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.
FOR TWEENS AND TEENS.
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.
BARCELÓ BÁVARO PALACE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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.