From thrilling Marrakech to the awesome Greek islands, the best child-free resorts
Even the most devoted parent or grandparent may need a break from the company of young children, so an adult-only hotel or resort is perfect. But kid-free shelters are also a godsend for those who want a romantic break, whose job means they can’t avoid the peak season during the school holidays or who just want some quiet time.
For a taste of the exotic, look no further than Riad Elegancia (riadelegancia.com) in Marrakech, a city clad to the brim flavored with souks and snake charmers, while the snow-capped Atlas Mountains loom on the skyline. Hidden in one of the alleys close to the Bab Doukkala Mosque and the lively Jemaa el-Fna square, the hotel has only 11 rooms, so expect a quiet breakfast.
After a day wandering through pink palaces – and no doubt getting a henna tattoo – relax on the riad’s multicolored roof, a surprising palate of Majorelle blues, yellows, pinks and greens. Here you will find a swimming pool (heated in winter), sun terrace and jacuzzi. And there’s a restaurant and bar ideal for an unrivaled cocktail as the sun sets and dinner is prepared by the riad’s Moroccan chef.
Exotic: Riad Elegancia in Marrakech has a swimming pool (heated in winter), sun terrace and jacuzzi
Even the most popular destinations have kid-free options – not least the Greek island of Rhodes. The Lindos Grand Resort & Spa (lindosgrand.com), on the east coast of the island, is a dazzling modern hotel with toothpaste-white walls and spacious terraces.
Swimmers will love swimming laps in the 40m infinity pool (no inflatable dolphins here). Or just lean into the water to look down at the view of Vlycha Bay, speckled by paddleboarders and sunbathers.
You can also head to the outdoor spa and enjoy a massage under a tent canopy while a gentle breeze blows from the Aegean Sea.
Stay on the rooftop at sunset to enjoy a meal at the Thalatta Fine Dining Restaurant.
There are 189 rooms, but they are nicely spaced and many have plunge pools so you can enjoy some extra quiet time too.
If you want to do some sightseeing, the hotel can arrange trips to the nearby cobbled streets of Lindos village, while the medieval town of Rhodes is less than an hour away by taxi. be glad you’re back on base.
Lindos Grand Resort in Rhodes has a 40m infinity pool and views of Vlycha Bay
Try for Caribbean luxury with a rustic feel coconut hotel (turquoiseholidays.co.uk) on the peaceful west coast of Antigua. Sandwiched between two coral beaches, Cocos offers fantastic views from its 30 wooden cottages built by local craftsmen and spread over a hill prickled with tropical vegetation.
This is a venue for hopeless romantics. All cottages have an outdoor shower, a king size four poster bed and a hammock. Supposedly love is all you need because there are no TVs. Hassle-free ways to pass the time include learning how to play saucepan drums, cooking, yoga and water aerobics, otherwise you don’t need much more than your swimsuit.
But don’t worry about feeling too isolated: the hotel is a ten-minute walk from the Jolly Harbor Marina, which is packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants.
A shorter flight away, you’ll find that the child-free rock rose 7 in Slovenia (sunrose7.com) cracks with history.
“Even the most devoted parent or grandparent may need a break from the company of young children,” Angela Epstein of The Mail wrote on Sunday. Pictured is a couple enjoying kid-free pool fun
Built in 1890, this 18-room boutique hotel is located close to Lake Bohinj in the Triglav National Park – a surprising freshwater glacial lake popular with swimmers, while the park itself is perfect for hiking and biking.
The hotel is a place for the ultimate digital detox. There are no TVs here either, but there is a library, extensive gardens, a chestnut orchard and a babbling river to explore, all on your doorstep.
If you’re looking forward to some kid-free winter sun, consider heading further afield to the American desert city of Palm Springs. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, clear your conscience by checking in at Two Forest Palms (twobunchpalms.com) – one of the first carbon neutral resorts in the US completely powered by solar energy.
If you’re looking forward to some kid-free winter sun, consider heading further afield to the American desert city of Palm Springs.
Thanks to the dry climate, this is a great place for a warm winter break. Simply relax in one of the hot mineral or private pools, or put on hiking boots and go hiking in the canyons.
Alternatively, you can spend your winter holiday whizzing down the slopes and breathing in the fresh Tyrolean air. In that case, take a break at Elisabeth Hotel in Austria (elisabethhotel.com) it might work.
This postcard hotel is located in Mayrhofen, one of the most popular resorts in the Alps, as it lies at the foot of the Penken and Ahorn mountains. And you can also indulge yourself in the extensive Elisense Spa, with a basalt bath to soak in, a sauna, bubble bath and a quiet ‘serenity room’.
And finally, for those who prefer a stay, an excellent option is the beautiful Cornish coast with its soaring cliffs, rocky coves and rolling hills.
Mayrhofen is one of the most popular resorts in the Alps, as it lies at the foot of the Penken and Ahorn mountains
In Newquay you will find Fistral Beach Hotel (fistralbeachhotel.co.uk), which crowns one of the headlands that book the bay. You may want to go surfing on the long, west-facing sandy beach – it’s considered one of the best locations in the UK for the sport.
If surfing isn’t your thing, pack walking boots as there are endless coastal paths and beach walks.
For some serious private time, the hotel’s wellness spa offers an hour-long private pool hire – £50 for two adults, which includes a glass of prosecco each and exclusive use of the sauna and steam rooms.
The hotel has modern bedrooms (albeit compact), and the bar and restaurant have floor-to-ceiling windows, so you’ll always have a view, even if your surfboard isn’t.