Our top 10 LGBTQ+ friendly hotels

In honour of Pride Month, we’re celebrating our top 10 LGBTQ+ friendly hotels that proudly fly the rainbow flag, welcoming guests from across the globe with open arms, just the way they are. Because beachy days were made to be nothing but a breeze. And we don’t know about you, but in our eyes, that means finding a hotel that just feels right. Whether you’re jetting off with your partner for a romantic couple’s hideaway, planning a summer holiday adventure with friends or taking the family in tow – we know how much of a difference the perfect hotel can make to your trip. So we’ve put together a list of our top 10 inclusive picks that are a hit with the LGBTQ+ community – to take your next break to a whole new level! 

1. Crystal Beach Hotel, Zante

Perched peacefully overlooking the turtle-nesting beach of Kalamaki, the Crystal Beach Hotel takes poolside afternoons to a whole new height. Laze it up on a lounger, dive straight in for a cooling dip and sit back in awe as you bask in never-ending ocean blue views. Ah, now this – is the life. The friendly bunch that run this hotel welcome all who walk through the door; the rave reviews speak for themselves! Plus, you’ll be resting your head in the prime spot to catch the famous turtles that nest their eggs here. What’s not to love?

2. Axel beach Ibiza – Adults Only, Ibiza

Bask in sensational San Antonio sunsets, rest your head in the most exclusive suites and marvel at this masterpiece of a hotel’s ultra-modern interior. Axel Beach Ibiza is an adults-only pick with a stunning sky bar and pool deck studded with white Bali Beds and lavish lounge spots so you can soak up the sun, in true Ibiza style. It’s also a hit with LGBTQ+ travellers across the globe. And, to make it all the merrier, there’s also a happy hour on offer here every day, so in the true holiday spirit – you can get those cocktails in full flow!

3. Aloft Cancun – Adults Only, Cancun

With an out of this world rooftop pool that boasts a swim-up bar and astounding ocean views – this corker of a hotel has our hearts for sure. More of a beach bum? No fear, as the blissful blue seashores and perfect powdery sands of Playa Gaviota Azul are just a short stroll away. And if you like to relax, well this place has just the thing. With an on-site spa that is sure to tick all the boxes, well, what more could you wish for?

4. AX The Palace, Malta

Forget choosing between a city or beach break, at AX The Palace Malta, you get the best of both worlds. Melt into magical Mediterranean Sea views, whilst you hop, stop and shop at some of Sliema’s hottest venues. At this hotel, you can have it all. Not only that, but with five-star facilities designed to eye-pleasing perfection, you can turn those luxury daydreams into reality, too. Plunge into the stunning rooftop infinity pool and experience the beauty of Malta’s stunning cityscape from up above – talk about privileged views! Malta’s infamous week-long Pride celebrations tend to run in September, but the island is home to plenty of LGBTQ+ friendly venues that open all year long, making it a winner with nightlife lovers.

5. Elysium, Mykonos

Ahh miraculous Mykonos. One of Greece‘s smaller, picturesque resorts with some of the most splendid sunsets that this world has to offer. Named after the playground of the Greek Gods, this gorgeous gay-only pick promises a break to truly remember. Dine by sunset taking in the tastes of the local cuisines with panoramic views of Mykonos Town backed by the astonishing Aegean Sea. That’s not all, you can sink into the tranquil whirlpool and get a front-row seat to the best sunset cabaret show in town here too!

6. Esperides Resort & Spa, Crete

Rated highly for its fantastic friendly service, the Esperides Resort & Spa is a hit with every guest that walks through the door for its authentic Grecian design, four sparkling swimming pools and plethora of wining and dining options. Marry that with laid-back lounge areas, an on-site spa and seasonal evening entertainment – and you’re on to a winner. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better? Well, true Crete hospitality is just the extra touch that makes this little Mediterranean utopia all the more special.

7. Calipolis Hotel, Sitges

Sunning it up in Costa Dorada‘s sun-soaked Sitges is sure to surprise you. From stunning beachfronts to fascinating city streets and only the best in Spanish cuisine. Calipolis Hotel is located right on the Catalan Coastline so it’s perfect if you’re seeking a spot close to the sands. Not only that, the bustling LGBTQ+ scene here is only getting bigger each year, and the charming city streets are just a short walk away.

8. ME Madrid Reina Victoria, Madrid

The ME Madrid Reina Victoria hotel is a perfect pick for those wanting to explore the ever-expanding LGBTQ+ scene in Madrid. Plus, it has a stunning rooftop bar. Need we say more? Madrid Pride takes centre stage in July so it’s a great option for a summery city break. But if you can’t make it then, there’s plenty of stunning city sights to see all year round. And if that wasn’t enough, this place has a cracking tapas restaurant too, it’s a win-win!

9. Vista Bonita – Gay Only Resort, Gran Canaria

Settle in for a super-friendly vibe at this hotel with a welcoming pool area, an outdoor Jacuzzi and a bar just steps away from your sun lounger. So if you’re seeking a year-round sunspot where you can put your feet up and do nothing but chill – then this could be the perfect pick for you. There’s a range of gorgeous One-Bedroom Apartments here too so if you’re searching for a self-catering option, then this little gem’s got a treat in store for you. To top it off the restaurant serves up some delicious dishes with the tunes in full flow!

10. W Barcelona, Barcelona

Arguably Barcelona‘s most iconic hotel, the W Barcelona can be seen for miles along the cities bustling beachfronts, as it stands proudly, twinkling in the sun. Barcelona’s a big hit for Pride events across the year with LGBTQ+ bars dotted all about the town’s beautifully designed streets. Sip cocktails on the phenomenal rooftop bar, dine in style at the FIRE restaurant and rest your head in extravagant suites. It’s guaranteed to be a holiday to remember. Be sure to check out the exciting events calendar before you book too – from live music to big-name DJs, some of this city’s best nights are held right here.

Seeking more holiday inspo? Check out our LGBTQ+ holidays page.

Written on 18th June 2021 by

Holly Gregg

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