St Lucia hotel launches new programme to encourage children to engage with the local community
In response to the current appetite for ‘living like a local’ on holiday, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St Lucia has introduced a new local community initiative for its younger guests. According to ABTA’s 2015 Travel Trends Report, UK travellers of all ages are looking for more authentic experiences on holiday.
From March 2015, the resort’s younger guests will have the opportunity to experience contemporary ‘island life’ through a new partnership with a local school, allowing children to meet their Caribbean counterparts and see how school life compares in this part of the world.
Every Friday at 2pm during peak holiday season, the resort’s Jacquot Fun Club will organise visits to The Grande Riviere Primary School, just around the corner from the resort. Whilst at the school, children will have the opportunity to participate in different lessons and see how these differ to their own. They will also have a chance to let off steam alongside local pupils during break time and see whether Loom Bands and football are just as popular in St Lucia.
Children are encouraged to pack storybook, stationery and toys to take with them on their visit to help replenish the school’s limited resources.
Mark Ozawa, Managing Director at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort says: “I’m very excited about this addition to our fantastic children’s programme, that will provide our younger guests with a real insight into day to day island life as well as sparking some life-long friendships. We pride ourselves on the strength of our family offering and think this is a great way of creating those all-important family holiday memories that stay with you for life.
“The initiative is a very effective way for us to support our local community. As part of the ongoing partnership with The Grande Riviere Primary School, we also invite the older students to spend some time in the resort to understand the variety of careers available in hospitality and tourism.”
The resort’s Jacquot Fun Club offers a plethora of activities for children aged four to 12 as well as a separate programme for teens. Activities include limbo and reggae dancing, beachside cricket, watersports, coconut bowling, Patois language lessons, lizard hunts, crab races, arts and crafts, tennis, movie nights and karaoke as well as a dedicated children’s buffet in the Dragonfly restaurant during peak holiday time.
Best At Travel is offering seven nights at the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia from £945 per person during half term. Price is based on a family of four (two adults and two children), including return flights with British Airways on an all-inclusive basis, staying in a one bedroom villa. Based on 25 May 2015 departures.
For more information, visit: www.bestattravel.co.uk or call 020 3733 6507