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vieuxStory & Photo by Anthony Taylor

“Thank you, we’ve had the most amazing holiday,”

writes one person. “The holiday of a lifetime,” writes another. “Our best holiday ever, we don’t want to go home,” writes a third. These are just a small sample of the quotes from the guest book at Villa Vieux Caribe, a five-bedroom villa overlooking Providenciales’ Taylor Bay and its 1/4 mile curve of white sand beach.

Available to rent from $5,400 to $7,200 per week, this magnificent villa on Ocean Point Drive off Chalk Sound Road has rapidly secured a loyal following of happy holiday-makers as a result of its location and beauty.

For those of you who haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the Islands, Chalk Sound is one of the most beautiful areas in Providenciales. A long sliver of land separates the ocean side from the sound with a narrow opening at the west end. This bottleneck has allowed Chalk Sound to slowly trap marine sediment in its shallow waters, giving it a stunningly incandescent blue-green glow. The ocean side, on which Vieux Caribe is located, encompasses two of the island’s most peaceful beaches–especially pleasant for young children–at Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay.

Vieux CaribeVieux Caribe’s three stories take full advantage of Ocean Point’s elevated position to provide a commanding view over Taylor Bay and the endless ocean horizon beyond. The house itself is equally as beautiful. Built only a few years ago by owner/developer Henry Moog and his wife Dinah, the house hides its size from the driveway approach. Mature landscaping to either side ushers guests to its Brazilian black walnut double-door entrance. Stepping across the threshold, the size of the building becomes apparent due to the high ceilings and spacious ground-level layout. Straight out in front, a blue-on-blue panorama is revealed, encompassing sky and the large swimming pool/patio, accessible through three glass-paneled double doors.

The main living area has been tastefully decorated and includes a large sofa and plenty of comfortable armchairs. Intricate metalwork adorns the main wall with a small writing bureau in the corner. Tucked away in a full-length cupboard is the house entertainment system including large-screen television, DVD player and CD stereo. Ceiling fans add to the cool breeze swirling in off the ocean, making it an ideal spot to kick back in the heat of the day, read a book, chat or watch a good movie. Central air conditioning is also available for those every-so-often “dog days.”

When it comes to meal time, preparing anything from a light snack to a three-course dinner is sure to be a pleasure in the beautifully finished and fully equipped kitchen. Dishwasher, trash-compactor, icemaker and a host of other labor-saving devices can be found, as well ample provisions of glass and dishware. There is even a substantial butcher’s block and large oval dining table. The ground floor is completed by a large bedroom with king-size bed and ensuite bathroom, which looks out on the swimming pool patio.

The pool area is sprawling, with the rectangular pool occupying the centre of the patio. As well as a wrought-iron table and chair set, there are ample sun-loungers for every guest, a small wet bar and even a gas BBQ. Lush greenery adorns the edges of the patio and provides good privacy. A small gate at the far end leads to a wooden boat dock and the shallow waters of Taylor Bay.

There’s nothing quite like hanging in a hammock, gently swinging to and fro, while a cooling breeze wafts over you. It’s all the better if that hammock is directly off your bedroom and is blessed with some of the most scenic vistas on the island. That is the case for guests who take the two bedrooms on the second floor which share a large common deck (where the hammocks hang) overlooking the rear of the house and pool. Each has a king-size bed and, as do all rooms, comes with plenty of cupboard and drawer space, televisions and tiled ensuite bathroom. Also on this level is a utility cupboard with washer and dryer. The top floor is home to the final two bedrooms, both with two queen beds, and there is a second utility room.

Vieux Caribe recalls the days of yore when leisure time was spent under slow-moving fans with palm fronds casting long shadows in the quiet afternoon. A paradise in paradise.

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