7 Family Resorts on Anguilla That Know How to Keep Kids Happy

Hit the reset button on your busy life at these world-class Anguilla resorts that cater to kids and families.
Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla (Photo: Shutterstock)
Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla (Photo: Shutterstock)

Anguilla is the kind of place where you can take a deep breath and start breathing like you haven’t in ages. You won’t find beaches overrun with mega resorts on this unhurried island in the Eastern Caribbean, but you will find serene stretches of soft white sand, gentle turquoise waters, and a handful of world-class Anguilla resorts that cater to kids and families. It’s a perfect Caribbean vacation destination for families who’ve grown tired of life on the hamster wheel.

Whether you want to lounge on the beautiful beach or get wet snorkeling, kayaking, or windsurfing, there’s always something to keep you busy. And when all that fresh air, sunshine, and beach time stir up your appetite, you’ll find both traditional Caribbean cuisine as well as delicious French, African, and Spanish fusion dishes. From beach shacks to fine dining, there’s no shortage of options.

The Best Anguilla Resorts for Families

With gorgeous ocean views, uncrowded beaches, and plenty of kid-approved amenities, Anguilla’s top family resorts can complete with the best all-inclusive family resorts anywhere in the world. Here are the best Anguilla resorts to consider when you’re bringing the kids to paradise.

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1. Zemi Beach House 

Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla

Swimming pool at Zemi Beach House in Anguilla (Photo: Zemi Beach House)
Zemi Beach House’s family pool has incredible ocean views (Photo: Zemi Beach House)

The gorgeous Zemi Beach House is situated on six acres of beachfront in Anguilla’s Shoal Bay Village area. There are five restaurants and lounges, a family pool overlooking the ocean, and an adults-only outdoor pool to keep everyone busy. And this Anguilla beach resort’s spa is the only one on the island with a hammam.

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It won’t take long for your kids to find fun at this family resort. Children ages four to 12 can head to the kids club for endless activities ranging from face painting and beach Olympics to foosball, scavenger hunts, and movie nights. (Which means a free date night for parents; private dinner on the beach, maybe?) When you’re all ready to come together as a family, there are kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel gear to enjoy.

At the end of each day, you’ll relish in the comfort of a two-bedroom suite with an ocean view. Reflect on the memorable moments while lounging on your terrace and perhaps take a quick dip in your own private pool. Suites have soaking bathtubs, living and dining rooms, and a full kitchen.

2. Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection

West End Village, Anguilla

Location is everything, and the oceanfront Malliouhana has it in spades. This Anguilla resort sits at the top of bluff that rolls down to white sand and the bluest of blue waters, an effect that’s made even more dramatic by its cascading infinity pool that seems to drop off into the sea. The two-bedroom oceanfront suites are perfect for families: You’ll get a separate living salon, private covered patio, and an outdoor terrace with ocean views.

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Malliouhana’s “Mini Explorers” program for kids five to 12 is loaded with nifty options like ocean explorations, where children can kayak from Meads Bay beach to Turtle Cove while exploring the shoreline’s diverse animal life; and a remote-control sailboat race in the resort’s two-tier infinity pool, inspired by Anguilla’s world-famous sailboat regattas. There’s cool stuff for parents, too, including the opportunity to navigate Mead Bay at night on a see-through paddle board. And the whole family can set out on cruiser bicycles to tour the island together.

The Spa at Malliouhana is recognized as one of the world’s best hotel spas. Treat yourself to an Island Drift immersion body wrap with a blend of rum, lemongrass, and sweet sugar cane. Malliouhana has bragging rights for having the island’s first fine-dining restaurant (called Celeste) as well. You can expect great food in the restaurant or delivered straight to your room.

3. Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club

Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla

Aurora Anguilla at sunrise (Photo: Envisionworks)
Aurora Anguilla’s kid-friendly amenities include movie nights, tennis, pickle ball, and sunrise s’mores (Photo: Envisionworks)

Right along the water in Rendezvous Bay, Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club is the Anguilla family resort for foodies. Expect locally grown, caught, and raised ingredients and a menu loaded with international flair. Best yet, you’ll find family-friendly restaurants as well as the island’s only steakhouse.

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Speaking of family fun, the resort’s kid-friendly amenities incude al fresco movie nights, biking, an introduction to tennis and pickle ball, and bonfires with s’mores. Guided hikes and cave tours are also available. And golf is serious business here too. The resort’s oceanview golf course has been remastered by Greg Norman Golf Course Design.

Say in a three- or five-bedroom villa, or go all-in with a private 6,300-square-foot estate home that comes with a butler and private pool.

4. Carimar Beach Club

West End Village, Anguilla

An intimate setting with just 24 one- and two-bedroom villas-style apartments, the main attraction at Carimar Beach Club is the beach itself. Here you can stroll along the soft shores of Meads Bay beach or swim, snorkel, kayak, or paddle board to your heart’s content in the clear blue water. The sunset yoga class is a great way to end your day. The concierge can also connect you with sailing cruises, diving trips, kite surfing, and more.

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This Anguilla beach resort’s apartments have full kitchens and a patio or balcony. It doesn’t have a restaurant, but that gives you a reason to enjoy the good eats like Blanchard’s Beach Shack, Leon’s Beach Bar and Grill, and (for five-star dining within walking distance on the beach) Blanchard’s Restaurant. A nearby supermarket makes it easy for those nights when you decide to cook. 

5. Frangipani Beach Resort

West End Village, Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla (Photo: Frangipani Beach Resort)
Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla (Photo: Frangipani Beach Resort)

You don’t have to worry about crowds at Frangipani Beach Resort in West End Village. With 19 rooms and suites, you and your family can feel like you own the place. Consider a two-bedroom suite with bedrooms adjoined through a common foyer and en-suite bathrooms for each. They’re mosaic-tiled and have a hydro-massage cave shower. A full kitchen, living space, balcony, or terraces complete the picture.

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Paddle boards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, tubing, and wakeboarding will keep the kids busy, and you can keep up your workout routine at the fitness center or tennis courts. If golf is your game, there’s an 18-hole championship course nearby. And when you’re ready to relax, the Plumeria Balinese Spa awaits.

Come mealtime, you’ll have at the award-winning Straw Hat Restaurant your doorstep. Tickle your tastebuds with dishes like the seared honey rosemary pork chop with garlic braised greens, Caribbean sweet potato, green apple jam, and spicy fried onion with red wine reduction.

6. Turtle’s Nest Beach Resort

West End Village, Anguilla

At Turtle’s Nest Beach Resort, you get resort amenities and all the perks of a vacation home. There are 31 condos and apartments on this Meads Bay beachfront property. You’ll feel at home with a full kitchen, washer, and dryer.

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Take to the water for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling, or swim in this Anguilla beach resort’s pool. A supermarket, restaurants, and bars are all within walking distance. The concierge can also hook you up with a rental car, babysitting, or whatever else you may need.

7. Paradise Cove Resort

West End Village, Anguilla

Every suite at Paradise Cove Resort comes with a private terrace facing the pool and garden, living area, a kitchen or kitchenette, and access to a laundry room with a washer and dryer. And you won’t have to travel far for fun, either. There’s a championship golf course nearby, plus a free beach shuttle to The Cove, one of Anguilla’s most beloved beaches. On the resort grounds you’ll find a garden oasis, oversized pool, and two open-air Jacuzzis surrounded by palm trees.

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The Garden Terrace Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Better still, you can have a private chef come to your suite to cook for the family. And parents can enjoy a cocktail at the Paradise Cove bar any time.

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Sheryl Nance Nash
Sheryl Nance-Nash is a freelance writer, specializing in travel/lifestyle, personal finance and business. Her travel articles have appeared on CNTraveler, Newsweek.com, Fodors, Afar, RD.com, The Daily Beast, Culture Trip, Shermans Travel, Orbitz, among others. She is based in New York.

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