Updated December 2, 2018
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I got back from the amazing Beaches Turks & Caicos. I’m currently bundled up in two sweaters and sitting next to the fireplace as I write this blog post, and I can’t help but wish I was back near the ocean breeze and insane turquoise waters.
I’ve got a doozy of a post for you today going over all the details I can possibly recount from my trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos… aka the best family luxury all-inclusive resort ever!
I mentioned in my previous post that I did travel by myself for a social media conference with one of my favorite travel buddies, Katie. We each had our own rooms as solo travelers. While we were there for work, we had plenty of time to play, explore, and experience the resort. We did not leave at all during our 4-night stay because there literally is no reason to.
One other thing to note here is that I fell and broke my foot two days before I left for this trip (no pun intended). I was definitely discouraged going into this but was determined to still have an amazing trip. Spoiler alert: I did. I mention all of this because accessibility was on the brain at all times. I was instructed to stay off my foot 100% of the time, so I arrived on my little knee scooter and hoped for the best.
With that all in mind, let’s get to my recap! It’s crazy long post and is super picture heavy, but I hope that it helps anyone considering it as their next vacation.
Beaches Turks and Caicos Travel Video
If you are a visual person and want to see everything in motion, you have to watch this video I put together.
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
How to Get to Beaches Turks and Caicos
To get there, you will fly into the Providenciales (PLS) airport. Strangely enough, there is only one direct flight to PLS from Houston, and that is on Southwest Airlines once a week. It didn’t work with my travel dates, so I flew Delta from HOU and connected in Atlanta (thank goodness for wheelchair assistance at the airport). The Providenciales airport is tiny with not many flights coming in and out per day. Once you arrive, getting through customs is fairly quick and easy, and it’s also very easy to find the shuttles that will take you to Beaches. Transportation to and from the resort is included with your stay, which is a huge bonus! The ride over to the resort is about 15 minutes. The arrival process is very easy!
Beaches Turks and Caicos – The Property
Beaches Turks and Caicos is an incredibly impressive resort property that is comprised of smaller villages. There is the Key West, Caribbean, Italian, and French Village. It’s like having a bunch of mini resorts all rolled into one big mega-resort. Each village has its own feel, architecture, and vibe. There are restaurants, bars, activities, and pools in every village, too.
There are 21 restaurants on property, two food trucks, and bars everywhere you turn. There is a water park on the property, plenty of water sports and activities, entertainment, a kids club, and so much more. The idea behind this resort is that there’s so much to do you don’t have to leave. I would definitely agree with this!
The property is absolutely beautiful. It is well-maintained, has gorgeous landscaping, and is first class. There is quite literally an Instagrammable spot everywhere you turn. Just check out Katie’s post on 8 Instagram Worthy Photo Opps at Beaches Turks and Caicos!
Accommodations at Beaches Turks and Caicos
We stayed in the French Village, which is situated the furthest from the beachfront. I thought I would be disappointed by this, but I actually really enjoyed the French Village. The French Village pool is amazing and was right outside my room, the coffee shop in the French Village is the best, and Le Petit Chateau in the French Village was one of my favorite meal experiences. It’s got a very quiet quaint vibe, which was relaxing. Also, it’s really not a far walk to the beachfront. On a scooter with a bum foot, I was able to get over there in about 5 minutes. I also took golf carts everywhere I needed to go and felt I could get anywhere quickly.
If your priority is staying steps from the beach or to have a water view from your room, you’d want to check out the Key West, Italian, or Caribbean village. If you don’t care, you may enjoy the vibe of the French Village.
My hotel room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. I was able to stay on the ground level which was particularly helpful with my scooter. The French Village isn’t the most “state-of-the-art” compared to some of the other villages and offerings, but that isn’t a big priority for me. It could use a little updating, but the room was clean and comfortable.
There is something for every taste when it comes to room accommodations, so I am certain you will find something you will love and fits your needs. There are all sorts of accommodations, including villas, family suites, and residences. Some even come with butlers. Very impressive!
What’s Included at Beaches Turks and Caicos
Beaches Resorts are a luxury-included vacation. Food, beverages (including premium spirits), water sports, land sports, scuba diving, kids activities (free babysitting!), the fitness center, water parks, entertainment, and much more!
You also cannot tip while you are there. In fact, staff will refuse tips. There is no need to carry a wallet or money on you while you’re there, which actually gave me a lot of peace of mind. I could leave all of that in my room and just carry around a tote bag with a few essentials.
Food & Dining
As I mentioned, there are 21 restaurants on the resort property, which are dubbed “5-Star Global Gourmet” experiences. My foodie heart enjoyed most everything I indulged in while I was there. There were a few items that weren’t 100% perfect (the lobster was a bit overdone), but I was generally impressed with every food experience we had there.
A must-do dining experience is Kimono’s – be sure to make a reservation upon arrival! It is Hibachi on steroids. I have never been so entertained by a hibachi chef in my life. Singing Bruno Mars was the highlight of that evening for sure! Oh, and the food was great!
The other two “finer” dining options we really liked were Le Petit Chateau and Sapodillas. These were adults-only at dinner and we really enjoyed our experiences at those two restaurants!
I’ve also got to mention that the mac and cheese food truck was incredible! Fun for a quick bite.
The last thing worth mentioning is that the resort caters to any dietary and allergy needs, which I thought was amazing and would bring peace of mind to families traveling with those needs.
There are so many pools around the resort, I don’t even know how many there are! Each pool has a different feel and vibe. Some are smaller, some are bigger, some are more peaceful, and some are a little more “party-like.” I personally loved the French Village pool because it was a really big pool, had a great swim-up bar, and wasn’t ever very crowded.
Did you know that Grace Bay beach in Turks and Caicos was rated the number one beach in the world (by TripAdvisor in 2018)? I was blown away by the clear turquoise water and powdery soft white sand. It, indeed, was the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. I also like how it’s very calm, which makes it super safe for families and young kids to play in along the shore. We never had a problem finding a place to sit in the shade, and they even have staff members walking around and can bring you drinks!
The only trouble I had was actually getting down onto the beach. I couldn’t take my knee scooter down there, so I would hold on to my friend Katie and hop on one foot. One time the security guard carried me down there! It was incredibly sweet. So thankful I was able to enjoy that stunning beach!
Also… I am not a morning person whatsoever but waking up for sunrise on the last day was worth it. Definitely do it.
All of the water activities at Beaches Turks and Caicos are included with your stay, and there are so many to choose from! There are a couple of activities that are an extra cost, but things like snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and sailing are included!
I got to kayak and sail and it was so much fun. So thankful for the Beaches staff that helped me to the kayak and sailboat!
We were also given the opportunity to go on the Kitty Katt Catamaran sunset cruise our first night there as part of the conference, and it was a super fun experience! I know that is an extra expense but totally amazing if you were there with a group and wanted to do something fun like that.
Resort Activities & Entertainment
We never got bored at all during our time at Beaches Turks and Caicos. There was always something to do, and we never had to leave the property. Along with all of the water activities, there were so many fun things happening around the resort every day.
There were things like a fish fry, Sesame Street parade and beach party, Sesame Street character meet and greets, and performances happening on a stage in the French Village. We watched and Alice in Wonderland performance one night there.
You. Will. Not. Get. Bored.
For the Kids
Like I mentioned before, I did not bring my children with me on this trip, so I don’t have first-hand experience with the kids’ activities. However, we got to learn about the programming during the conference, and I was blown away with the level of expertise and professionalism the Sandals/Beaches brand handles their kids’ programs. Childcare staff members are international nanny certified, with specific training in autism and special needs.
This is amazing for families who would otherwise be nervous to take their special needs children on vacation. Beaches Resorts take the extra step to make sure everyone can have a great time and peace of mind.
There are programs for kids of all ages, including the tweens and teenagers. I also think that the water park was a huge hit for the kids. It really did make me miss my girls because I know they would have had a blast. I hope I can take them next time!
I can’t thank the staff members of Beaches Turks and Caicos enough for making sure I had an extra special vacation. I was carried on to the catamaran to make sure I could enjoy the sunset cruise, helped to the beach, carried to the kayak, carried to the sailboat, and whisked around on golf carts to get wherever I need to be around the resort.
Including the extra help I received, the staff at Beaches Turks and Caicos were delightful and so friendly. Everyone is there to make your stay wonderful, whether or not you have a broken foot.
This was something I was curious about before arriving. I was traveling alone out of the country, so feeling safe was an even bigger priority for me. Nobody can get in and out of the resort without passing a security checkpoint. I also noticed there was a huge fence with barbed wire around the perimeter of the resort (they kept this really well concealed with beautiful landscaping – I just happened to be staying close to the entrance of the resort).
I felt very safe at all times.
As a finale to this travel guide, I thought I would touch on accessibility a little more. Even though I have mentioned a few things that helped me enjoy my stay, here’s how I think anyone with mobility issues will enjoy the resort.
Bottom line, you will enjoy yourself and you will have an easy time getting around.
There are a lot of limitations I had, and I thought it would be much harder than it actually was. Having a ground floor hotel room was very helpful. So thankful for that! A ground floor room is a must.
If you stay close to the lobby of whatever village you are in (make sure to request that), you can catch a golf cart anywhere you need to go. Staff working in the lobby will call one for you. This was very helpful and truly let me experience the whole resort.
There were a few times where I couldn’t find a ramp to a restaurant and had to hobble up a few stairs, only to realize the ramp was on the other side of the building. Make sure to look for those ramps!
There was one rooftop restaurant called Sky that did not have an elevator and the only way to get up was stairs, so that was disappointing. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Neptune’s (with water views!), but I don’t think there was a ramp and there were about three steps to get up into the restaurant.
Also, it’s a little harder for people with mobility issues to enjoy the restaurants that are on the beach (Jerk Shack and Barefoot by the Sea), unless you have a beach wheelchair or something that can get you through sand. I wasn’t able to attend the beach party for that reason, too.
Buffets were a little difficult for me, too, since the scooter is hard to steer while also trying to hold a plate of food. However, there are lots of sit-down options so that wasn’t a disappointment for me.
I think if you know all of that going in, you will have a wonderful time.
I absolutely loved Beaches Turks and Caicos. I really want to go back and take my family. It is one of those places where there truly is something for everyone. Anyone that is a human will have a fabulous time.
Families, couples, or even multi-generational folks will enjoy it. I cannot wait to go back!