Caribbean-Style Villa on Taylor Bay- the Best of Two Worlds
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Taylor Bay house description
THE HOUSE and GROUNDS
Nestled in palm trees on a .75 acre lot on old beach- front, Etoile de Mer (Star of the Sea) offers the best of two worlds - island character, unlike any other villa on the island, with completely modern updates and upgrades, making it a perfect place to join family members or friends to create island memories. Light and spacious, this custom-designed villa is an oasis of privacy and beauty, offering Taylor Bay, private tennis courts, and lush gardens. People love Etoile so much, they come back year after year.
Lovingly cared for, the house has been completely upgraded since the owners purchased it in 2004 - interior and exterior painting, new roof, new hurricane shutters, reuphostering, new conch-shell countertops, Italian porcelain floors in kitchen and screened porch, new hardware, refinished wood floors, and a brand new kitchen with a pass through to the dining room.
A coral fern garden, irrigation of the many coconut trees and bougainvillea, and the addition of fruit trees - lime, guava, Barbados Cherry, and fig, all behind a seawall make Etoile de Mer feel like a Caribbean estate -and it is!
Justifiably, Etoile de Mer is known as one of the most beautiful and unique homes on the island.
The attention to detail and the ambiance of this island home make it feel like your home away from home rather than 'a rental.' Large enough for a group of eight with several gathering spots - the screened porch, the gazebo, the verandas and the living room and dining room - the layout of the house also offers privacy to couples and individuals.
Just 100 steps away, the gentle tides and fine white sands of Taylor Bay offer you an opportunity to wade or swim, snorkel, kayak, walk barefoot on the beach or sit in a beach chair for hours. Many well-traveled guests believe that Taylor Bay is the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean.
They float on rafts from one side of the bay to the other on the gentle tide with book, coffee, or wine in hand. The more adventuresome use the 4 kayaks provided at the house and explore the Caribbean at will. The energetic, swim the width of the bay daily.
Shallow waters for 100 feet offer a perfect environment for children to play in the water safely. Children happily fill buckets and make sand castles while their parents enjoy a well-earned vacation.
Want to play tennis? Next to Etoile de Mer are private, complimentary tennis courts completely renovated in June 2012.
In the evening, visit one of the excellent international restaurants just minutes away (Providenciales was recently selected as one of the top-ten island dining destinations in the world), grill your favorite foods on the five-burner grill on the pool deck, or cook in the airy and light fully-equipped kitchen. After dinner, stroll the beach, watch cable television on a flat-screen TV, sit on the deck and look at the stars, listen to music, play a game, or simply enjoy the sound of privacy, knowing that you have another beautiful day to awake to.
No Smoking, please. Children are welcome. Rental price includes airport greeting and a mid-week cleaning. FREE HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET. Note that dates marked on the Availability Calendar represent NIGHTS that are not available.
- 3000 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Air Conditioning:
- Living Room seats 8:
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Washing Machine
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Lawn / Garden:
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Porch / Veranda:
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Freshwater Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Gambling Casinos
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Duty Free Shops
- Massage Therapist
- Horseback Riding
- Whale Watching
- Miniature Golf
ReviewsWrite a review
The house was even lovelier than expected. Not a pool person, but we did enjoy the pool in its garden setting with the gazebo. The bay beach is gorgeous, though a little shallow for swimming (and not completely private, like the villa we rented last year). We stayed two weeks, cooked home almost every night. A really nice dining area off the kitchen that's comfortable for 8, beautiful communal areas indoors and out and private bedrooms. A great location and a wonderful house.
- Guest Turks Fan
- Date of stay 02/15/14
- Review Submitted 03/09/14
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+.
Manager response: Just to explain: All beaches in the Caribbean are public. Number of people on the beach depends on the visitors on island. Taylor Bay is always much less crowded than Grace Bay. Depth of water depends on the tide. We walk out 100 yards, at any tide, and swim the width of the bay back and forth for exercise. Shallow water in the first 100 yards is perfect for lying on a raft and floating.
Fabulous VacationGuest comment entered by manager
We had an absolutely fabulous vacation and Etoile de Mer is a beautiful property. What a wonderful home you have and so close to Taylor Bay that you can walk the beach or kayak at any time. We had several sunset paddles and the conditions were perfect. You can see the care and attention to detail all around Etoile. The entire experience was outstanding. We remember fondly the birds, frogs, geckos and butterflies all around. Thanks for all of the information to help make our vacation a success and for loaning us a piece of your paradise.
- Guest Bruce (email to owner)
- Date of stay 11/24/13
- Review Submitted 12/17/13
Family Anniversary Travelers Celebrating 21 Years Together
Family Anniversary Travelers Celebrating 21 Years Together
As a richly blessed blended family of two parents and six young adults, we search each year for an unexperienced destination for us to cloister away with one another, enjoy the ocean, ponder life's challenges, create some music, and explore some unknown terrain together. Etoile de Mer provided the perfect location for a relaxed celebration of the blessings of life. The people of the islands were very friendly and welcoming, seeming to love sharing their home with visitors. But most welcoming was this home itself! The architecture invites the full island experience with jalousie doors and windows throughout, allowing the Caribbean breeze to invigorate the whole house. During the days, it is possible to throw open the kitchen bar windows and literally bring the outside inside and the inside outside. Bar stools placed outside the window allows food preparation to be taking place in the kitchen while being included in the outside activities. The house was well stocked with kitchen wares while providing amply room to store purchased food for your cooking preparations. The home was impecably clean with nice linens and towels for home and beach use. The nearby beach is one of the finest we have ever experienced and offers beautiful sunset views. It was not unusual for our family to be the only people on the beach, feeding our fantasy of owning our own island! The pool and cabana was fabulous and utilized throughout the day and into the wee hours of the morning. The local managment personnel were very helpful with suggestions and were always ready to respond to any need or inquiry we might have, making our stay simplified. We highly recommend this West Indies home to others and we feel so blessed to have created such lasting memories on these beautiful islands. Thanks for opening your sacred space to those of us who find our way there! Grateful Family from Texas, Oklahoma, and California celebrating 21 years together
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 09/05/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, adventure seekers.
Special Treasure on T&C
Special Treasure on T&C
We stayed at Etoile de Mer for a week in April with our 3 young kids, ages 8, 6, 3. We had such a lovely vacation. Etoile de Mer is a wonderful home approx. 100 yards from the beach, a 2 min walk to the most beautiful beach on Turks and Caicos. From the upstairs bedroom and top balcony, you are able to see the bright blue water. The owner Margaret was great to work with, she was very helpful, easy to communicate with and provided a lot of great information prior to arrival. Once we arrived Dinesh the property manager met us at our rental car company. She escorted us to our house and gave as a full tour and information briefing, which was SO helpful. She provided us with all of her contacts to call if needed ANYTIME. We only called one time with a minor pool issue that she took care of within 1 hour. Dinesh also arrange to have a cleaning person come mid week to change sheets, and clean the house, which was nice. Dinesh even made sure we had a few cold beers in the fridge (since we came on a Sunday=no alcohol sold at the stores on sundays). THe home is fully stocked with everything you would ever need-towels, kitchen supplies, beach toys, kayaks, pool toys, beach chairs, nice grill, etc.... We hung out at the pool a lot after we all got burnt the first day.... The girls had a blast in the pool, kayaks, hammock, and loved sharing the top floor master bedroom..... The house does not have air conditioning in the main house (only in Master bedroom and basement apartment) but it is completely open for cross ventilation ocean breezes. We never once felt like we needed or wanted the air conditioning on. The neighborhood is quiet and off the main drags (which we like). Takes about 10-15 mins to the main shopping, busier areas of grace bay. If your looking for a lovely home, on a quiet beautiful beach with a pool then this house is perfect. It is a great house for families with young kids. I would highly recommend Etoile de Mer. Hope to return soon!
- Guest Raern (United States)
- Date of stay 04/07/13
- Review Submitted 04/23/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Great Time at Etoile!
Great Time at Etoile!
We stayed at Etoile last January for a week and had a FANTASTIC time. Our daily, or twice daily, visits to Taylor Bay were a real highlight. The walk takes about a minute and the bay is great for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. They even have a nice assortment of kayaks you can easily bring along. The house is amazing. It doesn't feel at all like a rental property. We could easily imagine staying there with three other couples without getting in each others way. It is really spacious, comfortable and well appointed. The newly renovated kitchen is excellent if you want to cook your own meals or just make a quick breakfast before heading out for fun. The kitchen counters are an amazing composite made out of seashells. We've never seen anything like it and it is so Caribbean. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and lush, providing much privacy. The gazebo and pool are very conveniently located near the veranda and a wonderful place to spend a quiet afternoon relaxing. We like to play tennis and run, and you can easily do both of those at Etoile. The courts are very nearby and in excellent condition. The local roads are good for a morning run. When you want to get out and explore, there are surprisingly excellent restaurants. We've never eaten so well on a vacation. And there are great beaches on every side of the island. Overall, you can't go wrong with a vacation at Etoile. We look forward to staying there again!
- Guest Paul (Colorado)
- Date of stay 01/09/13
- Review Submitted 03/23/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+.
This spacious villa is everything we expected and much more! It is located within steps of one of the most beautiful and serene beaches on the island. Three generations of our family stayed in this spotless home and were able to enjoy each others company and still have our private space. The owner's management company could not have been more helpful. Without a doubt I am recommending Etoile de Mer and hope to return next year! We went to Las Brisas a nearby Cuban restaurant located on beautiful Chalk Sound for a special New Years Eve dinner. Taylor Bay which is also known as Sunset Bay has a special place in my memory...my son proposed to his girlfriend at sunset. This house is not to be missed!
- Guest Susieq (Wilton, CT)
- Date of stay 12/28/12
- Review Submitted 01/11/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, age 55+.
Perfect for young children
Perfect for young children
Taylor Bay is perfect for children and toddlers (a football field of knee-deep water). Etoile de Mer is the best choice on Taylor Bay. We used the kayaks everyday. Everyone else on the beach wanted to borrow them. The other villas were either too much of a hike to bring a kayak, or their villas didn't offer them. The gazebo and pool were great for times away from the beach. The house is very well-appointed. We were two families of 4 (2 toddlers, 2 babies). The house worked great for that size group. We've been all over the Caribbean, and I have not seen a better spot for toddlers, although every age would enjoy it.
- Guest c (Philadelphia, PA)
- Date of stay 12/08/12
- Review Submitted 12/17/12
Recommended for: Families with young children.
Thanks again Margaret, your house is beautiful, wonderfully comfortable and very well equipped. (my only confusion was the many varied blender parts with very few matching:) luckily we did find one base, container and top that matched! for the obligatory frozen drinks!) The Island breezes through the house were amazing, despite the sunny summer temps we never felt hot. Collectively we have all spent a lot of time in South Carolina (our summer vacation spot of choice for over 30 years) I think our group can all agree that Taylor Bay and your home made summers in South Carolina a distant memory. We cannot wait to come back, and are already making plans to do so. Thanks again -The Brocks and Egans
- Guest alex (State College PA)
- Date of stay 06/30/12
- Review Submitted 07/21/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+.
We Liked It!Guest comment entered by manager
We Liked It!
(Written in Guest Book) I like the Star of the Sea house very much and the pool! (Original art work included with comment!) Missy - 10 years old Ella - 7 years old Sander - 3 years old
- Guest Missy
- Date of stay 04/01/12
- Review Submitted 05/30/12
We all Loved It!Guest comment entered by manager
We all Loved It!
(Written in Guest Book) As soonn as we got to the house, we loved it! It is a beautiful home that was perfect for our family. We will miss it greatly and are sad to be leaving. I love this house. It felt like a home during our trip. Emma When I went online and found this house, I loved it. We had so many amazing memories here that it makes me want to come back every year. I love your beautiful home. Thank you for renting it to our family. Grace Thank you for opening your beautiful home up to our family. Many wonderful memories were made and will be thought of often! Robin
- Guest Emma, Grace, Robin
- Date of stay 04/07/12
- Review Submitted 05/30/12
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|Christmas & New Year
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
7 night min stay
Jan 3 - May 2, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
May 3 - Dec 18, 2015
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Weekly rates listed are for up to 6 people. High season rate for 8 people is $5500. Low season rate for 8 people is $4400.
Christmas Week and New Years week are $8,000/week for up 8 people.
Extra nights can be added before Christmas at low season rate and after New Years at high season rate.
50% of rental rate is due at booking to hold the dates. The second 50% and the tax are due 90 days before arrival.
- Tax Rate 12%
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Year Purchased: 2004
About: Dave and I first visited Provo from Colorado with friends in 2004. Completely enamored with Taylor Bay, we joined with a real estate agent and found Etoile de Mer, returning home a little in shock that we had bought a house and had never even considered owning a home in the Caribbean! That's what Taylor Bay can do to you!! Since then, our entire family has had a love affair with the house, Taylor Bay, and Provo. Our daughter, Megan, got married at Grace Bay in October 2005. She and our other two children, Aaron and Brianna, return annually with friends. Our first grandchild, Cooper, was christened on Taylor Bay in November 2008 and our second grandson, Jack, was christened on the beach in November 2012. Dave and I go to the house every fall and spring to make sure everything is in good shape and we spend at least two weeks at the house every January. We have developed friendships with islanders and feel like we have a second life in the Caribbean. We try to keep the rental rate reasonable because we feel blessed to own such a beautiful home and want to share it with others, which is why Etoile de Mer never feels like a rental. Dave is an architect and we are always doing things to upgrade the house and keep it in prime condition.
Why Taylor Bay:
Etoile de Mer has the best of all choices - it rests on old beach front so it's just 100 yards from Taylor Bay beach but it has lush vegetation and privacy that wouldn't be possible if it were just 40 yards closer. Staying at Etoile feels like you're staying at a private luxury resort with the beach, tennis courts, kayaks, and the fresh water pool.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our family loves to gather at the house and create memories. The architecture of the house gives us a true Caribbean experience. We sit under the gazebo and laugh. We walk on the beach every morning to greet the day. We float across the bay in rafts. Our grandson plays at will and safely in the clear crystalline waters of Taylor Bay. In the evenings, we gaze at stars from the pool deck.
- Primary: (303) 663-5966 (Colorado, USA)
- Fax: +1 303-663-5965
Etoile de Mer, an authentic Caribbean home
Pool completely renovated in November 2012.
Everyone's favorite hang out place
The screened porch reflects the Caribbean in its bright, clean colors.
Kitchen with conch shell countertops, window to pool deck (on right).
Dining room with full view of coconut palms
One of two main floor bedrooms with view to veranda and gardens.
View into bedroom from veranda
Apartment living room
View to Bay from Etoile, private tennis courts
Photo taken on a morning walk on Taylor Bay.
Main Floor Interior floor plan and exterior pool deck, gazebo and pool.
Street side of Etoile with tile mosaic
The elements of a Caribbean experience - bright colors, clear water, relaxation
Beauty in every corner
Looking from screened porch into kitchen with pool deck on right
Late afternoon sun comes through the coconut palms into the living room.
Wide view of master with sunlight from deck on the right.
One of two main floor bedrooms, each with a private veranda overlooking gardens
One of two main-floor bathrooms with conch-shell countertop, this one in purple.
Apartment bedroom with King bed and Tommy Bahama furniture
The powder white sands of Taylor Bay
The end of another beautiful day on Taylor Bay
Private tennis courts resurfaced in July 2012.
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