August 08, 2011 10:09 ET Ushers Parents Off to a Kid-Free Getaway

The End of School Holidays Spells the Start of Parent Only Getaways This September

LONDON--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) - Come 1st through around 5th September, the kids officially go back to their books, so why not grab a second honeymoon or relive the first one with a romantic, rejuvenating, parents only getaway?, the UK's leading website for flight deals comparison, outlines the world's current best destinations for enjoying time out for just the grownups. Whether it's a sunny beach, desert luxury, weekend of history and culture, or even skiing, the Top 10 Parent Getaways guide has a destination to suit every taste and every type of adventure.

"While we often think of summer holidays as a time of relaxation, for families with kids, be they young or older, the season can often prove a bit hectic," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for

"Dusting off the suitcases for a break in September means less crowding, lower prices, and better climate whether it relates to a weekend away or longer," says Hallak.

To whet your travel taste buds, we explore five of the 10 destinations within the guide, starting with none other than Dubai.

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; the adult playground set in the piping hot deserts of the United Arab Emirates, recently made even more popular than ever by footballers and their wives. From the world's largest manmade islands to the entrancing gold markets and underwater hotels, everything in Dubai is bigger, better and more luxurious. Feel free to spend some time being overwhelmed by shopping malls and markets known as souks, then tee off at world-renowned golf courses, stop at the only Formula 1 theme park and kick up some fun with a Jeep trip into the sand dunes. One thing is for sure when visiting Dubai -- there's no such thing as understatement. Flight prices for September start from £318 return including taxes and charges.

Valle Nevado, Chile
A day on the ski slopes is a great way for families to bond and for kids to put to use some of that excess energy, but with the hassle of gloves, hats, equipment and the occasional cold-weather whining, a ski trip for two could be just what you need. Since good skiing this time of year is hard to come by, think about heading south to Valle Nevado in Chile -- 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. Valle Nevado even offers world-famous Heliskiing and boarding for those needing a bigger rush. Flight prices for September start from £565 return including taxes and charges.

Napa Valley, California
Even though early fall 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 and celebrations. Napa boasts more than 200 vineyards, world-renowned spas and a dense population of Michelin-rated restaurants, so there are plenty of opportunities for you and your significant other to spoil yourselves. 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. Flight prices in September start from £412 return including taxes and charges.

Portofino, Italy
The words "Italian Riviera" are usually enticing enough to dust off the suitcases, and Portofino is considered to be the most beautiful harbour 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 harbour. If sleeping on dry land is more your style, travel the sea by water taxi to other towns along the Riviera, including Genoa and San Fruttuoso. And, if you haven't seen enough breathtaking scenery, head up to Castello Brown to check out the beautiful views and stunning gardens. Flight prices in September start from £70 return including taxes and charges.

Stirling, Scotland
A bit smaller than some of Scotland's other cities, Stirling is an ideal place for parents who are looking for a quiet getaway. Packed with history, lush rolling hills, charming bed-and-breakfasts, and plenty of outdoor activity, there's a little something for everyone. Whether you're a history buff or not, a must-see is the William Wallace monument (that one's for you, Braveheart fans), tour the Stirling Old Town Jail, visit Stirling Castle and check out the Old Bridge. If golfing is on the list, you won't be disappointed with the abundant greenways that meander through the flawless landscape. Flight prices in September start from £57 return including taxes and charges.

For the full guide to parents only getaways, visit

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