We arrived just in time to see the sunset from the veranda. It was a great way to start our vacation! The views from the property are breathtaking. We rented the south unit which gives you more privacy and outdoor space, although all of the units have plenty of both. The cottage was absolutely spotless and well outfitted, even with snorkel gear. The beach is essentially private, with maybe 2 people walking by during our stay. There are too many pluses to list. The owners, John and Leslie, were staying at the north unit during our stay, and they are wonderful people. They've thought of everything so our stay was absolutely stress-free.
My wife and I fell in love with Grand Turk Island. It's unspoiled by big resorts and development, and provides a genuine Caribbean experience. Even though 4,000 or so people come to the cruise center 4 or 5 days a week, it seems like only a few hundred of those people venture out into the island. When they do, the small area of shops downtown fill up with people, and the restaurants get busy - but never so busy that we had trouble getting seated right away no matter where we went. No need to rent a car. The cottage comes with these amazing new "vintage" bicycles that my wife and I rode all over the island. It allowed us to explore all the roads and neighborhoods and really get to know the area. The island is very safe - we had no concerns exploring, and even taking long walks through Cockburn Town well into the night. We did rent a golf cart from Max at Nathan Smith Golf Cart Rental - he was fantastic, $60/day. We took that to the lighthouse on the north side of the island - a good long hill, so only dedicated bicyclists would want to spend the time biking there. The island is known for diving and snorkeling thanks to the extensive reefs and the "shelf" just a half mile or so from shore. I enjoyed snorkeling around right at our beach and saw some amazing fish only 50 ft from shore. Use flippers or water shoes though - coral is hard on the feet!
I could go on and on. If you're looking for a relaxing, private, laid back beach vacation, it doesn't get any better than this!