The school summer holidays aren’t just for the students to enjoy — teachers deserve a much-needed break too! Forget about spending your days off on your lonesome in the classroom trying to get ahead of the lesson planning, rumour has it your students will actually benefit more if you give yourself the break you deserve and return back in the new term bright eyed and bushy tailed! And what better way is there to recharge those batteries than booking a cheap holiday and stretching out on a sun kissed beach?!
We understand that during the peak summer season, prices tend to creep up and of course there’s the dreaded fear of bumping into one of your students whilst you’re sunning yourself around the pool. The good news is, we’ve got some fantastic last minute holiday deals AND they’re exclusively for adults.
While we can’t guarantee you won’t bump into your students in the actual destinations themselves, we can promise you that there won’t be a child in sight at your hotel. So whether you’re looking to let your hair down with your friends or spend some quality time with your other half, here’s where you should go…
For a far-flung getaway that’s a world away from the classroom, St Lucia has you covered. It may be considered one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world, yet this tropical treasure has plenty up its sleeve for when you want to escape with friends too — expect a perfect combination of relaxation and really good fun. From show-stopping street parties to zip lining through the jungle or simply kicking back on the Caribbean sands, chances are when you’re in this beautiful location you won’t give those exam papers a second thought!
Where to stay?
At the Hideaway at Royalton hotel you can do exactly what the name suggests — hideaway from any unwanted distractions and have a grown-up break that’s totally focussed on you. As you spend the majority of your time helping others, it’s now your turn to be looked after and the waiters here certainly know how to make you feel like a VIP. You’ll be given a private section of beach, cocktails delivered to your lounger and a range of restaurants that’ll leave you spoilt for choice.
Melia Llanas hotel in Sal, Cape Verde
If jetting off to the Caribbean feels a little too much for that dreaded ‘teacher guilt’ don’t worry you can get similar vibes in almost half of the flight time on the Cape Verde islands. Since it’s a little less known in comparison to your usual summer hotspots, chances of you bumping into anyone you know are super slim. Not only that, parts of its beaches are footprint free and serve up total tranquility which means you’ll be able to catch up on all those zzz’s you missed throughout the school term.
Where to stay?
Located conveniently on Sal’s charismatic coastline, the Melia Llanas hotel serves up the perfect setting for a fly and flop holiday. If you’re not too busy soaking away the stresses and strains of the classroom in the five-star spa*, chances are you’ll be sunning yourself on one of the Balinese beds around the pool terrace. As for an evening, you can reach Santa Maria town centre in just five-minutes where you’ll find a lively strip of restaurants and bars.
With one of the oldest histories dating as far back as 1100 BC, a holiday to Cyprus will have your lesson plans covered! From uncovering the Tombs of the Kings to peering into the past at Limassol Castle, you’ll be going home with all sorts of first-hand knowledge to share with your pupils. That beats reading out of a text book right? It’s not all about the ancient sights though, there’s a good mix of R&R thrown in too. Take your pick from a whopping 64 beaches where spotless sands, Blue Flag status’ and translucent seas come as a given – you will definitely be spoilt for choice on your beach holiday.
Where to stay?
Speaking of beaches, the Tasia Maris Beach Hotel is literally a flip-flop throw away from one. So whether you’re a beach bum or have a poolside preference, you’ve got the best of both worlds. Activity-wise you’ll find volleyball, water polo and aqua gym to fill up your diary. Make sure you schedule in plenty of time for the evening entertainment though, the fire dancing show is certainly one not to be missed! And it would be rude not to venture into Aiya Napa when it’s just five-minutes away.
Need help switching off from school life? Greece and its idyllic islands are one of the best places that teachers can head for a spectacular summer. If taking those inevitable Insta-worthy snaps of the wonderfully whitewashed buildings in Santorini, topping up your tan on the never-ending supply of Kos beaches or snorkelling around the stunning Smuggler’s Cove in Zakynthos doesn’t cut it then partying with A-listers in Mykonos will definitely take your mind out of that work zone. With the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Mariah Carey holidaying here, you know the nightlife scene is going to be impressive. So, it’s time to swap the paperwork for a Pina Colada…
Where to stay?
TUI Sensimar hotels are renowned for their sophistication and beautiful settings with the Atlantica Belvedere Resort & Spa in Kos being no exception. A beachfront setting, high-end spa and a seriously impressive infinity pool serving up views of the Aegean Sea, it’s safe to say this five-star spot has it all. When you’ve had your fair share of R&R, why not get involved with the daytime sports and activities on offer? You never know they might could come in handy on those teacher vs student sports days!
You’ve survived a full term of mischievous students and the demands of parents, it’s time to round up your best group of friends that you’ve not had the chance to see all term and jet off for a well-deserved break in the White Island of Ibiza! It’s no secret that this Balearic beauty is home to some of the biggest nightclubs in the world where you can well and truly let your hair down, but it has a pretty impressive chilled side too. If you’d rather find your inner peace with a spot of sunset yoga than join the party-goers in Pacha you can.
Where to stay?
Need help deciding on a classroom theme for the new term? The Palladium Hotel Cala Llonga is sure to give you plenty of inspiration for a beside-the-beach setting. This place gets full marks for its location — its perched on the edge of a turquoise bay and panoramic sea views which of course come with the most spectacular sunsets. Sound good? Wait until you see the food. The a la carte Mediterranean beats school dinners out of the park!
Tempted? Check out our last minute deals and you could be relaxing in hotspots like these sooner than you think.