Guest Book for Harbour Club Villas & Marina Turks and Caicos
Kyle and Yvone Wehmueller
Harbour Club Villas and Marina are not amongst the ?famous and popular? resorts of Grace Bay. Here, you are in a place of total relaxation, peace and tranquility. And, if you are like us, this is why you?re here. You are surrounded by beautiful gardens, a pool complete with its own tiki hut, a private veranda and your own villa. Who could ask for more? This is a private, quiet place to unwind. A place to experience things not offered at home. But yet, there is more. You have, literally, at your beck and call, two of the kindest individuals to ever run a resort. Not pretentious nor stuffy, Barry and Marta immediately made us feel welcome. Honestly, if you need them to bend over backward, they?d probably give it a try. From the fresh flowers on the table every day to the knowledge of the island, these two left a lasting impression. We met two new friends. They invited us into their home and made us feel like family. A rarity in life. The diving is the reason we came. The Turks and Caicos consistently rank high on the list of world class dive destinations. We now know why. This was our first time here and hopefully won?t be our last. On our hosts? recommendation, we went with Flamingo Divers. (to Marta: ?Thank you, thank you, thank you!!?) Have you ever been on dive boats with what seems like a hundred people? You are one of the crowd, just another dollar? Flamingo Divers might not have the newest, shiniest boats, but they offer so much more. Lynn, Wayne and Carol have enough knowledge of diving and the surrounding waters, they could make their own documentary. In fact, their pictures and writing have been published. That alone should speak volumes about their credibility. They offer a personalized service with safety at the top of the list. Their genuine care for the underwater environment is evident. The type of divers who maximize your experience while making certain you are truly cared for. When choosing a site, they consider all factors?..visibility, current, winds, skill level and most of all crowds or lack thereof rather. We were never pressured. We were able to go at our own pace and our numerous questions were always answered with patience. Plus, they did everything but breathe for us! Very accommodating. And the reef life was spectacular, the walls beautiful. We saw everything from flying gunnards to several reef sharks! Eagle rays, turtles, jacks, spades, grouper ?.all in abundance. So many dives you ?might-maybe-sort of? catch a glimpse of a larger animal. Here, they are common. All this in only 6 dives. Were we just lucky? Who knows? Four dives off West Caicos and two off French Cay and ALL were outstanding. And the fish seem less shy. Maybe just the imagination, but after floating perfectly still for several seconds, even the most timid of creatures, a turtle, decided to investigate? up close and personal Truly humbling. But, dear reader, if you?ve suffered through these ramblings, you know you won?t need to take our word for it. By now, you?ve realized you?ve stumbled upon a bit of heaven. Enjoy! Our sincerest thanks to Barry and Marta. Your generosity and kindness set the bar. We have never met resort managers as nice as you. All others will be judged by the standard you set. Exceptional! And to Lynn, Wayne and Carol at Flamingo??no money on earth could compensate you for the genuine care we (especially Yvonne, the pest) received. And the dive experience was, truly, once in a lifetime. Our memories of you and the diving will last forever! Thank you!
Paul , Janet, Anika and Solomon Kieler
This is our first trip to the Turks and Caicos. We have enjoyed it very much. Paul and I did three days of diving with Flamingo?.what a great staff. We definitely appreciated the small group atmosphere and experience offered by Flamingo plus a willingness to show us some of the best diving in the area. A special thanks to Marta for arranging the babysitting and to Victoria who helped with the kids. A highlight was Taylor Bay beach. The shallow water, lack of crowds and beautiful sunset were wonderful. We very much enjoyed Harbour Club Villas?the villa has been great, we enjoyed the pool, BBQ grill, birds and Marina. Thanks for having my family here. After a long research showing us limited family accommodations here on Provo (except all-inclusive-eat-our-food-onlys)we were thrilled to find such a nice villa for us to stay at. Once we were here, it has only gotten better. Our children, Anika 2 ½ and Solomon 9 months, have had a blast and the not-so-young kids (us)?have enjoyed all of it. Thanks to Barry and Marta at Harbour Club, Lynn and Wayne at Flamingo. Our rental car has taken us from shore to shore, beach to beach and bumpy road to bumpy road. We loved our stay and even the rains! Thanks for sharing your Provo island and reefs with us. We would love to come and visit again. The grounds and villas are lovely?you?ve done great work here. We really put some mileage on your barbecue?.snapper/ribs/chicken/veggies?.what a plus for the Rocky Mountain folks?next time grouper/sea bass etc.
Tanya and Martin Douglas
Thanks for the wonderful lodging and hospitality. This vacation couldn?t have been any better for the very short 7 days we were here. Diving with Flamingo Divers was top notch. We really enjoyed the convenience of walking to the dive boat from our villa. Tanya and I hadn?t been diving for about 6 months so it was a real pleasure having such a patient crew take care of us. Wayne, Lynn and Carol couldn?t have been any nicer! Kayaking out of the channel to Cooper Jack beach worked out great for both of us because I was able to drift-fish out of the kayak while Tanya worked on her tan on the beach. Fishing could have been better but I realized a few days into vacation that fly fishing on Flamingo Lake is the way to go, unless bottom fishing on the offshore reefs. On our last day, we finally got up the nerve to go driving. Our day included conch farm tour, Bugaloo?s for lunch and snorkeling at Coral Gardens where we were lucky enough to see 3 turtles which was a treat because we didn?t see any while diving. My only regret was not going windsurfing. Oh well, maybe next time!
Turks has a great deal to explore along with some terrific secluded ocean beaches....the owners were very gratuitious and are located away from all the typical "see the sand" only hotels...the Villa's are very lovely,.spacious, new..and extemely clean.....if you wish to find comfort, privacy and a chance to know some of the locals...this is the place to stay.....after exploring the entire island and daily walks upon Grace Bay I would absolutely stay here again when I return to Provo.....fished for Bone's daily and saw many at Turtle lake but also drove to a new location each morning to explore and found it truly relaxing....however I?ve learned with Bone fishing....its a lot easier to see them than hook em......but when you do...you'll enjoy the experience....
Brian and Michele Pabich
We enjoyed our seven nights here tremendously! The villas were wonderful. We felt very comfortable here and loved the accommodations. We are already talking about coming back again soon! We pretty much did scuba diving this whole trip. Marta was such a gem? she helped set up the dives and got us hooked up. We dove with Flamingo Divers. They were very professional and very personable and nice. We found them to be very helpful and informative. The walls are spectacular. We drove around the island and mostly ate at the villas but tried Tiki Hut, Hemmingways and Magnolia?s. All had great food and atmosphere. Marta and Barry made us feel at home the minute we got here. They were excellent hosts. They had nice ideas and were very informative. Marta had all the special touches. Everyday we came back, we had subtle, beautiful touches like fresh new flowers in the conch shell and in the martini glass! Anyone who asks about ?TCI? will be sent to Harbour Club from us! One of our most enjoyable dive trips. PS. Marta has some excellent fish and coral books to borrow. We had dolphins follow the boat one day and we saw whales!
Matt and Karen White
We arrived at Harbour Club Villas after leaving behind about 3 foot of snow back in Connecticut. The sun has been out ever since! Barry and Marta have been wonderful to us. We have enjoyed our stay here very much and look forward to returning next year. I have fished almost every morning or afternoon down in Turtle Lake. I have seen bonefish every day but unfortunately not hooked up with any "yet?? I saw about 50 to 60 bones tailing along the mangroves the other morning. What an impressive sight to see. Two beautiful flamingos were there as well. We have enjoyed kayaking in the canals, watching the sunset out at the point and grilling up fresh fish and steaks by the pool at night. Thanks again Barry and Marta for making our vacation one we will never forget
Tonya and Brian Stone
Our lodging at Harbour Club Villas was excellent. It was nice this trip to be away from the hustle and bustle of Grace Bay. The villas are a great place to relax and get away from it all. Barry and Marta are both very gracious hosts. Between the use of the phone to arrange taxis to baking a pizza for us, what more could a guest ask for? The villas are very clean and comfortable. The flowers and landscaping are very nicely kept. And did I mention bonefishing? Where else can you go and catch bonefish practically outside your villas front door. If the weather had been better, I would have like to explore more of the area, especially with the sea kayaks. Lots and lots of opportunities to catch lots of different types of fish. We hope to return in the near future. I would definitely recommend Harbour Club Villas to our friends. Tonya and Brian Stone, Seattle, April 2004
Fred and JungWha Brindle
This undeveloped island with its pastel blues and emerald colours is a work of art. One stunning vista follows another and we are caressed by the warm breezes. Our internal clocks started keeping slower time as we enjoyed the unrushed pace and the beauty. Our hosts, Barry and Marta were wonderful. Their gracious manner made us feel at home immediately and my wife and I have nothing but praise for them. Thank you so much for your hospitality and consideration for every little detail during our stay.