Families all around the world are getting ready to plan their summer escapes. As a mom of a daughter in school full-time, I know how important it is for her to have a summer break that is filled with fun and quality family time.
During a recent press trip I had the chance to scout the hottest summer location for families with a trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos. Located in exotic Grace Bay in Providenciales, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa offers an incredible and diverse array of activities for adventure and luxury that kids of all ages can enjoy.
Equipped with my pregnant belly and eager toddler, we embarked on an exciting adventure filled with gorgeous beaches, pools, delicious food and stunning accommodations at the new Key West Luxury Village. Here are some highlights with a part two coming up next week as I recap the Grand Opening Ceremony and more amenities of the Key West Luxury Village.
Upon entering our one-bedroom at the new Key West Luxury Village, my toddler keep saying: "I love my new home." This included a plush bed, and captains bed as well as a TV, well-stocked mini-fridge, sink, coffeemaker and ample storage. They also offer 2 bedroom suites, as well as 3 and 4 bedroom stunning villas so that you can travel comfortably with your whole family. For the ultimate in luxury, families can book a four-bedroom Bulter villa home with a private pool. This option includes a three-floor home that are situated right on the beach. This includes amenities such as a full kitchen, fully furnished living room, flat screen TV and dining room and more as well as a comfortable sunroom or private patio overlooking the beach and ocean. This is also the only option where you can get room service delivery.
There are plenty of food options available at Beaches Turks & Caicos. As an all-inclusive resort, you and your family can literally discover everything to meet their needs. This includes 19 specialty dining options with everything from Caribbean to Japanese, Italian to French, Seafood to Sushi.
Key West Luxury Village was in close proximity to Bayside Restaurant, Sky Lounge Restaurant, and Neptunes. We ate the majority of our breakfasts at these restaurants with our favorite being Bayside for its diverse collection of offerings. This included simple favorites for my daughter like Cheerios and yogurt and food I love like fresh fruit and oatmeal. Beyond the yummy offerings, we also had an incredible view of the beach and nearby pools that we offered ventured to after our morning meal.
Other favorites during the trip was lunch at Arizona's. Another buffet-style option, this restaurant boosted amazing jerk chicken and pork, salads, a taco bar and curly fries that my daughter loved. We also loved dining with Brianne of Stroller in the City at Barefoot by the Sea. This was really cute for the kids as we ate on benches in the sand where they could take off their shoes and enjoy dinner at their own kids' table. I also loved their selection of fresh and local seafood as we watched the sunset on the beautiful Caribbean sky.
There is no shortage of things to do at Beaches Turks & Caicos. Attending with my toddler we stuck to the beach and the pool, and with clear turquoise waters and 12 miles of sparkling and soft beaches, our days were always so relaxing and fun. It really felt like a dream to sit and absorb the beauty of their gorgeous beaches.
The beach was the ultimate mix of fun and relaxation where my toddler ran into the calm and peaceful waters laughing with joy. Whether we came to the beach during the day or in the afternoon it was never busy or crowded. This was an incredible feeling of calm which was amazing to experience since the resort was actually at full-capacity.
Most afternoons were spent at the pool where we had access to six pools and three swim-up bars. This included areas for the kids such as our favorite by the Italian Village that offered a variety of heights for her to splash as well as venture out with my to a deeper end. There was also a fun infinity pool right by Key West Village that we really enjoyed as we soaked in the sun.
Camp Sesame was also a hit where my toddler enjoyed a morning of swimming, dancing with Elmo, crafts and free play. The beauty of the camp is that you can sign your child up for an all-day experience or a few hours. All you need is their passport and you can pick up at all time that you would like. Other activities toddlers can enjoy include shell collecting, face painting, treasure hunts, puppets, costume time, magic shows, sand castle building and so much more, the list of activities for kids on the go is unending. They also have a camp for infants, pre-teens and teens as well as certified nannies from the International Nanny Association.
Another favorite moment of the trip was when she met with some her favorite Sesame characters. We often saw them along the beach and pool as greeted her with a hug. We also loved seeing with them at the Sesame Street character breakfast where we meet with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and more. Here they greeted and danced with us over breakfast. This was such a special experience that is offered 8:00am on Mondays and Thursdays as well as Private Birthday Parties with a character of your choice.
We also love the Pirates Island Waterpark where we enjoyed multiple rounds of the lazy river and sweet treats at the retro-inspired, Bobby Dee's. Older kids will love the Xbox® Play Lounge with plasma screens and the latest games on the market and the Scratch DJ Academy where they can learn how to mix, blend & scratch on vinyl, CD's and your iPod. They will also love an experience at Liquid at Beaches where tweens under 21 can enjoy a their very own nightclub complete with no alcohol cocktails.
Moms and those looking to relax will love a visit to the Red Lane®Spa. During a tour I had the chance to learn more about the Red Lane Spa and their incredible services like massages and treatments that use botanical products and essential oils. They also offer a fun teen package called 'Ginger Lily' where your tween can enjoy a fruit-infused massages, or sweet and sugary body scrub experiences.
There are also tons of water activities to enjoy such as snorkeling, windsurfing, paddle boarding, scuba-diving and so much more that is all super easy to access and sign up for.
Those looking to shop and bring back something special will also love their 7000-square-foot retail village where you can find anything from high-end jewelry and clothing to toys and candy to various souvenirs.
All within a short distance it is easy to explore each of these villages and experience how special and unique they are within one property.
Another aspect of the trip that I really enjoyed learning about was the Sandals Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was created to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken. During a luncheon with the the Adam Stewart, the Chairman & CEO of Beaches, we had to learn more about this incredible organization and how Beaches is giving back to the communities of the Caribbean through the areas of education, community and the environment. During the Grand Opening Ceremony, we were asked to donate books for students ages 5-12 years old to support schools on the islands of Turks & Caicos.
During the trip members of the media also went to Enid Capron Primary School. Through the Sandals Foundation, they have supported upgrades, collected books and school supplies, and participated in a weekly Reading Road Trip that aims to improve literacy.
A magical trip filled with dream-like weather and incredible beaches and pools, my experience at Beaches Turks & Caicos was a mix of relaxation, letting go and having fun. My toddler and I loved every minute of this experience and we can't wait to return one day with our entire family.
Be sure to check out part two of this experience next week!
For more information, please visit www.beaches.com.
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Our accommodations and airfare was paid for by Beaches.