The Caribbean’s ability to enchant has never waned. Newcomers may be fooled into thinking that to see one island is to see them all – not so. They may all have knockout beaches and suitability for children in common, but each has its own unique character. At Negril, in Jamaica, there are seven miles of gorgeous white sand with the best sunsets on the island. Catch the reggae rhythms, sip rum punch in the sunshine and splash around with your children in the warm shallows, where the water is so clear you can see tiny, colourful fish flitting around. Negril is about as perfect as a Caribbean beach can get. Stay at Beaches, an upscale family all-inclusive resort with fantastic children’s facilities. Seven nights, including flights, costs around £7,000 for a family of four.
Anguilla is a tiny speck of an island ringed with gorgeous beaches. Malliouhana Hotel & Spa overlooks Turtle Cove and Meads Bay, both with powdery sand and translucent turquoise water, and has the advantage of combining casual chic with wonderful children’s facilities, including a pirate’s adventure playground. The seabed is mainly white sand, but there are little sections of reef on which young snorkellers can bask for hours, watching the tropical fish. Seven nights, including flights, costs from £4,645 for a family of four with W&O Travel.
Famous for its pink sand (and it really is pink) and crystal-clear turquoise sea, Elbow Beach in Bermuda is uncrowded and safe for children. The neighbouring Elbow Beach Hotel, part of Mandarin Oriental, has plenty for families and the island is easy to explore – a lush, tropical slice of Britain in the Atlantic with quaint villages, colonial history and tiny, rocky coves as well as stretches of the powder sand. Seven nights’ B&B for a family of four costs from £4,240, including flights, with Elegant Resorts.
In Barbados, the beaches on the western shores, the Gold Coast, are perfect for families, as the water is calmer and it is generally quieter. Located just north of Speightstown, Almond Beach Village offers one of the area’s best children’s programmes. This fantastically child-friendly former sugar plantation stretches over one luxurious mile of powdery white sand. It boasts all kinds of weird and wonderful daily activities, from reggae dancing classes to lessons in Bajan culture, tie-dye and computer games. There is even a crèche for babies. Adults can use the facilities of the sister property, Almond Beach Club, which is a ten-minute shuttle bus away. One week all-inclusive with flights costs £3,816 with Quo Vadis.
For a taste of how the other half live, visit Sandy Lane, the Caribbean’s most famous resort. It caters for all ages: the Treehouse Club for three- to 12-year-olds and parents can leave their under-threes in the Toddler Corner. Book via Seasons In Style with prices from £3,185 per person for one week, including B&B and flights.
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