Best Beaches Resort - Top 5 Ranked & Reviewed
What is the BEST Beaches Resort for your family vacation, honeymoon, babymoon or destination wedding? We’ll help answer that question by providing you with one of the most comprehensive overviews on the internet.
For those who are not familiar with the Sandals & Beaches brand, Beaches has revolutionized the family all-inclusive resort concept and gained worldwide attention for their seaside suites and villages that sit on some of the most idyllic beaches in the Caribbean. Located in Jamaica, Turks & Caicos and soon to open in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Beaches has set the bar for a luxury all-inclusive family vacation experience. At Rivage Travel, we've been specializing in Beaches for more than 15 years and have the expertise to create the perfect travel experience for your family vacation or destination wedding. Best of all our professional travel planning services are complimentary to our clients.
Here is our personal ranking for the 5 BEST Beaches Resorts featuring a detailed overview of each one. Read below for a full description then please share your plans with us using our chat feature below. We guarantee the best available price for all parts of your trip and look forward to sending you away to paradise! - Jonathan & Angela
Here is our list for the 5 BEST Beaches Resorts
#1) Beaches Turks & Caicos // Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
#2) Beaches Negril // Negril, Jamaica
#3) Beaches Ocho Rios // Ocho Rios, Jamaica
#4) Beaches Runaway Bay // Ocho Rios, Jamaica * Coming soon
#5) Beaches St. Vincent // St. Vincent and the Grenadines * Coming soon
#1 - Beaches Turks & Caicos
Voted the World's #1 Best Beach by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards in 2018, Beaches Turks and Caicos sits on the pristine shores of Grace Bay. Here idyllic blue waters meet the softest sand you'll ever have a chance to sink your feet into. At Beaches Turks and Caicos, they deliver world-class service all designed to give you the ultimate family vacation experience. Beaches Turks & Caicos offers panoramic beach views from three of it's four villages and exclusivity as one of the premier resorts in Providenciales. It offers an endless supply of restaurants, recreation and amenities along with some of the BEST diving you’ll do anywhere in the Caribbean.
Why is Beaches Turks and Caicos our #1 pick for the Best Beaches Resort?
This is a recurring theme and a testament to Beaches Resorts as a whole but it’s the people who work at Beaches Turks and Caicos that make this such an exceptional destination.
The food is excellent and there are twenty one restaurants to choose from including our favorite “The Jerk Shack”. The culinary team is attentive to strict dietary needs and will be more than happy to create a meal plan for any Vegan’s, vegetarians or anyone with allergies.
For those with young children, breakfast with the Sesame Street characters and even a night time tuck in with their favorite character is a must.
There are four villages, three of which are beachfront (Caribbean Village, Italian Village & Key West Village). For the best Oceanviews, consider a stay in the Italian or Caribbean. Want to know the best locations? Chat with us below and we'll help you find the perfect location!
The Red Lane Spa at Beaches Turks and Caicos is one of the best and we always recommend the Lavender Scalp massage.
There are 10 pools at the resort. The main pool at the Italian Village hosts a swim up bar and it’s where most of the activity takes place. The playmakers are a blast and will keep you and the family entertained but if you’re looking something more relaxed there are secluded retreats around the resort. Tip: Quiet pools are in the Key West Village
The beach is beautiful and ocean water is the perfect shade of blue. If you’re into snorkeling you can take short 10 min walk to Bights Reef which is a natural marine reserve where you can see everything from turtles to rays.
There are plenty of lounge chairs around the pools and on the beach, you'll find the Caribbean Village side has more chairs than the Italian or Key West Village.
The Water Sports Team is amazing and there is so much to do. Including, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boards, etc. If you want a lesson, they’re more than happy to teach you how to use them.
The dive team is exceptional and the diving in Turks and Caicos is amongst the best. Known for their wall dives you can go from being in 45 feet of water to a wall with a 500ft drop.
The bartenders are incredible and will make sure you’re having a great time.
For teens, Beaches Turks & Caicos offers a teen night club, a massive Xbox lounge and even a DJ Scratch academy where they can learn how to DJ.
Adjacent to the French Village the resort hosts a 45,000 sqft water park packed with slides, a lazy river and even a surf simulator! Contact us today for more information.
Additional considerations and tips about Beaches Turks and Caicos:
The resort transfer takes approximately 15 min from the airport.
Dinner reservations are required for some restaurants. If you’re in a Concierge room, contact your concierge as soon as you arrive to make your reservations as they tend to fill up quickly. If you are in a butler category, consult with your butler so they can do it for you. Those in the Luxury category, there is a culinary desk in the main lobby of the Caribbean Village who’ll assist you with this.
If you're a fan of Indian Food, make sure to try the pop up restaurant located in the Italian Village.
Diving is very popular here for good reason. If you're diving, sign up for your weekly dives after checking in to make sure you can get onto the dive boats. * 2 tank dives leave around 8am and return by 12:30/1pm.
The kids club is included and the people who look after your children are amazing. The first time you check them in, make sure to bring their passports as they'll need them to sign them into the club.
How far away is Beaches Turks and Caicos from the airport? It’s about 15 - 20 minutes.
Due to it's impressive offerings, inclusions and popularity. This tends to the priciest of the three currently open Beaches resorts. There are ways to make your trip more affordable though. Please review our tips and tricks for betting the best deal on your Beaches Turks and Caicos family vacation and contact us today for more information.
#2 - Beaches Negril, Jamaica
Having received multiple awards for being among the best family resorts in Jamaica, this stunning resort sits on the famed Seven Mile Beach. With shallow ocean waters and a waterpark sitting directly on the beach, Beaches Negril is the ultimate family all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Having been recently renovated, all of the rooms feature a modern design with updated amenities. Beaches Negril offers their 5 Star Global Gourmet service with 10 restaurants all created to deliver a world-class dining experience. It also includes seven bars with multiple swim ups so you'll never have to leave the warm waters to grab that next refreshing beverage or cocktail - best of all, it's all included!
Why is Beaches Negril our #2 pick for the Best Beaches Resort?
The people of Jamaica are warm and friendly and you'll leave the resort feeling like you have a new family. Beaches Negril does an incredible job bringing the best of the best on site and they'll make sure your family vacation is one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
The general manager and hotel manager is active and it’s not unusual for them to be commending their staff, chatting with the guests, picking up glasses and ensuring you're family is having an incredible time.
The rooms are spacious, updated and have a balconies, some of which overlook the Caribbean ocean. The bathrooms are well appointed with Red Lane Spa amenities.
The food is world-class and there are ten restaurants to choose from; all of which are part of the five star global dining all-inclusive experience.
The beach is beautiful and expansive. One of the things we love the most about this beach is that it's shallow with great visibility. The water is warm, clear and the beach is wide so there is a lot of room to spread out.
Their water sports team is great and all non-motorized water sports are included. If you want a sailing lesson, they'll gladly teach you how to sail.
The scuba diving team is exceptional. While Jamaica is not necessarily known for their diving it is a must do activity for scuba divers - especially for night dives as you'll see everything from sea horses to octopuses. One thing to note. Unlike Beaches Turks and Caicos, Beaches Negril does not have a dock so you'll need to walk into the shallow water to get on and off the boat.
There are plenty of day beds around the pools and on the beach.
Those traveling with small children, the Sesame Street kids club is a must do. You'll find the nicest people working there and by the end of day one, they'll know your children by name.
The evening entertainment is always something to look forward too. From parades, to beach parties and themed nights you'll always be entertained.
If you’re considering a destination wedding or vow renewal at Beaches Negril the wedding team is professional and committed to making sure your vision is delivered.
Photographers are on site and available to setup a complimentary photo session.
The resort is expansive and very luxurious.
How far away is Beaches Negril from the airport? It’s about 60 - 75 minutes.
Additional considerations and tips for visiting Beaches Negril:
Sandals Negril is only a short 20/30 min walk on the beach. If you have time, book in a nanny and spend the day or even have dinner there.
If you do not have a Butler service, make sure to book your dinner reservations upon arrival as the best time slots tend to fill up quickly.
There is plenty of shade on the beach so there isn't a huge need to wake up early to find your beach chairs.
Vendors are on the beach but are friendly and a polite, “no, thank you” is enough to for them to move on.
All of the rooms have been updated but if you're looking for a specific view or location. Let us know. We're here to help!
There is a lot to do in Jamaica. A day trip to Ricks Cafe and the caves is a must do. You can even do this excursion by boat. If this is something you’re interested in, Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!
#3 - Beaches Ocho Rios
This lush property offers a family beachfront getaway on a private beach. Located in Ocho Rios Jamaica, this resort features extra large accommodations, a Pirates themed waterpark and the only all-inclusive golf program for kids all near Ocho Rios best attractions. Unlike Beaches Negril and Beaches Turks and Caicos, Beaches Ocho Rios only offers Luxury and Club Level accommodations. If Butler level is what you're looking for, we'd recommend one of the other two family resorts. On the plus side, you'll find the best prices here as compared to Beaches Negril and Beaches Turks and Caicos. That being said, this is an amazing property with seven dining options, a teen nightclub, scuba diving and watersports and best of all it's all included!
Why is Beaches Ocho Rios our #3 pick for the Best Beaches Resort?
The people who work at there are always looking after your interests and desires and it’s not uncommon for the General Manager to be seen interacting with guests.
The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.
There are multiple room options to choose from… With balconies featuring expansive ocean view to walk out suites where you're directly on the beach. Make sure to let us know what is most important to you so we can get you the perfect room!
There is a teen nightclub and an Xbox lounge so there is always plenty of activities to keep the family entertained.
Beaches Ocho Rios has multiple pools along with a massive waterpark. We love the Play Makers and they’ll help keep you involved and entertained.
The Beach is beautiful and private but not that expansive so it’s easily walkable.
Photographers are on property to capture those memorable moments of your vacation.
Nightly entertainment is ever present and there is a different party theme each night.
For those considering a destination wedding at Beaches Ocho Rios the Wedding coordinator will ensure your wedding is not only perfect but special. At Rivage Travel, we specialize in Destination Weddings and invite you to reach out to us with any questions!
The resort is beautiful and everything is within easy walking distance.
Additional Considerations for Beaches Ocho Rios
There can be a lot of mosquitos on the beach at dusk so bring Bug Spray!
This resort has the smallest beach of the three so if you're a beach person who likes long walks, consider Beaches Turks & Caicos or Beaches Negril.
The transfer time from Montego Bay Airport to Beaches Ocho Rios is approximately two hours.
If you’re looking for an upbeat island vibe with lots of activities with great food, this may be the place for you. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise! ^Top