BEACHES TURKS AND CAICOS REVIEW

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I might have made you just the teensiest bit jealous over the last several days. You probably guessed that the azure blue waters and white sandy beaches were not sights from our home here in the desert. You were right; my main squeeze and I escaped to the Caribbean for three blissfully uninterrupted days at Beaches Turks and Caicos for the invitation-only Social Media on the Sand conference. Prior to this trip, neither Jeff nor I had stayed at an all-inclusive and didn’t have a good grasp of the concept. But, like any good traveler, I did my homework and I’m here to share a glimpse at what is included in a stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos. I thought the best way to paint a thorough picture of our stay was to write a report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review. Read on to learn more about a stay at this all-inclusive resort.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Beaches Turks and Caicos Review

This, my friends, is an aerial view of the island of Providenciales, one of a string of Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. Beaches is located on the north side of Providenciales, alongside the pristine beaches of Grace Bay.

So what exactly does it mean when Beaches declares itself an all inclusive family resort? It means that when you pay to be a guest at Beaches, you’re getting not only accommodations, but also food, alcoholic beverages and activities included in the price of your stay. In this Beaches Turks and Caicos review, we’re going to take a closer look at each of those categories.

Accommodations at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Beaches Turks & Caicos resort is made up of four villages: Caribbean, French, Italian and Key West. Our room was located on the fourth floor in the Italian village.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Upon entering the room, we found a kids alcove with bunk beds (including a trundle that can sleep a third child). In addition to the shelving and ample storage in this part of our suite, the space included an xBox, and a child-height sink and mirror. Had our children joined us for this trip, I know that Jayce would have claimed this as his own vacation haven because it featured:

  • its own window and window coverings that could only be manipulated from the top bunk
  • a cubby space near the head of the bed where treasures could be hidden away
  • both an Xbox and a chess board

Given all of the reasons why Jayce would have loved the alcove, the space almost made me wish I brought the kids along. Almost.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Walking through the alcove, we came to a luxurious bathroom complete with double sinks and a sunken jacuzzi tub stocked with products from the resort’s Red Lane Spa. My favorite feature in the bathroom, though, was the backlit makeup mirror; it spoiled me and now I’m insisting that Jeff install one for me at home. Just beyond the bathroom was the master bedroom with a four-post king bed.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Isn’t it dreamy? The room is flooded with cheery sunshine by day, but when the shades are drawn during nightly turn-down service, it becomes a cozy and comfortable nook. There is even a sliding door that can be shut between the alcove and the master bedroom for privacy, if that’s the sort of thing you’re looking for ;)

My grade for accommodations at Beaches: A+

Our room was ideal in every way. It was clean, comfortable and convenient to restaurants, bars, the pool and the beach. Housekeeping did an excellent job of keeping us stocked with fluffy towels and sweeping our floors to get rid of sand tracked in from the beach. We also enjoyed the use of plush robes and slippers. Oh, and indulging in drinks from the in-suite dry bar.  In my research before the trip, I never read a Beaches Turks and Caicos review that mentioned it, but each day, the in-suite bar was replenished with soda, bottled water, red and white wine and a bottle of bubbly. There was also a bottle of rum and whiskey.  And that, of course, leads me to another category of Beaches inclusions: alcohol.

Premium Alcoholic Beverages at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Premium alcoholic beverages are included (on an all-you-care-to-enjoy basis) with every stay at Beaches. As you might imagine, I felt compelled to research that aspect thoroughly. My findings revealed that, indeed, adult beverages are included — every mimosa at breakfast, every mojito from the swim-up bar, and every glass of wine with dinner — all of it is included. If you ask for another mimosa with your freshly-made omelet, your server will simply smile and say, “no problem.” Take my word for it.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Here are the pertinent details about adult beverages at Beaches:

  • A stay at Beaches includes all the cocktails, house wine and beer you care to enjoy.
  • There are 12 bars at Beaches, and I can honestly say that you’re never far from one of them.
  • Bartenders are both knowledgeable and friendly and happy to mix up whatever it is you’re craving.
  • Bartenders are entertaining. Don’t be surprised if you see them flipping, spinning and/or tossing cocktail components as they prepare your drink.
  • Bartenders aim to please. Jeff and I managed to get our hands on freshly-fallen coconuts. Once we’d sipped the coconut water from them, the bartenders went to a lot of trouble to fill Jeff’s coconut with a rum/pineapple juice mixture. Above and beyond, I’m telling you!
  • Beringer bottles wines for Beaches resorts and those are included. Other wines are available for purchase should you opt to upgrade your experience.
  • In my experience, the bartenders were not stingy when it came to pouring. Drinks were served strong across the board. If you prefer something sweeter, just ask and they can make it happen.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

My grade for the alcoholic beverages at Beaches: A-

During my stay, I ordered several cocktails: a mai tai, a couple of mojitos, and a coconut rum and pineapple juice. The mai tai was not good-it was made with some sort of sour mix whereas I like my cocktails prepared with freshly-squeezed juices. The mojito, though, was quite tasty (made with fresh mint) as was the rum and pineapple. Wines were just okay. Beringer is not one of my go-to’s. I did notice that the resort offers Matua Sauvignon blanc, at an additional cost. The only problem, of course, was that they priced it at $40 per bottle and I pay $7 for the same bottle at Costco. I couldn’t bring myself to pay the upcharge. Still, based on the availability and overall quality of the beverages, I give Beaches an A- for their included alcoholic beverages.

Dining at Beaches Turks and Caicos

No Beaches Turks and Caicos review would be complete without a look at dining. With 18 restaurants to choose from (and all of them included in the price of your stay), there is no shortage of opportunity to tempt your taste buds at Beaches. While we were there, we dined at several of them and came away with our own favorites.

Barefoot by the Sea was our favorite restaurant for ambiance. Nestled close to the shore, this restaurant features picnic tables with white tablecloths, flickering candles, and a floor that isn’t really a floor at all but rather just a sandy place to nestle your toes while you eat.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

If eating barefoot with your toes buried in fluffy white sand doesn’t make you feel like you’re on vacation, well, I don’t know what will. We ate lunch at Barefoot on our first day. I had the jerk chicken, served with red beans and rice and cole slaw.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Later on during our trip, we ate at the adults only Le Petit Chateau (pictured below).

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

In preparing for our Beaches trip, dining was my biggest concern. I’m an admitted food snob and have very high expectations when it comes to eating out. I was concerned about staying at an all-inclusive and only having access to the food provided there. As it turned out, the food quality was similar to what I expected it would be: average. As much as I had hoped otherwise, the food at Beaches strikes me as being dumbed down. Sauces are too sweet. Seafood tastes frozen and defrosted. Meats are bland. Vegetables are slightly soggy. Desserts all taste the same. This, I fear, is a result of trying to please the masses. I did not find the textures or flavors I was craving while I was there. Menus offer promising descriptions, but the meals fall short of meeting expectations. It’s not uncommon to find a Beaches Turks and Caicos review that raves about the food, but dining was a miss for me.

 My grade for Beaches dining: C

I’d be hesitant to rate the food so low had I only dined in one or two restaurants. Jeff and I made a point of dining in several locations (11 of the 18) so as to experience as many of the menus as possible. Across the board, the food was disappointing while the service was excellent.

With all of that said, I suspect that if you, like me, are an elitist foodie, then the dining options at Beaches will likely disappoint. The good news is that dining at Beaches had its high points.  Here are my thoughts in that regard:

  • Several of the restaurants offer charming ambiance. Diners are given the opportunity to enjoy dinner by the shore with the sound of waves crashing just feet away or in a charming, temperature-controlled, Tuscan-inspired dining room. Options are plentiful.
  • Service is top-notch. Drinks are promptly refilled, courses are served in a timely manner, and guests are respectfully attended to without fail.
  • There is a huge selection when it comes to menu items. Guests can choose from Caribbean fare, sushi, burgers, pizza, fine French cuisine, pub food, Italian, or Tex-Mex.
  • Plates are artfully presented.
  • Portions are just right–not too much or too little.

Activities at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Beaches includes all variety of watersport activities in the price of a vacation. Paddle boarding, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling (plus many more) are all included. That, of course, is in addition to the pools, on-site waterpark, swim-up bars and beach. If you find yourself bored at Beaches, you really have nobody to blame but yourself. During our stay, I really wanted to do some stand-up paddle boarding. We first tried the sport in Hawaii last month and I was looking forward to getting back up on the board for some more fun. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do so because the seas were too rough. Beaches only rents out certain equipment when the sea conditions warrant a green flag. Not once during our three night stay did we ever see a green flag; it was always yellow or red. So, sadly, we weren’t able to partake in any of the included watersport activities. That didn’t stop us, though, from enjoying the beach. Would you just look at this view?!

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Beaches offers its guests a plethora of lounge chairs and shaded cabanas on the beach–no fighting over loungers here.

If the pool is more your thing, you’ll be happy to note that there are several, many with swim-up bars where you can grab a mojito or the kids can swim up for a smoothie. The 45,000 square foot water park is another option. It features several slides, a wave simulator and a lazy river.

The kids are also welcome to hang out at the Kids Camp, or have fun with Sesame Street characters (who make appearances in a parade, stage shows and parties). There’s also an option to upgrade to interactive character experiences (for an additional charge).

Since the kids weren’t with us for this trip, we skipped the characters, in favor of sipping from coconuts…

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

strolling along the shore…

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

and savoring sunsets…

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

Based on the activities we actually partook in together with the ones we had the potential to try…

My grade for Beaches activities: A+

As you can see, a vacation at Beaches Turks and Caicos offers a little something for every member of the family. Accommodations, beverages and activities all are top-notch, while the dining options fall slightly below expectations. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the the accommodations and the attention to detail put forth by Beaches employees.  I have no doubt that my kids would adore a vacation at Beaches and I hope to return with them someday soon.

I hope my Beaches Turks and Caicos review has been helpful. If you have further questions, I’d be happy to address them in the comments.

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into all aspects of a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

**As a guest of Beaches Resorts and part of the #BeachesMoms Social Media on the Sand event, my stay at Beaches was significantly discounted. The thoughts I’m sharing with you in this (and every) post are not swayed by discounts. This Beaches Turks and Caicos review is genuine and authentic and fully represents my experience.**

This report card style Beaches Turks and Caicos review gives a detailed look into accommodations, dining, beverages and activities included in a stay at the all-inclusive Beaches Resort.

13 Replies to “BEACHES TURKS AND CAICOS REVIEW”

  1. I’ve been anxious to read your review. We’ve never stayed at an all inclusive because I envision watered down drinks and a mediocre buffet. I’m glad to hear that it {mostly} exceeded your expectations. The beach looks lovely!

  2. love the concept of all inclusive, wish Disney had this. Only did Club Med years ago after graduating college it was a good experience it once. It was nice not to have to worry about keeping money or credit card handy. What do they do about tipping at Beaches?

    1. I agree that staying at an all-inclusive does offer freedom. It was awesome to be able to try a cocktail or entree that I normally might shy away from. As for tips, all gratuities are included at Beaches with three exceptions; butlers, spa attendants and transfer drivers are permitted to accept tips.

  3. Very nice review. I have never stayed at a Beaches, but I have stayed at Club Med several times (and worked there one summer as well). I am a big fan of Club Med as a family vacation; my kids have a ball in their Club and my husband and I have a lovely adult vacation for several hours during the day. Beaches seem to have nicer accommodations than the Club Meds that I have stayed at. I do enjoy Club Med’s French flair both in the food and the over all atmosphere. All inclusive vacations in general are nice to pay one price and be done with it. Because everything is included, I tend to do more activities than I would at a non-inclusive resort.

  4. I imagine you will have the most thorough of all the reviews- LOVE how detailed it is. I never would have considered an all-inclusive before but I am liking the above! And good to know to keep an open mind about the food options. Maybe it’s good to do more drinking than eating there! :)

    Steph

  5. Sorry to hear that you guys had such disappointing dining experiences. I am a bit of a food snob too and found the food better at another all inclusive I visited. But we found several great dishes. We should have compared notes!

  6. That first picture is AMAZING! Actually, all your photos are stunning…you should really start a photography business! ;)

    All-inclusive resorts can be an especially great “value” for families b/c snacks, drinks, desserts, activities, and entertainment tend to add up on vacation. I agree w/ you about food though. My stomach tends to scold me after most extended traveling experiences. Restaurants just can’t hold a candle to food cooked at home.

  7. Darcie- Completely loved meeting you and your rocket scientist man at Beaches- and truly hope our friendship continues to grow across the miles and the cloud. And hoping to meet you at the beach again. Or anywhere. Soon. :) Amazing photos, for sure!

    1. Hey, Jen! I hope that, too. And then someday we’ll look back and joke about how it all started in a cab on an island in the Caribbean ;) Thanks for your comment.

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