Two major events arrive every year in April: spring showers and tax time. One makes our gardens gloriously green, while the other diminishes the same verdant color in our wallets. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that families have to hunker down and stay close to home—even single-parent families, who normally get hit with a single supplement fee when traveling. Here are 10 great getaway destinations that have created special packages just for you!
1. The Single Parents Package at Grand Velas Riviera Maya in the Yucatan includes luxury accommodations in a Zen Grand Suite, an ocean-front Ambassador Suite (for kids ages 11 and under), or an ocean-front Grand Class Suite with interior Jacuzzi and private plunge pool on every balcony (for kids ages 12 and up). The package also includes round trip transportation to and from the Cancun Airport, two tickets (one adult, one child) to the Xel-Ha Park, a nearby natural aquarium where guests can swim and snorkel. You can also get 50 percent savings for an entire stay for one child. All-inclusive rates for one parent and child start at $576 at Grand Velas Riviera Maya and are valid through Dec. 19, 2014. Additional kids stay for $99 per night.
2. The Single Parents Package at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit includes luxury suite accommodations and VIP airport pickup service. You will also get two tickets (one adult, one child) to the Canopy Adventure Park Tour, where guests can zip line and explore the jungle, 50 percent savings for an entire stay, and 50 percent savings for one child. Additional kids stay for $99 per night. The all-inclusive rates at Grand Velas Resorts also include access to the Kids Club for kids ages 4-12, and the Teen Club. It covers non-motorized water sports like snorkeling and kayaking, access to the fitness center, and more.
3. The 10-acre 520 room beachfront Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten is offering a limitless all-inclusive package for Single Parents at an Adult Rate with NO Single Supplement! Kids 11 and under stay, play, and eat free. Twelve to 17 year-olds are only charged the regular child rate of $45 per night. The resort features a large pool area, cascading waterfalls, four restaurants, four bars, a fitness center, spa, four tennis courts, casino, and a nightclub. The resort provides a Child Welcome Amenity with a sand bucket, shovel, kids’ shades, and sunblock. There are also daily Kids Club activities for ages four and up, a kids’ slumber party for one evening, and a family movie night with popcorn, candy, and drinks. Every Monday, the resort hosts a Single Parent Cocktail Party. Rates start at $160 per night. This program is available only for single adults traveling with up to 3 children, up to age 17. It includes a minimum five-night stay and must be booked for travel by December 18. For more information, visit the website.
4. Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, in Curaçao offers single parents a great escape. They can relax at the spa or tee up on the championship golf course. Meanwhile, kids can spend the day exploring at Camp Arawak, a National Geographic Kids camp offering supervised activities from 9 am-9 pm. The camp features eco-friendly activities, animal crafts and facts, photo safaris, and tons of locally-inspired activities. From now through April 30, you can book a resort view room starting at $274 per person, per night. The all-inclusive package includes accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner in one of the resort’s restaurants, and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It also includes discounted golf rates for resort guests, complimentary meditation hikes, beach tennis, volleyball, and other on-site activities.
5. The Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa offers a unique balance on adult indulgences and kid-friendly fun to keep everyone entertained. Adjacent to the splash pool is the resort’s Surf Club Kid’s Club, complete with a custom-built surf simulator where the little ones virtually hang ten before hitting the South Florida waves. The Surf Club, which offers supervision, is open daily and keeps kids entertained so a parent can relax at the spa on the beach. Save 15 percent on two-night stays or save 20 percent on stays of three nights or longer with the resort’s “More is Less” promotion. Must be booked by March 31, 2014 for travel through April 27, 2014. Book online with the promo code D3Q.
6. Great Freedom Adventures provides unique bike tours and active vacations for single parent families. There are guides to assist in saddling up your kids and vans to transport the little ones when they get weary of riding. Each of the inns along the way offer uniquely packaged rooms for single parent families. For example, the Inlets and Isles Rhode Island Vacation Tour goes for four days and three nights and includes two nights at the Atlantic Inn on Block Island. Single parent families stay in the larger rooms with two beds. Guests also spend one night at The Inns of Newport, a grouping of historic inns located in Newport’s Old Quarter, which is walking distance from the waterfront, restaurants, and shops. The tours start in May and the first one is The Salt Marsh and Songbirds Eco-Bike Tour.
7. As part of Palladium Hotels & Resort‘s commitment to families (all kinds of families!), the all-inclusive beachfront resorts are announcing specific single parent rates for their properties in Mexico, Jamaica, and Punta Cana! Now, single parent adults can pay half the room rate (which is based on double occupancy) and children stay for 50 percent off the single parent rate, with up to three children. The Resorts offer an age-tiered kids club, family-friendly suites (exclusively in Punta Cana), a special kids’ buffet and dietary menus. Kids can also enjoy the Play at Palladium with Raggs program, where Raggs and his four colorful friends take over the Kids’ Club, the beach, and the pool.
8. Kids stay and eat free at Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian Castle resort located just 90 miles north of New York City. The resort is offering a special rate of $540.00 per night for one adult and one child, 12 and under. This includes accommodations, three meals a day, afternoon tea and cookies, and access to resort activities. Visit April 13 through April 21 and you’ll be treated to the Spring Family Festival, which is celebrating its 145th anniversary. Activities include Fun with Lego bricks, a flowerpot decorating workshop, and a family-friendly concert with critically acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt featuring make-your-own Easter Egg bags and a visit from a special furry guest! To make reservations, call 855.274.4020 or click here.
9. Turnberry Isle, Miami not only features South Florida’s only 7,500 square-foot Laguna Pool—with a 180-foot long, 35-foot high waterslide—but it has a new edition of activities called Kidz n’ Kitchenz. Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in various hands-on cooking demonstrations as well as the on-site Chef’s Garden with the resort’s chefs. Demonstrations include how to make homemade ice cream and bake cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets, as well as how to make savory homemade pizzas and batters for pancakes and waffles. Classes will focus on a “Healthy Happy Meal,” with turkey burgers, turkey meatloaf, baked fingerling potatoes cut into thin strips, and healthy fruit juices instead of sugary sodas. The program takes place every Saturday at 3 p.m. and is complimentary. There’s also a Beach Bash with live entertainment, reefs, ocean and wildlife exploration with an expert, as well as koi and turtle feedings with Captain Koi and Putt-Putt on the resort’s championship golf course. The package includes accommodations, daily American breakfast buffet, a $50 resort credit per night, overnight valet parking, an experience at Color Me Mine, and milk and cookies at turndown. Rates start from $449 per night through April 22, 2014 and $329 per night from April 23 through May 27, 2014. Resort fee and room tax are additional.
10. For a truly once in a lifetime family experience, join Ian Taylor for a trek to Everest base camp in Nepal. The journey through the Everest Region is visually stunning, with great cultural diversity, monasteries, and adventure. Normally, this excursion is $3,000 per person but, from April 13th through the 27th, they’re offering the trip for $2,000. That’s because they will be filming the journey. So, not only will you and your kids have the trip of a lifetime, you’ll also receive a professional video of your experience.
If none of these float your April boat—and you’re still searching for that special place to take your kids—check out Cheap Travel Hunter. They get great rates on packages and have low fees.
Finally, the best find this month is Club Glove’s TRS Ballistic luggage. It utilizes the brand’s renowned Train Reaction System (TRS) technology. Single-parent travelers can connect up to three pieces of luggage to create a single rolling unit, while still holding their child’s hand! The luggage feels almost weightless and is equipped with packing modules to maximize space, creating easy separation while packing.
So, with a great luggage system and all the money-saving travel opportunities offered this month, there’s no excuse not to load up your kids and get going this spring.
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- The Best Kid-Friendly Train Trips in North & South America
By Kerri Zane for PeterGreenberg.com. Kerri Zane is a family travel expert and author of It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One, on sale now. For more advice on health, parenting or Kerri’s exclusive MomEscapes, visit her at KerriZane.com.