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Top seven getaways sans kids

Take a break with your partner from the daily routine, but without the little devils.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2011 00:56 IST

Take a break with your partner from the daily routine, but without the little devils

If you want a little break from the domestic world with your partner, as long as the grandparents don't mind watching over the children, here are top seven destinations for you to grab a cocktail, kick back and relax without the little rascals.

1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Thanks to Vegas, we know there is plenty of fun to be had in the desert, but nothing comes close to Dubai. From the world's largest man-made islands to the entrancing gold markets and underwater hotels, fancy malls, everything in Dubai is bigger and more luxurious.

Travel2 St Lucia, Antilles: Just getting away isn’t always enough — sometimes it takes a tropical island in the middle of the ocean for us to feel completely free of our duties and responsibilities. Home to the grand Piton mountains, the world’s only drive-in volcano and warm crystal blue waters, St Lucia is an ideal Caribbean getaway for any relaxation-seeking couple.

3 Napa Valley, California: Even though early autumn is Napa Valley’s most popular season for visitors, we still think it’s the best time to take part in the grape harvesting festivities known as Crush. It’s one of the Valley’s most exciting times and vineyards all over hold special events. The scenery alone is worth the trip, and we recommend viewing it from a hot air balloon or the Napa Valley Wine Train, which stops at several vineyards.

4 Portofino, Italy: The words ‘Italian Riviera’ are usually enticing enough to dust off the suitcases, and Portofino is considered to be the most beautiful harbor of them all. What was once a quaint fishing village is now a popular boating and yachting destination. The best place to stay is on a boat, and there are plenty of exquisite restaurants and high-end boutiques that line the harbor.

5 Cozumel, Mexico: Mexico is known for catering to its visitors at spectacular resorts where the possibilities for fun in the sun are endless. At Cozumel, hang out at the beach, get in some scuba diving, take advantage of resort activities like tennis and yoga, or catch up on some reading by the pool.

6 Valle Nevado, Chile: Head south to Valle Nevado in Chile, where it’s still winter — if you’ve got a chunk of time to spend. It’s considered the best ski resort in South America, and is comparable to something you might experience in the Alps.

7 Ponte Vedra, Florida: You may think the only thing Ponte Vedra has to offer is a ridiculous golf scene — which it does — but that’s not the sole reason to visit this swanky coastal community. When not teeing off, visitors take full advantage of exquisite spa treatments offered at several multi-diamond spa resorts, hit around the tennis ball, stop off at beautifully manicured beaches, check out quaint and unique shops, and partake in other activities you indulge in when the kids aren’t around.

First Published: Oct 23, 2011 17:50 IST