Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Villages at Beaches! The tour continues!


I haven't forgotten the story!  I've just been swamped here!  But busy is good, really!  So, back to the trip!

We left off at the beach....at Beaches!  Our tour continues....Our group moved on to the Key West Village.  This is the newest section of the resort and also the quietest section. If you are traveling without children, or just want some quiet tranquility, this is probably the section for you.  To be honest, I thought maybe it was just a bit TOO quiet for me!  It took me until the tour to even find one of the pools over here!  But that's not to say that this area isn't amazing!  Let's take a look!






One of the pools over here in the Key West Village







Now I know I said if you are traveling without a family, this is probably the area to stay, but there is a huge exception to this.  If you have a larger family group, and you can afford one of their cottages - absolutely GO FOR IT!  These are essentially beachfront homes, and some complete with Butler service!  We toured the 4 Bedroom Butler Villa Residence....let's go take a look!

This is the front of the villa.  You face the ocean, and you'll get to see the view shortly!






Nice front porch





Cute little pool in the front yard.  It's very small, but it's good for cooling off!




Very nice kitchen!  Which by the way, again they do NOT recommend all out cooking!




One of the bedrooms.  The house sleeps 10...




This is the view from the master bedroom.  There is a nice deck off this bedroom.





The deck off the master bedroom





The view from the top floor - which is a nice little sitting area




We left this beautiful Villa and made our way over to the Italian Village, walking by one more pool in the Key West Village.  This one faces the beach.



The Italian Village is where most of the family style rooms are located.  Many have bunk beds and more than one bedroom.  This area is fantastic!  And just look who we bumped into over here!!










Yes, very Family friendly over here in the Italian Village!  But actually everywhere at Beaches!  For a bit of an extra charge, you can have the Sesame Street characters come to your child's room at night and read them a bedtime story!  What could be more fun! The only ones who can't do this bedtime routine are Big Bird - too big to fit through the door, and Oscar, his can is too wide to fit through the door!  

This was one of the walkout rooms, facing the Italian Village pool.  Very nice patio here!




 
And here is a great example of the kid's room!






This room also has a trundle bed in it, so a large family could fit very comfortably!





Next we made our way to what is probably the part of the resort that the kids love the most!  They have a full blown water park!  Big slides, a flow rider, and a lazy river too!





 Even a swim up bar to get snacks and ice cream!




Then of course there are times when the kids, and teens will want their video games. This set up was pretty amazing!



The XBOX consoles lined the entire room along the walls!


Another picture of the water park, here is the lazy river.


And finally we moved over to the French Village.  This area is also pretty close to the Water Park.  There is a nice big pool here in the center as well.






And our whirlwind tour of the resort was done!  We rushed off to lunch so we could have some free time!  Some relaxed at the pools or at the beach.  Some went and hung out at the water park!  And a bunch of us, about 95 of us actually, got to experience Island Routes, which is the tour company Sandals and Beaches uses, Catamaran tour to Lizard Island!  That's up next!

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