Look this way, mindfulness mavericks and ‘digital detox’ seekers…
We live in a society that constantly asks us to do more and do it faster, so it makes sense that the demand for me-time and relaxing holidays far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities is on the increase. Indeed, the necessity of dedicating time to our mental health and physical wellness is now part of the general knowledge. According to a study by the Global Wellness Institute, world travellers made 691 million wellness trips in 2015, 104.4 million more than in 2013 – and it is a community of escapers and ‘digital detox’ seekers that is in full expansion.
You are probably already thinking about next summer, dreaming of the sandy beaches in Ibiza, a sun-soaked resort in Crete or the dreamy French Riviera. However, it’s never too late to battle the winter blues.
With this in mind, we have penned a guide to help you choose the perfect location for you. You are welcome.
Probably the most instagrammed place on earth, Bali is every blogger’s favourite spot. The island, though, was gorgeous way before Instagram and definitely doesn’t need any filters. Join the army of digital nomads based in this tropical paradise, from yoga classes at sunrise to raw vegan treats – you will never be the same again.
• Where to stay: Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa, Ubud (from £143)
• What to do: Ubud Yoga House
• Where to eat: Moksa Plant-based Cuisine & Permaculture Garden, Ubud
India has always been a place where people go to find themselves. If you need a break from your ordinary life, Rishikesh is the right place to get lost. This holy city is tucked in the heart of the Himalayas, cherished by the local hindu community and renowned for its yoga and meditation retreats. Essentially, it is the perfect place to reconnect with yourself.
• Where to stay: Aloha On The Ganges by Leisure Hotels (from £68)
• What to do: Yoganga Healing Retreat
• Where to eat: Ramana’s Organic Cafe
Sedona, Arizona, U.S.
An oasis located in the middle of Arizona desert, surrounded by an incredible 1.8 million acres of national forest land, Sedona is what roadtrippers dream of. If your idea of recharging your batteries includes hiking, biking and sleeping under an amazingly starry night sky, you need to visit this American gem.
• Where to stay: Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa (from £213)
• What to do: Sedona Soul SPA
• Where to eat: Indian Gardens Cafe & Market
Hepburn Springs, Australia
Finding Hepburn Springs in this list should come as no surprise. This well known spa town, in the state of Victoria, is located in the middle of Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs, and has plenty of relaxing treatments on offer.
• Where to stay: Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa Retreat (from £143)
• What to do: Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve
• Where to eat: The Surly Goat
Ko Samui, Thailand
A gorgeous island definitely worth exploring, Ko Samui hides some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. Visit the Buddhist temple, Ang Thong National Marine Park’s secluded lagoons or just chill in one of the amazing Spas that populate the island. The perfect place to switch off.
• Where to stay: Santiburi Koh Samui (from £425. Price is based on a family of four, sharing a Duplex Two Bedroom Suite, with breakfast.)
• What to do: Tamarind Springs Forest Spa
• Where to eat: Supattra Thai Dining
If reconnecting with nature is at the top of your list, you will fall in love with the incredible biodiversity that characterises this South American country. After a trek in the jungle or a walk on a sandy beach, head for a well deserved massage, taking in the beauty all around.
• Where to stay: Nayara Springs (from £408)
• What to do: Tabacon Hot Springs
• Where to eat: Organico Fortuna
Goa is the place to go if you want a fun yet relaxing holiday. The incredible golden sand beaches attract every type of tourist, from the party animal to the foodie or the yoga aficionado. Everything is possible in this costal paradise.
• Where to stay: Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa (from £113)
• What to do: Rita’s Gourmet Goa
• Where to eat: Zest
If you thought that relax only rhymed with beaches, think again. As a sky town in the south of Switzerland, Zermatt is not all hiking and climbing. A luxurious chalet is waiting for you at the bottom of the mountain, where a comforting vin chaud and a well-deserved massage will bring your muscles back to life. Perfection.
• Where to stay: The Omnia (from £240)
• What to do: The Matterhorn
• Where to eat: Restaurant Chez Vrony
Anywhere is the Maldives would be like being in heaven on earth – but what about a private island in the Maldives? We thought so. Perfectly white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons and jaw-dropping reefs will be your everyday surroundings at Velaa Private Islan, this place is so beautiful and relaxing that you won’t want to take that flight back home.
• Where to stay: Velaa Private Island (from £3,118)
• What to do: Duniye Spa
• Where to eat: Just Veg by Atmosphere
Your next weekend of full relaxation could be just a couple of hours away from home. If Ibiza makes you think about tequila shots and wild parties, get ready to be surprised. The Spanish island – with its amazing coast and delicious food – is one of biggest yoga hubs in Europe. If you are not into yoga, you can still enjoy the incredible Mediterranean sea and get pampered at one of the many resorts around this Balearic paradise.
• Where to stay: Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (from £550 per night, based on double occupancy.)
• What to do: Yoga Pilates Ibiza
• Where to eat: La Mesa Escondida