We have picked the top 5 best family resorts in the Caribbean – just because you have children does not mean you should miss out on a luxury Caribbean holiday in the sun. Resorts are waking up to this market and providing family-friendly offerings. As travelling time with kids is always worth keeping to a minimum, I would recommend that you try to avoid destinations that involve connecting flights and always try to fly direct.
1) Four Seasons Resort Nevis
As regular readers will know, we are big fans of Four Seasons resorts at Luxury Travel Diary, this resort only gets slightly marked down because it’s not possible to fly direct to the island of Nevis but it still more than earns it’s number 1 spot. The resort (pictured above) is brilliant for kids but they haven’t forgotten the parents too; there is a freeform infinity pool for families, babyproofing is available and the kids club (Kids for All Seasons) is carefully situated in the middle of the resort so wherever you go, you’re not far away. The little touches are really cute; child-sized bathrobes, milk and cookies upon arrival and a complementary cuddly turtle. Stay in one of the 17 luxury family suites. Flights from London Gatwick take just under 10 hours with British Airways including a brief stopover in Antigua, so despite the stop, the total journey time is still short.
2) Beaches Turks & Caicos
Travelling with kids does make all-inclusive rather appealing as it’s just so easy. Beaches Turks & Caicos does it very well, add a generous selection of family-oriented facilities and place it on a beautiful beach and you have my number 2 recommendation for a family resort in the Caribbean. The Providenciales’ Grace Bay is a stunning 12-mile sandy beach and being situated right on the beach is definitely part of the appeal of the resort. There are 6 swimming pools set in a 45 square-foot waterpark, including a pirate-themed area, an Xbox Play Lounge, 20 restaurants and bars, a DJ academy, teen disco, children’s clubs and a host of watersports. There are 4 villages so you can choose to stay in whichever takes your fancy; Caribbean, Italian, Key West or French. Flights from London take just over 14 hours with a short connection in Miami.
3) Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Well your kids will never be bored here and neither will you! 11 swimming pools of which 2 are just for families, 18 thrilling water slides, a cinema showing new movies, 35 restaurants and a 30,000-square-foot spa, plus the marine habitat allows you to swim with dolphins, snorkel and scuba within the resort itself. Other family treats include family yoga on the beach, a pottery studio and live family entertainment. British Airways flies direct from London Heathrow to the nearest airport of Nassau in 9 hours and 40 minutes.
4) Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Anguilla
Framed by endless white sand beaches, serene bays and rugged coral coastline, Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla is located along the island’s north-western shore, offering 3,200 feet (975 metres) of pristine beachfront and unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea’s breaking surf. The resort features 166 villas and residences, and offers secluded luxury amid a high-end atmosphere popular with families and celebrities alike; with world-class dining, an 8,100 square-foot (753 square-metre) spa, a wide range of pool and water-sport activities, and a complimentary Kids for All Seasons program. This casual yet chic property elevates seaside luxury on the island.
5) Windjammer Landing, St Lucia
Although a large resort, this isn’t quite the size of some others on our list yet appeals to the luxury traveller as it mainly consists of beautiful villas (175 of them) which are perfect for families. There are 5 restaurants on site although the villas are well setup for self-catering. A children’s club, teen club and watersports keep the young ones entertained, plus the island of St Lucia is famed for its’ zip-lining adventures, rainforest hikes and snorkelling; perfect for active youngsters. British Airways flies from London Gatwick to St Lucia in just under 9 hours.
As the nights draw in and the days get chillier there’s few things that tempt us more than the thought of some luxury winter sun. The Caribbean is the perfect destination, with or without kids, but I hope that this Top 5 list shows that when travelling with children it’s more than possible to find resorts that they will love, but that will also give you everything you need for a wonderful holiday.
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