5 Best kids-free vacation ideas

Jun 1, 2011 at 9:35 a.m. ET

When you want to get away from it all -- including your kids -- then head for some kids-free fun. Although you won't find many hotels or resorts stateside that boast an adult-only guest list, many tropical destinations offer the mature ambiance you seek. From popular vacation packages aboard adult-only cruises to grown-up fun at all-inclusive couples resorts, discover the five best adults-only vacation ideas and start packing!

Couple on beach vacation


Adult-only resorts

When you're looking for a little rest and relaxation away from under-agers, sign up for some grow-up fun at an adults only resort. Options range from all-inclusive resorts to hotels that only welcome adult travelers, such as Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa in Puerto Vallarta.

2Couples retreat

Plan the perfect romantic getaway when you escape to a couples resort. You'll be in good company, surrounded by starry-eyed vacationers looking to fan the flames of passion. Destinations like Sandals couples-only all-inclusive resorts offer a worry-free vacation so you can focus on gazing into each other's eyes.

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3Girls' getaway vacation packages

Hitting a spa destination with your girls is a great way to unwind. Resorts and spa vacations, like Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts & Spa in Aruba, discourage children and loud music, offering the serenity you seek with your gal pals.

4Kids-free cruises

Although few cruise lines offer adult-only cruises, they do still exist for a kid-free experience on the high seas. A few cruise ships, like the P&O Cruises' Arcadia is deemed an adults-only vacation experience. However, you will find that many cruise lines offer an age-restricted area on select ships, often featuring sun decks, pools and no youngsters.

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5Adult-only atmosphere

Although you cannot guarantee you won't share an elevator with a youngster or two, heading to an adult-friendly city, like Las Vegas, may give you that age-appropriate vacation package you seek. Gaming areas are limited to visitors 21 years and older, and many shows are created for mature audiences, where nary a kid in sight. Or book a hotel that offers an adult-only pool to get away from young travelers, where age requirements often start at 18 years old and up.

When looking to book an adults-only getaway, verify with your destination the age restrictions for the property where you're staying. Some properties welcome people ages 13 and older, so it's up to you to decide what you're looking for in your vacation. Whether you're looking for Mom and Dad time away from the kids or just looking for a singles' weekend without the distraction of little ones, these five best adults-only vacation ideas just may be your best bet for a dream vacation!

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