Making Travel Easier...
For Family and Special Needs Travelers...
If you are looking for a COVID-friendly family escape during Spring Break, consider the following warm-weather venues, all having made necessary adjustments to accommodate last-minute cancellation and safety protocols:
The Hotel Xcaret Mexico, Quintana Roo is doing everything in its power to keep its guests safe: not only can guests cancel their reservations up to seven days in advance with no penalty, the resort has implemented the 360 Xafety model to assist guests with COVID-19 detection tests at the company’s resort and parks. Guests staying at the hotel have access to a complimentary COVID-19 antigen test, with results delivered the same day, or a PCR test for $140, with results delivered within 24 to 48 hours. Resort guests with a minimum of four-night stay who test positive for COVID-19 before departing to the U.S. will be able to quarantine for up to 14 nights at no cost to them. This new initiative will be effective until March 31, 2021. Along with offering 900 guest suites and easy access to the Caribbean Sea and the Riviera Maya jungle, the Hotel Xcaret Mexico is offering an All-Fun Inclusive Package featuring unlimited entry to the numerous Xcaret Parks, with prices ranging from $285-$358 per night from Feb 1-April 30th, 2021.
The 119-room Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Riviera Pacifica, Panama offers guests the flexibility to change their reservations without any penalty or restrictions with the added benefit to reschedule for a future stay. Once there, guests have access to an on-site private clinic, Vidatec, which offer COVID-19 PRC tests for $95, quantitative antibody tests for $35, and antigen tests for $45. Results are delivered by email within 24 to 48 hours. The resort’s Family Experiences package, with rates starting at $249 to include daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old, includes complimentary stand-up paddle boards and kayak, daily activities in the Kids Club, a visit to the on-site Zoo, complimentary Wi-Fi and the use of tennis and volleyball courts. Guests can book from now until 12/8/21 using promotional code: MAJ.
The Ocean Club Resorts in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, located along Grace Bay Beach, offer a new cancellation policy: guests can receive a full refund up to 24 hours prior to their stay for stays between now and April 11, 2021. The resorts have also started extending their concierge services to now include helping travelers with testing on-island during their stay. PCR testing is done for an additional fee of $185/person onsite at the resorts’ east location while the concierge can assist guests in setting up an appointment for antigen testing, $50 per person, done nearby. While the resorts’ suites feature kitchens, so families don’t have to visit the dining room, Ocean Club Resorts have begun offering complimentary breakfast for those who do wish to venture out. Previously, no meals were included with their stays.
.My name is Dawn M. Barclay. My parents were owners of Barclay Travel Ltd. and later, Barclay International Group, and I basically grew up in the travel industry. Along with stints working with both companies and a few other travel-related firms, I've served as a senior editor/reporter at Travel Agent Magazine, a contributing editor at Travel Life, the meetings/incentive editor at Travel Market Report and now, the Contributing Editor for Family Travel and Special Needs Travel at Insider Travel Report. My articles have also appeared in the pages of Jax Fax, GoNomad, and Successful Meetings Magazine. I also write psychological thrillers and romance as D.M. Barr.