Caribbean deals for the perfect family summer By Michelle Rae Uy
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (Courtesy Ritz-Carlton)
There is no better destination for a summer family vacation than the Caribbean, where you can relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. There, the weather is always warm and the beaches and waters are primed for water sports or simply to splash around. If you havenât settled on a destination yet for the summer, decide on a Caribbean island, and book one of these amazing family packages.
Up to 40% at Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands)
What: Stay awhile and save up to 40% at the elegant and luxurious Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas with the resortâs “Stay More, Save More” offer. This deal is available until September 30 for stays through December 20, 2015.
Whatâs Included: Stay 4 nights and save 25%, stay 5 nights and take 30% off, stay 6 nights and save 35%, and a 7 or more nightsâ stay will reward you 40% in savings. Additionally, receive a $50 daily resort credit when you stay from August 12 to November 22, 2015. Coupled with the resortâs educational and kid-friendly Summer Eco Camp (additional cost), itâs the perfect deal to make that family island getaway last longer!
Up to 40% in savings + extra perks at Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
Club Med Punta Cana (Courtesy Club Med)
What: Book an all-inclusive family vacation for 3 or more nights now through August 25, 2015 and Club Medâs “Extra Perks” flash sale will reward you with up to 40% off your stay plus a few extras. For travel through February 12, 2016 at Club Med Punta Cana. This discount is also valid for other participating Club Med resorts.
Whatâs Included: On top of the aforementioned discount, take advantage of a few extra perks including up to $150 air credit per adult when you stay 7 nights or more in a Suite category room at this beautiful Dominican Republic resort. Kids ages 13 to 15 receive 60% of the air credit of an adult while kids 4 to 12 receive half of the air credit of an adult. For travel through December 18, 2015. With the resort having recently launched its Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil program, now is the perfect time to take the kids! Other extra perks are also available for stays in other participating resorts.
4th night + kids FREE at The Condado Plaza Hilton (Puerto Rico)
Condado Plaza Hilton (Courtesy Condado Plaza)
What: With the exotic Condado Plaza Hiltonâs “Stay and Play Longer” package, families booking three consecutive nights will receive a 4th night free, with rates starting at only $119/nt. Valid until October 31, 2015.
Whatâs Included: Along with the free night, kids stay free and a $100 resort credit is included that may be used toward dining, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling and many more. This oceanfront hotel features great kid-friendly amenities like an activity pool with water slide, a toddlersâ pool, a calm cove-like beach, childrenâs activities and kidsâ menu, as well as a wide range of water spots for active families.
$20/nt all-inclusive rate for kids at Almond Beach Resort (Barbados)
What: Stay at this gorgeous Barbados property and take advantage of their special 30% discount with all-inclusive rates starting at only $306 per night and $20 per child age 3-12. Valid for bookings through July 31, 2015 and for travel through September 30, 2014.
Whatâs Included: Almond Beach Resortâs (named one of the top Caribbean resorts for families) all-inclusive package includes accommodations, unlimited meals and drinks, snacks, watersports like snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking, tours and excursions (glass bottom boat rides, swimming with turtles), and many more. Additionally, infants stay and eat free during the length of your stay.
4th night FREE at Four Seasons Resort Nevis (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Four Seasons Resort Nevis (Courtesy Four Seasons)
Whatâs Included: A summer vacation at this stunning, family-friendly resort nestled in the unspoiled island of Nevis is an incredible experience your family wonât likely forget. Also included in the package are daily buffet breakfast for 2 adults, free meals for kids ages 12 and under ordering from the kidsâ menu (one child per paying adult), and complimentary transfers from the St. Kitts airport for kids 18 and under. Kid-friendly amenities include kidsâ toiletries, kidsâ activities including Kids For All Seasons program and family movie nights, and childproofing items.
Kids play and learn FREE at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Aruba)
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Courtesy Marriott)
What: Valid through December 19, 2015, the “Kidsâ Playtime Package” at this lovely Marriott property in Aruba will leave the little ones active and content during their Aruba summer getaway. Rates start at $275.25 per night for a minimum of 4 nights.
Whatâs Included: Keep the kids happy with complimentary soft drinks, a pizza making course at the resortâs La Vista restaurant, and tickets for 2 adults and 2 kids to the Butterfly Farm. The package also includes comfortable accommodations for the whole family and access to a plethora of kid-friendly amenities including beach access, outdoor pool, and cable TV.
Michelle Rae Uy contributed this to MiniTime. She is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and MiniTime’s Head of Content, who spends her free time on adventures and film photography.