Less Grind, More Sunshine: Take a Family Vacation in Anguilla

Maunday's Bay, Anguilla

Jesson & Co / MNI Alive

Release Date

Friday, September 22, 2023


In today's fast-paced world, where demands at work and daily life can be overwhelming, parents yearn for those precious hours when they can put aside distractions and simply be present with their kids. Before the final quarter of 2023 hits harder, why not start planning a tropical trip with your loved ones and give yourself that extra bit of motivation to get over the finish line? Cherished moments and lasting memories await you in Anguilla: a serene Caribbean island, rich in excursions and experiences the whole family will love.

In Anguilla, where white sands meet blue waters, your family's journey to paradise begins! From delicious food, sailing and snorkeling, and world-class resorts, every day is a new chapter in your family's vacation story. The island's commitment to creating an unforgettable family-friendly haven is evident in the myriad of activities, accommodations, and experiences crafted to cater to all ages. We won’t leave you wondering; read on for an update on Anguilla’s many options for your next family getaway.


What's New in Anguilla

Anguilla has ascended to the pinnacle of Caribbean destinations, garnering well-deserved recognition in worldwide top publications. As we look towards the conclusion of what has been a strong 2023, Anguilla has clinched the coveted title of the "#1 Beach in the Caribbean," a testament to its undeniable allure. Beyond these accolades, Anguilla is also primed to claim the top spot for family vacations. Easily accessible through direct flights from Toronto and Montreal to St. Maarten’s SXM airport, with a short ferry ride to Anguilla, the island has gone the extra mile to accommodate "9-5 office hour" parents. This seamless travel experience ensures that your family's adventure unfolds effortlessly, granting you ample time to savour every moment in this Caribbean Eden.

Picking the Perfect Resort

Malliouhana Resort

Photo courtesy of Malliouhana Resort

Your family will be spoiled for choice as you try to zero in on just one place to stay in Anguilla. Perched along the pristine shores of Shoal Bay Village in Anguilla, the exquisite Zemi Beach House sprawls across six acres of beachfront luxury, promising an unforgettable family-friendly escape in 2023. With an array of five delightful restaurants and lounges, including ocean-view dining options and a family pool offering breathtaking vistas of the turquoise ocean, there's something to keep every member of your crew entertained. But what truly sets this resort apart for families is its exceptional kids' services. Children aged four to 12 can embark on a world of excitement at the kids' club, indulging in activities like face painting, beach Olympics, football, scavenger hunts, and cozy movie nights. 

Malliouhana Resort stands out as the perfect destination for families seeking both kid-friendly adventures and well-deserved relaxation for parents. The resort's big family-oriented feature is its "Mini Explorers" program, custom-tailored for youngsters aged five to 12. Your child will love the exciting ocean explorations, including a kayak ride from Meads Bay beach to Turtle Cove as they discover the diverse marine life along the shoreline. What sets Malliouhana further apart is its thoughtful consideration for parents. Malliouhana boasts the renowned Spa at Malliouhana, acknowledged as one of the world's premier hotel spas, where parents can indulge in luxurious treatments such as the Island Drift immersion body wrap, infused with the fragrant notes of rum, lemongrass, and sweet sugar cane.

Frangipani Beach Resort

Frangipani Beach Resort

Frangipani Beach Resort emerges as another idyllic haven for families seeking a perfect spot to create lifetime memories together in Anguilla. This charming resort offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere where families can bond and unwind amidst the Caribbean's stunning beauty. Frangipani boasts a beachfront location on Meads Bay, providing easy access to the powdery sands and crystal-clear waters. Here, parents and children alike can revel in beachfront activities, building sandcastles, playing beach games, or simply basking in the sun. Moreover, beachfront restaurant, Straw Hat, serves up delicious Caribbean cuisine with a family-friendly touch. Speaking of cuisine…

Food for the Whole Family

For a delightful Mexican dining experience in Anguilla, make your way to Picante, located in West End. This restaurant caters to patrons of all ages, offering parents the chance to savour strong tequila shots while children enjoy the vibrant and tropical surroundings. Their fish tacos and Grilled Chipotle Prawn Tostada Salad are crowd-pleasers for both adults and kids, delivering a true Caribbean ambiance that captures the essence of the island.

Mango Colada at Blanchard’s Beach Restaurant

Mango Colada at Blanchard’s Beach Restaurant

Blanchards Restaurant, known for its refined yet relaxed atmosphere, is a welcoming destination for families situated on Meads Bay. Here, families can anticipate a diverse global menu that draws inspiration from the Caribbean, Asia, America, and the Mediterranean, resulting in an array of world-class dishes. Delight in their Grilled Anguilla Crayfish or Jerk Shrimp, accompanied by sweet potato puree and rum-glazed banana (with options available for kids' meals as well).

True to its name, there's hardly a more perfect setting for a family dinner than Sunset Lounge restaurant, where live music sets the tone against the breathtaking backdrop of Barnes Bay's sunset vistas. As the sun gracefully sets, it creates the ideal ambiance for your children to groove to the music, all while you sip on cocktails and savour the island's finest sushi offerings.

Fun in The Sun for Everyone

Explore the vibrant underwater world of Anguilla without getting wet by embarking on a Glass Bottom Boat Ride with Junior. This adventure provides a front-row seat to observe colourful fish and intricate coral formations, making it an ideal choice for families with young children or those who prefer to stay dry while discovering the ocean's treasures.

Anguilla boasts pristine waters teeming with marine life, making it an excellent destination for a family snorkeling expedition. Whether your family members are experienced snorkelers or first-timers, there are idyllic spots like Meads Bay and Little Bay where you can encounter schools of fish and graceful sea turtles, offering an educational and compelling look beneath the surface.

Only a short flight away, Anguilla promises a harmonious blend of pristine beaches, kid-friendly activities, and welcoming resorts. Whether you're looking to explore the vibrant marine life through snorkeling adventures, enjoy the island's rich cultural heritage, or simply relax on its picture-perfect beaches, Anguilla provides a perfect backdrop for family bonding. Start planning your trip now at https://ivisitanguilla.com/.

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