This summer has been unrelenting, and for those with fairer skin, spent mostly indoors. But now the haze of summer is drawing to a close, it’s safe to leave the house without risking sunburn. The trick is to avoid the swarms of children on holiday for the next month. For those of you without children, we have compiled a list of hotels and locations that will help you on this quest.
The Scarlet Hotel, which is ‘just for grown-ups’, promises to care for you as if you were in the home of a friend. It also offers luxuries like cliff top hot tubs and a spa. The hotel overlooks Cornwall’s Mawgan Porth Beach and has panoramic views of the coast and Atlantic Ocean. If you’re looking for an eco friendly hotel with a touch of pampering, rooms at the Scarlet start at £280 for a two-night minimum stay.
Also in Cornwall is the option of the Sandhill House Country Retreat. Due to the large number of ornamental ponds, the retreat is unsuitable for children. Set in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Sandhill House is a countryside retreat with breathtaking views. With Dartmoor National Park and Bodmin Moor close by, this retreat is perfect for those looking for long walks and fresh air. Prices are from £82 a night, with a minimum two-night stay.
With hotels across the UK, Warner Leisure Hotels offer a ‘grown-up treat’. Each hotel is set in some of the UK’s most beautiful places, and you can choose between coastal or country getaways. Each location has different activity options, from dance workshops to fencing. Warner Leisure also organise tours of the locality, so you can explore the area and take in the country air.
Although Center Parcs cannot offer a completely child-free experience, there are so many activities to enjoy that are strictly aimed at adults. Why not try laser combat or a quad bike safari? There are five UK locations to choose from, and a variety of accommodation options. The most luxurious choice is a treehouse which includes a private outdoor hot tub and a games den.
Bluestone National Park offers adult and couple holidays, to allow you to take a romantic break or just escape the children. Activities include sky wires, rock climbing and kayaking, and should you need to recuperate after all this exercise, Bluestone also have a spa retreat. Located in Pembrokeshire, the resort is surrounded by historic castles, beaches and coastal beauty. Prices start from £49 a night, with no minimum stay.
Careys Manor Hotel offers ‘grown-up getaways’, set in the picturesque New Forest in Hampshire. This hotel’s aim is to pamper, featuring three restaurant options and a luxury Thai spa with state of the art hydrotherapy facilities. The spa is said to restore inner calm and renew energy levels, so this hotel is perfect for those looking to relax and escape from stress. Prices are from £209 per night, and there is no minimum stay.