The Vacation Gals contributor and mom of four Erin Gifford checked out the brand new Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos and discovered that it’s ideal for families. Here’s the scoop:
I’m still fairly new to all-inclusive resorts having only been to two Caribbean all-inclusives in the last seven years. So, of course I said yes when Beaches came calling and invited me to the grand opening of the brand new Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos in Providenciales.
Beaches pretty much invented the all-inclusives concept for families. In 16 years, they’ve opened three locations in Turks & Caicos and Jamaica, and for ten of those years, they’ve been in a partnership with the Sesame Street brand to integrate favorite characters, like Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, into resort programming. From parades to breakfasts to meet-and-greets, there are multiple opportunities for kids to spend time with their favorite Sesame Street characters. It’s fabulous.
This year, the big news is the opening of a fourth village at Beaches Turks & Caicos: Key West Luxury Village. I had the opportunity to stay there for four nights and did not want to leave what felt like a private resort within a resort (which makes sense given this village was formerly the Veranda Resort & Residences, a neighboring property purchased by Beaches). Here are six reasons why families will love staying in the Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos:
1. Easy beach access. It really is just a hop, skip and a jump to the beach from Key West Luxury Village. You’ll find towels, even beach toys, along the way and plenty of comfortable beach chairs out on the soft white sand. As a bonus, this village is the only one at Beaches Turks & Caicos to offer butler service, so you could even have your butler reserve your beach chairs before you head out for the afternoon.
2. Three gourmet restaurants. Within Key West Luxury Village, you’ll find three gourmet (but also kid-friendly) restaurants: Neptunes (sit-down Mediterranean fare), Bayside (full-service buffet) and Sky (sit-down rooftop dining). All three are delicious, but if you want more options, there are 16 other restaurants scattered across the three other villages at Beaches Turks & Caicos.
3. Apartment-style suites. When traveling with kids, I love being able to spread out beyond a hotel bedroom. So, the fact that every single suite at Key West Luxury Village includes a family room (with an Xbox 360), a dining area, a modern kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances (plus a stocked bar and plenty of juices and sodas in the refrigerator), an espresso machine, and my favorite, a washer/dryer, scored major points with me. I also loved the deck chair on the private patio. It was the perfect place to sit and read a book before dinner.
4. A resort within a resort. As I noted above, this village has a “resort within a resort” feel, which I loved. Within Key West Luxury Village, there are three restaurants, a fitness center, a spa, a kids’ club, three pools and easy beach access. You really don’t need to leave the village unless you want to try out the water sports, like kayaking and paddle boarding, which are situated in the middle of the resort.
5. Great for multi-generational getaways. Key West Luxury Village is made up of one- and two-bedroom suites, as well as eight villas with three and four bedrooms, even private pools. The villas are only a few steps from the beach and offer the feel of a private home. For larger groups, it’s nice to be able to stay all together and not be separated into individual hotel rooms or suites.
6. Concierge service. Every room in the Key West Luxury Village is concierge level or higher (including 20 butler service villas and suites). What does that mean? It means you can call on the concierge team at any time to order a birthday cake, set up a romantic dinner, arrange island tours and more. It’s a nice to perk to be able to leave the little details to someone else when traveling as a family.
Though only my third time at an all-inclusive resort, I think I could get used to this lifestyle. It’s nice to be able to order anything on the menu, even drinks, and just get up and go when you’re finished without having to lay down a credit card. I did start to miss my wi-fi at home though. While there is wi-fi at the resort, it’s definitely not as good as what I have at home, and even got knocked out for 12 or so hours during a relatively small overnight storm during our stay.
Erin Gifford is a mother of four who shares her family travel tips, advice and adventures at Kidventurous. She was hosted by Beaches Turks & Caicos. However, all opinions expressed here are her own.