Let your hair down and you take a stroll on an oceanfront beach, finally get to read that book against the background of a tranquil mountainside, or take a dip sparkling blue waters. Sound relaxing? We’d say so! Today is National Relaxation Day which means it’s the perfect excuse to take a break and let go of your worries. Recharge, unwind, detox… whatever you choose to do to celebrate, we’ve got just the spots for you to do so!
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Take a picturesque afternoon stroll on the paved walkway along the edge of the sea to get the best view of the stunning Sanur coastline in Bali, Indonesia. The promenade is dotted with quaint cafes, restaurants, and refreshment stalls and is ideal for a cycling. As a town swelling with cultural attractions, you won’t run out of galleries, and art events that feature works by local artists and traditional art work, paintings, photography, and ceramics– all year round. Once you’re done diving into the local culture, take a plunge into the sparkling blue waters and go swimming or snorkeling with the local aquatic wildlife.
Scenic lakes, blissful waterfalls, and picture-perfect mountainsides. Alberta is sure to be the place for you to let go of your tensions and get lost in the natural splendor of the landscape. Let your stress melt away in the Rocky Mountain mineral hot springs, or soak in the sites at Moraine Lake, once featured on the Canadian twenty-dollar bill, that boasts with glacier-fed turquoise waters. Grab your camera and walking shoes and get your relaxation on!
Napa Valley, California
You can’t talk about relaxation without mentioning California’s wine country: Napa Valley. With its lavish vineyards dotted with private cottages and an endless choice of top-tier restaurants and resorts, this California oasis is a retreat into intoxicating luxury. Take a dip in the mineral water pools at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs or check out a performance at the Napa Valley Opera House. Whatever you fancy, there’s no shortage of ways to experience blissful relaxation in Napa Valley.
Iceland is known for many things: fishing, a breathtaking natural landscape, and of course a view of the Northern Lights. Whether your idea of relaxing is soothing your dry skin or aching muscles in the mineral-laden waters of the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, or you’re ready for some exhilarating fresh air and a hike across the Elliðaárdalur Valley’s vibrant recreational trails, Reykjavik has a way for you to unwind, no matter what your idea of relaxation is.
Caye Caulker, Belize
Belize is one of Central America’s largest tourist destinations… and there’s no secret why. Locals here greet you with utmost kindness and friendliness, a tell-tale sign of just how wonderful and relaxing your experience on this island is bound to be. Scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts are in for a treat here, with a long barrier reef available for them to explore. Caye Caulker is a small coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea and is home to the Forest Reserve, a 100-acre home to colorful mangrove trees and an array of birdlife. Follow one of the many trails throughout the forest for a peaceful hike, or hold a picnic in one of the designated areas to experience the natural beauty and rich history of Belize.
Have you visited any of the cities on our list? Are you familiar with any other tranquil hotspots we should know about? Tell us in the comments below!