Finding yourself alone on vacation due to divorce, being widowed, or simply by choice is one of life’s challenges to be challenged and dealt with.
For single parents, the biggest challenge can be avoiding the exhaustion of keeping the kiddos entertained without another parent to help out.
Not everyone can afford to travel with their own personal nanny, so going “All Inclusive” is the next best thing, 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 24/7.
Happiness is an inside jobThe first thing to consider is YOUR 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 dual-parent happy families.
“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 – CancunKids are really catered to at the Check PricesMoon 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.
Hard Rock Hotel – Riviera MayaTraveling with a sometimes awkward teen who hates vacation with the family? They really can be the hardest to please, but an all inclusive trip to Check PricesHard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will ensure smiles all round – and a smoother vacation for you.
Some of the teen-loving temptations on offer are are an amazing Teens Club, the HardRock exclusive Music Lab (where anyone can learn to play guitar, jam with a band, or make a music video!), and of course a Splash Park and Water Slide.
Azul Beach Hotel – Riviera MayaOne thing you won’t feel is blue with a trip to the all inclusive Check PricesAzul 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 each room situated under a minute’s stroll from the 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 CaicosSingle parents LOVE Check PricesBeaches Turks & 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 type, then you 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.
Nickelodeon Punta CanaOur top pick for those with younger kids is Check PricesNickeodeon Hotels, such as the brand new Check PricesNickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. Few resort brands do a better job at providing amenities and services for babies and toddlers, along with a stellar kids club that features supervised activities and their Nickelodeon Experience™ (kids can have breakfast with Spongebob!).
Between Aqua Nick (with its water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river) and Character Central (where they can hang out with their favorite Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob, Dora the Explorer, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) your kids will have the time of their lives, leaving you free to enjoy the beach, spa, or just some quiet ‘adults only’ time. A big plus is that the “Nick” is a large resort, increasing the odds of meeting other single parents.