This was our first time to Beaches although we have stayed at a Sandals before, so my husband and I had fairly high expectations of what this resort was going to be. It was simply wonderful. We booked with Michael from Dream Makers Vacation Services and he did a super job of answering any questions I had. I'm so glad we booked with him because it made us feel like VIPs. When we checked in, one of the GMs (I believe), Jamie, greeted us and spent some time welcoming us to the island. Check-in was quick and in no time Berry was showing us to our room. We even had a few special surprises from both Dream Makers Vacation Services and Beaches waiting for us in our room. It made us feel completely appreciated.
We stayed in the Italian Oceanfront Walkout Concierge Family Suite with Kids Room (Rm 3102). The location was perfect: right next door to the dive shop and Barefoot and steps from the beach. Everything was clean and in great working order, and we had no problems at all with housekeeping or concierge. We always had clean towels, turn down service, and a stocked fridge. If we accidentally kept our Do Not Disturb light on, they would actually call us and see if we needed anything. Sure, the room was expensive, but it was really nice and well worth it. If you're traveling with kids (which I assume pretty much everyone is), having a separate room so you could have some privacy and space was invaluable for a vacation lasting more than a couple of days (we were there 9 days). Although there are mosquitoes on the island (hey people, we are in the Caribbean), just make sure to take some precautions (citronella candle (highly recommend), bug spray, etc), and don't let a bug bite or two ruin your trip. I never saw one ant or roach.
Restaurants: the food was all pretty good, with a large variety of choices. From steak and seafood, pastas, fruits and vegetables, cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, there was never a meal someone couldn't find something they enjoyed. Aside from a few dinners, meals for the most part seemed to be a buffet offering. This was convenient and allowed everyone to try new things they normally wouldn't. Kimono's was by far our favorite (we went twice, thanks to Dream Maker's making our first reservation for us); make sure to order a sake bomb. This dining experience is what you make it, so have fun with it. Arizona's did, however, have the best steak for dinner we found.
Bars: lots of places to grab a drink. Sure, the bars are busy, but almost every drink they're making is blended. The kids are all welcome to order whatever smoothie concoctions they want, so just remember you have to wait your turn too to grab a beer. Don't be afraid to ask! If you want a double, or a specific brand, they have no problem making that happen for you. Our favorite bar was the one right outside the Italian lobby. They had couches circling the bar, so it was a great spot many nights to smoke a cigar (purchased from the gift shop, pick up a torpedo, it was our favorite), have a drink (or 3) and people watch. Although Andrew's badge said he was a trainee, he was by far the best bartender we met on the resort. Thanks for taking care of us and making sure our anniversary champagne was never empty.
Diving: one of the best parts of my trip. Fair warning however, it seemed that diving (and the snorkel trips) are the most popular activities by far, so show up early (and by early, I really mean early. Don't be afraid to grab a coffee and show up an hour or so before they open up. Space is VERY limited so it fills up quick). Because I didn't have a grasp on how quick everything fills up, I lost a couple of days of diving. I had planned on doing the resort course (I had done it before at Sandals, but that was two years ago), but that day was full, as well as the next day. My only hope was to show up the next day super early and hope to sign up for the next next day (ugh). Jamie at the dive shack however suggested I get certified instead so I went for it. I received a package with some study material to do that night so I could be prepared for my pool sessions in the morning. The pool sessions were completed by lunchtime so I still had the rest of my day. The day after, I did my ocean dives and voila! Scuba certified! Thanks Abi for being a great teacher! I did manage to get 5 dives in before my vacation was over, so I felt that I got my diving fix. Special thanks to Roddy and Duggie for being super helpful as well!
Watersports: plenty of activities to do, if the weather permits it. Unfortunately for my family, we didn't get a chance to do the water trykes, wind surfing or paddle boarding. We did do some kayaking, and after trying to find a way to get on a hobie cat before our vacation was over, we realized if you just ask for them to take you out, you'll get a nice ride. No sailing knowledge required!
Beach: obviously, perfect. The sand was super soft and the water warm and crystal clear. I never noticed it to be crowded or was unable to find a chair. If you're looking for a sun shade, walk 20 feet down the beach and you'll find one. The resort beach is quite long, so you should be able to find a perfect spot. While there are a few beach vendors, they stay mainly close to the dock. Sure, they may ask every time you walk by, but they're also easily placated with a "no thank you".
Island Routes: no regrets on the Kitty Katt catamaran cruise. It was money well spent and I feel that our family got a great half day trip out of this excursion. Some sailing, snorkeling, island exploring, water sliding, drinking rum punch and snacking on lunch, dancing with the DJ, it was all in all a good time. My family also did a parasailing trip, but that was through one of the guys on the beach. It unfortunately cost just as much as our 3 hour cruise did, but if you haven't tried it before, you can't beat the view from up there.
Candlelight dinner: absolutely perfect anniversary night. Schedule your reservation around 7 pm for a fantastic sunset dinner.
Photoshop: must do. Our family sunset photo shoot on the beach was great, we got some amazing shots. Sure, the DVD isn't cheap, but it's so worth it. Our only complaint was we scheduled a photographer to come to our candlelight dinner to take pictures of us on our anniversary, and when she showed up, she went to the wrong table because she didn't know who she was looking for. So instead of my husband and I getting pictures of us on our anniversary at sunset, the couple down the beach from us did. We had to ask our waiter to go track her down and have her come back to snap a few shots, but by then the sun was already gone :(
Cultural market: souvenir shopping. Behind the resort is a small local market of 8-10 shops selling all your standard souvenirs and trinkets. You can sign out with security to get there, spend 20 minutes picking up some magnets and local art, and be back at your room in under an hour. If you're not really looking for serious shopping, this was a great option to pick some stuff up without having to ride in a taxi.
To sum it up, it was a great family friendly resort. The kids always had something to do, and it was safe enough for us to let them go off on their own. We were one of those parents with walkie talkies though, and we were so glad we had them. Being able to stay in touch gave us a piece of mind so we could enjoy adult bar time while they enjoyed kid time at the Xbox garage or Club Liquid. There was something for everyone and we all had a wonderful time. Beaches Turks and Caicos is definitely on the list of places we would go to again. Can't wait to go back sometime!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Beaches Turks Caicos Providenciales
- Beaches Turks And Caicos
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