8 dreamy adults-only hotels to escape the summer crowds

Twin Farms adults only hotel

Want a peaceful summer break? Adults-only hotels are an ideal way to escape the summer holiday crowds…

The summer holidays don’t have to be reserved for families. If you don’t have kids, or simply don’t want to spend your hard-earned holidays surrounded by energetic young things, then book into one of these adults-only hotels and resorts. Or, if you're flexible with dates, try booking your trip in September for a late summer break.

Studley Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon

Adults-only resorts aren’t the preserve of luxurious Caribbean destinations or Maldives honeymooners. This castle in the heart of the Midlands, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester and Birmingham, is a stunning adults-only resort right here in the UK. Brand new for 2019, it’s part of the Warner Leisure group and it has a fascinating 180-year-old history.

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There’s a spa with a pool and plenty of places to relax and a great treatment menu, and plenty to do on the estate itself. They provide maps of walking trails if you want to get outdoors, and you can even borrow bikes. Try your hand at archery or crossbow shooting, or simply sit back and enjoy a divine dinner at one of the two onsite restaurants. There are evening shows and a small picturehouse too, so you won’t be bored come nighttime either.

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Iberostar Grand Portals Nous, Mallorca, Spain

If sun, sea and sand is what you’re after, you can avoid the summer holiday crowds and kids at this stunning five-star hotel in Spain. On the Balearic island of Mallorca, Iberostar Grand Portals Nous sits on a cosy little cove overlooking the Mediterannean.

A stunning modern hotel with clean white decor and blue details, there’s a rooftop pool for soaking in the sunshine and a spa for some serious pampering. Some suites have their own private sea-view balconies with loungers and a hot tub, and there’s a private beach for chilling out by the water.

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Twin Farms, Vermont, USA

Set among 300 acres of glorious Vermont forests, Twin Farms is a place where nature meets luxury. There’s plenty to keep you busy, with everything from cycling to hiking, flying-fishing to tennis, and even private ski runs in winter. But you can also opt to chill out in the spa with celebrated local Vermont brand Tata Harper.

For dinner, it’s all about bespoke service – there are no menus on the property, so you can order whatever takes your fancy from Chef Nathan Rich at anytime you please. Rooms are cosy cabins with four-poster beds and fireplaces, and the grounds are simply stunning. Come in autumn for an incredible fiery display of colour in the surrounding forests.

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Excellence Riviera Cancun, Mexico

This rather ambitiously-titled adults-only hotel does indeed live up to its name – everything here here is absolutely excellent. The service is impeccable and the rooms are delightful. Most suite have an ocean-facing setting, with outdoor space for soaking in the sunshine and sea vistas. Decor is light and airy, and you can opt for a swim-up suite right by a small pool.

There’s Miilé spa and opportunities for deep-sea fishing, golf and excursions to visit ancient Mayan sites. And the food is incredible – you could dine at a different restaurant each night, indulging in Indian, Mexican and Europen cuisines.

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Secrets St James, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Set on a promontory on the north side of the island, Secrets St James is a wonderfully secluded and private option for an adults-only resort escape. With numerous pools, a large private beach and plenty of palm trees and manicured lawns, it feels like a world away from the bustle of Jamaica’s big towns.

Opt for a swim-up room or one facing the lawns with its own private patio, and spend your days sunbathing by the pool or ocean, swimming in the sea or taking to the waters on a small catamaran or kayak.

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Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa, Kos, Greece

Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, this luxury adults-only resort is an ideal option for a Greek island escape without the kids. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, and some of the rooms have their own small plunge pools right outside the patio doors. You can spend days by the pool, relax in the hammam with a treatment, or enjoy healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurants.

Many of the rooms boast sea views, too, so you can gaze out to the azure Aegean Sea, and all are modern with sleek design and ultra comfy beds.

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Melia Hacienda del Conde, Tenerife

You’ll find it hard to leave Meliá Hacienda del Conde if you opt for this hotel as your adults-only summer holiday. It’s a stunning heritage-style property, with Canarian architecture, overlooking the ocean. Interiors are equally impressive, with high ceilings, stone columns and grand lobbies.

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There are indoor and outdoor pools, a spa with hydrotherapy pools and treatments available, and some rooms even have their own outdoor hot tubs. There’s golf and cycle hire available, and the Salazar Restaurant serves up upscale Asian dishes with a hint of Spanish cuisine.

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Vintro Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA

If you want a city break this summer, head to Miami and stay right by South Beach at the adults-only hotel Vintro Hotel. With an outdoor pool, brilliant rooftop views of the city and a cool terrace restaurant it’s a great destination to base yourself.

The glorious Art Deco building is set a few moments from Collins Park and just a few blocks from the beach itself. Stroll into town for some shopping, or simply bag yourself a sunbed and parasol on the sand and while away the afternoon by the sea.

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Lottie Gross

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