Having experienced the Turks-Caicos Islands on 2 previous trips, we returned to the North end of Provo. Unfortunately our choice of Armetis retreat was a mistake.the cottage looks very quaint from the outside but very uncomfortable to live in. We arrived with our grandson and my sister on July3, 2011. The first thing I had to do was fix the toilet. After the repair was made and after a long day traveling, we decided to have a cup of coffee and then onto the beach. Again I had to make a repair. This time to the coffee pot. Excited about the 2 minute walk to the beach, off we went to the beach, well our 2 minute walk was over 2 blocks only to realize we could see the beach but had no access to the beach. There's a 10 foot decaying erosion wall where you can not reach the beach. We finally found access to the beach which we drove to for the remainder of our stay. This walk was over a quarter mile, so we drove every day. A truly beautiful beach. A car is a must at the cottage because there is no services within 2 miles. The community which Armetis retreat is located in is not a gated community. Only in the evenings is there a guard on the highway and no one guarding the 7 miles beach access. The house, although charming from the outside, is very secluded and dark in the evening and offers no other security, no street lights either. There is no safety box or safe to store your valuables. Once we shut all the windows to run the air conditioner we realized that some of the windows did not evne have locks. The owner did finally have them installed. The air conditioner is enadequate for this house. One unit above the master bed. The 2 remaining rooms have no air conditioning or vents to supply the cool air. We ran the ceiling fans continuosly. There is no furniture in the cottage. The main room consists of a dinning room table with 2 chairs and 2 benches and and old 2 persons sleep sofa that sits about a foot off the floor. The outside furniture, although it looks like rotan is really plastic with pads,not cushions, very uncomfortable after a couple of days. With the rustic charm of this cottage comes all the problems of rustic. Black flies inside and out. All of our bites came while we were sleeping, bug spray before bed. I am 60 years old and have traveled the Carribean for over 20 years and have never been so uncomfortable or dissapointed in my accomodations. I have never felt compelled to write a reveiw like this before John and Beverly
Owner's Response: As soon as we learned about the apparent issues we did our best to resolve them immediately. The house is in a safe residential area, but we fixed the window locks anyway the very next day. Windows are generally left open in order to allow the cool Caribbean breeze in, which is nicer than using the air conditioning. In our experience, the AC is only required on the hottest, most humid days of the year. The ceiling fans help circulate the air, and are designed to run quietly and continuously. The house is in a quiet neighborhood, almost no traffic and no noisy neighbors, but is hardly secluded. It is brightly lit and all of our guests feel perfectly secure. The guards at the Leeward gate in the evening monitor people entering the area and CCTV cameras are on 24/7. We agree about the suggestion for a rental car even though most guests rent just on the days they need one (delivered to the cottage at no extra charge from GraceBayCarRentals.com). Otherwise guests use the two bikes provided for local shopping excursions. The furniture is practical and comfortable, and fits the cottage style perfectly well. Yes, there are sandflies and some mosquitoes that appear at dusk. The usual precautions of keeping the screen doors shut, and wearing socks and long pants in the evenings, will largely prevent any bites. The closest beach access was partially eroded by a storm not long before this visit, so in our Guest Guide we recommend two alternate access points, one of which is only 4 minutes walk to the beach.
Helpful votes: 11/15
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