Cliff-side in Barbados
The Crane Residential Resort in Barbados is a perfect place to get away with the family this spring break. The cliff-side resort is only a 15-minute drive from Bridgetown airport, on the southeastern part of the island. Many guest rooms are suite-style, equipped with a kitchen, washer and dryer and a large living room area (some suites even have private pools, gardens and terraces!). There are numerous restaurants on-site as well as Crane Village, which houses a variety of shops. The beach has been voted one of the top beaches in the world by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and has waves perfect for body surfing. Those looking to relax can laze on the pink-sand beach, and for anyone seeking more thrilling activities, the resort can organize surf lessons, catamaran cruises and more.
Bring the kids, we’ve got you covered!
Mr & Mrs Smith, the world’s most-trusted luxury and boutique hotel experts, have cherry-picked a selection of hotels that are perfect for a family’s spring break adventure. Not all of them have supervised childcare, kids meals and trampoline-equipped adventure playgrounds (though some have all three!), but they do deliver what’s important: a family-friendly welcome in the stylish surroundings. Try Viceroy Snowmass for an eco-friendly ski getaway in the Rocky Mountains, Esencia in Riviera Maya for luxe accommodations a short ride away from Xcaret Eco Theme Park or soak up the sun in Jamaica at Round Hill Hotel & Villas.
A luxurious break for the entire family
Ritz-Carlton Montreal is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious March Break in the heart of Montreal. Near many family-friendly sights—such as the Biodome, Fine Arts Museum, Old Port of Montreal, Olympic Stadium and Park La Ronde, a Six Flags theme park—the location can’t really get any better. Inside, it’s all about the Ritz-Carlton’s interconnecting suites (for families travelling together, 22-conjoined suites are available). The room connections are accessed through recessed walk-in closets to offer additional privacy. Families can look forward to a rooftop saltwater pool and special Sunday brunch, served from 11 a.m.– 3 p.m. in the historic Oval Room. For parents with tots in tow, babysitting services are available, so don’t worry about not being able to enjoy a romantic dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, Maison Boulud, the only establishment in the city by famed chef Daniel Boulud.
Forget the kids club—the ultra-cool, urban island chic Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is the perfect destination for families with teens. The hotel caters to older kids with an abundance of age-appropriate activities on land, in the water and even in the air. Complimentary snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddle boards and hobbie cats, beach volleyball equipment, soccer and footballs are all available. On the sea, teens can try their hand at bottom fishing, parasailing, semi submarining, or even set sail on a Caribbean pirate tour. Back on dry land, wilderness tours, ATV riding and horseback riding are just a few of the activities available. Aside from Gansevoort Turks + Caicos’ rad rooms, there’s a 7,000-square-foot infinity pool, Exhale Spa, Stelle Restaurant and Beach Bar + Grill. Did we mention the breathtaking Grace Bay Beach is often touted as one of the best beaches in the world?
In the swim of things
Atlantis, Paradise Island: This Bahamas resort has been a favourite among Canadian families for years—and it’s easy to see why. Beyond the 140-acre Aquaventure waterpark (home of the famed Mayan temple waterslide), kids of all ages will delight in the climber’s rush, Atlantis speedway and Atlantis Kids’ Adventures programs. Just for tweens, CRUSH club offers a cool hang-out space complete with video games and a dance floor. Accommodation ranges from the popular Royal Towers, to suites at The Reef (perfect for a larger group) to the ultra-luxury The Cove Atlantis. Best of all, Atlantis’s idyllic white-sand beach is perfect for relaxing with the whole family. For current travel specials, visit http://www.atlantis.com/
Ontario, like you’ve never seen it before
Plan a spring getaway in your own backyard! Some of Ontario’s Finest Hotels, Inns and Spas’ member properties are offering March Break packages, so that families can explore all over the province. Among them, Inn on the Harbour in Port Stanley is offering a “Teachers Turn to ‘Fluff Off’” package, priced at $259 for two nights in a jacuzzi room, and the Pretty River Country Valley Inn in Nottawa’s “Ski Three Passport” lets guests ski at three outstanding facilities in the Georgian Triangle, including accommodation. Meanwhile, in St. Mary’s, Ontario, the Westover Inn’s “March Madness!” package lets guests stay for three nights for the price of two, including daily breakfasts. With too many deals to list, see them all at http://www.ontariosfinestinns.com/
Relax in your own private peninsula
Exotic? You got it. Teen-friendly? That too! One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius offers a range of spa treatments for children and teens aged 6–16. Aspects of this new program include a variety of family programs designed to maximize quality time with your children. The ‘Martinis and Manicures’ package allows parents and children to be pampered together while enjoying a refreshing “spa-tini” (nonalcoholic bevvie!) together. The ‘Spa Princesses’ treatment for girls aged 6-12 includes a mini ‘Over The Rainbow’ manicure, while the ‘Beach Rescue’ for boys includes a hydrating facial. See all of the resorts’ teen spa packages and current travel specials at www.ooresorts.com/lesaintgeran