La Vista Azul is a beautiful, comfortable, well-located condo hotel for the traveler who wants the comforts and privacy of home but the amenities of a Caribbean vacation. In addition to these positive attributes, it is a bargain compared to pretty much all of the other hotels on the island, and it is unmatched in terms of hotels with the same amenities that it offers.
La Vista Azul's rooms are spacious (smallest room is 500 square feet with a balcony offering an additional 200 square feet). The rooms have very reliable wifi access, brand new structures (large shower, marble countertops, new furniture. The bed is comfortable, and each room has its own thermostat. Each room also has a large (42-inch) flatscreen television set with satellite programming that includes all of the news stations (whether you're a Fox News or an MSNBC or a CNN) and HBO.
Each studio unit has a sitting area, a sleeping area, and a full kitchen (with bar-style seating), and though the cooking equipment isn't "gourmet," it's perfectly adequate for simple dishes and reheating leftovers. Guests receive one free bottle of water upon arrival. The cleaning and maintenance staff are awesome - everything is clean and maintained very well, yet no one bothers you early in the morning.
The main office is open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and the office has goodies like donuts, bagels, and pastries. There are also guides and brochures for activities you can do on the island. The other amenities the hotel offers are two pools and two hot tubs located on the top floor of buildings 4 and 5. The pool decks have a gorgeous view of Grace Bay. The hotel also has a small convenience store, a salon, a spa, a sales office, a gym, and some office space. I'm also aware that you can rent a car from the hotel, but we didn't exercise this option.
There is NO restaurant, NO room service, and NO "hotel activities." That's not why you stay at La Vista Azul. You stay here because you want luxurious rooms and privacy. Period. For that purpose, La Vista Azul is awesome.
The La Vista Azul has a great location in Turtle Cove, just west of Grace Bay - it is located about a five-minute walk from the beach (though the hotel rooms on the upper floors provide a great view of the beach from the balcony of your room). The part of Grace Bay where the hotel sits is the best off-the-beach snorkeling spot on the island. The hotel is also located within walking distance (10 minutes) of about 5 restaurants and bars and a marina. If you have a car, you're in about the most centrally located spot of the island's best attractions. You're a 5-minute drive from the IGA (supermarket) and all that is available on Grace Bay.
Providenciales itself is relatively safe and clean island compared to other places in the Caribbean. That being said, there is less nightlife, and I think the two of these characteristics are linked (less gambling and drinking = less crime). There are plenty of beaches with gentle to no surf to take little ones, and plenty of beaches with wind for kite boarding and wind surfing. Conch-finding is a popular activity. This is the only place where it's legal to take them home!
It seems that the people who reviewed this hotel and/or this island with less than four or five stars are sadly from a population of people who have gotten used to the Caribbean meaning "all-inclusive resort" (which also means noise, pollution, and destruction of the island's infrastructure and environment for its own citizens). These people are urged to do research on the place they're visiting before traveling. Providenciales is relatively unspoiled compared to other islands and hopefully, it can remain that way.
That being said, I have a few messages to people who gave this hotel mediocre to poor reviews:
If it is "an absolute must" to have french fries delivered to your three-year old without having to leave the beach, then either stay at Beaches or go back to Cancun. You didn't give La Vista Azul a bad review because of the quality of the hotel, you gave it this review because you failed to do your research on the type of hotel where you wanted to stay. For those who complained that there is nothing in the area, then learn to drive on the left and rent a car. For those who complained that the island itself is overpriced, I challenge you to find an island that has to ship in all of its supplies yet has prices as low as you'll find in the USA, but still maintains low crime and basic infrastructure.
Hopefully, you'll visit this hotel, and this island before it is taken over by families with three-year olds demanding french fries on the beach. Sadly, in recent years, this type of population has increased. While plenty of good families with good kids visit this place, the ease of getting here has improved in the past three years, which has increased the clientele of the swine variety. Hopefully, they won't ruin La Vista Azul.
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