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Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa Review

Beaches Turks and CaicosBeaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa is an all inclusive vacation destination geared towards families with children of all ages. The property consists of four villages, Caribbean, French, Key West and Italian. And all are designed around those themes.

For my stay I was placed in the Italian village. With Renaissance style architecture, a piazza, shopping boutiques and an elegant pool with swim up bar and whirlpool, I certainly felt like I was situated smack dab in the middle of Old World charm and luxury.

Let’s check out the rooms in Italy…

Beaches Turks and Caicos SuiteMy room was a suite that would comfortably fit a family of five. The furnishings were exquisite dark woods with European accents. Just check out that turned wood four poster bed. The accommodations were comfortable to say the very least. If I could’ve packed that bed as my souvenir, I would have. The mattress was dreamy.

Beaches Turks and Caicos SuiteThe kids’ sleeping area was separate from the master bedroom. It was furnished with bunk beds, plenty of storage for clothing and a play area complete with Xbox. This room was also tastefully decorated which is a recurrent theme throughout the resort, you will come to find.

Beaches Turks and Caicos SuiteThe room had a small balcony and spectacular views of the pool and the ocean just beyond. A lovely place to enjoy a cup of coffee.

Beaches Turks and Caicos Room BarOr perhaps you’d rather enjoy that view with something a little more adult. Not a problem. Just mosey on over to your personal bar which is completely stocked with soft drinks, wine and liquor. And being that this is an all inclusive, it’s all yours for the taking.

While I stayed at the Italian village, I did happen to visit all of the other villages. Each one was unique and had different restaurants and swimming areas. There were also a variety of different shops, so it’s good to walk around and check them all out.

I found the quietest village to be Key West. This village is the newest and the most adult out of all the villages. On the other hand, I found the Caribbean village to be the most kid centric. Or at least, that’s where I happened to see most of the kids.

Out of all of the villages, I did enjoy the Italian village the most. The swim up pool bar was a hub of activity that I really enjoyed. It was a great place to meet other people and the bartenders poured some seriously delicious drinks. Those folks at the bar have some skills.

Beaches Turks and CaicosAnd if you have wee folk, this is your kind of vacation. There are just so many activities for the kids. Beaches offers a kids camp where they can enjoy all kinds of fun stuff to do like scavenger hunts, magic shows, sandcastle building, water sports and of course special visits with the Sesame Street characters.

Heck, I even got a giggle from meeting my favorite childhood characters. There are stage shows, parades and meet and greet opportunities where you and your kids can meet the entire Sesame Street gang. So much fun!

There are even activities for teens and tweens such as a special nightclub called Liquid where kids can hang out, dance and make new friends. There’s also bonfires, a game room, Xbox Play Lounge and even a surf simulator. Like I said, something for every age group.

And if you want some time to go off and do your own thing like have a special dinner out with your honey, Beaches offers nighttime care as well.

Beaches Turks and Caicos KayakingOne of the things I was most looking forward to on this trip was the water sports. Beaches offers all kinds of water activities as part of your package. Included are kayaking, aqua trikes, paddle boards, Hobie Cat sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing and even scuba diving.

Yup, you read that right. If you are a certified diver, scuba diving is part of your package. Have you ever paid for a scuba excursion? Let me tell you, it’s bucks. Lots of them. The same is true for snorkeling. If you were to pay for a separate excursion to snorkel, it is a pricey addition to your vacation.

This trip I took a kayak out for a whirl and I also did some snorkeling. The folks from Beaches run a boat back and forth from the resort out to a reef where you can snorkel your heart out. You’ll see all kinds of interesting sea creatures like starfish, sand dollars and even conch. One of my friends saw a reef shark. I am glad that I did not.

Beaches Turks and CaicosSo how about the food? Great question! Beaches has 19 different dining options and I tried my best to visit them all. From casual dining at Bobby D’s, a fifties style diner, to the fancier Schooner’s which served all kinds of fresh caught seafood, I tried to sample a bit of everything so I could give it a thorough review. And this is what I found…

Breakfast was by far the best at Mario’s at the Italian village. With a huge breakfast buffet offering both traditional American style choices and island fare, there truly was something for everyone. Overall I found that Mario’s buffet offered the most variety.

Lunch was little more challenging in that most of the restaurants served a buffet while I usually prefer a plated meal. My favorite lunch spot was Arizona’s where I found really good jerk chicken that was grilled right outside the restaurant by the beach. It was authentic and tasty. Inside Arizona’s was a salad bar with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and other sides to round out the meal. So if you are looking for some authentic island food, I’d try that.

Beaches Turks and Caicos SchoonersIf you are a foodie, then dinner at Beaches will be your sweet spot. I had several stellar meals which included one at Schooner’s, a waterfront restaurant serving seafood. I started my meal with seared scallops which were cooked perfectly and placed on top of a rich béchamel. My second course was king crab legs which were also perfectly cooked and simply served with melted butter. But the jerk mahi mahi was the star of the show. Spicy and flaky. If you get the chance to dine at Schooner’s make sure to order that.

Other fine choices are Soy for sushi, Kimonos for Japanese (you need a reservation here), Barefoot By The Sea and I had a killer rack of lamb at Mario’s. Don’t forget to try a dessert at Mario’s. I had an orange mascarpone torte that I will never forget. Truly.

Melanie and JoanAnd while I completely enjoyed all of the food, activities and accommodations at Beaches, I have to tell you that the employees are the ones that made my stay special.

Every single employee had a smile on their face each and every day. Any need that I had, they were there to meet it. I’ve stayed at some lovely places in my lifetime, but I have to tell you that the service at Beaches Turks and Caicos is some of the best service I’ve ever had.

And if you take the time to talk to the folks that work hard to make your stay lovely, you’ll learn so much more about the people that are the backbone of the resort.

See the gal above? Not me. The other one. Her name is Joan and she is the restaurant manager at Schooner’s. If you ever get out that way, be sure to strike up a conversation with her. She has some gorgeous stories to share. Like this one, for example…

34 years ago Joan was working at the Beaches Resort in Jamaica which is where she’s from. On her way to work one day, she came across a six year old girl walking the streets with a snotty nose, no shoes and no parents to claim her. So Joan took the child in and raised her as her own. And today that child of hers works at Beaches. I might’ve cried while she told this story. I might’ve forced a hug on her as well.

And that’s just one example of the kind of employees that work at Beaches. Their service really does make all of the difference and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Big Bird and Beaches Turks and CaicosWhile my kiddos didn’t come with me on the trip, I do plan on bringing them to Beaches Turks and Caicos sometime in the future. I know they’d really enjoy it. And if you do any research on a stay at Beaches, you might get a case of sticker shock at first glance. But one of thing to keep in mind is that absolutely everything is included. Your food, water sports, childcare, airport transfers, gratuities, etc. A cruise doesn’t even offer all of that. And if you travel during off-season, you can get some amazing deals!

For more information on Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, check out their website. And if you make it out that way, be sure to find Joan and tell her I said hi!

This is not a sponsored post. I paid my own way down to Turks & Caicos but the resort did give us a discount on our stay.

Comments

  1. Good morning Melanie. Where do I start? Well, Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa looks amazing! I checked out the web site and between that and your review I am hooked! You take incredibly beautiful pix and the resort, service, food and experience all sound wonderful. What a great story about Joan and the little girl she saved from the streets. No wonder you were impressed with “Their service really does make all of the difference and it doesn’t go unnoticed.”

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    What an amazing getaway! I would LOVE to get there for a kid-free getaway one of these days.

  3. S, how does one become a beaches mom? I heard nothing about it until my instagram started filling up with so many Beaches Moms? They have Beaches Dads?

  4. I would love to spend my holiday there. Thanks for sharing. It was nice.

  5. That looks amazing! I mean, you can’t beat the beaches, the rooms, the food, AND they have Sesame street characters. Score.

  6. Well hello there. This looks like an amazing restful vacation

  7. I wish I had been able to go, but I had to cancel. I love pretending I was there through you though!

  8. Makes the list! You have certainly made Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa look like an incredible experience. It looks like you and your family really enjoyed it. The spaces looks amazing! Thanks for the review.

  9. Beautiful room, and that food looks delicious! I would love to visit Turks and Caicos. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!
    JoAnna
    foreverinparadise.net

  10. What a wonderful place to visit, I am sure that you enjoyed it especially after all that you have had going on. xx

  11. The pictures look gorgeous! Everything looks amazing, from the food to the beaches!

  12. What an amazing trip Melanie. I can’t get enough of that blue water. I happen to agree with you- I’m not a buffet fan and much prefer a plated meal. Nice to hear there were good food choices- that’s not always the case at an all inclusive. This resort has been on my short list for a family trip. Hopefully very soon!

  13. Turks and Caicos is place I want to go, but without kids. I have a few friends who have gone and it has been a great experience. Looks like yours was as well with the photos! Can’t go wrong at beach!!

  14. Rashell Abril says:

    What an awesome gateaway! Wishing I can also visit this relaxing and amazing place! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I was following along with envy this whole trip! So many of my friends were there! I don’t even know what my favorite feature is. The bunkbeds, the booze in the room (for after the kiddos go to sleep) or the fact that Sesame Street was there? It looks AMAZING!!!!

  16. Looks like a great place to visit. I wish that I could afford to go. Is it expensive?

  17. Wow! What a place! I hadn’t considered an all inclusive vacation with the family but now I will – especially to the Italian Village suite where you stayed – amazingly luxe! Thanks for the peek!

  18. I can’t get over how beautiful the curtains are in the bedroom. The whole entire experience is breathtaking.

  19. Catherine S says:

    This looks like an amazing place to visit. I love all your pictures they are great. All inclusive would be they way to go.

  20. Not home: check. Better than home: check. Warmer than home: check. It passes my criteria!

  21. Wow, this looks like it was an amazing trip. I love the rooms in Italy. The bunk beds…and the view!! Gorgeous water. Looks like a fabulous place to visit!

  22. I went to Beaches Ocho Rios. Turks and Caicos is next on the list.

  23. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This sounds like an amazing wonderful place to stay indeed. I love it is has three different villages. This would be a place I would love to visit some day. It sounds like you had such an awesome time. Thanks for sharing.

  24. You got some amazing photos! I would love to visit there…and my boys would love to see the whole Sesame Street gang! What a treat! 😀

  25. I’ve always considered an all inclusive as a mom and dad getaway but this looks like the whole family would love it. I need to get there at some point. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Oh my goodness look at that water?? It’s so blue! You are so lucky that you were able to go and visit this place. It’s on one of my lists of places to go.

  27. I would love to go there, I could really use a day at the spa right now.

  28. What a great post! I long for the day that I can take my kids on great vacations like these. My husband and I didn’t even get a honeymoon. :/

  29. Bonnie @ wemake7 says:

    Those are really nice photos. Looks like a great place to vacation to. =)

  30. The #StowKids are dying to go here, as well as their parents! The bunks look perfectly fun and so does that not so minibar!

  31. You don’t understand how badly I wish I was there right now!

  32. Awesome beach! I’ve always wanted to visit some spa beaches from our country

  33. What a beautiful resort! Everything about it looks amazing. The food looks delicious and oh my world, the sea is soo freaking blue! lol I want to be there RIGHT NOW!!!

  34. We stayed in a similar room during #BeachesMoms 🙂 I wish I was able to do more discovery dining like you did, your photos of the food are making me hungry!

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