour where you will find a pleasant marina and the base for Flamingo Divers. 100 yards in the opposite direction will take you to the lake where the "wily" bonefish hang out. A vehicle is a must and if harbour club villas own vehicles are booked a call to "rent a buggy" will have you sorted out in no time.
Get your map out to explore, but before you set off, consult barry or marta as they are a hive of information which is not in any tour guide or on your map! Andy Caroline and Sam Wood Plymouth U.K.
Great place for bonefishing
The owners, Barry and Marta and superb managers and offer friendly and great villa rooms at reasonable prices. Located right at the salt ponds with the legendary bonefish schools, it's a fishermans paradise.
Outstanding Service, Property and Value
Having been to Turks and Caicos last year, I fell in love with the location. I've been to a few places in the Carribean - Jamaica, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos. Provo offers the beauty and laid back attitude of tropical countries combined with a place you can rent a car and drive around without much stress, local people who are warm and friendly, and the ease to go anywhere without worrying for your safety.
We were lucky enough last year to find Barry and Marta at the Harbour Club villas. They are transplanted Canadians who provided us with a spacious and well appointed villa at their property. As there are only six villas, you get a chance to meet a few other travellers but also have the property for yourself most of the time. The gardens and grounds are lovingly kept up, the pool is an oasis of beauty and peace...and then there is the five o'clock beers at the pool with Barry and Marta.
We loved the country and Harbour Club Villas so much last year that we planned our wedding there this year. Barry and Marta hosted our family and friends with the same grace and service they always provide, and made our wedding day unforgettable. Marta surprised us with treats all over our room, special flower arrangements at our beach wedding location, boutenier and wedding bouquet, fabulous photos that we couldn't have paid someone to do a better job of, but most of all their friendship and presence at our ceremony.
I think a lot of people dream of a wedding on the beach in a tropical locale, but having our day in Provo was made so personal and special by having Barry and Marta there as well as those who are so close to us from back home.
Our guests spent a couple of weeks in Provo as well, and could understand why we wanted to get married there, especially after going to Harbour Club Villas and meeting the hosts. It truly is heaven on earth. The bedrooms are airconditioned, the kitchens have anything you need to make fabulous meals, and the covered barbeque area by the pool made dinners at night really great. The living and dining rooms are so spacious as well.
I would recommend getting the value of Harbour Club villas and renting a car to see more of the beautiful island. Grace Bay is spectacular, but getting to more out-of-the-way places was fabulous as well - Leeward Marina and Beach, Bugaloos Conch shack and the Three Queens restaurant in Blue Hills, the pirate caves, finding treasures on secluded beaches....and getting a chance to meet the people who populate this fabulous country.
Thanks Barry and Marta, we are planning the third visit already.
Wonderful Villas and Even Better Hosts!
The Harbour Club Villas are an excellent choice for accomodations in TCI. My husband and I stayed there for 11 days in March 2005. Barry and Marta, a husband and wife team originally from Canada are the proprietors. They are excellent hosts who will do anything they can to make your stay enjoyable and relaxing. Our first day we were welcomed with cold beers and a gorgeous view of the ocean from outside their villa. Marta also took us to the local grocery store to stock up on supplies for the week and then continued on to give us a mini-tour of the island by Grace Bay.
The Villas are spacious and comfortable for 2 people. Each one has a fully equipped kitchen with full size refridgerator and stove, along with cabinets and drawers that are stocked with dishes, silverware, tupperware containers, etc. It felt like home away from home. I think one of the couches opens up to another bed, so if you have a smaller family, this would be fine. There was a couple there with a teenage son during our stay, so I am sure this is where the extra bed comes in!
Marta cleans the villas each day and leaves behind fresh flowers. The whole place is very quiet and comfortable. They have a small pool there (very small!) and a large tiki hut area with tables and a grill so guests could go out and cook during the day or night. We met a lot of other people this way, so it is great. But the place never feels too "big", as they only have 6 villas total for guests. Barry and Marta also have kayaks for the guests to use, which is great to treat yourself to a peaceful day heading out to one of the small private beach areas. There is also a marina down the hill from the villas where many trips leave daily for other TC islands and for snorkeling, diving and fishing.
There is one warning I do post to all potential guests of Harbour Club Villas: You MUST RENT A CAR!!! (This is the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5) We were under the impression from their website that we could walk to one of the private beaches, therefore we wouldn't need a car. But we soon discovered that you need to pass a very deep channel to get to the beaches, and seeing as though I cannot swim, that made for a pretty big problem for us. I didn't want to kayak everyday, so we had to rent a vehicle. Luckily, Barry and Marta have 2 to rent out, and we got one and it ended up being a great decision. We got to explore many more parts of the island than just Grace Bay. Completely secluded, postcard perfect beaches with crystal clear water awaited us on many other areas of the island, especially to the very south of Provo. Barry and Marta will provide you with a map and directions and it is well worth it!! We were also glad to have a car because after a couple of days, we found it quite apparent we would have been bored if we stayed at the villas all day, seeing as though neither of us fish.
One more point: the kitchens in the villa come in SO HANDY because TCI is a very expensive place to eat. So take full advantage of them by grocery shopping and cooking.
We loved TCI and the Harbour Club Villas and would encourage anyone to go there!
P.S. You can't walk to Grace Bay from the Villas either...you definitely need a car!
Enjoyed our trip
Our first week...We came to celebrate my 60th, hoping for lots of snorkeling, kayaking, walking and good food. All of which we have enjoyed. Only downside has been constant wind making evenings a little cool to eat or drink outside with comfort. Best day was 15th Feb, sunny all day not too windy.
We kayaked out to Bay Cay....deserted island with the iguanas.
We took the two seater which took on some water on the way back
....old rivet holes had allowed water between skins. Still we made it back.....lots of paddling but well worth it. Barry has now sealed the holes. Just waiting for wind and therefore choppy water to abate to re-visit the island.
Excellent food everywhere. Baci for Valentine's dinner. Magnolia for birthday dinner (superb with brilliant service) lunch at Coral Gardens Café, Leeward Marina Gilley's tuna sandwich a favourite. Low cost evening meals at Sharkbite and Tiki Hut. Coffee at Coral Gardens Café
fantastic and able to use their internet facility daily, when not using Marta's.
Snorkeling at Coral Gardens brilliant plus swimming with the turtles, day trip with Sail Provo from Leeward Marina a must. Snorkeling and rum punch to die for! We have already visited most of the island. We have also walked from here to Coral Gardens, from Turtle Cove to just short of Leeward and most of Long Bay beach.....great walking. Barry spent half our first day touring the main parts of the island including
all important shopping trip to IGA....brilliant supermarket and Discount Wine Cellar. Marta changes towels and bedding and flowers almost daily and together with Barry have given us good advice about where to go and what to do. Plenty of sun but too much wind...hope week 2 will be less windy!
Sunday 27 Feb.....our last day. Week 2...weather warmed up, considerably less cloud, much less wind in fact it is almost too
hot now! Discovered South Bluff, interesting caves and inscriptions
from shipwrecked survivors and an osprey and miles of lovely,
deserted beaches. Great for an all over tan.
Ate out at Anacoana, Gecko, Danny Buoys and Tiki Hut.
Wednesday night chicken and ribs...was their busiest night ever
700 people but we had good service and great food. Discovered
Sapodilla and Silly Creek and the breathtaking turquoise of Chalk
Sound. We spent more time snorkeling at CG and Smith's Reef..
Saw lots of turtles and a ray. We walked at sunset to Turtle Cove
and the Tiki Hut. We saw an osprey at CG flying low over the
sea with a fish in its talons - WOW!
Thanks again Barry and Marta for all your help and advice.
Turks has a great deal to explore along with some terrific secluded ocean beachs....the owners were very graitious and are located away from all the typical "see the sand" only hotels...the Villa's are very lovely,.spacious, new..and extemely clean.....if you wish to find comfort,privacy and a chance to know some of the locals...this is the place to stay.....after exploring the entire island and daily walks upon Grace Bay i would absolutely stay here again when i return to Provo.....fished for Bone's daily and saw many at Turtle lake but also drove to a new location each morning to explore and found it truly relaxing....howver Ive learned with Bone fishing....its alot easier to see them than hook em......but when you do...you'll enjoy the experience....
Great Accommodations & Service
I took my brother to Harbour Club Villas for his 40th birthday for 3 days of bonefishing. The accommodations were great--Barry and Marta (owners) were fantastic. I work in the hotel industry and was very impressed with the hospitality provided by Barry and Marta. They were the perfect hosts!
Barry drove us to the IGA on the first night and we were able to get all the supplies we needed for our stay. This store has everything--no need to bring any food or drink with you.
As for the bonefishing Caught a nice bonefish (4 lbs) on the first afternoon blind casting on the flats in front of the hotel. Took the kayaks around the point on the second day and saw a few bones, but they just weren't interested. The water was the clearest I've ever seen--what a beautiful spot. We hired a guide (Arthur Dean) for a half day and have never seen so many bonefish--unfortunately, we only caught three. Our casting was a little rusty, but we had a blast anyway. Arthur was a true professional.
I would definitely recommend Harbour Club Villas to anyone that wants to get away from it all.
Landed a bonefish within 100 yards of our villa
Arrived Saturday with two little ones (18 months and 3 ˝) for a week of beach fun and fishing with the family. Despite a non stop flight from Charlotte on USAir, they unfortunately lost my spinning rods.
Luckily fly gear was packed away on other luggage that made it. Barry and Marta were wonderful. Barry lent me an old 5 piece Berkeley rod which I soon out fitted. Wind up while we were here at 20 to 25 mph/ day. Futiley tried flyfishing seeing close fish at Es Blau and at Five Cays. Had thumbed my nose at Flamingo Lake thinking it was too close and that I was looking for more of an adventure until my wife spotted tailing fish there one afternoon. Using Barry's rod, I landed my first fish of the trip within 100 yards of my villa...5 lbs. Taxi driver blew horn at me saying "He want to eat dat fish...why you let him go!" Saw many more fish on Flamingo Lake that day. Sometimes the best things are right under your nose but not seen because they are too close.
Spent another day fishing with a local guide from Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. He's a native islander who has been fishing and conch/lobster
diving these banks since the 50's. Fished a fierce east wind....25 mph all day. Saw many, many fish and landed 2. Largest on Tent Lagoon, Middle Caicos weighing 6 ˝ lbs. Pictures are coming I hope! Many thanks to Marta and Barry for a wonderful week. We hope to be back soon, Tom Jones, Concord. NC
A treasure of a spot
What a wonderful place. Totally private and quiet....away from the resorts(which are not the real Turks and Caicos) and with lovely, attentive hosts. A treasure of a spot. good bonefishing just outside the door also further down Flamingo Lake where the flamingos hang out. Bonefishing was superbe out on the flats with a guide. Don't miss swimming on the public beaches over by the resorts...also on the beach across from the marina and right next door. Have to come back for diving and snorkeling and Bingo at the Banana Boat!
I was looking for an ideal place to vacation that was quiet and unlike the typical all-inclusive resort. I found exactly what I was looking for at Harbour Club Villas! It was quiet, picturesque and soothing for me. Not only was I able to relax, but I wasn't bothered by hundreds of people. The villas that you stay in are so beautiful and are equiped with full kitchens so you can cook rather than having to go out and eat all the time. You have bonefishing right at your doorstep and access to diving right off of the dock below the villas! What a truly great experience I had at Harbour Club, I will definitely be returning. The owners, Marta and Barry were so friendly and offered their assistance in making my stay the very best. Thank you for a much needed, and great vacation!Sincerely,Ms. Zeville
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... the waves. After a short ride, he came in to take me out on the Hobie and that was awesome. There were quite a few waves, more than usual and we went from one point of the island to the other on Grace Bay. Normally, it is an off-shore wind on Grace Bay but due to the cold front, we had an on-shore wind and we saw a few kiters on Grace Bay. Two of them "illegally" launched next to Club Med. Brian didn't have his kite but he decided to windsurf again and ...
... br> You may remember we had docked at St Thomas island in the morning and throughout the previous day there had been dire warnings broadcast over the ship's public address system that the ship would leave at 3.45pm precisely. Anyone not on board by then would be left behind. Simple as that.
Well 3.45pm is quite an early boarding time and we knew in our heart of hearts than some, perhaps even many people would not make it, and there would be a mad dash ...
... years. This day was definitely a learning experience.
Wednesday we saw an condo development which was pretty, but no one really like it because it was super fake and obviously environmentally destructive. We also saw the conch farm. The conch farm has a building where all the young juveniles are kept and then plan to have different stages to put different aged conch. The adults are in the ocean near the shore. At the farm, they also are raising fish and ...
Day of departure :( I went for one last short walk along the beach at sunrise. At 7:30 (when it opens), we drove over to Caicos Bakery to get some breakfast. Brian and Alex both got the chocolate muffin. I got the almond croissant, which turned out to be a mistake. It was very good, but the center was filled with what I assume was almond paste. And it was too rich and heavy for breakfast.
We had been planning to go for one last swim ...
... sing and dance, and is remodelling the bar. When we asked him if he was going to call it Chez Mario, he vehemently denied it. "No, because then everybody will say, 'who is Mario? Where eez he? No, I want to be like Victoria's Secret! Who's Victoria, anyways? See, you don't know either! I want to be like her." this sent us up in gales of laughter and we had a good giggle with a new arrival, an islander who was born in Belgium and had ...