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Prime picks for child-free summer time holidays – from a romantic getaway in Greece to partying in Turkey

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GREECE or Turkey – which adults-only resort will you choose?

Select between romance and partying with our high picks to your child-free summer time escape.

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Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, south of Chios, north of Patmos

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Samos is a Greek island within the jap Aegean Sea, south of Chios, north of Patmos
Writer Molly Reynolds and boyfriend James explored the picture-perfect Greek isle of Samos

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Author Molly Reynolds and boyfriend James explored the picture-perfect Greek isle of Samos

The Romantic One

Casa Prepare dinner, Samos

Author Molly Reynolds and boyfriend James discovered spa bliss and fab hikes on this picture-perfect Greek isle.

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Kick back at Casa Cook

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Sit back at Casa Prepare dinner

 Impressed by conventional Greek homes, the swim-up suites at Casa Prepare dinner are our faves – every has a rainfall bathe, Olive Period toiletries (made with Greek olive oil), his-and-hers stone sinks, plus glossy double loungers with direct entry to one of many 5 (sure, 5!) swimming pools.

Hit the beachside eatery for many brekky choices, together with native treats akin to baklava and bougatsa (custard-filled pastries). Later, attempt Greek-fusion dishes like kopanisti – a wealthy tomato and feta dip served with deep-fried flatbread, £5.20, and lamb with aubergine, garlic and sumak, £21.

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Have an Aegean Rose on the aspect – a mixture of Greek gin, cucumber juice, lemon and elderflower, £12. For extra-chill vibes, the spa has a hammam steam bathtub, multi-shower expertise and sizzling tub.

Guide the amber therapeutic head, scalp and again therapeutic massage, £104 for 1 hour, for added bliss. There are Theragun sports activities massagers and Pilates reformer machines within the fitness center, plus free alfresco yoga, too.

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Explore beautiful Samos island

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Discover lovely Samos island

 Idyllic Pythagoreio city (birthplace of thinker Pythagoras) is 20 minutes’ stroll away. His large harbour statue is value a selfie with, earlier than wandering the cobbled streets to The Blue Road, the place vibrant murals by native artists cowl the white stone.

Rent bikes from the resort (£9 for 3 hours) for the 20-minute cycle to the ruins of Heraion temple – relationship again to the eighth century BC, it was a shrine to Greek goddess Hera.

Entry prices from £2.60 per particular person. The island can also be recognized for its unimaginable hikes.

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Put tranquil Potami Waterfalls high of your record and rent a automobile from the resort (from £70 per day) to drive 40 minutes to the footpaths that lead you 4km by means of a fascinating plane-tree forest.

A brief wade by means of a crystal-clear river brings you to the breathtaking waterfall, the place you may cool off earlier than trekking again. 

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Come evening, soak up classy beach-bar vibes at Asterias

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Come night, take in elegant beach-bar vibes at Asterias

Seize an iced latte at cute Two Spoons cafe, nestled beneath olive timber and with views of Pythagoreio’s fairly harbour (Twospoons.gr).

At Storia Dolce, you’ll discover freshly made gelato – the large number of flavours contains strawberry cheesecake and Kinder Bueno (Fb.com/storia dolcepythagoreio).

Come night, take in elegant beach-bar vibes at Asterias, the place you may tuck into diavola pizza with pepperoni, mozzarella and chilli oil, £10, teamed with a glass of crisp Greek Agiorgitiko Moschofilero Rosé for lower than £5 (Doryssa.gr/eating places/asterias-seaside-experience). 

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For a really epic day, attempt sea kayaking by means of story-book-like caves and visiting two secluded seashores which might be unreachable by automobile, all with views of the island’s beautiful mountains.

4-hour excursions value £48 per particular person, together with a picnic lunch (Seakayaksamos.com). 

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Double rooms at Casa Prepare dinner value from £156 B&B (Casacook.com/casa-cook-samos). Return flights from the UK to Samos value from £275.

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The Social gathering One

Cooks Membership Adakoy, Turkey

Selimiye in Marmaris, Turkey

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Selimiye in Marmaris, Turkey
Jess Evans and husband Jack found party heaven in Marmaris

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Jess Evans and husband Jack discovered social gathering heaven in Marmaris

Stylist Jess Evans and husband Jack discovered DJ heaven and souvenirs galore in Marmaris.

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Cooks Club has stripped-back interiors, a sleek pool where DJs spin their tunes and its own private stretch of beach to chill on

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Cooks Membership has stripped-back interiors, a glossy pool the place DJs spin their tunes and its personal personal stretch of seashore to relax on

Nestled on the shores of the Adakoy peninsula, with a pine-tree nature reserve backdrop and social gathering city Marmaris only a 20-minute boat trip away, Cooks Membership has stripped-back interiors, a glossy pool the place DJs spin their tunes and its personal personal stretch of seashore to relax on.

Beachfront yoga and paddleboard Pilates at dawn and sundown are included, plus there are alfresco film nights, too. 

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get snap-happy from the watchtowers at medieval Marmaris Castle with its pretty harbour views and quaint museum, £3 entry

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get snap-happy from the watchtowers at medieval Marmaris Fortress with its fairly harbour views and quaint museum, £3 entryCredit score: Shutterstock

Hikes and historic caves are proper in your doorstep in Marmaris Nationwide Park.

Or leap within the resort’s water taxi, £3 every approach, and get snap-happy from the watchtowers at medieval Marmaris Fortress with its fairly harbour views and quaint museum, £3 entry.

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Later, get your haggle on for Marmaris’ conventional Grand Bazaar, which is open till late and bursting with stalls of spices, the city’s well-known pine honey, mosaics and fab leather-based bargains.

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The resort’s seaside Cantina restaurant serves up every little thing from Thai noodles to quesadillas at reside cooking stations, plus recent sushi made proper in entrance of you.

However overlook queuing, because the waiters deliver the dishes to you – consequence! Breakfast is a ramification of native breads and menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs with tomatoes), plus brunch faves like eggs benedict.

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In Marmaris, discover pasta dishes for underneath a fiver and nice DJ units at Bono Good Occasions Seaside (Bonogoodtimes.com).

Or order a burger, £5, and a Moscow mule, £10, at Felix Marina, whereas having fun with reside gigs and super-yacht views from its sunny terrace.

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The resort’s romantic sundown boat journey is dreamy, with limitless bubbles, wine or beer, plus recent fruit and cheeses. Journeys value £39 per particular person. 

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Double rooms at Cooks Membership value from £117 per evening on the Really feel Free package deal, which incorporates breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus chosen alcoholic and gentle drinks (Cooksclub.com/en/cooks-club-adakoy-marmaris-turkey).

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Return flights from the UK to Dalaman value from £80. 

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