When you’re planning the ultimate romantic getaway, or even just some quiet time with your partner, it’s not always conducive to the ambience to involve children in the mix – yours or anyone else’s. While we all the love the happy sound of children playing, sometimes you just want the peace and quiet that can only be enjoyed in their absence.
At Prestige Holidays we understand that the word “holiday” has a wide array of connotations. Our handpicked collection of luxury accommodation most definitely has some real gems for families, but we also cater to the other end of the scale. If you’re a romantic and are looking for a luxury holiday love nest, our collection features some absolutely outstanding “adults only” hotels. Far from being elitist, this new breed of hotels and resorts simply offers a more indulgent kind of experience. It’s perfectly tailored to those who want to make full use of the luxurious facilities without having to share them with the little folk of the world!
Why Adults Only?
For those who may not be conversant with the concept of “adults only”, I like to think of it as a lifestyle choice, rather than simply a collection of benefits. A hotel or resort that caters specifically to adults has an entirely different ambience, simply because it has an entirely different agenda. For my clients who express a desire to switch off and opt out, so to speak, I quite often put forward the idea of an adults only hotel – and, surprisingly, it’s an option that many had not considered previously.
Set the Tone
Because (as I’ve so often said) the accommodation can be the make or break of a holiday, choosing a hotel sans children can actually change the whole tone of your experience. It’s not just that they are most definitely a lot quieter – there are other, more subtle benefits as well. In beachside hotels (which have their own private beach), you’ll have the luxury of being able to relax on the sand and take a dip in true peace. And a quiet beach with just the sound of the waves lapping is far more romantic than getting sand kicked in your face by wrestling children, no matter how delightful they are otherwise…
In addition to those aspects, the amenities of these establishments are geared solely towards adults, so the dining options are far more sophisticated. What’s more, there’s often a focus on wellness, pampering and, let’s face it, romance.
Our Recommended Hotels
I do admit to being somewhat of a romantic myself, so it’s no hardship to share just a few of my top recommendations from our superb collection of holiday havens that are designed solely for adult travellers.
Porto Santa Maria, Madeira
This absolutely charming hotel is in the heart of Funchal’s Old Town, which is situated on the island of Madeira. You can feel the warm Madeiran embrace as soon as you walk into the Porto Santa Maria and, while absolutely everything you need is within arm’s reach, it has that indefinable quality that makes it feel a million miles away from anywhere. With its seafront setting and direct access to the lovely promenade that runs along the shoreline, there are so many opportunities to take advantage of the stunning views and natural attractions that are right on the doorstep.
The hotel’s facilities are custom-made for romance; it’s equipped with a gorgeous rooftop terrace and a Jacuzzi, as well as boasting an indoor heated pool, spa and massage rooms. There are several dining options, all of which offer a refined experience and lovely ambience. In the Captain’s Bar, you can enjoy a quiet drink while soaking up the magnificent views, and dining in the intimate Arsenal restaurant is a real teat for your taste buds.
Hotel Ola, Croatia
Hotel Ola, in Trogir, Croatia, is one of those places you want to tell all of your friends about, but is so wonderful that you also want to keep it all to yourself. Set in a truly spectacular location that overlooks the ocean, you’ll be impressed by this contemporary luxury hotel’s features, but you’ll be most captivated by its authentic charm.
If you’re looking to unwind and indulge in the ultimate wellness and relaxation treatments, the hotel’s holistic approach to mind, body and spirit is borne out with its programmes for inner balance, energy, detox, sleep and nutrition.
The elegant décor of the hotel is offset with quirky details that make it feel entirely unique. The spacious rooms are beautifully appointed with luxury features, and many have a private balcony. In the fabulous onsite à-la-carte restaurant, you’ll experience healthy fine dining with a difference, and the extensive menu caters to special dietary requirements, including the Paleo diet.
Asimina Suites, Cyprus
It’s hard to think of anything more relaxing than an adults-only getaway in the Asimina Suites, which are part of our luxury collection in Cyprus. Thanks to its own private beach (which is absolutely spectacular) and its tranquil gardens, this hotel is truly its own little world in an island paradise.
Every lovely room has its own balcony, so you can enjoy some serene privacy whenever you please. Alternatively, you can join the other guests by the two huge outdoor pools, or by the heated indoor one. The onsite Elixir Spa has perfected the art of pampering, and offers couple’s treatments, Thalassotherapy, aromatherapy and steam baths. If you’re planning the ultimate romantic surprise, why not book the Elixir Couples Suite and enjoy the sublime bliss of a signature pampering package for two?
From the hotel, you’re just a taxi ride away from lively Paphos, but you don’t ever have to leave if you don’t want to. There’s a selection of delightful bars and three restaurants onsite, all of which feature magnificently romantic views over the ocean.