We stayed 7 nights in early March and enjoyed every single moment! The pictures on here certainly helped attract us to this villa, but the reality far exceeded our expectations. From the personal attention that Kabir and Ritama gave us to the exquisite views and pristine beach, this villa offers the best placement on Long Bay Beach. There are very few homes along this stretch of beach (though there will soon to be future developments) and it's clear how much effort Ritama and Kabir have placed into making this compound a retreat for ALL of their guests. Our unit came with the use of a car (saving us from renting a car and spending hundreds of dollars over the week) that enabled us to go to the grocery store and explore the island. Located under the owner's unit, our 2-bedroom space was nicely shaded from the heat yet offered easy access to the beach down a garden path and by our private cabana with rattan furniture. We tried the complimentary paddle boards, but were really only successful on the last day after the winds had calmed the waters, but enjoyed every second we were out. You can go SO far out in the water - over a mile - and still be in (crystal clear warm) water only up to your chest/belly. Though we had never done kiteboarding before, we decided to give an attempt at lessons since we had seen dozens of kites sail by us throughout the week. Wayne at TCKiteboarding was very helpful in setting us up for the lesson and after 3.5 hours of training, we were even able to get out on the boards and out of the water. AMAZING overall experience at Villa Esencia! We are certain to return to Turks & Caicos and, when we do, we'll stay with our new friends Ritama and Kabir.
If anyone is debating whether to stay on Long Beach or Grace Bay, I'll tell you we did too. But after spending a week in the sun with a steady breeze cooling us from overheating, while having the amazing views and absolutely NO crowds of children running around like at the bigger resorts on Grace Bay (where you spend 2-3 times the price per night for accommodations), we knew we made the right choice. Having access to the car made it easy for us to still go an explore/enjoy all that Grace Bay has to offer (snorkeling excursions, restaurants, shopping, etc.) but always return to serenity!