Our stay at Beaches was complimentary. All opinions are my own.
Family vacations can serve many purposes. They can be the perfect way to reconnect as a family as a break from busy, hectic schedules. They can be a conduit to learning about different cultures and meeting new people. They can be a way to have an exciting adventure. And, they can be a way to just have a fabulous time together. At Beaches Turks and Caicos, an all-inclusive resort located on the Caribbean island of Providenciales, families can enjoy a little bit of all of these things. I recently had the opportunity to stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos and got to learn so much about the resort. While I traveled solo for this trip, I’d love to return with my children in the future. I know they’d love it.
A Guide to Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort
Recovery of Beaches Turks and Caicos
Many readers may know that in September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean. While Turks and Caicos, including Beaches Resort, was hit by the hurricane, the resort has made a fantastic recovery and is welcoming families back. If I didn’t know about the hurricane, I never would have known about it based upon the appearance of the resort. It’s definitely ready for families to enjoy again.
Arriving At Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos
Upon landing at the tiny Providenciales airport, you’ll deplane through an outdoor ramp that is wheeled over to your plane. Once you go through immigration and customs and claim your luggage, you’ll walk out of the small airport to the outdoors. Head to the left, and you’ll see a Beaches welcome area. There, you’ll be guided to your transfer to the airport. The total trip is about 15 minutes, and I only waited a few minutes to board a van. These are small vans, not buses, so they are constantly running. The vans make stops at each village, so you’ll be exactly where you need to be when you arrive.
Checking in was simple. I was offered a complimentary beverage when I arrived (alcoholic and non-alcoholic are options), and after filling out a little bit of information, I received my key.
Butler Service and Concierge Service
As you book your stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos, you’ll see an option for butler or concierge service. These are absolutely not necessary, but do add some additional services to your stay. For instance, those with butler service may have reserved areas at the pools and beach, can access room service, and get private transfers to the airport and luggage packing and unpacking services, in addition to many other luxury services.
My room had concierge service added, and while I didn’t really take advantage of it, there were definitely some great benefits. These include access to the concierges to book the reservation-only restaurant, daily snorkeling trips, a Dad and Me basketball shoot out, a concierge lounge, and restocking of in-room bars. Upon arrival, I received a menu with different wine options. I could choose as many of those as I wanted, and they were delivered a few minutes later.
Beaches Turks and Caicos Rooms
Booking a room at Beaches may seem a bit complicated, because there are so many options. In fact, there are 44 room categories offered. A number of “villages” comprise the resort, including Key West, Italian Village, French Village, Seaside Villas, and Caribbean Village. These areas all have décor matching their theme. It’s very easy to move among the villages, however, so think more about where you want to stay and less about where you think you’ll be spending the night. The walk throughout the villages is very easy.
Room types include villas, family suites, and individual rooms. You may not be spending too much time in your room, so keep that in mind as you decide what type of room to book. If you are traveling with grandparents, a villa is a great option. These accommodations, located in the Key West section, include kitchens and washer/dryer facilities. While you won’t need the kitchen, since the resort is an all-inclusive, it’s so nice to have the washer/dryer. I was able to wash all of my clothes on my last night and returned home with a suitcase full of clean clothes.
Room amenities do vary based upon the room type and village area, but include complimentary WiFi (higher speed WiFi is available at an additional cost), coffee maker, clock radios, televisions, satellite television, and air conditioning. I was able to use the complimentary WiFi with no issues, but if you have to work during your vacation, it may be worthwhile to pay for the upgrade.
Things to Do at Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos
I could do an entirely separate article about things to do at Beaches, because there truly is so much. Of course, as you’d expect, the beach is a big part of the draw here. Located on Grace Bay, the beach is filled with lounge chairs and umbrellas so you could really spend a full day there. While the January water was a bit chilly, even for this Bostonian, I did still cool off a bit in the sea. If you don’t want to swim, it’s nice to even just sit and read a book as you enjoy the gorgeous turquoise waters.
Beverage service is available at the beach, but food generally isn’t. It’s pretty easy to head back up to one of the restaurants for a quick break before enjoying an afternoon on the water.
Water sports are also available, including scuba diving (for certified divers), snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaks, and much more. Unlike other all-inclusive resorts, motorized water sports are included at Beaches. All of this is dependent upon beach conditions – if it’s a red or yellow flag day, options will be limited. If your family enjoys water sports, this is definitely a huge benefit. My kids would love having these activities available to them.
Prefer to explore the waterpark? You’ll find nine water slides, a lazy river, a surf simulator, as well as other water activities. Everything is right there – regardless of where you are staying, it’s just a short walk.
Kids ages 0-17 years can spend some time in the kids camps. Little ones (up to 4 years) can enjoy Camp Sesame, which is open from 9am to 9pm (with 2 hour long breaks). The regular kids camp is available for kids 5-10 from 9am to 9pm. There’s also a tween and teen club for older kids. If you need babysitting outside of the scope and/or hours of the kids’ clubs, sitters are offered at an additional price.
There’s plenty of entertainment each day and night. Little kids will especially love all of the Sesame Street characters and events that are offered as part of the Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street. A schedule was placed in my room each evening with a listing of the next day’s events. Some of the offerings over the week included a Turks and Caicos culture night (complete with a Fire Dance spectacle), a Sesame Street parade, live musical entertainment, shows, poolside activities, a Beach Party, and a Fish Fry event. Each week, there are four themed musical theater shows performed on property, and twice a week, local artists and merchants set up booths with their wares for you to purchase.
Beaches also includes lots of other activities and amenities, including the Red Lane Spa (services offered at an additional fee), fitness centers, tennis, volleyball, and more.
The highlight of my trip was the Reading Road Trip. We had the opportunity to bring some of our favorite books to read to local school children. I brought along Make Way for Ducklings, a book that takes place in Boston. As I read to them, I answered some questions about Boston and the US (they were fascinated by the idea of snow), and learned about their lives. It’s absolutely a worthwhile detour on your family vacation – learn more about it here. (Note – if you go, the kids were especially interested in getting coloring books, so bring some along to give them). I wish I had brought along more school supplies and books, and definitely want to return and do the Reading Road Trip again with my children.
Restaurants At Beaches
As an all-inclusive resort, Beaches makes sure that you’ll never go hungry. There are 22 specialty dining concepts scattered throughout the resort, all with different cuisines and themes. Several of them are slightly more upscale, and a few offer adult-only dining experiences. A few require resort evening apparel – so pack long pants and nice shirts if you want to be able to eat at these spots. In most cases, you can just walk up to the restaurant you’ll want to dine at, although Kimonos, the teppanyaki restaurant, requires reservations (and is definitely worthwhile).
I enjoyed breakfast at Neptunes and Schooners as well as lunch at Arizona’s (eat from the outside buffet with includes tacos). We had dinner at Kimonos, Mario’s, and Sapodillas, and I loved all three. There are enough restaurants that you could easily try something different each night. Cuisines include Japanese, Caribbean, Italy, and Indian. It’s fun to wake up in the morning and think about the various cuisines you can try throughout the day.
One thing I did notice is the lack of quick snacks. There’s popcorn and cookies, but in general, finding quick snacks was a little difficult.
As the mom of a child with food allergies, I’m always concerned with how resorts handle dietary restrictions. I was impressed with how well Beaches handles food allergies. While I wasn’t traveling with my daughter, several members of the group I was with had food allergies. The servers always asked about allergies before taking orders, and we able to accommodate requests. There’s also a culinary concierge who can assist with special requests.
What Else to Know for a Stay at Beaches
You won’t need to tip employees at Beaches Turks and Caicos (they simply don’t accept tips), so you really won’t need to bring too much cash along with you for tips. The currency in Turks and Caicos is US dollars, and you may want to have cash if you plan to purchase from the local vendors who set up for the craft show, the Beach Party, and the Fish Fry. There are no ATMs on property. Electrical outlets are the same as those in the United States, (120 volts, 60 cycle) so converters aren’t necessary if you are American. A nurse if available from 8am-10pm, if necessary.
When it’s time to return back to the Providenciales Airport, Beaches Resort will arrange for your complimentary transportation. The day before my departure, I had a form in my room listing all of the departures from the Providenciales Airport. Next to each flight was a time that your shuttle would be. Since there aren’t too many flights per day, it was easy to see the time I needed to depart. Your time will be pretty early, since you’ll need to arrive well in advance for your international flight. Keep in mind that there’s only one place to eat at the small airport, so eat before your departure if you can.
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