I‘m writing this to you with a sun kissed glow and the sweet sounds of reggae music playing in the background to remind myself of my best life in paradise. It’s only been a few days and the feeling of nostalgia has overcome me- you see, I recently came back from the wonderful tropical island that is Turks and Caicos, and wanted to share my experience with you all!
I went with my parents & brother, and another family group so there was never a dull moment while on the trip! I took the American Airlines flight from Toronto to Miami to meet my family, and then a connecting flight from Miami to Turks & Caicos. When we arrived at the beautiful island of Providenciales, my mind and body was instantly relaxed as I felt the tropical breeze and caught sight of the magnificent palm trees, which made for an unforgettable moment!
The hotel we stayed at is the Beaches resort, which is the family resort to the Sandals hotel chain. It is located on the north coast of the Providenciales island and everything about the hotel is beautiful- from the tasteful décor to the food to the friendly staff to the beach itself! The complimentary airport shuttle which was so well coordinated, took us to where we were staying- the ‘Caribbean village’. There are 5 villages for guests to choose from with a unique element embodied in each village- Seaside village, French village, Italian village, Caribbean village and Key West village. The Caribbean village was situated by the garden for a botanical garden aesthetic, the French and Italian villages were uniquely distinguishable with its elegant architecture, and the Key West village gave more of a sophisticated, higher-end feel. Our room was the Caribbean Honeymoon Grande Luxe with the Resort Grounds Room View.
We were greeted by tall glasses of cocktails with the tiny umbrellas to commence the true start of our all-inclusive vacation! We quickly checked in and headed to our room, which was spacious and wonderfully decorated with palm tree photographs, to evoke the feeling of ‘Island Life’! The aesthetics of the hotel is something to be truly admired, as the massive grounds are cleaned and tended to each and every day, with giant palm trees hovering over the resort. There are so many pools that I couldn’t keep count- and there’s also a lazy river pool at the resort! Needless to say, much of our time was spent here- as the saying holds ‘Just Go With The Flow’ 😉
Eager to dip our toes into the water (our bodies longing for the warm salt water thanks to the extended unwelcoming cold weather), the family soon headed to the beach, where we walked on the hot white sand which spans for 12 miles, and swam in the breathtakingly clear turquoise water. Every morning we would wake up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise as well as to hold our favorite cabana spot- this is SUPER POPULAR!!! If you don’t pay the extra amount to reserve a spot or for butler service, then you need to ensure that you wake up early and place your belongings on the seat the morning of (not from the night before, otherwise they would be removed) in order to hold the spot for the day. Guests actually compete with each other trying to secure it first, as we realized throughout the trip that people were waking up earlier and earlier in order to try and claim the spot, but every morning, we beat them to it! Apart from swimming in the gorgeous water, we used the floatable doughnut (courtesy of Beaches resorts) to relax and sip champagne in the sea, but again- you do need to go as early as possible in order to secure the doughnut, as it is extremely popular! When we weren’t wading and floating in the water, we were trying out the water sports! The all-inclusive package offers a range of water sports which are perfect for adults and the little ones! We did kayaking, hobiecat sailing, snorkeling and tons more!
With 21 dining options, we found ourselves with the only important decision to make while on the trip- WHERE TO EAT? As we only stayed for 10 days, we found it crucial to do our research prior to the trip, and decide on a few must go to restaurants, yet we still struggled to choose among the others as they all looked so incredibly good- and trust me when I tell you, the food was FANTASTIC! Everything was so delicious, and towards the ending of the trip, my body clearly showed that I ate to my heart’s content! What I will recommend is to review all restaurants when planning for your trip- and note two important factors: 1.) The Dress Code (some restaurants are strict about wearing casual/beach wear when the ambience is that of fine dining, so just be sure to pack ‘resort wear’ which entails long pants and maybe a linen shirt for the guys and maxi dresses for the ladies and you’ll be good to go! 2.) Whether a reservation is required for the restaurant you plan on choosing- you can book in advance and state which days/times you would like to book for, so be mindful that this is also extremely important if you plan on visiting the most popular restaurants and especially during peak season! Here’s a short list of some of the restaurants that we visited:
Reflections Restaurant– This buffet restaurant serves local and international cuisine (perfect for those who want a blend and variety of dishes!). They also serve buffet breakfast so this was a bonus for our family as we are serious food lovers!
Kimonos Oriental Restaurant– I can still remember the night we had dinner here, because it was one of the most lively and vibrant dinners! With the teppanyaki cooking style, the chef made our dining experience so personal and intimate by engaging with the guests and even performing tricks with the food (he even threw the piece of chicken in the air into people’s mouths…it took me about 3 tries, but I finally got it- I like to think it was his poor skills, but sadly, that would be a lie!). The food was exquisite and the chef’s service was impeccable- truly a must visit when at this resort!
Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant– The food here was quite flavorful- I ordered a creamy shrimp pasta dish and a seared lamb chop and both dishes did not disappoint! I recommend this place for all Italian cuisine lovers! The Tuscany ambience of this restaurant makes you feel like you’re dining in one of Italy’s finest restaurants!
Jerk Shack– PERFECT for lunching on the beach! I ate lunch here 8 out of the 10 days of our trip and the Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork were some of the best I’ve ever had!
Sky Lounge– We had breakfast and dinner here and the rooftop terrace view is remarkable and unique- with the morning view of the brilliant blue sea to the pink and yellow streaked sunset, this place certainly offers one of the most picturesque views!
Café de Paris– This quaint patisserie replicates Paris with its wrought ironed patio furniture, architecture and floral décor. The romantic ambience allows for relaxation while indulging in a sweet treat. The café offers croissants, pastries, tarts, cream puffs, crepe and an assortment of coffee beverages. I literally visited this café every single morning and sometimes in the evening as well!
The hotel offers a variety of entertainment, from the play lounges for the kids to Club Liquid for the teenagers to the theatre shows for the families- the quality of the theatre performances is really quite exceptional- be sure to check the event schedule posted each week to stay in the know with the daily activities and nightly events! One of the trip highlights is the Cricketer’s Pub, which is a fantastic pub for adults to drink, dance and even play BINGO! What a fun and magical night it was, watching the dance group perform each night with a different theme- one night the group performed a Michael Jackson tribute and it was absolutely AMAZING! We were all standing, cheering and dancing during the unforgettable and impressive performance. Once the party begins at 11pm, the D.J plays local music and even encourage the guests to join on the dance floor!
This shop is so incredibly cute with so many knick-knacks and beautifully hand crafted souvenirs, that I’m almost certain I got a tad carried away and over purchased items for my family and friends- but it was well worth it! From cheese plates to coconut carved candles, to jewelry dishes, these trinkets beat the traditional t-shirts, magnets and postcards (which they do also sell) by a long shot! I highly recommend checking out the unique tokens at this shop if you’re thinking of buying memorable souvenirs!
My family and I decided to book a photography session, this being our first trip to Turks & Caicos and it was a wonderful and hilarious experience! Our photographer, Mr. Nobody was extremely professional and so entertaining- he made us feel like it was a celebrity shoot! He even gave us helpful tips on how to pose properly for the perfect photos! We bought the package afterwards and were so impressed with the high quality photographs that we even decided to order a canvas print! This is a must do if you’re visiting the resort- the photos and memories captured last a lifetime!
I’ve realized that this is quite possibly one of my longest posts, and I hope you made it all the way to the ending, because I just had to share my wonderful experience with you all! 🙂
My family and I enjoyed ourselves so much that we extended our stay at the island of paradise (truth be told, the restaurant options may have played a major role in our decision!). We’re already planning for next year’s trip, and whether to make Beaches, Turks and Caicos an annual or bi-annual vacation because trust me, when you do visit- you’ll forget about your worries and stress and leave the island feeling like you were at a palace and treated like royalty! If you’ve ever visited the island, please leave your comment below on which resort you stayed at and what you loved most about it!
I’ve shared some of my favorite and most memorable photos below if you fancy taking a look!
We’ll talk soon friends- bye for now! 🙂