Ditching the wee ones — yours and everyone else’s — is getting easier and more tempting with the opening of these new kid-free options on the beach in Mexico, the Maldives, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia.
1. El Dorado Maroma Palafitos Overwater Suites
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Opening: September 1, 2016
It’s hard to believe, but Mexico doesn’t have a resort with over-water bungalows. That travel crime will finally be corrected this fall when 30 over water bungalows (called palafitos in Spanish) are added to the El Dorado Maroma resort. Better yet? No one under 18 years old is allowed. Located on El Maroma Beach, each nearly 2,000 square foot palafito, the first of their kind in Mexico, will feature an indoor/outdoor shower, 24/7 butler service, use of an exclusive overwater restaurant, a sun deck and plunge pool, an indoor Jacuzzi, and glass floor panels that let you watch the vibrant marine life swim by right under your living room or bedroom. It’s better than television.
Rates start at $1,330 per night, double occupancy and include the “Gourmet Inclusive” plan, which covers all meals and snacks, top-shelf alcohol, 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi, unlimited international long distance calls worldwide, all resort activities and entertainment, taxes, and basic gratuities.
2. Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo Island, Maldives
Opening: November 1, 2016
Ever wanted your own (virtually) kid-free private island? Soon you’ll have one. Located on petite Milaidhoo Island, part of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldive Islands, this new five-star boutique resort will offer 30 overwater villas and 20 beach villas, featuring light wood, luxurious tubs, private plunge pools, stairs directly into the ocean, lots of sunlight and the blessed absence of anyone under nine years of age. The resort, which occupies the entire 13-acre island, will also offer three restaurants, two bars, and a four-treatment-room spa on stilts over the lagoon along with a yoga and meditation pavilion.
Rates start at $1,350 double occupancy including breakfast and dinner at the All Day Dining restaurant, welcome bottle of champagne, 24/7 Island Host and more.
3. Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia
Cap Estate, Saint Lucia
Hideaway at Royalton Negril, Jamaica
Opening: February 1, 2017
February is the cruelest month as winter lingers and spring teases. Escape into guaranteed kid-free sunshine at two new adult-only offerings in the Caribbean. Located within larger all-ages resorts, the new Hideaways in Saint Lucia and Negril are for adults only. Both new properties feature suites with amenities including in-room aromatherapy, top-shelf in-room bar, personalized beach bags and five-minute shiatsu or Thai massages at the adults-only pool and two adults-only restaurants.
Rates at both resorts are $199 to $339 per person per night including all meals, activities, taxes, and tips.
4. The Towers at Pacifica at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort
Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico
Opening: December 22, 2016
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, already a kid-free Baja beach resort, will unveil three new towers with 47 new accommodations this winter. Guests in The Towers get 24-hour British Butler Institute-certified butler service and each suite features above-and-beyond extras like custom-stocked mini bars and portable Beats speakers. The Towers will also offer a new private gym and a new gourmet restaurant plus the Towers Lounge, exclusively for guests of The Towers, which will be reached via a dramatic sky bridge between towers (this may or may not be part of the reason there are no kids allowed).
Rates are $800 to $2,500 per night, double occupancy, including all meals, alcohol, most on-resort activities, and taxes.
Need a kid-free getaway right now and can’t wait for these new resorts to open their doors? Head for the acclaimed Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico. In January 2016, the property's oceanfront Grand Class accommodations became exclusively for guests age 16 and over. The newly kid-free facilities include 90 suites, the resort’s acclaimed Cocina de Autor, Piaf and Bistro restaurants and a private, adults-only pool. Grand Class suites cover 1,300 square feet and include terraces with private plunge pools, in-room Jacuzzis and a stocked bar.
Rates from $416 per person double occupancy including all meals, 24-hour butler service, all premium alcohol at all bars and in your suite, 24 hour in-suite dining, personal pool and beach concierge, yoga, pilates and Zumba classes, all water sports, taxes, and tips.
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