Barbados embodies the Caribbean, with turquoise waters, soft sand, water sports and beautiful resorts — one of which will include Beaches Barbados when it debuts in 2016. While many of the resorts are all-inclusive, many offer both all-inclusive and room-only rates. These beachfront resorts are best for families who prefer the all-inclusive option, as rated by our staff of experts and other family travelers.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels
Crystal Cove knows how to cater to families. There"s a kids" club for ages 3 to 12, and tweens and teens enjoy activities of their own, such as water sports and organized events. If you"re traveling with an infant, cribs are available free of charge, and baby products can be ordered in advance of your trip. Babysitting services are also available. Together, the whole family can enjoy the resort"s lagoon-style pools and restaurants, where kids" buffets are available. You won"t have a need to leave the resort, but if you choose to do so, a complimentary water taxi will take you to other Elegant Hotels in Barbados.
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels offers the same perks available at Crystal Cove, such as a kids" club, activities for teens, and kids" buffets. It also offers special amenities for babies, along with babysitting services. The hotel is situated beachfront, as is its swimming pool. Bonus: Turtle Beach is an all-suite hotel, guaranteeing families the space they need to spread out and relax while on vacation.
Barbados Beach Club
You"ll never be bored at the all-inclusive Barbados Beach Club, which offers water sports, such as snorkeling, boogie boarding and kayaking; land sports, such as beach volleyball, tennis and mini-golf; a swimming pool; and a restaurant with themed menus for dinner.
Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts
Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts offers an all-inclusive package that covers all meals; local beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks; live entertainment; and gratuities. Water sports aren"t included, but are available for a fee. The pool and beach are yours for the taking, however. There are two onsite restaurants and a bar, and babysitting services are available -- let someone else watch the kids while you take in the gorgeous sunset on St. James Beach.
Mango Bay All Inclusive
If you"re looking for all-inclusive luxury in Barbados, look no further than Mango Bay All Inclusive. Rates cover meals, beverages (except specialty drinks) and afternoon tea. Glass-bottom boat rides and catamaran trips are also included, as are snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing and pedal boating. The hotel has one restaurant and bar, as well as a spa.
Almond Beach Resort
The all-inclusive fun at Almond Beach Resort covers unlimited meals and snacks; water sports, such as snorkeling and kayaking; and excursions, such as glass-bottom boat rides and even swimming with turtles! Other perks include land sports, such as tennis and shuffleboard, and kids" programming for three age groups: 0 to 3, 4 to 12 and 13 and up. Babysitting is available in the evenings.
Savannah Beach Hotel
It"s all about families at Savannah Beach Hotel, which features two swimming pools, two kids" clubs (for ages 3 to 8 and 9 to 15), a teen lounge, game room, scuba classes and a laundry facility. Parents will be happy to find there"s a spa, too. Each Saturday, a complimentary shuttle takes guests to St. Lawrence Gap, a hub for restaurants, shopping and later in the day, nightlife.
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