|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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, kite board 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 chose from a wide variety of activities on land, sea and in the air.
WATER SPORTS - Imagine paddle boarding through the mangroves; kite boarding 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 life time. 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. 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 live in pink pearl shells and inhabit the shallow areas of Long Bay and Grace Bay or are 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; saviche 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 panarama 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.
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.
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 door step, 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.
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 top notch, 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 maintenaince 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.
If you like to be away from the crowds, this is the place to be. Villa Kendara is gorgeous and private. It is close to the hub of Grace Bay so you do not need to drive far to get the action, groceries or find a nice restaurant. (Car required.) There is nothing I can say that has not already been said; the kitchen is well equipped, the villa is spotless and well organized, the pool area is stunning, the binders are incredibly helpful, Carol is beyond accommodating....but all this has already been written by others.
As someone who rents private condos/villas often, Villa Kendara is the best stocked rental I have used. It was stocked with body wash, hand soap, dish soap, dishwasher tabs, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, aluminum foil, ziploc bags, plastic wrap, paper towels, sugar, salt, pepper, various spices and seasonings, coffee filters, a cooler with ice packs and more. (There is also an array of charging cables for your use.)
There were a few days that were too windy for us to sit poolside (the pool was a bit chilly) so we went on the hunt for beaches that were less windy. Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Beach were listed in Carol's books as good places to find less wind and she was spot on. (And Chalk Sound is gorgeous!) We did not realize that there were beach chairs and an umbrella for our use to take to beach until after we got home - so don't make this mistake too. (They are in the garage.) Carol also provides tons of snorkelling gear, flutter boards, life jackets etc.
We travelled with our 16 year old son, and so we used the loft. It is not for the faint of heart - I could not bring myself to climb the ladder to go up there - but our son was fine with it. A built-in ladder on the wall might have felt more secure for those of us who are scaredy-cats.
As others said, there is no bathroom door - don't worry as there is no visual issue, as it is tucked around the corner - but some may find this a bit too open.
The only thing we lacked was a comfy sofa - but we stretched out on the bed and read and relaxed there instead when we were not outside.
You can't go wrong with Villa Kendara. You won't be disappointed. A beautiful slice of paradise has been created and all you need to do is drop your bags an enjoy that which has been prepared for you!
Thanks for everything you did to accommodate us, Carol. You went above and beyond our expectation. Hopefully next time we will meet!
My wife and I were looking to celebrate our anniversary on this beautiful island and enjoy some kiteboarding at the same time. After much searching, we found Villa Kendara. This turned out to be a perfect choice! The place was just what we needed, very neat, fully equipped, close to Long Bay and Grace Bay for kiting or shopping/ dining. We were also very impressed with the amount of valuable information and tips that Carol provided, both by email ahead of our stay but also in the many binders and folders in the apartment. Waking up to a fantastic view of the ocean and Long Bay beach itself was the cherry on the top! We will definitely stay here again.
Villa Kendara is beautiful. Everything you need to know is in their wonderful guide book. The information provided allowed us to make the most of our stay in Provo, and our visit to North and Middle Caicos. The recommendations and tips are from Carol and Toms personal experiences. You will not find help like that elsewhere. This Villa and the wonderful people who own it are what made our trip magical. If you enjoy snorkeling you will surely love staying here. You can access the ocean in the backyard, and you will see beautiful fishes, plant life and even lobster( thanks to Tom!), just feet from the ladder. A short swim away there is a reef to enjoy as well. I highly recommend this property for their cleanliness, decor, privacy, ocean access, proximity to dining/shopping/excursions, the list goes on and on. This Villa is everything it promises and more. Thank you Carol and Tom!
What an amazing place! We'll never forget our first look at the beautiful view of the ocean as we pulled up to Villa Kendara. Takes your breath away. The villa is beautiful as well with the landscaping, proximity to the water, and wonderful pool. Everything you will need for your stay is here at this villa. Plenty of towels, toiletries, washer/dryer, kitchen with dishwasher. We cooked breakfast every morning before heading out to our excursions. The owner has provided very informative binders with information on the beaches, ferries, other islands, restaurants, etc. The furnishings are very comfortable including the queen size bed. I could say more but please see for yourself. You won't be disappointed. We would love to come back and stay at Villa Kendara.
My wife and I had a WONDERFUL time at Villa Kendara! The apt was well-equipped and perfectly located for a private, romantic vacation. The Johnson Guide was great for planning our outings. We did snorkelling off-shore and paddle boarding with Big Blue. It was great waking up in the mornings and having our coffee on the deck just enjoying the view. This was my first ever trip to the Caribbean, and it will definitely not be the last! We both HIGHLY recommend Villa Kendara when visiting Provo. Carol was great to deal with, and it was a real pleasure meeting Steve. Two weeks is definitely not enough time to spend, especially for all that the islands have to offer. There is so much to see and do, and that's not including the other islands. FANTASTIC STAY!!!
My boyfriend and I stayed at here and found it completely relaxing, beautiful, breathtaking, and surreal. It was very private and safe. We could drive very quickly to Grace Bay and because it isn't a resort you don't feel like you have to stay there the entire time because you paid for food and alcohol. You feel like you are able to explore the island and then come back to a great getaway/home without feeling guilty. We bought our own groceries and went out to amazing dinners during our stay. Waking up without crowds and enjoying the most spectacular views left you awe struck :)
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.
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Dec 16 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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