Antigua and Barbuda paves the way for the ‘familymoon’ trend

Lionel Messi chooses Antigua for a ‘familymoon’ with wife and two sons



The traditional sequence of wedding, honeymoon and then children is a thing of the past with an increase in couples marrying after having children and having a ‘familymoon’ all together. Boasting a beach for every day of the year, resorts with fantastic kid’s clubs to give parents that special alone time and a delightful laid-back charm, Antigua is leading the ‘familymoon’ trend with Lionel Messi choosing Antigua for a ‘familymoon’ following his wedding.

The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are the ideal destination for tranquil familymoons. Antigua’s shores are carpeted with fine white sand and many of the idyllic beaches are protected by an offshore reef, offering calmer waters that are ideal for young swimmers. Antigua suits families looking for both adrenalin fuelled-adventure and softer activities. The incredible variety of activities range from swimming with the world’s friendliest stingrays, flying through the rainforest on a zip-wire, a trip to Barbuda, sailing around the island and kayaking eco tours.  Below is a selection of Antigua hotels perfect for familymoons.

Cove Suites at Blue Waters – villa based ‘familymoons’ with resort facilities
Blue Waters is the idyllic tropical paradise nestled on the northeast shore of Antigua. As a family-owned and operated resort, Blue Waters understands the unique needs of family travellers and offers a range of family-friendly activities and facilities, including a complimentary Kids Club, babysitting services and suggestions for fun excursions for families of all ages. The resort also comes with family villas with two to five bedrooms set into the beautiful resort, offering the upmost in seclusion and privacy. From £2,940 for a family of four based on seven nights in the Cove Suite on an all-inclusive basis.

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa – for affordable ‘familymoons’
A fabulous family-friendly resort, Jolly Beach has a prime position on a mile-long white sandy beach. Facilities at Jolly Beach include five tempting restaurants, swimming pools, the Palms Wellness Centre and the Jolly Kidz and Teenz Club. In addition to its regularly scheduled family-friendly activities and entertainment, Jolly Beach has introduced the Think Jolly Family Program to add even more great value to its all-inclusive package. These include activities such as kayaking, sailing lessons, stargazing and arts and crafts. From £1,550 for a family of four based on seven nights in a Superior Queen on an all-inclusive basis.

Verandah Resort & Spa – for ‘familymoons’ with kids of all ages

The Verandah Resort & Spa has fun-filled activities for guests of all ages. With a list that includes sailing, snorkelling and an extensive array of complimentary non-motorised water sports, not to mention incredible pools and land activities, families can indulge in a jam-packed Caribbean getaway. Games, crafts and even a mini golf club can be enjoyed by the little ones who can be entertained daily at the Kids Club for children aged from two years old to teenagers. From £2,835 for a family of four based on seven nights in a family suite on an all inclusive basis.

Carlisle Bay – for luxury activity-filled ‘familymoons’
A contemporary and luxurious hotel situated in a quiet cove on the unspoilt south coast, Carlisle Bay is perfect for families in search for an off-radar retreat. The hotel offers a children’s club with a playground, small pool, and four mini tennis courts. While the children are being entertained with activities such as raft building, five-a-side football, zip-wiring and star fish hunting, there are plenty of land and water-based activities alongside a fabulous spa and delicious dining options. From £4,320 for a family of four based on seven nights in a Beach Suite on an all-inclusive basis.

Curtain Bluff – for luxury and sporty ‘familymoons’
In a stunning location overlooking two beautiful beaches, Curtain Bluff has superb sporting facilities. Offering friendly and typically Caribbean service, with a wealth of amenities, this luxury resort is ideal for families with older children. Originally designed as a private residence and exclusive hotel for the owner’s family and friends, this exceptional property has developed into one of the island’s most prestigious resorts. From £6,670 for a family of four based on seven nights in a Junior Suite on an all-inclusive basis.

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort – for private island ‘familymoons’
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, is an exclusive private island hideaway, off the coast of Antigua, accessible only by boat. Pristine white beaches, luxury villa style accommodation and superb dining make this an ideal location for families seeking a luxury hideout. Families can get involved with the various sustainability programmes which include the turtle nesting programme as well as all enjoying the spa which has a kid’s treatment menu.  From £24,890 for a family of four based on seven nights in a Deluxe Harbour Sea View Villa on an all-inclusive basis.

N.B All prices are taken from individual hotel websites for dates of 9th – 16th October 2017. Flights not included.