The Melon Holidays experience
Our intention with all Melon Holidays breaks is to create a holiday support network of solo and single parent families all travelling independently but coming together as small groups so that we can help alleviate the feelings of vulnerability and isolation. You don’t need to be anxious about negotiating your way around the airport on arrival as a Melon Holidays coordinator will be there to meet you and direct you to the coach for your hotel transfer. Everyone gets to meet each other and break the ice on the arrival night at dinner with your Melon Holidays coordinator (who will also be contactable in emergencies 24-hours a day throughout the holiday). Hotel staff are extremely friendly and reception is open 24/7 so there will always be someone available for you should you need anything.
Are your children tweens or teens who tend to go off and do their own thing with friends leaving you on your own? Being part of a group with other adults means that you don’t have to sit alone in the bar or on your balcony in the evenings. With designated tables in the dining room, you can #dinetogether and #drinktogether as a group afterwards – eliminating those feelings of sticking out like a sore thumb because you are on your own.
Value for money
What makes our holidays great value is that hotel pricing is negotiated specifically for solo parents and their children. Apartments tend to be better value for larger families, and even though they have kitchenettes, our package at the Aldemar Cretan Village are on all-inclusive basis so that a) you get to spend time with the rest of the group at meal times, b) you don’t have to worry about finding affordable places to eat each night of your holiday and c) you can relax and enjoy someone else cooking for you for a change!
Unlike other holiday companies, we include a full day sightseeing excursion in our overseas trips – one less thing to research and book when planning your family break. This gives you the opportunity to see more than just the hotel complex and share new experiences with the other Melon Holidays families.
We want our single and solo mums and dads to have as good a holiday as the kids. We understand how hard it is for you to get time to yourselves and you deserve to get away from the day to day. You can do as much or as little as you want to on our holiday to Crete – there is a kids club for the younger ones aged 4-12years, an all-inclusive water sports centre for the teens and adults and a daily fitness and entertainment programme. Why not work out a “me-time” rota with the other Melon Holidays parents so you can take turns in keeping an eye on the children to give each other that well-deserved rest?
Travel dates: 18th October 2018
Duration: 7 nights.
Day 1 – Arrive at Heraklion International Airport to be met by your Melon Holidays coordinator and transfer to the hotel for the start of your holiday! A time will have been arranged to meet for dinner with the other families. If you choose to fly to Chania a supplement will apply for the airport-hotel transfers.
Day 2 – Acclimatise and relax around the pool and settle into this wonderful resort hotel.
Day 3 – Today is our full day guided sightseeing trip to the must-see Knossos Palace, the hub of Minoan civilisation where the fearsome Minotaur is said to have lurked. After this eye-opening visit, you will head to Crete’s capital city Heraklion for free time to visit the market. Enjoy a light lunch on the terrace of a lovely taverna near El Greco Park and watch the friendly locals go about their business, before heading to the Archaeological museum with your guide.
Days 4-7 – This is your time to relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday and the facilities of your fantastic hotel. You could hop on the local bus to the lovely resort town of Aghios Nikolaos where you can wander around the popular Wednesday market. By now, you will have made some great friendships so why not arrange to go to the local Acqua Plus Water park or to stunning Stalis beach with is clear, shallow waters.
Day 8 – Catch the last rays of sunshine and spend time with new friends before your transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Included in your holiday to the Aldemar Cretan Village Beach Resort are return airport/ hotel transfers, meet & greet assistance at the airport, Melon Holidays coordinator, 7-nights accommodation in the 4* Aparthotel on all-inclusive and 1 full day guided sightseeing excursion to Knossos Palace, Heraklion and the archaeological museum.