The world is covered in wonderful beaches, but to find a luxury beach resort, where family fun has precedence over romance, and kids can be kids, takes skill.
Elegant Resorts put over thirty years’ experience into choosing every one of their handpicked resorts worldwide. They are experts in all things beachy, and they understand that luxury for families is as much about freedom as idyllic, white sands and warm, blue seas.
So if this is your year to take priority on some of earth’s loveliest beaches, have a look at the six chosen by Elegant Resorts where you can do just that.
Carlisle Bay is ridiculously beachy. It’s also one of the few luxury resorts in the Caribbean to welcome babies as young as six months, and properly pamper them; right down to freshly prepared purees and peaceful sleeping arrangements - there’s a beautifully designed wing here, exclusively for families.
Heaps of attention is lavished on older kids too. There are amazing clubs for junior adventurers; creative and exciting activity programmes during UK school holidays for seven to 12 year olds; and private swimming lessons, water sport tuition, and days out to legends like Sting Ray City, to soak up any spare energy.
Thoughtfully created spa treatments are perfect for soothing teens. And every kid’s a mini-gourmand at Carlisle Bay, whether they’re tucking into bento-box lunches or a lovingly prepped high tea; timed just right for you to try some spa soothing of your own.
The 5 star Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, located on the southernmost tip of Addu Atoll, this resort boasts picture-perfect beaches, a towering tropical jungle and three luminous lagoons laced with coral reefs.
Families will feel like house guests in a tropical, tranquil mansion here, complete with gourmet food, a beautiful beach and butler service, and the chance to kitesurf. Located on Le Morne Peninsula’s ‘five star strip’.
Recently-reimagined by talented British designer, Kelly Hoppen, this secluded resort oozes understated timeless glamour, yet feels like home from home, with a large golden sand swimming bay and great food.
Atlantis The Palm is an aquatic water wonderland by the sea spanning a massive 46 hectares with unrivalled facilities, restaurants and a waterpark. Atlantis is situated on the famous man-made ‘Palm’.
This luxurious, family-friendly hotel set on a hillside with panoramic views to Spinalonga has first-rate service, first-class restaurants, a blue-flag strip of sandy beach and a decent spa.
Families are safe and well-entertained in this spacious, stunning and secluded five star on a private east coast promontory, with two island playgrounds, one even for playing Robinson Crusoe on at Ilot Mangenie.