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Family holidays in St Lucia for all budgets

If you are a looking for a family holiday full of sun, sea, relaxation and adventure St Lucia has it all. As one of the most mountainous of the Caribbean islands there’s tropical jungles to explore, miles of sandy beaches for building sandcastles on and accommodation for all budgets.

If the thought of a long haul flight with children seems a little daunting, let Virgin Atlantic take the strain; their Economy class has got the kids entertainment covered, taking the stress out of travel. Thanks to its quick and simple online check in and 31in of seat space, you can ensure an easy, comfortable flight. With over 300 hundred hours of in-flight entertainment and dedicated children’s programmes, games and films the little ones will be occupied for the whole flight. Backpacks full of treats to keep them busy and pre-bookable children’s meals mean they will have plenty of fun while you can kick back, relax, tuck into your own meals and complimentary drinks, and enjoy the start of your holiday as soon as the aircraft wheels leave the tarmac. Flying overnight? The kids will be sure to enjoy a good night’s sleep with our own Relax Packs.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive family friendly resort conveniently located just a few minutes drive from Hewanorra International Airport. ‘Splash’, the dedicated family wing is the stuff that children’s dreams are made of! All rooms face the ocean and right outside the door is CocoLand waterpark with a lazy river, three waterslides, a water playground and children’s pool. The Zone paint ball course, the first of its kind in the Caribbean is an ideal adventure for older children of 13 and over, while the Kidz Klub is suitable from 3 months to 12 years old. For the youngest members there is an air-conditioned ‘napping room’ with cots and playpens. Pirate ships, mini zip lines and rock climbing walls as well as Coco Corral petting zoo home to donkeys, goats, ducks, sheep and horses will keep little ones entertained for hours. Choosing a restaurant won’t be a problem from Asian to Italian and local cuisine or snacks from the Beach Grill there is something for everyone. For parents looking to unwind there are plenty of bars dotted around the resort, including a swim up pool bar for the ultimate cocktail in the sun.

St James’s Club Morgan Bay is the perfect resort for family holidays. Wake up in paradise in an ocean, pool or garden view room. A Family pool with slides and the Kids Club for 2-11 year olds has a whole range of activates and entertainment. From beach games, to karaoke and cooking classes the children will have a blast while you relax. Escape to the secluded Hilltop pool with panoramic views, or chill out on the beach with a cocktail and for a detox the spa has the answer. Hobie Cat sailing, kayaks, snorkelling and Paddle Boards are included in the all-inclusive package so you can enjoy quality family time with some fun water based activities.  St James’s Club has six restaurants and bars, choose Morgan’s Pier for dining with ocean views and the Hilltop Bar for cocktails with stunning sunsets.

The Landings is a luxurious family orientated resort located within its own private marina. The stylish and spacious villa suites, some with private plunge pools look onto the ocean or marina and beachfront rooms offer uninterrupted views of Rodney Bay. If you would prefer not to be on an all-inclusive basis then The Landings has the option to partially self-cater, a nice touch if you prefer to dine outside of your resort.  Nearby Rodney Bay Village has plenty on offer when it comes to restaurants. Three swimming pools, tennis courts, the Soleil Spa and complimentary watersports will keep the adults happy, while for children the complimentary Kid’s Club is a great place to have fun and make new friends in the sun. Face painting, sculpture competitions and beach Olympics are just a few of the exciting activities they can look forward to.

At Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort children are treated like one of the family, Jacquot Fun Club for 4 - 12 year olds has plenty to keep the younger members of your party entertained, nature walks, disco nights and arts and crafts are just some of the activities on offer. Available during the day from 10am to 4pm and during the evenings from 6.30pm to 10pm means parents are able to get some much needed quiet time. A teen’s program with daily land and water-based activities is also available along with dedicated evening events, movie nights and escorted trips. Head to the beach for a range of family action including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. A giant floating iceberg, two children’s pools, Toppers Ice Cream Shack and a further three adult pools will keep everyone occupied for hours. Three and four bedroom villas with plunge pools are spacious enough for everyone to spread out and enjoy themselves too. Dine on the beach at Embers or visit the laid back Jammer’s Beach Bar and Grill or make use of the babysitting service and enjoy a romantic evening for two at the Upper Deck restaurant.

There is definitely not a lack of family adventures to be had on this stunning island. The St Lucia Aerial Tram Tour is an exciting way to experience the rainforest. Look out for humming birds as the open-air gondola ascends through the rainforest high up to St Lucia’s forest reserve. A Nature Interpreter will be on hand to guide and point out plants and birdlife on the journey. There is also a Fern Nature Trail to be explored. Descending back through the tropical canopy is just as exciting with jaw dropping panoramic views of the jungle and surroundings. Set sail aboard a pirate ship for the day for a fun filled family adventure, treasure hunts, face painting and swimming make for a great alternative way to see the island, this can also be combined with other tours of the St Lucia and most trips include a lunch buffet. The Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano is something not experienced everyday so this is a must do while you are here. Steaming sulphur springs and bubbling mud pools surround the dormant volcano. Follow the road right alongside and through the crater. There are also hot springs and mud baths to have a dip with a difference in.  Visit the beautiful Toraille Waterfall and Gardens, stroll along the trails through the lush landscape and cool off by swimming right up to the falls. Changing rooms and a picnic area make for a lovely day out.  With so many stunning beaches it would be rude not to spend a day building sand castles on a golden palm lined stretch. Reduit Beach has it covered, over a mile long and a gentle sandy slope into the calm waters make it perfect for little ones.  There’s a whole host of watersports on the beach for active members of the family, jump on a banana boat for an adrenaline fuelled buzz, plus there is a beachfront restaurant for snacks and drinks.

St Lucia is the perfect place to spend quality time with the family and has plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Heavenly family friendly resorts in magnificent beach front locations and a whole host of exciting adventures await from volcanoes to pirate ships, sunbathing on white sand beaches and sipping on sunset cocktails, this is the place for a very special family holiday.


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