A Family-friendly Haven in Barbados

Fairly intimate but packed with family-friendly facilities and activities, Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels is hugely popular with parents for its all-inclusive offering that takes out all the stress of your holiday and leaves you free to just get on with the business of having fun and making the most of your quality time together.

This all-suite property has a plum position on the island’s lively south coast and direct access to a half-kilometre of stunning white-sand beach – one where you might be lucky enough to see sea turtles nesting their eggs, and where you can also enjoy boogie boarding, kayaking and Hobie cats as part of your comprehensive package.

What to Do

As well as that stunning stretch of sand with its waiter service and water sports, the resort has two freeform freshwater swimming pools, a whirlpool and a children’s splash pool, two floodlit tennis courts, and a gym hosting fitness sessions. For parents who want to sneak in a little me or us time, there’s a great kids’ club where ages 3–12 years can head to make new friends and enjoy supervised fun including beach games. There’s also a playground and a babysitting service.

Other activities for all ages are pastry-making demonstrations, dominoes contests, Calypso dance lessons and beach cricket, and tours of the island can be arranged. Barbados is a great destination for families, with activities including seeing the sparkling crystallised formations of Harrisons Cave by electric tram ride, viewing a shipwreck and reef life on a deep dive with Atlantis Submarines, and taking to the high seas with a catamaran cruise, with stop-offs to swim or snorkel close to turtles if they come near the moorings.

You might also enjoy a day out at Flower Forest Botanical Gardens with their lovely nature trail, watching the sun set from the Barbados Boardwalk, and hiring a car to head to the untouristy east coast of Barbados for a beach picnic and to discover the pretty surfing spot of Bathsheba.

For independent exploring, Turtle Beach is less than a 10-minute walk from lively St Lawrence Gap and just 20 minutes from Bridgetown, the fascinating Bajan capital.  You’re also just a few minutes from the scenic Barbados Golf Club should you fancy a round or two or even some tuition. The super-friendly concierge can help with all outings.

Accommodation and Dining

Suites at this resort are fresh, airy and bright; all include sofa-beds, and some have one bedroom for additional space. Some boast oceanfront locations and all have a balcony or patio.

The hub of the resort is The Chelonia, an elegant but relaxed open-air restaurant serving global cuisine at breakfast and dinner. There’s also The Waterfront Café for light snacks, lunch and dinner, and, for a grown-up atmosphere with ages 12 and up, Asiagos with its authentic Italian cuisine. Laidback dining and snacks come in the form of a make-your-own-wrap station, an ice cream and coffee shop, and room service for Continental breakfast and dinner. There’s also a sociable weekly cocktail party. Perhaps most exciting of all is that you can stay at Turtle Beach and sample the restaurants of its sister hotels on the island, thanks to its Dine Around program; they include the Crystal Cove.

To book your all-inclusive family holiday in Barbados at the Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels, call your Travel Counsellor today.

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