If the pandemic has shown us anything in recent months, it’s the value we all place on new experiences and connections, not just online, have never been higher. With that in mind it’s no surprise to see the demand on the rise within the creative travel sector, especially to 5-star locations like the Caribbean. Artists and attendees alike are eager for a sunny change of scenery and with permits being granted for filming and performing, those who can travel, are flocking to the Tropics.
With much of the usual celebrity haunts being inaccessible during the pandemic, those with the means have sought out new locales that can cater to their needs. Islands like Providenciales have reaped the rewards as of late by attracting groups who fly private, expect a first-class service and offer facilities to keep those within their “bubble” safe.
One such locale which has been booked almost back-to-back this past year has been Paradiso Del Mar, dubbed ‘PM’ by past guests, in the exclusive neighbourhood of Turtle Tail. There are luxury villas, and then there’s Paradiso Del Mar in Turks & Caicos.
This newly built villa boasts over 30,000 sq ft of incredible indoor/outdoor living space, 1st-floor accessibility and a private beach on the south shore that has to be seen for yourself to fully appreciate. With 10 bedrooms (including staff or pilot quarters) and 12 bathrooms, it can comfortably accommodate large groups + an entourage if need be. Often the draw of top resorts is the amenities outside your room, but at PM you get the best of both worlds with 5-star accommodation, fibre-optic internet and Wi-Fi, on property JetSki Rental, paddleboards, kayaking, in-room or beachfront masseuse spa service, live entertainment, DJ services, multiple dining bar areas with breathtaking views around the property, endless activities, security, and privacy away from the crowds.
The villa’s guest list is as closely guarded as the grounds, but with some of the top athletes, actors, musicians and models becoming PM regulars one quick look on Instagram will highlight some of their latest guests. Naturally, people want to take advantage of their time on island and for that, the team at PM are able to organize your own private chefs, butlers, concierge, DJs, jet skis, fishing trips, yoga instructors, personal trainers, on-site spa service, even a cocktail making class if you need to brush up on your margarita mix. Guests have raved about the pool at PM, a facility designed to please every guest’s desire. When entering the pool, you will notice a slow shallow progression downwards as you walk past the massive kids’ splash pad, stepping down to a 3.5ft wading area where parents may enjoy cold beverages of their choice by the in-pool bar located a two-step distance away from their children. As you walk past the pool bar you will take one additional step down to a 4ft massive wading area and notice additional seating for multiple guests by the wrap-around pool bar while looking out towards the infinity-edge pool overlooking the world-famous turquoise waters of TCI. As you proceed towards the infinity-edge you will notice a drop-off, allowing more sport-minded guests to use the 65ft lap pool as a daily workout, burning off the delicious meal prepared by the villa chef the night before. Finally, on either side of the pool sun-seekers will be happy to soak up the rays on 2 separate in-pool ankle dipping sun loungers. The most incredible part of this pool creation is having your entire group together in one location on the property that offers something for everyone as they interact with each other, making the pool at PM a guest’s favourite gathering location. For the fortunate few who are able to experience this level of service and caliber of property, it’s tough to even compare the villa to anything else, it’s in a league all its own.
A spokesperson for the villa said, “We offer a 5-star service that includes staff and round-the-clock customer service, so we were very used to going the extra mile for our guests. We’ve attracted some big names since we officially opened our doors in August 2021.”
“We truly believe that providing our guests with a safe and exclusive experience has helped us overcome many of the challenges COVID-19 brought. Our guests have access to their own private beach and accommodations including a top-tier on-site chef and a restaurant-like feel experience in their backyard giving them a place to enjoy without any fear or stress.”
The villa management team are proud to offer on-site rapid Covid testing for guests that require a negative test when leaving the island. Clients are able to have their tests poolside before being chauffeured to the airport to make the traveling experience as convenient as possible.
They added: “With the relaxing of restrictions, the islands have begun experiencing a sharp incline in visitors which is having a positive impact not just on us but the industry as a whole. Plus many of the festivals restarting we expect to surpass our previous expectations and expand our offering to include new rentals also.”
Public health conditions across the region have allowed a return of cruise ship visits and official countdowns across several islands to their location-specific carnival.
However, most will be smaller versions juxtaposed to the massive events of the past with governments aiming to use the festivities to increase vaccination rates, with a thought to potentially scale up carnivals further.
With this year set to be a pioneering season post-pandemic, it seems likely the demand for 5-star villa properties like Paradiso Del Mar on the island of Providenciales, located in the sun-kissed Turks and Caicos Islands, continue to rise as select individuals seek out safe destinations with personalized services throughout the villa property offering guest a similar hotel feel that caters to only their needs for their next vacation getaway.