Turks and Caicos

8 Reasons All-Inclusive Ambergris Cay Is the Ultimate Caribbean Escape for Families

Last updated 30th May 2019

Comprised of some 40 islands and tiny cays, Turks and Caicos makes for an idyllic Caribbean vacation for families. Graced with aquamarine water and pure white sand, it’s a tropical trifecta of sun, sand and surf. Thanks to plentiful airlift and a location not too far southeast of Miami, it’s easy to reach from much of the United States and Canada.

Ambergris Cay is one of Turks and Caicos’ most scenic and unspoiled spots. This private island recently opened to overnight visitors seeking a vacation hideaway. Guests fly here on the resort’s small plane from the international airport in Providenciales. It’s a seamless connection, so you’ll arrive in Paradise in twenty minutes.

With only 10 freestanding beachfront suites, each with its own plunge pool, it’s exclusive yet blissfully non-pretentious. If your family is seeking a discrete haven, you’ve hit the jackpot.

1/8 Kids Stay Free

Staying at all-inclusive Ambergris Cay is certainly not cheap, but kids age 12 and under won’t pay a single cent. All meals, activities and excursions are included when kids share their parent’s spacious suite. Children fly on the resort’s private plane for no additional charge, making an upscale family getaway here a true value.

2/8 Activities Are Custom Designed

The staff is available to plan a range of customized adventures and activities. Perhaps your family wants to play Swiss Family Robinson and discover a deserted island? The staff will whisk you away on a motorboat to a tiny uninhabited island, where you’ll wade in the shallow water and explore until your heart’s content. The chef will prepare a catered lunch complete with delicious alfresco trimmings, including kid-pleasing chocolate chip cookies for a sweet finish.

3/8 The Island Is Car-Free So You Can Be Carefree

The island is car-free, so it’s safe for older kids and teens to roam. Each guest suite comes with its own electric golf cart, a fun way to traverse the island. There are shiny 3-speed bikes available as well, an excellent way to get around and see all the island has to offer.

4/8 Attention to Detail Is Next Level

Attention to detail is a hallmark at Ambergris Cay; you’ll enjoy a round-the-clock butler, but service is never obtrusive. The friendly staff pampers guests of all ages. Parents take note: a 30-minute daily spa treatment is included in the rate. Elevate Spa’s two air-conditioned, seafront cabanas are where the magic happens. You’ll feel like a million bucks after your massage, wrap or manicure.

5/8 Water Activities Abound

The surrounding swath of blue-green sea and sand as smooth as silk encourage relaxing, but there are loads of aquatic activities for energetic guests to try. Splash in the large swimming pool, fish (the kitchen will cook your catch), test your balance on an SUP, try kite-surfing, paddle a kayak, sail or cruise around in the resort’s runabout powerboats. All equipment and lessons are included.

6/8 The Natural Setting Is Breathtaking

Along with a stunning seascape, the island is awash with flora and fauna. Colorful flowers, native Turks Head cactus and a rainbow assortment of birds are everywhere. Guided nature hikes are a wonderful way to get acquainted with the scenery. Thousands of protected rock iguanas call the island home so don’t be surprised to see them sharing the coral limestone roads with you or perched poolside as you swim laps. Enjoy a game of tennis on the two state-of-the-art hard courts, lit for night play. The staff is happy to teach novices the basics or swing a racket with more seasoned players.

7/8 It’s Easy to Keep the Kids Happy

When kids need a break from the sun, the Explorers Hut is a fully equipped arts and crafts mecca. Tweens will enjoy video games and a pool table while the entire family can play old-school board games like Monopoly and Candy Land. WiFi works like a charm, so social media-savvy teens won’t need to unplug.

8/8 The Food Is Fresh

Meals feature the fresh flavors of just-caught fish and local produce. Homemade sweet breads at breakfast are delectable. There’s no proper menu; each morning, you may consult with the kitchen staff regarding the various options. Chef excels at whipping up special meals to tempt picky little palates and wow their foodie parents. Adults may indulge in top-shelf liquor, including a selection of fine international wines.

By Allison Tibaldi