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“Good, even with teenagers” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Lower Bight Road, B.W.I, Providenciales   |  
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“Good, even with teenagers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

A family of three, with a son age 19. We knew going into this resort that Beaches has a partnership with Sesame Street (we had previously visited Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios, Jamaica), but decided to give this resort a try.

When you arrive at the airport, you must clear immigration, retrieve your bags from baggage claim, and pass through customs. Once at the other side, all you have to do is find the Beaches representatives outside, who will write your room number on your suitcase, and direct you to a taxi. Taxi’s are typically segregated by the village in which you stay in, because each village has its own check in area in its own independent lobby. Transfers are included.

The hotel is a 15 minute drive from the airport on the northern coast of the island, on Grace Bay Beach, one of the top beaches in the world. We arrived at about 12pm (on the American Airlines flight from JFK), and our room was not yet ready (check in time is 3pm). You are greeted by a cold towel and rum or virgin fruit punch upon getting off of the taxi. They do a seated check in here, where you have to fill out a brief form regarding which flight you will be departing on, if any special events (birthdays, anniversaries) will occur during your stay, and you must provide an imprint of a credit card for incidentals. You can do online check in (as we did) at www.beaches.com which saves you the time of filling out this form, instead you have to check for accuracy. American lost one of our suitcases, but luckily Beaches can assist. We filled out a form with the record locator provided by the airline, and a description of the bags and its contents and Beaches took care of contacting American to get our suitcase to us. We got a phone call the following night saying that the suitcase was in the next taxi from the airport, and that they would bring it to our room once it arrives. They provided us with basic toiletries and a 15% discount on clothing at the Resort Shop during the period in which our baggage was missing, which was very nice of them and not necessary for them to do. Since we arrived early, we were walked to lunch, and told to check back at the front desk a little bit later.

The hotel is large, but not nearly as large as other reviews describe it (perhaps it feels larger if you have younger children). It is split into four villages (according to the website, but technically there are only three): Caribbean, Seaside (a subset of the Caribbean village, and therefore when I refer to the Caribbean village from this point forward, I am including the Seaside village), French (where we stayed), and Italian. The Caribbean village is the original part of the property, and is located along the beach. The French village was constructed in the very late 1990s, and is located at the front portion of the property, approximately a 5 minute walk from the beach. The new all suite Italian village sits to the east of the Caribbean village along the beach. This village opened in January 2008. The tennis courts are located near the French village, and restaurants and pools are scattered throughout. Typically as a rule of thumb, the Caribbean village rooms are cheaper than rooms in the French village which are cheaper than those in the Italian village, though as expected a suite in the Caribbean village will cost more than a standard room in the Caribbean village. No matter where you stay, you are entitled to use the same amenities and restaurants throughout the resort. Therefore my recommendation would be to think about what type of room category fits your family best (is it necessary to have butler service? Do you want your kids in a separate room? Do you need a sitting area), and then choose the village that has the room that best fits your needs. Each room also had 2 golf size umbrellas (perhaps more in larger rooms) for rainy days. You can also ask for more at some of the lobby areas (the Italian village were particularly nice to us).

We stayed in the French village in room 1143, a Luxury Walkout Room. This gave us a guaranteed small patio area with two chairs, which we like. The second and third stories of the French village only have French balconies, which you cannot sit out on. Our room had two double beds, a 42 inch television with lots of channels and good reception, a pull out single sleeper chair, a fridge restocked daily with bottled water (additional beverages can be added to the fridge if you ask!), and plenty of drawers in the dresser (some resorts we’ve been to have not given us enough space to lie out all of our clothing). The bathroom had two sinks, one inside of the bathroom, and one right outside across from the closet. The shower/tub combo had good water pressure. The amenities provided are from the Red Lane Spa, available on site. Despite the room being about 10 years old, it must have been renovated recently. As Sandals Select members (the free loyalty program of the Sandals family of resorts), we were greeted with a special door hanger welcoming us home, and chocolate rum balls. We were also invited to a lunch reception on the Wednesday of our stay, and we received a 10% discount on photo or gift shop purchases of over $100. Every night, you receive turndown service and a copy of the following day’s activity schedule. The rooms also have safes in the closets, but they are not large enough for a laptop.

There are 16 restaurants on site, and it is possible to sample each of them in a one week vacation (we did!). They provide you with a brochure explaining your dining options in your check-in pack. Most restaurants are closed once per week, but this seems to be different over periods of time where the resort is full as it was the week that we visited.
CAFÉ DE PARIS: Open from 6am-10pm. This is a Starbucks type place providing pastries and specialty coffee throughout the day. Located in the French village. Outdoor seating available.
REFLECTIONS: Open for buffet breakfast 6am-10:30am, buffet lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm (until 3pm on Saturdays), and buffet dinner from 5pm-10pm. “International” cuisine, relatively small considering most all inclusive resorts emphasize their buffet restaurant. Very few people were ever seen eating here. This restaurant was okay, but we preferred it for lunch and breakfast, because we prefer a la carte dining for dinner. Located in the atrium in the Caribbean lobby. Outdoor seating available.
BAREFOOT BY THE SEA: Open for breakfast from 7:30am-10:30am, lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm, and dinner from 6pm-9:30pm. A la carte dining featuring Caribbean seafood throughout the day. It was better for lunch when we tried it than at dinner time: my wife’s swordfish was overcooked and not particularly good. Located on the beach in front of the Italian village. Outdoor seating only.
MARIO’S: Open for buffet breakfast from 6:30am-10:30am, buffet lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm, and a la carte dinner from 5pm-10pm. The buffet here definitely had the most options throughout the day. There was a pasta station during lunch, omelet station during breakfast, and a nice spread of appetizing fish during breakfast as well. For dinner, appetizers are obtained by visiting the antipasta bar, but the entrée is a la carte. There is a small kids area decorated with Sesame Street characters, which was very cute; the tables look just like the adult tables, but are kid sized. Located in the Italian village. Outdoor seating available.
GIUSEPPES: Open for buffet breakfast from 7am-10:30am, buffet lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm, and buffet dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. We only tried this place for breakfast, and it had the same basic dishes as Mario’s, including the omelet station, plus a make your own crepe station, but lesser selection. Located in the French village. Outdoor seating available.
SCHOONERS: Open for breakfast from 7:30am-11:30am EXCEPT Wednesdays, and dinner from 6pm-9:30pm. Apparently breakfast is very slow here, and the menu has essentially the same items that you can find at the buffet restaurants open at the same time. For dinner, the restaurant provides decent seafood. Skip the crab cakes, there was limited crab meat in them. They also host the Sandal’s Select luncheon here. Located in the Caribbean village near the beach. Mostly outdoor seating; there are a limited number of indoor tables.
ARIZONAS: Open for a grill lunch from 11am-4pm, and tex mex a la carte dinner from 6pm-9:30pm. The grill has items such as jerk chicken, pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, and salads, as well as a smoothie bar. There is also an ice cream man with various good humor and popsicle products. At dinner, it is a la carte featuring 20oz t-bone steaks, fajitas, and BBQ chicken. Located in the Caribbean village beside the Cascades pool. Outdoor seating available.
BOBBY DEE’S DINER: Open for a la carte 50’s diner cuisine from 11am-6am. Here you can get burgers and fries, hot dogs, chicken fingers. Mostly fried foods. In the back there is a snack area with cookies and soft serve ice cream. Located in the French village near the water park in the pirate ship. Limited outdoor seating is available, but I’d sit inside, you lose the ambiance if you eat outside.
BELLA NAPOLI PIZZERIA: Open from 11am-6pm. Fresh wood grilled pizzas prepared in approximately 20 minutes. Dine in beside the Iguana pool, or order take out, and get a pizza box to take to any place in the resort. Twice weekly they have pizza and a movie from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Located in the Caribbean village. No indoor seating.
CRICKETERS PUB: Open from 12pm-2am. Throughout the time it is open, you can get a la carte items such as chicken pot pie, fish and chips, and other UK specialties. At night, it’s a lively pub with 9 beers available (Turks Head bottled and on tap and New Castle Brown Ale, Sam Adams, Bass, Moosehead, Coors Light, Guiness, Miller Lite, and Labalt Blue in bottles or cans). Kids are allowed in here during the day, and it’s relatively empty for a la carte lunch despite this fact. Perhaps parents are unaware that they can bring their kids here. Located in the Italian village. Outdoor seating available.
GORDON’S PIAZZA AND GRILL: Open from 10:30am-5pm. Another wood grilled pizza place, though this features an expanded menu including fish, chicken, sandwiches, paninis and salads. There is also a snack bar in the back called Ristorante Bambini, serving kids favorites. There is also a popcorn machine here available for the taking, as well as self service beverages including strawberry daquris and pina coladas (all virgin). Located in the Italian village. No indoor seating available.
SAPODILLAS: Open for a la carte dinner from 6pm-9:30pm. Adults only (16 years and older). Serving continental cuisine, this is the most upscale dining experience that Beaches Turks and Caicos offers. The line does get long because the turnover is slow and there is limited seating indoors. Arrive here approximately 30 or so minutes before you would like to be seated to ensure you are seated when you want to (we waited for almost an hour, and didn’t sit down until 9 the night that we went…ideally we would have liked to be seated around 8). This was probably the best meal we had, but make sure you are not in a rush (one woman in the restaurant was frantic because she was nervous she would not have time to pick up her child from the kids club before it closed). Located in the Caribbean main building, beside Reflections. Outdoor seating available.
LE PETIT CHATEAU: Open for a la carte dinner from 6pm-9:30pm. Adults only (16 years and older). Serving French cuisine. The food was decent, and the meal was nice and leisurely. Located in the French village. Outdoor seating available.
KIMONOS/SUSHI BAR: Kimonos is open for hibachi dinner from 5pm-9pm. You must make a reservation by calling the sales office, or visiting it (directions are provided in your check in pack). This is the only restaurant requiring you to do so. The meal was good, but not very entertaining (definitely not Bennihana performance quality). For groups less than 10 people, you will be paired up with another group. First, you receive a chicken soup. Then you get an appetizer plate featuring shrimp tempura, a piece of California roll, and a skewer of chicken yakitori. Then your chef arrives and cooks chicken teriyaki, shrimp, mahi mahi, steak, veggies, fried rice, and a Japanese pancake. The sushi bar is open from 6pm-9:30pm, and does not require reservations. You can get a variety of rolls here, and after 8pm you can call in an order and take it out. Located in the French village. Outdoor seating available at sushi bar ONLY.

The hotel is located on the 12 mile long Grace Bay Beach. You can walk up and down the beach in either direction of the resort, and not get stopped by security guards anywhere (although if you try and enter another resort’s property, or use their chairs, you might get caught). The beach is a little bit narrow, but Beaches has the best stretch that we saw (and we walked approximately one mile in each direction). The beach is significantly less crowded down towards Treasure Beach (the left of the property, beyond the Caribbean village), because most people think that this is no longer Beaches property. The Italian village beach is a bit more crowded, especially because some butlers reserve seats for their groups. The beach is on the Atlantic Ocean, so it is a bit rough (we only had a green flag one day and a yellow flag one day, the rest of the days all water sports were cancelled). The water is beautiful in color, and there are reefs right off shore. The sand is very soft, but there are very few shells which is disappointing for younger kids.

You sign up for these activities at the water sport shed near the Italian village. They offered the following activities, all with instruction if necessary…
~Hobie sailboats
~Snorkeling (snorkel tours three times daily, sign up the day before at the water sports shed. They take you out by boat to a reef 2 minutes off shore for a 30 minute snorkel).
~Peddle bikes
~Scuba diving
There are no towel cards, and towels were readily available except on a few cold rainy days when people hoarded them for their warmth (ourselves included).

There were two hard tennis courts and two Astroturf courts, lit for night play. There were rackets available, as well as balls. Racquets were in good condition, many with new feeling grips. There were tons of tennis racquets available. Even if you are an avid tennis player, the racquets were perfectly usable (although my wife thought they could have been restrung). You do not need to make reservations for tennis courts, just show up. You can get racquets and balls from either the Spa reception area or the tennis shack near the courts. There is a pro who does free clinics, and private lessons for a fee.

There was a fitness center located in the spa area. There were a few ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, several weight machines, as well as several free weights. When we went on rainy days at around 5pm, it was a little bit crowded but it was perfectly fine. They had a few large TV’s displaying BBC and CNN. It was air conditioned, which was nice. There was water (both bottled and from a cooler) and towels available. Open 24 hours a day.

Located off the Caribbean lobby was a small room where you could play the slots. I don’t think anyone ever used this.

There is a half court basketball court in the Caribbean village, as well as a few shuffle board courts. You can get equipment (as well as board games) from the equipment shack. There were a few billiards tables outside of the Turtles lounge in the Caribbean village. More ping pong tables, and billiards tables were available near the XBOX Game Oasis near Bobby Dee’s, and this was more aimed towards kids. The Shadow Lounge, although we never entered, looked like a teen hangout with air hockey, and basketball, but I don’t know if you have to pay (I’d assume no). This is also where the Scratch DJ academy takes place. Croquet was available outside of Cricketers in the Italian village. The XBOX Game Oasis has large TV’s and several XBOX systems with many recent release video games available for kids to play for free. There is also giant chess in the French village, and another set in the Caribbean village.

There are eight. No pool is more than 4 and a half feet deep, and most of them have zero entry. I believe five of these pools have swim up bars. The Cascades, Italian Village, Riviera, and Camp Sesame pools are all heated. One of the cool things about the Italian Village and Riviera pools were that there were two pools in one: a very shallow kiddie pool and a regular pool. This would be very convenient for a family that wants to have their kids be in the same place, despite different swimming abilities. Most of the pools have attached hot tubs, though these were normally invested with little kids. There is an adults only Jacuzzi near the beach. There is a water park on property that was added when the Italian village was constructed. There is a long lazy river, two new water slides (one which you go in a tube, and one body slide), as well as a surf simulator that no one over the age of 10 can figure out, and my family couldn’t understand why. But it was definitely fun. There is also a small slide area for little kids with fountains that shoot up out of the ground. The old water park area near Bobby Dee’s features two more waterslides, both body slides, that aren’t as long or exciting as the new ones. People of all ages enjoy the water park, and it is a really cool expansion.

Several located throughout the property. Most of the bartenders were friendly and were very willing to serve. This resort was not a heavy drinking resort, despite being all-inclusive, though people were definitely drinking the top shelf liquor. As stated before, there were 9 types of beer available, and 4 Beringer house wines (Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Cabernet) that were all good by all inclusive standards.

The daily activity schedule is posted in various locations throughout the resort, and provided to you during turndown service. The “Players” tried very hard to get people to play Bingo, pool and beach volleyball, and to dance, but I felt as if they faced rejection a lot of the time, which was somewhat sad. They were all really fun and tried to get people motivated, without being in your face like some of the GO’s at Club Med are. There is a disco, Club Liquid, in the Italian village that is very cool. Until about 10pm, teens are allowed in, and no alcohol is served. It then opens up to the rest of the resort guests. You win points for participating in events, and 150 points gets you a prize at the end of your stay.

There definitely were some, as we did get bitten, but it wasn’t awful. We felt as if we got bitten the most in our room. Bring bug spray.

There is a spa on site, though we didn’t take advantage of this. It features Red Lane Spa products that are found throughout the Sandals family of resorts.

For kids up to the age of 17. There were several age groups: Cookie Monsters (age 3-4), Lil Mateys (age 5-7), and Captain Kids (age 8-10), Tweens (11-14) and Teens (15-17). They seemed well attended, but there were still a ton of people on property that did not utilize this free service. We did not, as our son was too old. Babysitting is $15 per hour for 1-2 children, 3-4 children require an additional sitter until 11pm. After 11pm, the rate increases to $20.

There is a nurse on site, and her consultations are free of charge. There is a cost for any doctors visits or medication required as a result of your consultation. The nurse is located in the Caribbean village.

There is internet available at the resort, available at a cost of $13.99 per day or $38.99 per week. There are wireless hot spots in the Caribbean lobby and atrium. Internet cards can be purchased at the front desk.

The Snap Shots photo shop photographers roam the property taking pictures. When they take a picture of you, you receive a bracelet with your photo number. There are two photo shops on site, one in the Italian village and one at the Caribbean village. You can save all of your pictures in a file under your telephone number. Photos can then be purchased individually printed or on a photo disk, at an additional cost charged to your room.

As Sandal’s Select guests, we were invited to a luncheon at Schooners on the Wednesday of our stay. They had a very nice buffet with good shrimp and lamb chops and nice desserts, and they played Bingo for nice Beaches logo prizes. They also gave out a Kitty Kat Cruise for a family of four, a prize valued at about $300. We also got two pairs of Beaches logo sandals as a gift for coming to the luncheon. If you’ve been to a Beaches or Sandals Resort before, make sure you register for Sandals Select, you get treated very well.

My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary while staying at Beaches. They sent chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to our room, which was a very nice and unexpected touch.

One of the big draws for families to this resort is the Sesame Street partnership. There are 8 characters on site (Zoe, Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadaby, The Count, Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster). They walk around during the day through the pool areas, posing for pictures, and do various activities with the younger kids club groups. Six out of seven nights a week they have a Sesame Street show, similar in quality to the Sesame Street Live shows that we have in New York. They were well choreographed and different each night. They took place at the main stage in the French village. The remaining night each week, they have a Sesame Street parade.

Check out is at 11am. Late checkouts are $350 based on availability. The night before your departure, they provide you with check out instructions. You must have your bags outside your room by a predetermined time provided on your check out instruction sheet. When it is your departure time (approximately 3 hours before your flight into the USA and 2 and a half hours before your flight anywhere else), you must go to your lobby area to check out, and then proceed to the departure lounge. This lounge has a locker room (bring a lock for a locker if you have a late departure), and showers. They ask you for your room number and the number of guests in your party, and then guide you to taxis outside where you are reunited with your luggage. A short ride back to the airport, and then you’re on your way out of paradise. In our opinion, it was unnecessary to get us there so early. While there are increased security regulations at the airport, they take place during the boarding process. Since there was no line for security and very few people waiting to check in, we got through to the gate area with more than 2 hours to go before our flight, and were a bit bored in the waiting area. Note that there are boards in each lobby with departure times: these times have been changed to approximately 30 minutes earlier to accommodate the new TSA regulations.

It was a great vacation and much cheaper the week after Christmas (nearly half the price!). This hotel can be pricey, but if you get a good deal, go for it (we never would have stayed here if it was as expensive as it is Christmas week, but having a college age kid and being able to travel on a week other than Christmas is an amazing thing). Even with no young kids, the Sesame Street characters were not intrusive at all, and there was plenty to do for my entire family. The only complaint we had was the poor weather while we were there, but the hotel can’t do anything about that. We’re ready to recommend it to our friends.

If anyone has any questions, you may feel free to message me!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

I loved reading these boards to prepare for my trip so wanted to share my findings. We are a family of 4 with 2 daughtes ages 10 and13. We do Disney every year and decided to try somting new this year. Thi wa basically our first "all inclusive experience". Also the first time in over 15 years of travelling to the carribean.

We arrived last Saturday Jan 2nd. flying direct from Toronto on WestJet. We were the second of 4 major aircraft to land all wthin about an hour so while our line through customs was realtively small, it did get huge - no AC in arrivals and it was HOT! Get rid of your warm clothes before getting off that plane! The luggage area is the size of 3 kitchen tables.......workers are pushing through the guests to pull luggage off the belt and place them all in a holding area away frm the belt......didn't feel good about this - anyone could take your luggage. Overall it was a conjested mess - but we were on vacation! Clearly Saturday afternoon is a bad time to travel there - more about this on our return flight!!!

The shuttles are bascially van taxis - not beaches staff - but they do know where you are staying. We were supposed to be upgraded from a FV Walkout to the IV but they took us to the FV. You do get the drink and cold towel upon arrival - not as fancy as the video on the beaches.com site. When I asked about the upgrade they said they overbooked and culd not get us this until the next night so we needed to stay one night in the FV. No worries - we're on vacation! The FV walkout King is a nice room if you are a couple - for a family of 4 it is small IMHO. I wanted to tell you that there was no smell but there was!! I immediatley noticed that the AC was belting out a perfumed odour - almost like an air freshener to mask another smell - but this perfme smell really bothered me - it did not bother my husband or kids. It was a 4 poster bed - lovely and comfy and the kids used the trundle which I think was small and the neither of them liked the trundle.

It was nice and warm the day we arrived but it was around 4pm so we et the kids suit up and head to the waterpark to cool off. They LOVED IT THERE! We had dinner at Giuseppes which would become my daughters favourite spot as they do "make to order" pasta at lunch and supper! We walked around the resort - it isn't as big as I thought (not as big as a Disney resort) and it is quite easy to get your bearings fast.

Day 2 we awoke to more sunshine - we were told to have our bags packed and they would move them to the IV at around 11am. We had the buffet breakfast a Marios (which would become our favourite breakfast stop) and then tried to find a spot around the pool. The pool chair issue exists but you quickly learn that a conversation with the lifeguard and perhaps a small tip will get you the best seats every morning! I know they aren't supposed to do this but it happens everyday - so if you can't beat em - join em! Our chairs were set up everymorning with towels and flowers - just like the butlers set up for their guests! And facing the sun which to those just arriving is over Marios in the AM and over the Carribean Resrt sidein the afternoon (at least in January).

We finally got the key to our new room - HOLY COW!!!!! I have to say - the IV suites are like another resort!! They are new, luxurious, huge and I would pay easily an extra $300 a night just to have that room! I know some say "you don't spend that much time in your room" but teens and tweens like downtime - they often needed a break and given our weather (more on this later) we were glad to have space for them. If you have tweens or teens, do your self a favour and get these rooms! Mom and Dad also have their own privacy!!! There was no comparison from FV to IV - if we ever go back I will book IV! Also a quick note on the Red Lane spa amenities that are in the room - they are big bottles! I took my own shampoo, conditioner, and lotion as hotel ones are too small and not very good but their product was amazing! I would use their product next time and not bother to take my own! Also wanted to mention that I asked what the rate would be to have a butler for our room (basically any room can pay for a butler at the IV) and it was $500 a day extra - NO THANKS!! I really only wanted the cabana which I found out later you could rent for the day if available (I think around $200 a day).

From the day we arrived the surf was very high and the Ocean rough and the boats never left their anchor. No water activities were going on at all and the beach was pretty dead given the high winds. By Sunday night, the Miami depp freeze had begun and so we started getting the ran and the cold breeze. I did a separted post on the weather but I will say it then rained and drizzled non-stop for 2 days - all Monday and Tuesday and when I woke up to black skies on Wed I was so bummed but the sun did come out eventually in the afternoon but it remained cold. Weather was much better Thursday and nearly perfect Friday and the day we left, Saturday, it was downright HOT and gorgeous! Watersports only really begun on Friday.

I think I'll categorize the rest of my review:

Service - anyone who says that they received bad service is CRAZY! I bet it is isolated to one employee having a bad day! I challenge anyone to walk by a staff member where that staff doesn't greet you! These staff LOVE THEIR JOB! Many break out in song while working. I guess many are from Jamaica as they took the cream of the crop from Beaces Boscobel and Negril to work at the IV TCI when it opened last January. They make more $$ (according to a restaurant employee) so they like working there and don't want to jeopardize this. I should qualify that the staff at IV seemd to be the best of the bunch - just my observation but I noticed a big difference when I went to the Iguana Poolside bar - but again, might be isolated! My kids and I started laughing becuase no matter what you ask, they respond NO PROBLEM! I never heard them say no.........

Restaurants/Food - it's hard to squeeze them all in - we almost never had a sitdown lunch since we were around the pool. We found out that you can make up a plate from the breakfast buffet at Marios and they will wrap it for you so you can keep it in the fridge and have it aroudn the pool for lunch - the butler cabanas are being served food all day so this was my solution! I made plates of cheese, crackers and fruite and then a plate of desserts to have at lunch. The breakfast buffet has a great selection! Memorable meals were Ribs at Arizona's (however service was not as good as other places and if you don't arrive for the first seating at 6pm, there will bea line at 6:30 that is an hour wait - this happened to us the first try). Steak at Schooners was AMAZING. Loved the Pasta bar at Giuseppes. Realy enjoyed the entertainment at Kimonons (you really do need to make your reservation the day you arrive - we did and got the Thursday night). Coffee at Cafe de Paris is great! I read that the coffee isn't good but I had a Cafe au lait every morning and it was great! I found Marios for dinner just soso. Barefoot for lunch was nice - food was soso - never got to have dinner there as weather makes this restaurant tough to dine in when winds are high and it is col as it is right on the beach with full exposure! I felt so sorry for those who paid for the romantic dinner for 2 on those nights - it was freezing and it appears you have to stick with it if you reserved. We did not do the adult restaurants - that will be on our next trip. KIds LOVED Bobby Dees, they were there at least once a day. One note about the restaurants and if you are travelling with little ones. They do not have plastic plates so your infant/toddler wil have to eat on a china plate and I can tell you we heard at least one hit the ceraminc floor every meal! Not sure why Beaches hasn't figured out that they sould get Sesame Street plastic plates for kids. I suggest bringing some plates for your little ones to share meals with.......

Internet and cell - when the weather is bad it seems they get poor service - we had one day where the internet was out all day. We never got service in our room the whole week - even using their ethernet cable, but it works fine from the lobby and other hot spots on property. You do have to pay the $39 even if you access from the lobby all week. My Rogers Cell phone worked fine all week for both calls and texts.

Activities - I kept all of the activities sheets that they leave in your room each night and it looks like it is the exact same every week so I wil gladly fax to those that are interested to see it. There isn't a ton for tweens and teens but they have the pools and waterpark. There is more going on for the little ones and while I will say they always looked well entertained I did observe one day where they took a group of about 20 5-7 year olds into a covered outdoor games area where there is a TV (about 27") mounted in the wall, and they ad the kids sit on a grosse floor (no towels or mats offered) to watch Are We There Yet one afternoon. I kept thinking how I would not want my child on that floor (bugs) and how my kids would not want to watch that movie for 90 minutes on a hard floor but they had no choice if mom and dad weren't around.

Bugs - No idea what bites you but your legs will get bitten - even with spray! This is why pants/capris aren't such a bad idea for evenings! Everyone, even babies, had bites on their ankles and legs. Other than those bite, I never saw a bug that was big or grosse (like a cockroach). They have to be there but I never saw them!!

Entertainment - The Sesame Street charatues walk around the pool at least twice a day for meet and greets. Being used to Disney, it was nice to not have to wait in a line for kids to hug and have photos with them! The Sesame street parade on Tues night is a great one - don't miss it! The shows on Wednesday and Thurday night are really funny and pretty good. Not as good as a cruise ship but still entertaining. The Wed night show is a celebrity tribute - and they use guests as the performers! If you want to be on stage as Spice Girls, Queen, or a Thriller backup dancer, find am emtertainment staff member and sign up early. I guess they only rehearse that day - pretty obvious there wasn't a ton of rehearsal but that's what makes if funny! The Thursday show is a tribute to broadway musicals - West Side Story, Chorus Line, Dirty Dancing - good dancing but the staff do not sing - it;s a track. The Friday night beach party was a dissappointment for us although little ones might like the sesame street show. The party is held Friday night at Treasure Beach which is besdie the carribbean village. Sand is covered in pine needles and you sit at picninc tables. Food was soso to not great so I might suggest going early to say you were there but then head to a restaurant for dinner. If you have teens, don't bother - ours did not like it at all.

Departure Day - unless you are a butler suite, you will have to be out of your room by 11am and your luggage gets held at the departure lounge until you are ready to go. They give you a schedule of when to be at the departure lounge (about 2 hours before your flight) and tell you to call them when your luggage is ready. They had instructed to leave your bags outside the room in the hall to be picked up - I wasn't comfortable with this so I left them in the room and when we got to the departure lounge our bags were not there - still in our room! So they went and got the bags for us so we could change and get ready to go to the airport. There is cold drinks for you and a change room with showers so they are accommodating - it's not a very happy place when everyone is leaving paradise! So we load into the shuttle and off to the airport - a 15 minute ride. Once at the airport we imediatley saw a line of about 500 people wrapped outsaide the airport waiting to go in. We thought it was the line for American travellers given the heightened securiy - NOPE! This was security for all guests. The have one body scanner for all travellers. We stood in line for 90 minutes (very hot) outside waiting to get into the airport to go to our gate - our flight was delayed or we would have had to board the minute we got through. I hear Saturdays are like this. The dpearture are of this airport is VERY SMALL. One room, one bar with some chips and chocolate bars, a duty free shop for some bottles, and 2 other shops. It was very conjested and warm. I also want to mention that we prepaid for our seats together on WestJet. I tried going to the resort concierge to print my boarding passes but they said they couldn't so I had to do it at the airport. Well, by the time we got there, our seats were LONG GONE and we were separated! So my $40 for preseat return flights was a huge waste!! Don't bother doing this! The staff are not even West Jet employees and had no idea about policies and processes with WestJet (one man wanted to make sure he was credited his points and they didn't have a clue how to do this). It took them 20 minutes just to find me a seat with my daughters together and it wasn't a full flight! Maybe I had a rookie agent (he looked more like a ground crew with an orange vest on). So depature day was stressful a bit - oh and WestJet had run out of food on the flight - no sandwiches, no pringles - should have had Beaches wrap up some cheese and crackers, pizza and cookies for us to travel with!!

So I am finally coming to a close.......yesterday I awoke to 80 degrees, sunshine and the view of clear blue waters on a powdery beach. Today I am looking at snow and minus 15........Beaches TCI is a wonderful holiday - pricey for sure and I don't think I would have been satisfied with my vacation in the FV but the IV made the difference fo me. We know we will go back in 2011!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

For us this was a shot in the dark - we did not know anyone who had been there but the TripAdvisor site had many many accolades - so we gave it a shot. We were not disappointed. It is a GREAT resort - all inclusive, including SCUBA diving which was important for our family. it has a wonderful water park that is great for adults, teens and kids. With 16 restaurants you will not lack for places to eat and most are very good.

Once you have book your trip - they take care of everything from that point out. They pick you up at the airport - your luggage is delivered directly to your room and leaving is done the same way - they pick up your luggage and delivery you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight.

SCUBA Diving - this may sound bizarre but we were lucky because they were having "bad" weather. OK, so their version of "bad" weather was that the winds were making the sea choppy in Grace Bay where they usually dive so they took us to the south side of the island by taxi and we boarded their boats that they moved there and took us to West Caicos - one of the top wall diving spots in the Caribbean. We found the wind to be very mild and extremely pleasant when we were on the beach but we were not complaining about them taking us to West Caicos!

One of our boy's girlfriends wanted to get PADI Certified so we enrolled her in a course right at the resort. Being Master SCUBA Divers, my wife and I monitored the class - it was nothing short of Excellent. Kabul who was the dive instructor did an excellent job of teaching and training her to relax and maintain neutral buoyancy. I would highly recommend the certification program at Beaches.

Bottomline - wonderful resort and a great vacation for all.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

We chose Beaches at Turks over Jamaica. My husband and I love Jamaica, especially 7 mile beach. We would love that experience for our kids. However, the accommodations for a family of five at T&C were more comfortable. We had the bunk bed with trundle for our kids. The mattresses were very comfortable and the kids loved them. Jamaica would have provided pullouts and roll aways. This, along with the written reviews and guest's photos on Trip Advisor, sealed the deal for us! It was beautiful, clean, spacious, fun and relaxing - with great food options. They still need a little fine tuning of (some) their customer service. We didn't hit every restuarant but we had our favorites. Along with the food, we loved the people/service at Mario's, Arizona and Schooners. We had great lunches at Bella Napoli Pizzeria-very laid back. Dinner the first night was at Barefoot by the Sea. We sat a while waiting to be greeted, sat a little longer to place our order, sat longer still waiting for the food that came out overdone and overall not good. We had coffee outside the Cafe de Paris, on a warm Caribbean morning in Dec, listening to "... the weather outside is frightful..." - quite satisfying when you are from Philly! Bobby D's was GREAT for our kids (8, 12, 13.) They had something from there just about every day. Most often they would go without us. Breakfast was good all around.

Tips I would give
1. Know, going in to your vacation, exactly what you should get with your package. A few days in, we met a family who were 8 year veterans of Beaches T&C. They gave us more info about what we should have been getting and doing than the concierge.
2. When you are not sure, ask a lot of questions of the employees and make sure you get a satisfying answer! We had a problem at the water sports desk and the employee's response was to delay us and not look at us. Very frustrating.
3. Add more days onto your trip. You'll be sorry when you get there if you don't!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

I am an agent with Dream Makers Vacation Services and I traveled with the agency’s owner, Amy McHugh to the Sandals/Beaches STAR Awards from December 2, 2009 – December 5, 2009.
I had been hearing for years how beautiful Turks & Caicos is and how I must get there. That was a complete under statement!!! The Island was amazingly beautiful and peaceful. The resort, in a word, AMAZING!!! We were in a 2 room suite in the Italian Village and from the moment I arrived at the property I felt like a VIP.
The resort has 4 Villages, The Caribbean, French, Seaside and Italian Village. Each village had its own charm and appeal. The grounds are impeccably maintained and the vegetation is remarkably beautiful. I took a ton of photos of just the landscaping!!!
The beach, unbelievable. One afternoon we took a walk as the sun was setting and it was just breath taking. I also did some snorkeling while there and even the base of the ocean is beautiful white sand. hands down one of the best beaches in the world.
The Italian Village is the most “modern” village with the other three being what I would consider more “caribbeanish.” I took a tour of the property and was shown rooms in each village, they are all in great condition and well maintained.
I was only at the resort for 4 days so I didn’t get to try all of the restaurants on the property but each meal that I did have was very good. The buffets for breakfast provided a great variety to choose from and the food was always hot and fresh. I also tried Barefoot By The Sea on my final morning at the resort for a cooked to order breakfast and that was wonderful!!! Sitting with your feet in the sand while looking at the beautiful ocean…it doesn’t get any better than that.
The brick oven pizza (Bella Napoli Pizzeria) for lunch was fabulous and a great option if you want to grab something and bring it back to the pool with you.
One of my favorite meal options at this resort was the “cook to order pasta station.” You could choose your vegetables, chicken; shrimp etc… and then chose the type of noodle and sauce you wanted as well. This was available at both Giuseppe’s and Mario’s.
My children were not with me on this trip but I knew immediately that I needed to make plans for my husband and me to bring them to this AMAZING resort as soon as possible!!! There are so many things for kids of all ages to do at this resort. Who wouldn’t love being able to grab their own soft serve ice-cream at Bobby D’s whenever they want. Or float along the lazy river in the Pirate themed water park after sliding down the huge waterslides or taking a try on the surf simulator. And if it rains or you need a break from the sun there is the X-Box Garage with all the latest and greatest games to try out. There is a kids/teen disco as well.
And of course there is also the staff, very accommodating and very friendly.
Beaches Turks and Caicos is the perfect place for a vacation whether you are traveling with or without children.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer them.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

We travel several times a year, and this is by far the best family vacation spot! We traveled with our 18 month old son, and another couple with their 2 year old, and 5 month old. We reserved a 2 bedroom concierge room in the French Village, and were upgraded upon arrival to a Seaside Villa with Butler Service. AMAZING! The room itself was not very modern, but we were having such a wonderful time, we really could not complain. Our butler's Paul, and Sherriann anticipated our every need. They made the trip extraordinary! They arranged for us to have a cabana daily, dinner reservations nightly, and nannies in our room daily so we could enjoy the pool during nap time. The grounds were so clean my son could walk around barefoot.

What made it so relaxing was that not once did we get a look when one of our babies would cry, the staff seems to genuinely love kids! The food was so so, but the overall experience more than made up for it. The only drawback was that the adults in our group were getting bug bites. We were told they were caused by Beach Flies, so bring some repellent for when you hit the beach. We will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Beaches Turks & Caicos for two weeks in December, 2009.
We really underestimated the extent of the "family" atmosphere. I would not recommend this resort to those who do not have children. If you do decide to go, here are some helpful hints.

1. The beach area to the far left (as you are looking toward the ocean) is the least populated.

2. Mario's has the best breakfast and lunch buffets. Sit outside on the terrace by Gordon's Grill. It is very quite. At lunch you can get your own beverage refills by the self-service area. We found the wait staff at Mario's to be inattentive, so it is best that you can get your own drinks and refills.

3. The wood fired pizzas are very good. Try the honey and cinnamon pizza.

4. The sushi restaurant was excellent. Service was great. Although this isn't an adult only restaurant, there were very few children there.

Overall, the resort is beautiful. The beach and ocean are spectacular. You can walk for hours along the beach. The area seems very safe. We were never hassled when we left the property. The staff is friendly. We were able to find healthy food options. Just prepare yourself for a family atmosphere (crying children, sesame character parades, indulgent parents).

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lower Bight Road, B.W.I, Providenciales
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Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Providenciales
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#7 Top resorts Hotel in Providenciales
#8 Spa Hotel in Providenciales
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 770
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Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting Beaches all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family. A 45,000 square-foot waterpark; four magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street(R) characters, the new Xbox(R) Play Lounge and a sizzlin' teen disco, Liquid at Beaches-all located on one of the world's best beaches.19 Specialty dining options with everything from Caribbean to Japanese, Italian to French, Seafood to Sushi•7000-sq-ft retail village offering guests" high-end jewelry, fashion, candies, souvenirs•Our very own Pirates Island themed aqua-playground hosting one of the Caribbean"s most comprehensive water parks featuring nine slides, lazy river, surf simulator, water cannons, cranks and spray features•Kids of all ages can enjoy fun and games with Elmo and friends in our Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street(R)•X-BOX(R) Play Lounge with plasma screens and the latest games on the market •Voted Beaches Resorts "World"s Leading Family All-Inclusive" 14 years in a row•Voted Beaches Turks & Caicos "Turks & Caicos Leading Resort" for the 4th year in a row•Voted Beaches Turks & Caicos "The Caribbean"s Leading Family All- Inclusive" for the 2nd year in a row•Six Star Diamond Award- Beaches Resorts "Keeping it Green", American Academy of Hospitality Sciences•Six Star Diamond Award- Beaches Turks & Caicos for the Italian Village•Five Star Diamond Award- The Resort, Le Petit Chateau Restaurant and Mario"s Restaurant ... more   less 
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