4 Resorts For Single Parents and Their Kids
Few words are bigger bummers when you travel than “single supplement.” But when you’re traveling as a single parent it isn’t just about the supplement, it’s also about losing out on free stays and free meals for kids because you don’t have the requisite number of paying adults.
So we looked for resorts that offer packages and rates that take single parents into account. I’m sorry to say we only found four! Of them, I can only consider two of them good values; one is a splurge (but no doubt worth it). The last is priced for single parents who are luxury travelers (not sure how many of those there are).
One trick we did learn that might be helpful is to look for resorts that accord kid freebies per room, not per adult (are you listening hoteliers?) Here are the four deals we found for this year for solo parents traveling with their kids. (Read our Travel Tips for single parents with toddlers.)
4 Resorts for Single-Parent Families
Best Deal: Idaho
The Hotel: The River Dance Lodge (central Idaho)
The Deal: A five-day four-night trip includes a stay in log cabins, glamping tents, and regular campsites, three meals a day and activities. On select summer dates prices start at $490/per person for the 4 nights, with a $200 discount off the final price for single parents. The package is valid through August 21 2016; ask for the Solo Parent Mountain and Discovery package when you call to book.
The Details: A stay at the eco-conscious resort includes several outdoor activities such as daily kayaking, rafting, hiking, biking and fishing with guides where warranted. The resort has a riverfront beach and additional activities nearby.
Best Value: St. Maarten
The Hotel: The all-inclusive Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.
The Deal: Rooms start at $225/night and families need to stay for a minimum of three nights. But the resort has dropped its single- supplement fee. Kids 12 and under can stay for free. There is a $45 child fee for kids ages 13 to 17. A parent can bring as many three kids and have a maximum of four people per room for these rates. Book with the promo code SPPAI.
The Details: The resort offers a “child welcome beach gift,” for each kiddo. There is a Kid’s Club for those aged 3-12, a weekly “slumber party” and a family-themed movie night with popcorn, candy and drinks once a week. There’s also a weekly disco night for mom or dad.
Most Variety: Florida
The Hotel: South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)
The Deal: A Winter Getaway package allows two kids 12 and under per room (rather than per adult) to eat free during stays of three nights or more. The package includes a $25/day resort credit and a coupon book offering discounts at the resort. Room rates start at $359 night; the offer runs through April 30.
The Details: The resort sits on a wildlife preserve with two and a half miles of beach and a pool complex. Poolside kids activities, golf, tennis and water sports are available. Skully’s Family Interactive Center has programs for both kids and families, a kids’ night out and teen programs. Most activities are additional, though a $19/per adult resort fee includes tennis court access and some of the family activities. To book visit the website.
The Hotel: Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit
The Deal: From about mid-April through mid-December A parent can bring one child for half-price and receive kids club activities for half price. In addition, the package includes one adult and one child ticket to Xel-ha eco-park (Maya) or a Canopy Adventure Park Tour (Nayarit) and free airport transfer. Rates start at about $880/day at Maya and $580/day at Nayarit. Look for this year’s offer next month.
The Details: The resorts both have a baby concierge who can help arrange cribs, Mexican toys, baby floats, and more. Kids’ clubs for children ages 5-12 offers outdoor activities, arts and crafts and cultural activities. Teen Lounges feature billiards, air hockey, foosball, arcade games, Xbox and PS3 and individual cubicles with a 40″ LED TV.
Nayarit offers Huichol Indians beading, parent-child yoga classes and baking with the pastry chef. At Maya parents and kids can take clay-modeling classes together.
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