Want a holiday where you can completely chill out, where kids don't get a look in? 101 Holidays have tracked down ten of the best.
Fortunately, if you’re looking for an adults-only holiday – whether you need a break from your own children or other people’s – there’s everything from boutique chic to adventure and more.
Cathy Winston, Editor at 101 Holidays, has tracked down ten of the best getaways that are only for grown-ups, year-round.
1. Castaway in luxury
Set on pristine sand with the idyllic turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean beyond, the Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique is somewhere you dream of being cast away. And on Medjumbe, one of those 32 islands, the adults-only Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort is about as luxurious as it gets. With only 12 villas, all set on the beach, you can relax in your private plunge pool or swing in your hammock knowing there are no children allowed in the resort. Along with spa facilities, there’s also scuba diving, whale watching, sunset cruises and remote island picnics to fill your days – if you don’t give in to the indulgent pleasure of doing absolutely nothing, of course.
Book with Mahlatini.
2. Quirky Andalucia
Checking into DDG Retreat, with just three suites, feels like a private hotel experience. Each suite has its own hot tub or plunge pool, along with the shared infinity pool, fabulous 360 views to watch the sunset or gaze at the stars and a protected national park on the doorstep. The romantic retreat has an international flavour, with the décor influenced by the owners’ travels through Asia and Africa, while you’re also only an hour from Malaga and less than 15 minutes from the beach. Just right for doing nothing or heading out to discover some of the sights of Andalucia including Ronda, Cadiz and Granada.
Book with DDG Retreat.
3. Jungle escape
For an adults-only boutique hotel with a difference, stay among the lush green mountains of Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica. The way in is via a 25ft high pedestrian bridge through the tree canopy, but your goal is as indulgent as you could wish. The 16 villas of Nayara Springs each has a plunge pool fed by natural hot springs as well as a four-poster bed and stylish décor with a local twist, a splash of luxury surrounded by Costa Rica’s unspoiled rainforest. Head out for walks along hanging bridges in the forest canopy as you seek out the fascinating wildlife and tropical plants, as well as discovering the dramatic Arenal volcano itself – with fresh fish and fine Latin American wines on the menu back at the hotel in the evening.
Book with Exsus.
4. Indian Ocean paradise
As Mark Twain famously said, “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” So when you’re visiting this heavenly island, where better to stay than Paradise Cove? The five-star luxury boutique resort is entirely for adults, with a neck massage on arrival and experiences designed to make a stay even more special for couples, including candlelit dinners on the water and star-gazing. The 67 rooms share a clifftop infinity pool, four restaurants serving everything from Mauritian seafood to Asian fusion, and three bars, including a rum gallery and live jazz. It’s tempting to spend your whole holiday enjoying the peace, but, set on the less touristy part of the north coast, it’s also a great base for exploring the island.
Book with Fleewinter.
5. Legendary Crete
The largest island in Greece has long tempted holidaymakers searching for adventure along with their sunbathing – the remains of the palace at Knossos, or the dramatic Samaria Gorge for starters.
A new adults-only hotel, Bali Diamond, recently opened in the tranquil village of Bali on Crete’s northern coast. Set between Heraklion and Rethymnon, it’s an ideal spot from which to explore with just over a dozen rooms and two swimming pools in a resort set right on the beach with views of the mountains beyond the sheltered bay. It’s great value too. The closest tavernas are right next door to the hotel for an added taste of Greek life, while still revelling in the laid-back atmosphere.
Book with Cachet Travel.
6. Into the Thai trees
On the tropical island of Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay, there’s nowhere quite like the adults-only resort of Treehouse Villas. Set amidst lush jungle, and accessible by boat, the treehouses have private plunge pools, free-standing baths and swing seats – not to mention a complimentary mini bar restocked with beer and spirits every day. The barefoot luxury ethos includes a spa as well as a stunning swimming pool split into four sections, plus two restaurants and a bar. If you want to be active, try anything from kayaking to mountain biking as well as snorkelling, or you can simply kick back and look out for Oriental Pied Hornbills flying in the morning.
Book with Scott Dunn.
7. Africa’s smiling coast
Whether you’re tempted by The Gambia’s winter sun and endless sandy beaches or its prolific wildlife and a taste of African life, the most stylish place to stay is adults-only boutique hotel Ngala Lodge in Fajara. The infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic is perfect after a day’s exploring, while the fine dining restaurant is one of the best in the area. Rooms are all decorated individually, but expect four posters with floaty mosquito nets, huge balconies and colonial style. Joining the original rooms in the converted colonial mansion, three newer additions also have private plunge pools.
Book with The Gambia Experience.
8. Boutique Greece
On the edge of the Ionian Sea, the White Orchid Hotel in Sivota, is set on one of the most unspoiled parts of the Greek mainland. And apart from the dolphins which swim in the bay, your only neighbours will be the other adults checked in to the eight one-bedroom suites. Where better to de-stress than floating in the infinity pool or lounging in the beautiful secluded cove just minutes away, known only to the locals (and hotel guests). With picture windows and balconies looking out onto the waves, some with hanging nests to curl up in, it’s a recipe for perfect peace. Explore the mountains of Zagoria and the hanging monasteries of Meteora, while the tavernas of Sivota itself are a five-minute drive away.
Book with Simpson Travel.
9. Caribbean simplicity
There’s a beach for every day of the year in Antigua but with powder soft sand in the little cove near COCOS Hotel, you won’t be in any hurry to leave and check them all out. This barefoot luxury hotel is perfect if you’re looking for that rustic laid-back feel which captures the spirit of the Caribbean. 30 individual wooden cottages built by local craftsmen sit on a bluff with panoramic views towards Monserrat and St Kitts. That charming rustic exterior doesn’t mean you’ll go without mod cons either: air conditioning, a private balcony, outdoor shower, king-size four-poster bed and hammock, as well as WiFi (though no TVs). Meals are served in the romantic open-sided all-inclusive restaurant, with its a la carte menu. Your first massage at the Garden Spa is included in the price.
Book with Turquoise Holidays.
10. The Finnish Wilderness
Adults-only holidays aren’t limited to sun, sand and sea. Head out to northern Lapland, to the icebound shores of Lake Inari near the border of Finland and Russia, and you’ll find Wilderness Hotel Nangu. A chic retreat, it’s the perfect place to escape the world, mixing Arctic adventures such as snowmobiling, reindeer herding and ice fishing by day with the chance to spy the Aurora Borealis by night. Refuel with traditional Lappish food before relaxing in the stylish wooden lodge, where you’ll find stylish contemporary touches. The five Superior rooms in a separate building have their own private entrance and views over Lake Inari from the picture windows – you can even book one with its own sauna.
Book with Best-Served Scandinavia.