At the end of January of his year, my family, along with another family with a daughter my daughters age traveled to Beaches Resort in the fabulous Turks and Caicos islands. We booked this trip 10 months out on a fabulous sale on the Beaches Resort website for 65% off and then flight on seat sale via Air Canada. All told, for my family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children ages 1 and 6), we paid just over $6,300 Canadian for 5 nights/6 days.
Arrival at the airport was very much like any other Caribbean island airport, get off plane in the heat, walk like cattle into airport, line up at customs then carry on for your baggage. Round trip airport transfers are included in our resort price, so we head off to find our shuttle. We exited the airport and followed other families to the Beaches Resort line. It was a little disorganized and here didn’t seem to be any line up or structure, just check on with the gentleman with the clipboard and then he told you where to put your baggage. It seems the shuttles were packed in by number of people who would fit, a family of 4 would be sent with a family of 3 and a couple, etc. No big deal, we were on the shuttle with the other family we were travelling with.
After dropping a couple off at the first stop, the French Village at Beaches Resort, we carried on to drop off at the Caribbean Village where we were staying. We were greeted with a “welcome punch”, with rum for the adults! Boom, that’s what I needed!
Our west wing, third floor room was ready for us and off we went to drop our bags. Walking in, we were happily surprised by our OCEAN VIEW. I’ve been to other all inclusive Caribbean Resorts in the past and unless paying for the upgrade, an ocean view was not included. Not only could we see the ocean, but we also could see the Iguana pool and bar, a basketball court and a giant chess board.
After changing into bathing suits, the next stop was Pirate Island, the water park. The girls (both age 6) loved it. The lazy river was a hit with the adults, my son was timid, but he liked the water play. We were unable to find available loungers out of the sun, so we eventually decided to hop over to the next pool outside Bobby Dee’s where the kids got their first taste of a swim up bar. The pool water was a little colder than expected considering the heat, but it was refreshing and we are hearty Canadians, we survived. We grabbed snack foods (onion rings, chicken fingers, fries, burgers) from Bobby Dee’s to hold us over until dinner.We registered the kids in the children’s programming for later in the week and then we dined in the Italian Village at Mario’s. After having a couple cocktails and wine in the heat, heavy pasta type food was not the best choice for me, but it was very, very delicious.
Spoiler alert, there’s not a bad meal to be had at this resort, or at least not one that we found. Service from staff everywhere was top notch.
After a long day of travelling with 2 young children, we called it a night. We attempted to check out the show at the stage by the French Village, but the kids were having none of it. The walk back to our building did not take long. I think looking at a map or pictures, the resort seems extremely large and spread out, but we did not find it to be so.