The term "adult-only resort" might conjure unsettling images of leering men in mustaches and nervous women in revealing bikinis, but dismissing the idea outright is a mistake. If you're a parent who needs some respite from the incessant whine of children, a couple looking to reconnect in peace, or a honeymooner hoping to avoid considering the future, kid-free resorts feel like an oasis. We pulled together our favorite destinations that offer luxurious treatment and surroundings in a child-free environment.
Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain
Set in a renovated 19th-century stone fortress, Cap Rocat exemplifies old-world luxury. The 24 individually decorated rooms are spare but gorgeous, many of them overlooking the ocean, with private terraces. There's a full spa, fitness center, plus cycling, tennis courts, and yoga. In addition to the infinity pool, there's direct access to the ocean down a (modestly perilous) stairway. For excellent Mediterranean dining, choose the epic hall of the Fortress Restaurant or the Cala de la Reina down by the waterfront. Guests must be 15 or older. [From $375 a night; caprocat.com]