Families can take their pick from any number of hotels, ranging from luxury to basic, though because competition is fierce, ‘basic’ here means pretty good! In Aruba, if you want to be in the middle of the action on your family holiday, opt for a hotel in Oranjestad; for something quieter, go for the Low Rise area with its mix of resorts, boutique hotels and time-shares but ban on watersports and relative scarcity of restaurants and bars.
At the top end of the scale, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino has Ocean Suites suitable for families, a small artificial beach, a pool with elaborate slides, a kids' club with day and evening activities, and babysitting. Divi Dutch Village seconds from Druiff Beach has 9 restaurants, 3 swimming pools, tennis, nightly live music and entertainment, and a kids' club. MVC Eagle Beach Hotel across the road from Eagle Beach, one of Aruba's most beautiful, is a cosy family hotel in a quiet area, with a kids' pool with a terrace for sunbathing and a small playground. The Mill Resort and Suites at Palm Beach runs a daily program of activities for all the family and has babysitting facilities, a playground and a spa.
On Bonaire, take a look at the Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, with 1–3 bedroomed apartments and extensive kids’ programs.
On Curaçao, choose between beachfront resorts and inland Dutch gabled houses offering B&B. The all-inclusive Breezes Curaçao at the top end of the market has the island’s longest beach and even its own supervised kids’ trapeze school.