Family Friendly Tropical Resorts to Escape to in 2021

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After the year that 2020 was, everyone could use a well deserved vacation. Escape to one of these tropical family friendly resorts that have something to offer hotel guests of all ages.

Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Atlantis Resort Kayaking
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The world’s most remarkable resort destination, Atlantis Paradise Island, is a lush, oceanside resort escape in The Bahamas. The perfect family getaway happens on property where newly created guest experiences will surely bring the family closer together. 


Atlantis offers exciting adventures such as immersive aquatic life encounters at Dolphin Cay, private sunset speedboat tours, kid-friendly shark and mermaid underwater camps, dive-in movies, or even setting a different kind of kitchen table with private family dinners on the beach.

The resort features the renowned Aquaventure. Aquaventure is an innovative 141-acre waterscape of thrilling slides and river rides, pools, and white sand beaches for both children and adults to enjoy. Other marine life fun includes Sea Squirts and the Jr. Ultimate Trainer For A Day. 

Parents can rejuvenate themselves at the tranquil Mandara Spa, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, or the renowned Atlantis Casino. 

Diverse culinary options including Fish by Chef José Andrés, Nobu by Nobu Matsuhisa, Olives by Todd English and Casa D’Angelo by Chef Angelo Elia

Atlantis has recently announced that complimentary COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing is now available for up to two guests returning to the United States. The tests will be administered by experienced clinical technicians and registered nurses, and are available at the resorts Beach and Royal Towers.

Families can support the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation during their stay. Atlantis works together with local marine scientists to conserve and preserve the coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and manatees. Families can participate in Blue Adventures activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and more, which all support the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mayakoba, Mexico

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Ideal for families seeking a much-needed tranquil escape after 2020, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the perfect beachfront getaway located in beautiful Mexico. 

The five-star eco family friendly resort recently unveiled 34 newly built beachfront pool suites, 7 lagoon over-the-water pool villas, a brand-new kids club, and the chic Sands Beach Club. Sands is available for all-day dining as you enjoy pristine views of the Riviera Maya coastline. It also features two new oceanfront pools and a barefoot raw bar.

While on-property, families can enjoy authentic Mayakoba culture. Experiences include an In Villa BBQ hosted by your own private chef, and mystical Mayan dining where ancient civilization stories are brought to life.

There are also sunrise/sunset cruises along the canals of Mayakoba, mezcal tastings, Mexican cooking classes and recycling paper workshops, just to name a few.

Hilton La Romana, Dominican Republic

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Hilton La Romana Family Resort features a brand-new water park where guests of all ages can challenge exhilarating slides. Surrounded by lush, tropical forest, the beachfront all-inclusive resort is perfect for your family getaway. 

The family resort overlooks Bayahibe Bay, one of the island’s most pristine beaches. Hilton La Romana offers high-end accommodations and amenities with multiple pools, a spa and live entertainment nightly. During the day, guests can enjoy a variety of activities such as windsurfing, snorkeling, volleyball, and merengue lessons. In addition, guests can enjoy countless cuisine options at the specialty restaurants and bars at the resort.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Maui, Hawaii

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Maui is Always a Good Idea. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, widely known and loved for being Hawai’i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, is the perfect island getaway for the whole ‘ohana (family).

Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian way of life with Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s collection of Hawaiian activities. From Nala (weaving) and Kapa (cloth-making) to ‘Ōlelo (Language) and Ho‘olaule‘a (Music), dive into local culture and engage with the illustrious and knowledgeable staff. 

Then head out on the water with Hale Huakaʻi! The ocean activity center launched a new Waʻa Paddle Tour, an outing on a traditional outrigger canoe.

The smallest members of the family will enjoy the free “Aloha Passport” program. This program guides them to various destinations throughout the hotel to participate in activities that are both fun and educational. At each destination, the child receives a gift and a stamp in their passport.

Ocean Club Resorts, Turks and Caicos

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Located directly along the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach and turquoise waters of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos sits Ocean Club Resorts. They are two all-suite properties that include SUP boarding, snorkeling, biking and kayaking, and direct beach access for guests to enjoy. 

The resorts have partnered with local diagnostic laboratories to provide onsite COVID testing at the Ocean Club East location, guests of the West location will be provided complimentary transportation for their testing appointment.

Additionally, Ocean Club Resorts are the first properties to be Green Globe Certified in the Turks & Caicos Islands. 

Eco-forward initiatives include:

  • placing cloth reusable shopping bags in each suite
  • replacing plastic straws with paper and Styrofoam containers with paper boxes
  • using LED lighting

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

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The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba in the Caribbean engages with its natural surroundings to provide guests with exclusive social-distance experiences. Every member of the family can find a spot at the beach with the private cabanas, customized kids’ cabana, and doggy cabanas. 

This family friendly tropical island resort is also offering private dining experiences with a 3-course dinner under the stars. The resort is also offering a gourmet picnic equipped with a selection of the chef’s favorite snacks and bottle of prosecco. 

Guests can also explore the culturally diverse and historically rich island. The resort’s concierge can arrange private tours for guests to explore Aruba’s cultural charm, rugged vistas, and a National Wildlife Park.

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

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Located on the east coast of Mauritius in one of the island’s most breathtaking bays, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius is the perfect getaway for island seekers. The country is currently allowing travelers to enter from the US.

The resort’s 200 rooms and suites all offer spectacular Indian Ocean Views and direct access to the talcum-white sands of the most prestigious beach on the island. The resort boasts a secluded private island, Ilôt Mangénie, with bountiful pristine beaches, reserved exclusively for guests.  

Open from 8am to 6 pm daily, the resort’s T-Club is dedicated to fun for children. Children between four and 11 years old can access the T-Club at no cost. 

This family friendly tropical island resort initiates local environment protection and conservation through Sanctuary, Shangri-La Group’s Care for Nature Project. The resort team is dedicated to helping local wildlife including three tortoises aged 68, 75 and 123 year old. 

The resort maintains 10 beehives that produce honey year-round. Maintained by Tony Myrtle, the resort’s villa butler and passionate beekeeper, the first harvest in March 2019 collected 1.5 liters of honey.

In line with Shangri-La Group’s sustainable food and beverage initiative, Rooted in Nature, the resort supports local businesses, farms and fisheries by purchasing approximately 70 percent of fish, seafood and vegetables locally.

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

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With an unparalleled location on the iconic lava rocks of Hawaii’s Kona Coast, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay offers something for the whole family. Families can try traditional Hawaiian activities like hula lessons, and enjoy history and entertainment at Haleo Luau. 

The family friendly tropical resort overlooks Kailua-Kona’s Manta Ray coastal feeding grounds, where Manta Rays come to feed on plankton. Families can swim or snorkel among manta rays and sea turtles in Keauhou Bay.

Timbers Kauai, Kauai, Hawaii

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Kauai’s newest oceanfront resort, Timbers Kauai offers the privacy and security of a private vacation home in a 5-star resort setting. Activities include watersports, hiking/biking (a fleet of cruisers are available for complimentary use), golf, and educational programming for the entire family.

All age groups are welcome at their popular aggregation program. This program teaches guests about traditional canoe crops and how to plant/harvest produce from their 15-acre organic farm and orchard.

Accommodations range from 2- to 4-bedroom residences with fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, spacious living and dining areas.

A once-overgrown golf course has been artfully molded into a beautiful fruit orchard and organic vegetable garden. The property’s Farm at Hokuala features greens, fruits and vegetables, edible flowers, pineapples and 12 traditional Hawaiian canoe plants.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Grenada

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This family run resort is totally family friendly and gives a taste of authentic Grenada.

True Blue Bay is the island’s first climate-smart resort with sustainable measures including having carbon neutral rooms in the shape of a Cocoa Pod. Here, there is rainwater harvesting, solar panels generate electricity and ethically sourced wood is used for the furnishings. The resort also has the island’s first solar powered mini buses that are used for airport transfers and beach shuttles.

Resort activities include cooking lessons, chocolate and rum tastings, a street food night and yoga classes.  

There are several playgrounds and a children’s club for younger children. An onsite dive shop arranges diving and snorkeling trips to reefs, wrecks and the world’s first underwater sculpture park. 

Sample local bush teas, locally made ice cream flavored with spices such as nutmeg and cardamom as well as the local, organic chocolate. For a special treat, you can have a chocolate spa treatment.

Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, San Jose del Cabos Mexico 

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Explore the Baja California Peninsula with the Family Getaway to Cabo package at Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. This package includes family dinner at HUMO, family lunch at El Barrio, and 3 nights in a family suite. The suite features a private plunge pool and two bedrooms. 

The package at this family friendly tropical resort also includes a family day at Zadun’s ultra-luxury spa, Casa Grande. Parents can enjoy a relaxing couples massage while the kids experience a Mexican chocolate manicure and pedicure, and reconvene for a private family yoga session. 

Families can also immerse themselves in nature with an Ambassador of the Environment Naturalist. Families can be guided on a private journey of Baja California’s natural wonders with excursions to Sol de Mayo Waterfall, and stargazing under the Los Cabos sky!