With families coming in all sizes and shapes these days, taking the kids on a sunny getaway can also be a good time for the grown-ups. Even with kids in tow, couples can keep the spark alive by booking a resort that has kid-friendly activities to keep them busy during the day and if the kids are old enough, staying in adjoining rooms or a villa rather than a small hotel room guarantees young and old will enjoy some well-deserved fun in the sun.
Competing for your vacation dollar, resorts in the Caribbean have upped the ante for couples with children by offering room discounts, cooking classes and tennis lessons for the small fries, discos for teens, babysitters so the grown-ups can enjoy a quiet dinner under the stars and if you’re lucky, Santa Claus may even stop by!
Spice it Up
Extending a warm welcome to couples with kids, Blue Horizons Garden Resort on the Spice island of Grenada is offering a thirty percent discount on an adjoining suite during the winter months. To sweeten the pot, extras include babysitters so parents can enjoy a few hours away from the fray. Through April 15, nightly rates for one-bedroom suites start at $230.00 per room and includes a kitchenette, living room and terrace, as well as either one king-size bed and one pullout or two queen beds and one pullout. Close to the beach, the family-owned resort is also nearby the airport and the capital city of St. George with one of the prettiest harbors in the Caribbean. Plenty of on-property fun includes a freshwater swimming pool and poolside bar and the island-popular La Belle Creole restaurant. For families who enjoy a day in the sea, Grand Anse Beach is across the street and offers sailing, snorkeling and plenty of lazy days in a chaise lounge.Just in time for winter, Divi & Tamarijn Aruba are rolling out redesigned websites for easy booking and connecting to the resorts Facebook page. Close to the airport and Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad, the pair of all-inclusive resorts front Druif Beach and with plenty of sightseeing and shopping nearby, the sunny hotels are an all-access pass. As an added bonus, families staying at either resort can enjoy the facilities of both including nine restaurants, three pools, water sports and a spectacular outdoor rock climbing wall.
Out, About & Under
Cooking classes for kids under the patient eye of Chef Daniel LeGuenan is just one of the perks at Anguilla’s oh-so-fabulous CuisinArt Golf Resort. Wannabee chefs tour the hydroponic farm and learn how to prepare fun food like giant chocolate chip cookies. For junior gourmands, the “CuisinArt Small Gourmet” menu serves fan favorites like a petite filet mignon and fruity “mocktails” and when the wee ones are tucked into bed, dinner for two at Santorini’s is the stuff of magical romantic memories.
Family-friendly Caneel Bay in the USVI impresses with clever ‘Dinner and Movie’ nights and tennis lessons on smaller courts for smaller kids. For families with wee ones, wireless baby monitors and pintsized robes and slippers are included and for moms and dads who bring grandma and grandpa along as valued babysitters, the ‘Greatest Generation’ package offers one complimentary adjoining room when three are booked.For an underwater bonding experience, families who dive are welcome at Grenada’s True Blue Bay Resort with an on-site dive operation that can book a variety of adventures including seeing the awesome underwater sculptures. Families booking six nights receive eight dives and families staying eight nights get a dozen dives. Year round dive packages include breakfast, tanks and airport transfers.
High Five for Travelling with Teens
- Include your teenager in making vacation plans. Maybe they have a particular destination in mind or would really rather not visit Florida for the fourth year in a row.
- Let them eat dessert before dinner.
- Be OK when they skip the fifth museum on your list.
- Teenagers love to sleep in and vacations are excellent opportunities for them to catch up on their zzzz’s.
- Encourage solo walks on the beach or seeing films with pals they meet at the hotel. These little breaks will do wonders for the entire family!