By Michelle Blackley, Taking the Kids Correspondent
All-inclusive resorts can be the answer to the vacationing family looking to relax and have fun, with parents seeking an easy escape. Imagine taking the kids to a sprawling beachside resort, where they forge friendships with others their own age and couples can unwind in paradise.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia offers Splash, a wing where the kids club is housed and visitors delight in being young and taking part in family-friendly activities and Harmony, Coconut Bay’s adults-only wing.
In Splash, the CocoLand Kidz Klub is extremely welcoming and educational. CoCoLand SCOUTS (Seeing, Crafting, Observing, Understanding, Tasting, Saint Lucia) is the guiding program that lets participants experience activities including nature walks and a petting zoo of rescued animals at the Coco Corral. Memories can also be kept in a scrapbook, all with the help of the Kidz Klub staff.
Meeting with Kidz Klub staffers give parents peace of mind. All are CPR trained and keep in touch with parents via complementary cell phones. Babysitting services for infants are also available.
A tropical vacation wouldn’t be complete without water. CocoLand amenities include WaterWorks, a zero-depth aquatic playground with spilling buckets, spraying fountains, misting jets, a raining giant mushroom and multiple water cannons and geysers.
Playtime continues on select evenings when mascots Coco and Loco visit the lobby to greet guests. Be sure to check the activity board daily in said lobby for a full activity schedule.
Feed appetites with brick oven pizza, just steps away from the pool. Hot and fresh from the oven, choose from a variety of toppings that are sure to satisfy everyone in the family.
Romance and Rejuvenation
For couples seeking a retreat they’ll want to check into Harmony, Coconut Bay’s adults-only wing offering a tranquil environment of hammocks, sun decks for two, lively bars, and the oceanfront spa Kai Mer.
Start the tranquil seaside experience with a stroll through the aloe garden and unwind with a glass of champagne. Become pampered with a massage while listening to crashing waves just outside the room. Take home a souvenir coconut candle and use the melted wax to replicate the massage experience.
Harmony is also where couples walk down the aisle to happily ever after. With Splash just across the way, a more family encompassing event can be held.
Catch a Wave
Winter is the perfect time to try kitesurfing, when the Atlantic winds set the perfect pace to try this extreme sport.