These secluded paradises from around the world are made just for adults. 

By Talia Avakian
August 10, 2019
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While family vacations offer their own charm, adults-only resorts give you and your loved ones a chance to unwind in privacy. 

Many adults-only hotels around the world are set in romantic locations ranging from private farms and islands to grand historic mansions.

Amenities like candlelit dinners, in-room treatments, private pools, and prime farm-to-table dining add all the more to the experience, while hotels offering private clubs and mixology lessons provide a vibrant atmosphere for those in search of nightlife.

Below are a selection of 21 adults-only hotels across the globe where guests will find impeccable scenery, an array of charming amenities, and meals that are just as memorable as the accommodations themselves. 

Hotel Wailea — Maui, Hawaii

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Those looking to explore a more serene side to Maui’s south shore will be right at home at Hotel Wailea. Perched in the hills and stretching across 15 secluded acres, the hotel is made up of 72 luxurious one-bedroom suites that come with prime ocean views, making you feel as though you’re in your own private beach house.

The property, which was voted the second best hotel in Hawaii as part of our 2019 World’s Best Awards, also hosts a restaurant where you can enjoy local produce and seafood dishes.

Casa Chameleon at Mal Pais — Mal Pais, Costa Rica

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Explore impeccable natural scenery at this adults-only hotel, where villas sit perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The hotel is located on Mal Pais on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where you’ll find one of the world’s Blue Zones (areas where people live longer than anywhere else in the world).

Relax in a private villa complete with its own ocean-view pool, or head outside to take part in activites ranging from scuba diving and surfing to ATV tours or canopy tours through the treetops of a farm filled with more than 200 different tree species. 

The Lodge at Woodloch — Hawley, Pennsylvania

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Located on more than 400 woodland acres in Pennsylvania’s Northeast Lake Region in the Pocono Mountains, the Lodge at Woodloch offers a charming environment throughout the seasons for guests age 16 and older. Spring carpets the area in ferns and berries, summer allows for kayaking in the resort’s private lake and enjoying intimate garden dinners, fall brings a kaleidoscope of foliage, and winter blankets the forests in snow for a picturesque scene.

Meals are prepared using herbs and produce from the garden, while activities include cooking demonstrations, art classes, and a spa concierge that can build you a customized relaxation itinerary. 

Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, California

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At the Post Ranch Inn, one of California’s noted natural attractions sits just steps from your door. The hotel, which is located on the cliffs of Big Sur, is made up of a range of guestrooms and private homes that offer views of mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Guestrooms come without televisions or alarm clocks to let you truly unwind, while activities include yoga, nature hikes, stargazing, edible garden tours, and whale watching. The hotel’s restaurant, Sierra Mar, is known for its extensive wines from the cellar and a daily menu that includes dishes like roasted venison and Wagyu ribeye. 

The BodyHoliday — St. Lucia 

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This all-inclusive resort is focused on fitness and rejuvenation, offering everything from body treatments to sports classes and personal trainers and dietitians. 

The beachfront property is located on a secluded cove at the edge of the Caribbean, with tropical gardens that provide lush views for those looking to an alternative to ocean views. Rooms include a pillow menu and an organic tea and cookie turndown service each night, while diners can choose from five different restaurants. Typically open for those 16 and over, the resort does allow guests 12 and over during Easter, summer, and Christmas.

Ponta dos Ganchos — Santa Catarina, Brazil

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This couple's paradise is located on a privately owned peninsula in Brazil, offering guests dreamy ocean views. Made up of just 25 bungalows, the hotel offers a private escape for those who are 18 and older (except on select holidays). 

The nearby Yes! Island provides the ideal backdrop for two, with opportunities ranging from private candlelit dinners to vow renewals. Head to the Especial Esmeralda, the most exclusive bungalow at the resort, and you’ll find a sauna with ocean views, a spa with tatamis for massages, and both a private deck and an infinity pool outdoors.

Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort — Medjumbe Island, Mozambique

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Nestled in a private island on the Quirimbas Archipelago off of Mozambique’s northern coast, this secluded haven offers those who stay on its grounds easy access to premier diving locations.

Spend your days exploring undiscovered coral reefs that await you underneath the waters or embark on a whale-watching boat trip before enjoying a picnic on one of the surrounding remote islands. The resort also now provides helicopter transfers to guests arriving at the Pemba International Airport.

Pure Salt Port Adriano — Majorca, Spain

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The marina of Port Adriano is known for its array of upscale attractions, all of which you can admire from the Pure Salt Port Adriano hotel, which overlooks the area. 

Rooms like the Swim Up superior room include direct access straight from the room to a private river-shaped pool, while those looking to play golf can brush up on their skills with the property’s golf simulator before getting complimentary transport to one of of the more than eight nearby courses. 

Likuliku Lagoon Resort — Fiji

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This tropical paradise is ideal for those looking for a romantic getaway, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or to unwind. 

Here, you’ll find an array of bures (traditional thatched houses) that sit over the water at the edge of a reef, straight on the beachfront or in lush gardens and coconut trees. Island hopping and diving offer plenty of excitement, while private dinners and picnics on secluded islands allow for relaxation. 

Qualia — Whitsundays, Australia 

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Made for guests ages 16 and up, Qualia sits at the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island to offer a private retreat surrounded by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The hotel has 60 pavilions that overlook the water and sit surrounded with the lush vegetation that surrounds the property, offering mesmerizing views of the Whitsundays Islands.

Spend your days here taking part in culinary courses, private beach excursions with snorkeling and picnic lunches, cruises to Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands, or rounds of golf at the Hamilton Island Golf Club.  

Glenmere Mansion — Hudson Valley, New York 

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Once home to royals, aristocrats, and noted artists, this grand mansion in the lower-Hudson valley serves as a luxury hotel today with a total of 18 guest rooms. The 150-acre estate is dotted with meadows and formal gardens that guests can admire through private terraces that line most of the rooms.

No two rooms here are the same, though guests will find that many of the accommodations offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and lake. The mansion is in close proximity to a variety of quaint towns, farmer’s markets, and apple and pumpkin picking farms, while the grounds themselves include an outdoor pool, tennis courts, bocce courts, croquet courts, and a spa with a marble bath house. 

The House — St. James, Barbados 

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Stays at this beachfront hotel in St. James come with plenty of complimentary amenities guests can enjoy. These include a champagne breakfast each morning at the hotel’s beachfront deck, traditional afternoon tea complete with pastries and finger sandwiches, a jet lag massage in ocean-side cabanas upon arrival, and water taxis to take you on journeys along the coastline.

Visitors will also have a 24-hour ambassador on hand to help with whatever they may need during their stay, whether it’s booking water activities like tubing and banana boat rides, or bespoke activities like flower arrangement workshops with professional florists.

Villa Saraswati — Bali, Indonesia 

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Located in Ubud, Villa Saraswati is close enough to the city center to provide easy access to famed cultural and historic sights in Bali, but the resort’s villas, which sit tucked away overlooking treetops and private gardens, offer guests a serene escape.

Spend your time relaxing with couples massages and dips in the hotel’s infinity pool, or opt for nearby volcano excursions, waterfall explorations, mountain and temple tours, or cycling tours that the hotel’s staff can help organize during your stay.  

Twin Farms — Barnard, Vermont

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At Twin Farms, you’ll have 300 acres of forests, meadows, and ponds all to yourself, with every season bringing in a new array of outdoor activities to enjoy. Springtime brings the opportunity to go hiking, while guests can go swimming and canoeing in Copper Pond in the summer.

Foliage carpets the area in the fall, while ice skating and skiing arrive in the winter. Dining is an affair here, with daily offerings based on the freshest ingredients of the day. Make sure to try the lemon soufflé pancakes stuffed with fresh Vermont strawberries, and enjoy your meals everywhere from the comfort of your room to the top of a ski run thanks to the property’s accommodating staff.

Olive Boutique Hotel — San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Olive Boutique Hotel is located in San Juan, with touches like all-glass showers and private indoor terraces adorned in Spanish tiles and restored woods in rooms that make for a memorable stay. 

Restaurant dishes are just as inventive, ranging from shrimp cocktail served with horseradish crème fraiche and cocktail sauce sorbet to foie gras sliders topped with guava ketchup. A posh rooftop provides buzzing events throughout the year.

Triple Creek Ranch — Darby, Montana

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Triple Creek Ranch sits in the Bitterroot Mountain Range in the Montana Rockies, with lush forestation that surrounds you throughout. Luxury ranch accommodations here range from private log cabins to ranch homes, with all-inclusive activities like archery, tennis, hiking, and snowshoeing to enjoy.

Horseback riders can use the hotel’s collection of chaps, cowboy hats, dusters, and gloves, while dinner options change each evening and include hearty dishes like roasted quail with cilantro pesto rice, truffle mashed potatoes and a lemon caper cream sauce.

Komandoo Maldives Island Resort — Maldives

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Located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, the Komandoo Maldives Resort offers a romantic paradise with its overwater and beach villas, and amenities that include candlelit beach dinners and flower-adorned hot tubs. 

The hotel has sandbanks on each side of its property, so guests will feel as though they have a private beach where they can enjoy the surrounding clear waters all to themselves. As part of the hotel's all-inclusive package, guests can also dine at the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, located some 19 feet under the water, at the hotel's sister resort of Hurawalhi. 

Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel — Ibiza, Spain

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If you’re looking to enjoy Ibiza’s clubbing scene without having to stray too far from your hotel, this is the place for you. The Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel provides a club where guests can hear top DJs perform and a separate tower that offers two outdoor pools with expansive sun beds, and a poolside cocktail bar.

Suites come with fun features like a mix table and sound equipment, while various restaurants offer Mediterranean cuisine, Japanese dishes, and steak selections.

Auberge du Soleil — Napa Valley, California 

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Originally started as Napa Valley’s first fine-dining restaurant, Auberge du Soleil sits nestled high in the hills to provide guests with stunning views over the valley.

Whether staying in one of the property’s 50 suites or rooms, visitors will be able to gaze at views of Auburge du Soleil’s 33-acre olive grove from their private terraces. Dining is still a renowned event here, with dishes like burrata with fresh figs and black pepper crumble paired with local wines to offer an unforgettable meal.

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort — Eagle Beach, Aruba 

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The Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort is located in Aruba’s Eagle Beach, famous for its powdery white sands and nesting sea turtles. Views of the beach can be enjoyed from one of the many accommodations here, including bungalow suites and penthouses that come with a daybed and reserved access to private cabanas on the beach itself.

Couples can also book sunset or moonlit dinners, while regular activities include outdoor movies played underneath the stars and dips in the hotel’s saltwater infinity pool.

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