There’s that bit of added pressure when you’re booking a holiday for the whole family. Beyond ensuring that you have a good time, you have to make sure that your kids enjoy their holiday and return home with stories to tell their classmates and with memories that they can take into adulthood.
The Caribbean might not be the your first choice for a family getaway – the slow pace of life and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean might seem more suited to couples looking for a romantic getaway, but in fact there are a huge range of activities to keep the kids occupied on Caribbean islands such as Barbados, Cuba and Antigua. What’s more, there are an extensive range of last minute holidays available to the beautiful Caribbean islands, so even families looking for a no-fuss getaway sharpish can book cheap Caribbean holidays.
If you’re taking the whole family on holiday, it’s important to book into a child-friendly hotel. The last thing you want is to be kept awake at night by late night parties, so it’s important to undertake a little research before booking. Thinking about booking a Caribbean getaway on the stunning island of Barbados? If so, the Waves resort and Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels are both great options for kids and parents alike.
The Waves resort in Barbados is an all-inclusive option, so that when your child is need of a snack or a glass of juice, you can easily have their glass topped up at any time. And when you and your partner need a bit of alone time, you can escape to the onsite spa to indulge in a massage, facial or pedicure. The Turtle Beach resort even has a Kids Club so that they can make friends with other children their age and participate in activities such as watersports, beach cricket and arts and crafts activities. Their accommodation suites are also designed with families in mind so that everyone in the family has the space they need, and the kids can even plug their iPods into the room’s iPod docking station.
Of course, as luxurious as your Caribbean resort might be, you won’t want to spend all of the time sat by the pool of your all-inclusive hotel. The Caribbean islands are full of exotic wildlife, so if your kids love to visit the zoo or the local farm at home, it would be a great idea to take them to the local wildlife reserve. The Barbados Wildlife Reserve, for example, is home to animals such as tortoises, flamingos and green-tailed monkeys, and the kids will love the many activities open to them within the reserve. If your kids are particularly adventurous, why not take them to a surf school? They’ll get one-on-one tuition from local surfing experts and pick up a skill that will be the envy of all their schoolmates. You can even have group lessons as a family if you are a water sports enthusiast yourself.
Yes, Caribbean holidays can be a relaxing getaway, but they can be a whole lot of fun too. If you want your kids to have a holiday they won’t forget in a hurry, make sure that the Caribbean Islands are at the very top of your list.