Places like Texas, Florida, Cancun, and Las Vegas have been giving travellers some of their best party memories for the better part of a generation. You’ got the rental car, found your way to a beach or swanky bar, and partied until your voice went sore.
Now you’re a bit older, and while these places are still appealing, you prefer a bit more sanity and moderation than your younger self. But the absolute last thing you want around is a shrieking child ruining the vibe. That’s why we’ve combed through some of our favourite hotels in search of adults-only resorts and hotels. From all-inclusives with bottomless cocktails to architectural landmark inns with gourmet breakfasts, it’s time for you to indulge in a bit of fun.
Can’t find a sitter for the kids and need to drag them along? No problem. We’ve got some hotels for all ages with adults-only pools, too.
San Diego, California
If your ideal break includes countless hours of wine-o’clock, Bacchus has answered your prayers: the idyllic Vineyard Hacienda, located 20 minutes from downtown San Diego.
This adults-only property was built in the 1930s and today pampers guests with plush decor; tufted headboards, overstuffed wing chairs and window seats with stunning views alongside antiques crafted out of exotic woods. Outside you’ll find a vineyard that produces the estate’s organic sulphite-free Bordeaux blends best enjoyed from the wraparound veranda. Backed onto an ecological preserve with miles of hiking trails, there’s also a jacuzzi, swimming pool, and plenty of space to find your slice of kid-free serenity.Check availability »
Upper Deck Hotel and Bar
South Padre Island, Texas
LGBTQ-friendly but welcoming to everybody, the South Padre Island Upper Deck Hotel and Bar is half a block from the warm water beach of the Gulf of Mexico. The outdoor pool comes fully stocked with a bar, sun loungers, a hot tub, plenty of swaying palm trees and weekly Sunday pool parties. Rooms are simple but cozy and the laid-back vibe is glowingly reviewed. The onsite restaurant serves up plenty of hangover busting classics from half-pound cheeseburgers to chicken wings and red pepper bloody Marys.
The petite and minimal Blanc Kara in Miami Beach has plenty of curbside appeal with its smart white facade. Blanc Kara’s greatest appeal is the playfully detailed decor inside studio suites with kitchens, some with their own private terrace. Inside, it’s a feast of Pinterest-worthy rooms with bold accent walls in shades out of a Warhol work. The hotel crowd is equally hip and particularly appealing to travellers looking for upscale style on a budget. From the front door of the hotel, you can reach shopping, beaches, and nightlife in under 10 minutes.Check availability »
Inside the rooms, richly-coloured walls and air conditioning keep it cool and the spacious walk-in shower comes with your choice of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. The onsite bar hosts nightly events where tourists and locals mingle. Trivia and karaoke are paired with craft beers and thoughtful cocktails. The hotel also offers free shuttle service and to top it all off, your dog is welcomed, too.Check availability »
The interior is tastefully decorated with rich wood, softly coloured walls and fairytale four-poster beds, fireplaces and claw foot tubs. In the true style of Southern Hospitality, the inn has unlimited sweet tea and serves guests on the generous veranda homemade hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon and a gourmet Southern breakfast.Check availability »
Travellers seeking out the elegant, historic appeal of Savannah would be smart to a stay at The Gastonian. The historic duo of Italianate mansions are among the oldest homes in Savannah. Fine antiques and working fireplaces reinforce the property’s historic appeal. There’s plenty of opportunities to socialize as you’re within walking distance to many restaurants. Gastonian guests are treated to not only a cooked-to-order gourmet breakfast but also complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres receptions as well as sweet bites and cordials in the evening.Check availability »
Fort Conde Inn
The Fort Conde Inn is a landmark historic property for discerning travellers in Mobile looking to enjoy the fancy inn experience. Not one bit stuffy but all parts decadent, the legendary chef breakfast is made up of delightfully fresh pastries and biscuits, the local catch of the day and classics like the crispy but molten French Toast.
Accommodation is split among cottages and individual rooms with each afforded great attention to details like smart bedding and boldly patterned carpets. Mobile has lots to offer travellers, including beach days on the sandy shores of either Mobile Bay or the Gulf of Mexico and plenty of whimsical museums like the dedicated Mardi Gras Mobile Carnival Museum.Check availability »
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
San Diego, California
Treat yo’ self at the adults-only Relaxation Pool at the Grand Del Mar San Diego spa. While kids are welcome at the resort and its three other pools, the Relaxation Pool is specially-designed to appeal to those seeking a bit of peace and quiet during their vacation. The outdoor lap pool is heated to a balmy 83 degrees (28°C) and pumps in music through an underwater sound system.
If you’re more into lounging than swimming lengths, the silent cell phone policy on the pool deck means no one is yaking away in your ear as you enjoy endless service of refreshing iced towels and bites of food from the attentive service staff.
Spa guests receive a complimentary two hours’ worth of Explorer’s Club use for one kid, meaning your adults-only experience is guaranteed to be without interruptions.
Aria Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
The entirety of the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas isn’t closed off to kids, but the ultra sexy LIQUID pool certainly is. The resort is famous for having five separate pools, but LIQUID is a destination in itself for the over-21 crowd. On weekends, the pool scene is buzzing with a party vibe, thanks to tunes pumping out of the speakers and loads of turquoise lounge beds and private cabanas.
Poolside food and drinks mean you can literally stay all day long and fast service means you’re never long from your next cocktail. Once the sun goes down and you’re dying to keep going, just slip upstairs for a change of clothes followed by a visit to the Jewel Nightclub or hit the slots at the onsite casino.Check availability »
Miami Beach, Florida
What screams serenity more than an adults-only rooftop pool with endless ocean views? Stretching out next to the Eden Roc Miami Beach adult pool is one way to restore some inner peace while the kids partake in their own activities. The over-21 pool area has plenty of seating space ranging from loungers to cabanas and massive outdoor sofas with uninterrupted views of the ocean thanks to the glass balcony railings. The pool is joined by a huge spa that has steam baths and plunge pool in addition to luxurious treatments.
A further three additional infinity pools are kid-friendly with sand beach access and boast tropical landscaping with soaring palm trees. The Eden Roc proves you can have the best of both the adults-only and family-friendly worlds at once!Check availability »
Adults-Only Resorts and Pools
Temptation Cancun Resort
For seekers of a rather wild time away from home in Cancun, but with a taste for upgraded accommodation, the Temptation Cancun Resort caters to the over-21 singles and couples. Bottomless margaritas fuel raucous live shows, karaoke and a bit of mischief from a fun-loving crowd who are enticed by chilling during downtime besides one of the themed pools and seven jacuzzis.
This all-inclusive adults only resort takes care of every aspect of your holiday including around the clock meals from seven international gourmet restaurants. You’ll come home with plenty of memories and fewer tan lines than expected– it’s also topless optional!Check availability »
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San Lucas, Mexico
The sexy Breathless Cabo San Lucas is located in downtown Cabo with ocean views and beach access. Perennial party amenities like foam parties, seductive live shows, DJs, and two infinity pools with bar and restaurant service make the resort attractive to seekers of the party experience.
The sumptuous suites feature a minimal design with the latest tech including Nespresso machines and iPads. The calendar of events is packed daily but guests are free to participate as much or as little as you want, depending on your all-inclusive resort style. It’s tempting to fill up on the free DJ classes, Gatsby-themed Prohibition-era parties, and even dance classes, but save a bit of beach time to savour some sunny serenity.Check availability »
Sanctuary Cap Cana
Playa Bavaro, Dominican Republic
There are six pools and a selection of restaurants offering 24-hour room service if you’re suddenly hankering for a big bowl of pasta or a porterhouse steak in the wee hours. The adults-only ambiance here is one of romance rather than raucous parties and the property rates high in reviews from guests who flock here annually.Check availability »
Excellence Punta Cana
With its adorable pastel palette, the Excellence Punta Cana is picturesque. The list of amenities is as enticing as the aesthetic including standouts like scuba diving, paddle boarding, and horseback riding that fill time between the two pools and nine restaurants. Suites boast their own rooftop terraces, private plunge pools, and endless ocean views that allow for maximum seclusion and privacy when the occasion asks for it. The 10 bars onsite are fabulous, too, with a mellow party vibe among vacationers who range from honeymooners to singles or groups.Check availability »
This article originally appeared on trivago magazine US.