Kids on a honeymoon? None of the major reasons to take a honeymoon include spending time with little ones. A honeymoon is intended to be a private time to reflect and make love uninhibitedly. Yet with remarriage, there are often kids on one or both sides. Unless a friend or grandparent or an agreeable ex-spouse is willing to take them off your hands for a few days, you have a choice: Have a honeymoon with the kids — or no honeymoon at all. If you're determined to have your time in the sun, these are the optimal options.
Unencumbered couples get to frolic sensually at adults-only Sandals Resorts and others in this category. Couples who honeymoon with kids have a similar option. Sandals' PG-rated Beaches brand of all-inclusive family resorts offers parents many of the same amenities that romantic couples get: locations along great beaches, multiple restaurants, unlimited food and drinks, golf, water sports, and other activities. The big difference is that children — from newborns to teenagers — are not only welcome but can be kept occupied and out of your hair with supervised, age-appropriate activities morning till night.
The majority of cruise lines are well-equipped to host families with kids on a honeymoon. Babysitters, counselors, children's play areas, even shallow pools just for kids ensure that little ones will be occupied and cared for while parents can unwind and indulge in quality alone-time.
Hawaii has always been a popular honeymoon destination, and now it is a family destination as well. Couples who traveled to these islands after their own wedding and fell in love with the state returned, kids in tow. Many of Hawaii's hotels responded by offering special services for families with children. Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach is the largest. Its Camp Penguin for kids ages 5 to 12 immerses them in the culture of Hawaii with stories, games, arts, crafts, and music. They'll learn to hula and make leis while you hit the spa, the beach, the shops, or your room in blissful peace. This hotel also has a dedicated wedding chapel, so you can have both your wedding and honeymoon here.
Once the preserve of executive business types traveling on the company's dime as well as loving couples, many Ritz-Carlton properties in sunny resort locations have gone out of their way to cultivate family travel business. Services at Ritz-Carlton hotels for adults on a honeymoon with kids include certified nannies, child-appropriate registration, summer camp sessions in June and July, and a kids' meal plan. At the Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida, there's also a virtual-reality games center and a nature center that features an aquarium with multiple programs including critter feeding time and beach-combing for shells.