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TOP 5 Tropical Islands for a family vacation

It’s a fact we can’t deny…. Autumn is coming…. Rain, wind and leaves falling from the trees. To make things even worse, after rainy autumn we will meet cold winter, even worse. On the other side this gives you the perfect excuse to visit a tropical and sunny destination for some vitamin D! To help all of you conquer the winter blues I have made you a TOP 5 Tropical Islands when travelling with kids, where you can enjoy the sun, even when it’s raining and snowing back home. There we go, Kids Love Travel’s Tropical Islands for a family vacation TOP 5:




Crystal clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Imagine your little one playing at Jan Thiel beach, while you are enjoying a cocktail on your shaded beach bed. Sounds pretty ok, doesn’t it? Curacao has several child friendly beaches and lots more to do for kids. They can explore the underwater world in a submarine, help feeding ostriches, visit the mystic caves of Hato or just enjoy themselves on one of the famous beaches. Curacao is a well-deserved number 1 in our TOP 5 child friendly Tropical Islands.

Are you looking for a family friendly hotel at Curacao? Sunscapes is the place to be! They have a lovely pool, playground, kids club and lots of activities for your kids!



2. Bali

After a 16 hours flight (from Europe) you will embark in beautiful Indonesia. Bali is one of the biggest Indonesian Islands and pretty much the most touristic one as well. Downside is you need to search for authentic Bali experiences, upside is there are really good medicals services. Somehow we always pay at least one visit to the local hospital when travelling abroad with our kids. You can imagine we scan our destination for “medical services” as well before we make our booking. The Indonesian people are utterly friendly for kids. Kids are welcomed with open arms and everyone will do their utmost best to make your babies happy.

Are you looking for a child friendly hotel in Bali? Aram Sari Hotel Keliki in Ubud, might be the perfect hotel for you! They have a pool with lots of toys for the kids and they offer (paid) activities for children as well.  



3. Cape Verde

Even in our cold, snowy winters, Cape Verde is nice and warm with about 25 degrees Celsius and only a six hour flight away, sounds good right? We will be visiting Sal, one of Cape Verde’s Island in February. This is an excellent choice for us as its only a short flight away, doesn’t have a big time difference with the Netherlands and has a wonderful temperature in winter. For our stay we picked an all-inclusive RIU family resort. We aren’t big all-inclusive fans, last time we visited a resort like this was at least 20 years ago (OMG now I feel really old!!). As we only want to relax, eat and sleep for a week, no cleaning and no cooking sounds very tempting, so that’s why we will try the all-inclusive concept once again.

Looking for a family friendly hotel at Cabo Verde? We spend a week in Clubhotel  Riu Funana and loved it! There is so much to do for the kids! They even have a separate pool with a little playground. Our kids love the mini club as well. 



4. Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a Tropical Island in Thailand, located on the east side of the amazing country, close to Koh Toa and Koh Pahngan. We have visited Koh Samui with the kids in 2015 and spend an amazing holiday there. Thailand is well known for its friendly inhabitants, pristine beaches, warm temperatures, stunning nature, exuberant decorated temples and lovely food. Koh Samui offers everything Thailand has to offer on only 225 square kilometer.

We spend two weeks in Peace Resort a family resort in Bophut, the more quiet part of Koh Samui. The hotel is super duper child friendly, they have a kids pool with lots of toys, a playground outside and one inside as well, offer high chairs in their restaurant and baby beds in their rooms. For you this is an amazing accommodation as well with a Spa, massages at the pool and the beach, a gym, yoga lessons at the beach and a restaurant serving lovely food. Koh Samui is absolutely unmissable in our TOP 5 Tropical Islands.



5. Canary Islands

On the Spanish Canary Islands you can enjoy the sun year round. Its never really cold and never really hot, meaning no 40 degrees Celsius in summer and about 20 degrees Celsius in winter. This isn’t necessarily bikini weather, but still a very good temperature to play with the kids on the beach and enjoy a fruity Spanish wine on a terrace. The Canary Island consists of 7 separate islands: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.

Lanzarote is known to be the most child friendly island. The resorts tend to be more focused on families offering lots of facilities for parents and kids. The beaches are child friendly and there is plenty to do for families: exploring National Park Timanfaya, excursions in a submarine, visit the zoo or a water park.


Looking for a family friendly hotel? Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort might be perfect for you! Lots to do for your kids and (important as well) lots to do for you, Parents travelling with kids give this hotel a 9,5!


Visiting one of the island in this TOP 5 Tropical Island for a family vacation, will make sure you get your dose of vitamin D to make sure you will make it through winter. What are you favorite Tropical Islands with kids? Let me know, love to hear your inspirational travel stories.

Kids Love Travel: TOP 5 Tropical Islands for a family vacation

Kids Love Travel: TOP 5 Tropical Islands for a family vacation

Kids Love Travel: TOP 5 Tropical Islands for a family vacation

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