About the property
- Apartment600 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
1 BR Seafront Apt - Pool, Spectacular Views, Guide Book, Swimming & Snorkeling
THE APARTMENT - Viva la Providenciales from our well-appointed second story, 1 Bed Room Apartment with private entrance on a point overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Long Bay Beach (a Kite Boarder's Paradise) and Iron Shore! Enjoy breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset surrounded by water and island decor. Amenities include Cozy Living Area; Gourmet Kitchen with all stainless steel appliances (dishwasher, microwave, range with oven, full size refrigerator/freezer/ice maker) and washer/dryer, toaster, food processor, coffee maker; Bedroom with queen size bed; Loft with twin size bed; Ensuite Bathroom with bubble glass shower and extra large mirror closet to hold your luggage and its contents; Furnished Balcony with BBQ overlooking the sea; Pool 20 ft long by 4-1/2 ft deep, suitable for short laps ; Air-conditioning; TV, Internet and local Phone.
THE SURROUNDINGS - Swim the coves, snorkel the reefs, fish the shallows, kiteboard or partake in boating and a variety of water sports activities. The pool is just steps away from the Apartment in the corner of the property overlooking the Caribbean and Long Bay; the water's edge is just steps away from the pool down a short natural path.
THE CONVENIENCE - Want to experience what's beyond our location? An easy few minute drive brings you to Grace Bay, Blue Haven Marina, other beaches, restaurants, shops, Provo Golf Club, Casablanca Casino and rendezvous points for activities on land and sea. For more adventure, travel to North, Middle or South Caicos on the nearby TCI Ferry.
THE BEST CHOICE - The private natural setting of our property gives true meaning to the 'Beautiful by Nature' theme of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and our location is ideal for everything you might want to do while on vacation.
BEYOND VILLA KENDARA
THE MYTH - You want to visit Providenciales because it's consistently rated a top destination to vacation with some of the best beaches in the world. If you're thinking that the only thing to do is sit on the beach and take in the sun, then you're in for a very big surprise. Of course, you may go to a different beach every day, each one unique and more beautiful than the next; however, you may also choose from a wide variety of activities on land, sea and in the air.
WATER SPORTS - Imagine paddle boarding through the mangroves; kiteboarding on Long Bay where the conditions are near perfect year-round; kayaking small inlets and around tiny cays; diving off the coral reefs and walls; snorkeling off beaches or in front of our property. Fishermen take note that the shallows off Providenciales are teeming with bonefish, and beyond the reef is great for deep sea fishing. Those interested in renting small motor boats and sailboats can chart their own course.
ECO-TOURISM - Big Blue Unlimited is the premier company for water sports and eco-tourism adventure in the islands. We recommend them for exploring the coral reefs, excursions to outer islands and discovering the history and culture of the region. The waters are crystal clear and the marine life is outstanding. Whether kayaking or paddle boarding in the shallows off the Leeward Going Through Channel, kiteboarding on Long Bay, snorkeling or diving the barrier reef, diving the drop-off walls, bicycling in North Caicos, exploring the caves of Middle Caicos or visiting the National Trust's iguana sanctuary, Little Water Cay, the multi-talented and knowledgeable staff of Big Blue Unlimited will provide memories to last a lifetime. Visit their website for more details.
WATER TOURS - If water sports are not your cup of tea, sit back, relax and put yourself in the capable hands of a tour boat captain who will take you to secluded beaches and places of interest.
ON LAND - Not into water sports or touring by boat, land lovers may enjoy horseback riding on Long Bay, working out or playing tennis at the well-equipped fitness center, golfing at the championship Provo Golf Club or gaming at the Casablanca Casino. Not into any of the above, then walk on the beach, bike on the secondary roads or rent a motor scooter. There's even a cinema for the unusual rainy day.
FROM THE AIR - Maybe you'd rather see Provo from above; then a helicopter ride is for you. It's from the air that you really come to appreciate the color of the water, the patterns of the reefs, the number of cays and overall beauty of the Caicos Island chain. Those wanting a closer, more hands-on view can try parasailing.
DINING OUT - Provo is a treasure trove of eating experiences. Ranging from reasonable to expensive, there are restaurants for every palate including American, Caribbean, French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Jamaican, Japanese, Mexican, Tex-Mex and Thai. The dress is always casual. Reservations are required at some of the more popular restaurants. A few of them close during September to mid-October, but the list is dwindling as Provo is now a year-round destination. Many restaurants are 1 to 3 miles from Villa Kendara in the tourist hub; a few are in Turtle Cove; others are off the major highways. Most restaurants have indoor/outdoor seating and stunning settings. Watch the sunset overlooking Grace Bay; marvel at the color of the water and the tiny picturesque islands of Chalk Sound; mingle with the locals at our list of 'Good Value Restaurants' in the 'Johnson Guide to Provo'; watch boats in the Marinas; sit under the stars amidst a canopy of palm trees; admire the tropical foliage in uniquely landscaped gardens; pause for a bite at a beachfront café that is an extension of the beach itself. There are many combinations of cuisine and setting.
FOOD SPECIALITIES - Wherever you dine, be sure to sample the local seafood such as conch, grouper, langouste, snapper, and wahoo. Provo is best known for conch that lives in pink pearl shells and inhabits the shallow areas of Long Bay and Grace Bay or is raised in open water beds at the Conch Farm in the Leeward Going Through Channel. Try fritters, lightly breaded and fried to perfection; fingers or cracked pieces with just the right amount of crunch; ceviche with its tangy flavor; the sauté with herbs over a fresh garden salad; chowder that varies from bisque to chunky with vegetables; a burger savory with spices. During the annual Conch Festival, restaurants compete for the best recipe in each category as well as new ideas for preparing. Da Conch Shack, with its panoramic view of Grace Bay, is the best-known restaurant for sampling this delicacy, but we suggest ordering it as an appetizer or main course at any of the restaurants in the 'Johnson Guide to Provo'.
WHY RENT A VEHICLE - To explore the 37.5 square miles and appreciate what Provo has to offer, you should rent a vehicle. Keep in mind that taxis and excursions that provide transportation are expensive so a car pays for itself in no time. Also, car services pick you up at the airport and drop you off there which is most convenient. While most of our guests choose an economy car, those proficient in riding bikes or motor scooters may want to consider the latter. Information on how to go about renting cars, bikes, and motor scooters is in our Rental Agreement. Get to know the real Provo by renting a car.
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About Carol Johnson
Tom and I are from Weston, CT. Tom grew up in Media, PA and myself in Rensselaer, N.Y. Tom graduated from NC State University in Raleigh with a degree in food science while I obtained a degree in bio-chem from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. We met while developing food products for Pepperidge Farm in Norwalk, CT. Restless with corporate life, we began our own business in 1983, and Lexington Gardens of Newtown, Inc. soon became a destination for plant lovers who begged for more. We responded by expanding into gourmet food, gifts, boutique clothing, pet supplies and home décor. We have always been curious about people, places, and things. When our children Kendra and Dara were born, we found that renting an apartment in the Caribbean made for an enjoyable vacation and that spending a day or two with a real estate agent was an easy way to get oriented. After exploring many islands, a scuba diving friend told us about Turks and Caicos. On the spur of the moment, we made reservations and found ourselves on Providenciales in August 1999. After doing our usual look/see with an agent, we went out on our own. One day we drove to the end of a dirt road, parked and walked up the gentle slope to look at the view. What we saw was breathtaking! Smitten by the Stubbs Cove area on Long Bay, we began the process of buying a piece of paradise, and by May 2000 the land on both sides of the cul de sac overlooking the Caribbean and Long Bay was ours. Using our flair for landscaping and home décor, we designed the house and guest house from the ground up and painstakingly oversaw the construction from 2005 - 2008. The open contemporary design with Mediterranean accents takes full advantage of the sea breeze and magnificent view. In 2012 we finished off the guest house with the same attention to detail as the house and began renting the second story 'Apartment' as we call it to guests.
Why Carol Johnson chose Leeward Settlement
Picture standing at the top of a gentle slope about 25ft above sea level with the Caribbean in front as far as you can see, the 3-1/2 mile stretch of Long Bay Beach to your right and North and Middle Caicos to your left. The water is many shades of turquoise and waist high for miles; the breeze is constant and cooling to the delight of kiteboarders further down the beach; the vegetation is low and windswept like perfectly pruned bonsai; the sky is heavenly blue with white billowy clouds on the horizon. Linger awhile and you will see incredible sunrises, spectacular sunsets, and 180-degree rainbows. Imagine yourself in a serene setting with swimming and snorkeling at your doorstep, yet minutes to town. While the majority of properties on Long Bay are 10 to 15 minutes off Leeward Highway, our property is on the upper end of Long Bay, within walking distance of Leeward Highway. We are also just around the corner from Grace Bay where Leeward Highway that parallels Long Bay meets Governors Road that parallels Grace Bay. That puts us 15 minutes from the airport and 1 to 3 miles from access points to other beaches, activities, restaurants, and shopping.
What makes this Apartment unique
Unique benefits include the view which many say is simply the best on Provo; the 'Beautiful by Nature' setting which is the mantra of Turks and Caicos; the privacy yet proximity to necessities and everything that makes a vacation enjoyable; the ease of swimming and snorkeling in front of the property. Unique also is the 'Johnson Guide to Provo'. As visitors from 1999 to 2009, we rented guest houses in various parts of the island. We would arrive to be met by someone in a hurry or find a key with a short note under the mat. We vowed that if we ever became landlords, we would do a better job. In the 'Guide' you will find instructions on how to operate everything in the Apartment; dining information on owner selected restaurants worthy of your consideration; a list of 'Good Value Restaurants' where the food and service are topnotch, but the prices are more reasonable; a multitude of activities to enjoy on land and sea; store locations and the merchandise they sell; directions to the best beach access points around Provo, to the roundabouts and which ones take you to the most scenic areas and to necessities such as ATM, gas, groceries and medical; how to make arrangements for an excursion to North and Middle Caicos and what to do when you get there; an invitation, exclusive for our guests, to spend a day at the Northwest Point Resort. Unique too is the personal attention afforded our guests. The majority of rental properties are managed by property managers who are in charge of many rentals. We do all of the work ourselves from booking to greeting to maintenance. When we are not in residence, the greeting and maintenance are handled by our good friend Steve Thomas who also happens to be a technical specialist with Eagle Claw Security that monitors our alarm systems. We invite you to share in the uniqueness that is Villa Kendara.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Welcome to paradise
We enjoyed our stay at Villa Kendara from the moment we arrived to the moment we had to leave. It is an exceptionally clean and tidy property. Owner Carol Johnson has literally thought of everything to ensure your stay is relaxing and enjoyable, as well as well informed. Her guides were extremely helpful for two Turks & Caicos first timers. The view from the pool area is amazing all day, but especially at sunrise. The well appointed kitchen had everything that we needed to make meals when we wanted to stay in. Becky who met us at the Villa was delightful. She made us feel right at home. The Island and it’s residents are lovely, and we will definitely be back.
What Can We Say But - WOW!
Amazing just amazing. Carol and Tom are wonderful welcoming hosts with a vast knowledge of all of the islands and things to do. My husband and I wanted a totally low key and relaxing vacation away from the crowds but in the sun and water. Villa Kendra exceeded all of our goals. We enjoyed the pool, the water access from the villa and the apartment's private deck. Don't miss the sunrise - it is spectacular! The cozy and cute apartment is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen and washer/dryer. One of the best features of Villa Kendra is you can be as low key or as busy as you want. The beaches and tourist attractions are just minutes away, or just hang to at thethe Villa and enjoy the peace and tranquility it offers.
We highly recommend a drive out to Turtle Cove/Turtle Tail/Flamingo Reservoir. The beauty of the island and water is up front and lovely.
We look forward to our next getaway to Villa Kendra. Thank you so much Tom and Carol!
Peace in Paradise
Villa Kendara is a truly wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Provo. Perfectly situated close to the amenities of Grace Bay and it's astounding beaches, Villa Kendara had everything we needed to really reconnect and relax. Carol's guides were jam packed with helpful info and we brought them in the car with us to help navigate the places we had not seen. As this was our 2nd trip to the island (we stayed at Silly Creek previously) we had the opportunity to explore both the North and Middle Caicos. The villa is conveniently located near the ferry dock which makes it easy to access the out islands. Our day trip to the North and Middle Caico's was spectacular! We spent a few hours on some gorgeous, private beaches on North Caico's and enjoyed the views over Bottle Creek. We loved Mudjin Harbor, had a great meal at the blue horizon restaurant, and then made the (very) long ride to Wild Cow Run beach. We wished we had done as Carol suggested and gotten the jeep which would have made the 40 min bumpy ride a little easier. But...the view and the remoteness of the area...amazing. It rivaled anything we have seen on other islands, including those in Hawaii.
You simply cannot believe the color of the water here. It is soooo beautiful.
On Provo, our favorite beaches include: Taylor Bay, Sunset Beach and of course Grace Bay, but we also love the whole Chalk Sound area for sheer beauty. It was great to have the umbrella and chairs to bring to the beaches, and Carol and Tom really have thought of everything you will need to enjoy your trip. We had some terrific meals including the Sands at Seven Stars (worth every penny), the Bay Bistro at the Sibonne' Hotel, and the Landing and for real local flavor try Chinson's on the way from the airport to the Villa.
It is also great that you can easily access Long Bay beach and the views from the villa are so lovely. Waking up every morning to that view was restorative and enchanting. The villa is a terrific value and we hope we will have the privilege of visiting again next year!
Thank you Carol and Tom for making your slice of paradise available to us. We truly loved our time at the villa and getting to know both of you!
Amazing place experience
Carol`s place was amazing, she and her husband really lovely.
Thank you so much for the use of your guest house. Watching the sunrise from the deck each morning… Just Ahhhh! We had a fantastic 2 weeks here in paradise. Some highlights: Sunset Beach ( at sunset or anytime!), Mudjin Harbor & Restaurant on North Caicos, Turks Kebab, Danny Bouy’s – THE Best Conch Fritters, Ocean Vibes all-day tour, Malcom’s Road Beach- great snorkeling, Coco Bistro- Simply Elegant dining, Kayaking to Half Moon Bay- our own slice of paradise!
Your guides were very helpful. The thoughtfully stocked accommodations made our stay very comfortable. Hope to visit again for another dose of Vitamin Sea!
Vacation at Villa Kendara is a dream come true!
Dear Carol, thank you so much for making our first trip to Turks and Caicos unforgettable! Your Villa Kendara is so beautiful, comfortable, and meticulously designed/stocked with everything we could ever need. Our favorite view of the ocean was from the gorgeous pool that overlooked it. We have seen the sunrise and sunset from the deck. No wonder your Villa has the reputation of having the BEST view on Provo!! Seeing is believing! During the day, we frequently enjoyed snorkeling and swimming right off the edge of your Villa (thank you so much for providing us with all the snorkel equipment). At night, the view of the jet black ocean and the twinkling stars hanging over it is an image that we will never forget. Your "Johnson’s Guide to Provo" binder was so helpful and handy, full of everything we would ever want to know - from information on car rental (thank you for the discount) to grocery stores to restaurants (tiered by price) to shopping to beaches to excursions. The detail in your binder is top notch and directions to each place couldn’t be clearer. Also, thank you for being so readily responsive and available when we would have a clarifying question for you, or an inquiry about which were your favorite restaurants and beaches. We ventured out to some of the most private beaches and were only able to find them because of your step-by-step instructions (thank you for providing the portable beach chairs and umbrellas). Our favorite experience was snorkeling at Coral Gardens, where we saw a turtle! All the food was incredible, but our favorite was Mango Reef. Thank you for checking in on us upon our arrival and departure. Thanks a million for making it possible for us to have the most relaxing and incredible vacation ever! We definitely would like to come back and have highly recommended Villa Kendara to our friends and family!!
On a point at the end of a private cul de sac overlooking the Carribean Sea and Long Bay Beach near golf course, marinas, restaurants, shopping, swimming and water activities.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
SECURITY DEPOSIT - $200 due in cash upon arrival to be returned upon departure, barring the unforeseen. EXTRA GUEST - $25 surcharge per night if over age 10. CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS RATE - $1595 per week inclusive for Sat before Christmas to Sat after New Years. MID-WEEK ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE - Extra Charge depending on season and # of nights lost from the standard Sat to Sat booking