It’s nearing that time of year, the kids are finishing up their school year, the weather is getting warmer and vacations are on everyone’s minds! I know it’s on mine! I’d love share with you my experience with Beaches Turks & Caicos and let you know why you should choose an all inclusive that invests in their community when considering your vacation planning!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the Social Media on the Sand Conference hosted by Beaches Resorts and held at the beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos Village Resort & Spa. Beaches and Sandals are sister all inclusive resorts. Sandals is for couples only where Beaches resorts are geared towards the whole family!
Besides the beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, 5 star amenities and awesome memories to be made, these two resort communities also share something phenomenal. They both believe their best investment is in the people and communities where they are located.
The Sandals Foundation is an extraordinary organization that gives back to the people and communities in these beautiful Caribbean destinations.
While at the Conference in Turks & Caicos, Adam Stewart the CEO of Sandals Resorts International spoke to us. He made a wonderful point that I am not sure others consider. He said it all starts with their people. What good are they as a resort if they are not supporting and helping the people from the countries they operate? Such a great statement there that I don’t see too often from corporate standpoints.
In addition to Adam’s heartfelt presentation we also got to learn more about the Sandals Foundation from Heidi Clarke. This foundation is amazing and we were able to help out first hand by bringing and donating school supplies for local schools through Pack for a Purpose. Most of the Caribbean countries the resorts reside are poverty stricken. This allows travelers to help these children and schools when they visit on their vacations!
Tip: Pack a back pack full and then after you donate it to the schools, you will have plenty of room for souvenirs from your amazing trip!
Sandals Foundation has also partnered with Scholastic Books to bring new books to these awesome children. My kids LOVE scholastic books, so much we joined the 20 in 20 Challenge. These kids deserve the same privilege of new books!
They are constantly working towards a better Caribbean and teamed up with Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation. Together, they are helping to empower women in the Caribbean through the #WHOArevolution. You can see a more complete list of Sandals Foundation Partners here, I love to support companies who support doing good!
I can’t even write the correct words here to express how awesome the Sandals & Beaches families are. I invite you to read for yourself. While you are at the resorts you can go on an excursion to a local school. You can see first hand the good this foundation is doing and play and read and enjoy all the smiles of the sweet children! What other resort offers that to their guests? Pack a backpack full of pencils, posters, paper and markers! I promise you will make friends fast!
As you are planning your family’s vacations this year, I first and foremost recommend a Beaches or Sandals Resort. Give your family the memories of a lifetime and also be a part of helping these fantastic organizations!
In all honesty…why would you take your hard earned money and give it to a company to keeps it all for themselves??? Spending your money at a Beaches or Sandals resort, you are helping make a difference in these Caribbean communities at the same time as making wonderful memories with your friends and family and being able to dip your toes into the bluest waters and softest sand!