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FALL 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations



Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2018

Innovative new programs balance older kids’ needs for independence

and excitement with opportunities for family bonding.

Caribbean Resorts



By Michele Peterson

With lights dimmed and dancehall music pulsing, an acrobat

swooped on a trapeze above our heads. Then, he flipped into

a backward roll, barely catching the handle, in a heart-stopping

performance of theatre and agility.

“That was so cool!” concluded our group of 11- to 14-year-olds.

We were at Sunscape Splash Montego Bay and the high-flying

choreography of the acrobatic group from Kingston captured

the spirit of modern Jamaica as well as the imagination of a

group of kids who had, moments earlier, been ho-hum on the

prospect of an evening with siblings and parents.

While tots are happy with the face-painting, treasure hunts and

cartoon characters of kids’ clubs, older children often crave

more excitement and independence. Here are some top picks

for all-inclusive resorts guaranteed to please even the most

tough-to-impress tweens and teens.


Located on one of the best beaches in Punta Cana, this

resort has plenty to keep everyone in the family active

and happy. Yes, they have all the usual sports and water

activities (sailing and scuba lessons, etc.) but tweens and

teens will love the non-typical addition of two themed

escape rooms and outdoor laser tag. There’s also an

18-hole mini golf course, waterpark with wave pool,

and a new bowling centre with arcade games. After

dark, teens will love escaping the rest of their family

and heading to The Xone, a disco for 13- to 17-year-olds

serving non-alcoholic beverages and open from

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.