School's out for the summer, but how can seaside-seeking couples avoid the crowds? Sarah Marshall suggests visiting one of Europe's top 5 adults only hotels…
White Orchid - Where: Greece
Given the show-stopping views – arguably the best of any hotel on the mainland – it’s no wonder the eight suites of this cliff-clinging property get snapped up quickly. Whether drizzling local honey over fresh bread for breakfast on the terrace, or having a splash in the wish-you-were-here infinity pool, the sight of the sparkling Ionian Sea doesn’t disappoint. The quarried stone and glass building is set amidst fragrant jasmine and bougainvillea, and sumptuous rooms feature their own kitchenettes. Stumble down the hill to a quiet beach or walk for 30-minutes to Sivota, where you can get a 40-minute water taxi to the island of Paxos.
Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com) offers seven nights from £977 per person, including flights, car hire and B&B accommodation.
Barcelo Illetas Albatross - Where: Mallorca
Sandwiched between the seafront and Palma’s historic centre, this cool, sophisticated 128-room hotel is the perfect city/sun escape. Lounge around the pose-perfect swimming pool on four-poster Balinese-style day beds, refreshed by a breeze from the Mediterranean Sea. Needs are attended to via a 24-hour Whatsapp concierge service, and guests can even dial in a choice of aromas for the rooms. Feel the benefits of being by the water with a treatment in the Thalasso Spa, or zip around the surrounding area on the hotel’s personalised fleet of Vespas (€46 (£36) per day including VAT).
Doubles from £89 per night, B&B. Visit www.barceloilletasalbatros.com
The Scarlet Hotel - Where: Cornwall, UK
It may be a few degrees cooler, but Cornwall’s coastal views are just as dramatic as seascapes on the Continent. Often applauded for its romantic appeal, the warm, convivial Scarlet wraps you up like a big hug, making it feel more like a best friend’s swanky pad. Melt into one of the eco hotel’s signature log-fired cliff-top hot tubs while watching surfers catch crashing waves on Mawgan Porth Beach, or borrow the hotel whippet, Jasper, for a walk across the sand at low tide. It’s worth setting aside an afternoon for one of the Scarlet’s multi-treatment “journeys” in their Ayurvedic lantern-lit spa, reserving time to drift off in cocoon-like pods suspended from the ceiling.
Doubles from £210 per night, B&B. Visit www.scarlethotel.co.uk
Hotel Colon Guanahani - Where: Tenerife
The swish rooftop pool provides a talking point at this sociable hotel, which manages to retain a boutique feel despite having 154 rooms. Size, though, does mean variety, with a choice of two restaurants, a wellness centre with Turkish bath and sauna, two saltwater swimming pools and a fully equipped gym. A recent €3.5 million refurbishment has given the classic colonial-esque rooms a funky zing, with walk-in showers adding a splash of indulgence. The sandy beaches of Playa Fañabé, in Costa Adeje, are a 10-minute stroll away, along with a selection of restaurants and supermarkets.
Classic Collection Holidays (www.classic-collection.co.uk) offers six nights from £878 per person, including flights, private transfers and B&B accommodation.
Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites - Where: Cyprus
There’ll be no tussling for sand space on the private beach of this property in south-west Cyprus, where guests have exclusive use of the cabana-covered stretch. The sleek and chic resort has 110 balconied suites available, although plump for the Executive Suites to enjoy a private pool. A choice of four excellent restaurants means there’s little reason to leave - get dressed up for dinner or snack on seafood by the beach. Breakfast is served until a very amenable 11am, so there’s no reason not to have a lie-in.
ITC Luxury Travel (www.itcluxurytravel.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,115 per person, including flights, transfers and B&B accommodation.Compare Quotes Now