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Best Adults-Only Resorts for Couples

Planning a romantic getaway without the kids? Escape to one of these adults-only beach resorts for some much-needed R&R.

June 19, 2017

Some resorts cater to families — others won’t let kids past the front entrance. If the latter is what you’re after, you’re in luck. These beach resorts pander to grown-ups and couples with days that are tantrum-free and nights that are PG-13. So grab a pair of adult beverages and dig your toes in the sand, with nary a diaper bag in sight.

Best adults-only resorts: Rendezvous

Rendezvous – St. Lucia

Rendezvous Courtesy Rendezvous

Where’s the best place to dine at a beach resort? On the beach, obviously. Rendezvous, St. Lucia’s first couples-only resort, blessedly grasped this concept when it launched Malabar Beach Club in 2015, flaunting a barefoot-chic feel, driftwood furniture and a menu heavy on local ingredients. After dinner, stroll along 2 miles of white sand, admiring twilight views of Rat Island in the distance. Finish the night with glasses of bubbly in The Champagne Bar.

Best adults-only resorts: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort – Aruba

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Courtesy Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Not even a wedding can disturb your together time at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort: The 104-room boutique stopped hosting them in 2015. Expect quiet ways to connect — a classic movie in the moonlight, a couple’s photo shoot arranged by the staff. The hotel also encourages guests to get out and explore, so pack a picnic for a day of desert hiking in Arikok National Wildlife Park, complete with a stop at Huliba Cave, called the Tunnel of Love because of its heart-shaped entrance.

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Best adults-only resorts: Couples San Souci

Couples San Souci – Jamaica

Couples San Souci Courtesy Couples San Souci

From newlyweds to veterans celebrating their silver anniversary, guests at Couples Sans Souci get excited for the Starlight Gala and Cabaret, held Friday nights on the main lawn. The weekly event features a giant buffet and live music that invariably gets partners on their feet. Late night, the dance party continues at the Au Naturel Beach (note: Clothing not optional after sunset).

Best adults-only resorts: Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa

Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa – Bermuda

Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa Courtesy Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa

Make like Bill and Hillary and steal away to Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, which dates to the 1600s. Cozy spots for two abound on one of the property’s four pink-sand beaches, as well as at the main pool, renovated in 2007 to add waterfalls, tiered decks and rustling palms. To really embrace Bermuda’s buttoned-up culture, pause each day for afternoon tea.

Best adults-only resorts: Palm Island

Palm Island – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Palm Island Courtesy Palm Island

A stay at Palm Island is like being marooned on a desert island — with room service. Hike one of the private island’s three nature trails for panoramas of the Grenadine archipelago, or sail to Mopion sandbar for beverages, snacks and sunbathing. At night, couples can’t help but swoon when they reserve a celebratory private dinner by the heart-shaped palm tree, wrapped in twinkle lights.

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Best adults-only resorts: Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Waitui Beach Club at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa – Fiji

Waitui Beach Club at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa Courtesy Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

At Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s adults-only Waitui Beach Club, opened in 2015, decisions are tough: cozy up in a poolside “cocoon,” or float around together on a blow-up bar seat? Either way, guests who spring for club access enjoy an exclusive beach area, pool, swim-up bar and Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar, as well as private check-in. The club’s happy hour is extra-happy thanks to free treats and sundowner cocktails.

Best adults-only resorts: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort Courtesy Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

Los Cabos has such a wealth of romantic hotels that each property vies to win couples with its own roster of exclusive offerings. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort’s bid: a “Hook & Cook” interactive ceviche-making class, mixology lessons, a beach clambake, and even a rocking beach bed that comes with eight uninterrupted hours of food-and-drink service. Game, set, match.

Best adults-only resorts: Occidental Papagayo

Occidental Papagayo – Costa Rica

Occidental Papagayo Courtesy Occidental Papagayo

While on your way to the freeform pool at Occidental Papagayo, don’t be surprised if you run into a white-throated magpie jay or a band of coatis (small mammals related to the raccoon). This Pacific coast all-inclusive is a magnet for wildlife and also earns praise for its affordability — starting rates for rooms clock in at under $200 per night per couple.

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Best adults-only resorts: TRS Yucatan Hotel

TRS Yucatan Hotel – Riviera Maya, Mexico

TRS Yucatan Hotel Courtesy TRS Yucatan Hotel

Debuted December 2017, TRS Yucatan Hotel is the exclusive adults-only wing of Palladium’s enormous all-inclusive resort complex in the Mexican Caribbean. While families are having character breakfasts on the other side of the 300-acre property, TRS guests are quietly sipping margaritas by the three-tier infinity pool, soaking in the spa’s “wet zones,” and feeding each other paella at the Ibiza-style Helios beach club. Book a Romance Suite to wash up in your outdoor shower and paddle around the lagoon in your own personal canoe.

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