Luxury family holidays in the Caribbean have plenty to offer. These tropical delights are where some of the best family memories are made, whether relaxing under the sunny skies, exploring the fascinating surroundings or embarking on an adventure.
Keep everyone happy this half term with our guide on how to best experience your luxury family holidays in the Caribbean…
Learn about the eco-system
In the Caribbean Sea, the warm waters teem with marine life. With an environment largely untouched by the encroachments of fast food culture, pollution and busy schedules, the Caribbean is a perfect place to get children back into the arms of nature. Swimming with the turtles of Barbados is a great way for the family to be filled with joy while frolicking with these friendly sea creatures. Enjoy the experience at the renowned Sandy Lane for one of the most enviable luxury family holidays in the Caribbean, where the Treehouse Club offers plenty of activities for children and teenagers.
If your children are really interested in wildlife, head to Antigua for Jumby Bay Island’s world-recognised Hawksbill Turtle conservation programme. During the nesting season, satisfy curious young minds as you watch the female turtle lay her eggs and learn the importance of the reef in the sea below.
Explore the heritage
There is a lot of history to the Caribbean, something which should be given more kudos. With a heritage fused from the occupation of European colonies and African culture, there is plenty to make history lessons out of family holidays in the Caribbean.
Antigua has some serious stories beyond its beaches, having been colonised by the English in 1632. Nelson’s Dockyard is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who lived at this naval base from 1784 to 1787, and it can still be explored in its original splendour. You can also head up to the restored military lookout of Shirley Heights, where you can take in the beautiful view of English Harbour below.
If you would rather find yourself on the sugary beaches of Grenada, children can learn about how the country became known as ‘Spice Island’, while in St Kitts and Nevis, families can head to the largest fortress built in the Eastern Caribbean, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park.
Take it easy with the golf courses and spas
Luxury family holidays in the Caribbean aren’t all about the kids. Luckily, there are plenty of places to keep all members of the family happy. The Caribbean is known for its fantastic golf courses and wonderful spas which, when paired with one of the fantastic children’s clubs that the islands are renowned for, makes for happy faces all around.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis and Sandy Lane in Barbados both have world-class golf courses and excellent facilities for young guests. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort Bahamas offers a challenging golf course and a Balinese-inspired spa, where parents can unwind while children blow off steam at the Kids For All Seasons Club. Out in the fresh air of Paradise Island, little ones can make new friends, stretch their legs and get to know the marine life, allowing everyone to experience one of those perfect 5 star family holidays in the Caribbean to dream of for years to come.
Relax on the beach
Family holidays in the Caribbean always include one thing – a stretch of perfect sand for kicking back on. The aptly-named Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is fringed by a powdery beach, nestled among the rainforest and boasting stunning views of the Pitons, allowing endless afternoons to be spent building sandcastles and paddling in the Caribbean waves – some of the best days happen when you plan absolutely nothing…
Choose an adventure
If the idea of your children sitting still on a beach for more than five minutes seems like an impossibility, fear not – the Caribbean is ripe for adventure. Spending your family holidays in the Caribbean is a great way to get active together, whether you head into the vibrant tropical interior or out onto the waters.
Older children and teenagers will love the reggae vibe of Jamaica, where a day out at Dunn’s River Falls offers a slippery challenge to climb to the top of the waterfall. You can also head to the Black River for an excursion down the waterway to spot the exotic wildlife, take a thrilling river tubing trip or explore the landscape by ATV. Stay at Round Hill Hotel and Villas to make the most of the children’s club and enjoy some downtime when your children can’t quite seem to switch off!
There is plenty to keep restless family members happy in St Kitts and Nevis, too. From Four Seasons Resort Nevis, spot the mischievous monkeys, head out fishing, snorkel the reefs or take up the challenge of hiking Nevis Peak. Luxury family holidays in the Caribbean are also fantastic for sailing; stay at Carlisle Bay in Antigua to charter a yacht to explore the sites, or alternatively, take a PADI diving course or enjoy an array of watersports.