Amazing dream vacation
My family would like to thank the Juraks for being such wonderful hosts and allowing us to rent their amazing beach house for the week. It's hard to completely describe how amazingly beautiful the whole experience was for my family and our friends that stayed at Crystal Sands Villa. It is a completely breathtaking experience from the house itself, to the pool, to the white and soft sand beach, and to the ability to be able to share such an experience with friends and family. Our children loved every second of every day. They never wanted to go to sleep because they thought they were going to miss out on something. We loved going to the shops at the SaltMills and we loved going out to a different restaurant every night for dinner. Each one had their own style of food and each style was great. We particularly loved Mango Reef Restaurant at the alexandra Resort. We also had an amazing boat excursion and highly recommend Caicos Dream Tours. It was worth every penny. Every day was filled with sunshine, sand, and great company. Even when the forecast called for 100% chance of rain, it ended up being totally sunny and beautiful. Pictures say a thousand words, but unless you see this beautiful property for yourself, then you have no idea how beautiful it really is. Thanks again to the Juraks and we will be back to Provo.
Stunning crystal waters and powdery white sand beaches...
This was our second stay at Crystal Sands Villa. We thoroughly enjoy the location of the Villa and the beauty that surrounds it. Sunsets to enjoy on the deck or the private beach as well as waking up in bed and having a spectacular view of the ocean. Sapodilla Bay is simply stunning. The owners, Dana and Scott are very accomodating and always friendly! We rented a car both years as we like to explore all the beaches and activities. We would highly recommend the pontoon boat ride and kayaking on Chalk Sound, the 1/2 day sail on the atabeyra, snorkeling at Smiths Reef, a visit to Long Bay and Pelican Beaches, equally beautiful! Graceway IGa and Graceway Gormet (which has an excellent coffee bar) have everthing you need. Las Brisas restaurant is a short walk from Crystal Sands which offers delicious meals at reasonable prices all with charming atmosphere on Chalk Sound. The only disappointment on Provo is that it's difficult to find local fish to cook at the villa.
Our family had the most wonderful experience at Crystal Sands Villa this past 3/31/2013 - 4/6/2013. My husband and I and our children, ages 10 and 13, enjoyed days on the beach - which were very peaceful because not a lot of people come to this bay and it is not crowded at all. We saw lots of turtles bobbing their little heads up and down each day which was very entertaining. I would highly recommend renting a car if you decide to stay here. Taxis are not reliable and having our car to come and go as we please made it worthwhile. Visiting different parts of the island and going to different restaurants made our trip even more complete. Be aware - groceries are very expensive! We bought enough groceries to eat breakfast and lunch at the villa and we would go out to different restaurants for dinner. One of the best parts of our stay was our day-long boat adventure with Captain Bill. He will give you a call and invite you for a day trip of snorkling, lunch, and seeing tons of starfish! Definitely say yes! You could not ask for better people to deal with than Dana and Scott, the owners of the property. They greeted us the day we arrived and said goodbye on the day we left - we had the freedom to call them if we needed anything. They have lived on the island for quite a while now and were very informative about things to do and places to go. We thoroughly enjoyed them and because of them, we will return.
Beach Villa on Sapodilla Bay
I have returned again! Crystal Sands Villa is the best place on Sapodilla Bay. The suite has everything. When I come back, Scott and Dana make me feel like I own the place! The villa is always fresh and clean. Everything is always working perfectly! I will come back again and again and again! Thank you!
Beautiful villa on great beach
Scott and Dana do a wonderful job of providing a great vacation experience. This was our fourth stay in the upstairs penthouse suite. Excellent house with new appliances, bedding big screen tv, but same outstanding view of the Bay. If it is a relaxing vacation with a soft sand beach you desire, Crystal Sands can not be beaten. Located on the quiet southwest side of the island, it offers all you could want in an unhurried style.
We simply love it here!
Crystal Sands Villa is a delightful choice for a vacation. We have stayed here twice and are already planning our third trip back. The location on quiet Sapodilla Bay is wonderful. It is quieter and less windy than Grace Bay, and the ocean and beach are gentle and calm, perfect for long swims and daily walks. The house is very well designed and the owners are constantly refurbishing and updating the property. I love the daily hop along stepping stones in the sand to the beach, and the wonderful porch with tables, chairs and hammocks where we spend so much time. The front garden is lovely. For those sensitive to the sun, there is shade on the porches, under the palm trees as well as in the large palapa or gazebo where we enjoyed a glass of wine at sunset. Some days we took advantage of the Eco tours from Big Blue, other days we were content to stay at Crystal Sands. Dana and Scott could not have been more helpful. They are terrific hosts and I highly recommend their lovely home on the beach.
Spectacular! There is a reason it is Fodor's choice!
The view from the Penthouse of this villa is even more beautiful than the website photos. Having rented on this island in the past I can say without a doubt that this is the best value you will find on Provo and certainly for a beach front location. You cannot beat the value of this property nor the hospitality of the owners Dana and Scott. Upon our arrival we were greeted at the villa by Dana who toured us through the property and assured us that she was only a phone call away should we need anything. Who could possibly need anything more than what this villa already offers as it has every amenity of your own home and then some! So much so, that when asked at checkout "what would you change about this rental", the only thing we could come up with was for them to replace a hard to use can opener! During our stay we floated on the crystal clear calm waters of Sapodilla Bay daily and encountered numerous tourists who were staying in Grace Bay. These people found the water at this beach to be much calmer, and the atmosphere more relaxing than the beaches at Grace Bay. We were repeatedly recommended this villa to people and many of them returned at another time to tell us they did in fact look at the website and could not believe what a great deal Crystal Sands was in comparison to the overpriced rentals on Grace Bay. My husband and I have stayed at many resorts and villas throughout the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands and we have found this to be the very best we have found in more than 20 years of renting vacation homes. The views, sunsets, crystal clear water, silky sand beach and hospitality are simply unparalleled.
My family of five just returned from our trip to Crystal Sands in Provo. The most wonderful vacation we have ever experienced. The villa is spectacular with ocean views from both suites and all bedrooms. The beach is beautiful, white sand and 84 degree turquoise water that is totally amazing. The landscaping is gorgeous and allows for total privacy. I would definitely rate this a five star property and cannot wait to return in the near future!
Worth Every Sand Dollar...
We rented the entire Villas (both levels), so from the nightly cool breezes to the warm gently massaging waters of the Caribbean and the many family dinners enjoyed on the generously appointed patios, Crystal Sands is exactly what we were looking for. The thought that Scott and Dana (owners) have put into their properties is evidence enough of the love they have for the Caribbean and all it has to offer. From the gleefully joyous laughter of our 15 month old grandchild enjoying the biggest sand box he had ever seen to the relaxing time spent with family, Crystal Sands Villas, is the place we call, "Our Little Slice of Paradise". The description and photos provided are accurate in every detail and really don't do the property the justice it deserves. We are confident you too will agree should you be lucky enough to secure your own week of Paradise and Relaxation... Enjoy!
Absolutely Fabulous Vacation!!!
I loved my week stay at the Crystal Sands Villa at Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. We rented the downstairs unit of the villa, which was just a few steps to the beautiful white sandy beach and stunning turquoise ocean. The villa was very spacious and comfortable, with lots of windows and fantastic views of the ocean. It was wonderful to walk just a few steps to the beach every morning and enjoy a cup of coffee, as the sun peaked over the horizon. Or sit and relax on the lovely shaded patio to watch the sunset with a nice glass of wine. I loved going to sleep at night with my windows open and listening to the lovely sounds of the night and the ocean. There were some great restaurants in town which we visited, but it was also pleasant to cook in the well equipped kitchen of our villa and enjoy a relaxing dinner on the patio. The owners, Scott and Dana, could not have been more attentive, accommodating and gracious. I hope to return to Crystal Sands in the near future and would definitely recommend it to all my family and friends!!!
We had another great vacation at
Crystal sands Villa
Five years ago my parents rented the entire house for a family reunion at Crystal Sands Villa. My family of three enjoyed it so much that as we were planning our last precious vacations before our daughter leaves the nest, we all voted that this was a vacation we wanted to repeat. This time we rented just the upstairs apartment and invited Emily's roommate from college to join us. I was worried about what it would be like to have neighbors downstairs, but we had plenty of privacy and enjoyed the shared spaces on our own and together. It was great getting to know Linda, Jim, Dave and Michelle. The beach was so secluded that you felt you had it all to yourself. Sandcastles lasted days and days since no one would dream of wrecking them. One day one of our more elaborate sandcastles had a "for sale by owner" sign that Dave had cleverly left there for us to see. There's plenty of shade to be found outside throughout the day. The palm tree on the beach gives you a place to hang out without getting fried and the shadow cast by the house gives you various places around the pool to find a shade or sun as it suits you. Dana and Scott were very helpful and available since they live on the island. They recommended terrific snorkeling locations that didn't require boat rental, gave us ideas on places to shop and eat out and shared their adventures on the island. "Downstairs Dave" was a boat captain and has taken people all over the world on exotic beach vacations. He said Sapodilla Bay was the most beautiful beach he has even seen in the Caribbean. It's extremely calm and shallow making it a great place for little kids to play. I think the ocean is pretty, but I've never been one to feel comfortable swimming in it except here. I could swim, float and relax without feeling like I'd be washed out to sea. This is the only vacation we've ever repeated; I can definitely see us staying at Crystal Sands Villa again someday.
I have stayed at Crystal Sands Villa five times with family and friends. I have stayed both in the uupstairs Penthouse Suite and the downstairs Beach Level Suite. I prefer the downstairs because it has direct access to the beach. From the patio, it's a treat to walk the garden path which is lush with tropical flowers and foilage. The path ends on the beautiful white sands and the turquoise blue waters of Sapodilla Bay I have spent many hours walking the beach, swimming in the warm waters and lounging in my chair enjoying the sun, waters and views of "a bit of paradise". After a day on the beach, a dip in the beautiful pool is refreshing. The patio at Crystal Sands Villa is perfect for enjoying spectacular views, for dining on fabulous meals, sipping tropical drinks and for watching the most glorious sunsets. The Villa has comfortable beds and the best view, right outside the bedroom windows. The kitchen is fully equipped and incredibly well appointed. The living area is furnished comfortably and decorated in a tropical motif. The large expanse of windows offers a panoramic view of the gardens, Sapodilla Bay and the beautiful sunsets. I am plnning another trip to Crystal Sands Villa this year. The accommodations are very comfortable and the owners are very hospitable and eager to make your visit a memorable vacation.
and peaceful vacation
The villa is just as advertised, very spacious, comfortable, beautiful. It is on a secluded small beach, which means that for most of the time your privacy will be protected. The most that can happen is to meet neighbors or the very few who come here by car to take a look at the shallow waters of the bay. The owner was very helpful and discreet, and always available, she brought in a new microwave shortly after our call in which we told her the other one was not working. The kitchen has all you need for anything you want to prepare. Rooms are big, as are bathrooms and everything else. We never used the pool, but the outside area were all very comfy. Thanks for everything!
you so much for letting us stay in your lovely villa!
Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely villa! It was truly paradise! We had so much fun! We loved las brisas! Best restaurant on the island and only a couple minutes away! Snorkeling was amazing & we enjoyed finding sand dollars on sand dollar point! Can't wait to come back! Thanks again!
Thank you for having us in your beautiful home!
Thank you for having us in your beautiful home! It was wonderful & we think Sapodilla is the best beach we saw on the island. Just our style! Highlights were seeing the stingrays, sea turtles & starfish on our beach, and early morning coffee & apps at sunset on the beach. We also enjoyed Amber, or "Cutie Pie's” company. What a sweetheart dog! Thanks again.
Sadly we’re on our last day in Paradise
Sadly we're on our last day in Paradise. What a wonderful family vacation we've had all week - Twelve of us: 6 adults and 6 children...and everyone! had a fantastic time. Having both upstairs and downstairs allowed us to be separate - yet together. We visited Fr. Peter - and maybe we'll come back when his new church is finished. Hope so!!
Words cannot describe our stay!
Words cannot describe how wonderful our stay was here in your lovely villa! You have definitely created an oasis for the weary soul! Your place exceeded our every thought and made this celebration one to remember. And trust me, when we are shoveling out from 6 feet of snow this winter, we will remember this place! You provided for everything so well! We enjoyed out charter on Big Blue, snorkeling at Crystal Garden and discovered a new seafood - conch! Loved every minute of it! Please let us know when your new place is done...we would love to visit it too! Thanks for everything.
What a way to start the New Year! This place is as close to “Paradise” as you can get. We had massages on the deck while listening to the waves lap and the birds singing. It was so relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered! The food has been outstanding, Mango Reef, Bay Bistro, CoCo Bistro, and the best is right across the street, Las Brisas. We checked out the bars at Tiki Hut, Sharkbite, Anchorage, and most beautiful is Anacaona. Everyone has been so gracious and helpful. We never missed a sunset from here. How could we leave such amazing sunsets. And right outside your door! We will take these memories home with us and dream about them when we lay our heads on our pillows at night in the freezing cold in Delaware. Thank you sincerely, Kathleen, Elaine, Lori
Another perfect vacation. The kids had a blast again!! William (6) + Eliana (4) both snorkeled this year and loved
it. Coral Gardens is the
perfect place for young kids to learn! Many days of just floating and playing in the ocean. Perfect for Frisbee and football.
We had a Harry Potter sand school along with a princess
palace. We bought 10
fresh lobsters from some local fishermen that came by boat in front
of the house. They were
delicious! We were able
to bring my mom with us this year to enjoy pure paradise. Only wish we were staying longer.
Thank you so much for sharing your home. We hope to be back next year!
Ryan, Lisa, William, Eliana and Linda
Your home is absolutely beautiful! The views are some of the best I have ever seen. This was my first visit to Turks and Caicos, and I had a wonderful time. For future visitors, if you get a chance, take the TCI Ferry over to North Caicos and Middle Caicos to see Horsestable Beach and Mudjin Harbour; while the sand isn’t as soft as it is at Sapodilla Bay, the water is absolutely breathtaking (although this part of the island is still very rustic). Again, I had a wonderful time and am glad I stayed at your beautiful home. Thanks!
Melissa, Winfield, Alabama
We had a fantastic girl’s trip thanks to you sharing your gorgeous beach home with us. Sapodilla Bay is absolutely amazing! The views are fabulous and we will forever remember this wonderful place. We visited North and Middle Caicos while we were here and truly enjoyed Flamingo Pond, Mudjin Harbour and Horsestable Beach. Watching flamingos in their natural habitat was so fun. We rode seadoos while we were here and enjoyed seeing Silly Creek Estates. Thanks again – It was wonderful.
Karen, Donna, Melissa, Suzan
What a great place! We have made memories that will last a lifetime here at the Crystal Sands! We loved exploring the island and the Conch Shack is the best! Look forward to seeing you again!
Colleen, Brad, Rhiannan, Yellowknife, NWT Canada
We have had such a wonderful vacation here! It is sooo beautiful! The view and beach is spectacular! Thanks. This is our best vacation ever….All is well and better.
So sad our time here at Crystal Sands Villa has to end. This is a wonderful vacation home. It has everything anyone could ask for. More importantly, the breathtaking water – the view from the balcony – made this one of my most relaxing vacations of all time.
We will be back – Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.
Michela, Darryl, Pasadena, Maryland
We had such a wonderful time. The house is so beautiful and has everything we needed for a perfect, relaxing vacation. We don’t want to leave. We’ll be back!
Robbie, Cyndi, Lumberton, NJ, Dan, Lynda, Kissimmee, FL
Our family had the most incredible trip and it all started at Crystal Sands Villa! Everything at the villa was truly amazing, especially the beach. It is the perfect setting for relaxing and for having Will (5) and Elaina (9) play in the ocean without a worry. The sunsets were spectacular and the water pristine. Crystal Sands Villa and TCI have become our favorite place with memories that will last a lifetime. Will learned to snorkel and play Frisbee with a little visit from a beautiful stingray. The visit to the other islands and snorkeling on the last day was spectacular and will stay with our family forever, especially the dolphins and their baby. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and generosity. This turned out to be a trip of a lifetime that will be hard to beat! Thanks again. It is hard to say goodbye.
Kindest regards, Ryan, Lisa, Will and Eliana
We have had one of our best vacations ever! Your place exceeded all of our expectations. Everything was just perfect for us and for the kids. And then your kindness in taking us out on your boat! Michelangelo, Gregorio, Maddalena and Orlando will remember forever when they drove a boat for the first time. Scott, I was only disappointed that you could not throw Stefano out of the float! The kids have already started to say that they want to move here permanently! It will be an unforgettable memory! Hope to see you soon again (maybe as neighbors!)
Raffaele, Ully, Stefano, Marilu Bologna, Italy [......Our new neighbors - D&S]
Thank you. Thank you for opening your home. What a wonderful week we had. With 10 adults and 4 children under age 4, what could have been a recipe for disaster, turned into a relaxing fun filled vacation. The beach and pool were perfect for the kids and the spectacular views and great house layout were ideal for the adults. We all enjoyed snorkeling at Coral Gardens & Smith’s Reef. A day sail with Captain Bill’s Pirate Cruise and dinner and drinks at Hemmingways. The Bs 40th anniversary, B/H reunion will go down in history!
Much love, The Penthouse Group, Glen, Judy & Scott. Jeremy, Nicki & Baby Sam
Thank you so much for letting us stay in this fantastic villa! We enjoyed it so much! What a perfect location this is. We ate the best conch fritters at “Da Conch Shack” and “Sharkbite”, amazing! We snorkeled at Smith’s Reef and saw a Nurse shark (scary) and a huge barracuda (also scary) with a class of little barracuda! We saw colorful fishes and even the cutest sea turtle! Lots of fun! We also visited the conch farm, pretty instructive and snorkeled some more at Coral Gardens. Really cool fishes there; the ocean is a little calmer than Smith’s reef, so it’s good for first time snorkelers. That was lots of fun! We ate at the following restaurants: Caicos Café lunch (3 stars!) really good food, Anacaona – fantastic!, O’Soleil – fantastic! Captain Bill is great! Go!!! He’s the man! Mango Reef – best quality, price, great service! We took the ferry to North/Middle Caicos for a little adventure. It was fun, but Provo is much better! If you want to go, call Mike to rent a car. We are all very sad that we have to be back home! The villa truly made us feel as if we could all live here! It really is the perfect house and location! We will definitely recommend it to everyone and will have great pictures to prove it! Thank you so very much!
Michael & Andree, (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Eric & Danielle, NJ
What a treat meeting fellow Texans! Y’all are the best hosts. So laid back! My mother’s Day was perfect, thank to you! This is our 3rd trip to the island and we are going to take your advice and “just do it”. We are looking at a 3rd property this afternoon and who knows, we might just be eating dinner together on a steady basis! Y’all are the best. We will probably be back to see you before the deed is done! I’ll cook dinner for you guys…soon.
Codee will love the island and you, Scott, and the (2) four-legged kids.
Thanks again for a super Mother’s Day!
Ken and Angela, Wilmington, NC
I feel as if we have been friends for years. We will be from now on! Love you guys!
Thank you once again for sharing your amazing home with us.
The highlight of our trip…coming here every afternoon after exploring to beautiful Crystal Sands! (Never appreciated it more than after going to the Beaches on a day pass…yikes!!) $140/adult, $70/kid…the kids love it! The adults…well, it was too crowded, mass produced food…
Snorkeled off of Coral Gardens…saw turtles, angel fish…shell collected in the shallow water at Leeward Beach…Ate at Tiki Hut…so, so…too many flys…Ate at Horse-eyed Jacks…that was good! Ate at Three Queens (thanks, Dana & Scott for the suggestion)…best fresh fish on the island….yummy! Went to the Conch Farm….very interesting!
It was so nice to eat across the street at Las Brisas at Neptune Villas. Great view, and good food, too! Caicos Oil has a nice selection of groceries. If you don’t want to go to the IGA. It is right around the corner on South Dock Road.
We took a drive to Nissi House (a home for children without families). We had been in touch with them prior to coming and were able to bring them some much needed items. IT was thrilling to see the looks on their faces when we brought them their goodies…WE are SO lucky to have what we have and to be able to come to Crystal Sands…it was right to share with the kids, who have next to nothing!
It was an incredible 10 days…perfect weather, perfect villa, and a perfect way to spend time with your family, swimming, snorkeling, chatting, reading, eating, drinking,…right here at Crystal Sands Villa! Thanks again…
Chris, Sue & Christie. Richard & Sheila, Portland, CT
What a wonderful week we had! The beach was beautiful, the house was great and we did a lot of fun things. We snorkeled, ate out, and had a fun time with family. My grandma and grandpa stayed in the suite below us and was great. We went to the Coral Gardens and saw tons of fish and all different types of coral.
We ate at the Tiki Hut, which was great and where it was, was fantastic. Thanks a lot!
Michael, Jade, Cat, Chloe, Grandma Debbie, Grandpa Ed, Atlanta GA and Dayton, OH
Thanks for a beautiful get away. We had a great time snorkeling in front of the house at the shipwrecks. We had a wonderful time on the boat trip. We went on the glow worms and tour with Captain Bill; we had a good time on that. We ate out at the Irish Pub which we all enjoyed. The food was good. We ate across at Neptune Villas. We enjoyed that! There was a great view. On Wednesday, we ate at the Tiki Hut; the chicken was good. Our favorite restaurant was the Irish Pub. Thanks again for a great view and house. Thanks,
Todd, Diane, Audrey and Meg.
P.S. We enjoyed the sunset every night. It was beautiful.
I always enjoy vacation time. However, sometimes in life we NEED vacation. This is one of those years for our family. For us, vacation provides time to strengthen family bonds, reconnect with the core of who we are, and understand the Source of why we are. This will be one of those vacations that our family remembers as a defining time. You were key in making this time unique and special. Crystal Sands was perfect for our stay and time spent with you was the highlight of our trip. I’m sure you will be sharing my “overboard experience” with future guests. I know we will be laughing about it for years to come.
As the week comes to a close, I can now go home and get ready to send our oldest daughter, Audrey, off to college for the first time. Audrey and Meg were able to spend quality sister time together. I think this week will enable Meg to let her sister go for a little while.
Thanks for opening you home to us for the time we needed together. You can feel the love you have both put into Crystal Sands and her gardens. I know that God will bless you in all you continue to do on the island because you understand how to share and be humble. I hope our paths cross again someday. You have left your footprints in the sands of our lives.
Thanks again, Todd, Diane, Audrey & Meg, Concord, NC.
We have had an absolutely superb holiday here in your Crystal Sands Villa. The perfect holiday spot. So family friendly; the beach was perfect with fishing, starfish, crabs and boats. The children (and the adults!) adored the pool. We loved watching the lizards and the hummingbirds – Daniel didn’t manage to catch any lizards, although we did try!
It has truly been like our own slice of paradise – we really feel like it’s home and don’t want to leave. We hope to be back soon.
The weather has bee idyllic – when too hot at the beach, we’ve cooled off in the pool or swung in hammocks in the Tiki Hut.
Everything we could have ever wanted was here and we haven’t felt the need to venture out. Mama, Grandpa and Daniel had a fantastic boat trip out with you – a very memorable day, particularly seeing Jo Jo the dolphin and collecting beautiful shells from Shell Island. Thank you for inviting them – they loved spending time with you.
We hope to see you soon. Daniel (aged 4) Ellie (aged 3) Joseph (aged 1) Rachel, Anna, Bob and Clare.
We enjoyed our stay in your villa very much! The hard work you both put into making this location so special is really evident.
The landscaping is truly beautiful & everything about the villa itself made for a comfortable, relaxing stay full of solitude.
We tried Mango Reef, Coco Bistro, Horse-Eyed Jacks, Tiki Hut, Aqua, Baci, Bay Bistro, Magnolia’s (for our 19th anniversary), Las Brisas (across the road at Neptune Villas) for dinners while here on Provo. Only “Baci” disappointed us (linguini pescatore & tiny scallops swimming in an inch of butter!) After reading so many reviews, we were surprised that Mango Reef Restaurant was our favorite for both quality food (taste & presentation) & friendly service (“Trevor Thomas” was a great waitor.) Well, I guess it’s back to the land where folks don’t “give way” so easily, but we will be able to remember our time here & smile, already anxious to get back and visit again!
Thanks again! Doug & Donna
P. S. – why pay for a pedicure when you can walk beaches for miles and miles and miles…..
Our family has had a fabulous week at your lovely villa!
The beach was perfect for our 2 small people, and all the grown-ups enjoyed bobbing in the beautiful bay.
The villa worked well for our diverse group. And your gardens are spectacular!
I caught several taking advantage of the hammocks for siestas.
We finally got one of the legendary sunsets Thursday evening – WOW!
Myrna, Larry & Megan, Tulsa, OK
Scott & Malaley, Tulsa, OK
Matt, Taylor & Remic , Durango, CO
Brett, Bandilu & Brooks , Tulsa, OK
Our family has had such a wonderful time here at the villa! We’ve gotten to do so much, also.
We went to many different beaches…..Grace Bay, Coral Gardens, and there we snorkeled at White House Reef. We saw turtles and really pretty fish. Also, our days on Sapodilla Bay have been relaxing and we enjoyed it very much.
Another day me, my cousin, my aunt and uncle went to visit Beaches Resort. We stayed the whole day enjoying the big pools and beach, but when we came back here, it was quite a relief.
For dinner, we went out 2 nights to the Tiki Bar and Las Brisas (across the street). Both places were really good, but across the street had a very nice breeze and beautiful view, not to mention the food was great, too.
Overall, our stay was very pleasant. WE loved waking up to the gorgeous blue water and warm sun! This is definitely a place to come back to!! We had such a great time. Thanks for everything, especially our refrigerator issue!!!
Las Brisas across the street in the Neptune Villa was a life saver. Good food, great people, awesome ambiance and there’s always a good breeze.
Beware the wengweng, though!
Captain Bill took me out on a pirate exploration. Who knew all those years I was dating my very own pirate! I also got to see a cuttlefish snorkeling and that was just a dream come true.
This was a great little piece of paradise.
The Bs, Sacramento, CA
Brian, Martha, Jason, Jen, Juliana, Jacksons, Jeremiah, Jeremy, Nicki, Sam, Sofia & Artes
Glen & Judy, Scott, Ventura, CA
Just as others who have left messages in this book, we were fortunate enough to celebrate our 40th anniversary with children, grandchildren and other family members. We could not have selected a better setting.
This home away from home was well furnished and equipped. The weather was perfect and this beach is spectacular for kids and adults alike.
Your attention to detail is appreciated and you were very helpful with all of our questions and requests.
We look forward to future opportunities to once again visit this wonderful site! Here are some of our discoveries….
[lots of beautiful sketches of lots of neat things around the property!]
P.S. from the previous page…
Captain Bill’s boat trip was fun for the pirate lesson, starfish adventure, but the iguana and snorkel part was just OK.
The best snorkeling was Coral Gardens & Smith’s Reef (it’s free!)
The greatest adventure for small children was the Undersea Explorer: Semi-Sub. We went out for 1 hour and saw tons of fish, manta ray, turtles (7) and a nurse shark! The kids were so excited. Well worth the $$. Did I mention it was clean and air-conditioned? Even Jeremiah our 5 month old loved it!
We also snorkeled this bay – facing the water, go to the right along the cliffs, we saw many fish, a squid and several lobster!
If you want to buy fresh fish, drive to Five Cays and find the “fish market”, go around 2-4 pm & you can buy it there. They also have fresh conch 5 lb for $25.
Thanks for the setting to fill our hearts and cameras with memories to last forever!
Jason, Jen, Sofia, Juliana, Jack & Jeremiah
Thanks for all.
Veramente un posto magico, era polto tempo che non passavamo bei giorni cosi belli e serene. Tre settimane fantasti, che, che sono volate. Tutti I kids volevano restare qui per sempre!........ e anche noi.
Un abbraccio e grazie per la vostra incredibile gentilezza e ospitalita.
Stefano, Marilu, Gregoria, Orlando
Thank you for everything! We had the vacation of a lifetime. Relax. Relax. Relax. The Beach & House are beautiful. We enjoyed dining at Mango Reef and Hemmingways. A must to do is snorkel at Coral Gardens. Fantastic Awesome & Beautiful
Martin & Eddie, Ed & Denise, California
What an amazing vacation we had! Your house is in the perfect location – great beach, water & privacy!! This was the relaxation we all had needed from the real world. Thank you for everything. We hope to come back.
Bonefishing was great! We had a great guide named Darryn. He was the least expensive guide we could find yet he worked very hard to put is on fish was very professional, and had a really nice boat. He also turned us on to some nice walk wade flats down Venetian Road that we fished on our own. You can find Darryn at www.turksandcaicosbonefishing.com. Schuyler, Becca, Dylan, Katie Big Sky Montana
Thank you for sharing your beautiful world with us. We had a blast & much needed relaxation.
Best – Big Sky Montana
Thank you for an AMAZING vacation! -B
We had the most wonderful vacation here at Crystal Sands. We saw many things like starfish, lots of crabs & stingrays. While we were here, we ate at Mango Reef, Las Brisas, Baci – all very good. Thank you soooo much for the boat ride. It was spectacular. The kids loved the tubing. This is definitely one of the best vacations we have been on. The house is amazing and the beach is even better. Thank you for such a great experience and holiday.
Raju, Anu, Sehjal, Sahya, Shaan and Sabri, Canada
For an extended family vacation – we couldn’t have asked for more. This trip, two years in the making, brought our families from Toronto and Ottawa together to celebrate “Bubba’s” 65th birthday.
For most of us, this was our first trip to TCI, the first in over a dozen years for others. We were all blown away by our accommodations at Crystal Sands. We had expectations to take many excursions to discover the island, but we found little need to leave our beach, which for the most part, we enjoyed ourselves.
We did enjoy a trip on Captain Bill’s boat. It was neat to learn some pirate lore and to see some more of the untouched parts of the island. We only ate out twice during our two week stay – once across the street at Neptune and a must to the Tiki Hut. All other meals we enjoyed on our porch enjoying the fantastic sunsets.
Our group of ten used the entire villa, but used the upstairs as sleeping quarters only, preferring the access to the beach from downstairs.
The tiki hut was the kids private playhouse and the adults could barely be pried away from the beach.
We were treated by some amazing castle building on our beach and each day the kids would see what had been created by our beach visitors.
We took an adventure to the top of Sapodilla Hill and enjoyed the views of the entire bay. Kids enjoyed their daily treks to find starfish and return them to the sea. We saw a jellyfish and only one sting (wash with warm water and shampoo – apply cortisone cream – good as new.)
We leave here with memories of Crystal Sands embedded in our minds and the memories made with our family are irreplaceable. We only hope that we can return to Crystal Sands again. Maybe Bubba;s 80th?
Scott, Erin, Totonto, ON, Clara (7-almost 8), Lola (5)
Steve, Sheila, Ottowa, ON, Jamie (4), Ellie (2)
P.S. Chicken Chicken and Mothers Pizza have great take-out!
We leave today to return to the “Northland” and SNOW! Our week here has been very relaxing and all of us wish we could stay longer. Beach time has been the best ever! The kids and grandkids explored the wrecks, built sand castles & played in the beautiful turquoise water. Unforgettable!
The W and F gang
I must have lived a “good” life because here I am in “Heaven”!! Hard to believe people live here year around. We are sad to leave today but happy we found this place. SOO relaxing. Landscaping is perfect, VIEW fantastic, Beach even better.
Today we return to Colorado, (the other place God spends a lot of time)! We will see how the new little block calves survived the Colorado blizzard that hit while we were here and dig a path from the hay barn to the house for the “outside” cat.
M, Grelley, CO
Your villa is spectacular. To wake up every morning to that view was truly awe inspiring. I have never been to a beach so pristine and calm. Where you can sit in the water with drink in hand? I loved Da Conch Shack. The conch fritters were delicious. We ate lunch at the Grace Bay Club one afternoon. I have never been to a bar/lounge that had a kid on the beach. I had to take a picture. We each had a massage at the Regent Palm. I had Norma. She was fantastic. My cousin had Duane and he was excellent as well. My mom and I spent an afternoon with Captain Bill. My 10 year old would have LOVED that. I had a week with my cousins and my mom that I will never forget and will cherish always. I hope to return soon. I loved it here. Thanks again for building your beautiful villa so I could stay here.
Love, Betsi, VA
This was everything I’d hoped it would be – the villa (Beach Level) is an absolute delight. The views are extraordinary, the white sand beach just a lovely, short walk away is incredible. So quiet (mostly) and peaceful. To have been able to bring my daughter and nieces here for this very emotional week has bee so special. It has been a beautiful time for us. It was great to be in such a private part of the island. The landscaping is perfect! To wake every morning and throughout the day, to the gorgeous view of the palms, walkway, beach and ocean is so special. We’ll hold these memories forever.
Our last night we went to Magnolia’s – what a delightful place overlooking the marina at Turtle Cove. The food and drinks were delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.
I hope to return someday – with as many of us as are here now.
Thank you for this beautiful place in paradise!
Nancy, Dunfries, VA
(My daughter said it all on the opposite page!)
What started as a little trip to celebrate our 10th Anniversary turned into a fantastic vacation with friends. The Crystal Sands Villa was the main reason we enjoyed our first visit to the TCI. We certainly felt at home and the beach, pool, gardens & sunsets made it easy to relax!
Thanks for everything!
Jerod & Moiry, August, GA
The best vacation in the best place with the best hosts..ever. The place is truly heaven. Thank you so much for taking such great care of us ~ from boat rides and diving to rescuing the girls at the airport, you made us all feel more like guests than renters. Everything has been wonderful!
The P Jrs., The P Srs., The P-Ks
The family vacation we dreamed of; thank you for being such a special part of it!
We always take a piece of paradise home with us; memories that will last forever!
Thank you for being such special friends!
Love, Susie & Skip, Keli, Andy, Hope & Faith
We had a wonderful time. The beach was wonderful. The kids loved it. Your generous boat ride was so very nice. It made us feel very welcomed.
Reb, Jane, Jody, Jimmy, Judy, James, Josh, Jason, Eva, Rosie & Trixie
We had a wonderful week here at Crystal Sands! The beach was awesome. We saw stingrays, many crabs, fish and starfish. Thank you so much for taking us out on the boat, it was a lot of fun! While we were here we ate at Baci, Mango Reed and Las Brisas and thought they were all really good. This was definitely one of our favorite vacations. Thank you so much again for everything!
The Gs from Canada!
This week was everything we hoped for and more. We savored the islands sunshine, sea breeze and the beach. What a view to wake up to every morning. First day (full) we saw stingrays, starfish and crabs – right off the front steps! Your place is the perfect place for a family vacation. We hope to return someday and no other place will even be considered – we want back here on Sapodilla Bay.
Phil & Jackie, Clarksville, TN
Jeff, Rhonda, Henderson, KY
Paradise is certainly what we found here at your villa! So many memories of walking down to the beach, dining on the patio, and family gatherings at the pool!
We were impressed with the reknown chefs at so many restaurants.
Exploring the island was fascinating from collecting conch on Long Bay Beach, snorkeling on Grace Bay, dining on Turtle Cove, and our favorite swimming spot was right here in Sapodilla Bay!
Enjoyed our chats with you and wish you well in all your endeavors on the island.
We hope to return to enjoy your paradise!
Bill and Sandy, Dennis and Shirley, Lisa and John, Meghan and Kurt
This spot truly is paradise. We enjoyed our week here and will definitely recommend to anyone who is coming this way for vacation. The diving is great.
It was a great place to celebrate anniversaries. We had one couple celebrate their 25th and one their 21st. We were able to buy lobster from a boat that was anchored in front of the house. It was a great meal and a great way to start the week.
Gladwin, Wendy and Isaac (NC)
Best of luck in all your ventures.
Dana & Scott have a great villa here and being 'on island’ landlords makes a difference in having a top quality home. We took both floors – kids downstairs and adults upstairs – great for them and for us. Scuba diving was great – we dove with both Provo Divers and Flamingo Divers. Both offered small groups in different dive locations.
Expect a call from Capt. Bill of Outback Adventures. See his ad in the magazines. It’s a great trip for the day with unique snorkeling at Turtle Rock (that’s the rock in the distance you can see from the balcony), then pirates cave to see actual treasure maps – just go. Have fun.
Martin and Lucy, Houston, TX
Thanks for the memories! We loved our stay here and kept wondering where you live; because how could you have a place like this and not live here? Wonderful time for kids and adults! So peaceful. We loved it! We have named the lizards, butterflies & hummingbirds. And after Captain Bill’s trip, we are going home with real conch shells we found; not bought. It was heavenly here – and everyone is right - after visiting Grace Bay, you simply long to return to “our” bay!
Deborah, Jacob, Greg & Kate, Virginia
Thanks for the great memories staying in your villa! This was the first time traveling with our 5 yr. old twins and a 2 year old. We were a little leery, but all went well! The loved snorkeling on Reef Peepers & the Glow worm cruise with Capt. Bill! Your house is beautiful and I am in tears as I leave this paradise. I take with me many memories with my family & our friends who stayed here. Again, it’s a beautiful place and we hope to be back! Our best to you.
Sue, Mike, Lila & Carl (5) & Curt & Alan (2)
“The Ernst” from N.J.
Dana & Scott (and anyone reading this!)
We had an absolute wonderful 2 weeks in your fabulous villa. Sapodilla Bay is without a doubt the best beach on the island. It’s like a giant swimming pool! We found many establishments closed due to it being the “off season”, but since we mostly wanted to lounge, it was fine by us! Some things we did do include finding the Sapodilla Hill Rock carvings, going SNUBA diving with Jody at Coral Gardens, and Captain Bill’s pirate excursion. If Captain Bill calls you to go – GO! The captain and crew are jovial & entertaining and you won’t find a better deal (check the desk drawer for a card/brochure) We ate at the Saltmills Café, Bella Luna Ristorante, The Sharkbite Café and Baci Ristorante. All are fabulous! The conch fritelle at Bella Luna, the chili fries at Sharkbite (and 50 cent wing night on Mondays!), the chicken club at the Saltmills Café, and pizza at Baci – all to die for! Try some conch! Also be sure to stop by Mama’s gift shop at Ports of Cal, if for nothing else but to meet Mama!
We loved watching the anole and curly tailed lizards run around the gardens surrounding the villa – and they are only found on these islands! We also enjoyed watching the various birds and bugs, and have taken quite a liking to the bland-and-silver Agriope Orb weaver spider that likes to build her web in the bushes near the lower level patio. She is quite big and eats tons of bugs, so please leave her be! (She is not dangerous at all!)
Do you love dogs? Then maybe you’d like to volunteer as a courier for a puppy to reach it’s new home. The “Potcake” dogs here on the island are very special and the people over at Potcake Place help them find homes both here, and in other countries. They rely on volunteers to help transport puppies to other airports, and it will cost you nothing!
We are taking a little pup with us back to Los Angeles, where his new mom will be anxiously awaiting him at the airport. If you think you can handle an extra carry on bag, and this sounds rewarding to you, the give Natalie a call over at the Potcake Place – you won’t regret it!
I’m sure I’m forgetting things, but there has been too much fun to jot it all down! Thanks again, Scott & Dana! You are beautiful people with a beautiful home. We wish you all the best in the future and hope to someday see you again!
Sincerely, Randy & Kris – (our honeymoon!)
Garden Grove, CA
Thanks for all your wonderful hospitality and attention to our creature comforts. Cathy and I both thank you for the vision ou had to build Crystal Sands and for your perseverance to see the project through. You’ve created a special place to de-stress and spiritually renew.
This is our 5th trip to TCI and our experience here at Crystal Sands has made it the best so far. Hope to see you again in the not too distant future. P.S. The boating day was awesome.
Brian and Cathy, Westchester, PA
We had a wonderful time on Sapodilla Bay. Your home is beautiful and I took many pics to show to friends and family with a plan to send you lots of business!
Please enjoy the Shiraz and Soave. Hope to see you again soon.
All the best, Valerie, Craig and MaryAnn, Brampton, ON, and Carey, N.C.
First of all, What a sunset! Nothing better than a glass of wine and good company to make this place paradise. We enjoyed everything this beach has to offer.
Blake, Kristin - SLC, Utah
What a great beach house! We enjoyed the fabulous beach and sunsets. Thank you for sharing a piece of your paradise with us. We hope to come back soon to visit.
Lisa, Jeff & McKenna, Dallas, TX
You lucky dogs! What a place. Can’t wait to come back! I just need to sell everything I own. Won’t take long.
Thanks. Tracy & Todd, Orange County, CA
What a wonderful location you have for this place. We drove to every beach on this island and Sapodilla Bay is, by far, the best beach here! It was perfect for all our children. They snorkeled, looked for starfish and built countless sand castles. We never once had to worry about them getting swept out to sea!
We went to eat at a few places. Our favorite was the “Iguana” Restaurant in the Saltmills Plaza. Great food, drinks and service. Pizza Pizza. Tiki Hut on Wed night – if you want chicken or ribs & nothing else. We got take-out a lot from “Chicken, Chicken”. Ribs are great. Chicken wings are cheap – our kids love it! Da Conch Shack is good too – watch the guys collect the conchs from the water and “de-shell” them! Across the road from here is the Las Brisas Restaurant – convenient and not too bad of a place. We also tried “O’Soleil”.
When Captain Bill from Outback Adventures calls, just book the trip. It’s a very entertaining way to see the south side of the island and the pirate’s cave is awesome! The submarine ride at Turtle Cove is great, too – especially for young kids too small to snorkel. The Conch Farm is neat to see – tours are very short (10 min or so), but cool to see how they grow.
Wonderful views and sunsets, lots of privacy and beautiful weather. What more could you ask for!
Roy & Marie, Dawn, Dayna, Erin & Kirk, Spedden, Alberta, Canada
Crystal Sands Villa
Thank you for helping us experience the wonder
Laurel & Tony, Raleigh, NC
Happy New Year!
Thanks so much, Dana Scott – we had the best holiday ever! Who would have imagined waking up on Christmas Eve with nothing to do but relax! – PRICELESS! We loved so much about the island – your place is beautiful and had everything we needed, the food here is great – Hemmingways & Baci were two favorites.
The kids (all 6, ages 5-16) had so much fun just playing on the beach and in the beautiful calm ocean. We loved exploring some highlights –
The dolphin coming up to our boat to say “hello” in Grace Bay (and me jumping in to swim with her!)
Sea turtles in Coral Gardens
The rainbow over turtle rock
Finding amazing shells at the deserted island
Looking at the stars at night – and seeing a shooting star
Tubing and “almost” seeing a shark!
Getting to know you guys!
Thanks again for everything!
Hopefully, we’ll be back someday!
The C Family: Lori, Chip, Anthony (16), Andrew (16), Ally (8)
Our family has enjoyed the 2 weeks. Walking out to the beach has been so convenient for the little ones (ages 4 & 3) without having to “pack up”.
We’re all well rested and relaxed. Thank you!!
The E family, Massachusetts
Words cannot begin to express the wonderful time we all had. Beautiful house, location & the best sunset in the world. We cannot wait to come back. I will never forget my shark snorkel experience in Grace Bay. He was huge (25% larger). You both are the nicest down home people in the world. Great location, Great Beach. Thank you for allowing us to stay at Crystal Sands. This is the best trip we have been on, not to mention the best place on the island. Can’t wait to come back, can’t wait to see you two again. Thanks so much!
Jose, Jamie, Derby, Kansas, USA
Thank you! Your friendship has become very special to us! Looking forward to 2009! You are the best! Thank you for sharing your faith with us! It is so important to us!
Fondly, Susie & Skip
What a perfect spot to enjoy the island! Great diving, private beach, lobster straight off the boat. We are heading home to a blizzard and will miss the warmth & beautiful colors.
Great service at Ocean Vibes dive shop
Wonderful food at Coco Bistro
You can purchase lobster directly from the fishermen.
Orly & Steve
[Editor’s note: You have to find the fisherman, of course!]
Thanks for a wonderful place. We have been on 25 or so islands in the Caribbean and this one is in our top five. It is wonderful for children with the shallow water with little current. We saw huge stingrays, many fish and one curious turtle. The island had good food, but little shopping which was good for my wallet. We were the only people on the beach almost everyday. We visited every beach on the map. It was time wasted. This beach is it. It is even better than Grace Bay. Thanks for the hammocks. A Great touch. Kids loved the pool. I suggest to other guests to try the Conch Shack for local flavor. Conch fritters rule! We have sailed by these islands countless times and said we would go there one day. (WELL WE DID IT.) And thanks to you and your cool laid back place, we're glad we did.
Thanks. Steve & Valarie, Eric & Morgan, Knoxville, TX A Pirates Life for Me!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your house. It was all we hoped it would be, wonderful home, great location. Our time here flew by too quickly. Some of the things we enjoyed during our stay:
Trip to Amanyara/Malcolm Beach. We had a great lunch there, the best meal we had on the island.
Restaurants we enjoyed:
Da Conch Shack, Tiki Hut, Hemingways
We took a 3 hour boat ride with J&B Tours, visited islands and snorkeled. We enjoyed the reef at Smith's Beach and Whitehouse Beach.
We flew to Grand Turk for the day, Fabulous Place! A true island experience.
(NYC) & (Mich)
What a wonderful vacation! We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay! Your gardens and view of the ocean were a delight to wake up to each morning. We also loved watching the sunset over the ocean and seeing the stars at night. We enjoyed dining at Bay Bistro and Hemingways. We also liked the local taste of da Conch Shack for lunch. We will have many wonderful memories of our vacation to the Turks and Caicos and our stay at Crystal Sands Villa.
Thank you, Scott and Dana
Eric & Erin, Reedsburg, WI
Thank you so much for a fabulous vacation spot. It's going to be tough going back to Minnesota; away from the sun, sand and beautiful blue waters.
We have appreciated all of your suggestions - Mickey and Jayne at Flamingo Divers were great!
We enjoyed every meal whether it was Pizza, Pizza on your patio overlooking the ocean, Da Conch Shack for some local flair, and Coco Bistro for one of our favorite meals ever!
Many thanks for opening your home ~ will leave with great memories...and a nice tan.
John and Mandy, St. Paul, MN
Fantastic house, great planning and design on your parts. We came with our daughter, son-in-law, 2 year old grandson and their nanny. We had the downstairs, they had the upstairs. Your landscaping is beautiful - another great job. Finally, the beach is perfect for young children. I have never seen a better beach for kids under 5 or 6. It is also wonderful for adults. This is a gorgeous and peaceful spot.
We ate at Shark Bite twice and loved it. The Tiki Hut had atmosphere but the food was just so-so. Ate at Coco Bistro on our last night and it was the best - not on the water but what a lovely setting in their outdoor garden. The staff was wonderful and the food divine. Snorkeled the wreck out by the orange buoy - a good location. Saw many lobsters, some barracuda and lots of the unusual Caribbean fish.
Biggest negative was South Dock Rd. which was not road for the first four days of out stay. However, they have been black-topping it for the past four days and it will probably be fine for your next guests.
All in all, a great house in a great location. We had a good time.
All that Bill says is true. The garden, the beach, the house, the butterflies, the humming birds, the spitting crabs, the pool, the stars - everything was lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spot.
WOW! What a fantastic location Crystal Sands Villa has! This was a surprise 40th birthday trip – our first time to TCI – and we enjoyed every minute! We had some rainy issues to work around each day…but when you’re on “Island Time”…who cares!! The grounds, the pool, the entertaining lizards, the sunsets were all fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the ground level suite with easy access to the beach (since we were there ALL day!!) We had great dining experiences everywhere we went! Shark Bite. Tiki Hut. Magnolia was exquisite! Horse-Eye Jacks and Aqua were also fabulous. The girls in the group spent some time at The Regent Palms Spa and had an amazing experience. (Be sure to ask for Earl – he’s fantastic!!) We rented a car and enjoyed navigating left-side driving and “giving way” at all the roundabouts. What fun this trip was. Adults only - 2 brothers and wives – but we KNOW we’ll need to bring our 3 girls back to enjoy the beach. It was too fun. We made some great memories here and hope to return sometime soon! Thanks!Warmly, Todd & Chris, Flower Mound, TX, Jody & Stacey, Dallas, TX
WOW! This was truly a dream vacation! We had the greatest time here in Provo at your unbelievable villa. We loved the beautiful beach here at Sapodilla Bay and had some amazing days in the sun.
#1 – Both boat trips with you guys! The snorkeling and the sight seeing were magnificent!! You both are so welcoming and we are hopeful to another visit here in the future!
*Coral Gardens was awesome, too. The sea turtles were so cool. The kids really enjoyed snorkeling!
*Restaurants we loved…Gecko, Baci, Hemmingways, Danny Buoys, Aqua, Horse-Eye Jacks, etc. Not one seemed better than the next!
*The Chalk Sound iridescent colors are something else to see.
*Personally, I really enjoyed running into Silly Creek and spending an hour a day alone in my thoughts. It was very relaxing!
Thank you all for all your hospitality and company! Can’t wait to send you the pictures via email! Keep in touch! Happy New Year! Wishing you both the best!
Kim, Bill, Billy, Kelly, Kacey, and Aunt Lori, too!, Malvern, PA
(Pictures of 7 happy smiles!)
Need we say more! The R family, Chappaqua, NY
Thank you for a lovely time in your wonderful home! The children and adults alike had much fun – relaxing and enjoying the water, sky and island. We loved the ship wreck, the pool and the great house with perfect views.
The T-S families, Dallas, Sante Fe
Our Dreamy Vacation
Provo, Sapodilla Bay
Now when I close my eyes and think “paradise”, this wonderful villa and private beach will come to mind! WOW what more can I say.
We are so sad to be leaving but we do know we will be back. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my 40th birthday!
Our children loved the pool!! What a God send. They also loved the geckos, humming birds and local doggies.
Your sunsets on this beach are truly amazing. We have many pictures to take home with us.
Snorkeling, snuba diving, and diving were enjoyed by all. Mike enjoyed seeing a shark was too close!!!
I myself loved the Regent Palms Spa. WOW! I’d come back for that alone!
All in all, Dana & Scott, Thank you so much. You both are angels sent from above to share your beautiful home with strangers. You’re always welcome in COLD Canada!
This was a trip we all will never forget!
Big Hugs XXOO Thank you!
Mike, Kari, Jordan, Katie, Jessica, Isabella and Daniel
What a wonderful way to celebrate our 40th anniversary – our whole family together in paradise! We couldn’t have asked for better weather, a more fantastic house or more congenial hosts. My grandson couldn’t have said it better – “I wish my sandcastle could last forever!” Well, our memories will!
Fern & Ken, Tolland CT
Justin, Adam, Sydney, Karen & Jonathan, Chicago, IL
Joel, Vail, CO
P.S. Beware of Captain Bill’s Rum Punch! Arrrrrrr!!
You had asked for a list of birds we’d seen and here it is:
At Crystal Sands Villa:
(15) Ruddy Turnstone
(5) Mourning Dove
(3) Common Ground Dove
(1) Mangrove Cuckoo
(2) Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
(2) Northern Mockingbird
(2) White-eyed Vireo
(1) Yellow throated Warbler
(2) Prairie Warbler
(1) Banana quit
From the deck (here):
(8) White tailed tropic bird
(1) Reddish Egret
(3) Caspian Tern
Other birds on the island:
Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Am. Oyster-Catcher, Black necked stilt, Am. Kestrel, Rock Pigeon, Bee Hummingbird
I just want to say that the aloe is a lifesaver. I don’t know if it was just left here or what, but it made every sunburn feel better!! Oh, and I guess I’ll comment on the rest of the vacation here, too. A-MAZ-ING. Period. Incredible view and just perfect weather. Seriously amazing. Thank you so much.
Emily, Cincinnati, OH
Thanks for providing this perfect setting for our family reunion. We gathered from Montana, Chicago, NE Ohio, SW Ohio and New Jersey – 13 of us – a lucky number for us as we shared family memories and made some new ones in your delightful beachfront home.
Shirley & George
Our week here in this amazing house was just indescribable! It has been the best ever! We had so much fun just walking down to the beach and relaxing and watching the sailboats and beautiful view. The pool was also a hit after spending too much time in the salty ocean. We also took a small hike up Sapodilla Hill and the view was incredible. It gave you an overview of the island. To get to the hill, we walked down the beach to the parking lot and asked security where the opening in the path was. We were lucky enough to be here in time to see the glo worms which was cool and we also went parasailing which was so fun and we went snorkeling on a catamaran. It was very rough, so we didn’t go to the normal spot, but still saw many fish and a huge, huge manta ray. So, if you’re just getting here, enjoy your time because the time sure does fly by! Today we’re leaving and I feel as if we just got here. Or if you are Dana and Scott, thank you times a million! This has been the best vacation ever!
Elaine, Westfield, NJ (16)
And the sunsets are SO beautiful!! And hard to miss!
Thank you very much for sharing your home. The family reunion was great. Lots of relaxing and visiting.
We enjoyed every day – Jerry and Nina, Livingston, MT
We had a wonder-filled time! The scenic views and tropical breezes were fantastic. Thanks for your prompt attention to the minor maintenance needs. Jeanette & Hal
Thanks for sharing your villa. One suggestion....cut down the bush/tree behind the palm tree. [Editor's note: We did! Now the view is great!] Other than that it was wonderful. There's nothing better than getting up in the morning & strolling the beach.
It's amazing the development going on the other side since we were last here. It makes your bay that more peaceful. We went to Grand Turk one day and found it very laid back and quaint. We also did the boat thing one day which we always enjoy.
We've been to many islands over the years and each has their pros and cons. (I'm a dog person and it breaks my heart to see all the strays.) I can honestly say when it comes to water and beaches the Turks are number one in my book.
We're off to stay on Grace Bay for a few days before heading home. Thanks for a great stay.
Bob & Kim, Dallas, TX
We are going home today. We had a fabulous time. There were 8 of us for a week. We rented both homes.
We had a great time hanging out at the beach ALL day on a couple of days. Went snorkeling on the Glass Bottom Boat. Made wonderful meals a few nights. Very relaxing vacation. Love the Island! Thanks, Dana & Scott
Bill & Sandra - Orlando, FL
Karen & Todd - St. Louis, MO
Gary & Lisa - Des Moines, IO
Linda & Robert - St. Louis, MO
We had an awesome time at the villa, what a beautiful home with an incredible view. The kids had a blast.
Joann & Scott, Indpls, Indiana
What a way to relax! The villa was perfect. Definitely Sapodilla Bay is the best beach. Flamingo Divers are great. Thank you Dana & Scott
Angela, Roxanne, Barbara, & Connie
Myrtle Beach, SC
We had a great vacation - highlights include snorkeling tour, coral reef, and snorkeling on Sapodilla Beach - the best beaches - Malcolm - definitely worth the drive! Grace Bay Beaches and, of course, right here in Sapodilla Bay.
We ate out for lunch and supper every day - enjoyed Mango Reef and Orchid - driving was a challenge for us with little kids - eating our is not a relaxing experience with a 1 yr. Old, 2 yr. Old, 4 yr old and 5 yr. Old!
There were 12 of us here - the house was very comfy! Definitely a place we would recommend.
Chris & Endre, Adam, Jace & Riya, Jerry Celeste, Asia and Jax
Cranbrook, BC Canada
We agree with everyone else and loved our stay at the villa! There were 11 of us in the entire villa. We spent many hours enjoying the beach. Our 5 year old grandson loved finding hermit crabs on the beach. Also went to the Tiki Hut - a great place & kid friendly. Chartered a 21 foot boat from Ocean Vibes and went on a 5 hour tour which included snorkeling, Iguana Island, sand dollar searching and much more! Ask for Flex if you go.
Chuck & Barb, Rochester, NY
Sandy and Rick, Ryan 9, & Jonathan 7, Rochester, NY
Jell & Christy, Nashville, TN
Jake 5, Sydnye 3 & Luke 1 2
We are so lucky to have spent two wonderful weeks at your most memorable villa. Location is everything, especially with 3 kids - We never felt so relaxes on any other vacation. We were literally 10 steps from the beach.
Thank you for the opportunity to stay here....it's really Paradise
Montreal, OC Canada
Thank you for a great stay! We went to the Beach every day. We loved Tiki Hut's Wednesday special and watching the sunset! Hope to stay here soon!
Ali, age 10 PA
Thank you for a great stay. I like playing in the sand. I also like snorkeling with my sister and my dad.
Mia age 6, Phila, PA
Thank you for a wonderful experience at your place. This is heaven on earth. The beach is so relaxing and quiet. It almost seems like we own a piece of the beach for ourselves. Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation.
Ellie & Les, Bethlehem, PA
P.S. I will be looking into renting again for our family. We have 3 boys - 3 grandchildren, one son married, no child, one son and girlfriend, one son married with 3 child.
A week in Paradise! We have enjoyed our time here so much! All the stress of daily life disappears so quickly. The house is so comfortable, beach is the best and we ate ourselves around the island! We all agreed our favorite meal was at Magnolias which we saved for the last night. The food was wonderful, view spectacular and the wait staff friendly! Can't wait to join you again.
Beth & Tom, Orono, Maine
Lisa & Tom, Old Town, Maine
What a wonderful time we had for our two weeks!! Waking up to the view every morning was truly a blessing. It's been like living in paradise. The water was perfect, not many shells but that's okay. Only a few rainy days kept us out of the water. This island is probably one of the most beautiful in all the Caribbean!! The house is designed perfectly for rest and relaxation, form the hammocks to the palapas. Thanks for a great vacation.
To All Who Come After
You should know:
Crystal Sands Villa at the Beach
Is a beautiful Woman
Or handsome man
Who's unaware of its own charms
And therefore appealingly modest
While startlingly brilliant.
His turquoise eyes seldom blink
Her gentle snores lull
You to sleep
Under a gauzy night.
For you will never
Want to leave.
Not even to visit
The Conch farm
Which you must
Or to sail
From the Beach
At Ocean Beach West
Under the friendly
Guidance of Michael
(Be careful not to jump
Off the boat
With your camera
strapped to you)
Or to eat
By the Harbor
At the Tiki Hut
Or on the Fly
Don't shop at IGA
Unless you savor
With this beautiful
Or handsome man
Staring into his turquoise eyes
Or napping in her hammocks
Wrapped in her gentle snores
And refraining from combing
His tangled palm trees.
I haven't left
But I suspect
I will long to return
Long after I'm gone
And remember this
As though it were
A delicious dream.
Oh, what a wonderful vacation we have had! We used to own a house in Cayman kai on Grand Cayman and were looking for something as secluded, beautiful and great for children - we found it!
The house was well appointed and the sunsets from the second floor are fabulous!
The best part for us was the fact that our two year old son was able to go so far out into the ocean, not get tumbled by waves and play, play, play! The toy closet was GREAT! We made friends with a couple having dinner at Shark Bite the first night here. They are living on a sail boat with their 2 year old and they anchored in the bay so the kids could play and we could go out together.
We ate at:
Shark Bite - very good! We liked grouper in curry sauce.
Tiki Hut - very dry fish, but nice atmosphere
Orchid - (at the Alexandra - We really liked this and the film festival was going on at the same time and was a blast!)
Coco Bistro - Oh my God! Not on the ocean but BEAUTIFUL and Sooooo good! Please try - Yum, yum, yum!
We dove with Caicos Adventures & Flamingo Divers & did a night dive with Mathew at Caicos Adventures. The night dive was one of the best I have ever done. Caicos was great with really good boats and not crowded until our last day. Flamingo is wonderful people. They don=t take more than 8 divers. We liked going to French Key best. G-Spot & Rock 'n Roll - Have fun!
We will miss this place and will look back at our pics with fond memories.
Thank you so much Scott & Dana! We loved it.
Heather, Russ, Michael
Angele & Bill & Ouida
We can't believe this week has already ended! It's amazing how fast it went! We had a wonderful time. The house and surroundings were beautiful. We had a day or two of bad weather and although the other beaches were rough, our Sapodilla Bay remained so tranquil, as usual. The only thing we and our friends who stayed below us could recommend is to remove the big tree (bush?) In front of the large palm tree on the beach. It would open up the view to the beach so much! [Editor's note again: We did! The bush grows like crazy here!]We were here once before on Provo five years ago and it's incredible how much it's changed. We tried to so some different things this time, so went to Grand Turk, which we really enjoyed. It is lovely, clean and quaint with its own charm. We took Air Turks and Caicos which was less expensive than SkyKing. We had to go see the new Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville! Then, David played golf at the Provo Golf Course and one day we chartered a boat and captain to go island hopping and snorkeling. We would strongly recommend Capt. Sammy who was about a third of what the large charger companies were charging. He is out of Leeward Marina. We hate to go and look forward to returning - thanks!
Davie & Hiromi - Dallas, TX
This is our last full day here. I can't believe it's come to an end! We couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate our 8th anniversary! We also consider it the honeymoon we never had!
I learned to snorkel this week and Jeff went snorkeling for the first time in about 25 years. We say so much on our first snorkel trip to Coral Gardens:
A shark, several barracudas, three sea turtles, a sting ray, a puffer fish, several sea urchins, a lobster, a sea cucumber, parrot fish (lots), a grouper.
I couldn't have asked for a better first snorkel experience.
I know we had a list of things we wanted to do while we were here, but time just seemed to fly. We'll just have to come back so we can finish our list!
Thank you Scott & Dana for sharing this beautiful place with us. We will remember this trip for years to come!!
Beautiful water, wand, beaches, sunsets, wonderful friends...who could ask for a better vacation?!
Paige & Jeff
Allen, TX USA
Dana & Scott, thanks so much for renting your amazing villa! It was our family's first time away at Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We have previously stayed at Beaches and rented a different villa on Grace Bay Beach but this one was so perfect. It was the first vacation my husband & I could actually sit on the beach and let the kids go in and out of the water on their own. It's so calm and predictable and definitely the best beach on the island. We went deep sea fishing with Gwendolyn for a half day (excellent). Reef Peepers 2 day boat cruise (great for little kids), conch farm, Beaches Day Pall (call way in advance to reserve, expensive but worth it) - nobody checks bracelets because there aren't any! So, once you are in, you are like any other guest.
The holiday was amazing and enjoyed by all the kiddies Kiera (2), Jack (3), Jade (5) and Anna (9). Having both the downstairs and upstairs units was very convenient & spacious. The view from the hammocks upstairs on the balcony was priceless. I will be dreaming about it as soon as we return home. Happy Holidays & all the best for the New year!
Toronto, ON Canada
Thanks so much Dana & Scott for the use of the Penthouse during our stay here in Turks and Caicos. You have a great place here and the view is spectacular. We enjoyed the privacy of the beach (would have loved to have the use of a kayak) and enjoyed cooking in. The kitchen had everything we needed (first time I've made muffins in a casserole dish, but they turned out great!) We enjoyed barbecuing on the deck. You have a lovely home here and we'd love to return someday!
Georgina & David
(Ft. McMurray, AB, Canada)
The memories we will take home to Virginia are enough to get me through 2007! The sunsets you will never want to miss, even one, they are truly a gift every evening!! You can explore the island, have some great meals out (Magnolias a must), casual dining at Grace Bay Point Grace Terrace for lunch spectacular). But you will always want to rush home to Crystal Sands to our little Sapodilla Bay. If you're looking for anything more than what is free, the beautiful turquoise waters, the sunsets on the upper deck, a possible rainbow, (we had two), you've missed the gift from Dana & Scott.
Today, I am relaxed, refreshed and will keep these beautiful memories of our little Sapodilla Bay in my heart as long as I can.
Until next time....John & Charlotte
Wow - what a way to spend my 30th birthday! I can't explain how beautiful it is here, especially at night when the sun is going down. The water is perfect for kids - warm & calm & a mecca for starfish! This was a dream come true & I can't wait to come back & share the experience all over again. I want my children to come back over & over again so the memory of here lives on forever.
Keli, Hope (6) & Faith (3) Stone
Dana & Scott - We made our dream come true and it was everything and more....Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!
Please keep in touch...I feel we made special friends.
Skip & Susie
What a delightful 10 days we have spent at Crystal Sands on Sapodilla Bay! The weather was perfect for our winter getaway and the celebration of our 43rd wedding anniversary.
We so enjoyed the amenities of the Penthouse - especially the porch viewing the water and the sunsets. We met some very interesting "boaties". They added flavor to the beach.
We ventured away from Crystal Sands from time to time but both agreed the best place was this location on Sapodilla Bay. It is truly peaceful and beautiful.
Enjoyed meeting the two of you. Good luck with your island ventures.
Susy & Jim
We have had a fantastic vacation! We found out that our one year old loves the beach too! The view from the balcony made us feel like we were sitting on the beach all day long The modern conveniences (internet, TV, AC) were icing on the cake. I don't think we ever quite figured out what the right size coffee filter is, but again it was great to have such conveniences! WE are returning home tan and happy. We will definitely be back!
David, Kerri & Nate
We have certainly enjoyed our week long stay here at Crystal Sands Villa. The beach was great for the kids (Sara, 7, Kevin, 4 & Emma, 2) as well as for the adults,. We say 3 stingrays from the balcony. The sunsets were amazing!! Snorkeling at Coral Gardens was great...some of us saw a turtle!! Took a 12 day tour with J&B Tours to Little Water Cay, Water Cay and Parrot Cay....they also take you to a beach where we ALL found sand dollars!! We also went on the Undersea Explorer which was awesome!
This trip to Turks was to be a whole family vacation, but sadly in February we lost our Dad/Pop unexpectedly. Although he was not physically with us, he was certainly here in spirit giving us beautiful sunsets and helping us find sand dollars.
Thank you for allowing us to stay at your wonderful villa. We have great memories and pictures to always remind us of this great place!
Now we head back to reality...a Nor Easter snow storm predicted..!!!
Mike, Tara and Emma
Eric, Jill, Kevin & Sara
End of week. Loved the place. Sorry we didn’t get to mingle with you guys. [We were on vacation ourselves!] Everybody needs a vacation, even if it’s from their own paradise. Thanks so much. (Anyone “Coyoba” is a good bet for food).
Troy & Kevin
Our week enjoying your piece of paradise has come to an end and I am kicking myself for not booking two weeks! But it wouldn’t be any easier to leave after two weeks, either.
Your beautiful home was/is far beyond anything we could have dreamed. We drove around the entire island and did not find one other spot that we would have rather stayed at.
We me out wonderful “downstairs” neighbors and enjoyed visiting with them a time or two, but most of the time, we never even saw each other….and to think I was worried about having to “share our space!” There is more than enough room for everyone!! John & Sarah & family (on one of the sailboats) took us for a wonderful sail & snorkel to Turtle Rock – what a pleasure!!
We only dined early and very casually (Shark Bite, Tiki Hut, Hey Jose’s , Gilleys at Leeward, Chicken Chicken and Barefoot Café) so that we wouldn’t have to miss a sunset form our balcony, followed by an evening dip in beautiful Sapodilla Bay. Thanks for the memories of our week in paradise. We hope to return again soon, and to bring friends along.
Jay, Stacey, Jordan (17) and Jared (13), Cave
A pleasure to meet you both! Your place here at Sapodilla Bay is just like we hoped for and the web site was everything it said it was. We truly enjoyed coming back in the afternoons after a day of fun all around the island. It was no sitting around for us! With 2 teenagers we were fishing, snorkeling, wake boarding and always on the go. We come from ski country so the 1st time wake boarding was a true hit. Nautique Sports is the way to go. Ask for Doug, Carrie and Brady – they were the best. For fishing, go with Mark from Gwendolyn. He is awesome – a true fisherman. Ask to meet “Holly”. Snorkeling at Malcolm Beach Road is a true adventure. 4WD is a must. Smith Reef by Turtle Cove Marina is a must as well. Dining – well since we own a Restaurant in Colorado, our desires are high. Our favorite was O’Soleil at the Somerset “Look Smart”. If you’re going to dine at Grace Bay Cottage – Bug spray before is a must. Visit the Conch Farm to learn about Conch. Pass on Da Conch Shack, but if you must, the grouper plate or the fritters were great. Pass on the chowder. Lunch or dinner at The Plunge in The Palms was superb! A walk on the beach afterwards is a must! Get your water earlier in the day. They tend to run out in the afternoons. The 3rd round about from the airport or the round about that takes you to Crystal Sands it will be your 2nd left.
Bring your loved ones and ENJOY paradise.
Breckenridge, CO “Café Alpine”
As those who were here before us said…this is truly paradise. Crystal Sands is so beautiful. What a location! The beach here at Sapodilla Bay was lots of fun in the afternoon after coming back from our daily adventures, as was the swimming pool. And the sunsets…WOW! Our adventures out were to
Grace Bay (Smith’s Reef and in front of Coral Gardens Hotel) Best snorkeling was in front of Coral Garden…lots of turtles and fish and even a few nurse sharks.
Malcolm Beach Road – without a 4WD is not possible. We tried it…don’t do it!
Undersea Explorer...lots of fish, a turtle and stingray. Really worth it!
Shopping…our favorite store for tee shirts was Mama’s next to Comfort Suites. IGA for groceries.
Capt. Bill and the Outback Adventure. If Capt. Bill calls you…GO! He picks you up right here in Sapodilla Bay and will take you to turtle rock, the pirates cave…wherever you want.
Eating…Tiki Hut on Wed. night for chicken/ribs, Baci was great for dinner, too. Mostly though we ate right here, the view cannot be beaten! Giggles for ice cream…yummy! Liz’s bakery for fresh baked bread/raisin bread and Danish was a great find. Turn right toward Five Cays. It will be on the right.
Water Co from here….right out of first traffic circle, then 2nd right (dirt road) by Universal Rentall.
Thank you so much…We loved every minute!
Chris, Sue & Christie
Richard & Sheila
We had both floors – 10 of us in total…We will be back!!!
Our criteria this year for choosing a vacation villa were simple: a pool, a breeze, and ON the beach, somewhere in the Caribbean. Not “near” the beach, or “short walk” to the beach, or even “view” of the beach. Crystal Sands definitely meets those criteria! And what a beach it is! WE spent hours snorkeling and floating and just relaxing on the beach and in the transparent waters of the bay.
I won’t go through the whole list of things we did on the islands, or the places we ate. Those who’ve commented here before us have described them all well (Thank you!) General comment: The quality of food on Provo is excellent! Enjoy!
Jim, Kathy and Bryan
We had a fabulous time! The house is absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed using the hammock and outdoor seating. We were very spoiled with the short walk to the beach. We can’t wait to tell everyone at home about this beautiful place.
Bob & Megan
Joe & Maureen
Thank you for a wonderful five days! It is such a beautiful place to share great times with old and new friends alike. The sunshine and sunsets may not have been plentiful this week, but the warmth and beauty shared during our explorations and meals together more than made up for it. I hope we can get together when you come to Atlanta in June. Please know that the welcome mat is always out whenever you head towards Rome!
Hoping to see you soon, Sue
From our family to yours –
Thank you so much for sharing your paradise with us! The weather has been ideal all week – beautiful blue clear skies, turquoise waters & white sand beaches!
The snorkeling was fantastic – Turtle Cove was full of marine life – sting rays, lobster, seat stars & sea turtles – all so vivid and colorful!
We especially loved spending our evenings at the Alexandra’s bar to watch the sunset and try to catch a glimpse of that “green flash” – but no luck.
The Dream Tours with John was awesome! Such great hosts – an all day event filled with snorkeling, conch diving, a cook-out on a remote island, shell hunting and topped off with one last snorkel session. We also deep sea fished and caught a few king mackerel fish & a yellow tailed tuna – we came home & fried it all up as well as diced up some tuna sushi! It was delicious!
Grace Bay was fun and beautiful! Paradise there! Awesome! You’ll find the best shops there and next to “Hey Jose's” – Alexandra’s on Monday night, Tiki Hut on Wed nights – both for dinner…then if you want a taste of the TCI nightlife – we went to Bambooz on Thursday and then Club Celebrity on Friday – both a blast! The locals are so charming & polite – also Hemmingway’s had great food/service –
Wish we had another week/lifetime here!!! A much needed vacation that ultimately brought our family closer!!
Thank you so much again for giving us a taste of paradise! We will definitely be back!
We had a fabulous week! The house more than lived up to our expectations and the beach is beautiful – beyond words! We got a call from Captain Bill & heeded the words of previous guests and just went! It was awesome – great snorkeling & pick up and deliver right our the backdoor. The sunsets were fantastic and we saw Venus in the night sky. We also enjoyed fireworks last night while dining at Baci’s. Also – went to the Tiki Hut for Ribs on Wednesday night and were not disappointed. Next time, though, we’d skip the Tiki Temptation – unless you really want a Tiki mug souvenir. Ha! Ha! Snorkeling at Grace Bay and Turtle Cove – just be sure to NOT set up your chairs in the boat lane – couple of visits by the Shore Patrol & we’ve got it! Stay outside the red and green cones!! Visited the Conch farm and met Sally and Jerry – the trained conch. They will show you the difference between male & female conch!
But, the best part is the walk to the Beach – Right out the door and a few steps in the sand and you’re in the ocean! We’ll be back!
Walt & Laurie
Dane & Marianne
P.S. Loved to watch the butterflies!
I guess this is as close to Paradise as you can come on earth. Can’t say we did anything exciting. Once we got here and kicked back, this is pretty much where we stayed. This was our 4th trip to Provo, but it was the most relaxing and exactly what we have been searching for. The place is beautiful with all the flowers and plants. We love the way it is landscaped. So inviting. Looking at the beach which is so nice.
At night it is so pretty with the lights on outside and the garden displays highlighted.
Everything is so convenient. Such as the outside facilities for washing off sand. We loved sitting under the Tiki by the pool in the late afternoon. Laying in a hammock. We simply had a wonderful time and truly hated to leave. We did drive over to the Grace Bay area one afternoon. I simply could not believe the construction. It made us grateful we made the choice we made. Thanks for sharing this oasis.
Kathleen & Erwin, Mary, Jim
Happy New Year! The collective M family - 3 generations, and from Hudson, Ohio, Chicago, Charlotte, and Seattle, had a fabulous week in your glorious setting! The pool and landscaping and perfect beach for our grandchildren made us feel as though we had our own private hotel!! We’ll have many great memories and photos!!
Bob & Judy M
This was the perfect choice for us. Location, timing, accommodations, even the neighbors were great.
It was the break from the daily grind in N.C. we needed. We did the "Sail Provo" half day; it was a good choice. We also found the gazebo point shipwreck perfectly located by the W's, (earlier in the book). It’s hard to imagine a nicer, more tasteful place. Hated to leave.
Thanks, Brian & Pam
P.S. The property manager was helpful. THANKS!
Have are a few quotes from the family:
"Our stay here was joyful" Fabiana, 9
"Snorkeling, beaches, iguanas and relaxing sunsets. It’s all great." Matteo, 13
"Thank you for sharing a piece of your heaven." Ivana, mom
"A spectacular view to wake up to every morning. You have a wonderful and peaceful spot." Paolo, dad
We all hope to return to this paradise. Thank you.
Your home is perfect! We love the location, the gardens, the beach, lizards, hummingbirds, flowers, hammocks, etc., etc., etc. We loved exploring this island and neighboring islands as well.
Favorite beaches: Cooper Jack Park & Fort George Beach
Snorkeling: Malcolm Beach and out near Fort George
Animal life: Iguanas were excellent on Little Water Key. We also saw rays, lots of cool fish and a great octopus! We also snorkeled with a nurse shark!
Restaurants: Sweet T’s, CoCo bistro, Bugaloo’s
We had so much fun playing Bingo Sunday nights at Banana Boat and the chicken and ribs at Tiki Hut were very good as well. We left you a Hawksbill Turtle shell in the front garden that we found out in Blue Hills. We walked out on the deck, looked down and there he was. Very sad, but I hope you guys enjoy him.
Our family, all twelve of us, loved this hoe and our time together. We are so fortunate. 3 generations from Rhode Island. Thank you. Tammy
Hi - Four couples came from California. This is the most beautiful beach we’ve ever been to. Loved the house and furniture. Best features are the two large patios. This is our 10th year and have had a great time for 2 weeks. We go to a different island each year. Found good snorkeling at Grace Bay and Turtle Bay. Enjoyed all the restaurants. Played golf and went to golf club for Friday Pub Night. (Dinners $9.00) enjoyed the Tiki Hut and its Wed nite special. Found Boogaloos for lunch and had conch and brought home shells. Landscaping is lovely. We love the round stepping stones and the wash area for sandy feet.
Fallbrook, CA - north of San Diego
We are so glad we made the choice and had the opportunity to stay here. It was great and very relaxing. I will miss my daily naps in the hammock. The diving was some of the best. We saw so much: turtles, eels, barracuda, sharks and tons of different colored fish. It was great! We celebrated our 30th anniversary while here, with a wonderful dinner at Simba’s. We spent most of our days diving and then back here to relax. We ended up having dinner here most nights just because it was so easy and relaxing. Everything was perfect. It was so nice to be on a beach and be able to walk out there anytime we wanted. The sunsets were gorgeous. Chuck and I both decided in looking back at all of our wonderful vacations in our 30 years, this is one of the best. Thank you for adding to our memories and I know we will be back.
Chuck & Diane, Plano, TX
P.S. Dinner at Baci’s was one of the best!
Had a wonderful, fun, relaxing week. Snorkeled at Malcolm Beach, Grace Cove, Turtle Cove and here. Sapodilla Bay is definitely one of the nicest spots on the island. Look forward to returning some time.
Four couples from North Carolina.
We had a great time at Crystal Sands Villa. The grounds are more beautiful than we ever expected.
Jennifer, Jason, Keller, Macrus, Karen and Carl
The entire M family had a BLAST!! We did it all - and what a fantastic time. Great house + Great beach + Great folks = Great vacation! We will see you again soon.
Ed & Stella and da boyz!
Wow! Our second trip here - I must say was just as fabulous as last year. The weather was on our side - we saw those spectacular sunsets yet again! Thank you ever so much for the adventure on the boat!! Now those are going to be some memories - and Dana, you were a great Captain! Your landscaping is lovely and the pool a real treat. We loved it all!!
Lisa & Larry
This cements it. We can’t imagine not making Crystal Sands part of our future. This is our second stay and it was just as gratifying as the first. We love this fabulous place.
Love, Rhonda & Dave
You truly have a Tropical Paradise. Our vacation was perfect & we have many tropical memories. Was a treat to walk right into the water & viewing the sting rays was wonderful. This was our first time snorkeling and we are so glad we tried it - we are addicted. Every time I think of the tropics, I will think of Crystal Sands. Thanks for the memories!
Sue, W, Mary Beth, Wind Lake WI, Kathy & Mike, Plano, TX
What a wonderful, relaxing and lovely spot you chose for the house. We stayed on the ground floor with 2 young children and it was absolutely perfect. We did a little exploring around the island, but spent most of our week here enjoying Sapodilla Beach. I can’t imagine anything more ideal for children. The villa has a wonderful layout with fabulous patios - plenty of sun or shade, whichever you like! The breezes were terrific and kept us cool and there was plenty of space to spread out & relax. The beach felt like our own private spot. We will remember this trip and compare all others to it!
Thanks again - The Ds - Virginia
What a perfect setting - - The beach was the "BEST". We loved the Tiki Hut on Wed evening. A MUST ! We traveled to many islands & stayed in several villas....did we mention this beach was the BEST! The conch festival was great. We were so glad our timing worked out for us to enjoy that. Smith’s Reef for snorkeling was great. Bella Luna was a delicious treat as was the Aqua Bar. Thanks.
Dave, Dena, Jim, Kim, Linus and Rhonda
"What a pleasant place! The pictures do not do it justice. Nicely furnished and well planned. The view was wonderful. Thank you. We had a very nice stay. "
RM & AS
"Thanks for a great stay. We will be in touch again with regards to a longer stay. No nicer outlook for the sunset. You have a piece of paradise. "
M & B, Edmonton, Canada
"We just finished a wonderful week here in this paradise! We feel so blessed to have found this beautiful place, looking out on the most fabulous Bay on the island. Thank you for sharing this with us!
Some of our highlights were: snorkeling, Sail Provo and seeing Iguanas in Little Water Cay, riding the semi-submarine, playing tennis at the Provo Golf Club and relaxing and watching the sunsets here at Sapodilla Bay! This home and beach were perfect for our family - it was a wonderful first time experience for us here at Turks & Caicos! Thank you again!"
Clay, Susan, Chip (13), Trens (11), Preston (4 3/4), Wilton, CT
"Thank you for the stay. We enjoyed our time here. It was beautiful as always. We started visiting this island 11 years ago."
Donna & David, Richmond, VA
"I truly enjoyed the time I spent at Crystal Sands. The scenery was fabulous; the water was not only beautiful, but it was also close enough for a mid-afternoon cool down. It was great to be able to hang out on the beach and in the water and then practically turn right around and step in for an afternoon nap. My trip was so relaxing that I'd love to make it a once a year trip.
Paige, Plano, TX
"Can't wait to bring my kids to this beach!"
Dean, McKinney, TX
Thank you. We had a blast!
Jerome, John, Jerry, Joe, Cleveland, Ohio
Can’t tell you how much fun we had staying here at the Crystal Sands - it has been the perfect vacation! Thanks!
Lisa & Larry, McKinney, TX
This is truly, truly a restful oasis! We could not have asked for a more relaxing, restful vacation. We have imagined making this an annual interlude. Thank you for your generosity and the fabulous role you have played in our lives. We wish you much success and great peace in your beautiful home in paradise!
Love, Rhonda & Dave
Thanks for the stay here on the island. Thank you two for everything.
Wow! What a villa. The pictures simply do not do your villa justice! When we arrived, we were so pleasantly surprised with the pool, palapas and landscaping! You’re really on the beach!
After touring the whole island, you really have the best location. The mornings are great for coffee on the deck, by the pool, or by the beach! The sunsets are to die for! When we come back, we’re going to buy some rum duty free, and just camp out.
Diving with Mickey and Jayne from Flamingo Divers was just unbelievable! We started by seeing a nurse shark off the dock and it just got better after that! We went to West Caicos, anchored and had an unbelievable resort dive! Saw barracuda, sharks and so many fish, plus the port, it was wonderful!
The best was the wreck off Gazebo Point. We swam off your beach and found this wreck - there were so many fish! We saw two spotted eagle rays, which Mickey said were very rare! We were so excited!
The evening we had at Baci’s in Turtle Cove was fun. The food was great, drinks powerful and John Draper such a host! "Jin" didn’t serve vodka and Zobia was charming! They made our meal!
We got a great deal at Mama’s! My wife looks great in her island garb and we had a cool ice cream at Giggles!
The best was your place. We can’t wait to come back!
Ed & Jilla
Thank you for the stay. We enjoyed our time here. It was beautiful as always. We started visiting this island 11 years ago.
Donna & David & Family, Richmond, VA
"Paradise" here in the Islands. What a glorious sight to awaken to each day. I enjoyed a wonderful two weeks - just wasn’t long enough. Today I leave with many wonderful memories and a dream to return to this Paradise again. Thank you for allowing me to stay at your wonderful villa.
Mary Ann, McKinney, Texas
What a place and what fabulous company you are!! Thanks for the great adventure! Let’s make a deal!!
This place is great. Thank you for your hospitality and everything else. Hope to see you again soon.
Thank you for the hospitality in a beautiful home. What a spectacular view here in Sapodilla Bay. I have to tell you that this is one of the most well furnished vacation homes I have been in. The trade winds are an absolute blessing. I hope you both continue to have as much happiness with your home as I have this past week celebrating my 50th birthday.
All my best, Stuart
We enjoyed your house, the view, and Sapodilla Bay very much. We also enjoyed the island. Thanks for the recommendations on divers and restaurants. The view from the house is spectacular, especially the sunsets. The furniture was very comfortable and, maybe someday, we shall return.
How fantastic again it is. We missed you being with us! The place is more awesome than ever. Thanks again.
This place is truly fantastic! I hope to meet you again soon.
It’s difficult to believe that our week of "freedom" ...from children, work and reality is almost over. We were able to sample a little of everything the island has to offer, snorkeling, conch farm, kayaking, fishing, Turks Head Brewery Tour, Bugaloos - the best conch fritters on the island, Malcolm’s Road, Little Water Cay...and I even got to relax and read a good book! By far the view from the house is the best on the island and the beach is incredible. Thanks for sharing your wonderful home.
Matt and Dorothy, Tampa, FL
Being here with our best friends, with a break from our two wonderful children, was a fabulous way to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Your home is great and the bay and beach are unforgettable. We hope that others will enjoy your home and this island as much as we have. We enjoyed our trips off the beaten path, snorkeling everywhere and catching our dinner (snapper and conch). Thanks to Hamerhead Joe who took us on a great fishing trip - check him out at Leeward Marina. Thanks also to Turks and Caicos brewery for an interesting tour of brewery and sample. The beer is good and the brewery is the cheapest place to get it. You can refill the 5 gallon water jugs next door for $2.50. Hope this is helpful to others who read these notes. Take care and enjoy. We surely did.
Laura & Tom, Tallahassee, FL, USA
I was going to start my praise with the unbelievable view, but knowing many of the island villas, I have to say yours is the best. The simple island elegance with the high quality materials, finish and furnishings are the best on the island, bar none. There is no villa, condo or home better located finished or furnished. It will be our home in Provo from now on.
I come for water sports, so diving Smith Reef and West Caicos has been a major draw. However, I never realized there was so much to see in Sapodilla Bay. Snorkeling the old steamer wreck of Gazebo Point was the best for fish watching. The 100' boats were great, too. Crystal Sands path wreck and the 2 masted fiberglass schooner (Dolphin Wreck) were very interesting. However, my favorite was stone ballast wreck. Imagine the history of a wreck so old they still used stone ballast. A turtle big as a drum head greeted me! I also have to mention I loved "Nascar" mooring made up of the engine blocks.
The island people, Pizza Pizza, John @ Baci, and Mickey and Jayne at Flamingo Divers were all great as usual.
You have a bit of paradise we plan on sharing again.
Rick W., Atlanta
What a beautiful place. We had the most relaxing week. We went diving, many nice restaurants and touring the island at the end. No place was like yours.
There is not a thing you can do to make this place more comfortable or more beautiful. Swimming pool, beach snorkeling, anything we wanted was right here and at the end of the day was the sunset....just magnificent. Thank you. We all had wonderful time.
Hope we will be back soon.
Bog & Jilla Nouri, New York
What a wonderful 10 days! We really enjoyed staying here at the Villa - We have been over the whole island and you have the best location by far! The sunsets are remarkable! You have made the villa a home away from home -
We used "Silver Deep" for 2 fishing adventures and have enjoyed our "catch" for several dinners here - We couldn’t have asked for better weather either! Great to meet you both and hopefully we will come again - Best, Shelly and Bruce, Indianapolis, IN
As with the others, we think you have a fantastic place here - location, design, furnishings, etc. are fantastic, and, having driven all over the island, we agree yours is the best! We really appreciate your willingness to rent the villa as a single rental. Otherwise, we would have chosen another place and wouldn’t have been as happy. We spent most of our time here and exploring other beaches. We loved Long Bay Beach in particular. We also used Silver Deep for a couple of short trips (glow worms & rock iguanas) Our favorite restaurant was Aqua/the Terrace - laid back atmosphere, pretty location, and fantastic food - try the coffee - rubbed ahi tuna and the coconut crusted mahi - yum!
For quick snacks and takeout, Top of the Cove (next to Napa on Leeward) and Tasty Temptations (on the way to the airport) both had good stuff (especially the cookies at Top of the Cove)
Sharon & Doug, Newton (Boston), MA
What a beautiful, enchanting, relaxing place to be! I cannot imagine how we were so lucky to find Crystal Sands! What a perfect place to bring a 2 year old - we have officially renamed it "Gus’s" Beach House". We’ve had a week of sunny, breezy days, beautiful sunsets and total relaxation. We’ve settled into a terrific pattern with our days and nights that make the idea of returning home sound terrible!
Thank you for sharing your home with us and for your wonderful service that made this trip so easy and enjoyable. We’ve eaten at several local restaurants, but think we like "Smokey’s" on the Beach" best. Conch, stew, baked chicken and fried plantains - heaven!
We hope to return again for many years to come! Sorry to be leaving!
Frances, Zach and Gus (age 2) , Springfield, MA
Spent two great weeks here - enjoyed the house, gardens, beach and pool. The view from the upper deck is wonderful. We liked the stepping stones - easy to walk from beach to house - outside washing off areas great - Played golf and liked the course - liked Coral Gardens for snorkeling - liked to eat at Bugaloo’s for conch - The beaches on island are great, the water so blue.
Frank and Sis, Sacramento, California
We have had an amazing time. This villa was absolutely perfect! The beaches, pool, snorkeling, pastry/bread, gardens, everything just fabulous. We also enjoyed Sail Provo for the day, Deep fishing and Gwendolyn, Big Blue sharking. But really the best snorkeling here and at Coral Gardens!! We ate out some at Tiki Hut (Wed chix & ribs), Giggles Ice Cream (several times!) Magnolia (which was fabulous) and Bacci which was good food, not good service. We also ate in a lot, which you need a cookie sheet, please! We hiked up to the pirates point, had fresh bread and pastries. Thank you very much for sharing your home - We loved it.
David, Kelly, Allie, Reid, David and Shirley, Raleigh, NC
We loved this house and perfect beach! Great snorkeling at 1) Smith’s Reef (lobsters!) And 2) Malcolm Road Beach - bumpy road, but worth it! 3)White House Reef - near Coral Gardens Hotel - Grace Bay - lots of fish and many turtles! Bring food (pieces of apple?) And the fish are conditioned to come and take your food! We loved Bugaloos (on Blue Hill Road) and Shark Bite and Tiki Hut. HOT island bread (baked daily) at Liz’s bakery at Five Cays.
The four of us had a wonderful week at your home by the beach. It was a perfect setting for our wedding and we could not have picked a better place! Our experiences have only been wonderful memories, lying in the hammock looking at the ocean and viewing the beautiful sunsets. You home was the epitome for comfort and relaxation. Brian and I will be on the island for another week for our honeymoon. But, all four of us have already started talking about a return trip and hopefully soon! Brian & Clara/Ray & Jeanette
P.S. Thank you kindly for your well wishes and we will be sending you the video and photos!
P.P.S. We had a great time snorkeling around the bay and especially enjoyed Smith’s Reef. We say 2 Manta Rays!
Best Beach - Sapodilla Bay
We had a great time! Our daughter - the "Research" Queen found you online and after a few emails and phone conversations we choose THE BEST PLACE TO STAY! without a doubt! You truly do have a slice of Paradise here! Smith’s Reef was the "Best" snorkel area for us - saw giant crawfish (lobster), octopus and beautiful fish.
Our absolute favorite place to hang out was Bugaloos - their Rum Punch was the Best! Conch menu is to die for - yum - to all choices - fritters, salad and cracked conch was delicious - Tiki Hut is delicious Wed eve choice. Edie & Naim Pocase, Pensacola, FL
We certainly couldn’t have picked a better place to stay on the island. The house is so beautifully designed and the view is simply incredible! We had a really good time and especially enjoyed Bugaloos over on Blue Hills beach. Also had a terrific meal at the Wed nite special at the Tiki Hut. More food than one can eat at a sitting. Had a great time on the combo conch tour with Silver Deep out of Leeward but the people weren’t very friendly or informative. Would love to come back sometime maybe earlier in the year when the weather may be a bit sunnier. Overall had a wonderful time and great memories. Deirdre & Matt, Boston, MA
This villa was like "home away from home". The beds were the most comfortable of any we have slept on during our vacations. The view was great and we loved the huge veranda.
We ate at Aqua Bar and Terrace at Turtle Cove and would highly recommend it. Try the mango daiquiris. They are to die for. Hemingways was another restaurant we tried for lunch.
We took the semi-submarine out of Turtle Cove and thought it was well worth the money. The narrator ( & owner) was very informative and we learned a lot of interesting facts about the under water world.
All in all our week here was very relaxing and far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the "real world".
Robin, Charlotte, NC, Jan, Atlanta, GA, Inez, Easley, SC
What a beautiful place you have here in the Turks. The beaches are gorgeous and the snorkeling was spectacular. I couldn’t have spent my 45th birthday in a better place.
P.S. Your suggestions on Magnolia was perfect. The food and view were awesome!!!
Neil & Sharon, Chapel Hill, NC
Love it! Good company - good view - good food. Eating in was the best - relax on the beach all day and grill out!! Try jumping off the rocks at Malcolm Point and snorkeling in front of Coral Gardens - Thanks so much for sharing your place with us.
Jan Johnny, Gboro, NC
Thank you for the awesome experience of your home for a week. Wish it could have been longer. But work calls, etc. Never really had the time to do the nite scene. Too content just to relax and get away from everyday business. If you are looking for peace, quiet and serenity, this is it!!!! Scott, thanks. You are an awesome host and this place is the ultimate in laid back island life.
Kenn & Aimee, Chicago, IL "The Burbs"
We loved it!!!!!
What a fantastic 2 weeks -
We feel like we got to really know the island instead of holing up at a resort. Wonderfully friendly people (except hostess at Tiki Hut)
1. Bugaloos - everything conch!
2. Pizza Pizza (obvious)
3. Lamonts (little pink building) ($5.00 CHEAP & GOOD!) Ribs - ½ lb & fries! Fried chicken - 4 pieces with fries
4. Shark Bite
Cooked out here most nights as we know we had good service and ambiance!
This is the cleanest and best beach on the island - snorkeling off gazebo point and Coral Gardens (best) but didn’t get to Smith’s Reef. Our son Logan made lots of friends.
My husband and I love the veranda and played endless hours of dominoes and Backgammon watching the beautiful sunsets and enjoying the view.
The conch farm is worth a trip and you’ve got to meet Captain Bill - who’s always docked out in front of the villa (Fun snorkeling cruise and visiting Pirates Cave) He does Outback Adventures on Sapodilla Bay. IGA stocks up on Tues and has fresh deli meats. Souvenirs at Duty Free on Leeward and Grace Bay (Good deal on baubles for you ladies!)
Thank you to Scott and Dana for allowing us the privilege of staying in a wonderfully appointed and relaxing villa. We are so glad we chose Crystal Sands and are taking many fond memories (and some great video to boot!) . The pool is awesome, too.
Thank you again!
We’re so relaxed...
Ryan, Michelle & Logan (& Megan, Rochester, NY)
Jack & Sharon, Arcadia, IN
(Take frozen peas to feed fish at Coral Gardens - you’ll be swarmed!)
What a wonderful week we’ve had! Crystal Sands was everything we expected it to be - comfortable, roomy, beautiful view, relaxing beach. Rich had great diving with Caicos Adventures and our son completed the "Discover Scuba" successfully. For me, the beach and balcony provided ideal places to read and just relax. We saw stingrays at the beach on several occasions. The conch farm was an interesting place to visit. Wish we could stay longer!
Cheryl, Rich & Joseph, Columbia, MD
Thank you so much for sharing your perfect home with us. It is truly a one of a kind, dreams come true place. You have thought of everything and made it so special! You two have put your heart in it and it shows. I would not change a thing about it! The beach, the pool, the balcony - all are out of this world! Thank you for a perfect honeymoon spot!
Sherri & Kurt, Denver, CO
We had a wonderful honeymoon in your gorgeous villa! We loved the breeze and the sound of the water as we went to sleep.
We really enjoyed Sail Provo, Middle Caicos and our private beach excursion!
We loved your place so much that we didn’t want to leave. The hammock on the porch is perfect and we enjoyed grilling out also.
It’s nice to be away from all the resorts and your villa was a great getaway. Thanks again for everything. We enjoyed our time so much. Did we mention we don’t want to leave?
Jen & Brad, Burbs of Chicago, IL
This has been the best vacation experience for us! My husband and I had the upper level to ourselves (first real vacation away from 2 sons, 2 cats and a dog!) And had a blast with our sister/brother-in-law and another couple who stayed downstairs! By far, the best view is from the upper level!
We did a lot of little road trips this week and we found the nicest beach/water is right here - at Sapodilla Bay - just gorgeous!
Great weather and great food at the Aqua Bar, Tiki Hut, Hey Jose’s and also picked up great chicken/ribs (cheap) at Lamonts.
First time for snorkeling and parasailing and just chillin’!
Beautiful villa - we hope to come back someday!
The McCurdy’s of PA
We had such a great time! The kids loved the ocean and all the beach toys. The scuba diving was terrific and Flamingo Divers (Mickey & Jayne) were just the best! You have a great vacation home and we look forward to a return trip!
Love, Jodie, Dave, Josh & Adam, Denver, CO
P.S. Adam had a great 8th birthday on the island!
When Captain Bill calls, just go ahead and book the trip. He will take you snorkeling, exploring and then fix you lunch. All of this while you are drinking his fabulous rum punches. We only got to see one fabulous sunset, but hte tide going out was spectacular in itself and made up for the overcast evenings. We hate to go home to the cold and snow.
Randy & Nancy, Springfield, IL
Sadly home to snow for us & rain for our friends - Wonderful relaxing time - the peace and quiet is great! We looked every night for that "green flash" at sunset - no luck yet - guess we’ll have to return. Beautiful butterflies! Tiki Hut barbecue, Magnolias Café were great - Caicos Café good too - We look forward to returning to your lovely place.
Like everyone, we all thought this was an amazing place. The accommodations are just like home - only better! Sapodilla Bay is the most relaxing, inviting and fun location on Provo. Our kids loved the tide coming & going. It was a new playground every day. We totally enjoyed our late afternoon naps in the hammocks on the porch and the 3 cabana boys gave a little push to those nappers. Our boys also loved the pool - a little too much for us grownups. The grounds are beautiful and attractive to lots of butterflies. Nicholas enjoyed catching them in the net - and letting them go, of course! Lots of other children will enjoy that pastime I am sure. The mornings were one of our favorite times here because our coffee tasted so good down on the beach under the shade of the palm trees. We did lots of things while here on Provo but our absolute favorite spot was home at the Crystal Sands. Thank you for our stay and for thinking of wonderful little things that make a vacation a VACATION!
Sincerely, Dan & Janna, Jack 8, Nick 5 Chris 2, Chesterton, IN, Maureen, Lake Zurich, IL, Tom, IN
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful villa with us. We all had such a relaxing vacation! The bay and beach is by far the best on Provo. We loved playing frisbee in the water every morning and afternoon. Hopefully, we’ll visit again soon!
Larry and Cathy R., Zionsville, IN
Thank you so much for the fantastic holiday. We went from snow bunnies to beach bunnies overnight. Your villa is beautiful and we had a wonderfully relaxing time. Since we were here for 2 weeks, we did get a chance to do a few fun things. We went on 2 half-day fishing trips through "D.B.Tours." We went reef fishing the first time and bonefishing the next, and had excellent times on each trip. Darrin was born and raised here and he used to work for one of the bigger sport fishing companies before deciding to try it on his own. We had found his name on the internet before we arrived which is a good thing as I am not sure we would have found him once we were here. I recommend him to anyone who is interested in catching some fish and seeing some sights. Another fun thing we did was ride on the "Undersea Explorer," which is a semi-submarine that takes you out to view the fish along the reef. It is awesome if you are not a scuba diver or a great snorkeler. We saw all kinds of fish, a 4 foot nurse shark, a stingray and even saw a turtle. It was well worth the money in our opinion. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for letting us stay in your wonderful villa. I am hopeful that we will visit again.
Lori, Braden, Prince George, B.C., Canada
What a wonderful place you have. You are very blessed! I cam here with two couples. Shannon & Jack - married a year ago at Las Vegas & their best friends, Dawn & Steve. We are from Iowa, and Dawn & Steve from Texas. I am actually the single mother of a 7 yr. Old son who works full time and I have spent the last 3 years caring for my sick grandparents. My grandmother passed away Oct. 04 and my grandfather March 06, so they are together again and in a much better place. Needless to say, this was a much needed retreat for me. It has been amazing to wake up every morning to the sound of the beach and the view out the back door. Some of my favorite things to do while I was here was parasailing though Capt. Marvins. We also rented jet skis from Sun & Fun. which was a blast. For anyone who enjoys night life, it seems like Bambooz is the place to be on Thursday nights. There was karaoke, dancing & a great mix of tourists as well as locals. It was a lot of fun. Snorkeling here was great. The ship wrecks were really neat. The coral & fish were amazing at Coral Gardens. I actually plan to get certified for scuba diving once I get home. My friends are all divers and truly enjoyed the diving they did with Mickey & Jayne at Flamingo Divers. I hope to make it back here within the next year or two. I will definitely recommend your place to anyone I know looking to take a vacation. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home with us for the week. Sadly enough I have to be up in 3 hrs. for an 8am flight. What a refreshing change of scenery. Beautiful & Relaxing. Thanks again for an amazing week. Crystal
What a fantastic time we had! We’ve been here for 2 fabulous weeks - one week upstairs, one week down. The view upstairs was beautiful, but I think we liked the beach access downstairs even more. This is a beautiful slice of the world. We all loved Sapodilla Bay Beach - it was a perfect playground. Evan (age 3 3/4) and Garrett (17 mos) both loved splashing, running & building sandcastles. The kids also really loved the pool Evan learned to swim - no water wings required. Amazing! Both kids were complete water babies. As for the adults, we made good use of the hammocks. The grounds here are beautiful - we loved watching the butterflies. In terms of activities, we can highly recommend Big Blue for snorkeling. They operate our of Leeward Marina. Not an activity for small kids, but for people who love to snorkel, it was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, helpful personnel. For an activity with the (small) kids, we took a 3 hour tour with J&B out of Leeward. They were very good with the kids - even ensured PFD’s (life jackets) were worn by the little guys. We also took in the Glo worms with Outback Adventures here in the bay. It was a great show, and you can’t beat the convenience of being picked up right at our own beach! In terms of dining, we took Scott & Dana’s advice and had an (adult) dinner at Magnolia. It was a very romantic setting, and the meal was lovely. With the kids, we ate at many of Provo’s spots. Highlights were Hemmingway’s (great service, good food) and the Café at the Salt Mills (lovely for lunch). The service was good at Hey Jose’s, but it was smoky the night we were there. Pizza Pizza was excellent take out, but PHONE AHEAD! With any luck, we will be back to enjoy Crystal Sands again.
Regards, Craig, Christine, Evan(3 3/4), Garret (1 ½), Tom & Cathy
What a great 10 days. Wonderful house, wonderful weather, wonderful beach, wonderful family!! Best snorkeling at Coral Gardens. Turtles, sting rays, many fish and JoJo one day. Loved eating in for lunch, then heading back out to the beach.
Hope to come back again soon. Loved the house, here and beach. Couldn’t ask for anything more, expect maybe 10 more days.
Jon, Jen, Blake (7) & Mia (5)
2 weeks of a piece of heaven!!
This is so paradise!! We have had a great time here. The weather has been hot and sunny with a cool breeze! The water is so blue and refreshing. We are so glad that we found this villa on the net. Great find. The sunsets are breathtaking and we have taken many photos to prove it. Sapodilla Bay is great for our kids to swim and the snorkeling at the point is really cool. We saw a lobster and many colorful fish. We also saw many rays swimming close to the shore... Your villa is very beautiful and it has everything that you’ll need. Great groceries at IGA. We went on a snorkeling trip with Ocean Outback and it was OK but a bit rushed. If you go, take lots of sunscreen. Snorkeling at Coral Gardens was great, saw turtles, rays and many fish. Watch out for the thorns as you walk to the beach. Wear your flipflops!! Tiki Hut was great on Wed, a great value. Coco Bistro’s - good food but very pricey for what you get. Sharkbite is OK, kids liked to watch for turtles and sharks, but they only saw a turtle! This is a great place to just hang out and relax, a quiet beach!! Scott & Dana, thanks for Crystal Sands Villa!!
Sail Provo was nice to go out and sail, but the snorkeling was a bit to choppy and we could not stay out in the water too long. They served a good deli lunch with great pasta salad. Interesting Capt. Ryan and his mate!! We got to see JoJo the dolphin, the kids were so excited! Baci’s restaurant was great, good food and a nice atmosphere!! Danny Buoys - it was good food, but the pub part of the restaurant was quite smoky! Yuck... The kids had a blast looking for crabs and tiny fish when the tide goes out. They spent hours out there searching! We had a wonderful holiday. It was a great relaxing 2 weeks!!
Nolan & Kathy & Jared (12) & Kelsey (8), Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Simply the best vacation since our honeymoon, without a doubt. Restaurants - Smokies, Elsa’s Conch Shake, Tiki Hut. 3 dive sites out front, check them out.
Enjoy & relax, Julian & Nora, Brian & Christy,Charlottesville, VA, USA
What an awesome vacation. We understand now why you loved this island! Our whole family made lifetime memories here. The sunsets and moonsets have been spectacular. We loved Smokey’s for seafood on the beach. Tiki Hut was fun on Wednesday night. But, dinner on the deck of Crystal Sands was by far our favorite dining spot. The babies really loved the beach and got their first "taste" of the ocean. We feel that we have two more future divers! Thanks so much for opening up your home. Everything is here for a complete vacation. It is hard to believe that the week has passed so quickly. We look forward to coming again soon!
Craig & Diana, KC & Tim Glynn & Lexi, JoAnn & Kevin Lavere & Ethan, Bryson & Liz
We had a wonderful time! It was so nice being right on the beach in such a great house! We spent most our time on the beach except for the one day a HUGE rainstorm came in that lasted most of the day. The food on this island is amazing! We never had a bad meal or bad service! Tiki Hut was one of our favorites considering we went there 3 times! They have a great view and an awesome atmosphere. Aqua Terrace was also a great eating spot. Baci was simply amazing! It is an Italian restaurant that is a little more expensive, but definitely worth it and they couldn’t have friendlier staff! Magnolia, overlooking Turtle Cove, is definitely worth going to even if it is just for drinks or dessert! They have one of the best views on the island! Sharkbite was a very casual inexpensive meal that was sooo good! (The margaritas are fabulous!) Snorkeling, however, wasn’t so great for us! We went all around this bay and to the shipwrecks and did not see much at all. A great place to buy souvenir t-shirts is at a dive shop across from Ports of Call at Grace Bay. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and met some very nice and interesting people while here. The house was wonderful! Thanks for everything!
Jell, Melinda, Caroline and Emily
Pfafftown, (Winston Salem), North Carolina
WOW...What a place you have here! We enjoyed the past 7 days here on the island but we mostly preferred to stay right here. The house, pool, and the beach were the best on the island. One always hears of Grace Bay being one of the best beaches in the world, but I think here, at Sapodilla Bay, is the best. When we did get away from Crystal Sands, we went to Tiki Hut, Bay Bistro, The Saltmills Café, Island Scoops, and Hey Jose’s. We liked the upbeat atmosphere at Hey Jose’s. The view from Bay Bistro was incredible...sun setting while we ate. We hope to return again so we can celebrate another anniversary, birthday, and the much needed time away from the kids. Thank you so much for the wonderful stay! We couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Matt and Janet, (Portland, Maine)
Celebrated our 10th Anniversary and Janet’s 36th birthday! Wow...What a great time! Now, back to work and the kids. (William 4 yrs and Lillian 16 mos).
We have had a lovely week here in the sun. We are two families with 4 children, 4 and under, and the split apartments worked perfectly for us. The beach was absolutely fabulous. We had many a good evening, once the children were tucked up in bed, up here on the balcony, eating, drinking and enjoying time with our friends. Thank you for making our stay so comfortable and happy.
Bev, Steve, Will (4) & Jack (2), Claire, Shawn, Chloe (2) & Kievan (7 mos), Sarasota, Florida, Surrey, UK
Hi! Can't believe I waited so long to write! We have been going everywhere in the Caribbean,including Provo, twice a year for the past 23 years and nothing compares to Crystal Sands. I don't know where to begin! The house,gorgeous. The beach,gorgeous. The grounds,gorgeous. The sunsets,gorgeous. Oh yeah, did I mention that everything was gorgeous!! We would love to come back next year,actually,next week!
Jane and Dave
What a beautiful place you have and thanks for sharing it with us! We went from one end of this island to the other and have to agree that you have the most fantastic location! We are out every ,night - Sharkbite’s, Baci, Calico Jacks, Hey Jose’s, etc. and enjoyed most places. Tiki Hut had great atmosphere and friendly service, but went to Sharkbite’s twice because of great food! Took ½ day snorkeling, iguana and beach tour with J&B tours - friendly people, had a great tiem and WOW at all the colorful fish we saw! Awesome! Again, thanks for your hospitality and we hope to visit again and rent the entire place with extended family!
Tracey, Gary & Jack Shields, , Terri & Taylor
P.S. Even snorkeled off Sapodilla Bay and saw ship wreck!
Just a sweet note to let you and future guests know how much we enjoyed our stay here at your Villa. We have been to lots of islands & villas, but must admit that your web site did not mislead...it is everything we could have hoped for. This has been a wonderful time to enjoy our children & grandkids in the 10 days here...always look forward to returning again...this is our description of R & R.
Ed & Karin & Family N.R.OH
We Owners who live on island, absolutely feel that our villa is quite lovely and very well maintained! We take pride in providing a truly luxurious villa in a perfect dreamy vacation spot! Right on the Beach!
But on this page are some of our guests' thoughts! They say a lot!
Fodor's reviewed Sapodilla Bay Beach as follows:
"The best of the many secluded beaches and pristine sands around Provo can be found at Sapodilla Bay, a peaceful ¼-mi ( 1/2-km) cove protected by Sapodilla Hill, where calm waves lap against the soft sand, and yachts and small boats move with the gentle tide."
We have a wonderfully spacious villa. The swimming pool is perfect for cooling off! The grounds are full of prolific, flowering plants. The hammocks, the chairs and the shady areas are ideal for relaxing! And the location is the best on the island.
The beach is quiet, calm and pristine. The sand is sugary white! And we are close to everything! Come visit Provo and stay with us! We would love to have you!