Just because you’ve got the kids in tow doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury and sophistication, with many of the finest hotels and resorts catering attentively to families.
Children’s needs have been considered in a very thoughtful way at the exclusive Sandy Lane in Barbados for example, like their children’s celebrations at special times of the year; such as Easter egg hunts and Christmas gifts. Open daily from 10am to 8pm with a myriad of fun activities, you’ll struggle to get the younger ones to leave The Treehouse Club, while The Den allows teenagers to have their own space and to make friends.
With its enviable beachfront position, Tamarind by Elegant Hotels, also in Barbados, is perfect for families searching for a child-friendly slice of the Caribbean. Swim with turtles, dine on fine fare, enjoy complimentary watersports and relax in the spa (which has treatments for children and teens too), or simply enjoy some precious family time on the resort’s beautiful beach.
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort in Antigua, which is a car-free private island; making it wonderfully safe for children to have their independence. Camp Jumby is a complimentary programme providing outdoor excitement and inspiring creative expression, including Little Chefs, Ocean Adventures and more. Family friendly amenities here are first-class, but don’t take our word for it: “It was brilliant and made me so happy,” says recent guest - Poppy, aged 3!
Fellow Rosewood resort in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, allows children to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of these islands on nature walks, shell collecting excursions, treasure hunts and much more. We particularly love the complimentary children’s Pirate Party and buffet, held each Monday during the Manager’s Cocktail Reception for parents, and the Teen Room with a lending library of books, board games, CDs, movies and safe internet access.
The Caribbean has a wealth of offerings for young and old, and the islands year-round appeal make them an excellent choice for school holidays.
At Parrot Cay by COMO every detail has been considered to keep younger guests smiling throughout their stay, from the complimentary beach toys and sand castle competitions to child-friendly meals and off-island adventures. During peak season school holidays the resort lays on additional activities for children, and whenever you’re staying, parents can take a well earned rest thanks to professional babysitters.
Peter Island Resort & Spa in the stunning British Virgin Islands will satisfy the every whim of families yearning for privacy and quality time together. Water babies will be exceptionally well catered for - from sailing hobie cats to paddle-boarding, snorkelling off the beaches to diving in the reefs. What’s more, you’ll find you’re often the only ones on the beach, à la Swiss Family Robinson!
The award-winning Half Moon, A RockResort in Jamaica boasts a children’s village and dedicated teen activity centre, an 18-hole golf course, three swimming pools, equestrian centre and some six top eateries! The Dolphin Lagoon is an undoubted highlight, a ‘must do’ for all ages, and there’s a mind-blowing range of accommodation; but the spacious twostorey Deluxe Suites are worth a special mention, as they include their own kitchen.
For quality family time, head to St Lucia’s Anse Chastanet. A haven for children and their parents who love to explore, get outdoors and be active. You can enjoy activities such as a private bird watching tour, climb the island’s mighty Pitons, learn to dive, go whale watching, ocean kayaking, or even take a farm tour and have cookery lessons using home-grown ingredients such as cocoa plants.
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