A housekeeper will place an envelope under your door the evening before you depart from Beaches resort in Turks and Caicos. In contains a schedule or arrangements for the next day.
Here is a sample schedule:
Bags are picked up outside of your room: 8:00 a.m. and afterward
Checkout time to make airport shuttle: 9:00 a.m.
Bus pick-up time: 9:30 a.m.
Flight departs: 11:18 a.m.
(The latest check-out time is at 11:00 a.m., however, guests with late flights are allowed to use the facilities even after checking-out. If available, late check-out costs $350.)
The departure process is something that Beaches should improve. We're not fans of the bag drop policy because it took 75 minutes for our luggage to be picked up last time we departed the resort. In the end, your bags are your own responsibility, so you might want to take them to the departure lounge yourself if they're still sitting outside your door when you’re ready to leave.
If you’re departing in the morning, buffet-style breakfasts are the least stressful way to have breakfast. Table service at most restaurants is slow and this can be stressful if you have a shuttle to catch.
The shuttle vans arrive late sometimes. We were worried about missing our flight, but the airport is only 15 minutes away so we never had a problem. There are a lot of workers at the Providenciales airport helping the check-in and security lines move quickly.
All departing flights board on the tarmac at Providenciales airport. Special arrangements might have to be made with the airline or the airport staff to accommodate a traveler in a wheelchair.
Inside the plane, the air conditioning condenses into a fog because of the heat and humidity outside, so don't be alarmed if your plane looks like a sauna when you board. It's pretty cool. Grab a window seat if you can: The aerial view of the Turks and Caicos Islands is beautiful.