There are four villages in which to stay on the resort: The Caribbean, The Italian, The Key West, and the The French. We stayed at the Caribbean which is the oldest village on the resort (and the least expensive), but offers nice views of the water and easy, centrally-located access to all the amenities and remaining villages. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The maid service arrived promptly each morning to clean the room and provide fresh towels, and then again in the evening for "turn down" service and to check if we needed any additional fresh towels. Everyone who serviced our room was cheerful and helpful. The room came with two full-size beds and a pull-out couch. This made things a little snug so I suggest finding a room with either queen or king sized beds. We were told these more readily available in some of the new villages which we might try to book next year. The balcony off our room was private and quiet and offered a nice respite from the sun.
Food is readily available at this all-inclusive resort. There are numerous dining options all over and all are less than a five-minute walk from our room. For dinner, Reflections (located near the lobby) was the "safest" for picky eaters. They offered a wide-array of choices in a buffet-style. The quality and variety of food was excellent. The fruits and vegetables were incredibly fresh and the cuts of meat on par with any high-quality restaurant.
The best meal we had was probably at Schooners, down by the ocean. A charming setting with great seafood and desserts. In addition, we really enjoyed a good steak at Arizona's. We also had a very positive experience at the Cricketeers pub. The kids enjoyed Bobby Dee's, which offered hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and french fries, as well as delicious ice cream and swim-up service for kids in the pool. We found both the food and service at Mario's (an Italian restaurant), however, to be very only average.
For Breakfast, both Mario's and Reflections have huge buffet spreads, offering scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, an omelette bar, grits, waffles, pancakes, english muffins, croissants, bagels, yogurt, cereal, salmon, and all kinds of fresh fruits. We found the breakfasts at both places to be almost identical. Schooners offers breakfast as well, but not a buffet. The menu options at Schooners, however, were all excellent.
For lunch, we were usually out at the pool or on the beach and opted to eat at one of the many convenient food stations located throughout the resort. This included pizzas from Bella Napoli and tacos, hamburgers, chicken, and empanadas at the Jerk Shack and Bayside restaurant.
In general, the food was very good. Though the dinners came in smaller portions, it was all you could eat so all you had to do was order more. With the exception of one or two unhappy employees at Bobby Dee's, we found all the staff at different dining establishments to be extremely polite, friendly, and efficient.
There are numerous things to do in and around the resort. We, of course, loved sitting by the pools (where staff regularly came by with food and drinks) or hanging out on the pristine white beaches and clear, calm waters.
In walking around the resort, there are little clothes, candy, and souvenir shops. The stores are very clean and upscale in appearance, but of course, the merchandise is on the expensive side. Even just buying some aloe lotion for our sunburns cost over $20.
There are tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard courts, as well as outdoor pool tables, ping pong, air hockey, and foosball. We had a lot of fun just walking up to a table and playing whenever we felt like it.
Though we didn't go to the spa, the gyms there offered a handful of elliptical machines and nautilus equipment, along with a dozen or so treadmills. The gym facilities were in immaculate condition and never very busy.
As far was water activities, the kids really enjoyed the centrally located water park, complete with slides, waterfalls, etc., and we all relaxed in inner tubes that continuously flow around the lazy river in a giant circle.
The ocean activities were fun, but because of the high demand for kayaks, paddleboards, etc., the resort limits you to twenty minutes with these items, which barely gives you time to get out in the ocean. Also, for those of you interested in snorkeling, you need to make reservations a day in advance and to be honest, the fringes of the beaches offered just as dynamic underwater sight seeing as the reef the boat carries you out to. One word of warning: be careful when signing up for ocean activities as representatives from companies not affiliated with the resort sometimes wander the beaches to try and get you to sign up for activities. While we heard of no problems with any of these companies while we were there, I do not know what their safety and reliability records are.
In general, we loved our stay at Beaches on Providenciales.We are planning on going back, but will probably shoot for staying at one of the newer villages, perhaps the Italian. The accommodations were clean and well maintained and the food and service were excellent. The grounds are impeccably maintained and the resort is incredibly safe, especially for those with children. The staff was among the most friendly I ever encountered on a vacation. While some of the water sports were a little disappointing, the ocean is gorgeous, crystal clear, and free from rocks, seaweed, and all the other little nuisances that sometimes keep people out of the ocean.
In addition, travel to and from the resort and airport went very smoothly and was easy to arrange. I would highly recommend this resort to families looking for a tropical getaway!