We returned from Beaches two weeks ago. As everyone says here, DON'T go if you don't have kids!! Our last visit to the resort was 6 years ago and it was probably the best vacation of our lives. At that time, there were hardly any families, no sesame street program, just serious divers and couples, mostly.
We did 2 dives every day (6 years ago) and were blown away by the gorgeous beaches and great dive program. we vowed to one day return.
Now we have a 2 year-old and decided to go back to take advantage of the kids program. The resort is very very expensive, costing us $1000 a day, although I did book a nice Presidential suite with a large balcony (near the Arizona waterfall pool). There are rooms for a lot less, though, about $400 a night for the regular main building. Of course, that includes all food and drinks but I ended up paying extra for wine every night out at dinner because we are wine drinkers and didn't like what they had that was included in the prices. Speaking of drinks, you CAN get premium vodka like grey goose at the bar in the main building. you have to ask for it by name. The concierge service that came with the suites wasn't that great. we asked for grey goose for the room and he said they don't have it when later we found out they did. I ended up paying $65 to get the concierge to go get it for us. The "stocked wet bar" in the room has weird unknown labels like vodka from the Bahamas??? We wouldn't have touched that to disinfect something!!
The food is OK-not fabulous but not terrible. The French restaurant Le Petit Chateau was our favorite and the service was great, very friendly. We liked the afternoon buffet at Arizonas, the open air grill had ribs, burgers, etc.
The kids program seemed pretty good, lots of fun activities, but towards the end of the week, my daughter didn't want to go back in, not sure if something happened there, there is no way to know but the childcare women did seem pretty competent and they seemed to like kids. We used the nanny service every night for 2 hours and it was well worth the $12 an hour for a night of peaceful dining. We got very spoiled. Audrey was our favorite, they take the kids to the parade, to eat, etc., they don't just stay in your room (unless you want that) she even gave the baby a nice bubble bath in our room! Our kid loved posing with the sesame street characters.
One great attraction that costs extra is the iguana island trip, it is not to be missed! The half day includes snorkeling off an island and the iguana reserve is amazing, they iguanas will come up and take pieces of apple right out of your hand! We were only able to go because of the child care program since 2 is really too young to enjoy these types of outings.
The property is beautiful, the beaches as gorgeous as ever, I just think they charge too much for what you get. For what we paid for a week we could have stayed in the Florida Keys for 2 months in an oceanfront condo!! Of course, it is supposedly "all-inclusive" but if you are choosy about wine, you will end up buying your own. My bill when I checked out was ANOTHER $1000, of course I dd splurge on nannies, wine, got a lot of beaches stuff from the gift store, photos, etc.
Bottom line: it's a beautiful place to go if you have money to burn. Don't go if you are pinching pennies or on a budget. Even the Four Seasons chain (5 star) is less expensive!!
- 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
- Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa Turks And Caicos/Providenciales