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Joan Scales on adult hol­i­days

The Irish Times Magazine - - NEWS -

There are quite a few al­ter­na­tives for adults- only re­sorts and des­ti­na­tions, and child- free zones both in Ire­land and abroad.

Fal­con and Thom­son tour op­er­a­tors have the Sen­si­mar and Sen­satori re­sorts, some of which are for adults only. Th­ese are all- in­clu­sive re­sorts in Spain, Ca­nary Is­lands, Greece and Italy with spas, free wifi and en­ter­tain­ment ( fal­con­hol­i­days.ie).

The Caribbean has a good num­ber of adults- only re­sorts, some with cloth­ing op­tional. Many of the re­sorts are fo­cused on the mar­riage and hon­ey­moon mar­ket. Some bou­tique re­sorts are The Caves re­sort in Ja­maica ( the­caveshotel.com) and the SoCo in Bar­ba­dos ( the­so­co­ho­tel.com).

For those who like to have an ac­tive hol­i­day, The Body Hol­i­day in St Lu­cia is avail­able through vir­gin­hol­i­days. com. For party lovers, Breath­less in Can­cun is a lively re­sort with lots of mu­sic, bands and shows ( breath­less­re­sorts.com).

The best adults- only re­sort in the United States is Las Ve­gas, where what goes on tour stays on tour. In­dulge your­self in fab­u­lous ho­tels, amaz­ing shows, top- class restau­rants, great shop­ping and of course gam­bling. There are also some adults- only cruise lines such as P& O, Saga Hol­i­days, Voy­ages to An­tiq­uity. Most of them are river cruises, but the age pro­file is the young at heart.

UK- based Mark Warner Hol­i­days of­fers adults- only trips to Greece, Sar­dinia and Cor­sica. The ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sail­ing, wa­ter sports, cy­cling, ten­nis, moun­tain bik­ing and more. There is also a ski pro­gramme in the win­ter.

In Ire­land, the most well- known child- free zone is the Monart re­sort in Co Wex­ford. An­other place to in­dulge for a quiet few days is the Old Con­vent in Tip­per­ary, known for its ex­quis­ite food ( the­old­con­vent.ie).

js­cales@irish­times.com

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