Beaches! Best Family Resort In Turks & Caicos
Updated: Mar 16
The following is all my honest review. I was not compensated and all pictures and videos were taken by myself. No stock or resort photos have been used.
After hearing amazing things about Beaches Turks & Caicos from friends and seeing all the amazing pictures they shared, it quickly became a bucket list destination for my family and I. You can imagine how ecstatic we all were to finally arrive after having to postpone our vacation in 2020 due to the world shutting down. It was everything we expected from an all inclusive luxury resort and more. Now add warm, calm, turquoise ocean water and a long stretch of soft white sand beach and you've arrived to paradise. Beaches Turks & Caicos made the absolutely perfect family vacation! There was luxury, fun, relaxation, adventure all rolled into one! The moment we stepped foot into the property we felt pampered and relaxed. We were greeted with a cold towel, drinks, and immediately assisted to start planning our stay. I'm going to share tips and things you can expect before you visit... plus pictures to give you a visual.
What Exactly Is Included In Your All Inclusive Resort Stay
Ok so the resort is all inclusive but what exactly does that mean? I'll list it all down below for you.
21 restaurants with unlimited dining (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
Unlimited alcoholic drink (wine, beer, hard liquor) anywhere in the resort
Access to all pools and whirlpools on property
Snorkeling with equipment, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, water bikes, sailing, Glass bottom boat ride
Scuba Diving with certification and equipment
Roundtrip airport transfer
Kids daycare, camp and activities with certified nannies
Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street
Tips, Taxes and gratuities included
Xbox play lounge
Pirates Island Waterpark
Day and night entertainments including live shows
Freshly ground coffee stations throughout the resort. Available 24 hours a day and so good.
Tip: Snorkeling and the Glass bottom boat ride book very quickly. You need to schedule these activities a day in advance. If you have concierge service they can book it for you, if not, make sure you show up at the Beach Activities Hut at 6am (1 hours before they open) to sign up for the next day. Totally worth the early wake up call.
Heres pictures of our glass bottom boat ride, paddle boarding and sailing all compliments of Sandals!
I've been to other all inclusive resorts in the past and the restaurants and drinks were nothing to rave about. Well let me tell you, this was not the case at Beaches Turks & Caicos. The restaurants are amazing! Five Star Global Gourmet Dining at its best. There are 21 restaurants to dine at and we almost enjoyed them all during our 8 day stay. They have Sushi, BBQ, French, and Italian cuisine just to name a few. They have cuisine from all around the globe! Keep in mind 3 of the restaurants are ADULTS ONLY and 4 require reservations...I'll mention those down below. If you are traveling with kiddos like we were, make sure to sign them up for some fun at the kids daycare so you can enjoy some of the adult only restaurant.
Here are the Adult only restaurants
You want to book a reservation for these as soon as you arrive to the resort. You can not book until arrival.
Sky Restaurant for dinner
Le Petit Chateau
Sapodillas Caribbean cuisine
Le Petit Chateau
Kimonos Oriental Cuisine
Sapodillas Caribbean Cuisine
Here are some of the restaurants that stood out for several different reasons. On arrival you will received a pamphlet with all the restaurant names, description, dress code, hours and a code to scan to see full menu.
Kimonos - Teppanyaki Style dinner. Food was delicious and it was the most fun for the whole family.
Bobby Dee's- Always available and kids' favorite. Burgers, Mac and Cheese, Pizza, Ice Cream and Cotton Candy available. Open 11am-6am. Perfect for night time snacks.
Marios - Best Breakfast buffet by far.
Sky Restaurant - Best ocean and sunset views. Perfect for date night.
Soy Sushi Bar - Loved the sushi and beautiful outdoor seating area. This restaurants had the longest serving time and in all fairness we were warned by the staff to order everything we wanted on the first order. Was it worth the wait, absolutely. They made up for the wait by keeping our glasses of wine topped off at all times hehe.
Tip: Restaurants are on Island time. Do not wait to go to a sit down restaurant until you are starving because more then likely you will be waiting a bit. Take advantage of the all inclusive menu and have a drink while you wait. If traveling with kids, use this as a time to chat about their favorite activities or parts of the day. Trust me, they will have MANY.
The resort is absolutely amazing but the Pirate Island Waterpark itself is just the perfect place for all the kiddos and families to enjoy. Open from 9am to 5pm there's tons to do. You can relax in the lazy river, hang ten on the surf simulator, enjoy the thrill of their water slides. Let me tell you, my daughter isn't the only one that had a great time. It's fun the whole family can enjoy, check out the video and pics down below.
Not to mention they have a mac n cheese truck and ice cream truck in this area too! Plus a swim up bar for the kiddos with some smoothies and blended kid friendly drinks!
Tip: Bring a water camera or you can purchase a phone water protector on arrival.
My daughter is 9 and we let her visit the kids camp on 2 different occasions so hubby and I could enjoy a date night. She made friends, it felt safe, they had fun activities planned and both times had an awesome time.
Tip: Kiddos need to be registered prior to drop off so I suggest doing it as soon as you arrive. Also, important to keep in mind, if you are dropping off your kiddo for dinner she/he needs to be registered by 5pm. Any later and they will not be able to take them in. We almost learned this the hard way.
Games And Nightly Activities
Every evening we received a schedule in our room with an outline of all the fun we could expect the next day. We attended a Sesame Street Show where the Sesame Street gang performed, enjoyed the Friday Night Beach Party, and also participated in some of the poolside family games and competitions. All at no additional cost!
Which Section of the Resort Should I Stay In
With 4 different villages to choose from everyones questions is always, where should I stay? Well, I'm going to give you my personal rundown on what I observed and the differences between all the villages.
Key West Village- This is the village we stayed in and we were very happy with it. Our room came with concierge service, had a king size bed, a pull out sofa for the kiddo, a balcony, mini fridge stocked and refilled with water, juice, wine, and rum, microwave, coffee and safe. The room was impeccable just like the rest of the resort!
Things to know about this Village: It's a very quiet area. There are no activities going on in this village so if you are looking to disconnect after a day of fun this village is definitely for you. The pool in this village was small and with no swim up bar but again, if you are looking for more quiet private time, this is perfect. Would we stay here again...absolutely! The Villas with butler service in this village looked adorable and were right by the beach.
Italian Village- This is at the center of the resort and where all the pool and family activities happen. There were people at this pool at all hours of the day and it is where we spent most of our pool time. The Italian Village has several restaurants nearby, stores, the photo shop and is right next to one of the kids club. This was our favorite pool and swim up bar.
TIP: If you make it out to the Italian Pool bar, make sure to ask for Bishop and ask for a Simple Bishop! You won't find it on the menu but it's amazing! Vodka, fresh fruit, light and so refreshing! Why why why why WHY NOT!
French Village- This village is beautiful and a lot more quiet than the Italian Village. The pool is big, perfect for families and also has a swim up bar. There are no pool activities which makes it a little more quieter and relaxing. It is right next to the waterpark and there are several restaurants located in this village. They also have the open air Theatre here, where lots of the night shows are held.
Caribbean Village/Seaside Village- This village is the closest one to the ocean but also the least visually appealing compared to the rest of the resort. The seaside village area is right next to the walkway so definitely not as private or quiet. This area does have some restaurants we enjoyed and if you are looking for the least expensive rooms or want to be right next to the beach this is definitely the way to go.
Extra Out Of Pocket Expenses
Complimentary Photo Session- Every family that arrives gets a complimentary photo session so make sure you book this as soon as you arrive. They do some garden pictures and then some pictures by the beach. BEWARE: They do a fantastic job and most likely you will be purchasing some pictures when you see them. We ended up splurging and purchasing 20 pictures but when in Turks LOL. Don't say I didn't warn you! Here are some examples of the pictures we purchased.
Romantic Candlelight Dinner- We had a sunset dinner under the stars for our anniversary and it was perfect! Served by a waiter in white gloves, on a table specially decorated with a rose and candle lights... it was perfect. At booking we were able to choose our meal from several different menu options so it was perfectly customized to what we each wanted for dinner. It also included a bottle of Ruffino Prosecco and unlimited pours of Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks Wines. Seating is very limited so make sure to book before you arrive to get desired date and time. Prices start at $200 per couple.
Seaside Caicos Scavenger Hunt- Of course they offer several excursions you can book online even before arrival or during your stay. I suggest you book ahead of time since spaces are very limited. We only thought about booking 2 weeks before our arrival and everything we wanted to book was sold out except for the Seaside Caicos Scavenger Hunt! You guys, this was thee most memorable excursion I have ever had. We learned the secrets of conch hunting, and joined the crew at a secret spot in the middle of the beautiful turquoise ocean to snorkel and spot and collect some conch. Even if you personally are unable to catch any yourself they will make sure every family leaves with one of the conch's beautiful shells...the perfect souvenir. After a successful underwater hunt the ship anchored in the most beautiful deserted island I've ever seen! Here we enjoyed the fresh caught conch turned into ceviche and went on the search for sand dollars and sea shells. This little island was heaven on earth! We came back home with some beautiful shells, 2 huge sand dollars, a conch shell, and some of the most beautiful memories. If you want to splurge on one excursion I would highly recommend this one $138 adult/ $88 child. You can see other excursions they offer HERE.
Covid Testing and Paperwork Required For Travel
During our visit a negative covid test result 5 days prior to departure was needed. Covid results had to be uploaded to their system and proof was required at the airport. There is also a need to take a covid test before leaving Turks. Thankfully on arrival, the resort will let you know and help you set it up on property at no charge. It was an easy process.
Guess what? TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN IS ON BEACHES! You can find the information on their website and forms are required to be filled out and will be sent by Beaches. Keep in mind requirements seem to be changing at a rapid pace so to be 100% sure of
what is needed during your trip, please visit this link
https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/ or you can also call Beaches for updates, which is what we did. They were always very helpful and happy to help or walk us through the process for covid test or their complimentary travel insurance.
Tip: The airport coming back home was crowded, hot, and a bit disorganized. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, clothes, and TONS of patience. It is 100% worth it.
We couldn’t have asked for a better family vacation! We built some memories we will definitely be carrying with us for a lifetime. Are you ready to book your own vacations or to learn more? Follow this link to get started on planning the vacation of a lifetime.
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