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We’re not kidding: Holiday resorts have all grown-up

Maldives meditation

PARADISE can’t really be paradise if there are screaming kids everywhere. Hurawalhi resort, which opened in December, has banned under-15s in an ultra-rare move for the Maldives. That means serenity is guaranteed amid its 90 vibrantly coloured villas, sugary beaches and at the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, where guests will be too busy gawping at sharks to make a racket. There’s also an all-organic spa, and the mandatory watersports and spectacular reef. You will encounter some juniors, though: the atoll is a popular nesting spot for green turtles. From £550 per night B&B, hurawalhi.com

Bamboo yes, babies no

THE world’s newest private-island retreat is constructed mostly from bamboo. Due to welcome guests from March 17, Indonesia’s Cempedak – named after a local fruit – has 20 two-storey villas with conical bamboo roofs swathed in vegetation. There are bamboo fans. There are bamboo bridges over streams. There are even bamboo bicycles. But if all this bamboo – very eco-friendly because plants regrow quickly – conjures up visions of a cheap glut of hippie shacks, think again. Cempedak is luxurious: those same villas have plunge pools and access to a grass tennis court. Another indulgence is the absence of anyone under 16. From £616 for two nights full board and activities, cempedak.com

SoFi, so good in Miami

LOCATION is key in Miami and The Julia will have a good one when it opens in May. Named after Julia Tuttle, the woman considered the city’s founder, and open solely to over-18s, this 29-room hotel is inside Miami Beach’s residential SoFi (South of Fifth) neighbourhood – just a block from the sand and next to shops, bars and restaurants. The tiled lobby flooring gives way to cool bedrooms with gnarled wood flooring, while complimentary wine and cheese happy-hours make the place not just adult but positively mature… From £189 per night, thejuliahotel.com

Casa Cooks and Club Meds

YOU know it’s a trend when the big boys join in. Thomas Cook debuted the unexpectedly cool Casa Cook on Rhodes last May, a hipster dream of rattan egg-chairs and weave hammocks more akin to a Shoreditch clothes shop than a holiday resort (from £112 per night, casacook.com/rhodes). A sequel, Casa Cook Kos, is due in July. Both have a minimum age of 16. Thomson, meanwhile, is growing its couples-only Sensimar resorts. Eight more were announced last year, including the Natura Palace on Lanzarote (from £283 per person for three nights including flights, thomson.co.uk). If you fancy snow over sun, over in the Alps, Arcs Extrême has reopened as a Club Med Snow Resort for grown-ups (from £1,062 a week, including flights, clubmed.co.uk).

Maya mia

MEXICO’S adult-only Unico 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya (its name refers to geographical position) opened this month with three pools, tennis and basketball courts, a gym and spa. The accent is also on regional experiences such as mezcal-tasting, plus all-night beach parties. Of the 448 rooms, some have private pools and all others have balcony hot tubs. There’s even an app to pick your drinks for the minibar. From £410 per night all-inclusive, unicohotelrivieramaya.com

Joyful Jamaica

HERE’S an adults-only option for those who prefer the family-run vibe. Situated on the beach in busy northwestern Jamaica, Mangos is a new 96-room all-inclusive, employing friendly staff. Rooms are either in tropical gardens, beside a sizeable pool (and swim-up bar) or next to 50m of white sand. The amenities include a quartet of restaurants (including, a jerk-chicken specialist, of course), four bars, a gym and tennis court – but you won’t face long queues. Nor will you encounter any under-18s. From £240 per night all-inclusive, mangosjamaica.com