If you’d like to leave the kids at home, take a romantic getaway with your partner or sip cocktails on the beach with your friends, adults-only resorts are a great way to relax and rejuvenate without the squeals and splashes that typically come with taking the kids to the pool.
It’s important to note that all-inclusive is not synonymous with adults-only, especially in Europe. While there are a few options on this list that offer all-inclusive rates, adults-only means young children aren’t allowed at the hotel or resort, whether it be a massive international brand or a small boutique spot.
Related: Why all-inclusive resorts are more attractive than ever post-pandemic
If you plan to travel with older teens, check the age requirements before staying. Some adults-only properties still allow kids as young as 12 or 16, depending on the property, while others welcome travelers 18 and older. Then there are others that require guests be at least 21 years old. Assuming your kids are at (or above) the age limit set by the hotel, don’t be shy about bringing them along for a sophisticated family vacation — they are more than welcome.
Whether you plan to sprawl out on a pool chair or snuggle up in a suite with your honey in the Mediterranean, here are some of TPG’s favorite adults-only hotels and resorts in Europe.
Thalassa Beach Resort
Best for: Families with older teenagers.
Why stay here: If your teens will enjoy activities like cooking classes and beach yoga while you elbow up to the swim-up bar or hit the spa for a hot stone massage, this resort has everything you need.
Best way to book: Book Thalassa Beach Resort directly through the hotel.
Although this family-owned resort on Crete, which welcomes guests 16 and older, has close to 100 guest rooms and suites, it still has a boutique feel. As a result, you can expect to be welcomed like family with genuine Greek hospitality.
At Thalassa Beach Resort’s private beach, guests can partake in intimate dinners with dreamy views of nearby Thodorou Island. For those who like to mix culture with their sunset cocktails, the on-site Mare Art Gallery hosts international, Greek and local Cretian artists. The gallery is free for resort guests to tour.
As far as accommodations go, all rooms and suites have airy terraces. Should you crave some extra amenities like a Jacuzzi, splurge on a superior suite.
Rates start at $98 per night and include breakfast (half-board options are also available at an additional cost). Keep in mind that this seasonal property is closed annually from November to March.
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Best for: Sunshine-seeking friend groups.
Why stay here: Rhodes Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Center with an impressive mix of mosques, monasteries, synagogues and Greek Orthodox churches. Here is your opportunity to soak up history and culture during the day and retreat to tranquil luxury at the hotel each evening.
Best way to book: Book Casa Cook directly through the hotel.
One of the boho-chic hotels for travelers 16 and older that somehow survived when Thomas Cook went under, Casa Cook on Rhodes is perfect for groups of friends looking for lazy days in the sunshine and poolside yoga — or couples who want to enjoy off-beat, intimate activities like private sailing in the Aegean or secluded hikes. Here, you’ll fill your Instagram feed with sleek shots of fringed, poolside hammocks and farm-to-table Greek cuisine.
If you can tear yourself away from the pool or ocean views, head to the bustling old town of Rhodes, with its rich history and various religious influences. A thorough exploration of this fascinating city will work up an appetite for a well-deserved lunchtime gyro (a classic cheap meat snack cooked on a vertical rotisserie wrapped with salad in pita flatbread and served with drizzles of garlic sauce). Grab one and a refreshing cocktail at the property’s poolside Kitchen Club.
When you’re ready to retire for the night, choose one of the light and airy accommodations. Most have verandas that overlook the shared pool, though a few upgraded options come with their own private pools, plus Jacuzzis or outdoor rain showers.
Rates start at $139 per night and include breakfast. This seasonal property is closed every year from November to March.
AluaSoul Ibiza Resort
Best for: Anyone who enjoys a good party.
Why stay here: This property combines the best of both worlds: the relaxation and convenience of an all-inclusive property while being located on an island featuring some of the best electronic music on the planet every summer.
Best way to book: Book AluaSoul directly through the hotel. As an AMR Collection brand, this property has just joined World of Hyatt.
Ibiza is already a destination that caters to adults. You’ll find many adults-only properties on the island, including the famed party hotel Ushuaia, which combines Balearic beats with jaw-dropping pyrotechnics. However, AluaSoul Ibiza Resort takes a slightly different approach to its party-focused neighbors.
At this all-inclusive hotel, which welcomes guests 16 and older, you’ll find a mix of relaxation and fun, making it apt for either couples or groups. From the all-white guest rooms with brushed wood details to the massive pool with Balinese beds, AluaSoul is the ideal spot for a grown-up Ibicenco getaway.
You don’t have to dance all night here, but if you find yourself intoxicated by the dreamy white island, there are world-class parties seven nights per week just a taxi ride away. Why not hit the dance floor each night and then rest and recover by the pool each day?
All-inclusive rates start at $132 per night for two people when booked directly through the hotel as a member rate discount. World of Hyatt redemptions have not yet been loaded.
RedLevel at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora
Best for: Couples seeking peace and quiet.
Why stay here: Offering unrivaled luxury in an otherwise affordable destination, this property has one of the largest saltwater infinity pools at any hotel in Europe.
Best way to book: Book a stay at RedLevel at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora directly through the hotel for MeliáRewards member discounts.
As the only Canary Island with a direct flight from the U.S. (offered by United from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) seasonally), Tenerife, Spain, enjoys year-round sunshine and warm weather, so it’s an ideal vacation destination for Americans.
While you’ll have a few accommodation options to choose from, RedLevel at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora is the property to pick. It’s an adults-only boutique hotel within a larger resort, giving guests the best of both worlds when it comes to amenities.
As a RedLevel guest, you’ll receive access to special adults-only pools, a Clarins Spa and a RedLevel Lounge just for adults in addition to the larger property’s facilities, making this is a great hideaway for those who need a break from the kids.
Plus, the RedLevel experience is sort of like having elite status, as you get additional amenities around the property and in your room, which measures at least 516 square feet. Expect extras like an in-room Nespresso machine, flexible check-in and checkout times, the free ironing of one garment and complimentary drinks and snacks, among other conveniences.
Rates start at $240 per night and include breakfast (half- and full-board options are also available at an additional cost).
Hotel Alhambra Palace
Best for: Couples craving a relaxing city retreat.
Why stay here: Just a 10-minute walk from the city center, this 120-year-old luxury property provides spectacular views of the famous city of Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Best way to book: Book directly with Hotel Alhambra Palace.
Inspired by the nearby Nasrid Palaces of Granada, the Hotel Alhambra Palace, which was completely refurbished in 2017, mixes Arabic and Andalusian design styles and cuisine influences. Base rooms are a generous 280 square feet, with suites boasting 800 square feet of personal space.
Staying here is ideal for sightseers, as the location is conveniently situated close to the Alhambra fortress and palace complex. That said, you’d be equally content spending your visit relaxing on the hotel’s terrace with a sunset cocktail or visiting its organic urban garden.
Once you’re ready for a bite to eat, head to the property’s Principe restaurant, which offers traditional Andalusian cuisine, including ajoblanco cold soup with the unusual combination of white garlic, roasted pineapple and fresh anchovies; clarified consommé with truffle; and slow-cooked sturgeon fish with citrus. To wash down your gourmet meal, order a fancy oversized gin and tonic — the Spanish take this seemingly simple combination very seriously.
Rates start at $191 per night.
Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Best for: Beach lovers with an interest in history.
Why stay here: With direct beach access and an outdoor pool, guests here have plenty of ways to enjoy the clifftop views.
Best way to book: Book through a program such as American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits.
All guest rooms in the stately Bela Vista Hotel & Spa are air-conditioned and feature L’Occitane toiletries, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be comfortable while visiting Portugal — much like the international dignitaries (think: presidents, royals and even World War II spies) who’ve stayed here over the years. As an added bonus: You won’t need to lift a finger to order your next cocktail with bartender service around the outdoor pool while you take in the dramatic ocean views below.
For an extra dose of pampering, visit the 4,300-square-foot spa by L’Occitane. It has been delivering wellness for the senses since 1976, with noteworthy treatments such as almond baths described as the “ritual of the Algarve.”
Don’t forget to save room for a meal at the on-site restaurant, Vista, which has received Michelin stars and other accolades. Its menu features cuisine from northern Portugal, with dishes like local clams with French horse mackerel, lobster tortellini and tuna belly with seaweed and samphire.
Rates start at $232 per night and include breakfast. Note that this seasonal property is closed in January and February each year.
Côte d’Azur, France
Best for: Couples who want to splash out with the jet set.
Why stay here: Mingle with other well-heeled guests on the stunning Côte d’Azur and enjoy refined French cuisine by acclaimed chef Alain Montigny by booking a stay here.
Best way to book: Book directly with Tiara Yaktsa.
The French Riviera is already the perfect adult destination, but it’s made even more memorable when combined with a stay at the high-end Tiara Yaktsa, an intimate boutique hotel with just 22 rooms and suites that face the opulent sea and are only a 15-minute walk from Figueirette Beach.
The rooftop suites are especially gorgeous, complete with large sea-view terraces and Jacuzzis. The infinity pool and artful gardens are also apt for adult seaside relaxation — and the Champagne flows freely.
Check out the beachside Moya bar and restaurant for cocktails, local wines and light meals. For something more indulgent, dine at the Michelin-starred L’Or Blue restaurant, which offers gourmet dining with ocean views via four- or six-course French degustation (tasting) menus and add-on wine pairings.
Rates start at $218 per night.
Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita Resort
South Tyrol, Italy
Best for: Adults craving a world-class spa and all-inclusive culinary experiences.
Why stay here: Full-board properties can sometimes mean endless, repetitive buffets with a focus on quantity over food quality. Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita Resort instead offers lighter options for lunch while also offering the option of enjoying a seven-course degustation tasting menu for dinner every night.
Best way to book: Directly with the hotel.
For an adult vacation to the mountains, visit Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita Resort in South Tyrol, Italy. Just a short drive from the Swiss border and close to the Naturns railway station (which you can get to and from via complimentary transfers), this adults-only property provides phenomenal views of northern Italy’s jaw-dropping mountains.
While many come for outdoor activities like hiking and cycling, if these kinds of pursuits aren’t your thing, don’t fret: You can spend your time lounging in one of the resort’s six different pools or at the sprawling six-story spa, which is continually voted one of the top spas in Italy. The latter features a whopping seven different saunas, making it a terrific place to unwind.
To relax in a more private setting, retreat to your guest room or suite. The decor and amenities vary slightly from space to space, yet most offer neutral color schemes and some sort of rich pop of color in select accents. Some suites offer relaxation-focused extras like fireplaces, saunas and/or terraces with whirlpools.
The wellness vibe continues with the resort’s culinary program. Nutritious and flavorsome vegetarian soups are served for lunch, and the property proudly offers its own meats and produce for dinner, including air-dried speck, jams made with fruit from the resort’s orchards and sweet honey from the on-site bee farm.
Rates start at $276 for two people for the standard “three-quarter board” package, which includes light afternoon snacks instead of lunch to save space for dinner.
Best for: Families on more generous budgets who appreciate minimalist design.
Why stay here: The hotel promises to help you feel like you are “staying at a millionaire friend’s home” on the dreamy and romantic Amalfi Coast.
Best way to book: Book through our partner, Skylark, to enjoy elite-like benefits and on-property credits or through a program such as American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts for value-added benefits like upgrades and late checkout based on availability, plus on-property statement credits.
Casa Angelina sits in one of Italy’s most coveted and romantic locations: the Amalfi Coast.
Guests ages 12 and up are permitted to enjoy yoga classes daily and explore the cracks and crevices of the rocky Amalfi coastline via the hotel’s private boat trips at sunset. Odds are you’ll want to spend a considerable amount of time lounging by the on-site pool, though, as it overlooks the glistening waters of Praiano below.
There’s a strong focus on design here, which extends to the high-end brands featured in all 42 guest rooms, including Philippe Stark bathroom accessories, L’Occitane and Diptyque toiletries, Bang & Olufsen TVs and Dyson hair dryers. Best of all, every accommodation has a terrace, so you can take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of your room.
When your stomach starts to grumble, don’t fret: Farm-to-table fare is readily available for all meals. Locally sourced ingredients are showcased in the Italian dishes served throughout the day, whether you dine in the garden, in the seaside fine-dining venue or on the rooftop terrace. Oenophiles won’t want to miss the on-site wine cellar offering a number of sommelier-curated vinos.
Rates start at $516 per night. This is a seasonal property, so bookings are not available from November to March.
Borgobrufa Spa Resort
Best for: Couples planning the ultimate spa getaway.
Why stay here: As the largest spa in Italy’s “green heart” region of Umbria, the resort focuses on wellness. On nearly 30 acres of land that was previously dotted with farmhouses, the property is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.
Best way to book: Book directly through Borgobrufa Spa Resort.
Featuring the largest spa in Italy’s Umbria region, Borgobrufa Spa Resort draws relaxation-seekers in droves, as it’s home to a salt grotto, various pools, a Rasul bath, hot tubs and treatment rooms for all kinds of spa services, including an Umbria Beauty Ritual that includes a grapeseed body wrap, a hazelnut oil face peel, an antiaging face massage with white truffle oil and a deep-tissue massage with blackberry oil.
Many rooms here feature private swimming pools or fireplaces, too, so you can continue unwinding away from others. If you have extra cash to burn, choose the Imperial Emotion Suite & Spa, which comes with its own heated indoor pool, a sauna, a steam bath, a hydromassage pool and a private garden.
The resort’s restaurants pride themselves on using local products from the surrounding farms and vineyards as part of their “Campagna Amica” menu (make sure to explore these in your free time) and offer seasonal menus at the Quattro Seni restaurant. Opt for the Agricola Manni guinea fowl filled with wild pork lard, aromatic herbs, sauteed broccoli and winter squash compote.
Rates start at $251 per night.
The Ivi Mare
Kato Paphos Beach, Cyprus
Best for: Honeymooners seeking a property that specializes in romance.
Why stay here: Featuring the largest outdoor pool in Paphos and a wide range of cuisines from Greek to Asian fusion, this property caters to poolgoers with all kinds of palettes.
Best way to book: Book directly with The Ivi Mare.
The Ivi Mare claims to specialize in couples trips and honeymoons. With an impeccably designed spa that offers treatments, a steam room, a sauna, a fitness room and a relaxation area, plus a perfect location on Cyprus’ gorgeous Kato Paphos beach, it’s easy to understand why this hotel beckons to couples looking for a romantic getaway.
Expect a modern, all-inclusive culinary experience when staying here, as there are plenty of options available to guests, including a choice of English, continental or Cypriot breakfast in the morning and nightly themed fare prepared via live cooking stations and accompanied by entertainment.
Besides the dining and wellness offerings, guests have access to a huge outdoor pool that’s just a few steps from the ocean, allowing them to test out both as often as they like. Additionally, visitors can go for a dip in the indoor pool or soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi.
Rates start at $151 per night. A premium all-inclusive package is also available for around $307 per night for two people.
Pleta de Mar
Best for: Travelers hoping to immerse themselves in the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Why stay here: You can top up your tan while lounging on Balinese sun loungers with your choice of two infinity pools and Balearic views.
Best way to book: Book directly with Pleta de Mar.
Set in a Mediterranean forest of pine trees and wild olive trees on the eastern coast of Mallorca, Pleta de Mar is an all-suite property with spacious accommodations that measure at least 540 square feet. Options range from concierge suites with outdoor terraces to the Grand Suite, which has a breathtaking sea view and amenities like a private pool and an indoor-outdoor shower.
If golf is your game, you’re in luck, as there is an 18-hole, par-73 course created in 1988 by golf architect José Gancedo on-site. It features spectacular ocean vistas from the green.
Wellness is also a focus here, so you can truly disconnect from life’s stresses. Visit the sauna or outdoor hot tub to unwind on your own, or pamper yourself by booking a massage. There’s an outdoor fitness area, too, should you wish to maintain your fitness regimen while on vacation.
At the property’s restaurant, chef Marc Fosh sources local Balearic ingredients cooked on an open fire to celebrate flavors of smoke and flame. The nine-course degustation dinner menu includes caviar, smoked eel and goat cheese ice cream.
Rates start at $438 per night. Keep in mind that the seasonal property is closed from mid-November to early April every year.
Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana
Best for: Helping the whole family (including dogs) connect with nature.
Why stay here: Since the hotel welcomes guests 14 and older, as well as dogs, the entire family can experience this immersive Croatian hotel experience.
Best way to book: Book directly with Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana.
For travelers with teenagers ages 14 and older, Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana is the place to go to be on the beach in Zadar, Croatia.
Set on expansive grounds with tall pine trees to shade guests from the Croatian sun, this property focuses on connection with the earth beneath your feet and the water of the Adriatic Sea. The spa, which offers late-night treatments for night owls, uses saltwater, algae, sea mud and sand as natural elements in treatments.
Besides the pool, spa, gardens and Mediterranean dining options (it also offers all-inclusive plans), the hotel has some unexpected adults-only amenities, such as in-room healing plants of your choice and picnic services.
All guest rooms have balconies overlooking the gardens or the sea. Dogs are also welcome here as well, for those who wish to travel with their four-legged friends.
Rates start at $171 per night for the all-inclusive package for two people.
For travelers seeking an adults-only alternative to the sun- and sand-centric resorts of Europe, consider Beona Laponia, which bills itself as “an adults-only wilderness boutique hotel with safaris.”
This intimate, 11-room property is ideal for those looking for a Nordic nature escape, as it offers the option to explore the great outdoors, see the northern lights during the long winter nights and participate in husky safaris and reindeer rides in the vast Finnish Lapland. If you prefer enjoying the beauty of a white blanket covering the ground outside on something a little more motorized, snowmobiling is also available.
Inside the accommodations, you’ll find soft hues and Finnish materials, plus photos of the property’s sled dogs. Standard amenities include bathrobes and slippers, tea kettles, flat-screen TVs and minibars.
As for dining, you’ll have your pick of Finnish fare made with local ingredients such as Lake Unari fish and fresh Lapland berries. Additional facilities range from a cozy lobby bar to a wellness area with a sauna, two Jacuzzis and a fireplace.
Rates start at $333 per night and include a full English breakfast. In winter, you’ll also enjoy free use of toboggans, forest skis and snowshoes (weather permitting), plus a warm winter clothing set, if necessary. Note that the seasonal property is closed annually from April to October.
Maria Alm, Austria
Hotel Sepp, a boutique Alpine property that only welcomes guests 21 and older, sits close to the German border in Austria. Perfect for groups of friends, couples or even solo travelers, the hotel has rooms that range from affordable and cozy to luxury (i.e., ones with freestanding bathtubs).
The rooftop is the ultimate hangout here, with a vintage airstream trailer serving drinks, as well as an infinity pool and a sublime view of the Austrian Alps. The bar is open late (until 2 a.m.), so you can socialize with travel companions and fellow guests for hours on end.
Unlike other properties, breakfast is served until 1 p.m., so you won’t need to worry about setting an alarm. At night, chef Paolo de Vries serves an “exSEPPtional” dinner that combines flavors from his native city of Amsterdam, as well as Italy and Austria.
Rates start at $250 per night.