Looking to make some family travel memories in the warm sunshine of the tropics? It’s best to know where to start and at these spots across the Caribbean and Mexico, you’ll encounter offers and activities the younger crowd will love!
The Pop Star Experience in Punta Cana
Launching summer 2018, the KIDZ BOP Experience at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana invites young hotel guests into the Pop Star Lounge. They will work with a tour manager to create a custom band name, learn new dance moves, put together a red carpet-worthy look, take an A-list photo and then perform on the big stage.
Spa Treatments and Fun in the Sun in the Riviera Maya
Barceló Maya Grand Resort, which is actually a group of five resorts tucked between jungles and beaches in the Riviera Maya, has plenty to entertain the kids. With 10 pools, three on-site water parks, a surf pool, Flow Rider and splash zone, they’ll never grow bored. But if they’re in need of some relaxation, send them to the U-Kids Spa, where they can receive special treatments and hair-braiding for children. Plus, check out the 18-hole mini-golf and bowling lane for activities the whole family can enjoy together.
Kids Clubs with a Special Twist in the Dominican Republic
The Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, just became a Certified Autism Center (CAC) to help ensure that guests and families with children who have autism have the best possible experience on their vacation. It is the only destination certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) in the Dominican Republic and is one of just four certified in the Caribbean.
In addition, there are kids’ clubs for every age group at this resort. Themed like a colonial fort, the resort’s new Castillo del Pirata is the largest kids’ club in the Caribbean and Mexico and houses the Baby Club and Mini Club. The Baby Club is designed for children ages 1 to 3 and their parents and includes stimulating toys, a space to prepare food and an area with cots for a quick nap. Teens can head to the Black & White Junior Club for age-appropriate activities and special lounges with video games and table games.
During your stay, be on the lookout for Raggs and Friends—this musical quintet of colorful dogs pops up throughout the resort, including during a character breakfast, a surf-themed dance party, a pirate-themed show and a new live-stage show featuring The Raggs Band!
Luxurious Fun in Antigua
Another kid-friendly vacation spot is one you wouldn’t expect. No need to travel to a kid-focused destination to find activities the whole family will enjoy!
“You might be surprised to learn that the all-inclusive luxury resort Curtain Bluff in Antigua is the most family friendly resort we have ever visited,” shares Kim-Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom. “It’s not because they have a kids’ club, or an Xbox, or any of the traditional ways that resorts try to cater to kids. It’s because the staff allow kids to be kids. Kids are allowed to go tubing and waterskiing behind a boat captained by staff with just a simple request, no room charge, no waivers, just fun.”
At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.