Pleasure island: Uncover Turks and Caicos Islands


With a 4 yr outdated in tow, would the Turks and Caicos be a dream come true?

When my husband urged vacation within the Bahamas with our four-year-old daughter, Inez, is perhaps a chance to loosen up, I used to be sceptical. However the thought of escaping the dreary British climate appealed, so I signed up for a household getaway on the all-inclusive Seashores resort within the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Our journey did certainly get off to a soothing begin in Gatwick’s fashionable My Lounge. For £18 every you possibly can escape the bustle of the North Terminal and sit back on comfortable sofas, take pleasure in limitless snacks and drinks and benefit from the video games room and TV. 

After an eight-hour flight we had been met at Providenciales Worldwide Airport by the Seashores group and whisked off to our “luxurious included” five-star resort within the island’s unique Grace Bay. There, employees greeted us with refreshing rum punch (or mocktails for kids) earlier than exhibiting us to our extremely spacious suite.

Inez was significantly excited by our spherical whirlpool bathtub and pool views, whereas my coronary heart leapt on the sight of a generously stocked minibar – replenished each day, do you have to handle to make a dent in it. Older youngsters will respect the excessive bunks with a secret trundle mattress beneath, plus satellite tv for pc TV and Xbox 360.

One widespread gripe about all-inclusive resorts is that the meals can fall under par. No such drawback right here. Friends can eat in 22 totally different eating places providing a number of regional specialities, together with seafood and French, Italian and Japanese delicacies. 

Inez and I turned regulars at Mario’s buffet breakfast and there’s additionally a Sesame Avenue breakfast the place you possibly can eat with – and be entertained by – Elmo, Large Fowl, Bert and Ernie.

The Tuscan-inspired restaurant gives a wide-ranging buffet as a starter at lunch and dinner. The extra adventurous would possibly favor Kimonos teppanyaki restaurant, the place meals is cooked on the desk earlier than server “sing-offs” that culminate in vaguely embarrassed diners having items of fried egg fired into their mouths.

Hotel room

One of many luxurious suites on the resort

An actual bonus of Seashores is that you would be able to take pleasure in top-notch delicacies with the youngsters in family-friendly environment. Or, do you have to fancy an evening of grownup dialog, a totally skilled resort nanny and child-free eating places are additionally accessible. 

Aside from consuming loads, most of our time was spent within the pool. There’s a grand complete of 10 to select from, in addition to the fantastically clear turquoise sea for anybody who fancies snorkelling or a dive. Newbies’ programs are on provide.

We caught largely to the pool within the Italian village, the place Inez cherished the recent whirlpool and inflatables whereas I sneaked in a strawberry daiquiri or two on the Trevi Swim Up Bar. Youngsters will love the Pirates Island waterpark with its 9 slides, a lazy river, a surf simulator and fountains. 

Sesame Street animals on the beach

Enjoyable on the seaside with the Sesame Avenue gang

With a lot to do, it’s unlikely you’d get bored. However you possibly can pay additional to take quite a lot of excursions, together with a Caribbean island cruise (with or with out the solid of Sesame Avenue) and a visit to a conch farm. We selected the Studying Highway Journey, a go to to an area major college organised by the resort’s philanthropic arm.

This initiative provides company the possibility to donate supplies and skim to pupils to assist their literacy. 

A soothing break in type with a 4 yr outdated is completely doable. The true query is, with the whole lot the resort gives, will you give your self time to relax out or are you able to make it to each restaurant and pool earlier than you permit? 

Seven nights at Seashores Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa in a Caribbean Honeymoon Luxurious Concierge Suite prices from £6,105 (two adults and two youngsters aged 12 or beneath). The worth consists of all-inclusive lodging, return financial system flights from London Gatwick and resort transfers. The worth, primarily based on choose departure dates between September 1 and October 22, is topic to availability. Name 0800 597 0002 or see

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