More and more frequently we are getting inquiries and bookings for adult only vacations. Each couple has their own reasons for wanting to travel without family. It may be a well-deserved break, time to recharge and reconnect, expand their knowledge about cultures, to rekindle romance or even to spice up their intimacy.
Over the years, our travel agents have been asked a myriad of questions. So here so here are seven things you may not have known about adult only vacations:
1. It’s okay to leave the kids behind
We know it can be hard for devoted moms and dads to take a vacation without your children, especially if they’re young or early teens. But waiting years for real “we” time is not exactly a formula for romance and staying connected.
We all get caught up in the hustle of balancing work, family, let alone nurturing the most important relationship we have, with our spouse. Mothers, in particular, tend to put everyone else’s needs ahead of their own and pack too much into each day. Think of travel as an opportunity to recharge. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is happy, connected parents.
Taking the occasional vacation, just the two of you, allows you to reconnect without all the daily distractions and has the bonus of giving your children an opportunity to miss you! Maybe it’s a good thing.
Now, having said that, if your children are very young and don’t feel but you can leave them behind, there are several resorts that offer children’s areas, childcare, and adult only areas. Ask any of the Fox Travel agents and they can tell you which resorts cater to families, but understand the needs of couples have some time to enjoy alone. We can fill you in on which resorts feature separate adult areas.
2. Adult vacations come in many flavors
Cruises, all-inclusive resorts, outdoor-centric like hiking, camping, sailing, and train adventures are just a few of the adult vacations that we book at Fox travel. The “flavor” of travel often depends on what a couple most needs like relaxation, physical activity, freedom from distractions, re-connection and of course romance.
In this part of the blog let’s talk about a particular “flavor” of adult vacations – spicy! You know you’re looking for a little bit of everything stated above and you want a little more than that. Maybe more freedom, more passion. Then you might want to know that there are several resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico that offer au natural sunbathing areas. There is even a five-star resort in Mexico where guests can be au natural anywhere on the resort grounds. You might want to know that there are cruises each year that is a complete ship take over for couples only, some offering nude sunbathing. In fact, “Nacations” are growing in popularity with billions of dollars in discretionary income spent to travel to resorts and beaches that offer these adventurous travelers destinations. So popular, that this article appeared on CBS online, “Why travel’s latest trend — the ‘nacation’ — is gaining momentum”. At Fox Travel, we get inquiries about nude travel and have all the latest info on where to book. You can even use your American Express points to pay for your “Nacation”.
There are many wonderful all-inclusive resorts around the world that cater to couples only. There are luxury cruises on small ships that offer a unique way to visit beautiful and historic places. European River cruises are very popular with the adults of all ages.
3. That adult only vacations are not necessarily the same as romantic travel
There are loads of different reasons for enjoying an adult only vacation. Learning about history without boring the kids, educating yourself about other cultures, enjoying more physical activity outdoors, pursuing a hobby like scuba diving or hiking or gathering memories that last a lifetime. These vacations maybe with your special someone but you may be traveling with friends as well.
For example, we have a special culinary cruise coming up in October of 2018 that is one of a kind. We will be cruising the Mediterranean, shopping with our celebrity chef, and creating gourmet dishes in the teaching kitchen aboard a luxurious Regents cruise ship. This cruise is all-inclusive and has proven to be popular with the over 50 set. Grab a “foodie” friend and join us for a one-of-a-kind Cruise.
European River cruises are not only luxurious, you immerse yourself in the history and architecture of Europe. Alongside more modern architecture are buildings, some of which were built in the 15 and 1600s. Europe is a great destination for walking and bike tours which give you time to explore at a slower pace and get lots of exercise.
Of course, the Caribbean is a particularly popular destination. If you’re an active adult, there are so many things to do and to see besides lounging on the beach with the piña colada.
And an adult only vacation that is on a surprising number of peoples bucket lists are African safaris. It’s one thing to see animals in the zoo, but it’s a lifetime experience to see them and they’re own natural environment. Of course, that could be a family trip as well.
So whether do you want to see the great wall of China, climb Machu Picchu in Peru or relax an overwater bungalow in Bali, Jamaica, St. Lucia or Mexico, we’ve been there.
4. The hottest adult only vacations
Some of the hottest adult only vacations may come as a surprise. Cruises to Alaska are our number one requested cruise.
Although there are no cruises that are exclusively for adults in this category, the smaller luxury, all-inclusive ones rarely have children. Their activities and amenities are more geared to adults. So if magnificent scenery, being pampered, and amazing sea life resonates with you, you will love an Alaskan cruise. For more about cruising for adults, here is our blog on the topic.
A growing segment of adult only vacations are train vacations. Canada has a wonderful rail system that allows you to travel from one stunningly gorgeous place to another. The Orient Express in Europe is another popular train vacation. We find that people often travel with friends on train vacations.
5. The hottest adult only resorts
There are adult only resorts all over the world. Some of these resorts are in the mountains, others are Lakeside, but by far the most popular are beach locations, especially those with a tropical climate. Many of these resorts are all-inclusive.
At Fox Travel, we are specialist in the preferred resorts we recommend to our clients. We make sure that all of our travelers get the best rates, perks, resort or spa credits often only available to travel agents. If you’re thinking of booking a resort that we have had poor feedback about, we will let you know that as well. We know everyone travels on the budget and will provide you with options to fit your budget and your desires.
But not all are equal in terms of the value for the dollars you spend. Chances are if you call us to book adult only vacation it will be at the resort that we have been to or ones that clients have visited and given us their feedback.
In Europe for example, there are adults only hotels and resorts in every country. But you’ll find the largest number of these resorts in the warmer countries. Spain leads the way with the most adults only resorts. There are hotels, resorts and B&B’s in Greece, Croatia, and Italy from lavish to charming.
If you’d like to stay in the United States, there is quite a variety of adults resorts depending on whether you like the mountains, the desert or the beach. Unsurprisingly, Miami and the Florida Keys with its tropical climate and turquoise waters are the most popular destinations, followed by California. But the deserts and mountains have their appeal too.
Speaking of tropical, the majority of our bookings are at resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Let us share some of our favorites. And if you are thinking of traveling for a special occasion, like a destination wedding, anniversary or about renewal, each of these resorts is the perfect location with the perfect amenities.
Couples Resorts has four locations, all in Jamaica. We do more bookings for Couples Resorts than any other. There’re several reasons for that. One is that each resort is a stunning location with amazing beaches. The resort is all-inclusive and the service is impeccable. Couples has a flair for creating the ultimate romantic environment. One little-known detail is that three of their four resorts have an au natural sunbathing area which is a surprisingly popular draw.
The Karsima Resort group has four incredible, yet unique resorts on the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
1. Their Maroma Beach resort is located I want the most gorgeous stretches of beach and all of Mexico. But what makes this resort extra special is that they are the first to have overwater bungalows. The bungalows include glass floors and places and private access to slip into the warm Caribbean waters.
2. A bit further south, and closer to Tulum, is Karisma’s most popular resort the El Dorado Royal and the very private Casita Royal. It is an adults-only paradise where you are encouraged to slow down and savor each moment of your stay. You’ll find world-class chefs, gourmet restaurants, you very own concierges and bars that pour only from the top shelf.
3. Their Hidden Beach Resort, next door to the Royal is a 5-star hotel with all the quality you get at their other resorts with a unique twist. Talk about a unique adult only vacation! Hidden Beach is a very private clothing optional environment. Guest are allowed to be clothing-free at all times and in all places on resort grounds although most people dress for dinner. Guests can also access all the El Dorado Royal amenities and restaurants (clothed) as part of their all-inclusive package. Call one of our Fox Travel agents for more information or pricing on this resort.
Karisma has resorts in Jamaica, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and in Europe.
Excellence Resorts are adult paradises. They have three all-inclusive, luxury resorts. Two of their resorts are in Mexico on the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean side. Their third resort and our favorite is in the Dominican Republic in Punta Cana. The resort is situated 30 mile stretch of a picturesque tropical beach. One of the reasons we love this particular resort is that the surrounding areas are interesting to explore and there are many things to do both on land and sea.
Sandals Resorts are sprinkled on six different Caribbean islands. Each resort Is a five star, all-inclusive experience like no other. What they each have in common is they situated on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sandals have several resorts in Jamaica, including one in Negril. Here you will stay on one of the most beautiful stretches of the famous 7-mile beach where you can even find stretches for nude sunbathing. Jamaica is a very diverse island with waterfalls, rivers and of course beaches. Whichever one of their resorts you book throughout the Caribbean, you’ll find many activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, jungle zip lines, river rafting and even a few rounds of golf.
Of course, there are many other adults-only all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, like Secrets. We’re happy to talk with you about the ones you are considering. We have one more hidden gem to tell you about. Rendezvous Resort. They have only one resort and it’s on the island of St. Lucia. If you have never been to this stunning island, use the excuse to stay at the Rendezvous Resort. If you are looking for a quiet, intimate location, where romance and pampering can be found you will love your St. Lucia vacation. The spot is truly away from the hustle and bustle of life.
For the younger, edgier crowd, Temptations Resort Cancun this adult only vacation might just be perfect. Called the “Playground for Grownups”, Temptations caters to a millennial and younger GenX clientele. The invigorating, adventurous atmosphere provides guests with endless fun and entertainment like theme nights.
Another resort for younger couples is Karisma’s Sea Side Suites. With a party vibe and innovative tech amenities, millennials and younger GenX’s love this resort. Give us a call for more information about booking Temptations or Karisma’s Sea Side Suites with all the perks and protection a travel agent provides.
Of course, we know about many other adults only resorts. We’ll find just the right one for adult only vacations with all the benefits of booking with a travel agent. We will also let you know if we’ve had negative feedback on a resort you are considering. To read about more adult only resorts read our blog The Top 8 Best Adult Only Resorts here.
6. The benefits of planning adult only vacations
Relax and recharge – that’s the point of a vacation, right? We all have stress in our lives and as much as we love our kids, parenting can be one of those stressors. You might even find taking a break allows you to be a better parent. Modern adult life is very busy. It’s important to recharge your batteries once in a while.
Can make your marriage stronger – it’s important to have “couple time” and strengthen your bond which is ultimately a good thing for your family. Remember how much fun you have when it’s just the two of you? Not that you would change anything. But stepping back in time and focusing just on each other, creates time for the intimacy that is so important to your bond.
Uninterrupted social time – whether you’re traveling with your mate or with friends, it’s a real treat not to have to entertain kids and be able to do uninterrupted and adult activities.
Gramma and Grandpa time – if you’re fortunate enough to have parents nearby, then taking time away just for the two of you, gives her kids or teens time for bonding with their grandparents. What a grandparent doesn’t look forward to having grandchildren all to themselves.
It’s Fun – ask yourself “Is it time for some old fashion fun?”. Sure it’s fun going places with the kids, taking family vacations and doing kid-related activities. But sometimes it’s good to remind yourself how much fun you have doing adult activities. Fun and relaxation provide balance to your otherwise busy life.
7. That it’s the fastest growing type of travel
Almost 30% of our website traffic is for our adult only vacation pages. It’s not that couples and friends have not been traveling without children before, it’s that more adults are actively seeking adult-only experiences.
The number of adults only resorts has boomed over the past few years with active marketing to entice couples looking for relaxation, romance, and even spicy alternatives for vacationing. Imagine that romantic dinner on a tropical beach with no interruptions. Several resort brands have clothing-optional or topless sunbathing areas.
The all-inclusive resorts each seek to come up with unique, more over the top packages than other resorts. And that is great for you the traveler.
We’ve experienced an increase in adventure and theme travel as well. There is a great big world out there that gets smaller and smaller as planes get faster and competition for travel dollars makes seeing the world easier.
Why Book with Fox Travel?
Well, aside from the fact that we are fun to work with, there are many advantages to working with a travel agent. We save our customers money and tons of time, we get the rates and perks only available to travel agencies and often resort credits. Although online booking offers can appear to be the best deal, often by the time they’ve unbundled the deal and added exclusions, they are more expensive. The other thing you just can’t beat is we’ve In fact, here is a page on our website about The Top 10 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent.
So how do you get hold of one of our knowledgeable (and fun) travel agents to talk about an adult only vacation or family travel? Glad you asked! You can call M-F from 9 am to 6 pm, email us M-F at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us 7 days a week on Facebook. Remember, If you are an American Express cardholder, ask us about paying with points.
To learn more about Team Fox or each of our agents, visit our team page.
For the book online folks, you can use our Book Online page and still get all the perks of working with a travel agent!
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