Hi Tammy!!! We seriously had the best week ever! The beach was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen!!!!! Our room was great for our family....but next time I think we might try and stay at one of the other "villas". There are trampolines and people selling things all over the place on the beach at the Italian Village which got annoying after a while. Service was good (nothing like Excellence in Cancun however😄), and the pools and waterpark were great! We ended up hiring a private photographer who picked us up and took us to an amazing beach where we found tons of huge shells which my kids loved. If the pics come back as good as I am hoping..I will share her info. The photographers at Beaches didn't seem very experienced, they don't do touch-ups, and there are so many people on the beach during their "photo times" that we decided to try someone else.
It truly was a magical time. Can't wait to do something like it again in 2 years! Thanks so much for your help!
PS....The Sesame Street "tuck in" was definitely a highlight of the trip!!!
We had a great time. Our room was very nice, it had a second bathroom which we weren’t expecting, but made it more convenient for us. We were able to attend the welcome back luncheon which was very nice. I would also say that they have stepped up the menu’s and service at the restaurants.
We took the catamaran cruise to Iguana Island and would definitely recommend it. It included a 20 minute snorkeling stop at the reef.
We also took a cab into town for shopping, very close to some nice shops. The cab ride was on the expensive side though. More than what is charged in New York City, but we are glad we went.
Turks and Caicos/Beaches was amazing. While we had to get up a little earlier and have a connection (vs direct to Cancun) we still feel like we were on the beach about the same time as when we travel to Mexico because we were through the airport and into a van so fast and a short commute.
The trip was wonderful. We didn’t have the warmest weather upper 70’s, but we didn’t get rain until our last day so that was good. It was pretty windy while we were there too (yellow flag a couple days and the rest were red) so we didn’t get a chance to snorkel, but there was plenty to do there.
Our 4 year old daughter begged us to go to day camp so we took her on day 2. She went back for a few hours each day as she had so much fun. She would have been happy to stay longer, but I wanted her with us too!
Our older boys weren’t interested in going to the day camp. They swam a lot, jumped waves in the ocean, and played in the sand. They loved hanging out around Bobby D’s helping themselves to pizza and ice cream as well as being able to order food whenever they wanted! My daughter’s favorite thing was cotton candy every day from 11 AM-5 PM!!!
The resort was beautiful and our room ended up being great too. They were too full to upgrade our room, but we ended up in room 620 in the pink building and had a nice view of the ocean.
The food was good. It wasn’t outstanding, but it was fine and we always found something we liked. Breakfasts were always good. Our favorite place for breakfast was Guisseppe’s. We normally had a late breakfast so we would just grab something little for lunch. My favorite meal was dinner at Mario’s and my kids thought Kimonos was fun.
The pools were nice and I liked that there were many to choose from. There is definitely not enough seating though. If you had a butler you were set, but otherwise chairs were taken very early. We lucked into chairs one day at the Caribbean pool. We were never able to find chairs at the French or Italian pool. We were able to find chairs that we could move together at the Pirates pool area by the big slides. Not the greatest location, but atleast there was a place to put your stuff. We never had an issue getting chairs at the beach so we would often start our day at the beach and then move to the pools later in the day.
We did sign up for family pictures thru the resort. They did a really nice job and we got some nice family shots!
We didn’t do any excursions.
Our family had a great vacation. We could have easily stayed 7 nights and not run out of things to do. We hope to go back sometime. I’m not sure the other Beaches resorts will compare for my kids as this one was so big and had so much to do, they’ll always compare to Turks. I’d definitely like your opinion on that as I’m sure you’ve been to all of them.
This will definitely be a vacation our kids won’t forget, which is exactly what I was hoping for!
Thanks again, we will all have fond memories of this trip!