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What makes the Caribbean so great?

Is it its palm-fringed beaches against a turquoise-blue ocean? Its fresh fruit and flavorsome food packed with punch? Or its unparalleled warmth in both climate and hospitality? It's no wonder millions of people visit this tropical paradise each year — it may seem like a place that could only exist in your imagination, but it's very real.

From private beachfront villas to fully staffed vacation

Picking the right accommodation for your stay in the Caribbean can turn your island vacation into the trip of dreams. With an array of luxury vacation rentals all over the Caribbean, from Barbados to Turks and Caicos and everywhere in between, villa specialists Top Villas is the top choice for an indulgent vacation. You'll find private pools, ocean views and stylishly designed Caribbean villas that you won't ever want to leave. From private beachfront villas to fully-staffed vacation rentals with private chefs and butlers, Top Villas offers family vacations that go above and beyond.

Why Visit Barbados With Kids?

On the southwestern coast is the capital city of Bridgetown

Along with its picture-perfect white sand beaches, Barbados is home to endless attractions and activities to suit all families, making it arguably the most kid-friendly of all the Caribbean islands.

Take it easy swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving in the turquoise sea, or make the most of the island's water sports and get the adrenaline pumping as you surf or waterski. Or, stay dry on a boat tour or cruise — who knows what marine life you'll spot! In fact, there's tons of wildlife to see on the island; animal lovers can make feathered and furry friends in the form of peacocks, parrots and monkeys at Barbados Wildlife Reserve.

Further inland you'll find Harrison's Cave, one of the so-called Seven Wonders of Barbados. Here, you can embark on an underground tram journey past streams, waterfalls and crystal-clear pools as you head deeper into the ground. Kids aged 5 to 12 can enjoy the Junior Explorers tour, which is a child-friendly journey where they'll learn about animal life, geology and water conservation.

On the southwestern coast is the capital city of Bridgetown, a port city known for its colorful architecture, and filled with interesting museums, local restaurants and vibrant shops where you'll be able to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your Caribbean vacation.

The island's west coast is popular for the ultimate relaxation, with calmer seas and lots of child-friendly accommodation, while the south coast is a little livelier, with a buzzier nightlife and waves better suited to water sports.

Best Fully-Staffed Caribbean Vacation Rental


Set on a stretch of secluded beach

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This four-bedroom rental sleeps up to eight guests and is fully staffed with a cook, house manager and maid, meaning you'll feel like royalty from the moment you arrive at the property's sweeping driveway.

When you cross the threshold you'll find a fully-equipped kitchen, tastefully furnished rooms and a mesmerising water feature that'll make you feel more like you're in a palace than a vacation home.

Set on a stretch of secluded beach on the island's west coast, you'll have stunning ocean views, and can watch the sun paint the sky every shade of orange as it dips below the horizon each day. If walking a few steps to the ocean seems too far, there's also a private swimming pool to enjoy, with sun loungers, a bar and an alfresco dining area on the terrace for more outdoor relaxation.

Why Visit St Martin With Kids?

Watch the planes overhead in St Martin.

Made up of two countries; the French Saint-Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten, this laid-back island is the perfect Caribbean vacation location for any family. While this Caribbean island may be split in two halves, there's double the fun for families. It's packed with family-friendly attractions, activities and incredible spots to visit; all offered with an easygoing charm.

Whether you're in the mood for an aquatic adventure in the form of scuba diving or touring a shipwreck, or land-based fun zip lining or exploring a centuries-old fort, you won't know where to start.

There are also tons of beaches to explore, including the famous Maho Bay Beach in Dutch Sint Maarten, famous for being at the end of an airport runway and having airplanes fly overhead so close you feel like you could reach up and touch them.

Best Beachfront Caribbean Vacation Rental With Infinity Pool

Turtle Nest

Head outside onto the spacious terrace

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This modern four-bedroom villa in Saint Martin is located only ten minutes from an international airport, where a driver will greet you and bring you home to your private oasis.

Set on Baie Longue Beach, this fully-staffed luxury Caribbean villa has spectacular views of the ocean. Inside you'll find a high-ceilinged open-plan living area, comfortable seating and fully-equipped kitchen, with stylishly decorated en-suite bedrooms that all have access to a terrace and the nearby beach.

Head outside onto the spacious terrace and you'll find outdoor dining furniture, a poolside gazebo with a wet bar, and extra-large sun loungers surrounding an infinity pool overlooking the stunning vistas of Baie Long Beach.

Why Visit Jamaica With Kids?

Jamaica is always bursting with energy.

Lively Jamaica is bursting with energy day and night, while still maintaining that laid-back atmosphere the Caribbean islands are known for.

Try traditional Jamaican jerk chicken and pork at the Ocho Rios Jerk Center, discover the capital city of Kingston on a bus tour and explore the Bob Marley Museum for a deep-dive into the life of the king of reggae.

You'll find adventure everywhere you look, from zip-lining through a forest, to scaling the waterfall of Dunn's River Falls or bobsledding down a mountain. If you'd prefer a more relaxing experience, take it easy on a river rafting cruise, go snorkeling and discover the endless marine life, or simply relax on one of its many awe-inspiring beaches.

Best Authentic Caribbean-Style Villa

Serenity on the Beach

This four bedroom beachfront villa has unbelievable views

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This four-bedroom beachfront villa has unbelievable views over the Caribbean Sea. It's designed in a traditional Caribbean style, with a light color palette, high ceilings and pale wood throughout, and bedrooms that open out onto their own private sitting areas. Your own private chef will prepare delicious meals for the whole family from the fully-equipped kitchen, while you take time to yourself relaxing in the comfortable living room or out under the Caribbean sun.

Outside, a verandah runs along the length of the property, joining the rooms together and connecting to the terrace. On the terrace you'll find your own pool, along with comfortable sun loungers on the deck, and outdoor dining furniture to enjoy a meal al fresco. From the backyard, you can make the most of direct access to the white sand beach just a few steps away, and enjoy complimentary kayaks to explore its clear waters.

Why Visit Turks And Caicos With Kids?

Visit Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean.

Known to be one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkeling, Turks and Caicos is a clear winner for any adventurous family. There's no shortage of great spots to discover marine life, with a 14-mile reef on the north shore, and an impressive underwater wall near Grand Turk island.

Charter a boat or book a boat tour and spend a whole day exploring the waters of this paradise. Some tours even have water slides, and include extras like beach BBQs. Head to Half Moon Bay, a sandbar between two uninhabited islands that has an impressive beach on its north side and a lagoon to the south. See rock iguanas in the wild at Little Water Cay, or explore miles of secluded, deserted beach at Pine Cay or Fort George Cay.

There are plenty of new aquatic activities to try, with beginners' lessons available all over the island to learn kitesurfing, sailing or wakeboarding. For land-based activities, go horseback riding on the beach, take a local Potcake dog for a walk, or browse the luxury stores at Providenciales.

The island has multiple family-friendly beaches, including Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay, all with warm, calm waters that stay shallow even at high tide. Of course, there's also Grace Bay, a beach so beautiful it's frequently considered the top beach in the world.

Best Luxury Villa With Beach Access

Saving Grace

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If you're on the hunt for family-friendly luxury vacation rentals, this is it. This private villa sleeps 12 guests in its five bedrooms and includes the services of a housekeeper, butler and concierge.

The modern open-plan living space includes a fully-equipped kitchen, plenty of comfy seating to relax on, and floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that bring the outside in. Outside, the veranda has a BBQ and dining area, so you can enjoy a meal al fresco under the Caribbean sun. If you need to cool down, take a dip in the private swimming pool, lined by palm trees and comfortable sun loungers.

The crown jewel of the villa is its private access to the crystal-clear waters of Grace Bay Beach. Via a boardwalk from the yard you'll find a private deck on the sands with sun loungers and the most incredible view.

Why Visit St Barts With Kids?

The main draw to St Barts is its exquisite beaches

It's clear to see why St Barts is known worldwide as the pinnacle of luxury. With some of the best beaches in the world, gourmet restaurants, luxury shopping experiences and ultra-chic vibe, this Caribbean island is the perfect vacation spot for families looking for elegance and relaxation.

The main draw to St Barts is its exquisite beaches. Head to the lagoon of Grand Cul de Sac for gentle and shallow waters, or to Lorient Beach, where toddlers can paddle in shallow reef pools, while older kids can go snorkeling or take a surfing lesson. Grand Saline and Shell Beach are just as beautiful but with slightly rougher waters — perfect for water sports. At most beaches you'll have the opportunity to snorkel and paddle board, and at Grand Cul de Sac you can even rent clear bottom kayaks. Beachside dining is St Barts's specialty, with ocean views all around while you enjoy an alfresco meal.

Perfect for a quieter vacation, you can also head out on a hike around the island to explore the local wildlife, or a serene nature walk to a secluded beach. You might even spot a tortoise or two!

Best Luxury Villa With A View

Villa Wine Note

Expect clean lines and bright whites in a minimalistic style

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Villa specialists Top Villas offer Caribbean villa rentals steeped in luxury. This contemporary villa sleeps 10 in its impeccably decorated five bedrooms, along with sleek living and dining space. Expect clean lines and bright whites in a minimalistic style, with added warmth from pops of color, wood accents, and the sunlight that streams through its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Set atop a hill, the views from Villa Wine Note are unparalleled, with rolling green mountains all around, and the azure waters of the beautiful beaches of St Jean and Saline Beach below. In fact, all but one of the five bedrooms has a sea view.

Outside, take a dip in the private pool that overlooks the ocean, or relax on the comfortable outdoor couches and sun loungers. The whole backyard is surrounded by clear safety glass, making you feel as if you're floating in the sky as you look out over the horizon.

Book a luxury family stay with Top Villas

Book a luxury family stay with Top Villas

“Top Villas offers an incredible range of good-value luxury villas all over the world. My family was lucky enough to stay in a beautiful 5-bedroom villa in Orlando’s Reunion Resort and it checked off every requirement we had, and offered us so much more besides I was so impressed with how well equipped our villa was, how ideal its location was, and how seamless the entire stay was; from booking, to closing the villa front door and flying back home.”*

- Sophie Orman, co-founder of Kidadl

(*not paid/gifted stay)

Luxury trips made simple

You’ll receive the ultimate VIP treatment from the moment you book your luxury vacation rental with Top Villas. Your personal guest experience manager will take care of the small details, while a locally-based manager will support you during your stay. Expect contemporary amenities, stylish homes for any occasion, and unparalleled service from a team that aims to create unforgettable vacations perfectly tailored to every family.


Written By
Georgia Stone

Georgia is originally from Essex but moved to Switzerland as a child, attending an international school and igniting her love for experiencing the world and its cultures. She later moved back to the UK to study French with Film Studies at King’s College London. She took a break to enjoy a patisserie-filled year abroad in Paris. Shortly after graduating, she started as an intern at Kidadl in a small team of five, progressing with the company as it grew, to where she sits now as Digital Content Manager. Since returning to the UK permanently, she has been known to take ideas from Kidadl for things to see and do close to home and make the most of London’s incredible travel connections to explore further afield.

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