The sea is a place of great myth and fantasy, one made for the young at heart and, under the right supervision, the young of age too. From Finding Nemo to Robinson Crusoé let your kids’ favorite characters and on-screen adventures guide you in planning the brood’s next beach getaway.
The Jungle Book – Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa
Unleash the Mowgli in your little one in the tropical forests that line the coast of Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa, in Martinique in the Caribbean. Jeep excursions take families right into the thick of it, but there’s much more to this ‘jungle’ – from the forests, sugar cane fields and banana plantations inland to the white sand beach, the warm lagoon waters and the southern seas. The same way little Mowgli’s adventures teach him valuable life lessons on his journey of self-discovery, so too can your little ones explore the depths of not only this part of the world, but of themselves, at this beachside getaway – talents they didn’t know they had, such as sea kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing, stand-up paddling or snorkeling.
The Little Prince – Montpelier Plantation & Beach
Montpelier Plantation & Beach is a hotel fit for a prince. After all, it has welcomed two of the most well-known – William and Harry, with Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1992. Children from five years of age are welcome to this retreat in the foot-hills of Mount Nevis in the Caribbean. Families can take to the water or 60 foot swimming pool, cavort about on the white sands of Montpelier Beach, explore the rainforest, frolic with monkeys and venture around the island by bicycle. There are baby sitters on call and child-friendly restaurants with specialized kids’ menus.
The Secret Garden – Le Taha’a Island Resort
Little ones can trade the mystery of their own backyard with the protected coral garden of the Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa in the French Polynesia; explore the bounty of the coral sand islet of Taha’a Island on a snorkelling adventure or idle paddling. Children under 12 stay free and are best accommodated in the beach villas. The adventure starts right from the moment you touch down at the airport in Raiatea, with a 35 minutes boat ride to the hotel.
Mary Poppins – Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic is the Mary Poppins of boutique hotels. Sunny and magical with just about everything a kid could want, ready and waiting to be pulled out of the bottomless bag of tricks that is the Koko Kids Club. Open to children from age 4 to 12, the Club has a kid’s pool, mini spa and a variety of child-friendly adventures – such as arts and crafts, contests, scavenger hunts and beach volleyball.
For those younger than four, there are portable cribs with toys, kids’ sun-proof accessories and kid-approved snacks and juices to take to the pool or the beach. When the couple’s massages and cocktails call, leave your young ones in the capable hands of highly-trained babysitters.
Finding Nemo – Eden Rock St Barths
Follow Dory’s advice and “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,” at Eden Rock in St Barths, with its blue waters of Saint-Jean Bay and peaceful stretch of Caribbean beach. Children of all ages are welcome and when not snorkelling in Nemo’s world of clown fish, reef fish, sea turtles, barracudas, spiny lobsters and shipwrecks, there is sandcastle building, bodyboarding, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding.
Robinson Crusoe - Hôtel Le Toiny
Take the kids to the land where this great tale all began, a playground to act out their own pint-size version of Vendredi. The Caribbean is an exemplary environment to foster a love of all things ocean – whether pirates or palm trees... At Hôtel Le Toiny, amid a 42-acre palm grove on the hills of St. Barts, little ones can play for hours in the beach sand beneath the coccoloba trees or run free with mom or dad on the water’s edge, as surfers ride wild waves in the distance. Head out on canoes or go fishing, sailing, horse-riding, cycling or hiking, and when it’s time to catch up on some rest, take them back to the villa-suites, overlooking the ocean.