When you’re child-free and carefree, the screaming of other people’s tots and sub-teens – whether it’s from joy or otherwise – is just what you don’t want on holiday.
And even if you do have kids, sometimes it’s nice when it’s just the two of you, like it used to be before the little darlings came along.
In this spirit of maturity, we’ve picked some top spots in Europe and beyond where you can take a break with only other adults for company.
Calling all you hip, bling-happy, hardcore ravers: Ushuaїa Ibiza Beach Hotel on Spain’s legendary party island combines style-conscious rooms with Ibiza’s best daytime parties.
Fatboy Slim and David Guetta are among the DJ legends who’ve hosted parties at Ushuaїa’s iconic poolside stage. When it’s time to chill, you can choose from Ushuaїa Club rooms around the pool and stage area or more exclusive digs in the eight-storey Ushuaїa Tower.
Both properties are strictly adults-only, and rooms come equipped with chromotherapy lighting that you can adjust to suit your mood, blackout curtains so you can sleep off last night’s excesses and outdoor terraces where you can bask in Balearic sunshine and soak in your private whirlpool.
Ibiza is for party people, but back on the Spanish mainland Amare Marbella Beach Hotel combines beachfront boutique chic with some of Andalusia’s best cultural escapes.
Base yourselves in this trendy new grownups-only hotel in the heart of Marbella’s historic old town and you can savour sweet, crispy churros and piping hot chocolate beneath sweet-scented orange trees on Plaza de los Narajos, take a trip to postcard-pretty mountain villages such as Benahavis and Ronda, and admire works by Miro and Dali at the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Printmaking.
Had enough of art and culture? Head for Cabopino, where you’ll find white sands and clear shallow water. End the day on a high at Belvue, Marbella’s only rooftop bar back at the Amare, where on a clear evening you can see all the way to Morocco, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Check in at what claims to the be the first adults-only hotel on the Greek island of Rhodes and you’ll find a perfectly chilled bottle of bubbly waiting for you in your room.
Sip it while admiring the view over Vlicha Bay and the rooftops of one of Greece’s most fabulously pretty whitewashed villages. You’ll find a crowded menu of luxuries at Lindos Blu, including spa, health club and gym, a hammam and – unusually for Greece – a heated indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool.
For a dose of history, hike (or ride a donkey) to the Acropolis of Lindos and the white marble columns of its temples, above the town.
In the mood for a spot of adrenaline? Head for Prasonisi, at the western tip of the island, where you’ll find one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing beaches in the Med.
Kefalonia earned its chops as Greece’s most romantic island when Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz portrayed star-crossed lovers in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
F Zeen Retreat, on the island’s south coast, works hard to let kid-free grownups relight their spark with frills such as breakfast in bed (with a glass of bubbly), candle-lit dinners served in your suite and an array of special treats to remind your significant other that you’re really rather fond of them.
Here’s another bonus: two heated outdoor pools (rare as hen’s teeth in the Greek islands) make F Zeen a rather fabulous spot for a grown-up spring or autumn break.
The Bozburun peninsula is within easy reach of Dalaman and Bodrum (Mugla) airports, both well served from the UK by charters and no-frills airlines, but Losta Sahil Evi is a world away from the bustle of big resorts such as Bodrum and Marmaris.
The resort is in Selimiye, a village that still manages to blend a bit of authentic charm (the squid and red mullet that you’ve ordered for dinner will have been caught that day by local fishermen) with sophisticated pampering.
Losta Sahil Evi is tiny – just six bedrooms – so staying here has the feel of a private house party. There’s no pool, but there is a private sunbathing platform and private access to the clear blue water of the harbour. Bar and restaurant are for residents only, and the cool jazz bars and upscale restaurants of Selimiye (a summer favourite with well-heeled Turks from Istanbul, so the food is seriously good) are on your doorstep.
Bringing a touch of Mediterranean class to Barbados, Little Arches is a boutique adults-only hideaway that couldn’t be more different from the big, brash all-inclusive resorts that dominate so much of the Caribbean.
With just 10 rooms around a pool shaded by palms, poinsettias and bougainvillea, its selling point is intimacy. You may not want to leave – especially if you’ve spent a bit extra for an ocean view suite – but when you do, one of Barbados’s best south coast beaches is just 150 metres away.
This is one for the foodies, too – the hotel’s Café Luna is renowned for its Caribbean-Asian fusion menu. Mingling with locals at the legendary Friday night open air fish fry at nearby Oistins is a must.
Tucked away in the heart of the maze of alleys and souks that is Marrakech’s legendary medina, Riad Assakina is the perfect place to shack up with someone special.
Free mint tea and Moroccan pastries are served every afternoon, while flowers and fresh fruit are delivered to your room daily. Local works of art and scented candles make each of the riad’s seven rooms cosy, and at sunset you can slip into a caftan and lounge on the roof terrace while admiring the view of the old city.
There’s a plunge pool in which to cool off on hot afternoons, and booking at least one dinner in the private dining room is heartily recommended.
Bringing a bit of Las Vegas glamour to the Dominican Repubic’s Uvero Alto Beach, CHIC Punta Cana offers a full-on all-inclusive holiday experience where everything from premium cocktails to gourmet dining in your private cabana is part of the package.
With 320 rooms on one of Dom Rep’s better beaches, features here include an amazing glass sided pool and an oxygen bar to perk you up when you’ve had one daiquiri too many. You can even get married here for free.
Set in 12 hectares (30 acres) of paradise and palms on the northern tip of Queensland’s Hamilton Island, Qualia has just 60 individually designed pavilions, each with its own private terrace.
Two rather fabulous restaurants offer fine seafood and Pacific fusion cuisine and the luxury spa has a range of therapies such as the bularri yarrul hot stone massage.
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