I’ve always enjoyed a huge range of different types of holidays, ever since I was in school. From your standard, laying by the pool and doing absolutely nothing holiday, to an entire week of skiing in the French Alps, to gallivanting around Disneyland, enjoying the rides and meeting my favourite characters, I’ve never been one to stick to one “type” of holiday and I like to dip my toes in different pools (literally and metaphorically) and try different things. A few years ago, I never thought I’d enjoy a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads or a weekend staycation riding steam trains in the Shropshire countryside. But turns out, I enjoy those too! There are some truly beautiful locations for a relaxing holiday – you’re almost spoilt for choice – such as the Paleros Beach Resort.

But every now and again, I do crave a relaxing holiday. One where you know you’re not going to fall into bed exhausted at the end of the day but instead you’re going to be refreshed and revitalized from a different, slower and less hectic way of life and a more tranquil and serene environment. I think we could all benefit from a relaxing holiday every once in a while, if money allows and here is my current relaxing holiday wish-list!

All inclusive sun-break

There really isn’t anything as physically relaxing as spending a week or two in a gorgeous country, laying by the pool, eating all the buffet food and chilling on your lilo is there? Although I’m not a huge sun-worshiper, I have found myself slightly craving a sun holiday recently and I figure there’d be nothing stopping me going outside of a peak time where it’s cheaper, less busy and cooler as well.

I’ve been on a few resort based sun holidays, more notably when I was younger with my parents but we only ever really ventured to Spain and the Canary Islands (which I still absolutely love). Greece is somewhere that’s always taken my fancy but I’m yet to visit but somewhere like the Paleros Beach Resort would be an ideal option for a relaxing sun-break!

Yoga retreat

I’m incredibly lucky to be able to say that I’m actually going on my very first Yoga retreat this November and I honestly can’t wait! For mental relaxation, you can’t get anything much more relaxing than Yoga and an entire weekend of Yoga practices, vegetarian home-cooked food, meditation and massages is definitely what I need right now.

I might not be jetting off to anywhere exotic for my Yoga retreat, like Bali or Hawaii, but a gorgeous renovated farm house right near the Norfolk Broads is absolutely fine with me because there’s plenty of lovely, relaxing destinations right here in the UK for your perfect relaxing holiday.

Bled, Slovenia

This is somewhere I’d literally never heard of before in my life, until I saw a fellow blogger talk about her visit there. Since then, I’ve seen this place pop up all over the shop and I can’t help but feel like I desperately need a visit there because it looks so tranquil and relaxing.

Known for it’s natural beauty, Bled is home to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, a castle, a national park with a gorge, a beautiful church situated right in the center of the lake and a cute, quaint town. It looks and sounds like the perfect relaxing getaway which allows you to feel completely off-the-grid and away from the hectic hustle and bustle of every day.

Bergen, Norway

Norway and most of Scandinavia to be honest, is somewhere that’s creeped higher and higher and higher on my travel bucket list lately for a whole bunch of reasons. The first one, was seeing an episode of Paul Hollywood’s ‘City Bakes’ program where he visits Bergen and the food looks incredible. Secondly, my boyfriend meets a lot of Scandinavian (particularly Finnish) people at work and he says they’re all absolutely lovely. Thirdly, I’ve recently discovered a lot of my ancestors were Norwegian so that’s made me want to visit even more.

Bergen is probably my most pinned place on Pinterest and I’m in constant awe of how beautiful it is. A few people have said to me that there’s not much to do but that’s the literal point. For a relaxing weekend away, somewhere completely off the grid and different from the norm where you can wrap up warm and get snuggly, I think Bergen would be the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend away.

What’s your ideal destination or type of holiday for a relaxing break? Have you been to any of these places that I’ve mentioned? Have you ever been to a Yoga retreat?

* This is a sponsored post with Mark Warner


  1. The yoga retreat sounds great!
    I will take all inclusive in Mexico, like Loreto any day 🙂
    We stayed there for a week and only went out to go bird watching, including seeing a roadrunner for the first time!

  2. I love sunny holidays, Greece is one of my favourite destinations! I always go a bit out of season like in April or September as it the heat isn’t so intense, it’s quieter and cheaper. Yay for our yoga retreat, I can’t wait, it sounds so perfect and so much needed. I’ve never been drawn to a colder destination for a holiday, but the more blog posts I read about Norway etc is making me want to go, the scenery looks beautiful and it sounds so peaceful. Great post Jenny! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  3. Ooh well now I really want to go on holiday! I’ve done a few staycations recently, but I’m definitely craving two weeks on a beach with a pile of books, I have to admit. You’ve got me fancying Bergen now – although I’d never heard of it until I read your post! Loved this. Hope you have an amazing time at your yoga retreat, sounds perfect!

  4. These locations and ideas sound like such great ones for a relaxing holiday! I prefer more exploring sort of holidays where I do things every day as opposed to relaxing ones, as that’s what makes me happy but I totally get why people like sun, sea and sand holidays haha. Hope you have an amazing time on your yoga retreat 💛💛

  5. I’ve never heard of that place in Slovenia so I’m going to have a look at what it’s like! I don’t know where I’d choose for a relaxing holiday, I really enjoyed Tenerife and we’re going to Cyprus next year which I’m super excited for but I like to go places where I can do things rather than relaxing like the Lake District for walking etc. I do like Cornwall as well though and that was quite relaxing!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  6. So my type of post! Would love a relaxing all inclusive break right now but I also keep seeing Slovenia everywhere on Instagram so that’s pretty high on my list!

  7. My favorite type of vacation is one where I can just sit in the sun and do nothing! My dream destination would probably be Hawaii. From what I’ve seen it’s just so gorgeous there. 🙂 A yoga retreat sounds incredible though, too! I’d love to experience one of those, and I can’t wait to hear how yours goes! 🙂

  8. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been on a proper holiday/vacation – I didn’t grow up in a class bracket that allowed for family travel during winter or school breaks, so the fear of spending money going anywhere exotic is a hard one to break.

    I’d love to visit Japan and Korea – on my own or with a few close friends – but that’s such a pipe dream at this point, the more I think about it the more depressed I get. One day though!

  9. I’ve never been to any of those places. If I could take a relaxing break away then it would have to be somewhere that I could read a book by the pool. If I were able to get around and visit places, then I’d love to go to Seoul because hello, KBeauty. lol 🙂 x

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