If you’re looking for a great family reunion or family vacation place in the Caribbean, just 75 minutes from Miami, try the All-Inclusive Beaches at Turks & Caicos Resort Spa – recently renovated with over 16 restaurants (from a 1950s-style diner to a Japanese restaurant.) It is the largest resort in the Turks & Caicos islands.

Your kids will love the 45,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art water park; three magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France and the Caribbean; a powder-white-sand 12-mile beach; fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the new Xbox 360® Game Garage and a teen disco, Liquid at Beaches.

They have partnered with Sesame Street and Crayola giving the kids the fun of spending the day with Elmo & Friends!   Story time with Elmo, Scavenger Hunts with Grover and even Bake with Cookie Monster!

During the fall season they have a “WonderFALL” celebration featuring an endless line-up of themed activities and events for tots, teens, parents and grandparents!

Beaches features 9 spectacular pools, 9 body slides, a terrific surf simulator, a 650′ lazy river, and much more (check out the video.)

Beaches Turks & Caicos has opened its doors to the all-suite Italian Village featuring new family suites, with separate areas for parents and children (up to 12 people.) To celebrate, they are offering 1 night free plus savings of up to 65% (booking a minimum of 3+ nights at this resort before Aug. 13, 2009, for travel between Aug. 1 – Dec. 26, 2009.) and a $250 Red Lane® Spa Credit! Check out ongoing specials and try booking through sites like expedia.com.

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Trip Advisor has a recommend rating of 86% (16 reviews). Reviewer comment “All 4 of our children used the kids programs to some degree. Our four year old son probably enjoyed it the most and went on treasure hunts, went swimming in the Kid’s Camp own pool, made cookies with Cookie Monster, made sand castles on the beach, etc. Our 1 year old takes a 3-4 hour nap each day, so we would have him take it in the air conditioned baby section of the Kid’s Camp. At night, we would pay an additional fee and often have a Nanny from the Kid’s Camp join us. This way, if any of our kids were tired or wanted to do something different than the group, everyone would be happy. For our past few vacations to the resort, we have used Janet who is kind, good with children and trustworthy-we highly recommend her.”

Member Ratings: 4.6 (out of 5) From one reviewer: Snorkle Coral Gardens w/in walking distance from the resort – get gear from dive shop.”

This review was prior to the expansion with the new Italian Village

“The third Italian village opened in May, which features the Pirate’s Island water park, a surf simulator, nightclub, Scratch DJ music academy, and Xbox gaming garage. The concierge suites and butler suites have whirlpool baths, plasma TVs, an Xbox, and fridges with drinks and snacks that are replaced daily.

Children are treated like mini adults, with their own swim-up soft-drinks bar and self-serve restaurant areas, plus age-specific clubs offering activities that extend into the evening, when they have their own disco. Parents can benefit from some adult-only restaurants while the children play.

Activities include a water park, fitness suite, sauna, steam room and plunge pools, snorkelling, canoeing/kayaking, windsurfing, scuba-diving, sail boat, Hobie Cats, tennis (including lessons), table tennis, croquet, beach volleyball, lawn chess and billiards.” Read more.

Named Top Hotel: Best Kids Pools.

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