Adult only hotels
By Jane Anderson, Editor, 101 Honeymoons
If your ideal honeymoon hotel is a child-free haven of calm with no tots in the pool or teenagers hanging around the bar, then you may want to book an adult-only hotel. This is especially pertinent if your honeymoon coincides with the school holidays. From arty B&Bs near the wilds of Exmoor to sophisticated resorts in the Caribbean, there’s plenty of romantic, grown-up hideaways to choose from.
Unless otherwise stated, all of these hotels only allow guests over the age of 18 years.
Swain House is a petite B&B in the small seaside town of Watchet, close to beaches and the wilds of Exmoor. There are four contemporary rooms, all with freestanding slipper baths, sumptuous fabrics and custom-made wallpaper (see photo above), plus a lounge and dining area with a chilled-out urban vibe. Locally-sourced Full Englishes are served up every morning, and three-course suppers whipped up by Swain’s foodie owner, Jason, can be arranged on request.
Fancy an intimate country-house hotel tucked away above the coastline…? The Old Rectory, with 11 understated rooms, is just the ticket with superb food and beautiful gardens (pictured above) to laze in. Head out for cliff-top hikes and horse rides along deserted beaches, then return for sunset G&Ts in the orangery followed by lavish dinners with plenty of locally-sourced treats. The minimum age is 15 years.
St Ives, Cornwall
Salt House is a thoroughly spoiling B&B set in a striking cedar-clad modernist cube. Perched above the coastal path between St Ives and Carbis Bay, it’s a truly romantic hideaway. There are only two guest rooms (pictured above), each with a double-ended bathtub, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with sweeping sea views. Lavish breakfasts are delivered to your door each morning, and restaurants, bars and beaches are only a short stroll away.
The Amalfi Coast
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is bang on Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast, set on the dramatic cliffs and boasting a gorgeous infinity pool (pictured above). The intimate restaurant is the perfect setting for romantic dinners (choose from B&B or half-board arrangements). See more honeymoons in Italy.
Also on the Amalfi Coast, Casa Angelina (pictured above) is a breathtaking all-white hotel with splashes of colour from the Murano glass sculptures, beautiful views up to Positano, a private seaside club and not-to-be-missed Limoncello Mojitos before a delicious dinner.
Escape the crowds and hole up at the gorgeous Font Santa. It’s a serene and stylish hotel with a state-of-the-art thermal spa, private jacuzzi areas with double daybeds, and a glamorous pool (pictured above) where staff bring you complimentary granitas. The 25 pared-back rooms all come with huge beds, billowing white curtains and private terraces, and the lantern-lit restaurant serves up imaginative spins on Mediterranean cuisine. Best of all, it’s only a short walk or cycle from pristine Es Trenc beach.
For a contemporary hotel which oozes sleek and chic style, Lindos Blu Hotel & Suites is a stunner. The cuisine is particularly good here as are the sunsets, best viewed from the infinity pool with a cocktail in your hand. Choose from B&B or half-board – you can also opt for the top room category which its own private pool (pictured above).
Perched high on the cliffs which surround this extraordinary volcanic island, Santorini Grace is hard to beat for its jaw-dropping setting and sense of style. Be warned – the infinity pool (pictured above) is hard to leave unless, of course, you opt for one of the suites with its own private pool. Champagne is included with breakfast – the perfect start to each day. The minimum age is 15 years and over. See more amazing hotels in Santorini.
As you might imagine from its name, the Purple Apricot Hotel (pictured above) is fun as well as stylish and romantic. Paxos itself is such a pretty island – dinner under the stars in the harbour towns is a joy – but that means tearing yourselves away from the hotel! There are just seven individually designed and themed suites plus a large pool and sea views.
Sivota, Epirus, Greek mainland
The White Orchid Hotel is due to open in June 2014 and it promises to be fab-u-lous. There will be just eight contemporary suites, a large infinity pool and spectacular views over the Ionian Sea. Book exclusively with Simpson Travel on a B&B basis and hire a car so you can explore the restaurants in nearby Sivota and incredible ancient sites such as Meteora.
Sabrina’s Haus is an idyllic boutique property in the conservation area of the Bozburun Peninsula. This tranquil stretch of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on the Mediterranean is utterly unspoiled. There are 16 themed rooms and suites (example pictured above), most with fabulous sea views. Chill out on the decking, cocktail in hand, each evening as you sum up the energy to order from the delicious menu!
Hotels don’t get much more intimate than the three-bedroom Villa Anastacia (pictured above). Set in lush gardens with amazing views over Dubrovnik Old Town, it’s an opulent and delightfully quirky adults-only escape with ‘honeymoon’ written all over it.
Hotel Villa Vik has just 14 rooms with the feel of a private villa. The two suites each have enclosed courtyard gardens with large Jacuzzis – perfect for added privacy. Arrecife is close by if you want to escape from all that secluded peace and calm.
La Palma, Canary Islands
Located on one of the Canaries’ most unspoiled islands, Hotel Hacienda de Abajo has been crafted from a 17th-century sugar plantation and simply oozes historic charm. Packed with a remarkable collection of artworks and antiques, it’s a peaceful retreat set in extensive banana fields – a million miles away from the large modern resorts more commonly associated with the Canary Islands.
The all-suite Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites (pictured above) is a rare beast on Cyprus – they don’t accept children in what is otherwise an incredibly family-friendly destination. Relax in your private beach cabana and enjoy a treatment in the Elixir Spa before heading to one of the hotel’s restaurants for dinner. There’s an optional new “Deluxe Package” offering all-inclusive rates too and some rooms have a small pool.
Head for the hills at the Ayii Anargyri Spa Hotel (pictured above). Sensitively converted from a former monastery, it is a luxury spa hotel for adults only. Constructed in traditional Cypriot style, it’s a refreshing alternative to the coastal resorts and you can restore body and soul with the waters from the mineral springs on site as well as a host of wellness treatments.
Head to The Caves, built in to the limestone cliffs near Negril, for blissful days in and by the ocean followed by sunset cocktails and dinner. It’s easy to find your own private spaces in this funky hideaway – explore secret grottos, lush gardens and don’t miss a private dinner just for the two of you in a romantic cave illuminated by 100 candles.
Sandals Resorts are in Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada and they all cater for adult couples only. With all-inclusive rates which include motorised water sports, scuba-diving and even golf (in some), they are a great choice if you want to stick to your budget. Perhaps the most romantic is the newly-opened Sandals LaSource Grenada – it’s set on the lovely Pink Gin Beach and room options include Skypool Suites (pictured above) which each come with an infinity plunge pool.
The glittering West Coast of Barbados is home to stellar restaurants, gorgeous beaches, tempting shops and plenty of celeb-spotting. It’s harder to find somewhere that isn’t filled with kids however – The House (pictured above) is the answer. It’s chic, operates a strict adults-only policy year-round and special treats like Champagne breakfasts and private water taxis are all included in the price. Book on a B&B basis and explore those amazing ‘Platinum Coast’ restaurants each evening.
St Lucia is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean. Jade Mountain (pictured above) is no doubt the most jaw-dropping option when it comes to hotels. Architecturally-speaking, it’s utterly unique with one open wall in each “sanctuary” and staggering views of the Piton mountains and Caribbean sea. Each comes with a private pool too and there’s an all-inclusive option. The minimum age here is 15 years.
TheBodyHoliday (pictured above) is an entirely different option on St Lucia, perfect for sporty and health-conscious couples – daily treatments in the Wellness Centre are included in the all-inclusive rates and the choice of water sports, land sports and other activities on offer each day is breathtaking. Please note that children aged 12 to 16 years are permitted during the school holidays.
Set on a sweeping white sand beach, Galley Bay Resort & Spa was designed from day one to be a tranquil escape for adults only. It’s worth trading up to the Premium Beachfront Suites but the quirky Gauguin Cottages are also romantic, not least as each comes with a private plunge pool.
If you want your honeymoon resort to be adults-only, all-inclusive and amazing value for money, take a look at the Mexican Riviera. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Heaven is located right on the beach, and has its own exclusive Club Heaven with swimming pool. You can party hard or simply chill.
Astonishingly, I can only find one hotel in the Maldives which caters for adults only – it’s hard to believe, given its status as Honeymoon Central! Komandoo Island Resort is a four-star hotel, for over-18s only, with all the usual Maldives credentials, not least villa-style accommodation set either on the beach or over the water on stilts.
North Coast, Mauritius
Recently refurbished and now strictly for adults only, Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa (pictured above) is a relaxed hotel on a private cove and, with just 67 rooms, it’s relatively intimate by Mauritian standards. There are three pools, including a new infinity pool, and you can choose from five restaurants – stay either half-board or take the all-inclusive option.
Koh Lanta, Thailand
One of Thailand’s most charming islands, Koh Lanta itself is a complete escape. Stay at the adults-only Layana Resort & Spa (pictured above) and lap up the genuine Thai welcome, delicious cuisine served on the beachfront, the charming spa and sense of calm which this place exudes. If you fancy a two-centre honeymoon, Selective Asia can twin Layana with a stay in Cambodia, for example – The Pavilion in Phnom Penh is also for adults only and is particularly favoured by honeymooners.
Hua Hin, Thailand
Set on idyllic Pranburi beach, close to the busier beach resort of Hua Hin, Aleenta Resort & Spa has an entire wing for adults only. Go for one of the beachfront rooms (pictured above), some with a private plunge pool, for a blissful beach idyll. There may not be a restaurant for adults only but there is always the romance of room service if you want a complete escape.
Khao Lak, Thailand
The Sarojin deserves its reputation as one of the hotels with the best service in Thailand – and the standard is pretty high everywhere there. Late start? Fancy breakfast at 2pm? No problem – with sparkling wine thrown in too. For all you foodies and vinophiles, the food and wine list here is exceptional.
Bali’s southern beaches are popular year-round and it’s not easy to escape the crowds. Head to the Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali (pictured above), set in a tiny village on the northeast coast, and soak up the traditional Balinese hospitality with a super-slick service and contemporary comforts. Stay in the spa village and enjoy a 50 minute spa treatment each day as well as full board.
Himalaya Foothills, India
Imagine a honeymoon in the foothills of the Himalaya, close to the holy cities of Rishikesh and Hardwar and surrounded by the lush forest and the holy River Ganges. Ananda Spa (pictured above) ticks all those boxes and more with a top notch spa, Ayurveda treatments and yoga. Ananda accepts teenagers aged 15 years and over.
North Africa, Middle East & Africa
The Shangri La Al Husn (pictured above) is all about gracious Omani hospitality and in sheer Arabian luxury. It is one of Muscat’s most exclusive properties and the views across to the Gulf are spectacular – and Muscat itself is a fascinating city packed with historical buildings, museums and atmosphere.
Safari in South Africa
All of the safari camps throughout Africa are family-friendly but Londolozi, in South Africa, has set aside two of its five luxurious lodges – Tree Camp (pictured above) and the Private Granite Suites – for adults only.
Kilindi (pictured above) is an ultra-luxurious bolthole. Add a stay on to a safari or simply head straight for this stylish oceanfront retreat where you’ll find a powdery sand beach, stunning food and over-sized rooms which ooze style. It’s the epitome of barefoot luxury.
North & South America
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa (pictured above) is a seriously romantic hideaway on Bermuda with a choice of private beaches and bays. The accommodation is reminiscent of country house living and the food is sublime. I recommend the half-board option here – trust me, you won’t want to leave once the sun has set!
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Virtually all the hotels in Mexico are geared up for families but the slick and secluded Viceroy Riviera Maya is strictly for adults only, year-round. It’s pretty as a picture with 41 individual thatched villas dotted around the lush tropical gardens and jungle-lined pathways. Each cottage has a private plunge pool and garden shower – and some are bang on the beach (pictured above). The snorkelling here is a blissful riot of colourful corals and tropical fish.
At Kura Design Villas (pictured above), a stylish eco-retreat on the Pacific Coast, you can’t help but lose yourselves in an utterly unspoiled area teeming with diverse wildlife. Diving and whale-watching are added attractions but back at base you’ll find a fabulous villa just for the two of you.
Another option in Costa Rica is Hidden Canopy Treehouse, situated in the Monteverde Cloudforest. With just four tree houses (pictured above) set in 13 acres, you are guaranteed an intimate and relaxed experience in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
Ponta dos Ganchos is Brazil’s most exclusive beach resort. Privacy is guaranteed – the hotel sits on its own peninsular amongst rainforest, and some of the cabanas have a private pool (pictured above).
Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays
Set on the northern tip of Hamilton Island, Qualia (pictured above) is an exclusive five-star resort, a romantic escape for couples on an island which is hugely popular amongst families. If you can tear yourselves away, world-class snorkelling and scuba-diving are high amongst the incredible choice of things to do.
Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
Lizard Island (pictured above), a private island resort, has no less than 24 powdery white sand beaches and secluded accommodation which is as spacious as it is elegant. Snorkel straight off the beach or take a motorised dinghy to a secluded cove for a romantic picnic lunch with Champagne. Please note that Lizard Island accepts teenagers aged over 12 years.
Whare Kea Lodge (pictured above) is one of those special Kiwi bolt holes for discerning travellers who crave discreet luxury without a hint of stuffiness. The views are jaw-dropping from virtually every corner – the lodge has been designed to take full advantage of its lakeside setting overlooking Mount Aspiring National Park. Teenagers aged 12 years and over are accepted.
If you fancy a honeymoon on a private island, head to Royal Davui Island Resort (pictured above). There are just 16 downright gorgeous villas (known locally as ‘Vales’) dotted around the lush island and you are surrounded by a beautiful blue lagoon filled with colourful corals and tropical fish. All meals and non-motorised water sports are included and each villa has a private plunge pool.
Last updated: 22 February 2017