With Turks and Caicos on my vacation bucket list for quite sometime, I am thrilled that my family and I had the opportunity to experience the Beaches Resort a few weeks ago. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon, with not a cloud in the sky, upon arrival at the Providenciales airport. I will admit the flight was a bit rough, but thats only because Siella gets motion sickness and Gemma is at that age (well, she’s tough!). But the minute we stepped off that plane, those troubles were immediately forgotten. We were finally on a well deserved vacation, having escaped the hustle and bustle of our NYC life, and leaving the memories of our frozen winter behind.
After a short 20 minute ride from the airport, we arrived at the beautiful Beaches Resort. I was immediately overcome by the breath taking grounds. Beaches is separated into little villages, each reminiscent of Italy, France, Caribbean and Key West. My family and I stayed at the newest addition to the resort called Key West Village. Key West is beautifully landscaped with palm trees and white condo style hotel rooms.
Our lovely abode donned two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, dining room, full kitchen, washer/dryer, and 3 balcony’s. The look on our children’s faces were absolutely priceless when they first entered our condo. Our new “house”, as the kids called it was absolutely perfect for my family of five, and did I mention it had three floors! Lately when traveling, we have struggled with being on top of one another, especially during naps and bedtime, but this room was spacious and probably bigger than our NYC apartment. The kids immediately made themselves at home, and probably crowned Jason and I as the coolest parents ever.
The new Key West Village boasts luxurious and spacious accommodations ranging from studios, 1 & 2 bedroom suites, as well as 3 and 4 bedroom stunning villas. In addition to the 16 existing restaurants, the casually elegant Key West Village brings three new addition to the property; Bayside, a fun beach front grill; Sky Lounge, an outdoor rooftop dining terrace with spectacular views; and Neptunes. a seafood restaurant by the seaside.
Beaches is an all-inclusive property, and probably one of the best I’ve ever experienced. When thinking of an all- inclusive resort, typically you might imagine the mundane buffet style dining of other hotels, but Beaches raises the bar. While we did enjoy some buffet-style meals and restaurants, they were exquisite sit down meals, where we ordered from the menu. I was extremely impressed with how welcoming everyone was to kids, especially the staff. It really made for the “grown ups” to enjoy ourselves, without having to worry what the kids were able to eat.
On our second night, we had celebrated the official opening of the Key West Village with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and all white party. The entire resort enjoyed live music, special performances, a Sesame Street parade, and a variety of special cuisine. As the party was in full swing, fireworks filled sky, reflecting off the water. Magical!
Beaches also gives back to the communities of the Caribbean in areas like education, and the environment. The Sandals Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. During the Key West opening ceremony, we were asked to donate books and art supplies for students to support Turks & Caicos schools. Being able to contribute to the cause, and the community which hosted us on such a memorable vacation was very special.
Beaches Turks & Caicos seriously offers an array of amenities for everyone to enjoy: From the playful Pirates Island Waterpark (more to come), Xbox Play Lounge, Sesame Street characters, to the Red Lane Spa for relaxation, Beaches Turks and Caicos is for everyone! It is the ultimate getaway for every member of the family. All of this on a beach voted by some as #1 in the world.
Beaches Resorts has this location in Turks & Caicos as well as two in Jamaica and plans to open soon in Barbados and Antigua. Stay tuned for part II.