Whether you’re a couple without children looking for a child-free vacation or you’re parents and simply want to get away to reconnect with sophisticated adult experiences, there are plenty of options around the world. All catering to your romantic, spiritual and health needs, they’re where you enjoy your well-earned time away in peace and quiet. Here’s a few prime choices:
1 Zoëtry Agua, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The stony approach road doesn’t seem to promise much but once inside the gate, Zoëtry Agua is breathtaking. No more than a minute’s walk from the beach, the resort is a charming collection of thatched roof freestanding villas arranged around two snaking swimming pools. The open air lobby welcomes you into the main building with its two restaurants and wellness center. As well as sand, sea and sun, guests can get involved in “creative come-alongs”, play golf, go sailing, go horse riding or attend wine appreciation classes.
2 Rendezvous, St. Lucia
If you’re looking for romance, plenty abounds on the stunning island of St. Lucia. And it’s certainly a major factor in the self-styled “boutique hotel for couples”. Located on a pristine, white sand beach, this couples-only hideaway has a truly intimate vibe. There’s something rather special about a beachfront cottage which looks and opens out onto Malabar Beach. Enjoy the delicious food in three restaurants, drink bubbly in the champagne bar and rid yourself of all stresses in the Spa in the Water Garden.
3 Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Described as an adults-only retreat, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica offers a brilliant location. The upscale resort might enjoy a tranquil setting on a gorgeous beach but it is also only a 10-minuyte drive away from the rocking nightlife of Cabo San Lucas.It cannot be described as an intimate resort as it has 154 rooms but the amenities are plentiful: there are 5 restaurants, five bars, 2 pools, tennis courts, a large fitness center, a meditation labyrinth and a full service spa with Jacuzzi. Each room also has an ocean view balcony.
4 Burgobrufa Spa Resort, Torgiano, Italy
Not all couples only resorts and hotels are by the sea. If you’re looking to escape somewhere inland but wonderful, you can’t go wrong with this delightful hotel in Umbria in an 18th century villa. Set in rolling hills near historic Bastia, Burgobrufa is everything good about Umbrian style. Dine on regional food on the terrace with panoramic views, swim indoors or out, relax in 3 spa areas (which offer a total of 55 treatments), play a game of tennis or explore the gorgeous countryside.
5 Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
This resort is a hidden treasure – it’s where the South Seas meets the Florida Keys. Reachable only by boat or seaplane, and with only 30 rooms, you’re guaranteed tranquility. The well-appointed thatched bungalows with private sun decks and dazzling ocean views sit amidst tropical flora and fauna, linked by winding paths created from crushed seashells. There’s an award winning restaurant or you can arrange more intimate dinners around the resort grounds. Naturally there’s a fabulous spa and fitness center plus many activities including scuba-diving, sailing and fishing.
6 Ananda in the Himalayas, Narenda Nagar, India
The most obvious place for a wellness resort surely must be here – in the region that gave birth to yoga and Ayurveda. This resort offers an Indian adventure to reawaken and refocus your senses and energies, and rekindle your romance. The breath-taking views of the snow-capped Himalayas are enough to make you fall in love again but you need to find time to enjoy the resort facilities, spa and wellness treatments, the great food as well as swim, play golf, go white water rafting and on a safari in the Rajaji National Park.
7 Spicers Peak Lodge, Queensland, Australia
The lush mountainous Scenic Rim region offers a gorgeous setting to a posh lodge. Everything here – including the scenery which is best viewed from a heated infinity pool – is upscale. With just 10 suites and 2 private lodges, an intimate experience is guaranteed. There’s a gourmet restaurant serving contemporary Australian cuisine, a bar, a spa, outdoor pool and tennis court. Here is where you wake up to a different adventure every day: one day it’s bushwalking in the rainforest, another it’s wine-tasting in local vineyards and another, it’s biking to a secluded and romantic picnic spot.
Any of these couples-only resorts would be a great choice.
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