For several years, we’ve been told how amazing “All-inclusive” resorts are. Friends have gone. Neighbors have gone. Even family has booked multiple times. Us? Nah. We don’t drink much and figure that the bulk of the “all-inclusive” lure is the unlimited supply of spirited beverages.
After our recent visit to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa for the Social Media on the Sand Conference, we realized that “All Inclusive” means a whole lot more than sitting poolside with an endless supply of umbrella drinks. Although to be fair, the drinks are pretty amazing. But let me take you through some of the highlights of what it’s really like to visit Beaches which lives up to the name and expectation to not pay extra.
Let’s start with this because I honestly feel it’s one of the biggest unwritten benefits of visiting a Beaches resort. From the time you step off the plane and head to catch your shuttle to the resort until the time you step into the airport for your return visit, you won’t need cash. Tipping is positively not allowed. It’s an odd feeling not to offer a server a tip but I assure you that you will get used to it.
Dining and Snacks
There’s no shortage of food. Ever. At any time of day or night. Some restaurants are only open at certain times of the day, but with multiple restaurants to choose from offering everything from buffets to snacks, you won’t go hungry. We had breakfast buffets on most days because it was easy and fit into my conference schedule. There were a few days that I popped into the cafe for a blended mocha. Lunches and dinner offered options like jerk chicken, steak, sushi, burgers and pizza. The steak and snapper I had at sit-down restaurants were positively divine. Have a late-night sweet tooth? Stop into a restaurant for just dessert, swing by the ice cream bar or have a pastry at the cafe.
Whether you are seeking an adult beverage or something for your child, the choices are difficult. When I say that, I mean there are so many options you may find yourself ordering two at once. As I said before, the cafe offers coffee beverages that you might normally find at your local Starbucks. Soda pop is available at restaurants as well as from beverage stations and bars. We found a few walk-up locations where we could fill up a pop and walk away but seldom used it. Our preference was for smoothies! Whether you find yourself at a swim-up poolside bar, one of the beverage huts or a restaurant, they’ll provide your choice of drinks. Some bars don’t carry the same ingredients as others, giving you reason to see what the specialty is from different parts of the property. My friend Shelby from OC Mom Blog attended the Social Media on the Sand conference last year and assured me I would love a drink called the Hummingbird. She was right. Scott wanted something with melon one day, literally ordered “a drink with melon” and was served up what became one of my favorites, a Melon Colada. Sometimes we ordered drinks as normal, other times virgin versions. All told, I only found one drink I didn’t love and that’s because it had tequila in it… and no shortage of the spirit, either.
Whether you like to dance, sing karaoke or attend a show, there isn’t a charge to join in. I let the kids talk me into doing limbo on the stage then joined a dance contest for moms. It was pathetic but I had so much fun. Isn’t that what vacationing is all about?
From what I understand, this is one of the areas that sets one all-inclusive resort apart from another. Water sports are included at Beaches! Feel like snorkeling? No problem and no charge! Kayaking? Sure thing. Water trike? Yup, that too. They even offer scuba as well as scuba lessons. No, there isn’t a charge for any of it. Water a little rough and want something calmer? Beaches all-inclusive resort in Turks & Caicos has a waterpark several water slides, a lazy river and even a wave rider. How much, you ask? It’s included! When you are ready to get out of the water for a bit, play a giant game of chess, enjoy shuffleboard, play pool or check out a board game.
Children, Teens and Tweens
Your kids won’t be bored at Beaches Resort, either. And it won’t set you back a fortune to entertain them. Not only is childcare included in your resort fee, but they have a lot of fun activities including beach time, Sesame Street and more. They also have a wide variety of things to keep your tweens and teens interested as well. Teens/tweens can attend “no parents allowed” parties, go dancing, hang out in the XBox lounge or play pool or ping pong in the club.
We had an amazing time at the resort and wish we had extended our stay beyond the length of the conference. No doubt about it that we will be returning next year. And now that we know what it means to visit an all-inclusive resort, it is going to be difficult to go anywhere else!
Have you ever visited an all-inclusive resort?