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5 child-free hotspots for a Mother's Day escape

6 min read
May 2

While handmade cards or breakfast in bed featuring burnt toast have their charm, sometimes the best Mother's Day gift is not to be a mother for a day – or five.

Mom guilt has no place when it comes to a dream trip, and there's a good chance the little ones will be equally excited about a staycation away from mom and dad. 

If you need a break from the routine, text your babysitters – we've rounded up five destinations perfect for an adults-only getaway.

Zakynthos, Greece

Zakynthos, Greece

Greece has become just as famous for its idyllic islands as its ancient attractions, and Zakynthos—also known as Zante—is truly a paradise. This Ionian Sea retreat offers much more than turquoise waters and white sands – though it has plenty of that, too. 

Shipwreck Beach is a unique backdrop for amateur photographers and maritime disaster buffs, while the Mediterranean Marine Life Center protects the endangered Caretta sea turtle, also found at nearby beaches. 

You can stroll through shops, bars, and tavernas in the town center, or drive to villages like Volimes, Keri, and Alykes – without the chorus of “Are we there yet?” from the backseat. The Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia is the perfect spot to brush up on Greek history, and the place where the Olympic Games originated.

Where to stay: Zante Maris Suites - Adults Only is a five-star hotel with an organic take on Greek architecture. Think white, square buildings accented with wood and lush vegetation. The large outdoor pool is heated for those rare chilly days, and the on-site restaurant does fine dining with a Mediterranean twist.

Sankt Jakob, Haus, Austria

Sankt Jakob, Haus, Austria

Sankt Jakob in Haus, Austria may delight ski fans, but when the snow melts, it lives up to its reputation as the sunniest village in the Pillersee Valley.

Its secluded location in the Kitzbühel Alps draws adventure lovers, with lakes for swimming and water sports and trails up mountains like the Buchensteinwand – famous for its 100-foot wooden cross and sweeping views. 

When you’re ready to swap your hiking boots for some culture, we recommend a visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds for glittering indoor and outdoor installations, as well as art pieces in the Chambers of Wonder.

Where to stay: Adults Only Boutique-Hotel Unterlechner is great year-round thanks to its prime position in the mountains near ski slopes and dense forest. Here, you’ll find indoor and outdoor nature pools, a spa with herbal and steam baths, a sauna, and a private balcony or terrace for every room. The award-winning restaurant is a standout attraction, making local ingredients the star of the show in its seasonal menu. And while this is not a property for children, fur babies are welcome.

Cancún, Mexico

Cancún, Mexico

Cancún may have a reputation as Mexico’s party capital, but the coastal city takes leisure just as seriously thanks to its lineup of some of the world’s best all-inclusive resorts. Picture palm trees swaying in the warm breeze and miles of soft white sand beneath your feet – with no stray LEGOs to watch out for. 

With the Caribbean Sea stretching before you, don’t miss out on a cruise. You and your co-parent could opt for a relaxed catamaran adventure to Isla Mujeres aboard a 45-foot luxury vessel, complete with a buffet lunch and snorkeling in the coral reef. 

Or, if your vacation is a girls trip, a fun boat party with music and an open bar might be more your speed.

Where to stay: The five-star Atelier Playa Mujeres- Adults Only - All Inclusive Resort is the pinnacle of luxury on the Yucatán Peninsula. Artful guest suites designed by Mexican creators lead to an endless swimming pool and a private beach dotted with cabanas. This remote retreat draws inspiration from the natural landscape and contemporary Mexican art. With amenities including a golf course, spa, 13 eclectic restaurants, two coffee shops, and 12 themed bars, there’s no need to leave your tropical sanctuary – nor will you want to.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When it comes to after-dark decadence and adults-only outings, few cities are as committed to the good life as Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Vegas of the Middle East. 

While Dubai may be more culturally conservative than Sin City, it still offers plenty of restaurants—including 14 with Michelin Stars—exclusive nightclubs, and dazzling skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa with its 125th-floor observation deck

A nocturnal lifestyle means that brunch, not breakfast, is a big deal here, typically followed by a leisurely afternoon stretched out poolside or at a beach club. The city’s shopping scene also draws crowds, letting parents skip toy stores for state-of-the-art malls, designer outlets, and contemporary souks.

Where to stay: The W Dubai - Mina Seyahi, Adults Only is known for its extraordinary attention to detail, prioritizing rejuvenation and fun. It’s located at Jumeirah Beach, a popular part of Dubai’s coastline, and designed with a subtle retro flair. The program features attractions like DJ sets at the infinity pool, bird’s-eye views from the Japanese-themed rooftop bar, spa treatments, and dancing at the on-site beach club.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Costa Rica may be a small country, but it holds about 5% of the world's biodiversity and is dedicated to environmental preservation. 

The tropical surroundings are perfect for a romantic couples getaway, but Costa Rica also ranks among the best countries in the Americas for solo travelers and female visitors. To escape the city lights and crowds, we recommend the hidden gem of Santa Teresa.

This coastal town attracts international visitors, and the beaches are a surfer’s dream. Here, you can fill your days with yoga on the sand, befriending howler monkeys in the jungle, and admiring the sunset with a frosty cocktail in hand.

Where to stay: Highly rated Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais - Adults Only makes the most of its jungle setting and lush greenery with an eco-construction that uses renewable materials like bamboo and volcanic rock. If you can tear yourself away from your private in-room swimming pool, you can watch chefs prepare healthy, flavorful dishes in the open-kitchen restaurant, or sign up for activities like fishing, horseback riding, ziplining, and nature reserve tours.