Kid-Friendly Resort in Turks and Caicos
My husband and I just returned from 5 nights at the Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos with our 3 month old daughter and 18 month old son. I have to admit, before kids, Will and I usually didn’t choose all-inclusive resorts as a typical lodging option on our travels. If you stay inside the walls of an all-inclusive resort, you will definitely miss out on experiencing the real culture of the country, or city, or island you are traveling to. And of course, you will feel obligated to stay on the property in order to get your money’s worth of the all-inclusive food and drinks at the resort.
So, yes, for this trip, by staying at Beaches Resort, we probably missed out on some experiences that would stretch us beyond our comfort zone and make us more well rounded people. But, here’s the thing…..this resort is incredibly kid-friendly and it includes CHILD CARE!! After 3 months of maternity leave at home with 2 babies, this was music to my ears. And now that we are a family of 4, I need to consider what makes everyone happy when it comes to our travels.
(This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission which helps keep my blog up and running but it won’t cost you a penny more!) Click here for my full disclosure statement
The Big Question
Every day leading up to the trip, the number one question that kept running through my mind was, “Will the resort be worth the hefty price tag?” I’m not gonna lie, the sticker price for 2 adults and 2 babies for 5 nights was a zinger. Honestly, we probably would not have been able to afford the trip, had I not used Delta miles to book our flights (so technically all 4 of us flew for free). Read here on how we use credit card miles and points to travel cheap.
Here’s 6 reasons why the price of Beaches Resort is worth it:
1. Qualified childcare!
Beaches has babysitting, kid-camps for ages, and nurseries for ages 0-1. Yep, as part of the all-inclusive, we were able to drop Emily off in the nursery, with certified nannies who were so wonderful, while Will and I were able to go have a quiet lunch or dinner (kid-free). Honestly, that first day I was incredibly nervous about leaving her. I kept going back to check in every 30 minutes or so. But by the last day, it was drop off at 10am, pick up at 5pm. Bye Felicia!
All of the nannies and Kid-Camp staffers at Beaches Resort are members of the International Nanny Association. They meet a minimum requirement of 2000 hours of child-care services and are trained in safety, nutrition, and child development. Poor Emily was pretty fussy in that hot sun during the day. And she seemed perfectly happy to have 2 nanny’s caring for her in the air-conditioned nursery. There was also Sesame Street Kid Camp for Jimmie. But we didn’t use it as much as we did with Emily since he was old enough to still enjoy the pools, beach and water park.
2. Instead of “all-inclusive,” Beaches calls it “luxury included.”
And I understand why. The staff was incredibly attentive and always went out of their way to help us with anything we needed. They made sure the mini-bar/fridge in our room was always stocked with juice and whole milk for James, bottled waters and red wine for me. There was an endless amount of delicious food from the 20 different restaurants, as well as top shelf liquors and cocktails available at all hours of the day. I loved waking up and walking to the “Barefoot by the Beach” restaurant that was just steps from my room. We had a different breakfast every morning with our toes in the sand, in the shade, overlooking the ocean in Turks and Caicos.
3. Getting there was a breeze.
Once we landed, the free shuttle transfer to the resort took a total of 12 minutes from pickup to drop-off. This was such a relief after we had just spent 5 hours of early morning flights and connections with babies in our laps. I felt like I could not get to our room fast enough! When we walked into the resort, we were greeted with a rum and punch (just punch for the toddler) and the concierge and staff happily took both babies from our hands and entertained them while we checked in. I immediately began to feel at ease.
4. The Beach is stunning!
The clear turquoise blue water, alone, is always worth the trip to the Caribbean. However, Turks and Caicos definitely has one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean. The white sand was some of the softest I have ever felt. And the warm, smooth ocean waters were perfect for little babies and toddlers.
5. There is a whole water park included.
There were countless amenities and activities for kids ages 0 to 16, but my favorite was the water park. It had water slides, a lazy river, a pirate ship, a splash pad with water fountains, a surfing simulator, and a kid’s swim up bar with ice cream. Did I mention the lazy river? This water park was just steps away from our room in the resort and entry was all-included.
6. Our room was pristine.
We stayed in the Italian Village on the bottom level, overlooking the pool and a partial ocean view. The central location was perfect for dropping Emily off at the nursery in the Key West Village, and still close to the water park and French village with the main stage. The beach was about a 30-second walk from our room. Convenience is key when you have babies on vacation.
This umbrella stoller (pic above) has been a great travel stroller…. Lightweight, budget-friendly, folds with one hand, and LAYS FLAT FOR NAPTIME! Here’s the link to it on Amazon if you’re in the market: Baby Stroller
I just finished making our first YouTube Channel Episode with videos from our Turks and Caicos trip and more details about the resort. See link below.
I hope this helps you decide if Turks and Caicos is right for you and your family! If you are looking to plan a beach vacation with your little ones this summer click here for the link to the resort.
Have a safe and happy beach vacation!
You may also like: 5 Relaxing days in Grand Cayman with a Baby