The Best Adults-Only Hotels and Resorts in the U.S.
Sometimes it’s important to make your vacation all about you. Whether you’re lying out on a beach or exploring a big city, it can be stressful when kids are running around, read: screaming in your ear. Luckily, there are several amazing adults-only vacation spots around the U.S. where you can reconnect with your significant other (or BFF or mom or—you get it) away from the stress of normal life.
Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, CA)
Located high above the coast of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn is a luxury retreat where the minimum age for guests is 18. It’s all about the included amenities, from daily yoga classes to a buffet breakfast to not one but two heated infinity pools. There’s also a spa, an art gallery and the cliffside Sierra Mar restaurant where the views are as good as the food. Psst: Book one of the Ocean Houses, which have private decks with panoramic views of the Pacific.
Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)
Head to Napa Valley to relax at Auberge du Soleil, a hillside resort in the heart of wine country known for its culinary offerings. Splurge on a suite or one of the intimate Prive Maisons, which feature two bedrooms, views of the surrounding valley and a memorable outdoor soaking tub. Enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine at The Restaurant, which serves up Mediterranean-inspired dishes and boasts a wine cellar with thousands of bottles, or indulge in private dining to get some one-on-one time with your significant other. There’s also an outdoor pool, a spa and daily fitness classes. While in Napa enjoy a few winery tours, a round of golf or nearby cycling and hiking.
Miraval Resort & Spa (Tucson, AZ)
Find your inner calm at Miraval Resort & Spa, a wellness destination that offers over 120 classes and activities weekly. It’s all included in the rate, so you can unwind without worrying about any additional costs. Whether you want to go hiking in the Arizona wilderness, take a yoga class or learn more about meditation, the hotel has it all. The rooms are spacious (and feature sustainable materials), with views of the desert and surrounding mountains. The food is focused on fresh ingredients and mindful eating, which means this is a vacation you’ll walk away from feeling healthy and ready to take on the world again. This property is in Tucson, but Miraval also features a hotel in Austin and will open a third hotel in the Berkshires in 2019. Decisions, decisions…
The Lodge at Woodloch (Hawley, PA)
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains are home to The Lodge at Woodloch, a woodland getaway easily accessible from New York City and Philadelphia. It’s all about peace and quiet at this spa resort, especially in the guest rooms, which feature private verandas and absolutely no kids. The spa offers an expansive menu of treatments, from facials to body scrubs to float therapy, and there is also a salon, spa lounge and fitness studios. It’s not all just about resting, though. The Lodge’s location and private lake make it an ideal spot for outdoorsy types looking to hike, fish, kayak or mountain bike.
Hotel Wailea (Maui, HI)
While it’s easy to do nothing during your stay at Hotel Wailea in Maui, there’s also plenty for guests to experience on the hotel’s vast property. There are free yoga and fitness classes, mixology classes, canoeing and rental bikes, which you can use to explore Wailea. Lay out on the beach or by the pool, where visitors will find peace and relaxation in the adults-only atmosphere. Opt for a Luxury Ocean View Suite, which includes a kitchenette and soaking tub, to take full advantage of the Hawaiian setting. In the area, golf lovers will find several high-end courses and there’s plentiful snorkeling, swimming and hiking. Visit during June to take advantage of the city’s annual Maui Film Festival.
La Mer & Dewey House (Key West, FL)
Key West’s Southernmost Beach Resort includes an adult-only collection of rooms in La Mer House and Dewey House, a chic, vintage property nestled in a Victorian house. There are several types of guest rooms (the ocean view rooms are recommended) and your stay includes breakfast, daily turn-down service and access to an oceanfront terrace and private gardens. The resort also has a spa, several pools and a beach, as well as numerous dining options. The overall resort allows families, so expect kids in the public areas, but La Mer House and Dewey House is an oasis within the property. While in Key West, be sure to visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and take a stroll down Duval Street, where you’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants and shops.
Sparrow’s Lodge (Palm Springs, CA)
Palm Springs is an amazing getaway any time of year, especially if you can lay out by a swimming pool that’s blissfully free of children. Sparrow’s Lodge, a historic property with ties to old Hollywood, is rustic but luxe, with 20 rooms that purposefully lack TVs and phones. Grab a meal at the Barn Kitchen or book a treatment in the open-air massage tent (the “Two Birds Couples Massage” is recommend for those on a romantic weekend away). Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes to explore town. The Palm Springs Art Museum boasts a vast collection of modern art while Bootlegger Tiki is the spot for an evening cocktail (or four). Be sure to hop on the Aerial Tramway, which carries visitors over Chino Canyon to a hilltop museum and restaurant with scenic desert views.
Triple Creek Ranch (Darby, MT)
Get back to the Old West in style at Triple Creek Ranch, a resort located in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. As a Relais & Châteaux property, visitors can expect luxury touches and high-end amenities, but it’s also a great place to enjoy the rustic setting of a traditional ranch. The resort is all-inclusive, so your meals and activities are part of the price, and the accommodations include log cabins and ranch homes. Enjoy the outdoor fire pit, swimming pool or sauna, and hit the trails on a horseback ride through the woods. There’s also fishing, nature safaris, archery and hiking, and in the winter guests can go skiing (the resort will outfit you with everything you need) or “skijoring” (skiing, but like, with horses). It’s like you're a cowboy, except with access to a wine cellar and very soft sheets.
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
Known as a spa with guest rooms, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach has everything you might want for a beachside vacation without kids. The spa offerings are serious, from outdoor hot tubs to hydrotherapy pools to yoga classes, and there’s even a mud lounge and hammam. The rooms are sparse but chic, and it’s worth booking one of the opulent Bath Terrace rooms, which feature, of course, a bathtub on the terrace. Grab a bite at the hotel or head out into town to one of the many nearby eateries (Amara at Paraiso is recommend). There are also tons of great local bars, from Le Chick to Employees Only to Melinda’s Mezcal Bar.
The Bowery House (New York, NY)
While it’s impossible to escape the throngs of children in Times Square or in line for the Empire State Building, New York City can be the perfect adults-only vacation destination. Book a room at The Bowery House, a hip, loft-style hotel with a rooftop garden and a blissfully kid-free vibe. The rooms are compact, with shared bathrooms, but the prices are seriously low—especially for NYC—making it easy to spend your hard-earned cash at restaurants, museums and cocktail bars around the city. The downtown Manhattan neighborhood is great for exploring, too, with Soho and the Lower East Side right at your doorstep. Don’t miss the New Museum, a contemporary art museum, around the corner, and grab a few drinks at Attaboy, a speakeasy cocktail bar worth the wait.
Twin Farms (Barnard, VT)
If Twin Farms isn’t already on your bucket list, it should be. The all-inclusive property, located near Barnard, Vermont, is the ultimate in relaxation and luxury. The included amenities are seemingly endless, from customized picnics to fine dining dinners to spa treatments to outdoor activities like fly-fishing, ice-skating and tennis. Only those over 16 years old are welcome, which keeps the vibe grown-up, and art lovers can admire the impressive collection that decorates the hotel walls. The resort welcomes visitors any time of year—and there are benefits to each season.
Half-Mile Farm (Highland, NC)
This resort retreat welcomes those over 18 to the shores of Apple Lake, where canoes, paddleboards and row boats can be borrowed by visitors. Book a guest room or cabin with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoy complimentary breakfast and a heated outdoor pool. There are also hiking trails, a stocked fishing pond and nearby golf and tennis. The real draw is the Blue Ridge Mountains themselves, which offer endless hiking opportunities. Be sure to explore the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, which has both indoor galleries and an outdoor sculpture trail.
Casa Morada (Islamorada, FL)
Sure, there are plenty of luxury resorts to choose from…but can most of them lay claim to being their own island? Welcome to Casa Morada, a quiet resort for guests 16 and up. Located in Islamorada, the hotel includes breakfast, kayak, snorkel gear and paddleboard rental and yoga classes in its nightly rates, and features in-room spa treatments for further relaxation. The hotel even has its own private beach, ideal for laying out on the sand and doing absolutely nothing. Islamorada is midway between Miami and Key West, so you’ll avoid the tourist crowds without being too far from a major airport. Oh, and the best perk might just be that you can bring along your pet.
Eben House (Provincetown, MA)
In the summer or fall, Cape Cod is one of the best stateside vacation destinations. Provincetown, a vibrant spot located at the far end of the Cape, is where you want to go, especially during the summer. Eben House is a calm, relaxed bed-and-breakfast in the center of town with a variety of room options. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay or a few nights in a suite, the hotel caters to all travelers (provided they are adults). Sit out by the saltwater pool or enjoy the terrace before exploring Provincetown, which is known for its amazing seafood (get a lobster roll). Hit the beach or walk out to Race Point Lighthouse, and be sure to go on a whale watching boat tour. The town, often known as P-Town, is also steeped LGBTQ history and culture.