My last vacation was in the spring of 2018. My husband and I, along with our two amazing kids (an 11 girl and 9 year-old boy), went to the Verandah Resort in Antigua for two fantastic weeks. Verandah is a family friendly all-inclusive resort with guest condominiums, a beautiful private beach, swimming pools, restaurants, great staff and all kinds of activities. We’ve been there a few times and I love it because it is such a safe and fun environment for everyone!
Most mornings, I got up first and went down to the beach to put our towels on beach chairs for later. Then we all went for breakfast at the buffet restaurant where there were so many choices. My kids discovered smoothies for the first time, and every morning, selected different fruits and yogurts to complete their concoction. Before heading to the beach, we always stopped at the kids club to see what activities were taking place that afternoon or evening. Movie night for the kids meant a quiet late dinner for mommy and daddy!
We spent most days at the beach because there was so much to do! It’s a private beach in a nice calm bay with a lot of staff so it’s very safe for the kids to be walking around and making new friends. Obviously we swam a lot, but there was also a lot of water sports equipment available at no extra charge. The kids loved using the snorkeling gear to investigate the marine life and catch whatever they could find with the other kids that they met.
I tackled windsurfing, and I have to admit that it had been many years since the days I had spent on my board on the lake at my grandparents cottage.
Somehow, I recall it being much less windy and the waves much smaller there! I can’t remember ever worrying about going too fast or going too far out on the lake! I think I did okay though. My sail never stayed out of the water for very long but I managed to stay on the board! My husband also got well acquainted with the paddle boards and the catamarans. He even took us out for a sail.
At lunch time we usually went to the beach bar and grill. My son loves hot dogs and this was the only restaurant on the resort that served them.
The afternoons were also spent at the beach, where cat naps were had and many sand castles were built. The kids even dug out large enclosures for the hermit crabs that they caught.
After dinner many of the guests sat at the tables by the outdoor bar. There was room for the kids to play with their friends in the grass and there was usually a live band or some other entertainment.
One day, instead of going to the beach we took a tour of some of the sights on the island with the Pink Panther Safari Company. It’s an all female company and the guides drive pink Land Rovers. We had a lot of fun exploring many sights and hearing all kinds of stories from our guides. The tour ended with a swim and some very good rum punch for the adults!
What a great vacation! It’s so nice to end a vacation feeling like everything was perfect. If you’re thinking of a family vacation a little outside of the ordinary, I would recommend checking out the Verandah Resort in Antigua.