Sandals Beaches Turks and Caicos is a family orientated resort with excellent facilities to keep children and adults entertained with a water park (expected it to be larger), X-box Zone, well equipped gym, spa, tennis, water sports, etc., and miles of white sandy beach. We came to this resort without children, knowing full well what we were getting ourselves into. Fortunate for us, during our stay there were very few children. By the way we came for the diving.
We were situated in the Caribbean Village Suites. In our instance we found the accommodations and the concierge to be outstanding. This is the first Sandals/Beaches that we have been to, where the concierge desk contacted us several times during our stay, to find out how everything was going, and how that they could make our stay more pleasurable. Many thanks to Enock at the Caribbean Village Concierge, he turned a great vacation, into an outstanding vacation. Not to mention there were many members of the Beaches staff who did go way out of their way for us during our stay.
Overall the dive operation and diving is good; most divers should not be disappointed. At least at this Sandals chain of resorts, they split the novice divers from the experienced divers. Here the experienced diver will find that this Sandals related resort truly caters to the seasoned diver, far better than other Sandals/Beaches resorts that we have visited in the past.
During our week stay, due to unfavorable sea conditions on the north side of the island, we were shuttled to the south side of the island which made for a long day. Checking in at the dive shop at 8:15 and returning to the resort anywhere between 14:30 – 16:00 the same day. We were able to get 12 dives in over the one week period (two dives per day).
Should note that the dive operation has a mandatory orientation for certified divers at 09:00 and 15:00 daily, that must be attended prior to diving.
Fortunately on our last dive day, the dive manager permitted us the opportunity to dive the north side provided that we did not mind going out with the training group on the first dive (30-40 foot visibility), and do a second dive (up to 70 foot visibility) with the experienced group later that morning (end of dive day 11:30). No shuttle involved when diving the north side of the island. On these dives we did understand why the preference was to dive the south side of the island during the week – primarily due to low visibility and wave action. The dive management was bang on, in choosing to shuttle guests to the south side for the diving expeditions.
What should you expect during a week of diving – sharks almost every dive, barracuda, sting rays, turtles, parrot fish, etc., visibility well over 60 feet. We dived the same dive sites that are visited by the Turks & Caicos Aggressor. Overall, very enjoyable dive experiences. Only real disappointment is that the sharks are somewhat skittish, difficult to get a good close-up photo of.
The only major issue with the dive operation was how they managed the dive day check-in procedure and the shuttle operations from the north side of the island where Beaches is located to the south side of the island, to where we picked-up the dive boats. Could be done more efficiently so that the guests could make it back to the resort a little earlier, prior to when most of the restaurants close for lunch at 14:30.
As for the restaurants – 16 of them, they are all quite good, though the service may be lacking at times at some of the restaurants. It is impossible to experience all the fine dining that they have available in one week, especially if your days are fully booked.
Here is a list of some of the restaurants that we were able to visit, and sample their offerings, with a couple of recommendations:
Arizonas – have the ribs at lunch, get there before 15:00 or they may be all gone, T-Bone Steak for dinner. Avoid the Jamaican patties at lunch - too dry, and the burgers - over cooked.
Barefoot by the Sea – Grilled Beef Baguette, have the Ribs at lunch – if you are nice to the chef he may have a batch ready for you at dinner or for take-out, even though it is not on the dinner menu.
Bella Napoli – only pizza here, try the garlic fingers.
Café de Paris – Enter at your own risk, a dessert fiend’s delight. You will surely put on weight here. For us we found the coffee to be more bitter than what we are accustomed to.
Cricketer’s – Chicken Pot Pie, Homemade Burger, their version of Apple Crumble Cake.
Gordon’s Grill – the pizza - any way you like or from the menu, Tuscany Chicken, fries, Caesar Salad.
Giuseppes – buffet restaurant, beware of the pasta station - delicious, the servings are massive.
Kimonos – Japanese style Teppanyaki, a lot of food, so be prepared, otherwise no chance of squeezing in a dessert or two. Reservations required.
Le Petit Chateau – Lamb loin, scallops, French Onion Soup
Marios – Lamb Chops, antipasto bar (changes daily)
Reflections – buffet restaurant, quite good with a variation in choice every day. For breakfast - the egg station, the burrito station – humongous, a meal in itself.
Sapodilla’s – Lobster special when available (in season), chef’s special potato soap in a glass.
Schooners – if you like crab legs they are available given a 24 hour notice, properly prepared but not to our taste, though properly prepared and given thumbs up by the other guests. Breakfast - a slight disappointment in that it is not much different from the breakfast menu of Reflections.
Sushi Bar – unexpectedly good. Must try - the Spicy Volcano, or anything, or everything on the menu. The first Sandals group resort that we have found, that has Wasabi at their Japanese restaurant. The chef here truly cares about what comes out of his kitchen.
Would We Return: most definitely, pending pricing and budget. This resort is very expensive.
Would We Recommend This Resort: most definitely, for families or couples.
Overall Service: Good
Overall Food Quality and Restaurants: Good
Problem: the bar service rather slow, unless the bartenders have noticed you around a lot.
Major Disappointment: we were there for only one week, one week is not enough, two weeks minimum, three weeks even better.
Suggestion for Sandals and Beaches – open a Sandals next door. Would be great to have a Sandals adult only resort on Turks & Caicos, right next to Beaches.
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