We all need to take a step back and enjoy some moments with ourselves and our loved ones. Traveling may mean different things to people – some may think of it as a stress-buster, or an adventure, while others take travel as an opportunity to explore and calm their souls. Whatever your travel style may be, here are the ten best vacation destinations for relaxation and exploration.
Making up a string of small islands in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives surrounds itself with tranquillity. Though it's a small area, the scenic beauty will surely take your breath away when you visit. The combination of turquoise blue water and white sand is the definition of paradise. The fantastic hotels with personalized islands are just perfect for your stay.
2. Ao Nang, Thailand
This country lies in the heart of south-east Asia, and it's a traveler's dream. The beaches in Phuket and the renowned Phi Phi islands are excellent choices in terms of water activities, including scuba diving. Picture-perfect islands, amazing food, spas, and some of the friendliest people in the world make Thailand a must-visit when you need to relax.
We recommend Ao Nang for many reasons, but if relaxation is what you're after it's a no-brainer. The stunning cliffs surrounding the beach, massages everywhere, and proximity to stunning Railay keep relaxed travelers coming back.
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Whenever you think of grandness, think of Dubai. This place houses the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, which is reason enough to visit this place. Luxurious hotels, beaches, water sports, desert safaris, skiing – this place will never bore you with its countless attractions. And when you want to unwind, Dubai has an equal amount to offer. Some of the best spas in the world are located here. Pamper yourself at one of these incredible Dubai spas.
4. Mykonos, Greece
It's hard not to relax with views like this.
Mykonos in Greece is a top destination if you ever need a break from your busy life. The place has some picturesque beaches and exciting nightlife. Enjoy the delicious food, spend time strolling along the narrow alleys, or visit the important places – it's all up to you. When it's time to relax, Nefes Spa and Bath has one of the best massages we've ever had.
5. Mendoza, Argentina
Mendoza is arguably the wine capital of South America. This area in Argentina can be your dream destination if you enjoy sipping on some of the world's finest wines and enjoy the sweeping views of vineyards and the Andes range. If this spot doesn't put you into relaxation mode, we don't know where will.
6. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia is a beautiful country, and Lake Bled exemplifies that perfectly. Surrounded by snowy mountains, this lake has a fifteenth-century church built in the middle of it. A boat ride in the lake while the sun is setting behind the mountains will surely be a memory that you'll cherish forever. If you love nature and the outdoors relaxes you, Lake Bled is a great place to visit.
7. Bergen, Norway
When talking about peaceful destinations, one cannot forget Norway. The fjords, glaciers, pristine lakes, and the breath-taking sceneries of nature will compel you to stay there way past your vacation. The people are friendly, the area surrounding the city is quiet, and there's even a bar called No Stress here.
8. Provence, France
France is an awe-inspiring country, but the southern part of the country is truly something to marvel at. The vine and lavender fields, the smoky Alps, and olive groves sound like peace. Don't miss the cultural heritage of places like Nice, Avignon, and the famous French Riviera as well - especially if you're in need of a massage.
9. Kyoto, Japan
Japan is renowned for its cultural diversity. The Buddhist monasteries, lakes, and forests are perfect for the people who would love to connect to their souls. Visit Kyoto to experience the silence and spirituality that will take you back a couple of centuries, and leave feeling refreshed. You'll love relaxing at these peaceful temples and gardens in Kyoto.
Sandakphu is a small hill station famous for the closest views of the world's third-highest mountain, Kangchenjunga. The mountain range is famous as the 'Sleeping Buddha, which is very sacred to the local people. Visit this place to surround yourself with its serene nature and welcoming people, and leave recharged and ready to take on the world.