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We just got back last night from our Beaches vacation. We flew on their Miami Air charter which
originated in Boston and picked us up in Newark. They were very professional, greeted us at
curbside and whisked us in. Upon return, check-in for theairport is at the hotel(this part was
very slow...go later rather than earlier)but convenient. We had a two hour delay and stayed at the
hotel and got our usual drinks and lobster dinner before leaving (Saturday night is seafood night
throughout the resort restaurants).
We (myself, husband and three kids ages 11, 9 & 5) all felt it was the vacation of a lifetime!
And that's even with our personal mini-disasters taking place! Beaches helped us out tremendously
on two of these disasters.
We enjoyed ourselves as a family and individually as by the end of the week, all 3 kids got
to making friends and wanting to spend time with them at their camps giving us some free time as
The place was crowded but it is also large enough to handle it. The most we ever waited for a
table at dinner was 20 minutes one night, otherwise, we were seated immediately.
We stayed in 2 adjoining rooms in the east wing. They were okay. Could use a little sprucing up,
but clean. Given the choice of 5 in one room in the French Village or two rooms here, we were glad
for the separate bedrooms and extra bathroom.
The kids camps were EXCELLENT. All 3 kids really enjoyed going. They even went back to dinner
with their camps on 2 nights so we got to go out to the adult only restaurants alone...like the
old pk days (pre-kids).
The staff throughout is wonderful. They truly try to accomodate all your needs. Most restaurant
service was great, although some slow, especially at Schooner's...even in spite of that, it was
our favorite place to eat both breakfast and dinner!
The best snorkeling we have ever done was done here. The best reef was at Bight Reef, facing the
water, walk to the left apx 10-15 minutes. It was incredible and right off the beach! We saw sea
turtles and barracuda and the most incredibly colored fish!
Our 5 year old snorkeled with us too and LOVED it. Bring a few disposable underwater
cameras...you'll definitely us them up!
Dress code is bathing suits with coverups for breakfast and at all the luncheon buffets except
at Arizonas where it was okay to just wear a sarange...tops were required elsewhere. Dinner was
casual, shorts and shirts, sundresses, etc. Sapodillas and French restaurant requires slacks for
men, even though most wore slacks and sandals. At french restaurant we did see some guys in
shorts, though. Try the creme brulee for dessert at Sapodillas, it was EXCELLENT...here the food
was very good, not quite gourmet, but they did try. Entree was very good but caesar salad and
appetizer just ok.
Hobie cat lessons and wind-surfing lessons are included as are diving lessons and snorkeling
boat trips. We enjoyed 3 of them, but Bight Reef was the best! Just be careful as the water is
very shallow in some parts so be sure to go around the outsides as much as possible.
We're already talking about when we're going back!
It really was a vacation of a lifetime for my family!
Thanks to Carla for this trip report ...