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Vacation villas and rental homes are becoming a very popular accommodation choice in the Turks and Caicos. Compared to the typical hotel or resort, these vacation rentals offer greater privacy, a more expansive setting, and in some cases, oceanfront location and access to a secluded beach.
Another option on Providenciales (or Provo as it's locally called) are luxury villas that are managed by one of our local resorts. These exquisite accommodations combine the service of a resort with the advantages of a villa. There are many choices, with villas overseen by the Grace Bay Club Resort, Amanyara, Wymara Resort, COMO Parrot Cay Resort, and more.
In the case of our smaller islands such as North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, vacation rentals are the primary accommodation choice simply due to the lack of larger hotels and resorts.
The least expensive lodgings in the Turks and Caicos are usually homestay and guestroom rentals, which start at around $60 per night. On the island of Providenciales, many of the less expensive options may be located a distance from the island’s top beaches. This isn’t specifically a problem if a car is rented, which we generally advise for most guests.
Each of our inhabited islands offers a different perspective and atmosphere, both in accommodations and with scenery and activities. See Islands of the Turks and Caicos for advice on choosing an island.
As may be expected, beachfront locations on Providenciales tend to carry a pricing premium over the inland sites.
Our other islands do not have high level of development, and accommodation on or near the ocean are the norm.
Providenciales is the undisputed leader when it comes to villa accommodations in the Turks and Caicos, and there’s a perfect rental for every budget range, and most of the expansive luxury accommodations are found here. More so than the other islands in the country, excellent beaches surround Providenciales.
The world-famous Grace Bay Beach is of course the island’s top beach, yet there isn’t an extensive collection of beachfront villas to choose from here, as luxury resorts occupy much of the coast.
The majority of lodgings on the quiet garden islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos are villas. North Caicos offers quite a few secluded and breezy beach regions, and Middle Caicos features the beautiful Mudjin Harbour and Bambarra beaches.
Grand Turk is home to the nation’s capital city of Cockburn Town – a picturesque beachfront settlement featuring quaint British-Bermudian colonial architecture.
There’s a great selection of restored and modern homes and villas to choose from.
Rental and guest houses are the sole choice of accommodations on the tiny and laid-back island of Salt Cay. Accommodations are found across the settlements of Balfour Town, South District, North District, and on the exceptional North Bay Beach.
South Caicos is a newcomer to the tourism industry, having been a quiet fishing society for decades. The Sailrock project has just opened, with several exquisite villas on Long Beach now available for stays.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the possible amenities included with a villa property, and no two sites are alike.
Depending on your family or group size, the number of bedrooms can vary from studio apartments to over 8 bedrooms in larger villas.
Almost every short stay vacation rental in the Turks and Caicos are fully-furnished, and have linens, towels, and kitchen utensils and appliances. Basic consumables may also be included, such as laundry detergent and some basic dry goods.
Scuba diving trips, including private trips, can be arranged by contacting your villa manager or direct with one of the local companies.
The more expansive mansions may also have tennis courts, Hobie cat sailboats, and chefs and housekeeping staff.
Some of the Turks and Caicos villas that are managed by resorts include extra access to the parent resort amenities. In the case of sites such as the Amanyara Villas and the Private Villa Collection by the Grace Bay Club, special privileges at the resort’s restaurants and spas are some of the perks.
To obtain the best rates and avoid potential headaches, it’s important to understand how villa accommodations are managed and sold in the Turks and Caicos.
There are generally three ways bookings and reservations for villas are handled: the accommodation owner manages the site and lists it through the international Airbnb or VRBO services, a local villa management and booking company handles sales and upkeep, or sales are made by one of the international or Caribbean based villa booking services and a percentage of the transaction is paid to a local villa management company to meet and greet guests and prepare the accommodation.
For the best experience, we generally we recommend booking with one of the larger reputable local villa management firms. The Turks and Caicos has large number of villa management and booking companies, some of which have been established and operating for years, and others which are new or operate part-time. The long-established villa management businesses tend to have professional staff and oversee dozens of properties. They’re often able to deal with any problems that arise in a timely manner, and have other accommodations available should a problem arise with a particular villa.
Dealing directly with the owner often results in slightly lower rates, yet the chance of delays, difficulties in meeting the owner after arriving on island, and other issues increase. Likewise, if there’s any issue with the accommodation, it’s also unlikely the owner will be able to switch you to another villa. Some of the owners neglect to pay the mandatory 12% accommodation tax on stays, which accounts for the comparatively lower rates!
The global luxury vacation rental booking websites typically list the same villas that are overseen by local management companies. Rates may be a little higher than those offered by local companies, as there’s an addition party taking a portion of the rental commission.
On our smaller islands, many rentals and guest houses are managed by owners who live at adjacent or nearby sites, so the booking and management situation is a little different from Providenciales.
The prices for accommodations in the Turks and Caicos varies quite a bit according to the season, with the highest rates experienced during the winter “ high season”. Rates can be 30% to 60% higher at such times.
The late summer and fall months, which coincide with the Atlantic hurricane season, tend to have the lowest rates. Keep in mind that due to depressed tourist arrivals at these times, some accommodation and activity business temporarily close down.
A 12% accommodation tax is applicable on stays in the Turks and Caicos. This may or may not be factored into published accommodation rates.
Electricity usage after an allotted amount is used may incur additional fees. Electricity rates in the Turks and Caicos are quite high at around 50¢ per kWh, and air conditioning can consume quite a bit. Normal air conditioning use shouldn’t exceed the allotted limit, yet heavy air conditioning usage or operating it with windows or doors open likely will.