We get it, you love your kids. But some occasions -- anniversaries, romantic holidays, and even just good ole sexy time -- require an adults-only escape. Enter these six sensual (and beautiful) adults-only resorts and inns, each of which promises all the accouterments of the ideal vacation a deux. From fluttering bed canopies to massages for two, from private rainforests to seaside cliffs (and some secluded corners private enough for a little hanky panky, as well!), these six kids-free vacations deliver the ultimate in romantic luxury.
The adults-only Gaia Hotel, located in spectacular Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, is a romantic tropical haven. Surrounded by a private rainforest reserve, this boutique boasts exotic blooms, hooting howler monkeys, and lush scenery at nearly every turn. Many couples appreciate the quiet, the ambiance and the attentive service, which includes freebies such as delicious breakfasts and a 20-minute spa treatment.
Dramatic seaside cliffs, superior cuisine, secluded cottages, and incredible service make The Caves arguably Jamaica’s most romantic escape and best all-inclusive resort. Just 12 private cottages dot the property, which trades traditional beaches for lush gardens and terraced cliffs that lead down to the ocean. And where many all-inclusives offer mediocre food and drink service, The Caves treats its guests to excellent local cuisine and a top-shelf bar.
Renowned for being one of the United States’ most beautiful hotels, the 39-room Post Ranch Inn is an adults-only retreat seemingly designed for romantic indulgence. The property is built into the scenic cliffs of Big Sur, and each of the spacious rooms offers spectacular ocean or mountain views. Luxe room additions including wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor showers, hot tubs, and radiant floor heating, as well as property amenities that extend from the award-winning spa to the free couples-minded activities (such as nature hikes, stargazing, meditation, and morning yoga), make this a great spot for a kids-free escape… just don’t tell them you’re going somewhere with tree houses or they may hide in your suitcase!!
We couldn’t talk romance without jetting off to the cité d’amour! Tucked into Paris’s Latin Quarter, The Five Hotel takes a playful (and slightly steamy) approach to love with soft-core erotica books, a “love capsule” bar, and plush beds sprinkled with rose petals. When (if?) guests finally emerge from their love nests, both the Luxembourg Gardens and numerous fine-dining restaurants are within walking distance — and the rest of amorous Paris is just a metro ride away.
When it comes to style and sophistication, Bermuda’s a great destination pick — and the adults-only Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, located in Sandys Parish, packs seclusion and exclusivity into its 96 rooms and sprawling 30 acres, so you’re sure to have plenty of private time. Two pristine pools, three restaurants, an expansive spa, and four private beaches add to the hotel’s appeal. It also has has a private marina, where guests can rent boats or book sailing tours to nearby shipwrecks.
The isolated El Dorado Seaside Suites offers private beachside seclusion, big resort amenities, and luxuries built for two. The all-inclusive adults-only property is located within the bigger (and kids-allowed) El Dorado Royale, granting guests access to an impressive selection of restaurants, bars, pools, and daily activities, while still delivering plenty of kids-free peace and quiet. The spacious casitas are built for honeymooners, anniversary revelers, and other romance-seekers, with balconies or terraces, double whirlpool tubs, wood-beamed ceilings, outdoor showers, and canopied beds.
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