For single traveling parents, one of the biggest frustrations of booking an all-inclusive escape is the single supplement fee. Here our Solo Traveling Mom takes a look at some of the best resorts for single or solo traveling parents who want to escape to the sun without feeling the burn.
As someone who frequently travels alone with her children, I get increasingly frustrated with the extra fees charged by cruises and resorts just because I’m a solo parent. Some companies will bill your first child as an adult while others choose to charge single supplement fees. Here are the best solo parent travel deals I have found that let you vacation without extra charges.
Single Parent Package at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino
This past summer, I stayed at the Sonesta Hilton Head and was truly impressed. Sonesta has an all-inclusive property in St Maarten in the Caribbean, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. The resort amenities include a 1,400 square foot Aqua Park pool and a Kids Club consisting of 1,000 square feet of indoor space and 2,500 square feet of outdoor space.
Solo parents traveling with up to three kids under 17 can book the Single Parent Package. With this package, kids 12 and under stay, play and eat for free while kids 13 through 17 pay on the regular child rate of $45 a night. The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort even hosts a Single Parent Cocktail Party on Monday nights and offers free admission to both the Tantra Night Club and Casino Royale before midnight.
The package can be booked online using promo code: SPPAI.
Single Parent Package at Grand Velas Resorts
Single parents looking to escape before the holidays can still take advantage of the Single Parent Package being offered at both Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Until December 19 at Riviera Nayarit and December 22 at Velas Vallarta, single parents can save big with packages designed to give solo traveling parents a break.
At Riviera Nayarit, one adult and one or two kids between the ages of 4 and 16 years old can book a room starting at $510 a night. At Velas Vallarta, the package starts at $450 a night for one parent and up to four kids between the ages of 5 and 17. There is no minimum night requirement making this the perfect stop for a long weekend getaway. The all-inclusive rates include your room, meals, beverage, 24 hour in room service, Wifi and more.
Both packages can be booked by calling 1-888-309-5386.
Travel Deals with Internet Travel Agencies
Across North America, travel agencies are realizing that many parents are traveling alone with their children. Singleparenttravel.net offers pre-arranged packages for trips designed for single parents and their kids.
The benefit of this type of group travel is that there is an entire group of single parents traveling together. This eliminates some of the less exciting portions of single parent travel, such as dining alone while the kids are off at activities. The downfall of this set-up is that you need to be available to travel on pre-selected dates to destinations that have been chosen by the tour companies.
Selloffvacations.com offers a search page dedicated to finding reasonably priced vacations for single parents. The search page offers travel packages at hotels that waive the single supplement for single parents. In some cases, the packages also include free child care in kids clubs.
The benefit to this service is that you can search locations and dates that work for you. The downside, of course, is that you do not have the built-in network that the other options offer. As someone who travels solo all the time, I can assure you that the silence at dinner can be a wonderful break from your daily life. Currently, the site only lists departures from Canadian cities, some quite close to U.S. borders, but it’s nice to see solo parent traveling being recognized by a large scale travel agency.