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Barbados for kids

Our verdict:

Barbados oozes family appeal. There are daily, non-stop flights, short transfers and some exciting island escapades. Don’t miss the train ride into Harrisons Caves, surfing on the east coast or ziplining over Jack-in-the-Box Gully. Take your pick from these top quality family-friendly hotels, many of them with all-inclusive rates and free kids clubs.

Recommended tour operator: Tropical Sky

Tropical Sky says

Barbados is the Caribbean’s most popular island for families. It’s a non-stop flight away from Gatwick, Heathrow, Glasgow and Manchester, and there is plenty to keep kids amused.

  • connecting rooms
  • lots of family activities
  • water sports included

As well as powdery sand beaches, Barbados also has a dazzling choice of exciting experiences from jeep safaris to a ride in a submarine, swimming with turtles and pony trekking.

The Elegant Hotels group offers a superb range of resorts on the “Platinum” west coast and the lively south coast, offering family-friendly holidays in waterfront settings. Enjoy the complimentary daytime water taxi service to select sister west coast properties to experience a variety of beaches, pools and additional dining options.

Located on the south coast, the premium all-inclusive, all-suite Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels is a perennial favourite. The Flying Fish Kids Club, for ages 3 to 12 years, is open daily until 9pm and the all-suite accommodation and guaranteed interconnecting rooms are ideal for families. There are five on-site dining options including the new Freeze ice-cream parlour and Half Moon Coffee Bar and Grill.

Complimentary motorised water sports, Flying Fish Kids Club and spectacular pools await at the all-inclusive Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels on the west coast. Swim to the Cave Bar through a waterfall for a cocktail (or mocktail for the kids!) and catch the sunset from the new VISTA bar with a glass of wine and delicious tapas.

Waves Hotel & Spa by Elegant Hotels has a chic spa and wellness centre, perfect for mind and body getaways with the emphasis on R&R. The spa and fitness centre are exceptional and families will love the motorised water sports, included in the price.

The vibrant Tamarind by Elegant Hotels is also on the west coast. In addition to a kids club for ages 3 to 12, the Tamarind Family Lounge offers teen favourites such as games consoles and a pool table. There’s a great choice of activities such as free motorised water sports and the Aqua School, where you can learn to sail a Hobie cat.

Explore our full range of family-friendly hotels in Barbados.

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