Beaches Turks and Caicos is the largest resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is an award winning family property located along the shores of Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales. The resort sits on 93 acres and is spread out among four unique villages- Italy, France, the Caribbean, and Key West, each reflecting a distinct architecture and ambience. Key West Village, the newest addition, contains hotel rooms and also multi-bedroom condos. This all-inclusive property is surrounded by other resorts, but no other amenities, such as shopping and dining, are within walking distance. However, the resort itself is a destination. There is plenty of fun for both kids and parents. Kids of all ages will love the Pirates Island Waterpark, which is the largest waterpark in the Caribbean. It features eight water slides, a surf simulator, lazy river, fountains, waterfalls, and much more. The Sesame Street Characters- Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch, make daily appearances for the youngest set. Special character breakfasts are available, as well as parades, nightly tuck-in times, and meet and greet opportunities. Teenagers will be entertained at the Xbox Play Lounge Garage and the dance club with mocktails. Adults shouldn’t hesitate to come here without kids. I found Key West Village to be especially peaceful, and there are many other places where you won’t find many kids around. There are 21 restaurants at the resort, some being for adults only, and countless bars. The Red Lane Spa has a full spa menu, and of course there are many watersports, including scuba diving.
The resort has a 24-hour fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. There are also a variety of complimentary fitness classes available including yoga, Zumba, morning power walks and Pilates. Guests who prefer to take their workout outdoors can rent ocean kayaks, snorkel gear, windsurfing equipment, hydrobikes, paddleboards, scuba diving equipment (if previously certified) and Hobie Cats. Plus, the resort offers many unlimited land activities as well, such as croquet, horseshoes, tennis, beach volleyball, pool, darts, shuffleboard, lawn chess and pingpong. Island Adventure Tours are located right on the property and will help you reserve off-site excursions.
Six pools are spread throughout the different villages. At these pools there are five swim-up bars, two waterslides, two kiddie pools and four whirlpools. You will also find a lap pool, a wading pool, a family pool with a lazy river, an infinity pool, an adult pool and jacuzzi. Deck chairs, cabanas, and towels are provided.
Beaches Turks & Caicos has 21 restaurants and 15 bars throughout the property. Various cuisine options are available, which include Mario’s Italian Cuisine, Kimono’s Oriental Cuisine, Arizona’s Tex-Mex Cooking, and Schooners Seafood Grill. La Petit Chateau offers Parisian-inspired dishes with wine from around the world, and for a local flavor there’s Sapadillas Caribbean Cuisine. The resort also features Neptune’s Mediterranean Seafood and The Cricketers Pub for an authentic English experience. The resort rates include all meals, snacks, and beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic). There are also casual options including Dino’s Pizzeria Italiana, Cafe de Paris, Bobby Dee’s and Bella Napoli Pizzeria. A romantic private oceanfront dining experience can also be arranged.
Guest rooms at the resort offer multiple room categories, which are grouped by service type and include luxury level, concierge level and butler level rooms. All rooms include air conditioning, king or double beds, satellite TV, refrigerators, clock radios, and private baths and showers with tiled floors. Amenities vary by room category and service type, but all accommodations feature mahogany furnishings, in-room bars, clock radios, flat-screen TVs, and in-room safes. All-inclusive rates cover water sports rentals, land activities, wifi, Kids Camp, airport transfers, top-shelf liquor, all tips, gratuities and hotel taxes.
The Caribbean Village is the oldest at the resort, originally built as a collection of rooms at another resort, later purchased and renovated by Beaches, which also added an addition. Here, most of the rooms are among the smallest offered on the resort, and do not feature ocean views. Located beside the beach, the Caribbean Village is surrounded by tropical gardens and palm trees.
This village has a European feel with bistros and cafes and beautiful gardens. The center of the village features a massive pool with a swim-up bar and hot tub. Room options are better suited to large families (versus the Caribbean Village) with one, two, and three bedroom suites accommodating up to 14 people. The French Village is also the most budget-friendly. Standard rooms in this portion of the resort provide two double beds and a single sleep chair or one king and one twin daybed with a trundle.
If you want a more luxurious experience, tailored especially for families, the Italian Village would be a good choice. Here, 162 family suites offer everything a family needs, regardless of age. Children will enjoy separate rooms with bunk beds while parents can relax in their own sitting room with a TV and Jacuzzi tub. The Italian Village also has its own 14,000-square-foot pool with a signature swim-up bar; an expanded Kids Camp facility for ages 5 to 12, with an arts and crafts center; a teen lounge with arcade games and foosball; Liquid, an aqua-themed nightclub for teens; 7,000 square feet of retail space; and five gourmet restaurants, plus a wood-fired pizza oven. There are several suite offerings in the Italian Village and many offer butler service.
Key West Village
Key West Village, which opened in May 2013, is the newest neighborhood to join the resort, and offers a vibe of the Southernmost point in the United States, after which it’s named. This luxurious village offers oceanfront accommodations, many with multiple balconies. It also has 168 additional large accommodations, featuring studios, one and two bedroom suites, and three to four bedroom villas, some with private pools.
Beaches Turks & Caicos offers “WeddingMoons” which include the ceremony and an all-inclusive honeymoon. Couples can choose from a variety of settings such as the beach, gardens or poolside patios for ceremonies and receptions. On-site wedding planners are available to assist with details such as venue selection, flower arrangements and photography. Wedding ceremonies are complimentary; however, options to upgrade are available.
The resort offers a Kids Camp with supervised activities for different age groups including the infants program for little ones 24 months and younger, the Toddler Program for children 3 to 5 years old, a Pre-teen Program, a Teen Program, an After Camp Care Program, and a Special Needs Program. There is also the Xbox Play Lounge, the tween hang out spot, Trench Town, equipped with arcade games, and the Pirates Island Waterpark. Plus there are Sesame Street character experiences and activities, so kids can meet and play with various cast members of Sesame Street. Nanny services outside of Kids Camp are available for an extra fee.
The beach at Beaches Turks & Caicos is definitely the most spectacular part of the resort. The soft white sand the the clear turquoise water is breathtaking. It has been ranked “Best Beach” by Conde Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Located on the north shore of the island, you will also find a long coral reef, rich in aquatic life, which is perfect for snorkeling and diving.
Overall, this is an amazing resort and definitely has something for everyone. It is clearly a family resort, so it may not be the best choice for romance. However, if you want an all-inclusive resort with an attentive staff, great accommodations, and lots of activities, you will love this resort!
Ann Jones, CTC, MCC, Trip Quest Travel Services