Children are a gift from the Lord, but that’s not to say parents don’t need a break every now and again. July 25th is Parents’ Day, it is not too late to book a last-minute getaway for just the two of you to exhale and enjoy much-needed couple time.
Need some ideas on where to go? Consider these adult-only resorts.
Couples Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
When Couples is part of the resort’s name you know they are all about dazzling dynamic duos. Mission accomplished. Love is in the air at this all-inclusive that’s five miles from Ocho Rios. One couple after the next is full of smiles and laughs. It’s infectious. If you dare, venture to the resort’s private island for au naturel sunbathing. If you’re too shy, think for your eyes only––get naked for a couple’s massage at the spa. Top it off with a dip in the sea, one of four pools or a little quiet time in one of the jacuzzies. Enjoy golf, tennis, unlimited scuba diving and water sports like water skiing and windsurfing. Test your love. Do kayaking challenges dissolve into an argument? Make up and cuddle during a catamaran cruise. Dinner is something special at Couples Tower Isle. You can have the concierge coordinate a private dinner on the beach. Or there’s Bayside, where you dine by candlelight overlooking the Caribbean Sea. However, Eight Rivers is where you’re likely to have one of your best meals of the year, in a candlelit, intimate setting, seated next to each other, instead of across from your honey. The food is fantastic. Imagine appetizers like ackee and ricotta ravioli, broad bean and callaloo ragout, herb chimichurri, crumbled feta, entrees like ginger papaya glazed duck breast, pan seared red snapper fillet, shrimp and scallop skewer, to be enjoyed with a fine wine from an impressive list. The ambience is sweeter still with a serenade on the soprano saxophone from the musician roaming the room. Treat yourself. Go for the new Oasis Spa Villas that include unlimited spa treatments. When you’re ready to venture beyond the resort, raft on the Martha Brae River or go horseback riding.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona
Set the tone for relaxation with a visit to Alvadora Spa for a personalized spa ritual and immersive experience customized for your restoration. Elevate the experience with indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and pool access. If you want to feel like it’s just the two of you in the world, choose to dine at T. Cook’s, which offers fine dining in private. When you want to be in the middle of the action, Mix Up serves crafted garden-to-glass libations adjacent to the resort’s Mansion Courtyard. Phoenix offers plenty of nearby hiking, biking, golf, shopping, and cool sites like the Desert Botanical Garden, Penske Racing Museum, and a downtown mural tour.
Alila Napa Valley, St. Helena, California
For a romantic getaway there’s nothing quite like a trip to wine country. The Napa Valley is all about adulting. Check in to Alila Napa Valley. Feast at Acacia House, a restored Georgian farmhouse with an open-kitchen view or outside on the patio and wrap-around veranda. Expect the finest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Experience the new “Custom Cocktail & Chef Garden” with food and drinks inspired by the produce growing in the on-site garden, such as warrior strawberries, figs, limes, and persimmon. Treat yourself at Spa Alila with artisanal massages and beauty treatments that deliver the benefits of all-natural organic remedies with personalized aroma blending, evening fire meditation, and mindful wine tastings.
Hana-Maui Resort, Hana, Hawaii
You know you’re not in Kansas anymore when you journey to Hana via a private 10-sea Cessna. An oceanfront bungalow with full ocean views and a private lanai. The resort’s full-service spa puts to good use local botanicals and Hawaiian healing techniques like lomi lomi massage and heated lava rocks in pohaku wela massage. Refresh yourself with the cold plunge pool, outdoor showers, eucalyptus steam room and jetted tub overlooking Kapueokahi Bay (Hāna Beach Park). Venture off property to Honokalani Black Sand Beach in a private cove in Wainapanapa State Park. Explore the sea cave, blowholes, and sea arches that hold significant meaning for the Hawaiian culture—all while taking in the stunning coastline views of crystal waters against the famous black sands.
Thompson Playa del Carmen Main House, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Your must-do list should include a rooftop brunch at Cinco. The adults-only casual poolside restaurant is the spot for panoramic views and bottomless mimosa, every weekend. The Sunday brunch features a four-course menu served family style for sharing at your table, featuring fresh sushi and ceviche, authentic tacos and paella. The rooftop infinity pool is where you can nestle in a poolside cabana. Feel like partying? The Alessia Dayclub will satisfy that urge and for a memorable dinner, there’s Catch with its views and signature craft cocktails.