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Etoile de Mer - Star of the Sea - at Taylor Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa with 4 Bedrooms and 4 Baths (Sleeps 8)


Etoile de Mer sits on old beachfront with exclusive, legal access to now-private Taylor Bay Beach just 100 steps away. Etoile's location offers the best of all worlds - Taylor Bay, authentic Caribbean architecture, and privacy afforded by lush vegetation on almost an acre of land.

"Beautiful and gracious" are the most common words used to describe Etoile de Mer - Star of the Sea. Justifiably, Etoile de Mer is known as one of the most beautiful and unique homes on the island and a  perfect place to gather family members or friends to create island memories. A coral fern garden, irrigation of the many coconut trees and bougainvillea, and a seawall make Etoile de Mer feel like a Caribbean estate - and it is!

Lovingly cared for, the house has been completely upgraded since the owners purchased it in 2004. The attention to detail and the ambiance of this island home make it feel like your home away from home rather than "a rental".  Large enough for a group of eight with several gathering spots - the screened porch, the gazebo, the pool deck, the outside bar and barbecue, the verandas and the living room and dining room - the layout of the house also offers privacy to couples and individuals.


A short walk across old beach front, the uncrowded beach, gentle tides and fine white sands of Taylor Bay offer you an opportunity to wade or swim, snorkel, kayak, walk barefoot on the beach or sit in a beach chair for hours. Many well-traveled guests believe that Taylor Bay is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean.

They float on rafts from one side of the bay to the other on the gentle tide with book, coffee, or wine in hand.  The more adventuresome use the kayaks provided at the house and explore the Caribbean at will. The energetic, swim the width of the bay.

Shallow waters for 100 feet offer a perfect environment for children to play in the water safely. Children happily fill buckets and make sand castles while their parents enjoy a well-earned vacation.


Want to play tennis? Next to Etoile de Mer are private, complimentary tennis courts.

In the evening, visit one of the excellent international restaurants just minutes away (Providenciales was recently selected as one of the top-ten island dining destinations in the world), grill your favorite foods on the five-burner grill on the pool deck, or cook in the airy and light fully-equipped kitchen. After dinner, stroll the beach, watch cable television on a flat-screen TV, sit on the deck and look at the stars, listen to music, play a game, or simply enjoy the sound of privacy, knowing that you have another beautiful day awaiting you.

No Smoking, please.  Children are welcome (but included in total occupancy).  Rental price includes a mid-week cleaning. FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET.  Note that dates marked on the Availability Calendar represent NIGHTS that are not available.

More Details

Margaret Rhyne
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Margaret Rhyne

My husband Dave and I first visited Provo from Colorado with friends in 2004. Completely enamored with Taylor Bay, we joined with a real estate agent and found Etoile de Mer, returning home a little in shock that we had bought a house and had never even considered owning a home in the Caribbean! That's what Taylor Bay can do to you!!

Since then our entire family has had a love affair with Etoile, Taylor Bay, and Provo.

Our daughter, Megan, got married on Provo in October 2005. She and our other two children, Aaron and Brianna, return annually with friends.

Our first grandson, Cooper, was christened on Taylor Bay in November 2008 and our second grandson, Jack, was christened on the beach in November 2012.

Dave and I go to the house in the fall, winter and spring to make sure everything is in good shape and to absorb the beauty. We have developed friendships with islanders and feel like we have a second life in the Caribbean.

We try to keep the rental rate reasonable because we feel blessed to own such a beautiful home and want to share it with others, which is why Etoile de Mer never feels like a rental.

Dave is an architect and we are always upgrading in one way or another to keep Etoile in prime condition. A recent renter wrote, "Our son is an interior architect and he loved the design of the house and the quality of the building materials."

Margaret Rhyne purchased this house in 2004

Why Margaret Rhyne chose Turks & Caicos

Staying at Etoile de Mer feels like staying an a private, upscale resort - Caribbean ambiance, exclusive access to Taylor Bay, incredible vegetation, tennis courts, kayaks, and a large salt water pool. You won't want to leave!

What makes this house unique

Our family loves to gather at the house and create memories. We sit under the gazebo and laugh. We walk on the beach every morning to greet the day. We float across the bay in rafts. Our grandsons play at will and safely in the clear crystalline waters of Taylor Bay. They love coming to "the islands." In the evenings, we gather at the dining table and appreciate our blessings.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a beautiful and wonderful week here celebrating our friend's 60th birthday. What a lovely house!! We loved the porch and the beach is simply amazing. We have never seen such beautiful water! The house is comfortable with every amenity possible. We loved it here!! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

(Comment in Guest Book)
Sep 2014
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Providenciales House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Main floor ensuite. Conch shell counter tops.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Main floor ensuite. Conch shell counter tops.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Apartment. Conch shell counter tops.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master. Sunken tub. LARGE shower. Conch shell countertops
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , To rinse off when returning from beach
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , On top floor. Balcony with view of tennis courts and bay.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Ensuite main floor. Private sitting area on veranda.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ensuite main floor with view of coconut palms
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , In apartment with view to coral garden. Small patio.
  • King size beds (3) Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) one 3-in-1 graco porta-crib, Queen sleep sofa in apartment.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

Etoile de Mer - Star of the Sea - at Taylor Bay
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 80 reviews

Paradise in Turks

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this house. The house, beach and pool were amazing. Taylor beach is the best beach for small kids. Gentle waves and not too deep. We loved the patio and pool and sat out there or in the screened in porch every night. The location on Chalk Sound is excellent. It is a short walk to the beach and an easy drive from the airport. Dinesh and Julian were the best. They made sure we knew everything we needed to about the house and answered any questions we had. They made us feel extremely welcome. Some people mentioned mosquitoes but we only got a bite or two but they did not bother us at all for the most part. We traveled with 2 families (4 adults and 3 small children) and had plenty of room. We were sad to leave and would definitely want to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were in a group of 4 couples - all of us were acquainted with the others in one way or the other, and some of us have traveled together before. The house was all it was cracked up to be...We used the pergola as our 'breakfast gathering spot' and all-around reading room. The beach, which is a 3-4 min walk from the house is spectacular. We took sundowners and cameras the first evening, and thereafter, parked our beach chairs at the surf line along with the Frontgate Pool Floaties so that we could cool off by paddling ourselves around the bay using our fingertips. Snorkeling was a disappointment (too shallow), but the supplied kayaks were a hit. David and Margaret (the owners) prepared a VERY complete digest of Island Ephemera, which we followed diligently. We ordered lobsters from the locals - great idea. We went to Bugaloos (daily!) - I only brought back 5 extra coconut cracked crab pounds with me- because the wait staff, live DJs, kittens & chickens and the all-around authentic native vibe brought us back again and again. You do need a car when you are at Etoile - if only to go to Bugaloos, but also to sample the rest of what Provo has to offer, which is a LOT. My husband and I honeymooned at the Club Med on Grace Bay in Aug of 1992 - so this was a repeat visit for us - but it seemed like a whole new island given the changes in the last 24 years. I don't even remember paved roads, which I ASSURE you exist now...! Etoile de Mer is a perfect backdrop for YOUR exploration of this perfection in paradise.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in Provo

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our stay at Etoile de Mer. We had six adults in our group. The house is everything you see in the pictures and more. It's just gorgeous inside and out, and so well-maintained. The house is beautifully decorated in a wonderful island/Tommy Bahama-type style and has so much available that you really don't need to leave. But when you do want to hit the beach, Taylor Bay is about a 5 min walk. This was our first trip to T/C so we didn't know that most beaches don't have palm trees for shade, so there is an umbrella at the house. The pool, deck, covered deck area, and the hammock were fabulous and we spent a lot of time there. Beds were comfy enough and we only had to use the AC on our last night in the master bedroom up top). Julian was amazing...we only needed him a few times and he was so responsive and helpful, as were his other helpers who came very quickly to assist with a small problem. They were great. I would rent this house again in a NY minute!!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anoka, Minnesota

A Family Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had the most fabulous vacation in Providenciales! Etoile de Mer is beautiful and exceeded our expectations in every way! My husband and I had the master suite, our daughter and her family had the two bedrooms on the first level, and our son and fiancée had the apartment. The common living spaces are set up so perfectly. It was ideal for our family. You designed the house so well!

We had such fun excursions everyday to different places and beaches. All them fantastic!!! The best thing about our stay is that we always came back around 2:00 to our beautiful Taylor Bay and Etoile de Mer, the most beautiful beach and home on the island!

We loved everything about Providenciales and your lovely home!

We have traveled a lot of places and this vacation topped them all. We will be coming back!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene Paradise--

  • 5 of 5

Our families had a lovely visit and stay at Etoile de Mer this past Christmas. The weather was perfect and the home is very comfortable and beautifully decorated. All the little things--wine corkscrew and good books, hammock and pool, a lovely breeze and the flowers are beyond belief. We found it to be very peaceful and serene and the construction activity far enough away that we didn't notice it. I guess "progress" is inevitable but this island still seems far away from it all. Taylor Beach was was quiet and we had it all to ourselves at times. We have a child in a wheelchair so we managed the steps but the main floor has a tall flight of stairs so an adult in a wheelchair should discuss the layout prior to visiting.

Thank you--this was a great destination for our families and kids!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Nice Location

  • 4 of 5

My family of three kids (8,5, and 15 months), my husband and I, and my mother just spent a week at the villa! We do miss the island already. The home is lovely. The location is amazing and Taylor Bay is truly a sight to behold. The house had great amenities and everything you need for a nice stay. Beach chairs, cooler, and the home water cooler were wonderful to have! We appreciated the snacks and beer upon our arrival too! A few things that were a little less than "excellent" were the constant construction that was going on directly on the beachfront at Taylor Bay. From 7:30am until 6pm daily there was construction noise from the building of three beachfront villas. This wasn't a huge distraction as we are early risers in our family with the kids, but it did detract from my enjoyment some. It's hard to keep a tranquil paradise in mind when you hear pounding and sawing and tractors much of the day. Also, the path down to the beach was a bit treacherous. We were only able to use the kayaks the first day of our stay and it was difficult to wheel it down because the path next to the construction was very bumpy and they were digging a trench there to build a new wall between the adjacent home next to the construction. On more than one occasion we had to walk through the new construction homes to get to the beach because the digging of the trench got in our way.

As a result of all this construction, we didn't find Taylor Bay to be as clean and pristine as previous trips. One day I brought a garbage back down from the villa and was able to fill the entire bag with trash that was blowing on the shore and into the bay. Very sad to see. While many reviews felt that there was no need for air conditioning because of the breezes, I'd have to disagree. Maybe we are a bit spoiled but it was hard for our kids to stay comfortable in the main level bedrooms when there was no breeze. After a day in the hot sun it was hard for them to rest in a hot bedroom. The provided fans did help some but overall the temperature in the main level bedrooms was a bit too hot to keep the baby comfortable. Other nights the wind was so strong that it was difficult to sleep because of the blowing with the windows open. I realize it is a tropical island and weather is unpredictable, but it is just a little gripe worth mentioning for those who really like to sleep cool. I really think this house is lovely though. Very tropical and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the owner of Etoile de Mer, I realize that a trip to Turks and Caicos, whether by a group of friends or a family of one or more generations, is an expensive endeavor and I therefore do everything I can to ensure that my renters have a wonderful experience. There are, however, some things that are out of my control. The construction work referred to in this review was to take place during off season, as promised by the owner of the property. I was therefore shocked to hear that he arrived during the second week of December, without consideration to anyone in the area, and started bringing in fill and building a wall. If this renter had reported the problem to my management agent, she would have learned that there are 3 other paths to the beach from Etoile. Taylor Bay is more than 1/2 mile long. The work was being done at one of the far ends. All noisy work is complete. A hand-built wall is to be finished in January. I know of no future construction within sight or hearing of Etoile. A locked, coded gate will be installed when the work is complete and only renters of homes at Taylor Bay will have access to what will then be an almost-private beach.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Providenciales Airport (PLS)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Las Brisas
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Provo Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Las Brisas
Car: necessary

Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, Bone Fishing, International Restaurants


Rates & Availability

Providenciales House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Apr 30 2017 - Nov 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2017 - Dec 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 High Season
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

VRBO formatting does not allow two rates per season. Therefore, weekly rates listed are for up to 6 people. 2017 Low Season rate for 8 people is $5200. 2018 High Season rate for 8 people is $6500.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years rates are for any # of people up to 8.

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