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Turcs and Caicos - Club Med

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Akron, Ohio
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Turcs and Caicos - Club Med

We are thinking of going to this resort next april and heard there are 2 types of rooms (standard and club)?

Since everyone says the rooms are musty and old, has anyone stayed in the better one? Is it worth it?

Also when you book online, only the standard room comes up. How do you book the better one? Thanks,

Detroit, Michigan
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The type of crowd that goes to this Club Med doesn't really care about the actual sleeping quarters. This is part of the experience coming here to partake in eating(It's an "All Inclusive"), drinking, extensive water/beach activities, socializing. program activities, circus trapeze school, nightly scheduled activities, theme nights, etc. I was one of the first to visit this Club Med about 30 years ago when it opened and building wise, it hasn't changed much. You will see more energy by the guests(GM"S) that most of the the other resorts on Grace Bay. That's it's appeal. DR. JIM

Marietta, Georgia
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The two types of rooms are exactly the same; same size, same furnishings, etc. The differences are that the Deluxe rooms include terrycloth robes and slippers, upgraded bathroom items (shampoo, etc), better provisioning of the room fridge, and evening turn down service, with chocolates. I don't wear robes or slippers at home, prefer to not have housekeeping come in the room in the evening and certainly don't need any more chocolate, so we never vet the deluxe rooms. The deluxe rooms are in buildings that, in theory, would be quieter, but if you run your AC at night with windows closed, you won't hear any noise anyway. I believe the standard rooms are the "Club" rooms while the upgraded rooms are the "Deluxe" rooms.

Can't help you with the online reservation part, other than to mention that there are several Travel Agents who specialize in Club Med and will rebate you 8 to 10% of the Club Med (land) cost of your trip. If you are not real familiar with the Club Med web site, I strongly recommend you go through a Travel Agent as they are likely to get you a better rate (Club Med is always running multiple "specials") as well as the rebate.

You may want to check my multiple trip reports on this Club Med, some with lots of pictures, at my web site: www.hammocktree.us/ms/trips.html and scan for the "Club Med Turkoise" trips. If you have not been to a Club Med resort before, I suggest you also read the "Guide for First Time GMs" at the top of that page.

NYC
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I talked to a Club Med specialist about booking a trip here in the Fall. He recommended not paying the extra for the Deluxe rooms, he didn't think it was worth it.

Akron, Ohio
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Thank you for your quick response!

Akron, Ohio
posts: 8
reviews: 27
5. Re: Turcs and Caicos - Club Med

Thanks to all for the responses!! I fell more confident about my choice now. For me it's all about the beach, so the room will be ok.

NH
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Good answer, mimta! ...It's all about the beach! Go with low expectations for your room and you will be pleasantly surprised. The rooms are old (not musty). They are plain (not fancy). They are clean and plain. If you like a firm mattress...you will be in heaven!!!!!

Akron, Ohio
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What can I expect as far as quality of food?

Akron, Ohio
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I went to your link and learned a lot! Thanks for taking the time to post all this information. I do have another question. Are there palapas or straw huts to lay under in the beach? We tend to spend all day at the beach and need the protection. If there are, is there enough or do you have to get one at 5am? Thanks,

NH
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AmateurGO can better address occupancy at Turkoise in April (May and Sept are my months!) but from what I understand from those I have talked with at the resort, April is one of the busier months.

There are many huts along the CM property line. However I am sure that there is competition for them when the occupancy at the resort is high. 5AM may be a little early to get out there but I don't think you will find vacancies if you have a late breakfast and go for morning stroll first!

I would rate the food at "good" to "very good." AmateurGO needs to chime in here and refer you to the vacation report that he posted in September. I don't remember the date of his vacation posting. Again, he gave some excellent info about the theme nights and food selections in that report.

Marietta, Georgia
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Palapas: Until this year there would have been a shortage of shade during the peak months, although not terrible. During the past year they have built a lot of "shelters" with shade cloth covering. It doesn't block 100% of the sun, but probably around 80 - 90%. These shelters are larger than the old wood palapas and can accommodate 4 lounges per shelter. I don't think you'll have any problems finding shade along the beach now. If you go out at 5AM you might be disturbing the people "sleeping over" from the previous evenings activities.

Food: On most of our visits the food has been what I'd call "surprisingly good for an all-inclusive". Club Med is a French company and the food reflects that; if you are looking for thick juicy steaks or Lobster, you will be disappointed,but if you like great sauces, wonderful breads (the white chocolate bread is to die for) and great deserts, you will love it. This past visit (late sept) we were disappointed in the food selection. Everyone said it was because the village was only 25-30% full so they could not "afford" to offer the full menu, but I have to wonder a little. If this is the case, then it should be back to "normal" during the busy period while you are there. The village should be pretty busy/full through most of April.

Let us know if you have any more questions... Between Allfins, Dr JIM, and a few others, we have it pretty well covered.