While it may appear that children and families have dominion when it comes to the summer holidays, don’t be deceived into thinking that there is nowhere to hide after the school gates have clanged shut for the last time. There may be places where beaches are mercilessly subjected to endless cycles of sandcastle construction and demolition, ice-cream hauls and competitive sea-splashing, but that doesn’t mean there is no solace for those hoping to get away from it all. While others are concerning themselves with matters of children’s clubs, crèches and how well their brood will react to menu offerings, taking a fully grown-up holiday allows you to focus purely on yourself.
There is a wealthy array of adults-only luxury hotels and resorts across the world that allow discerning travellers the time to savour romantic moments, soak in the peace and quiet with a spa holiday or even live out a long-awaited bucket list dream with a wildlife encounter or cultural gem. Whether planning a proposal or honeymoon in a destination unvisited, catching up with busy friends or celebrating the freedom of an empty nest, there is a fantastically eclectic trove of experiences to put adults at the centre of the summer holiday agenda. From the dunes of Dubai to the hills of Montana, Elegant Resorts has sought out the best places to seek refuge from the commotion. Read on to discover our pick of the ten best places to get away from it all this year...
1. Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Nestled away in Dubai’s sprawling golden dunes, indulge in the Bedouin enchantments of this unique luxury desert reserve. Far removed from the freneticism of the city – though only an hour’s drive away for those wishing to combine their stay with a taste of its glamorous hustle and bustle – there is nothing more romantic than watching the dusty hues of the Arabian sunset from your private heated infinity-edge pool at one of Al Maha's luxurious Colonial-style bungalows. Whether roaming the sweeping landscape on camel back, or spotting gazelles frolicking in their natural habitat, two daily complimentary desert activities make for memorable adventures, while the exquisite cuisine tastes even better for being savoured under the heady night sky.
2. Little Palm Island, Florida Keys
Florida may conjure images of sweltering theme parks and the celebrity-fuelled thrill of Miami, but there is plenty hidden away in the delightfully tropical islands of Florida Keys. The next best thing to the Caribbean itself, the irresistibly laid-back atmosphere makes for days spent rediscovering the joys of nature. An oasis in the sun, Little Palm Island is perfect for a digital-detox, as ringing phones are considered an affront to the beauty of the surrounding environment, where the waters offer sailors, divers and fishermen the chance to explore the colourful aquatic world below. A real feast for the senses, the spa’s couple’s treatments are inspired by therapies of Thailand and Indonesia, incorporating fragrant Caribbean herbs, while dining on Cuban-inspired cuisine among the tiki-torches and swaying palms conjure images of a true dream paradise.
3. Chiva Som, Thailand
A wellness retreat with over two decades spent at the top of its game, Chiva Som is a regal haven of serenity, picking up multiple awards for its extensive array of rejuvenating treatments. Located in the resort of Hua Hin, which emerged when the elite of Bangkok society began to flock here for their holidays, go to this ethereal Thai spa to shelter from the strains of everyday life, and build your own path to a heightened sense of wellbeing. Inspired by indulgent ancient and holistic therapies, Western diagnosis techniques are also utilised to address every guest’s personal health concerns. Whether you are curious to try the deeply relaxing properties of sacred crystals with chakra balancing therapy, or would like to request the expertise of physiotherapists to work away any niggling bodily pains, there is a treatment to appeal to anyone to soothe mind, body and soul.
4. Tagor’ Villas at Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife
Set within Ritz-Carlton, Abama – one of Tenerife’s most popular five star deluxe luxury resorts – the Tagor’ Villas are reserved for adults only, allowing those who appreciate a little more peace and quiet a sanctuary from which to enjoy the world-class comforts and outstanding location of this sprawling terracotta coloured luxury hotel. Nestled within the lush tropical gardens, a small selection of stylish guestrooms and one-bedroom suites are grouped around a private adults-only swimming pool, where the services of a shared villa assistant cater to any needs. With a mammoth golf course as part of its grounds, an exceptional spa and beauty centre and a host of fitness activities, cooking demonstrations and wine-tasting classes, not to mention Michelin-starred dining and an exclusive golden-sand beach, this is an ideal spot to catch-up with friends in the sun.
5. Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
For some, romance lies in the landscape, where the feeling of total freedom from all except the power of the natural elements awakens the sleeping desire to tackle the wilderness. If the sound of thundering hooves stirs the adventurer in you, Triple Creek Ranch in Montana will be your idea of heaven. Set in the heart of the staggering Bitterroot Mountain Range, this adults-only luxury ranch boasts incomparable views that invite days spent exploring the treasures hidden within the hillside. Whether you are new to ranch life, or are an old hand with a lasso, everyone is welcome to get involved in the activities on offer, most of which are included in the cabin rate. Horse-riding, fly-fishing, archery and the unusual Norwegian winter sport of Skijoring are all popular ways to spend the day, but the chance to pan for your own sapphires is often the unexpected highlight – find one big enough, and when your return home, you can get it cut into a unique piece of jewellery to carry your dust-kicking memories with you wherever you go!
6. The House by Elegant Hotels, Barbados
For a chic and tranquil retreat on the prestigious ‘Platinum Coast’ of Barbados, the intimate boutique hotel, The House by Elegant Hotels, fits the bill exquisitely. Perfect for a honeymoon, there are no children permitted in the hotel to disturb the peaceful ambience of this beachfront bolthole. Proudly boasting one of the most sought-after dining spots on the island, eating out on the sand is a must-do at Daphne’s, renowned for its acclaimed Italian cuisine, Bajan buffets and ‘Friday Fisherman’s Night’. Start the day with a Champagne breakfast before taking on a range of complimentary watersports or heading to adjacent sister hotel, Tamarind by Elegant Hotels, for a blissful spa treatment. Later, take a romantic stroll along the beach before savouring a candlelit meal under the moonlight, ending the night with a petal-strewn bath drawn with essential oils.
7. Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel, Cyprus
Prepare to fall in love all over again, at the seductive Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel in Paphos. Boasting its own beautiful sandy beach, this five star resort is a perfect match for couples in need of a little time to themselves. With beautiful views out across the sea, punctuated by lush palm trees and flickering hurricane lamps softly illuminating the night, there is, perhaps, no finer place to experience a romantic moment in Cyprus. For the height of luxury, the Executive One Bedroom Suites boast stunning private pools with Jacuzzi jets overlooking the tranquil garden below. With living spaces elegantly opening out onto the verandah, linger as dusk sets in with a glass of Champagne and toast to love both old and new.
8. Birkenhead House, Garden Route, South Africa
It’s never too late to tick exploring the ‘Rainbow Nation’ of South Africa off your travel bucket list, and there is no finer way to do so than on an adults-only itinerary along the breathtaking Garden Route. Stay in Birkenhead House, and enjoy a house party ambience in the stunning cliffside location of Hermanus, where magnificent Southern Right Whales often breach the waters, making for memorable marine spectacles in the beauty of their natural habitat. All rooms at this cosy boutique hotel have been individually designed and are spread across three separate houses, offering all guests a unique experience and a peaceful base to enjoy the surprising romantic touches that make up Birkenhead House. Only a couple of hours from Cape Town by car, this quirky hideaway is a fabulous starting, or ending, point to a journey through the vineyards and magical Cape coastline of South Africa.
9. Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini
Santorini is a destination that is legendary for romantic scenes of its glimmering sugar cube caldera and searing sunset displays illuminating the sea. To experience its beauty at its finest, accommodation must do justice to the phenomenal views, something the five star deluxe luxury boutique hotel, Andronis Luxuy Suites does with ease. Hanging on to the volcanic cliffside, the infinity-edged pool offers an incomparable way to be immersed in the beauty of this Aegean gem, while the town of Oia is nearby, where afternoons can be spent cycling around charmingly authentic backstreets. Elevated above the ocean, soak in the seclusion with a romantic dinner under the stars, or venture into the Secret Wine Cave, where vintages up to one-hundred-and-fifty years in the making are squirreled away.
10. Hermitage Bay, Antigua
Being both at one with nature and enveloped in luxurious surroundings is a formula that reliably results in an indulgent travel experience. Nestled in the lush tropical foliage of Antigua, Hermitage Bay appeals to the senses with twenty-seven suites tucked into the hillside, crafted out of natural woods sustainably sourced Guyana rainforests, featuring rejuvenating outdoor showers and beautiful views over the velvety leaves towards the sea. With a sense of privacy not to be rivalled, each Hillside Pool Suite boasts a plush a daybed with elegant drapes, where hours can be whiled away with the rest of the world blissfully shut out. As evening draws in, relax to the sound of rhythmic steel drums and calypso music, and dine on freshly made tropical cuisine as the Caribbean sunset bleeds across the sky.
For more information on any of our adults-only luxury holidays, or to make a booking, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 505.