Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Closing Indefinitely — Here Are Your Options
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Beaches Turks & Caicos, a Sandals resort, has announced that it plans to close indefinitely starting in January 2021. The 758-room resort, which is the largest resort on the island, will remain open for select dates, including through Sep. 3, 2019; then from Oct. 15, 2019 – Sep. 7, 2020; and from Oct. 22, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020. During these dates, “all features and facilities of the resort will be open and operating per usual,” according to Beaches.
Travel Weekly reports that the issues leading to the decision to close have been “long-standing,” including a rumored $60 million tax bill dispute with the local government. “Over the last several years, we have made a concerted effort to resolve critical issues in relation to the operations on the island,” said founder and chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Butch Stewart.
Whether or not the tax rumors are true, in a statement released by Sandals the company made a point to reiterate that no taxes were owed by the resort. “We have always fully observed, complied and met our tax obligations on time and to the letter. We punctually and properly pay taxes according to the law and our track record is exceptional.” Turks & Caicos Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson backed this statement up, adding that she assures “the people of the TCI that this matter will be settled in the very best interest of all the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
Beaches Allowing Travel Changes
The good news, as Travel Weekly reports, is that, “Guests booked during a closure may change their travel dates to Beaches Turks & Caicos or travel on their original travel dates to one of the other Beaches locations in Jamaica — Beaches Negril or Beaches Ocho Rios — at no additional cost, including airfare change fees.”
The family-friendly all-inclusive Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos packed a punch when it came to activities for families, including the kids camp, land and water activities and an exclusive partnership with Sesame Street characters that kids love, all covered in the cost.
Other Places to Stay in Turks & Caicos
If you’re considering a trip to the island, fear not: while Turks & Caicos may not (yet) be built-up with massive hotels like other popular Caribbean destinations, you still have many great options when it comes to places to stay. The family-friendly island has lodging accommodations for all budgets, including Airbnbs, and just recently the first points hotel on the island, the Sailrock Resort, became bookable for 30,000 Hyatt points per night.
TPG himself has also reviewed and recommends The Shore Club, which offers multi-bedroom units and is bookable on Hotels.com/Venture using your Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card to earn 10x miles per dollar, and he also speaks highly of Amanyara.
Coming in 2021 will be the Andaz Turks & Caicos Grace Bay and perhaps also around that time, the Ritz Carlton Residences at Grace Bay.
Consider a Different All-Inclusive
If you want to stick with an all-inclusive booking but didn’t want to stick with the Beaches brand, here’s a rundown of our favorite all-inclusive resorts that you can book with points.
Hopefully whatever is going on with Beaches Turks & Caicos can get resolved, or perhaps another owner can swoop the property up if it comes to that. It’s good to see that those holding reservations have options, and the timing is quite good if you want to reverse course and use Hyatt points to stay on the island at the Small Luxury Hotels property. Read up on the six things to know before you go to Turks & Caicos. If you are booking a stay at this Beaches Resort before it closes indefinitely, it is probably a good idea to at least use a credit card that has some level of built-in protections, just in case.
H/T: Travel Weekly
Featured image courtesy of Beaches Turks & Caicos.
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