About SailAway Cottages
Are you looking for an affordable stay in what is generally touted as a “luxury vacation paradise”? SailAway Cottages offers you options. Come stay with us and enjoy local knowledge, a quiet neighbourhood, and at max a 15 minute drive to Grace Bay – the “touristy” area. Check out our cottages here.
Who are we and what is our story?
We are Karen and John Lawson – transplanted Canadians. Life Motto? Keep doing it until it stops being fun!! We moved down to TCI with two babies in 1999. We were going to stay for only one year, but we fell in love with TCI. We brought our two children up here, who are now living in Canada, and feeling grateful that they have a warm place to visit at Christmas!!! We started our love affair with the Caribbean when we got married – as we took a year off to sail from Toronto to the Bahamas on a small sailboat. When we returned to Canada, we got “real” jobs, but spent every vacation chartering sailboats throughout the Caribbean. We realized the hustle and bustle of city life was not for us… and here we are today.
We converted our 2 car garage into a suite for our parents to stay because as you can imagine they were very sad that we took their grandchildren away from them when we moved south. We renovated the suite a few years ago and decided to try this “short term rental” thing out. We loved it! We enjoy meeting people from all over the world, and sharing our little piece of paradise with them. We then built The LightHouse Cottage in 2018, and The Sail Loft in 2020. Most recently, (2023) we renovated a guest suite in our own home, (The Captain’s Quarters), which now has it’s own private entrance, and two private decks.
We make ourselves as available as you want us to be. We love to provide advice and suggestions, but if you truly want to get away from it all and don’t want to interact, we respect that as well. We want you to have the vacation of your dreams, and we are here to help you achieve that.
Read Our Airbnb Reviews
Karen is the most personable host. From weeks prior to arrival, well over a year she reached out. Karen has been so reachable by text, and responded immediately. From estate... read more information, to local “belonger” areas to try and experience. The lighthouse on the property is amazing. What a view!! The pool, seriously? Doesn’t get any better. The walk way to the Canal. Like walking no through a fairy tale. The SUP boards and kayaks. The home is a resort. Not to mention the “walk” the stroll to the beach. The “private beach” absolutely perfect. The reef ball, well to say the fish swim there… is an understatement. I was so fortunate to see 2 sea-turtles right up front of my face. It was surreal. I may never pay for snorkeling tour again in the Caribbean. This area was, this home, the beach, the snorkel site.. magic. Words can’t
January 27, 2024
Karen and John were wonderful hosts! Our 1st visit to TCI and stay at the Lighthouse exceeded expectations. This is a great property for two couples traveling together.
January 22, 2024
We loved staying at the lighthouse! We were looking for something a little quieter and off the beaten path, with a private pool. The lighthouse checked all the boxes and... read more then some! The beach is amazing and just a few steps away. You can also kayak there if you’re not up for the 6-minute walk! Everything was beautiful and we loved star gazing from the top of the lighthouse. Karen could not have been nicer. Overall, one of my fave Airbnb experiences!
January 15, 2024
Karen and John were great hosts and made our stay very comfortable. This was our second time in Provo and we loved more than the last one.
Quiet location,... read more lovely lighthouse and next to beach.
December 28, 2023
Our family had a fabulous stay at the Lighthouse Cottage! The location and house were absolutely beautiful! Karen was a great host! We loved the beach and all... read more the recommendations! Truly a memorable vacation for our family! Thank you Karen!
November 28, 2023
This was our first visit to Turks & Caicos and we loved our stay at the LightHouse Cottage!
Karen was extremely helpful at every step from our initial reservation... read more until the end of the stay. She was very friendly and responded quickly whenever we emailed or texted her; her instructions were very clear and detailed and she was always happy to provide recommendations when we asked for them. Indeed, she proactively addressed many of our questions in her thorough welcoming emails even before we thought of them.
The LightHouse is a lovely, well-designed home in a quiet area - we enjoyed swimming at the nearby lovely cove and kayaking/paddleboarding in the adjacent canal. The house was very clean and well kept and Karen and Herline addressed all our needs very promptly.
TCI is absolutely wonderful and the LightHouse is an excellent base from which to explore the islands.
November 21, 2023
Heaven on earth. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds of Grace Bay, Karen’s place is an amazing retreat. The layout is absolutely perfect for 2 couples. ... read more 2 great rooms with air conditioning!
Most of our time was spent in Thompson Cove Beach bc it was less than a five minute walk and was just as beautiful a beach as anywhere on the island. The canal had SUPs and kayaks and was such an amazing place to explore. Each morning my husband paddle boarded over to this little part of the beach I liked to walk to and we met up.
Karen is the perfect host- friendly, communicative and responsive. The sweetest part is Soldier. That good boy really did come every morning and walk us to the beach. He is only half alive- I don’t know what Karen is feeding him! But he is very very chill and very sweet.
Karen’s place is really a hidden gem and made us feel less like a tourist and more completely just at peace with our surroundings. It was just the getaway we needed for our busy lives.
November 11, 2023
The Lighthouse is an incredible place to stay and enjoy all the island has to offer. The lighthouse itself is a very cool feature and perfect for morning coffee and... read more evening wines as the view is stunning! The house itself is very cool. 3 individual living spaces with the living room and kitchen, and two separate bedrooms. We stayed in the lower room because the outdoor shower was amazing. More outdoor showers are needed in life!
There’s a short walk to the canal and there are kayaks and SUPs to use. Highly recommend morning paddles.
Karen and John were extremely welcoming and made sure our stay was perfect. They were very responsive and helpful. Not to mention the daily visits from Soldier the dog!
We will absolutely stay here again and you won’t regret it if you do! One note if you’ve never been to Provo, the neighborhood is private and away from the center of the action. Which was great for us but you will need to rent a car.
Thank you Karen and John!!
November 3, 2023
Karen and John were fantastic hosts and the house was lovely . . It was exactly what we needed for our vacation! We loved the private beach, the private... read more pool and the kayaks . . . We saw sea turtles each time we took the kayaks out. John and Karen’s recommendations for the island were extremely helpful. And, we also enjoyed the company of their adorable dog Soldier, we already miss him! Thank you again for being wonderful hosts.
October 7, 2023
We (2 couples) absolutely loved our stay at Karen's! We had a slight issue with the AC, and her partner, John, came over that night to help us find a... read more solution. We loved having our coffees and cocktails on the lighthouse and going for a dip in the paddling pool. Would love to return one day. Thank you for having us!!
September 24, 2023
The Lighthouse was the perfect spot for our first trip to T&C. Karen provided us with a great guide for the island and the house, which is located in... read more a nice, quiet spot on the island. We loved the beach, walking with Solider, and relaxing in the pool. Rent a car from Grace Bay Rentals, grab coffee from Lemon 2 Go, and have a treat from SweetFix!
August 9, 2023
The house is tucked in a nice neighborhood with a great beach just a very short and easy walk away. Both bedrooms are separate from the living and kitchen area.... read more It was great for 2 couples. The grounds and pool are nice and clean and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook simple meals. We really enjoyed snorkeling at the beach; it’s best during high tide when u can swim over the coral balls. We saw several turtles while snorkeling and while kayaking in the canal. You have to drive to all the restaurants and grocery stores except for da conch shack so a rental car is a must. I don’t like the crowded touristy areas so this house was perfect for us, we were the only ones on the beach. But if u want to go to the touristy area it is about a 15 minute easy drive away.
August 1, 2023
Our family of 4 had such a wonderful time at this Lighthouse in paradise for my 50th birthday!!! Karen and John (and Soldier) were fantastic hosts!! Friendly, inviting and super... read more responsive!! if you are reading these reviews (as I always do) and deciding where to stay in Turks and Caicos, here is your place!! It was very close to the airport, extremely quiet and relaxing with a beautiful private beach and a canal full of sea turtles waiting to be explored on the kayaks and paddleboards provided with the house!
And did we mention Soldier!?? Definitely the sweetest surprise and highlight of our stay. You will fall in love with the home and the pup ambassador!
July 24, 2023
We had a great vacation at the Lighthouse. Karen and John are great hosts, as is Soldier who was with us every day and loved to show us to the... read more beach (he has a funny way of drying off after a swim). Thompson Cove is private, seemed safe and sparsely populated, which was nice. Good position between the sea (snorkel/swim) and the canal (kayak/SUP). Pool is great after a hot afternoon out and about. The cottage was supplied well and we did not lack anything. Check in and check out were very easy and convenient, which is appreciated as it can be stressful for travelers. A car is necessary for getting around, and it only took me one day to switch my brain to left side driving.... Hope we can come back.
July 15, 2023
Our stay at the Lighthouse Cottage was nothing short of amazing! In every way!! Karen and John are wonderful hosts. We had everything we needed for a perfect family vacation!... read more And sweet Soldier became a furry member of our family! Will miss that sweet boy so much! We will be back!!
July 7, 2023
The lighthouse is a quiet and spacious refuge far from the crowds. You’ve got beach access just across the street from multi-million dollar oceanfront homes. Not the same, pristine water... read more as other parts of the island, but it’s decent. Neighbors have graciously created a protected lagoon that would be great for small children. The private pool was nice for cooling off at the end of the day—and the innovative layout allows you collapse the walls and let the outside in. The rooms are spare, but spacious, and we appreciated having bedrooms that were separated from main space. Having a car is critical for this location and thankfully we took Karen’s advice and rented a car (be sure to book ahead as none were available same-day). The furnishings are starting to show some wear, but did not detract overall. The Lighthouse offers a clean, comfortable stay and a lot of potential.
July 2, 2023
The Lighthouse was a great place to spend our time while in TC. The place is everything the listing says it is. We loved being able to use... read more the SUPS in the canal and being able to walk to the beach in 3 minutes. The pool was great place to have a dip and get out of the sun in the afternoons. Soldier the family dog was an added bonus, a great companion and tour guide. Karen’s place was very clean and easy to navigate. It is a private neighborhood on a private beach and felt very safe. Highly recommend.
June 28, 2023
We had the most incredible stay at the Lighthouse, and I can’t express enough how magical this property is.
From the moment we arrived, we were captivated by... read more the sheer beauty of the place. The bedrooms were perfect. Lighthouse views incredible. We loved the kitchen/living room area that opened up to the inviting pool, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor experience. Tranquil, rejuvenating vibes all around.
Karen and John were exceptional in their communication both before and during our stay. They were prompt, friendly, and made us feel incredibly welcome. Soldier the pup was our tour guide, leading us to the beach and faithfully guarding the base of the lighthouse.
This was a special trip with my 15yo son. We had everything we needed to create cherished memories. We engaged in heartfelt conversations and shared laughter that will forever be etched in our hearts.
This property far exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable, and we eagerly look forward to our next visit.
June 22, 2023
We had a WONDERFUL time at the Lighthouse Cottage. It was comfortable and absolutely perfect for two couples to have their own private rooms. The pool was refreshing and the... read more dock at the canal provided relaxation, paddle boarding, kayaking, and just plain old peace. We loved watching the sea turtles in the canal and going to the beautiful beach!
I can’t say enough about our host, Karen. It feels like we have known her all our lives. She gave us great suggestions for shopping, eating, and entertainment. We could have spent every day at Omar’s. All of our kids are jealous, to say the least!
Thompson Cove, where the house is located, felt VERY safe. We saw a security guard checking on things often. The place seems like it didn’t even need any security.
We had some great laughs together on our trip, especially when it came to driving on the opposite side of the road and navigating through the “give way” traffic circles. I highly recommend renting a car. We traveled the entire island. ❤️
June 16, 2023
Fabulous house with amenities. Walking distance to your own beach to snorkel, private pool and great views from the top of the lighthouse. Away from the hustle of... read more Grace Bay, but a short drive if you need to be there. Karen was a very responsive host and gave us much appreciated suggestions during our first time on Turks & Caicos!
June 9, 2023
Karen and John are wonderful hosts! The house was absolutely amazing and offered us a peaceful vacation. Karen was very responsive and so incredibly kind to offer all sorts of... read more recommendations from grocery stores to things to do. I would definitely use them again!
June 4, 2023
We had a wonderful stay at Karen’s place! So close to a quiet stretch of beach…you can walk to da conch shack!! There were beach towels and beach chairs that... read more were super easy to tote around. The rooms were cozy with comfortable beds. The kitchen had all the we needed. The slider doors don’t seal so make sure you have bug spray for that area. All in all a great stay with beauty all around!! Thank you so much Karen!!
May 28, 2023
We had a fantastic stay at the LightHouse Cottage. Karen and John have created a vacation oasis. There is so much to recommend -- morning coffee at... read more the dock, kayaking/paddling in the canal, snorkeling on the local beach where we saw turtles, sting rays and more only a few minutes walk away. Can't forget the view from the lighthouse, dips in the private pool, the patio and grill, the comfortable beds, the well stocked kitchen, not to mention our new friend Soldier.
The hosts are super responsive -- Karen gave us great advice and recommendations -- Snorkeling at Smith's Reef, Coral Gardens, places to eat... Da Conch Shack, Bay Bistro, Omar's Hut, Somewhere Cafe -- didn't get a chance to check out Cocovan -- but all recommendations that we did try were spot on.
Wonderful, unforgettable stay. Thank you Karen and John!
May 9, 2023
This was our second time staying with Karen and John and our first at the Lighthouse. They are amazing hosts and so responsive to any questions. Trust me when I... read more say the pictures don't do it justice. The views and the house are gorgeous. The layout is perfect for two couples, lots of space to hang out together and still have privacy in your own suite. We spent most mornings enjoying our coffee at the top of the Lighthouse or down by the dock. The Lighthouse is the perfect homebase to explore the island and its beautiful beaches, Taylor Bay Beach was our favorite! Evenings were spent with a bottle of wine and a sunset view from the Lighthouse. But the cherry on top of the perfect vacation was Soldier, our official Mascot and vacation buddy. He is the perfect host, loves bacon and he knows where the beach is, just ask him and he will walk you there! Thank you Karen, John and Soldier for an amazing experience.
April 15, 2023
We absolutely loved our stay at the Lighthouse. It was even better than we imagined it would be from the pictures. The house is in a nice neighborhood, private, and... read more well stocked with everything you would need, (including kayaks and snorkeling gear). Morning paddles on the canal watching turtles, fish and birds. Lovely peaceful walks on the beach, seeing more conch shells washed ashore than people. Coffee and drinks on top of the lighthouse watching sunrises and sunsets. Walk on the beach to da conch shack for dinner. Lazy days around the pool. Amazing snorkeling and beach just steps away from the house. Plus, very easy drives to everything else Provo has to offer. The guest book gave great recommendations from past guests. Overall, an amazing stay! Thank you to Karen for being such a great host. And thanks to Soldier (Karen’s dog) for being a great pup host.
April 6, 2023
Excellent location with great amenities including private access to beach, kayaking and snorkeling. Felt right at home with charming host and wonderful family pup Soldier. Highly recommend this place to... read more couples looking for place to relax and take in all the beauty of this island🐠🐠🐠
March 25, 2023
Wow! This place is just amazing! We were greeted by John who walked us through some of the basic things to know about the property and life on the island.... read more And of course, there was Soldier who was our companion throughout our stay. We loved having the pool for late afternoon soaks, proximity to the canal with the paddle boards and kayaks (and turtles!), and a very short walk to the beach where you could swim out and snorkel, hunt for seashells, and watch the horse riding tours through the water. It was a good walk to Da Conch Shack for some great Conch Salad (my favorite) and yummy fritters and rum punch pitchers. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back and stay in the Lighthouse space again in a nano-second.
Things to note about your visit to the island, the airport customs upon entry is no joke. 2 hours for us. Driving is an adventure (especially if you are from the US or Canada). There are mosquitos in the morning and at dusk, manageable with spray.
March 10, 2023
The place was great! Just as pictured and described. It was our first time to the island and after checking out a number of the neighborhoods, we would definitely stay... read more here again. Quiet neighborhood but still close (by car) to the more touristy areas.
March 3, 2023
This was one of the best vacation rentals we've ever stayed in and the villa itself was truly a highlight of our trip. It is absolutely unique with its lighthouse/turret... read more that have incredible views of the ocean/beach (and the night sky!). The deck area and pool was our favorite hang-out space to get fresh air and sunshine. They have every amenity onsite you could need, including kayaks, beach chairs, snorkel gear, floats and even a cooler and cooler bag. We loved the outdoor shower - what a treat! We felt very safe with lockable doors, a safe and a security patrol in the neighborhood we saw several times throughout our stay. And Karen and John were super responsive, answered my many questions, offered great local recommendations and we enjoyed meeting Soldier and the gray cat so much! My 15 year-old son was so excited to meet Soldier and when asked what was his favorite part of our trip, his answer was "Soldier." Be sure to ask Soldier to take you to the beach - he gets so excited! 🙂
February 24, 2023