Need a Break? These Are the Best Adults-Only Vacation Spots

Sometimes, you want to vacation with the whole family. Other times, you realize you just really, really need a break. A break from your kids, a break from your job, a break from it all. And when the latter mood strikes, there’s no better time to book a vacation fit for grown-ups than right now.

So, if you, too, are on the hunt for a little R&R sans children, then these adults-only vacation spots are for you.

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn at sunset
This resort is built into Big Sur’s cliffs. | Post Ranch Inn
  • Ideal for: Those looking for an adventurous retreat

Rugged romance is the name of the game at this breathtaking Big Sur property. Boasting one of the most peaceful environments you can find at a resort of its kind, Post Ranch Inn excels in delivering its guests with an elevated experience every time. Literally.

Built right into Big Sur’s majestic cliff side, this resort features clifftop pools, outdoor activities, and an award-winning spa. Without a doubt, it’s truly a relaxing escape. Heck, there’s even an on-site shaman.

Next: Dreamy bungalows abound 

Sandals Resorts, St. Lucia and Jamaica

sandals royal caribbean
It offers idyllic island time. | Sandals Resorts
  • Ideal for: People who’ve always dreamed of staying in an overwater bungalow

Sandals isn’t just for honeymooners. Turns out, it’s for people who’ve long-dreamed of going to the idyllic Maldives, too. But hey, that place is pricey, not to mention far away, so it’s not always possible. Thankfully, Sandals has just the solution.

If you’ve been jonesing for some island time, then Sandals’s spanking new over-the-water bungalows and villas — located at the company’s St. Lucia and Jamaica properties — are just the thing for you. Complete with outdoor hot tubs, clear glass floors, and butler service, this is truly a getaway tailor-made for adults who just need a break.

Next: A Northeast escape

The Lodge at Woodloch, the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

The Lodge at Woodloch
Stunning scenery abounds at this Poconos paradise. | The Lodge at Woodloch
  • Ideal for: Those who want a classic country club style retreat in the Northeast

Luxury and woods rarely ever go together. But here, they’re in perfect harmony. Located deep in the Poconos, The Lodge at Woodloch is the ideal escape for those looking for a Northeastern retreat. With a focus on farm-to-table cuisine, wine tastings, and discovery workshops, this is the perfect place for grown-ups to get lost before rediscovering their personal passions.

Next: Fancy a fancy vacation? 

Iberostar Grand Collection, Dominican Republic

Iberostar Grand Bavaro
This hotel sits on the beaches of Punta Cana. | Iberostar Grand Bavaro
  • Ideal for: Sun worshippers who don’t want to sacrifice on luxury

Never heard of the Iberostar Grand Collection before? Well, it includes a handful of resorts located throughout the Caribbean (and Europe) that are 5-star luxury all the way. And the Dominican Republic property, in particular, is calling your name.

Located in Punta Cana, this resort is nothing short of heaven on the beach. And don’t worry, there’s enough to go around. With personal butler service and steps-from-your-door access to turquoise water, you’ll get your slice of heaven, too.

Next: Wine lovers rejoice

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California

Auberge du Soleil
You’ll be eating and drinking well here. | Auberge du Soleil
  • Ideal for: Wine lovers

Boasting the enviable title of “Napa Valley’s longest-standing Forbes Five Star Hotel,” Auberge du Soleil is truly worth the trip. Set among sweeping views of Napa Valley, this resort is quintessential Wine Country at its finest. Oh, and it also comes complete with an award-winning spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, to boot. So not only will you be drinking well, but you’ll be eating well, too.

Next: A more low-key kind of adults-only resort 

The Mermaid and the Alligator, Key West, Florida

The Mermaid and the Alligator
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Key West. | The Mermaid and the Alligator
  • Ideal for: Those who prefer a quaint, boutique style hotel

If a boutique style hotel is more your thing, then this hotel is the perfect spot for you. And if your ideal vacation includes lounging in lush gardens sprinkled with hammocks, then you’ll be in heaven.

With comfortable rooms and a quaint, cozy feel, this hotel delivers old Key West charm at every turn. At The Mermaid and the Alligator, there’s no need to wonder if you’re missing out on anything, because the classic hustle and bustle of Key West is right outside your door.

Next: Health and wellness are the focus at this resort 


Miraval Arizona
It’s a leader in health and wellness. | Miraval
  • Ideal for: Those focused on health and wellness

Nowadays, there are plenty of health-oriented resorts from which to choose. So the fact that this place, in particular, has stood the test of time says a lot. Miraval has long-been known as a leader in the health and wellness space, offering guests an escape from the stresses of every day.

At Miraval, it’s all about putting yourself first, whatever that means to you. Whether it means being pampered at the spa, spending the day on meditation, or hiking through the Santa Catalina Mountains, this oasis has something for everyone.

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