1. Four Seasons Bora Bora
Consider the magnificent lagoon surrounding Bora Bora the world’s biggest, best, bluest swimming pool. For even more aquatic delight, the Four Seasons Bora Bora has an infinity pool (with attendants bearing chilled towels). Next door is the Tamari’i Club for 5- to 12-year-olds, with a splash pad, turtle visits, snorkel sessions and French-food tastings. Teenagers get their own isle, Chill Island, with a private beach, hands-on reef research and stand-up paddle boarding.
2. Sandy Lane
Relax at the luxurious, 112-room Sandy Lane resort, where celebrity parents have stayed. There through the complimentary Treehouse Club for children ages 3 to 16, you can all try a game of cricket, practice how to dive, and get a chance to swim and snorkel with turtles alongside a “turtle tutor.”
3. Hotel Caesar Augustus
Capri was where the ancient Romans chose to spend their vacations, and on a clear day you can see Vesuvius, the volcano that buried Pompeii in A.D. 79, from the Hotel Caesar Augustus. In ancient times, these giddy heights, which could only be reached by a 1,000-step stone stairway called the Scala Fenicia, were dotted with luxury villas. Sit down to an alfresco banquet at the Lucullo Terrace restaurant, and the kids might even declare that history is pretty cool after all.
4. Jumby Bay
In Antigua, a 300-acre private island is the setting for Jumby Bay, a luxurious hideaway with 40 suites, 16 villas with private pools and six estate homes. To get around the island, every family member gets a bike on arrival — except for babies, who get Silver Cross prams. Children can enroll in Camp Jumby to see the natural side of this island, and camp staffers can arrange activities for the whole family.
5. Castaway Island
Thankfully, there’s also a long list for why any parent will love Castaway Island, including fashion shows with make-your-own Fijian costumes, legends of Fiji told around the bonfire, and crab hunting by torch light. In fact, the staff can keep kids and teens entertained for most of the waking hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. After the activities and amenities, the sunset over the South Pacific is at the top of any list about why to come to Fiji.