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A Powerboat Adventure and Snorkel Tour, Grenada, with Island Routes.

Best Caribbean Resorts with Kids

By Rhonda Carrier

From the party island of Jamaica with its super-friendly vibe to the more low-key delights of quieter islands, and from long-time family favourites including Saint Lucia, Barbados and Antigua to lesser-known spots such as Nevis or Turks and Caicos, we’ve hand-picked the cream of the luxury family-friendly hotels and resorts in the Caribbean. This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime trip for most of us, so you need to get it spot on.

Many of our recommendations are large, often all-inclusive resorts with a fantastic array of facilities for the whole family and for all ages of children, whether it be crèches/kids’ clubs, games shacks, playgrounds and waterparks or spas, top-notch sports facilities, a choice of gourmet restaurants and daily maid service.  Some go the extra distance – think personal butler service and accommodation on stilts over the water – for those prepared to break the bank. But all assure a warm welcome and a memorable holiday. See our regular offers and discounts with partners in the region, including all-inclusive specialists Beaches and Club Med.

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Rated among the best family hotels in the Caribbean in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, this incredible all-inclusive luxury resort is the largest of the hotels in the small Beaches group, younger sister to Sandals couples-only resorts (those who honeymooned at Sandals come here after having kids!). Just 10 minutes’ transfer from the airport, Beaches Turks & Caicos boasts a waterpark including a surf simulator, beach watersports, kids’ clubs and even a teen nightclub, plus a top-notch spa and swim-up bars that will keep parents out of mischief while the kids have fun. The best of the 20+ restaurants is on the beach, so you can wiggle your toes in the powdery white sand as you feast on the likes of conch fritters. Read our review of a family holiday at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Crystal Cove, Barbados

One of Barbados’ smaller all-inclusive hotels, this stylish boutique-style property still has heaps to do on-site, including a kids' club, children's pool, movie nights and free watersports. The super-friendly staff are a boon, as is the short (30-minute) transfer time from the airport. Read about a family holiday at the Crystal Cove and also check out the Crystal Cove’s highly rated, family-friendly sister hotel the Turtle Beach.

Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

A gorgeous location on Grenada's best beach is not the only thing that makes this chic hotel stand out - it’s also hugely welcoming, with wonderful food, a fabulous spa, a well-designed kids’ club, plenty of free watersports and delightful rainforest excursions.

Beaches Negril Jamaica

Like its sister hotel in Turks & Caicos (see above), this all-inclusive option has rated among the world’s top family hotels TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards - and indeed, no less than the top hotel for families in the Caribbean. The secret to its success? - something for everyone, from watersports and a waterpark to a teens’ games lounge, a DJ Academy, spa and amazing excursions on this coolest of Caribbean islands. See our review of a family holiday at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa.

Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

With several hotels on site, this mega-resort won’t be everyone's cup of tea, but there’s masses of fun to be had here, including waterslides through shark-infested waters, 20 pools, kids' clubs, nightclubs and dining from celebrity chefs.

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