With the Holiday rush over and the kids safely back in school, now’s the time to start thinking about that next all-important family getaway… Spring Break! Here’s a round up of fun-filled vacation homes and excursions that are sure to please the entire family – parents included.
Best for… Onsite Activities
While many villas in Jamaica include Kids’ Club access at neighboring resorts, few can rival the in-house program at Greatview, Montego Bay. A short walk through Greatview’s garden takes you to the treehouse – a log cabin equipped with games, puzzles, and a sandbox – and the center of all the fun. From treasure hunts and cooking classes to Jamaican arts and crafts, daily activities are included for children ages 3-12. Nanny service is also offered for little ones under the age of three – allowing parents a rare chance to enjoy an uninterrupted dinner or soak in the hot tub.
Pro Tip: For a Montego Bay excursion the whole family will enjoy, head to Rocklands Bird Sanctuary. Explore the lush tropical grounds while spotting colorful birds and lizards – you can even feed the hummingbirds by hand from tiny bottles of sugar water!
Best for… Young Explorers
Conveniently located near Barbados‘ Sandy Lane resort, Elsewhere is a favorite with families. The villa’s cook and maid service give parents a chance to relax and enjoy the spectacular
surroundings, splashing around the pool or testing their skills on the putting green. With a koi pond and a limestone cave, there is plenty for older kids to discover – they may even spot green monkeys or tree frogs in the villa’s mahogany forest. Designed for extended families or groups of friends, the villa’s eight bedrooms are divided between three detached buildings, each with a kid-friendly twin bedroom.
Pro Tip: Elsewhere is just a 5-minute drive from Sandy Lane beach, one of Barbados’ prettiest and most exclusive stretches of sand. There you’ll find the villa’s private beach cabana; equipped with beach towels and chairs it makes setting up for the day a breeze.
Best for… Beach Lovers
Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos is one of the world’s most beautiful and swimmable beaches, with miles of soft white sand and gentle water. Just steps from the shore, Footprints on the Beach ups the ante, with a wealth of family-friendly amenities. Traveling with young children? The villa comes stocked with a crib and high chair, as well as a small circular baby pool adjoining the main swimming area. Older kids will have a blast with the water toys in the larger pool – not to mention their own kids’ room, equipped with bunk beds, satellite TV and a games console. After a family dinner prepared by the villa’s chef, gather around the beachside fire pit to plan the next day’s adventures.
Pro Tip: If you’re traveling to with horse-crazy kids, be sure to plan a stop at Provo Ponies, a small yet excellent riding stable. Specializing in guided beach rides for children aged 7 and older, Provo Ponies tailors their excursions to suit your group’s experience level. Be sure to book early for these popular beach rides, and keep in mind that Sunday is their well-treated horses’ day off!
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