WIMCO on Wednesday announced its top ten new villas for the upcoming season featuring picks from Turks & Caicos among other islands in the Caribbean.
With travelers seeking new ways to vacation safely in the coronavirus era, private villa rentals have emerged as one of the most requested options.
As a leader in the luxury villa rental space, WIMCO Villas is continuously reviewing new properties around the world, and adding those that meet their high standards for quality and location.
Beachfront properties continue to be the most requested feature WIMCO sees. Whether a two bedroom villas on Flamands beach in St. Barths, or a grand estate on Grace Bay beach in Turks & Caicos, demand for ocean-front rental properties continues to rise. “In the past six months, we’ve collectively all been inside our homes for longer than ever before,” said WIMCO’s president, Stiles Bennet. “When clients consider traveling, they’re now seeking an element that they can’t find in their own backyard, and a beachfront villa fits that need.”
Ranking number 1 is Villa Turtle Tail estate, a sprawling five-bedroom in Turks & Caicos, sitting on the south coast of Providenciales, with its own private beach. Guests can spend the day snorkeling and paddle-boarding at their villa’s doorstep.
Desire for a Full Service Experience
In addition to beachfront properties, requests for fully-staffed and even all-inclusive rental homes continue to increase. WIMCO offers a robust selection of fully-staffed houses, with private chef and house hold staff at the guests’ disposal.
Villa Prudence Bay in Barbados includes these amenities, with chefs tailoring their menus to guests individual wishes. Fully-staffed houses can be found on nearly every island in WIMCO’s portfolio, including Mustique, Turks & Caicos, Anguilla, the Dominican Republic and more.
Growth in Demand for Extended Stays
What’s also new in 2020 is the duration guests are requesting. “Prior to COVID, we fielded lots of requests for 4-7 night trips,” adds Bennet. “People were traveling with more frequency, but for fewer nights except for the holidays. Now, we’re seeing the two-week vacation regain its popularity, as well a high demand for longer stays, often totaling six weeks or more.”
Navigating Testing Requirements for Safe Travel
Most islands in the Caribbean require proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test for entry and require that the traveler be tested no more than 3-5 days prior to arrival. Not only does this help ensure the safety of the local population, but it also protects everyone transiting through airports and airplanes, making international travel safer for all. WIMCO’s villa specialists track the testing requirements for each Caribbean destination, and can point travelers to the best testing centers in any metro area to reduce the stress of pre-trip planning.
The Top 10 Villas List
- Turtle Tail Estate, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
- Suite Acajous St. Jean, St. Barths
- Casa Chakte Tulum, Mexico
- Villa Bristol Bliss Turtle Tail, Turks & Caicos
- Villa Prudence Queens Fort, Barbados
- Palmiere Royal Estate Marigot Bay, St. Barths
- Coral Kai Rum Point, Grand Cayman
- Villa Royce St. John, USVI
- Villa La Belle Creole St. Jean, St. Barths
- Ammonite Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
About WIMCO Villas
WIMCO offers a selective and personally inspected collection of private villas in the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific. Well-traveled Villa Specialists match clients with the right villa for their lifestyle and budget, and then arrange every aspect of their trip, from setting-up international and local flights to VIP airport transfers to car rentals to pre-stocking the villa with groceries to arranging for in-villa massage, spa services and more.