Our Holiday to Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos – Part One.

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Last week feels like a surreal dream.  Albeit it’s an amazing, beautiful, spectacular dream, but it still feels like it didn’t really happen now I am back in the cold and wet UK.  This time last week myself and my little family were on holiday over 7000 miles away in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean, staying at the incredible Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.  Also there at the same time as us was my fab fellow Space In Your Case blogger Alison and her family.

I am lucky that I have travelled to the Caribbean a couple of times before, but this is the first time I have ever flown long haul with my girl’s and before we left we were all incredibly excited and a teeny bit apprehensive about the flight.  However we need not have worried, the whole thing was an adventure from start to finish and we have come away with the most amazing memories.

I am a really emotional person.  I tend to form real and strong attachments to places and things, and I am really enthusiastic so if we have a good time, then I inevitably fall in love with the places we go or stay, and can’t quite imagine not going back every year.  But Beaches Turks and Caicos really was utter paradise and absolutely incredible for adults and children alike.  We could have stayed there for a lot longer and not even began to get bored- it was perfection.  The resort is ‘luxury included’ meaning that practically everything is included in the price of the holiday- it’s so convenient to go into all the bars and restaurants and not have to take money.  It’s also testament to the resort that we didn’t leave it the whole time we were there- so we literally didn’t spend anything extra.

I have a thorough review and guide to the resort coming up in the next couple of weeks, but as usual I took SO many photos that I want to make sure I document and remember every last detail of our trip.  Apologies for the fact that this blog is going to be full of photos and holiday memories for the next week or so, but at least it might brighten it up for a while before normal wintery service resumes.  I don’t think I can do the resort justice though, even with all the photos, it is far more incredible than it looks.

Here is Part One (of many!) of our holiday at Beaches Turks and Caicos…

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I must admit to being a little nervous about the flights before we went.  Of course I wouldn’t dream of not flying, after all we do these things so we can have adventures and make memories, but add two small people, four flights and a slightly apprehensive flyer into the mix and I was a little nervous.  However it couldn’t have gone smoother- my girls were as good as gold on the way there. (I pack them ‘plane goody bags’ on every flight we go on)  You can fly to Beaches Turks and Caicos in a number of different ways but we flew with American Airlines from Heathrow to Miami (9.5 hours) and then from Miami to Providenciales. (1 hr 20)

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Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos is massive (more about that in a later post) and is split into villages with many different room types.  There are 20 restaurants, lots of different pools and of course you can walk and use all the different places, which is great as each village makes for a really different experience.  After a bit of a room confusion at the start we found ourselves in the Italian Village, in a Ocean View Concierge Family Suite with Kids Room.  Mads loved that she had a seperate area with a bunk bed. (again more on our rooms in a later post!)

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The view from our balcony was absolutely stunning- the beach was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

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Due to time differences I ended up waking up around 5am most mornings. (Mr E and the girls carried on sleeping but I am a light sleeper)  I loved going out on the balcony and watching the sun come up- there really were the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

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We had a little routine where we would go down to the beach around 7am as the light was gorgeous and it was pretty much deserted, we would have a little walk and then head back to one of the many restaurants for breakfast.

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It was great getting the Summer clothes back out of storage for a week- I forgot how much I loved the girls little towelling boat dresses.

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I love the early morning light in these photos.  The sand was the softest I have ever felt.

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Mads hair went a little crazy with the heat and chlorine- major curls alert!

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Me and my big girl.

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I love this photo of the three of us.

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On our first full night we went to the weekly family beach festival- it was amazing- there was twinkly lights everywhere, face painting, music, lots of different food stands, and of course a Sesame Street stage show.  Beaches Resorts are affiliated with Sesame Street and we made some incredible memories over the course of the week, and have all become huge Sesame Street fans.

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Without a doubt if you asked Mads what the highlight of her trip was (bar our Sesame Street activities) she would say the ‘waterpark and eating ice cream’. The resort has it’s very own water park, with lots of slides, a lazy river, a kids jacquzzi, a pirate water play area and even a surf simulator.  There are a few swim up bars throughout all the different pools but the girls loved the ‘kids’ one in the water park- where you could order all sorts of kid friendly cocktails.  The pirate ship also housed ‘Bobby D’s’- an American style diner restaurant which we went to for lunch on a couple of occasions.  They also have an ice cream parlour- where we got an ice cream most days.  Cookie Dough for me- yum!  Obviously all these are included in the all inclusive pricing, but we didn’t go mad.  Honest.

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We loved the lazy river- it went right round and through the water park and was great fun.

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Another early morning walk.  The grounds of the resort were gorgeous- full of shrubbery, flowers and little areas you could sit or lie.

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There was a pier on the beach that we loved to walk down in the mornings.  It was stunning.

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Cuddles for Daddy.

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Sharing a joke with my big girl.

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‘Sitting on the dock of the bay…’

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This girl shows no sign of being less of a Daddy’s girl.

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The girls went to ‘‘Camp Sesame’ the kids club for two mornings (for 2 hours at a time) so we could have a little bit of adult time- they could have gone in a lot longer but to be honest we really didn’t want them to- there was just so much to do for kids and adults alike that we all had so much fun.  Still the little break was nice just to relax for a while. We still gave the girls a nap in the afternoons as we were keeping them up much later at night and as Mr E prefers the shade he sat on the balcony while the girls slept and I got to go and have a bit of sun time around the resort!

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The view from the pier.  Absolutely incredible.

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As I mentioned above Beaches Resorts is affiliated with Sesame Street and there are loads of different activities you can do.  There were stage shows most evenings, a massive parade once a week and also you could pay extra for special Sesame Street Packages. I will talk about this some more in another post but one of the ones we did was the Sesame Street Tuck In– where your favourite character comes and reads you a story and tucks you in at night.  We chose Elmo (my Mum bought them the cute Elmo PJ’s before we went away!) and it was the CUTEST thing ever.  LL hugged him when he knocked on our hotel room door and then when he went to tuck them in I had tears in my eyes- it was truly magical.  He gave them a cuddly toy each (we specified which ones when we booked it) and they haven’t stopped carrying them round since.

Here is Part one of two little videos I have made about our amazing holiday….

(I did say there was going to be lots of photos and that’s only the beginning.  Oops.  Expect lots more holiday posts over the next week or so!)

Massive thanks to Beaches for inviting myself and my family to stay for the week.  All photos, words and opinions are entirely my own, we really do think Beaches Turks and Caicos is the most incredible place for familiies.  

 

79 Comments

  • Alison says:

    Ahhhh this brings back so many special memories. Love your video. I’m going to float around all day thinking about the beach now xx

  • Lauren says:

    Wow, this looks amazing already! If you don’t mind me asking, what do you use to keep your camera/phone waterproof when making your videos? I cannot wait to read the rest of the holiday story x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I use a waterproof camera- it’s called a GoPro and it can go fully underwater. I also have a life proof case for my iPhone which is cheaper and still brilliant! x

  • Emma says:

    Wow, Katie, it looks AMAZING. I can just imagine the delight on the girls’ faces when Elmo came to tuck them in. I love Elmo, he’s my favourite Sesame Street character. Rob bought me a Tickle Me Elmo just before Zak was born.

    The resort look perfect for families, how amazing it has it’s own water park.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Elmo is definitely the best one isn’t he? Although Mr E has a thing for Cookie Monster and Mads loved the Count! x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Your holidays always look fantastic Katie. Makes me depressed looking at the snow outside and wishing I was in the sun LOL! Great photos and videos! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I wish I was back there so badly- it feels like a dream now I am home in the cold with the heating on full blast! x

  • charlotte says:

    You are already making me very jealous and this is only the first post! :) Looks like you had an amazing time! Love the photos on the beach and the Elmore tuck in sounds amazing! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      The Sesame Street stuff was a definite highlight for us. It really was one of the best holidays we have been on. Thanks lovely. x

  • Absolutely gorgeous photos my lovely. It looks great. I really want to go there, I bet the kids loved it. x

  • Kara says:

    Just perfect. What an amazing trip to have taken. Memories for life.

  • Jenny says:

    Oh katie I could have just kept reading and reading and staring at all the heavenly photos above. What a great family experience. So beautiful too! I love it all and so happy that you got to experience it together. Your girls as always are just stunning. Mads curls do what mine do in the heat take over in a beautiful way though. They are precious. Can’t wait for part two and three and more….. :) Glad you are back home safe and sound.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thank you Jenny for your lovely comment- it really was beautiful and now we are home it feels like a dream! x

  • Joanna says:

    wow! looks amazing and beautiful photos. I really want to go there right now.x

  • Carie says:

    Oh wow – I think you really did find paradise! That just looks so beautiful (and warm) – I’m really glad you had such a lovely time and definitely looking forward to lots more pictures and videos – we all need something to warm our frozen toes, even by proxy!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I am very lucky to have travelled lots of places in my life as before the girls I was a bit of a travel bug- but I definitely think this is the closest I have come to paradise myself. x

  • Kerry says:

    Looks amazing you lucky things :) X

  • Karen says:

    Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing experience for you all, I was gutted when the post ended, I could have happily read and looked at your photos for hours! That picture that you love of you and your girls, I love it too – such a beautiful capture! Looking forward to reading more x

  • Such gorgeous pictures. I will look forward to the rest of your posts and pretend that I am there too xx

  • Fritha says:

    omg Katie it looks like heaven! Love the video, your kids get lovelier every day xx

  • Stephanie says:

    Looks like the perfect family vacation!! I absolutely love the video!

  • Just looks perfect! I’ve been having a tiring day with the boys so just hid in the kitchen with a brew to look at your photos and watch the video and it has really cheered me up. What a beautiful place and you are so lucky to have such a lovely family, I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. xx

  • Amazing! I have serious holiday envy right now, that beach is to die for! :) xo

  • Absolutely brilliant. you have such a magical way of capturing life. this place looks incredible! You guys all look like you’re having the best time. x x x

  • Oh Katie these photos are just heavenly and Beaches Resort Turks And Caicos looks like a ‘picture-perfect’ paradise. What a beautiful place for you all to spend quality time together and make some wonderful memories. Keep the holiday posts coming, i could read and look at photos/videos of yours for hours xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It really was picture perfect Vikki and I don’t even think my photos show how beautiful it was. Thanks so much lovely. xx

  • Lisa H says:

    oh katie it looks so incredible, it’s making me yearn for the summer already! Can’t wait to hear more xxx

  • Kerry says:

    Oh my goodness Katie, these photos are beautiful! Such precious memories for you to have. It looks like such a beautiful resort. I’ve been to the Caribbean many times before but never to Turks and Caicos so will definitely look at there in the future it looks amazing! I can’t wait to read your other posts :) xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you Kerry, I love all the photos too. It really was beautiful and I completely recommend it. I have been to Cuba and Barbados a couple of times before, and Mexico although not technically the Caribbean and it was by far the nicest out of all of the ones I have been too. x

  • Lauren says:

    I am so lost for words, I have no idea what to say. It looks unbelieveable and so so perfect. Also, I love that there is a big emphasis on Sesame Street, much better than Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder etc.
    I can’t wait to see other posts xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Definitely we loved the Sesame Street element, it wasn’t shoved down our throats and you could avoid it if you didn’t want to join in. But we loved it. It really was amazing. x

  • Wowzers, this really does look amazing! I was following the photos on Instagram but this shows it in so much more detail! The Elmo thing made me laugh though, C and T don’t have any idea who he is and I think if he came to put them to bed they would be absolutely petrified!! Such gorgeous photos and what an amazing experience xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Haha we love Elmo here cause of the Furchester Hotel, but we are now full Sesame Street converts. 😉 And it is a bit scary if you think about it, but luckily mine loved it. 😉 x

  • Nicola says:

    Whoah whoah whoah love your post and so looking forward to read and watch more x

  • Oh I want to be there! And I want a matching dress to Mads and LL as well. It looks beautiful x

  • This looks stunning – what a fantastic idea, to affiliate with Sesame Street. My two would go wild at the prospect of meeting the Cookie Monster. Such a gorgeous post – looks as though you’ve really captured the gloriousness of the place.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Yes such a great idea and they didn’t ram it in your faces either, so if Sesame Street wasn’t your thing you could quite easily avoid it. It was done so well! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Yes such a great idea and they didn’t ram it in your faces either, so if Sesame Street wasn’t your thing you could quite easily avoid it. It was done so well! x

  • HELEN says:

    ooh is that a new Marian Keyes book?
    the place looks amazing..and I LOVE Elmo!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It is! I haven’t read much yet but from what I have read it is pretty good so far. Elmo is the best isn’t he?! ;0)

  • Triona McKee says:

    Woweeee….. This is every child (and adults) dream holiday! I want to go there!! Everything looks amaJng! Looking forward to reading the next installation xx

  • thisdayilove says:

    What a beautiful holiday, the girls must have loved the Elmo tuck in!

  • Aww I loved watching the video Katie. It’s gorgeous but my favourite parts of LL walking that way as only toddlers can on the beach, and dancing on the dance floor. Just beautiful :) Can’t wait for Part Two xxx

  • ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! What an incredible place, and they seem to have got the art of a real, truly relaxing, family holiday down to a tee. Can’t wait for Part 2!!! And man, need to get a GoPro, the more I see the video you post the more I want one for our holidays! xxxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It was incredible, I must admit I would never have thought it would be as incredible as it was if you know what I mean? But it was just amazing. You should definitely get a GoPro- they are so much fun! x

  • Life at the Little Wood says:

    It’s all just so PRETTY!! I really want to go right this second! :) What an amazing experience for you all Katie. I’m sure it’s something you’ll never forget! Xx

  • Oh Katie this looks heavenly! What an amazing holiday and resort, and you’ve got some awesome photos and video from your trip- you show me that it’s definitely worth snapping away as much as you do. I’m reassured that your flights with the girls went smoothly, it makes me think that long haul flights with our two would definitely be doable! xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Becky- and yes it’s lovely to have such a memento of our trip- I am sure my husband will thank me having a camera shoved in his face one day. 😉 It is definitely doable with little people! xx

  • What beautiful photos, and you all look so relaxed and happy :)
    It all looks so bright and colourful- I want to fast forward to summer after reading this- I’m sick of this snow now!! I’d love to go to the Caribbean in a few years. What do you film your videos on? The quality is so amazing! Amelia x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It was so beautiful, thanks lovely, we really were so calm and happy there. I know- roll on Summer! I film my videos on my DSLR or on a Go Pro. xx

  • Ahhhhhh, Elmo tucking the girls in is the just the cutest!! It looks like the most amazing place to stay. It seems so strange seeing you all in your summer clothes when it’s absolutely freezing outside. Off to read part two now xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      That was definitely one of the highlights of our stay- it was so emotional seeing him tuck them in! And yes it almost feels like a dream now we are back in lots of layers! x

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Wow what a holiday, it looks completely amazing. I absolutely love their boat dresses too, I would so buy one if they did an adult size in that! I would never had though to visit their with children but I think I am definitely changing my mind now.

  • Katie says:

    I’m sold!! Take me there now :) Glad you all had such an amazing time, you all look stunning x

  • Awww, I absolutely LOVE seeing those little towelling dresses again too. They are the cutest. It all looks magical and so so beautiful, you lucky lucky devils getting to enjoy all that while we were so cold at home!!! 😉 x

  • This is somewhere I am desperate to go, it looks so beautiful, the beach in the morning sounds so incredible x

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