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.
Jade Mountain, Soufrière, Saint Lucia
The latest addition to the renowned 600-acre Anse Chastenet resort on Saint Lucia, Jade Mountain is simply stunning, a treetop paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completely designed by the architect-owner, Jade Mountain has 24 infinity pool suites (and five jacuzzi suites) that open directly to the ocean. The private dining club is headed by a James Beard Award-winning chef, and guests are able to take in dining, bar, beach, and spa amenities at the main resort (there's also a private full-service spa reserved for JM guests). Easily one of the most stunning stays in the world. Guests must be 15 or older. [From $1,025 a night; jademountain.com]