Just before I wrapped up my recent review on Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, I promised that I would be back to address some of the frequently asked questions I received while on location.
(To be honest, I had no intention of answering questions while I was in paradise. That’s what post-trip blog posts are for! But my sincere thanks to all who DM’ed – I’m happy to answer your questions now!)
Q: Is Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Village only appropriate for families or people travelling with kids? Or can adults have a good time here, too?
A: Three words: Key West Village. It’s unofficially the “quiet zone” and it has a much more chill atmosphere. Here, you’ll find solo travellers, couples and the eldest of many multi-generational families – grandparents who travel with their kids and grandkids, but choose to have their own space on vacation. Frankly, it’s perfect.
I should also mention that due to the resort’s expansive size, you’ll never feel crowded. We visited when the resort was at capacity, but it you caught my Instagram Stories from Turks & Caicos (you can still catch them under my Travel Highlights!) you’ll notice that both the beach and pool areas are sparsely populated. There’s just so much to see and do… and so much room to spread out… you’ll honestly feel like you have a slice of paradise to yourself.
Q: You mentioned that almost everything is all inclusive. Is there anything you recommend splurging on?
A: I’m so glad you asked! There are definitely two things I want you to budget for: 1) a Character Breakfast with Sesame Street for the wee ones, and 2) an Island Vibes “Kitty Kat” Catamaran Cruise for families with kids of all ages.
What goes great with breakfast? How about tons of fun with your favourite Sesame Street friends, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more! You’ll enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast while your kids’ get some one-on-one time with their beloved characters. The best part? They come to you! Sit back, enjoy ALL the crispy bacon, and watch as the characters playfully interact with each child. The breakfast lasts approximately 45 minutes and fees are $12 per adult and $16 per child. (Families of four can save with the family package for $49.99; all prices in USD.)
Next, spend a day on the clear, turquoise waters of the Atlantic with an Island Vibes “Kitty Katt” Cruise. Climb aboard the luxurious 65-ft. “Kitty Katt” catamaran cruise and get ready for hours of fun – set to a soundtrack of pulsating Caribbean tunes courtesy of the energetic onboard DJ. First stop is snorkelling and swimming with marine life at a stunning coral reef, followed by down time on a pristine private cay. There, you can hunt for seashells (and iguanas!) while you bask in the warm sun.
On the return trip, bust a move while the Caribbean breeze gives you the perfect beachy hairdo. But there’s one more surprise! Just before you pull into to the dock, you’ll have a chance to slide down the “Kitty Katt’s” 8-ft. tube. If that’s not the definition of living your best life, I don’t know what is.
Reservations are required; you can make them before your stay or when you arrive – space permitting, of course.
Q: How long should we stay?
A: Ideally, forever – but realistically, a week is the perfect amount of time. Here’s some simple math: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa boasts 21 restaurants. That’s a different restaurant to discover at every meal… you guessed it, for seven days. See how perfectly that worked out?
In addition to the restaurants, however, you’ll need time to experience the 45,000 square-foot waterpark, five magnificent villages, a 12-mile beach and unlimited scuba diving and water sports. Don’t forget to book via Air Canada Vacations to take advantage of the best packages for flights and accommodations at the best prices!
Q: Should I stay on resort or venture off?
A: Easy: stay on resort. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa is an authentic all-inclusive experience, which means you can put your wallet away for the duration of your stay. There’s simply no need to leave the resort – unless you’d like to visit a Canadian financial institution (you’ll find an RBC and Scotiabank less than 10 minutes away!) or scope out a future rental property.
Q: But if I stay on the resort, how can I become immersed in the culture?
A: Talk to the staff. Most are local to the island (though we did meet several Jamaican imports, too). They’re always up for chatting about Turks & Caicos and the food, recreation, weather, agriculture – even technology! (My husband had quite a lively iPhone vs Android chat with one of our servers!) While it’s wonderful to relax in paradise, it’s a priority for me to connect with those who call the island home.
Another way to become immersed in the culture is by participating in the Reading Road Trip, a two-hour program that takes guests to one of the Sandals Foundation’s participating adopted basic and primary schools. You’ll be invited to spend time with children at the primary and early childhood levels, and will be guided by a structured programme that addresses recognition of sight words, listening, comprehension and reading. Don’t forget to bring a new or gently-used book to donate to the school’s library for the children to enjoy!
Q: Would you return to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa?
A: In a heartbeat – but I’ve got my eye on Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, too!
Special thanks to Air Canada Vacations and Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa for hosting my family.