Put the relaxation into your next holiday by booking an adults-only hotel with lastminute.com. Imagine quiet, serene pools of sparkling water, ribbons of soft sands without a sandcastle in sight and plenty of cocktails in your hand … It sounds pretty spectacular to us, and that’s exactly what you’ll get in these hotels made just for the big kids among us.
We know that nothing quite spoils paradise like endless screams from the little ‘uns, and these couples’ hotels are simply perfect for those who agree. From the white sands and ancient history of Cyprus to the exotic shores of Barbados and the thrill of the Spanish Islands, among many others, these sublime destinations are made only better by the tranquil, adult-only resorts that adorn their coastlines.
Sun-kissed beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear waters - the Greek islands are perfect for a couples' getaway.
Add a bit of colour and spice to your romantic break in this wonderfully vibrant destination.
Colourful, cultural and beautiful. Cape Verde's an undiscovered gem when it comes to romantic holidays.
A long-time romantic favourite. With so much to offer, you're sure to find your own island paradise.
The best holidays for couples are those that give you the space and time to focus on one another. For some couples that means adventure, for others it means relaxation. For most it means seclusion and peace, which can be found in adult-only hotels and at resorts where couple-friendly activities are coupled with fine dining, wellness and exclusive facilities. The best couples' holidays are not limited to one place but found all over the world, both close to home and in far-flung lands.
The most romantic destinations on earth can be where beautiful sunsets are complemented by unforgettable, unspoilt landscapes, white sand beaches and adult-only hotels with facilities geared up for couples. Some of the best couples holidays can be found in Mauritius and the Seychelles. Those looking for a romantic European getaway will find what they are looking for on the picture-perfect Greek Islands or the gondolas of Venice.
Luxury holidays are ideal for couples seeking tranquillity and exclusivity. You'll find luxury resorts all over the world, but the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, where destinations such as Barbados and Maldives have always been popular with couples looking for a bit of pampering and relaxation. Luxury also doesn't always come in the form of five-star resorts and white sand beaches, however. Five-star safaris in Kenya, penthouse apartments in New York, Mediterranean Cruises and European wine tours all offer both luxury and adventure.
The UK is home to a surprising number of destinations which are ideal for couples' holidays. From a romantic cottage in the Lake District or the Cotswolds to an exciting city break to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, London or Brighton, the UK is about much more than family-friendly caravan parks. Adult-only spa retreats are also popular and can be found in breath-taking locations such as the Pembrokeshire Coast, the Scottish Highlands and the Norfolk Broads.
Adult-only holidays guarantee couples the ultimate in peace and quiet. There are some fantastic adult-only beach holidays to be found in Ibiza, the Maldives, Dubai, Monaco, St Tropez, the Bahamas and Cancun, but there's also an increasing number of adult-only skiing holidays and golfing trips that are ideal for couples who are travelling without children.
From a month in New Zealand discovering the fjords, glaciers and mountains to a safari trip to Kenya, Namibia or Botswana, the world is full of adventurous destinations that are ideal for active couples looking for an exciting child-free getaway. Active holidays closer to home include skiing in Austria, hiking in the Peak District and cycling in France.
For many couples, the chance to relax, unwind and enjoy a spot of much-needed restoration only happens on holiday. Holidaying out of season will help with finding some tranquillity, especially as the kids are in school, so you'll have the beach and poolside to yourself. While beach holidays may be the most obvious when it comes to chilling out, why not couple this with a spa and wellness experience. Some of the world's best spa, wellness and relaxation holidays can be found at St Lucia, Thailand and Dubai.
Ideal for those looking for winter sun, exotic couples' holidays are a great excuse to get away from it all, avoid the crowds and enjoy some much-need luxury in exotic surroundings. Top destinations for exotic couples' holidays include South East Asia, from the islands of Thailand to the Eastern coast of Vietnam. The exclusive resorts in Goa and Kerala in Indian are also ideal for those wanting a little luxury for less.
A couples' holiday doesn't have to cost the earth; there are plenty of excellent destinations, that can be reached easily and within budget. The unsung medieval cities of Eastern Europe such as Wroclaw, Riga and Tallinn are perfect for couples looking to discover new places together for less - and capturing those moments on camera. Couples travelling without children are unrestricted about when they go, so take advantage of the discounted cost of term time holidays, even to far-flung places such as the Azores, the Maldives and Cape Verde.
For many couples, quality time together means being active together. Top sporty couples' holidays include cycling trips through the wine regions of Spain, France and Germany or skiing in Austria, Switzerland or Italy. Couples seeking adrenaline should head to New Zealand, the world's hotspot for outdoor activities. Those who want to combine exotic travel with sport should consider Bali for surfing, horseback riding through Rajasthan or the Red Sea for scuba diving. Golfer's will find themselves spoilt for choice; top golf destinations for sporty couples include Portugal, Florida, Hawaiian and even Scotland.