We went as a family with a son 13 and daughter 9. I was a little nervous after reading some very negative reviews. I am pleased to say we had a great time at a great resort. Keep in mind a 5 star all inclusive is not a 5 star hotel. This is a great resort if you have kids, but I would not reccommend if you didn't. The resort is very large. My kids didn't make friends as easy as they have in the past at smaller resorts. I did not think the staff was lazy or unfriendly at all as stated in many reviews. We went during spring break and the resort was at capacity. I would have never known. We never felt crowded like we did when we went to Disney World over spring break.
Rooms: We had a lowest category room and we were very satisfied. We were closer to the beach than the French Village and had patios and balconies (upper floors in the French Village do not). The only advantages I saw for the suites is that you had room service and the butler could get you reservations into "full" restraurants. (Although in a couple of weeks only the one adults restraurant will require reservations) Never saw any ants. Somedays our room was made up later than others, but who cares. Unfortunatley it rained 4 days of our trip (we we told it was very unusual for this time of the year), so I was very thankful to have a covered patio to be outside despite the rain.
Food: I thought the food was great for an all-inclusive. Breakfasts and lunch was similar to cruise quality. Dinner except for the adult restraunts was lower than cruise quality, but still very good. I would try to go to the adult's restraurants if you can - Saspadillos if you can only choose 1. Kimonos and Schooners were our favorite family restraurants. I'm not much of a buffet person so we avoided Reflections and Gissepes for dinner. Arizonas was great for lunch, fresh Mahi Mahi every day, ok for dinner. The pizza outside of the Iguanna pool was top notch and was favorite meal and snack, especailly for my kids.
The kids also loved getting late night snacks at Bobby Ds, ice cream available at several locations and cotton candy by the Iguanna pool. Don't miss the crepes at Cafe De Paris.
Pools: Can be a bit chilly, but on a hot sunny day feel great Plenty of rafts available. Chairs did fill up by afternnon, but as long as you claimed your spot by 10:00 or 11:00, you were fine. No problem with bringing balls, dive toys, etc. We had fun playing water polo and pool games at iguannas.
Beach: Beautiful beach. Narrow, but long with plenty of chairs. There is no bar service on the beach, but it is a short walk to two pool bars. The best part is the snorkeling. A 10 minuite walk down the beach is a great reef. We saw puffer fish, angel fish, baraccuda, trumpet fish, flouder, and lots of sea turtle (off to the right in the grassy area). My kids loved it. We brought our own snorkeling gear to avoid leaky masks that sometimes occur with cheaper resort equipement. We never took a snorkeling trip because we were told you saw just as much off the beach.
Scuba: Three of us got certified while on vacation. Dive shop was very proffesional. Water was rough the week we were there so we needed to dive on the other side of the island. This added taxi time and further boat trip (45 minutes). Some people got sick with the long boat trip. We took dramamine and had no issues.
Activities: Our kids didn't use the kids club. They did particpate in some activities. However, not all activities on the schedule took place and when you tried to ask someone, noone seemed to know anything. I think the club is great for the young crowd <8. Not so great for the older crowd.
Entertainment: The nightly entertainment is quite week. My 9 year old liked it, but 13 year old son hated it. Lots of lip syncing. However, the barefoot beach lauau (Fri) was lots of fun and so was the Caribbean night (Wed). Be sure to read the schedule so you don't miss out.
Bars: Never had to wait long. Great drinks, top shelf available on request. Gave just as good of service to the kids as to the adults. My kids loved trying the different virgin tropical drinks.
It is an expensive resort, but definetly caters towards families. Our kids both said it was their best vacation. They are doing a major waterpark expansion, says in will be done this winter, but I doubt it. I would like to go back once it is completed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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