Tim Cotroneo - Freelance Writer

Villa Profiles

By Tim Cotroneo

The one-of-a-kind bedroom in the Villa Balinese.

You've dreamed about the ultimate Caribbean beach vacation. You keep hearing that there is something special about staying in a private villa. Once you've experienced a villa in the spectacular Turks and Caicos Islands, you won't have it any other way.

Providenciales, the most inhabited of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is located less than a two-hour flight from Miami and just 35 miles south of the Bahamas. Providenciales is home to Grace Bay Beach, a 12-mile stretch that Conde Nast Traveler, Caribbean Life & Travel, and Trip Advisor all call the most beautiful beach in the world.

Getting to Providenciales (PLS) is convenient with American, Delta, US Airways, United, JetBlue, Continental, Air Canada, and British Airways all offering daily flights.

Spectacular Villa Choices
LaCure Villas is one of several companies providing spectacular Providenciales villa choices to fit most every need. Below you'll find LaCure villa options offering anywhere from three to seven bedrooms. Each villa delivers gorgeous views and a wide array of amenities.

Villa Osprey 

The three-bedroom Villa Osprey
is located in the Taylor Bay area of Providenciales and features 270-degree ocean views. Dining al-fresco is something to savor on this breathtaking property perched high above the Caribbean Sea.





Villa Balinese

The three-bedroom Villa Balinese is known for its glass-walled bedroom with a dramatic ocean view. This is architecture that would make James Bond swoon. The villa combines Caribbean and Balinese interiors. The exterior features a cascading waterfall.





                                                                                                                   Long Bay House

The six-bedroom Long Bay House sits on two private acres with uninterrupted views of the Caribbean Sea. The villa includes indoor and outdoor dining and living areas, as well as numerous terraces.






The five-bedroom Bajacu is majestically positioned on a hilltop with gorgeous panoramic views.  The villa is mere steps from the beach and ocean below. The villa features two wrap-around infinity pools. Indoors you'll find African, Chinese, and Indonesian original works of art under a high thatched ceiling.





                                                                                                                   Villa Shambhala

Situated on the oh-so exclusive Long Bay Beach, privacy reigns supreme at Villa Shambhala . Five bedrooms are housed in four separate pods connected by open-air Travertine galleries.





Villa at the End of the Rainbow

A rainbow of restaurant options, as well as golf, diving, snorkeling, and of course, beach-walking, await vacationers in Providenciales. Make your next escape a Turks and Caicos villa vacation. Once you go villa, you won't have it any other way.

www.timcotroneo.com is a freelance writer specializing in Caribbean travel, business, and golf.

Renting a Villa for Your Family Vacation
St. Martin or Cabo San Lucas
By Tim Cotroneo

Your next vacation is all about family. This is an opportunity to bring three generations together for an unforgettable escape. What is the solution for this mother of all vacations? Have you considered renting a villa?

Tops on your priority list is a villa destination offering something for everyone. The Caribbean's St. Martin or Mexico's Cabo San Lucas are villa destinations that consistently deliver extraordinary results.

St. Martin and Cabo are so different, yet so similar. Both destinations are easily accessible by air. Both offer a bounty of restaurant choices for foodies. Both are beach paradises. So which villa destination is right for your family?

St. Martin Villas
St. Martin is an island beauty offering two distinct cultures on one unique island. St. Martin/ St. Maarten is home to a French side and a Dutch side.

The French side of the island is known for its gastronomic delights. Nearly every ethnic restaurant known to mankind can be found on St. Martin's Grand Case. If you prefer preparing your own meals, check out St. Martin's Marigot Market. It's a great site for handpicking ingredients, as well as viewing the wares of local artists.

If that's not enough, St. Martin is renown as a sailors' paradise. Island hopping from St. Martin is a breeze with St. Bart's, Anguilla, and Saba just a short trip by boat.

The Dutch side of the island is where shopping reigns supreme. The St. Maarten side features the city of Philipsburg, one of the Caribbean's duty-free capitols. Philipsburg is a draw for cruise ship passengers seeking a wealth of shopping treasures.

Beach goers will love that more than half of the island's 37 beaches are located in St. Maarten, including one right next to their airport (SXM.) After dark, the Dutch side comes alive with a plethora of nightlife venues and casinos.

Cabo San Lucas Villas
Located two and a half hours from Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas is a western Mexico gem. Beautiful beaches, nightlife, fishing, and golf are as plentiful as the villa options you'll find in Cabo. Decide what's important to your family and you'll find a Cabo villa sure to reward.

Beach lovers - Medano Beach combines pristine shades of blue and raw ocean power. If awakening to a beautiful sunrise and falling asleep to ocean waves is a must, then a villa on Medano Beach is a slice of heaven.  


Nightlife and restaurants Even the most private villa renter occasionally yearns for a night on the town. Downtown Cabo and its neighboring marina are the ultimate blend of convenience and choice. From old-world Mexican charm to ultra-modern gourmet fare, Cabo aims to please the pickiest villa guest.

Golf - Nicklaus, Fazio, Dye, and Trent-Jones are just a few of the course headliners awaiting the family who loves to golf. Many of Cabo's courses feature ocean views. Bargain hunters will discover that golf discounts are possible, depending upon your villa package.

St. Martin or Cabo San Lucas - A Can't Lose Decision
Perhaps your family desires the culinary, nightlife and sailing advantages that make St. Martin a tremendous villa destination choice. Then again, Cabo's breathtaking oceanfront and multitude of outdoor activities make it a villa destination that is hard to ignore.

Either way, St. Martin or Cabo San Lucas present scores of villa choices for an unforgettable family escape. It's up to you. St. Martin or Cabo is a win-win proposition when it comes to choosing a villa dream vacation.