The Italian Village is the newest and most beautiful village in Beaches all-inclusive resort in Turks and Caicos. It looks like an Italian postcard, decorated with rosy and creamy colors, marble, tiles, ornamental metalwork, statues and fountains. The pool is a gorgeous expanse of interlocking ovals and rectangles. It's the centerpiece of the village.
New and luxurious rooms
Beautiful architecture and design
Centrally located with easy beach access
Quiet during evening hours
Rooms are some of the most expensive
Fewer restaurants than other villages
Pool area gets crowded quickly
Ground-level rooms don't have much privacy
Italian Village rooms are luxurious and expensive. Some suites have bunk beds and are designed with large families in mind. (You can see photos of Italian Village rooms on Beaches website.) Our family opts for less expensive suites in the Key West Village, where we've had mixed luck with our rooms.
We've been to Beaches three times, yet we've only dipped our toes in the Italian Village Pool because its not a good place to swim -- it's the place to party! The pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas that fill up quickly during the day. There is a swim-up bar on one side of the pool and hot tubs and a kiddie pool on the opposite end. Some of the pool activities include water balloon tosses for kids, line dancing, and water aerobics. Half the pool is filled with people mingling and the other half is where the activities are. The whole place has an energetic vibe.
The Italian Village is full of people during the day. Kids have fun and splash around in the pool and adults have daytime cocktails. There are some quiet places in the village as you get further from the pool. The pizzeria behind Mario's restaurant is pretty mellow and the main lobby is a nice place to relax with a cocktail or cup of coffee.
It's quiet in the Italian Village once the sun goes down because the resort's evening entertainment is in the three other villages. Some folks mingle outside of Mario's restaurant and The Cricketer's Pub, but it's tame. The pool, which is so alive during the day, is a mellow and quiet void at night.
Nearly all the outdoor entertainment in the Italian Village is in (or around) the pool. There are three kinds of water aerobics classes that run on an alternating schedule, plus dance lessons and water balloon games.
For small children, a "choo choo train" runs between the Italian, Caribbean and French Villages.
The Cricketer's Pub has a game room with billiards and dart boards, but our family hasn't used it because we like to spend our time outside. The same goes for other indoor entertainment like the Xbox Play Lounge (where you can play video games) and the resort's shopping boutiques.
Club Liquid is located on the outskirts of the Italian Village, near the Pirate Island waterpark. This nightclub caters to teenagers from 9:30 to 11 p.m. (the bar serves alcohol-free "mocktails") and then turns into a 21-and-older nightclub from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. We've never made it to the nightclub because we're early to bed and early to rise.
There are two outdoor bars in the Italian Village. One is beneath a marble cupola at the village's entrance. This bar is one of the quickest places to get a drink because, for whatever reason, most patrons order simple things like beer and wine. The other bar is connected to the back of the Italian Village Pool. It's one of the slowest places to get a drink because people order frozen cocktails.
Cricketer's, an English-style pub with a game room, is beside Mario's restaurant. It's one of the few restaurants on the resort that has a full bar inside. We've never eaten at Cricketer's (except for the popcorn that is served all day and all night).
The Italian Village has 5 out of the 21 restaurants at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Check out our restaurant reviews to learn about hours, dress codes and our favorite places to eat.
The Cricketer's Pub (Seated Dining) - Pints and traditional pub fare. Open for lunch until late night. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Mario's Italian Cuisine (Buffet-Style) - An huge buffet in a huge space. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor and outdoor seating. Themed seating section for kids available.
Dino's Pizzeria Italiana (Seated Dining) - A pizzeria inside an oversized gazebo. Open from lunch until early evening, then the space is converted into an Indian restaurant for dinner hours. Outdoor seating only.
Bombay Club (Seated Dining) - Tandoori-style Indian cuisine. Open for dinner only. Outdoor seating only.
Barefoot by the Sea (Seated Dining) - Barefoot dining on a manmade beach. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Semi-outdoor seating only.
Insider Tips and Hidden Gems
The crow's nest above the pool offers a beautiful view of the entire village.
Mario's restaurant has the best scrambled eggs on the resort.
There is a popcorn machine with takeout bags in the entranceway of Cricketer's Pub. (Popcorn and champagne go so very well together.)