Most of us go on holiday to get away from the rigors of life. The fact that we aren’t in the country for two weeks is enough to help relieve the tension. Plus, the fact that there is no work tension and the kids are happy does help. As always though, there are levels to rest and relaxation and some countries are better than others. Not to play the blame game, but sitting on a beach isn’t peaceful if there are hundreds of people vying for space. If you want a taste of true respite from the world, below are the destinations to consider.
Located in the Indian Ocean yet a country of Africa, The Seychelles is where city dwellers with issues go to chill. Don’t let that put you off, though! This isn’t one of those Wall-Street-type kinds of getaways. The truth is that the country is incredibly reclusive and you will spend a lot of your free time alone or with a partner of choice. And, there are plenty of restful things to do too. Most resorts have spas which provide massages, while you can relax by the pool if that’s your thing. A cool tip is to take a hike and try and spot exotic creatures lazing around in the sun.
The whole of the Caribbean is a fantastic place to chill and try the (ahem) local delicacies. However, Jamaica stands out above the likes of Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago because it’s uber chilled. Take a look at Treasure Beach if you are unsure. Even for Caribbean standards, the sands are ridiculously quiet and there is hardly any noise to speak of. An odd chancer may come around every now and again, but you will need a bottle of water and a bite to eat to tide you over.
Thailand isn’t a world-famous relaxing destination. In fact, it’s notorious for parties and run-ins with men that look like women. Yep, that isn’t a peaceful experience people! Once you get out of the islands and Bangkok, the scenery changes and rural Thailand comes into view and it’s stunning. With the mountains surrounding it like a bodyguard, it’s hard not to be impressed by the scenery, especially with the ruins. A meditation center in Chiang Mai is on another level if you have to detoxify the mind. If not, stick to Buddhist temples and elephant parks.
Bali is another island renowned for drinking and drug-taking. Sure, Kuta is party central and that is fine if you’re looking to blow off steam. Anyone who wants culture should look to hit up Ubud, the yoga capital of Asia. Surrounded by paddy fields, it has a distinctly relaxing feel, mainly because the only noise is the sounds of insects. When stretching has become too much, the best thing to do is to hire a push bike and ride around town. Or, you can check out a dance show.
What do you think of this list? Are there any places you’d like to take away or add?
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