All goes swimmingly in the Caribbean

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY SHAR­RON LIV­INGSTON

ALL WA­TER BA­BIES will feel at home a t At l a nt i s , a n o c e a n - t h e me d r e s o r t i n t h e Ba­hamas. There’s a stag­ger­ing 141acre wa­ter­scape, wi t h s o many themed spa­ces (at least 20 swim­ming ar­eas, a spec­tac­u­lar kids’ wa­ter-play fort and 11 swim­ming pools) that you will doubt­less spend all your free time in your swim­ming gear. It would take around half an hour to walk from one end of At­lantis to the other.

There is a well-kept beach nearby but dare­dev­ils should head for the Mayan Tem­ple — a six-storey con­trap­tion with wa­ter rides in­clud­ing the Leap of Faith, a plunge through an al­most upright clear acrylic tun­nel; the Chal­lenger, of­fer­ing a speedy jour­ney down and the Ser­pent, a hel­ter-skel­ter.

The Jun­gle slide me­an­ders through ex­otic forests and caves, built in the heart of the Mayan Tem­ple, while the Aqua­ven­ture is a trop­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, whose mile-long lazy river car­ries you through caves and tun­nels.

Young­fam­i­liesarewell­catered­forand chil­dren in dif­fer­ent age groups have plenty of en­ter­tain­ment and “edu­tain­ment”, de­vised es­pe­cially for them. Ba­bies from six months can be looked af­ter in a su­per­vised area for a few hours a day, if par­ents need some time out.

An At­lantis high­light is Dol­phin Cay, with 14 acres of sea­wa­ter cre­at­ing a marine habi­tat and a chance to swim with th­ese in­tel­li­gent mam­mals.

You could spend y o u r P a s s o v e r hol­i­day here from $ 4, 7 2 5 (around £3,250) per per­son, based on two shar­ing a spa­cious Beach Tower room (there are four ho­tels on-site to choose from).

INTO THE BLUE

Cu­raçao is proba bl y the l e a s t k n o wn o f a l l the Caribbean is­lands, yet some might say it was the most beau­ti­ful.

Its nat­u­ral at­trac­tions, un­spoilt div­ing and snorkelling sites and re­li­ably year-round sunny weather make this an idyl­lic place to es­cape to over the Passover pe­riod.

Santa Bar­bara Beach and Golf Re­sort is a low-rise ha­cienda-style de­vel­op­ment with a pris­tine beach be­side the warm south­ern Caribbean ocean.

It is slightly away from the main city of Willem­stad (a Unesco world her­itage site) and so re­mains agree­ably se­cluded.

The views (and all rooms have one) are won­der­ful — not just over the white sandy pri­vate beach that fringes the sea but also over the Pete Dye-de­signed golf course and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Aside from golf, amuse­ments in­clude bike tours, moun­tain­side ten­nis courts, div­ing and other wa­ter sports. There are three beau­ti­ful pools and the calm seas they over­look are good for splash­ing around in — luck­ily, as the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture hov­ers at 82 de­grees.

To add to the fam­ily fun, there is a kids’ club, an aquar­ium and an os­trich farm.

Five Star Kosher Tours is tak­ing over the re­sort for its glatt kosher-forPassover hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Ex­pect gourmet cui­sine and high tea in the ocean­front room; boxed lunches for chol hamoed ex­cur­sions; pri­vate and com­mu­nal Sedarim; lec­tures; Jewish com­edy per­form­ers and more.

Santa Bar­bara

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