You know what they say about “time flying”? It couldn’t be more true about the past two and half months!
When my daughter and I got back from our mega-road trip, I hit the ground running and had the BEST February and March EVER in the life of my business for bookings – Travel is BACK, Baby!!! I haven’t had a lot of time to catch my breath!
We even took a week long trip to Florida in February – stayed on Disney property, went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens, Sea World, Aquatica, Discover Cove and Magic Kingdom and I haven’t even written about that yet! Well, there is no lack of writing material – just TIME. And really, isn’t that what it’s about?
So here I am in Turks and Caicos….last month, my Regional Groups Manager for Sandals and Beaches reached out to me and asked if I wanted to join her on a FAM – this is travel agent speak for a familiarization trip. The idea is that you spend some classroom time getting to know a property/brand, learn techniques and strategies that market the brand best, get wined and dined and enjoy a few days of R&R in the mix. This FAM is at Beaches Turks and Caicos and I said “YES” without much hesitation!
So, I did what I have been helping my clients do to prepare for travel; I scheduled my COVID test so that I would fit within the “five days before departure” requirement, purchased additional travel insurance required by Turks and Caicos for all travelers in the event they have to be quarantined on property for any length of time, completed my on-line Turks and Caicos Travel Authorization within the allotted time, uploaded my negative PCR test, travel insurance document and waited to get the green light from Turks and Caicos. BINGO!!!
I arrived yesterday to a STUNNING approach to the islands and instantly felt at home (it reminds me so much of Eleuthera).
I am just going to give you a sneak peek of what I experienced when I arrived – but can I tell you, Beaches is AMAZING!! 5-Star luxury for the FAMILY!!!! Look, we pulled up in our taxi, got out, a gentleman dressed in a suit greeted us by name, told the porters where our rooms were, made some small talk with us and before you know it, a lady dressed like an upscale waiter arrives with glasses of papaya juice and a bottle of Appleton Spiced Rum…..Yes, Please. Directly afterwards, another gentleman in similar attire arrived with a silver platter filled with COLD WASHCLOTHS for our face after our long journey!!! Friends – this is isn’t the wining and dining part…..this is the Beaches Ultra Luxury Part!!! I was given a mini-bar menu (since this is a family resort, the minibars (which are free) are stocked with water, fruit juices and soda) and selected the alcohol I wanted waiting in my room – and voila – it was here!
The gentleman who got us registered then proceeded to walk us to our rooms, allowed us to each break the sanitation seal on our room, gave us a quick tour, and proceeded to the next person’s room to repeat.
So – my sneak peek – the arrival, the room, and my pledge to YOU that I will write it all down – take it all in – and convince you that Beaches Turks and Caicos is THE place for your next family adventure!!!
BTW – they are operating at a full 65% here – and more than thankful to be doing so – and you can tell!