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.
The food looks really good,was it delicious Lena?
It absolutely was! :)
I’d love to visit Turks & Caicos some time! It’s good to hear that the staff is super helpful and has some great recommendations!
Indeed! You will love it!
gah everything looks absolutely wonderful there! Turks & Caicos is my mother in laws go to place. They have been to make different places but have found they love Turks the best. It is on my bucket list.
That water looks heavenly. I love that I wouldn’t feel crowded while there. It sounds like an amazing place to visit!
Turks and Caicos looks so beautiful this would be a dream destination that I hope I get the chance to travel to some day. Thank you for your post!
My daughter loves to travel I will be sharing this post with her later the week,I just know she would enjoy this!
So beautiful. I would love to visit. One place in the carribbean I have never been.
Wow – it sounds wonderful. It’s high on my list of places to visit
Wow it is so beautiful there! I have always wanted to visit Turks and Caicos.. one day!
Turks & Caicos is on my list to visit. Thank you for letting me know that couples visit this resort as well.
nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
The idea of going to a different restaurant for every meal is incredible. It sounds so fun.
For an extra excursion, look at Silly Creek Watersports. You can tube, knee board or waterski along with a secluded lunch and snorkel. It is a self booked trip not thru Beaches and will require a taxi service, but an amazing experience. 1/2 day or full day they will work with you.
This great Q&A and amazing photos make me wanna go there so much!!
What child wouldn’t love spending time with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch,I know I would !
Thanks for the info, hope to visit one day.
Turks and Caicos is one of the islands that I would love to visit. Such a beautiful place.
Sounds like a lovely place. I have heard of it before
Debbie White Beattie
This place looks like a piece of paradise
Mary Anne LaRocque-Ouamar
I ha e vsisted Morocco almost 10 times while my husband and I waited and we’re denied bringing him to Canada we appealed but took two yrs to wait for appeal. So now he’s here since October in Saskatchewan. Our plan of course is to visit family perhaps next yr. Ultimately though, we need a vacation like this one! Spoil ourselves. Not have to worry about documenting every little thing. Going to start saving now : ) Thank you Lena!
kathy downey downey
What a wonderful spot to dream about visiting!
I was reading your post & noticed that the kids to eat were more expensive then the adults..do they offer all inclusive at this specific resort? What excursions did you do while there as a family? Sounds like your family enjoyed your vacation.
It looks like I need to go!
Love T&C; its a perfect chill vacation and a location that is not over-run by tons of tourists. This one of the few places I will happily sign up for an all-inclusive.
Great info to know. Family has been everywhere except Turks and Caicos, including Negril ☺️
Wow! What an incredible vacation. Total bucket list material.
My family would love to go to this wonderful place
I’m not one for tropical vacations, but I have to admit this locale has always intrigued me.
Love this! Makes me want to visit even more now
I like how they have a quiet zone for the adults and 21 restaurants is amazing
That catamaran cruise sounds AH-mazing!