Finding yourself alone on vacation due to divorce, being widowed, or simply by choice is one of life’s hurdles to be challenged and dealt with.
The added responsibility of vacationing as a single parent with your children means much more, so read on…
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Not everyone can afford to travel with their own personal au pair or scary Supernanny, so really, going “All Inclusive” is the next best thing, maybe even better.
With top qualified childcare staff, and oceans of activities to keep the kids amused, you’ll really feel that you’ve had a holiday too – and a well-earned rest from chasing them around and amusing them 24/7. Glowing, bronzed and happily worn out from the daily dose of sunshine and activities, they’ll get the most from their break too.
Yes, All Inclusive is a great choice for families – but what if you’re a single Mom or Dad?
Happiness is an inside job
The first thing to consider is personal happiness. Your well-earned single-parent vacation must have everything YOU need and want too – not just a perfect play environment for your offspring. It’s time out for everyone concerned, so choose wisely. You want somewhere that has facilities for you too – and you won’t want to feel like a third wheel in the middle of a group of all-American happy families. So, let’s browse the best available options…
“Being a dad is not always easy. The life balance of being a single parent teeter-totters between my children’s happiness and my own. I’ve heard parents say, ‘As long as my children are happy then I am happy.’ That, my friends, is false. In order for my children to be happy, I must be happy first.” — Jon Vaughn.
Moon Palace – Cancun
Kids are really catered to at the Moon Palace in Cancun. The Playroom will feed their imagination with its different game rooms, a fashion room and beauty salon for wannabe Supermodels, a dollhouse area, an arcade, two playgrounds, a pirate boat for the little Johnny Depp in the family, a sandbox and a mini soccer field and creativity area. Whew! The ever-popular FlowRider™ will challenge their balancing acts and surfing skills, and they’re sure to sleep well!
For you, there’s a chance to relax at the rejuvenating Spa, or make new friends at the themed parties, music nights, and other activities. At such a large resort, you’re quite likely to encounter a number of other single parents on vacation.
El Cid Marina Beach – Mazatlán
Some of the teen-loving temptations on offer are:
- Wireless internet access (for a daily or per-week fee) Because it’s totally necessary!
- El Cid Kid’s Club and Teen’s Club at El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel is where they’ll make new friends and may actually stop sulking
- Warm and welcoming, multilingual staff
- Water sports
- Banana boat rides for thrills and spills
- Hobie Cat Catamarans
- Jet skiing and boogie boarding at nearby El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel
So say hola to some sunshine and downtime for you, with a chance to meet similar folk, and to a successful holiday with your teenager.
Azul Beach Hotel – Cancun
One thing you won’t feel is blue with a trip to the all inclusive Azul Beach Hotel in Cancun. Specifically if you have younger children, babies or toddlers traveling with you – and don’t relish the thought of carrying the contents of the entire house. Travel light with a break at Azul Beach Hotel, because they make it so easy for you. They supply all the essentials, such as:
- Baby milk heaters
- Coloring books
- Refrigerators for milk and medicines
Music to Mom’s ears! With 96 rooms, each one situated under a minute’s stroll from the beach – and just look at that beach – you’ll be happy too, availing of the tanning products and that well-deserved tequila served to you right down by the surf.
Beaches – Turks and Caicos
Boasting “a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco – Club Liquid at Beaches – all located on one of the world’s best beaches.”
That pretty much has the fun and sunshine break for your kids all wrapped up, what about for you? How about trying the 5 star dining experience at one of the 19 restaurants? There are 15 bars to have that nightcap or colorful cocktail – and you’ll love the pampering sessions available at their Red Lane Spa. If you’re the sporty single Dad type, then might explore the deep with scuba-diving and other water-sports, or enjoy a round of golf, a game of tennis or perhaps take part in a basketball tournament and meet the other guests.
Where have you enjoyed a memorable trip as a single parent? Let us know your recommendations, drop us a comment below. Got a question? Then we’re happy to help – just ask the All Inclusive experts.