Beaches All Inclusive Resort Voted Best Family Resort and Delta Travel Center Acquires New Vendor for All Inlcusives for their Valencia Members

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Beaches in Turks and Caicos is voted the best Family All Inclusive and Delta Travel gets even better deals for their Travel Club members.

All Inclusive Resorts are much like a cruise on land where everything is included in the price, even food and alcohol. While some are known for singles, or couples, Beaches in Turks and Caicos was recently mentioned by Fodors as the top all inclusive for families. Add to that, Delta Travel's ability to book these resorts at cost for their members, just makes this a winning combination.

According to Fodors website, "There's an industry joke: Beaches is where folks who honeymooned and got pregnant at Sandals (same ownership) go. It's that rare family place that respects both children and parents, catering to Gen X-ers and their Gen Xbox progeny. The sprawling resort sits on Provo's showcase strand, Grace Bay, apt to make any beachcomber genuflect.

It features 16 restaurants, a 45,000-square-foot water park (with surf simulator, lazy river, and tweens-only section with water cannons), six pools, Xbox game room, teen disco, and bountiful beach activities. Kids interact with Sesame Street characters at breakfasts. Educational entertainment can be found at Crayola Art Camps and Beach Science program (kids 4 to 7 dig for sharks' teeth in the sand). And the French Village section almost out-Disneys Disney, in cheery daiquiri colors. Suites in the newer, plusher Italian Village feature a sliding door that seals off the brood's bunk-bed room for greater privacy. Amid many refurbishments in the past year, all rooms now feature a personal Xbox® 360 game console, so parents can sneak off guilt-free for Blue Mountain coffee bean scrubs or romantic dinners.

Insider Tip: Sunrise on the dock outside Schooners seafood restaurant (owner Butch Stewart's favorite location on property) and sunset drinks at the Italian Village pool tower.

What's Nearby: Beach, beach, and more beach. "Going down" west from Grace Bay, Da Conch Hut is barely a shack, surrounded by towering mounds of conch shells, where several generations of Belongers (native islanders) dispense delectable conch salad and fritters.

How to Get There: Nonstop flights from Atlanta (Delta), Boston (American, JetBlue), Charlotte (US Airways), Miami (American), NYC-JFK (American), JetBlue), Newark (Continental), and Philadelphia (US Airways) service Providenciales International Airport.

Runner Up: Almond Beach Village, St. Peter, Barbados. Swim-up pool movies, junior chef classes, several kids' clubs (all exploring Bajan culture through Calypso and limbo lessons, arts and crafts incorporating indigenous onsite materials, even a Taste of Barbados program where kids can sample local fare), parental privileges at the adults-only sister property Almond Beach Club: It's like summer camp for everyone.

To be a member of Delta Travel, one must attend a presentation and pay a one time membership fee and annual dues to receive all travel at cost.

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