Last-minute getaways for grown-ups

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Last-minute getaways for grown-ups

You really do love children – your own and other people’s. But sometimes you need a well-deserved break without the kids and, preferably, no-one else’s little ones to disturb you. Yes, it’s time for the adults to have some fun on their own – be that with your loved one on a romantic break, with a group of friends or even as a solo traveller. There are plenty of options nowadays wherever you choose to go.

All the main tour operators offer packages at adult-only hotels so if you’re dreaming of a grown-up getaway that involves total relaxation combined with peace and quiet, there’s no shortage of inspiration. Romantic retreat in a sunshine paradise where you can leave your footprints in the sand? Tick. Culture-filled city break? Tick. Pool-based holiday with swim-up bar? Tick. Spa-based hotel with gym? Tick. Party central? Golf in the Algarve?

Yes, that’s another tick. And no kids in sight!

While some people would miss their kids too much to consider a holiday without them, others can’t get on the plane quick enough. The prospect of not having to constantly top up the sun cream and keep the little darlings entertained 24/7 is too attractive not to consider.

All you have to do is decide where to go – and here are some of our suggestions from Southampton Airport:

Paris
Fly to one of the world’s most romantic city from Southampton with Flybe. Kiss at the foot of the Eiffel Tour, dine in a quiet bistro off the main tourist trail and enjoy the city’s café culture during the day – absolute bliss.

Faro
Golf enthusiast? Flybe will take you direct to Faro which is perfect for accessing the pristine greens of the beautiful Algarve on a child-free holiday with friends who share the same interests as you. There are some excellent golf courses and resorts.

Jersey
Jersey is a 30-minute flight from Southampton and with daily flights you can take a short break in the knowledge that you’re not going to be away from the kids for too long. It’s famous for its food so why not create your own foodie itinerary with not an “I don’t like that!” in sight.

Alicante
The Costa Blanca perhaps doesn’t strike you as being top of the list for an adults-only holiday but there lots of hotels that have an over-16s policy and plenty of quieter resorts where you can enjoy sun, sand and sea without the kids, particularly if you go out with the peak seasons. What’s more, it’s just over two hours from Southampton Airport.

Düsseldorf
Now, this is grown-up city that’s perfect for a grown-up getaway from Southampton. You can do some serious shopping in Düsseldorf, one of Germany’s most diverse cities. Culture and music feature strongly here but the city is also becoming renowned for its culinary scene. And the Rhine running through it, don’t leave with a taking a river cruise.

Amsterdam
This city of canals and windmills just a short flight from Southampton is a perennial favourite when it comes to the city break – and there are lots of things to do, including the Heineken Experience and visiting a traditional Dutch pub called a “brown café”. We won’t say too much about the red light district – that’s definitely not one for the kids!

Belfast
Belfast is full of surprises and interesting places to see, from the fantastic Titanic Quarter to the stunning Giant’s Causeway about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from the city. Northern Ireland’s biggest city is just waiting to be explored – and it’s a short flight from Southampton.

Majorca
Sunshine, sand and scenery – Majorca has it all and it’s a quick flight from Southampton. By all means join the party set in Magaluf but if it’s a grown-up break you’re after head for the capital, Palma – culture, good food and elegant shops are all part of the mix here and it’s perfect for adults wanting a child-free break.