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Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa - This Place Has It All...
September 30, 2011
…divided into 3 unique villages (Caribbean, French, and Italian), this property is like a big playground/shopping mall and has something for everybody. There are restaurants and shops everywhere, mainly around the Italian Village, which was my favorite of the three villages. I would recommend booking any and all clients in this village regardless of how many people are in their rooms, whether or not they have kids, etc. It is the newest of the villages, is a short walk away from the water park and game garage, and has the best pool. The hot tub in this pool is enormous and looks really cool at night when lit up with all different colors. The rooms in the Italian Village have tile floors, marble countertops, dark wood furnishings, and crisp white linens. The bathrooms have rain showers, and in the suites with separate kids rooms there are bunk beds with a pull-out trundle bed and their own TV with X-box!!! Also, their higher category accommodations such as the ocean front suites are breathtaking.
The thing I liked about the Caribbean Village was the pool; it had a bunch of waterfalls and grottos as well as a swim-up bar and great restaurants. The French Village is the furthest away from the beach, but close to the water park and has its own pool with swim-up bar and whirlpool. This was the pool where they had Sandals staff dancing to Michael Jackson, which I definitely enjoyed seeing while on my tour. And while the French Village is not as lively, it’s a good alternative for those who cannot afford the Italian Village and don’t mind a short walk to the beach. The beach here is just as gorgeous as Great Exuma and has the same water sports, but the water here had sea grass in it and the sand wasn’t as soft and powdery as Exuma. The thing I liked most about their beach area though is the little gazebos along the edges of the Caribbean Village that had chairs, tables, and loungers set up. It made a nice meeting point for our group and makes a nice spot for a little party. The property itself was fairly clean (Italian Village was immaculate), the staff was awesome and the food was delicious (I was surprised at how good the food was)!
The water park was awesome, with smaller waterslides for the little kids and bigger water slides for the big kids (me) that led straight into a lazy river with waterfalls that went around the water park. In the middle of the lazy river was a mini wave pool where kids could boogie board. The dance club Aqua was great, my favorite part being the Sandals staff who gave Jamaican dancing lessons. The dance floor was sunken in with a clear wall that you could see through to the water park below. Overall, this was my favorite property, with an endless amount of things to do, places to eat, and people to meet.
The island itself seems more developed and like you can explore outside of the property…although I don’t know why you would want to! Another cool point for families is the Sesame Street turndown service, where guests can pay extra to have a character tuck your kid in and read them bedtime stories.