Have you ever wondered if a family vacation is even a vacation at all? Sometimes accommodating that many people, from babies and small children to seniors and teenagers, can just feel like a trip, not a break. By the end of it, you need a vacation from the vacation. We've all been there... And while family road trips and reunions can definitely be fun and rewarding, there's also a time when you'd just rather travel on your own, with your significant other, or with your friends.
With that in mind, we decided to compile a bucket list of the best places for travelers without kids. We made sure to include plenty of variety so you can find the type of holiday you're looking for, whether that be beachfront kick back, bustling nightlife experiences, or unexpected adventures far away. While these places can, in fact, accommodate children if you'd actually rather bring them along, they're best enjoyed without kids so you can truly unwind and get the most out of your vacation. So without further ado, find out the 7 best places for travelers without kids, from singles to honeymooners, tired parents, and empty-nesters. Get ready to call a sitter for the kids (or the cats, or the plants) and pack your bags.
Head to Another Hemisphere:
Bueños Aires is the birthplace of the tango, so you can expect an energetic nightlife and romantic atmosphere, from the architecture to the people.This cosmopolitan gem of Argentina is the perfect destination for anyone who likes European cities but wants to get off the beaten path and try something new. Stay at Legado Mítico, an exclusive boutique hotel that serves as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. We also love the minimalist design of Hotel Pulitzer and The Clubhouse, which is a social club similar to Soho house (it's actually in the hip neighborhood of Palermo Soho, too), but it also has hotel rooms. You also can't go wrong with the design-centric and lavish Faena hotel, which also just recently opened up a second location in Miami, Florida. You'll feel like you've just stepped into a dreamlike, interpretation of 1920s opulence and style.
lf you want to spend time outside of the city as well, head to Salta, a town that sits at the foot of the Andes mountains. Here, you will explore Inca ruins, see abode architecture, visit wineries, and unwind in the countryside. House of Jasmines, Or check out Finca Valentina, which offers cooking classes to guests who want to learn about the local cuisine as well as horseback riding and massages to unwind. All this is set amidst gorgeous grounds and luxury accommodations. Or head to one of the remote Patagonian towns on the cusp Chilé known as El Chalten and San Carlos de Bariloche. They sits adjacent to the Parques Nacional Torres del Paine, a magical destination with otherworldly beauty. Stay at rustic, cabin-style lodge called Laguna Candor or the large lakeside resort, Llao Llao.
Be Ready for Adventures:
City Hop in Europe:
Paris and Berlin
France and Germany sit side-by-side, it's easy to hit a city in each spot during one trip (and more, if you have the time).
Berlin: We love the Bavarian charm of Munich and the gorgeous countryside castles and whizzing cars, but Germany's edgiest city is a must-see if you're looking for kid-free travel hubs. It's historically charged and full of cultural activities both tourist must-sees and under-the-radar local haunts. When it comes to museums, you should visit the architecturally spectacular Jewish Museum and memorial. Eat at Ziet fur Bret, shisho burger, and Monki Bar, which has a gorgeous terrace overlooking the Berlin Zoo, hence the name. Cantina is a swanky speak easy with delicious food, Glass is another must-try food spot for minimalist interiors and fine dining. For shopping, make sure to check out the hip shop with a cute cafe, Voo. Stay at Sir Savigny or Das Stue for taste of the city's cool, trendsetting style today, Provocateur to get a sense of the pre-Soviet free spirit of Berlin in the 1920s.
Paris: Having attracted so many writers (including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and James Baldwin) and fashion designers, Paris is paradise for the literature and style obsessed. For art buffs, we recommend staying at Le Roch Hotel by the Louvre or L'Hôtel Particulier Montmartre. Aside from the usual tourist destinations, take advantage of the gallery scene and the charming cafés and bistros the city offers. For intimate drink spot and fun nightlife options, head to Candelaria or Andy Wahloo. If you can book your trip before December, make sure you visit the legendary fashion destination, Colette, before it closes at the end of 2017. Be sure to check out the brick and mortar stock of Paris-based brand Olympia le Tan for a souvenir that speaks to both fashion and literature (you probably recognize her quirky, elegant, handmade book clutches adorning the influencers of fashion week).
The wine country in California is another prime spot to travel if you want a kid-free experience without leaving the country. Stay in Napa or Sonoma if you want to spend your days relaxing in the countryside, touring wineries for tastings, and soaking in the gorgeous landscape. Calistoga Ranch is one of the most gorgeous resorts, as it's nestled in a lush, private canyon with rolling hills and vineyards. Did we just describe your version of heaven? It gets better. There is a family pool, which you can vehemently avoid to escape the sound of children order off the kid's menu and making cannon balls.
We also love Hotel Healdsburg for a smaller boutique feel in the middle of town, Meadowood in St. Helena for intimate luxury cottages, and for something more casual, stay at the Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma. This trip is anyone in need of a friends-only escape or romantic retreat. romantic evenings, or relax at the spa. We suggest going on a hot-air balloon ride to get a bird's eye view of the expansive greenery of the area.
Explore a European Country:
Architecture fanatics, night owls, and beach bums flock to the Catalan city of Barcelona for the lively going out scene and scenic views of gothic style structures and Gaudí landmarks all set against the seaside. It's pretty much an adult version of Disney Land. And aside from being a fun locale with endless activities and shopping destinations, it's also incredibly liveable, which plenty of diverse neighborhoods, schools, and delicious food. You can't go wrong regardless of where you stay, but we think the coolest, more design-savvy spots are Destination BNC, Mercer Hotel, and El Palauet. For the best tapas you'll try in your life, go to Bar Cañete, and for high-end shopping, go to Santa Eulalia, which is Barcelona's conceptual, stylish department store on the main drag, Passeig de Gracia. The Gothic Quater is full of incredible vintage stores, too.
If you have time to explore the whole country, island hop from Mallorca to Ibiza, go to the quainter seaside port towns of San Sebastian or Cádiz, or venture inland to the charming Old World town of Seville where horsedrawn carriages are the norm and Granada or Cordoba for Moorish cathedrals.
See the Subcontinent:
Getting to Kerala is a bit of a trek, but the journey is very much worth experiencing the magic of the sparkling waters and outdoor adventures. We also think the journey will be a lot more romantic if you you choose to make the long journey without crying babies. Kerala is well-known for its backwaters, so stay at the Marari Beach Resort or Brunton Boatyard. Both of these options have unparalleled access to the most gorgeous views. For a truly authentic experience on the water, consider renting a houseboat for your vacation. We recommend The Lotus. Whether you're feasting your eyes on the endless sea of paddy fields or drifting through the lagoons, you'll experience the wonder of Kerala.
You should also experience one of the larger cities like Udaipur, or the capital, New Delhi. If time permits, you should visit both places since they each offer unique travel opportunities. Both are incredibly dense with people, which is why it's probably better to visit without kids. This way you won't have to worry about getting separated from your little ones. The Park New Delhi is one of our favorite hotels in the city for it's sleek, contemporary design (it also makes luxury affordable, with starting rates under $100). The Lohdi is an incredibly luxurious hotel with impeccable design, architecture, and service, making it the perfect home base after a busy day in the city. Then spend a few days in the city of Agra so you can see the the world-famous white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal. And staying at the Taj Lake Palace alone makes a trip to the city of Udaipur worthwhile.
Taste the Tropics:
When it comes to hotels in Miami, we suggest a stay at the Faena Hotel. It'll give you the full experience of the city in all its opulence and glory. With an on-site Damien Hirst masterpiece, it's one of the coolest spots in the world. It's right on Collins Avenue in South Beach, though it offers more privacy since it's a little further north of the other popular hotels, like the traditional Setai and hip Miami Beach Edition Hotel (which are also great options). For something more, try the Freehand Miami, which boasts a young, tropical energy that will instantly transport you to vacation mode. It's quintessential Miami magic with lush greenery and island vibes.
Given Miami's rich art and architecture, it's no surprise that the city has preserved the Art Deco buildings with a tropical edge. Take a tour of the Art Deco District to get a sense, and then walk through the Wynwood neighborhood, where you'll see a series of murals and street art in this bustling creative enclave (while you're in the area, don't miss Style Mafia if you want to shop for on-trend stylish pieces at an unbeatable price).
The Webster is our favorite shop for one-of-a-kind pieces. You can either take a stroll down Collins Avenue, and check out their multilevel boutique (it's in a historic Art Deco building painted in vibrant pastels), or you can go to their space in the Bal Harbour shopping center, a great outdoor mall with an incredibly unique design. The Design District is another great shopping area, with all the usual high-end suspects plus a few concept stores, from Céline to Maison Margiela and Dior Homme.
You could also just lounge on the beach with a good book. For an unforgettable meal in a gorgeous setting, you can't miss Mandolin Aegean Bistro. And you should definitely make time to try a Cuban restaurant (our favorite is Puerto Sagua for a late-night bite). Speaking of late-night bites, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is great for some fast tacos before a night of dancing in the speakeasy (entrance is through their refrigerator). If you're planning on hitting the town, try The Broken Shaker in South Beach or Bardot in Wynwood.