Beaches T&C

Sep 28th, 2002, 07:25 AM
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Beaches T&C

Why does this resort get so many negatives on this board, but guides continue to rate it high? If you want to take a family for a fun all-inclusive vacation, is it a good deal at 35% off. We have been to several other caribbean resorts, so I understand they are not on same level as US 5 star. We want a really nice "caribbean" level hotel and resort, and the kids are very excited about being able to order food and drinks without parents worrying about over spending! Will Beaches fit the bill, or are we going to be disappointed.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 10:23 AM
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Yes, it will fit the bill unless you are looking for truely 5 Star quality.
I rate these resorts 4-5 Star Caribbean, which is a different rating system.
Always subtract 1-2 stars from traditional ratings when looking at caribbean ratings.
This is a mass market product. Wonderful beach. I though food and drink quality were good to excellent.
Great kids programs. Enjoy.
I think Sandals/Beaches problem is that they overpromote and people go into it with unrealistic expectations.
They resort is next to a sewage treatment plant, so sometimes there is an odor.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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I think Beaches T&C is perfect for what you are looking for. It is extremely family oriented and kid friendly. I thought the food was pretty good. I have had better and I have had worse. There is one restaurant you will want to make reservations for the first day you arrive. One is for adults only. You can plan to have your children eat with you the rest of the time. There will be some sort of organized activity the p.m. you attend this restaurant. Have fun.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 02:50 PM
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The only thing we found wrong with Beaches T&C was that it was sooooo huge adn overcrowded. Really big resort and if you get in the back newer section its liek a mile nearly to walk to the beach (or at least it feels like it!) Everything very crowded as well. Hard to get a spot or a chair poolside unless you stake your claim early. Restaurants very crowded as well which made food service slow, same with maid service.

The kids program was great we took our 11 yo and went with another couple who has a 10 yo and the boys loved the Sega Center and Pirate Ship area. Kids programs, the best I've seen. Not luxury but still nice. Great for families, just expect Disneyworld style crowds and waiting. i don't think we were prepared for that.
 
Oct 8th, 2002, 05:32 PM
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PLEASE, before you book check out the Rants and Raves section of this Fodor's board. I sure wish we had before we spent so much money so foolishly. Believe all of those posters who complained about the mediocre food, surly service, crowds, etc., etc. They are right on the money. There are many MUCH better all inclusives for a lot less money in the Caribbean. Check out the Radisson Cable Beach in the Bahamas (this is my only other all inclusive resort experience- we usually don't travel with an AI package). It is a smaller property but the service, restaurants, and facilities are so much better.
 
Oct 9th, 2002, 06:23 AM
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I have also read many different things about Beaches, and most of them included an overage of kids. We don't have any children and we would like to visit Beaches right at the end of February, beginning of March. I belive this is right in the middle of the school year. Has anyone else traveled at this time of year, and were there tons of children around?
 
Oct 9th, 2002, 07:49 AM
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There are many pre-school children there when I went. Strollers everywhere. Many of them were not school age children. This was right after N.Y.
 
Oct 25th, 2002, 03:00 PM
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We are also thinking about traveling to Beaches TC in July 2003. We have 2 children ages 10 and 8. Has anyone stayed in one of the 1 bedroom suites? We like the idea of having a separate room for the kids. We have done the Club Med in Punta Cana - Dominican Republic and really enjoyed it. Even though there are a lot of kids - thats what we are traveling for is a family fun vacation with no stress on finding food or fun. Will Beaches TC fit the bill?
 
Oct 26th, 2002, 04:20 AM
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Beaches T&C can be quite enjoyable when school is in session. It tends to be very overcrowded during school holiday. We found the food to be from bad to average. There is plenty and will you never be hungry. The 1 bedroom suites are OK (a bit warn), stayed in both the Honeymoon Beachfront and Presidential. The Honeymoon have a more centralized location as the children spend much time in the pirates pool and the resort is so large, it makes for less walking to check on them. If booking these rooms don't count on a view unless you get the second floor rooms of the first building, otherwise no view to speak of and some are located near a fence and pathway (not great). The Presidential rooms are larger and located in the furthest location from the French Village and Pirates Pool, the same applies here with the view. Although nicer rooms, be prepared for a lot of walking. The children will have a ball, as in our case the children had a terrific time, the adults in our family were not as pleased due to overcrowding and food issues. During slower times the resort is much more manageable and can be lovely. The ocean is amazing and the sand is like powder, which almost makes you forgive the resorts short comings. This is the most crowded beach on the island, which is not a good thing however you will meet many people and the children will make many friends.
 

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