Beaches Resorts are synonymous with family fun in the Caribbean. One of the most recognized resorts for customer service, quality, and included amenities, Beaches provides families and groups the ultimate stress-free all-inclusive Caribbean vacation. The first Beaches resort opened in 1997 in Turks and Caicos, answering a long-term request from couples staying at Sandals Resorts for the company to provide a family-friendly option with the same luxury experiences. Since then, Beaches has become a world leader in all-inclusive vacations, having been voted the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand by the World Travel Awards—24 years in a row. Beaches Resorts are also the Caribbean’s only certified Autism-friendly resorts. As a mom of three kids with Autism, I appreciate that the employees at these resorts are specially trained to deal with unique needs.
So, what is it like to stay at a Beaches resort, and what’s included? I break down everything you need to know below!
All-inclusive vacations can be more alluring than your typical beach vacation for many reasons. Paying one flat rate for a vacation package and knowing that most meals, drinks, and activities are included with your stay is a refreshing sigh of relief for many vacationers. All-inclusives are designed to provide everything you need, giving you little reason to leave the resort during your entire vacation. With a wide variety of resort options throughout the world, you'll want to keep these few things in mind as you plan your trip.
1. Know What's Included
Most all-inclusive vacations offer your room, most meals, drinks (including alcohol), resort amenities, and activities for one package price. However, "all-inclusive" doesn't always mean everything related to your vacation is included. Off-resort excursions, room service, spa treatments, WiFi, golf, and premium restaurants may require an additional fee. Some resorts include standard meals and soft drinks in their pricing but upcharge for high-end liquors and entrees like lobster or steak. Before you book your all-inclusive resort, you'll want to be completely aware of what's included to avoid a surprise bill at the end of your stay.
You'll also want to understand tips at all-inclusive resorts. Some resorts have a strict no-tipping policy, while others include gratuities in their resort fees but allow guests to tip staff for exceptional service.
2. Pick the Right Resort
With over 250 all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean alone, picking the right vacation destination may feel overwhelming. All-inclusive resorts range in theme from romantic getaways to family-friendly fun. When deciding which resort to stay at, understand what you'd like to accomplish during your trip. Do you want to relax by the beach with your significant other all day? Are you interested in watersports and other excursions where you can explore the local area? Will you be looking to bond with your young children?
You'll also want to consider the atmosphere. Would you prefer a small resort with a secluded feel or a larger resort's bustling activity and nightlife? You should also keep in mind family-friendliness if traveling with children. Some resorts require guests to be over 21 or only allow families to book rooms in specific areas of the resort.
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