If you’re fully vaccinated—as in, it’s been at least two weeks since your final dose—and hoping to treat Mom to a Mother’s Day weekend getaway in The Bahamas or Mexico this year, there are deals to be had. Here are four of our favorites, with all prices based on a three-night stay from Friday, May 7, to Monday, May 10, 2021. For access to members-only pricing and discounts, sign up for free hotel brand loyalty programs like Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt and IHG Rewards.
As of May 1, 2021, international travelers who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to freely enter The Bahamas and travel throughout the Islands—you will, however, still be required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and upload proof of vaccination through the travel portal. Travelers who haven’t been fully vaccination will still need to adhere to current Covid-19 testing and entry protocols, which include applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, showing proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than five days prior to your flight and receiving rapid Covid-19 antigen testing if staying longer than four nights and five days.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort getaway, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach on Grand Bahama Island is celebrating its reopening with 40% off rates when you book by June 2, 2021. Prices over Mother’s Day weekend start at $102 per night (for a three-night stay May 7–10) and include free Wi-Fi, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, full breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as all daily activities like paddle boarding, chaise lounge and towel rentals at the pool, nightly entertainment and themed parties. You’ll also have access to dancing, diving and cooking lessons, all pools, gyms and Jacuzzis. Onsite Covid-19 PCR tests are available for an extra fee—remember to get one done before your flight home to the U.S. (more on that later).
The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa’s all-inclusive package includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, Wi-Fi, water activities, parking, mini-bar access and resort fees for up to two guests. Rates for the all-inclusive package over Mother’s Day weekend start at $322 per night including all taxes and fees when you stay three nights from May 7–10, as well as complimentary Covid-19 testing for two guests on stays of at least three nights. Use promo code NCL when booking online.
The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta’s Vitamin Sea, D + Me package gives you a private balcony, daily breakfast, a healthy starter, a poke bowl with a crafted drink from El Palmar Restaurant and complimentary use of one pergola during your stay. Use promo code BED to access rates from $129 per night for a three-night stay over Mother’s Day weekend based on double occupancy. If you stay three or more nights, Covid-19 testing for your return trip to the U.S. is included.
Along Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, the Marriott Cancún Resort is offering bed and breakfast rates over Mother’s Day weekend from $189 per night, with a special deal for Marriott Bonvoy members that includes daily breakfast as well as 15% discounts at the resort’s onsite restaurants and 15% off a gift at the spa. Up to four Covid-19 rapid antigen tests are available during your stay before your return to the U.S.
A Quick Note On Traveling Internationally
While fully vaccinated travelers won’t need to be tested for Covid-19 before a trip—anyone not fully vaccinated will still be expected to test as per the travel guidelines where they’re visiting—everyone who travels abroad will need to show negative test results from a test taken within three days of your return flight in order to re-enter the U.S. While some hotels and resorts offer Covid-19 testing as part of a package or for an additional fee, it is ultimately the travelers’ responsibility to ensure this happens.
The CDC also recommends those traveling abroad get tested for Covid-19 three to five days following their trip. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing throughout your time abroad, whether you’re vaccinated or not, to protect others who haven’t been vaccinated yet.