The best adults-only hotels and resorts in Europe

May 23, 2021

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With travel slowly reopening in Europe, it’s time to start thinking about your next holiday. Whether you’d like to leave the kids at home, take a romantic getaway with your partner or sip cocktails beachfront with your friends, adults-only resorts are a great way to relax and rejuvenate without the squeals and splashes that come along with taking the kids to the pool.

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It’s important to note that all-inclusive is not simultaneous with adults-only, especially in Europe. While there are a few options on this list that offer all-inclusive options, adults-only simply means that young children aren’t allowed at the hotel or resort, whether it be a massive international brand or a small boutique spot.

Related: Why all-inclusive resorts are more attractive than ever post-pandemic

If you plan to travel with older teens, make sure to check the age requirements before staying. Some adults-only hotels allow 12, 16, or 18+, while some require 21+.

Whether you plan to sprawl out on a pool chair in Greece next to friends or snuggle up in a cabin with your honey in Finland, here are some of TPG U.K.’s favourite adults-only hotels and resorts in Europe.

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1. Thalassa Beach Resort, Crete, Greece

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This 16+ resort in Crete has sexy adult amenities like a swim-up bar, relaxing spa, cooking classes, beach yoga and even an art gallery. All rooms and suites at the Thalassa have airy terraces, and superior suites come with jacuzzis. Although the family-owned hotel has close to 100 guestrooms and suites, it still has an intimate, boutique feel.

Rates in June start at around £100 per night including breakfast (half board options are available at an added cost).

2. Casa Cook Rhodes, Greece

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One of the boho-chic, 16+ hotels that somehow survived when Thomas Cook went under, Casa Cook in Rhodes is perfect for groups of friends looking for lazy days in the sunshine and poolside yoga or couples wanting to enjoy off-beat, intimate activities, like private sailing in the Aegean or secluded hikes. Here, you’ll fill your Instagram feed with sleek shots of fringed, poolside hammocks and farm-to-table Greek cuisine.

Rates in June start around £215 per night including breakfast.

3. AluaSoul Ibiza, Spain

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Ibiza is already a destination that caters to adults, and you’ll find many adults-only properties on the island, including the famed party hotel, Ushuaïa. But given that COVID-19 has put a slight damper on massive, crowded parties, we found AluaSoul to be a much more alluring adults-only option. The all-inclusive, 16+ hotel mixes relaxation with fun, apt for either couples or groups. From the all-white guestrooms with brushed wood details and the massive pool with Balinese beds, AluaSoul is the ideal spot for a grown-up Ibiceno getaway.

All-inclusive options start around £150 per night for two in June.

Related: Spain waves Covid test requirements for British travellers from 20 May

4. RedLevel at Palacio Isora Melia, Tenerife, Spain

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The RedLevel at Palacio Isora is an adults-only boutique hotel within a larger resort, part of the Palacio Isora Melia on the island of Tenerife in Spain. With special adults-only pools, a Clarins Spa and a RedLevel Lounge just for adults, this is a great hideaway if you need a break from the kids. The RedLevel experience is also sort of like having elite status perks, as you get additional amenities such as an in-room Nespresso machine, flexible check-in/checkout, free ironing of one garment, free drinks and snacks and more.

June rates start at £215 per night including breakfast (half and full board options are also available at an additional cost).

5. Hotel Pleta de Mar, Mallorca, Spain

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The Hotel Pleta de Mar is a stunning, five-star property flanked by verdant pines with its very own path down to a private beach in Balearic island Mallorca. The all-suite property features two infinity pools, the Sa Pleta restaurant with a quaint outdoor patio and an outdoor fitness area set among a canopy of trees. Even the most “basic” suites include a private garden and hydromassage tub.

June rates start at £690 per night.

6. Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur, France

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The French Rivieria is already the perfect adult destination. The high-end Tiara Yaktsa, an intimate boutique hotel with opulent sea view rooms is the ideal hotel from which to enjoy the area, as it overlooks the glittering Mediterranean Sea. The rooftop suites are especially gorgeous, complete with large, sea view terraces and jacuzzis. The infinity pool and gardens are also apt for adult seaside relaxation.

June rates start at £340 per night.

7. Vila Gale Collection Praia, Portugal

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The Vila Gale Praia is an ages 16+ boutique hotel located on the Algarve coast. Its 40 rooms are fairly standard, but the pool is quiet, peaceful and perfect for a tranquil adult escape. The hotel is located just across the street from the Algarve’s golden sand beaches. You can also enjoy a treatment at the Satsanga Spa or use the tennis courts.

June rates start at £135 per night.

8. Da Pergola, Portugal

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The adults-only boutique hotel Da Pergola in Cascais is currently being renovated and reopening in June. This is the spot for adults wanting a truly calm, bed-and-breakfast type atmosphere in a renovated historical mansion. Its proximity to Lisbon is apt for travellers wanting a mix of serene relaxation and the hustle and bustle of the nearby city. Expect luminous rooms, charming gardens, and an all-around welcoming stay.

June rates start around £135 per night.

9. Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita, South Tyrol, Italy

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For an adult holiday to the mountains, Dolce Vita’s Preidlhof Resort is located in South Tyrol, just a short drive away from the Swiss border. Many of the suites have amenities such as jacuzzis, saunas or outdoor space, and the 5,000-square-meter spa is continually voted one of the top spas in Italy. If outdoor activities like hiking and cycling aren’t your thing, you can lounge in one of the hotel’s six different pools.

June rates start around £300 per night.

10. Borgobrufa Spa Resort, Italy

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Featuring the largest spa in Italy’s Umbria region, the Borgobrufa Spa Resort is even home to a salt grotto, in addition to various pools, hot tubs and treatment rooms in its massive spa. Many rooms feature private swimming pools or fireplaces, too. The hotel’s restaurants pride themselves on using local products from the surrounding farms and vineyards (make sure to explore these in your free time).

June rates start around £170 per night.

11. Casa Angelina, Praiano, Italy

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Part of the Small Luxury Hotels programme (you can book with Hyatt points!), Casa Angelina is located in one of Italy’s most coveted and romantic locations: the Amalfi coast. The hotel’s 42 rooms all feature terraces, and the pool overlooks the glistening waters of Praiano below. Adults can enjoy yoga classes by day and explore the cracks and crevices of the rocky Amalfi coastline via the hotel’s private boat trips at sunset.

June room rates start at £400 or 40,000 Hyatt points per night.

12. Ivi Mare, Cyprus

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The Ivi Mare boasts that it’s designed for adults and specialises in couples trips and honeymoons. With an impeccably designed spa that offers treatments, a steam room, sauna, fitness room and relaxation area, plus a perfect location on the gorgeous Kato Paphos Beach, the hotel is a true haven for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Ivi Mare offers premium all-inclusive packages, too.

June rates start around £200, while a premium all-inclusive package starts around £300 for two.

13. Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana, Croatia

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For those aged 14+ Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana is a beachfront resort in Zadar. Besides the typical pool, spa, gardens, and Mediterranean dining options (it also offers all-inclusive plans), the hotel has some quirkier adults-only amenities, like healing plants of your choice in your room and picnic service options. All guestrooms have a balcony overlooking the gardens or the sea.

June rates start at £230 per night.

14. Beana Laponia, Finland

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For those looking for an alternative for the sun, sand and spa adults-only resorts in southern Europe, consider Beona Laponia, which pegs itself as “an adults-only wilderness boutique hotel with safaris.” This intimate, 11-room hotel is for those looking for a Nordic nature escape, with the option to explore the great outdoors, see the Northern Lights or participate in husky safaris in the vast Finnish Lapland.

June rates start at £159 per night and include breakfast, as well as free use of toboggans, forest skis and snowshoes (weather permitting), plus a warm winter clothing set if necessary.

15. The Old Convent, Ireland

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The Old Convent, which reopens 4 June, is for those looking for an adults-only getaway to the Irish countryside. The elegant manor house is located at the base of the Knockmealdown Mountains in County Tipperary. Each of the guestrooms is unique and different from the others, but all rooms feature Rituals amenities. Besides exploring the nearby rolling Irish hills, you can enjoy seasonal eight-course Irish tasting menus at the on-site restaurant, Dermots.

The hotel is currently booked through most of summer, but keep an eye out for cancellations. Rates start around £150 per night.

16. Sepp Alpine Boutique Hotel, Austria

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The Sepp is a 21+ alpine hotel close to the German border in Austria. Apt for groups of friends, couples or even solo travellers, the hotel has rooms that range from affordable and cosy to luxury (we love the freestanding tubs in this room category). The rooftop is the ultimate hangout, with a vintage airstream trailer serving up drinks to a pool, all to the background of the Austrian Alps.

June room rates start at just £94 per night for the smallest room category, cosy.

Bottom line

Whether it’s a solo trip to the Austrian Alps, a boozy weekend with friends to Ibiza, a romantic honeymoon to an Italian spa hotel or a sunny Portuguese getaway to a beachfront resort, there’s a hotel on this list for every adult traveller. And if you’d prefer to take the kids along, make sure to refer to TPG U.K.’s many articles on family travel.

Featured photo by Thomas Barwick/Getty Images.

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