The all-new Italian Village and enhanced Pirate’s Island Waterpark at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa made its official debut this weekend during a four-day, star-studded celebration which kicked off on Thursday, May 14 with a “Welcome to Beaches” Barefoot Beach Party, complete with island rhythms, succulent cuisine and special performances by the Sesame Street gang. On Friday, guests were whisked away on Beaches Resorts’ custom catamaran, The Kitty Katt, returning just in time for Xbox 360® gaming competitions, a live performance from the real Gordon & Elmo, straight from Sesame Street, and a high-energy Wete Fête Pirate Pool Party, featuring performances by The Electric Company, teen pop sensation, The Clique Girlz and legendary hip hop artist, DMC (of Run DMC). The grand opening weekend culminated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 16 during which Beaches Resorts founder and chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, and CEO, Adam Stewart, were presented with not one, but two Six Star Diamond Awards by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). Joseph D. Cinque, president and CEO of the AAHS presented the Chairman and CEO with the Six Star Diamond Award for overall excellence in hospitality for the new Italian Village, along with the Green Star Diamond Award to the Beaches Resorts brand for forward thinking in environmental practices.
“Exceeding expectations is the hallmark of this company [Beaches Resorts], and tonight we can all agree that with the unveiling of the Italian Village, Butch Stewart along with his son, Adam Stewart and capable team, has gone widely beyond our expectations,” Cinque said. “We have worked with Sandals Resorts International for some time and the utter dedication to excellence in every phase of the hospitality industry is evident in everything it executes. Beaches Turks & Caicos is beyond anything that we’ve seen before and the only way we know to recognize that kind of singular superiority is to ‘break open the vault’ and reach for the Six Star.”