Our family of four, 2 adults and two boys ages 10 and 12, went to Beaches T and C June 10-15. We had researched Trip Advisor and other sites for many months and were concerned about the mixed reviews this resort received. We shouldn't have worried! We have been to several other all-inclusives in Mexico and Jamaica. Beaches T and C is the BEST !
Beach: Absolutely the clearest, warm, aquamarine water with powdery white sand beaches you can imagine. It is almost surreal! You could see your toes clearly even when the water was neck high. Last year we had a wonderful trip to Palm Beach, Aruba, and that was exquisite but this was better, hands down! The area, while building up quickly, is still quiet enough to walk along the shore for miles and not be hassled by vendors or the sight of high rises jammed together or a fleet of boats in the water. Children could build sandcastles at the water's edge or wade out quite a distance before the water became too deep. There is virtually no wave action but was cool enough make for a refreshing swim from the hot sun. Plenty of chairs were available as were paplapas or blue, 2 person "cabanas" for shade.
Pools: 5 main ones in all--a very small pool for the younger children (next to their kids' club); a kiddie pool w/slides, swim-up bar w/nonalchoholic drinks, waterfall and grotto by the pirate ship (where the older children's program called "Captain's Kids" meets); and three other pools w/swim-up bars. One of these, the Arizona pool, was undergoing construction while we were there (only part of it was closed) and we didn't use it. Another, the Cascades pool, was the site for family activities such as volleyball, aquasize, dive-in movies, etc. This pool always had music playing and snack stations serving ice-cream, cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, etc. during the day. Additionally, there is a made to order pizza oven for a handy, "no need to change clothes" lunch. All pools were sparkling and cleaned constantly.
Rooms: We had the least expensive room possible (Turquoise Deluxe) and it was awesome! Newly painted and furnished with a King bed, sleeper sofa (which my sons found to be quite comfortable), patio w/chairs, table and racks to hang our wet items, plenty of dresser and closet space, a mini-fridge stocked daily with water bottles, a good sized TV, and a huge bathroom. They even provided Beaches umbrellas for the typical afternoon rainshower! A thoughtful touch.
Restaurants: All were fine with a regularly changing menu. With 10 options, we didn't get to try them all but our favorites included Le Petite Chateau (the tenderloin is too die for!); Cafe de Paris had wonderful crepes w/fresh berries of all types and many other delicious pastries; and Guiseppe's, an Italian themed buffet that also served a nice, generic lunch or breakfast buffet. We preferred this buffet over Reflections, altho' that restaurant had some wonderful grilled Mahi-Mahi. Before the trip, we had read on TA that Schooners (closest restaurant to the ocean) had great King crab legs and, since they are our favorite, we were eager to eat there. They served the crab legs already cracked. All you had to do was pull out the meat with your fork. However, Schooners is truly ala carte--defintiely order your appetizer and dessert as no side dishes come with entrees. We also ate at Kimonos, but having been to Shogun various times back home, were not impressed with either the food or the "show".
Kids Club/Activities: Being boys, our children would have spent most of their time in the X-box Oasis if we had let them. And yes, it is a true, large 2-room building full of many types of video games (rather than the "game room" that other resorts offer which have 3-4 arcade games max). There is also, nearby, a separate building with foosball, pool tables, air-hockey, ping-pong and TV. My sons spent two days (including one evening) in the kids club. They tie-dyed shirts (bring some along or buy at a steep price from one of the gift shops), did scavenger hunts and pirate activities, played baseball and soccer, practiced skills for the family talent show, played pool games, built a rocket launcher and more. The resort also offers some teen activities, which, while we never saw them take place, our elder son said he would like to come back and try next year when he is in that age group.
Trips/Excursions: We went kayaking (and loved it), sailboating, and on the free, daily snorkeling tripthat the resort offers. This snorkel boat goes to a different location each day and several people we talked to said they saw lots of interesting sea creatures at different locations. The day we went was just OK--lots of colorful fish and corals, but the walk down the beach to Bight Reef (in front of the Coral Gardens Hotel) yielded much better snorkeling. There we saw a 20 lb. lobster, various sea turtles (one kept swimming with my husband and kept coming right to his hand to be petted --or possibly fed, which we didn't do), a sea horse. My son even saw an octopus there (when he was out with the kids club). We also did the Conch and Sand Dollar excursion, offered by the hotel. It cost approx. 84.00 for anyone 12 and over, and 46.00 for children. First the boat took us searching for our own conch shells outside the conch farm's waters (this only lasted a few minutes) then we went alongside the breathtaking shore of various other islands which the captain gave us some history of the area. We stopped to snorkel at a gorgeous, pristine and deserted beach. There, the first mate showed us how to remove the meat from the conch shells (which we later took home as souveniers). While we searched for sand dollars and shells in the water, the crew prepared a delicious conch salad---along with other good foods for lunch--that we dined on during our return trip to the resort. Bob Marley was on the CD player, the sun was on our backs and the wind was in our hair....I'm telling you people, it's doesn't get any better than this!
Service/Entertainment: Every where we went, people were smiling and asking us if we needed anything. Many employees were from Jamaica or the Bahamas and much of their friendly attitude shone through. Photographers went around taking pictures of everyone doing various activities. Noone was ever pushy or rude. If you didn't want to be bothered, you could politely decline and they went on their way. If you did want a photo, you could just ask and they were happy to make you next in line. We purchased several pictures-- the people in the photo shop were more than patient scrolling through all your family's pictures, deleting those you weren't interested in and changing the fonts, borders, etc. of any you wanted. The evening entertainment on the main stage was of the typical AI type--variety and cultural shows and every night there was an appearance of the Sesame Street Characters. The Characters made several special appearances throughout the day and had their own Sesame Street activities for the younger children. Two nights nights we attended special events: Tuesday, there was a Caribbean Street Festival with special food stalls and games (including a limbo) set up that featured a fire-eater and dancing. One night there was a late night Chocolate Buffet--everthing from white chocolate to dipped strawberries to truffles and brownies...even the signs were made of chocolate! This event had set up martinis and wine to make it even more decadent!
In conclusion, we cannot imagine what in the world people were complaining about. Yes, there were a few tiny ants in the bathroom one night, yes the staff did give us too many towels (and no washclothes ) one day and too few another. Yes, twice, the morning crew mixed up our drink order and yes, there is some walking to get from one place to the other, especially if you are in the older section. But, relax and enjoy yourselves. We certainly did!
- 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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