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Trip Report Beaches Turks and Caicos Trip Report

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I could not find much info on Fodor's when researching so I am writing this for anyone looking for some info.
Info on us: my husband, son(15 slightly mentally challenged), and myself stayed at Beaches from 11/27/09-12/6/09. We had an INCREDILBE time. We usually go to Hawaii, have been to all the islands. I usually plan lots of excursions and nonstop activities, lots of driving for my husband and sometimes a little overwhelming for my son. We were looking for something different and with the discount at Beaches we thought we would try the Caribbean. This was going to be a super relaxing vacation, my husband doesn't have to drive, we won't have to get up at 6am or earlier for excursions, and I would not run my son ragged. I really wanted to check out the island some, husband didn't so I agreed we would not leave the property. I have no regrets, it was an awesome vacation for us.
We paid $4320(not including airfare) for 9 nights. I almost felt we were ripping them off for all we got.
We arrived at 12:05pm on 11/27, the Beaches crew was right outside the airport waiting. It probably took 15 minutes to get loaded up after checking the people off and on our way. Our flight was only about 30% full,so probably takes longer with full plane. The shuttle we had was a taxi, not a beaches van so we tipped him $5, he gave me his card said to call if we needed a taxi anywhere.
We were staying in a French Village Luxury walkout king. Someone met us with cold towels and as soon as we entered the lobby a lady asked if we would like a drink and made us a vodka punch drink. She sat us down to fill out info. Our room was not ready so she walked us outside by the pool and pointed to Giuseppe's restaurant and told us to enjoy lunch and our room would be ready when we were finished. We decided to walk around instead and the place was incredible, I was so excited. Sometimes I plan too much and am a little let down, but definitely did not feel that way.
Went back to lobby an hour later and our room was ready. The manager of the French Village David greeted us. We saw him morning, noon and night all over the property and he stopped and chatted with us all the time, very nice. We were in the Paris block, very convenient to the French pool and bar and the water park. Our room was very nice, we got a King bed which had a daybed with a trundle(my son took turns sleeping on those). The mattress and pillows were super comfy. The only reason I am usually ready to come home from vaca is because I miss my bed, not the case here. There was a fridge in room, stocked with lots of free bottled water. We were farthest from the ocean than the other two villages but did not bother us at all.
The 24 hour fitness center had lots of cardio equipment, free weights and weight machines, a few people were usually in there, but it was never crowded. Towels and bottled water was provided, also hand sanitizer and sanitizer to wipe down the equipment.
Did not mean to be this detailed, so I will give a rundown on restaurants.
I do not like buffets, here in Vegas, on a cruise ship, in Hawaii, or here, if I have to eat buffet it is usually salad and dessert. That said there are lots of buffets but a la carte choices for all meals.
For breakfast Schooners and Barefoot by the sea are a la carte and we enjoyed both. Also in the French village is Cafe de Paris 6am-10pm for pastries, crepes, cappuccino's, other specialty coffees and alcoholic coffee drinks
Lunch a la carte is Barefoot, Cricketers Pub,(my husband and my favorite) and Bobby's Dees(my sons favorite), burgers to order, corn dogs, hots dogs, fries, onion rings, and all the ice cream you can eat. Soft serve or a counter with sundaes, banana splits, shakes are all available. This restaurant is open from 11am-6am everyday and we went late at night every night for a snack.
There are several other choices for breakfast and lunch that are buffet.
We ate at all the dinner restaurant choices available but Barefoot. The 1st night we went to eat there, it was closed for a private party and the 2nd time it had a 45 minute wait(the only wait encountered for a meal the whole time) so we ate somewhere else.
We enjoyed our dinners at Arizona's ate 2x, Mario's ate 2x, Kimonos, Schooners, and Sapodillas. We did not like the Petit Chateau, probably just do not like French food. We also went to the sushi bar twice and enjoyed a lot. They had a beach barbeque the night we arrived, my husband ate a little(pretty much a buffet) he said it was ok. Some of the restaurants are closed one night a week, so good to check when you get there if you want to hit them all. Enjoyed the service and friendliness of everyone in the restaurants and bars.
On to booze, my husband was looking forward to drinking, usually he is driving and doesn't get to drink lots. The pool bars open around 10am and are open til 5 or 6 some that serve the restaurants are open later. Turtles Bar for 18 and older is open until 2am, Cricketers is open til 2am, and bar de Musique in the French village is open late, not sure til what time though. The beer at the pool bars was miller lite, MGD, coors light, and Turks head. Cricketers also had Sam Adams, New Castle, Guinness, and maybe others, and Kimonos and the sushi bar has Kirin. They had premium liquor, absolut, stoli, tangueray, bombay, JW black, glenlivet, courvoiser, etc. There was a drink of the day, plus there specialty drinks, pina coladas, fresh banana daiquiris, Kahlua for white russians, a decent ruby port wine was available. Was impressed with the selection. At breakfast all the restaurants had champagne or mimosas to start your day. The wines included are beringer stone cellar pinot grigio, chardonnay, merlot, and cabernet. Not top quality but decent wines, they have an upgraded wine list for an additional charge. On Wed they had a wine tasting, it was these 4 wines if we would have known probably would not have gone, but enjoyable anyway. You needed to make a reservation, a party of 10 did not show, very rude, I hope that did not mean others did not get to attend. On Monday they had a cocktail party at the French village pool bar from 5-6 with some great apps and cheese, very nice. They also had a dance club-club liquid, I thought it was for teens only, but found out that was to 10:30. We made it up there one night, had a great time(hard to stay up that late getting up at 9am and spending 7 hours in the sun.
Did not mean to be this long winded, will finish up in a couple days with beach, water activities, and entertainment.

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