Travelling provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While family vacations can be fun, an adult-only getaway is the best way to experience adventure, indulgence, and nightlife without watching over the kids.
Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple, or with friends, our experts at Spin Genie UK have revealed the ultimate destinations for an adult-only holiday. We have analysed popular holiday destinations based on bars, restaurants, hotels, activities, and nudist beaches to determine the best places for an adult-only holiday in 2023.
The Best Destinations for an Adult Getaway
1. Santorini, Greece | Adult holiday score: 8.22/10
Santorini is the ultimate getaway spot for adults travelling without children, scoring 8.24 out of ten across all the factors we looked at. Santorini is a classic getaway destination, with many travelling to the island to see the Caldera View, blue domes and magical sunsets. The Greek island has more restaurants, bars and romantic activities per 100,000 people than any other location we looked at.
Over a third of the hotels on the island are also tagged as romantic on TripAdvisor, including Apanemo Hotel & Suites, which has private balconies, and Dana Villas & Infinity Suites, a cliffside hotel overlooking the sea. A night’s stay in a double room costs on average £405 in a Santorini hotel, and the island has two known nudist beaches.
2. Bruges, Belgium | Adult holiday score: 6.95/10
Bruges is one of the trendiest places to visit and a bucket list destination for many, thanks to its world-famous chocolate and the historic centre’s status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also one of the best places for an adult-only holiday. The city is home to 58 romantic restaurants per 100,000 people, including the Michelin-star spot L'Esperance and Little Siam, serving authentic Thai cuisine.
Bruges has 14 bars and 36 romantic activities per 100,000 people, and although less than one-sixth of hotels are tagged as romantic, a double hotel room costs around £153 - that’s £252 less than a stay in Santorini.
3. Savannah, United States | Adult holiday score: 6.55/10
Savannah, Georgia, is a popular holiday destination for those seeking a southern escape. Georgia’s oldest city is visited by many for its amazing architecture, world-class dining and haunted pub crawl. The city has 38 romantic restaurants per 100,000 people, leaving plenty of room for choice.
Savannah also has 28 bars and 114 romantic activities per 100,000 people. Travellers can visit the idyllic Forsyth Park and dine at Wiley's Championship BBQ restaurant. One-fifth of hotels in the area are considered romantic, and a night’s stay in a double room costs, on average, £163.
The Best Holiday Destination for Romantic Restaurants | Santorini, Greece: 1,949 romantic restaurants per 100,000 people
The top destination for an adult-only holiday, Santorini, also tops the list for the location with the most romantic restaurants. Foodie travellers can enjoy 1,949 romantic restaurants per 100,000 people due to the low population on the island. From wine with a view at Alisachni Art & Wine Gallery to fresh seafood at Katsaboo Restaurant, Santorini is home to many different cuisines.
The Best Holiday Destination for Bars | Santorini, Greece: 206 bars per 100,000 people
The Greek island, Santorini, is also the best destination for adults who enjoy a party holiday. There are 206 bars per 100,000 people due to the small Santorini population. From visiting the longest-running bar on the island, PK Cocktail Bar, to enjoying a poolside drink at Lioyerma Lounge Cafe Pool Bar, there’s something for everyone in Santorini.
The Best Holiday Destination for Romantic Activities | Santorini, Greece: 1,582 activities per 100,000 people
If you like romantic activities, Santorini is also the best place for an adult-only getaway. There are 1,582 romantic things to do on TripAdvisor per 100,000 people on the small Greek island. Activities for couples include visiting the Santo Winery, a modern wine-tasting experience, and watching the sunset in Oia, named one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Best Holiday Destination for Romantic Hotels | Marrakech, Morocco: 44% of hotels are romantic
Marrakech is the perfect place for a romantic getaway for adults. Around 44% of all hotels in the city are tagged as ‘romantic’ on TripAdvisor, including Nobu Hotel Marrakech, characterised by its luxury design, and Les Jardins de la Koutoubia, which has a pool and offers soundproof rooms with landmark views.
The Best Holiday Destination for Cheap Hotels | Plovdiv, Bulgaria: £52 per night
Plovdiv, Bulgaria is the ultimate destination for adult travellers on a budget. A double room for one night costs around £52 on average in a Plovdiv hotel. Places to stay include the three-star Belle Ville Hotel, which offers free Wi-Fi and parking, and the four-star Landmark Creek Hotel, which has an outdoor pool and spa.
The Best Holiday Destination for Nudist Beaches | Lisbon, Portugal: 4 nudist beaches
Lisbon is home to more naturist beaches than any other adult holiday destination. The Lisbon region has four nudist beaches, including Praia da Adiça, Praia da Bela Vista, Meco, and Rio da Prata, where holidaymakers can go au naturel.
We sourced the population of each city using CityPopulation on 24th July 2023.
We ranked each city out of 10 for each of the following factors, with each factor given equal weighting, before calculating an average score for each city. This formed the Adult holiday score out of 10.
We sourced the number of romantic restaurants in each city using TripAdvisor on 21st July 2023.
We sourced the number of bars in each city using TripAdvisor on 21st July 2023. We looked at all establishments listed under ‘Bars and Clubs’ within the ‘Nightlife’ filter. We then calculated this per 100,000 of each city’s population.
We sourced the number of romantic activities using TripAdvisor on 21st July 2023. We looked at all activities listed under ‘Good for couples’ within the ‘Things to do’ filter. We then calculated this per 100,000 of each city’s population.
We sourced the percentage of romantic hotels using TripAdvisor on 20th July 2023. We calculated the rate of romantic hotels by recording the total number of hotels and the number of hotels tagged as ‘Romantic’.
We sourced the average cost of a double hotel room for one night using Kayak on 20th July 2023. We used the average room cost for a weekend night (including Friday and Saturday).
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