All goes swimmingly in the Caribbean
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.