15 Vacation Destinations to Avoid Kids and College Students

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KID-FREE GETAWAYS

In recent years, there's been a growing interest among travelers for childfree vacations — and hotels and resorts are responding to the demand. In fact, data from travel site Expedia indicates that between 2016 and 2017, social media chatter on the topic more than doubled. As much as we all love our children, plenty of adults need a little "me time" now and then to recharge without kids in tow (and without raucous college students partying nearby). The legions of adults who do not have children also deserve getaway options that include peace and quiet. From adults-only resorts and remote destinations that attract few children or college partiers to cruises that are specifically designed for adult travelers, here are 15 vacation options — including top picks from travel industry experts — where you're more likely to have a decidedly adult experience.

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SPARROWS LODGE | PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

A unique property constructed in the 1950s by MGM actor Don Castle, Sparrows Lodge was created to be a place where Hollywood's elite could slip away into the desert for the weekend. The good news is you don't have to be a movie star to visit this rustic, adults-only retreat anymore. The hotel is known for combining community with privacy. Guests have the option of enjoying home-cooked, family-style meals from the property garden or hanging out at the bar near the communal fire pit. Rooms also offer private patios and there's a secluded cabin room onsite. Prices start at about $289.

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TURNEFFE ISLAND RESORT | BELIZE

Located about 20 miles off the coast of Belize, southeast of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, travelers will find the remote private island of Little Caye Bokel and Turneffe Island Resort. In addition to its stunning location, the resort, which maxes out at 46 guests, is known for attracting adult clientele. Complimentary activities range from paddle boarding to kayaking. Additional ways to spend your time here include scuba diving, snorkeling, and fly fishing. There's also a bar, outdoor pool, beach volleyball court, and 14 acres of lush Caribbean coastline waiting to be explored. Prices for a three-night package start at about $1,490 per person.

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ARUBA MARRIOTT RESORT TRADEWINDS CLUB | ARUBA

While you won't find an entire adults-only resort at the Aruba Marriott, the property has created a dedicated space for the 18-plus crowd. It's the resort's Tradewinds Club, located on the property's eighth floor which, as a bonus, offers the best views of the sea. Those who book Tradewinds have a private check-in location away from other guests and a long list of elevated perks such as dedicated concierge and packing and unpacking services. You'll also have access to the Tradewinds Club Lounge, an exclusive adult space serving complimentary food and beverages throughout the day. An added perk: the club is adjacent to the adults-only H20ais pool and the adults-only beach area. Nightly rates start at $589.

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SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT | SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

With its art galleries and unique architecture, Santa Fe on its own is a charming destination to visit, not to mention one where you're not likely to run into many rowdy college students. But for those seeking a true adults-only escape, theSunrise Springs Spa Resort offers just that. Set on 70 acres, the resort is a place to unplug, recharge, and pamper yourself. Wellness workshops are a prime activity here. There's also a spa, yoga, gardening, a sweat lodge, and expressive arts. The property offers a variety of packages, some starting at $265 per night, which includes breakfast and unlimited activities.

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SECRET BAY | DOMINICA

Known as the "Nature Island," Dominica remains an unspoiled and uncrowded getaway for nature lovers in search of unique experiences. Popular activities include diving, snorkeling, and eco-trekking the Waitukubuli National Trail, one of the longest hiking trails in the Caribbean. As for where to stay, Secret Bay is an adults-only eco-luxury resort perched on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. The property offers a long list of transformational wellness experiences, fine dining, and residential-style villas. The experience won't come cheap, however; prices start at $802 per night.

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HYATT ZILARA RESORTS | MEXICO AND JAMAICA

Hyatt Zilara properties are adults-only retreats that come highly recommended by John Terry, editor of the travel site Everyday Points & Miles. There are Hyatt Zilara resorts in Cancun, Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jamaica Zilara, known as Rose Hall, focuses on creating a truly romantic escape for adults that includes pristine beaches and sparkling swimming pools. The Cancun property is located on the widest stretch of beach in the Hotel Zone and showcases traditional Mexican warmth, all ocean suites, and a romance concierge. Prices vary by property, room category, and time of year.

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JW MARRIOTT MARCO ISLAND BEACH RESORT | FLORIDA

Like the Aruba Marriott, this Marco Island property is not entirely children-free, but it does offer a posh adults-only zone. Perched above the Gulf of Mexico on floors six through nine of the resort's new Lanai Tower is a space reserved exclusively for guests 21 and over. The tranquil haven includes 94 guest rooms and suites, curated indulgent treats, elevated dining, and a rooftop pool reserved for adults. The experience also includes a planner to help you enjoy the resort's various activities and access to a private, white sand beach. Room rates vary seasonally, starting at $389 per night from June through December and $629 per night from January through May.

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LUXURY BAHIA PRINCIPE SIAN KA'AN | RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

An all-inclusive adult escape in the Mayan jungle, the Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka'an aims to offer much-needed relaxation to busy adults. The 420-room property is surrounded by lush vegetation, while amenities include restaurants, bars, three pools, and a spa. The Riviera Maya, where the resort is located, is home to Mayan ruins and the second largest coral reef in the world. The property is offering a special in April with room rates starting at $120.

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SANCTUARY CAP CANA | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

While Punta Cana may have a reputation for being something of a family and college party spot, that's not true of every property in this Caribbean destination. Sanctuary Cap Cana is a regal property reserved for adults only. The resort includes 20 tropical acres and 21,000 feet of oceanfront, five restaurants, and five pools (including a saltwater pool). The property is also located in close proximity to cave diving and seaside golf. And don't miss the Sanctuary Spa where you and your significant other can indulge in hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments or relax in the ZEN garden. Starting prices are $413 per night, which covers two people and includes food and activities.

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HILTON PLAYA DEL CARMEN | PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

Another adults-only oasis, the Hilton Playa del Carmen is an all-suite property where each room features its own balcony or terrace. There's also a romance concierge on-site for those who want some help putting a special touch on a couple's getaway. Daily snorkeling, scuba lessons, kayak sightseeing, and salsa dancing classes are among the ways to while away your kid-free time here. The seven gourmet restaurants are yet another perk. Rooms vary by season but can be found starting at about $480 this spring. Throughout the summer prices drop to about $325 per night.

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BHUTAN

Beyond adults-only resorts, there are destinations around the world that simply don't attract large crowds of family travelers or party-seeking college students. The stunning Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is one of them. Globetrotter Petro Marais, who has spent two years traveling full-time, describes Bhutan with its cliff-top monasteries, fortresses, and dramatic landscape as the ideal place for an adult vacation. "Since it is by no means a budget destination due to the government's mandated minimum spend you can rest assured you're visiting a sanctuary in this world," says Marais. "The only time I encountered children was the locals." The government sets the minimum daily package rate for visitors in Bhutan. Prices start between $200 and $250 per night.

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NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA

A wine tasting mecca, Napa makes for a decidedly adult getaway. The valley is home to hundreds of small lot, artisanal wines that are often not available elsewhere. In addition, Downtown Napa offers an increasingly diverse and appealing wine, beer, and foodie scene. Insider tip: by purchasing the Taste Napa Downtown Card for $15, visitors can experience wine tastings at half-price. And don't miss taking a cooking or wine history class at the famous CIA at Copia, also located downtown. Class prices vary, but some are about $50.

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VIKING CRUISES

File this fact away for the next time you're itching for a peaceful river cruise: Viking only allows passengers who are 18 and older. Want to further add to your peace of mind? The fares for Viking cruises also include shore excursions in every port, meals in several onboard restaurants, wine, beer, and more. In other words, just pick a cruise destination, pack the book you've been meaning to read, and prepare to relax. Viking has three ships in its fleets and all cabins include private balconies.

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VIRGIN VOYAGES

Just in case you missed the news, Sir Richard Branson has launched a cruise line, Virgin Voyages. All three of its ships will be geared to the 18 and over traveler. While this may not guarantee that you escape the college crowd, it will be a sure bet that there are no children aboard. The cruise line's executives say they're aiming to offer an elevated adult-experience. The first ship in the fleet, Scarlet Lady, will include an indoor gym and outdoor athletic club, spa, yoga deck, and adult play areas. The cruises are not set to begin until next year, so there's plenty of time to set aside money as fares won't be cheap. Prices start around $1500 per cabin for a four-night sailing.

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SOULTRIBE ADVENTURES

SoulTribe Adventures hosts active, inspiring, week-long retreats throughout the world in a variety of stunning, peaceful locations. The retreats, says owner Nathania Stambouli, are designed to promote personal growth through activities such as yoga, fitness, and outdoor adventure. Some retreat locations this year include Columbeira, Portugal; Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica; Sayulita, Mexico; Keramas, Bali, and Thatch Caye, Belize. Prices, which vary depending on whether you are sharing a room, start around $1495 for one week and include all activities, meals, and accommodations.

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