The Italian Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos

When Recommend was invited to the launch of the Italian Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos—a resort brand well-known for its relationship with Sesame Street—we thought who better to tag along with one of the editors than a 4-year-old with a big attitude. If there’s one person who was going to give this editor the right feedback about the resort, it was going to be this pre-Kindergartner. So off we went to descend upon the sparkling new addition to Beaches Turks & Caicos, with razzle-dazzle family suites, an expanded Pirates Island Waterpark, enhanced teen and tween hangouts…pretty much a small “take me away” paradise all etched out on one of the Caribbean’s most gorgeous beaches, Grace Bay in Providenciales.

Now, traveling with the little ones might be a lot of fun, but it’s certainly not easy-peasy. But if there’s one resort brand that knows how to make kids, tweens and teens (not to mention mom and dad, of course) happy, it’s Beaches—and its Turks & Caicos property is simply superb. Everything from the small details, like cookie trays placed in corners throughout the expansive resort, to the over-the-top uproarious weekly parades, not to mention the genuine warmth of the staff, make this resort the perfect final destination to that time-honored question, “Are we there yet?” You betcha!

new digs Clients familiar with Beaches Turks & Caicos will know the Caribbean and French villages well, but with the addition of the Italian Village, the property has really outdone itself and hit its Luxury-Included philosophy right on the nail. To start off, once escorted out of the airport transfer taxi, guests will be whisked into the private Italian Village lobby, where they’ll sit down in some very comfy couches—and tell parents not to worry about whiny kids, because the lobby has a specially outfitted area with kid-sized armchairs and a flat-screen TV that’s always tuned to cartoons, plus a cookie tray with generous amounts of this treat (don’t be surprised if the little ones make this one of their favorite hangouts!). Once checked-in (without ever standing in line, mind you), it’s off to the family suites. En-route, happy guests pass along the Italian Village’s opulent pool, which at over 10,000 sq. ft. is a behemoth. With the sea breeze caressing your face and the music emitting from the “hidden” speakers, it’s easy to fall into the Caribbean vibe (of course, the rum punch drinks that are handed out to the “big kids” upon arrival don’t hurt either).

The multi-category family suites—all 162 of them—are a delightful blend of comfort, luxury, contemporary earth tone decor and privacy—a wall sliding door divides the kids’ room from the parent’s room. And the kids will relish their privacy, as well: the kids’ room comes with bunk beds (with an extra trundle), a plasma TV, Xbox 360 Game console, closet space, and—one touch the parents will love—a size-appropriate sink. Past the sliding door, the separate master bedroom comes complete with a sitting area, plasma TV, mini-fridge, lots of drawer and closet space and one of the most comfortable mahogany four-poster king-size beds out there! Additionally, the bathrooms come with a double-vanity sink, a jacuzzi tub, a separate shower and a private toilet area. All suites have a terrace, with some looking out onto the pool area and others straight onto the mesmerizing turquoise-colored beach. Either way, it’s a nice place to sit after arriving and take in one’s surroundings. Meanwhile, the look in the kids’ eyes while checking out their new pad can’t be beat.

Says Beaches Resorts’ CEO, Adam Stewart, “Getting away together is precious time. It’s got to be right. From toddlers to teens, parents to grandparents, there was not a single detail in our blueprints that did not take each traveler’s needs into account.” With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that guests also have the option of requesting one of the Village’s 18 Imperial rooms, which expand the 2-bedroom suite to include separate living room and dining room areas, with additional sleeping options to accommodate larger groups and family gatherings. All Imperial rooms, by the way, have an extra treat—Beaches Resorts’ Butler Service.