A Look at Some of the World’s Most Calming Destinations
When in need of escape for the ultimate repose, it only helps that the destination you choose to retreat to inspires serenity and peace. We’ve compiled a list of the finest international hotels and resorts that dare you to forget your worries and unwind.
THE LIMING BEQUIA
Bequia Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The Caribbean is a feast of color and fun, but its best secret lies in the blissful beaches like those at The Liming hotel in Bequia. Fully complementing its natural surroundings, this is the resort to enjoy the best of the Caribbean from the comfort a coveted little island. Some of the resort’s accommodations include a private mansion house as well as villas with their own hot tubs. Bequia is truly the destination to forget the rest of the world for a holiday and focus on the beauty of nature with ample sunshine.
Wellness travel represents a conscious choice from the modern tourist to prioritize their own health, as well as the planet’s, in their destinations of choice. Planted in the middle of the desert, Amangiri is the ideal place to restore beauty, harmony, balance, and health in one’s life. With a minimalist design, its location is completely unimposing against nature and enhanced by the quiet of the surrounding desert.
CHEVAL BLANC RANDHELI
For a hushed haven, the azure lagoon of the Maldives calls out to the traveler. Cheval Blanc, located on a private island accessible solely by boat or plane, in the South Asian region is an impossibly tranquil hotel aggrandized by contemporary architecture and interior cues. With an activities program centered around wellness and complete relaxation, the exotic gardens and the white beaches are a cure to just about everything.
Perched on the volcanic island, the Aspaki and Oia Castle hotels act as a fortress of calm. With the whole of Santorini just outside the doors, Art Maisons offers a fully inclusive experience where one doesn’t really ever want to leave. Instead, unwind in the cave pools and experience the relaxing spa with sprawling views of the Mediterranean.
Art tourism is on the rise, and Casa Wabi is Oaxaca’s leading art destination — a contemporary art gallery with a cinema, clay workshop space, an observatory, a mobile library for 35 local schools, beehives, and active participation in the local community. While one cannot necessarily stay at Casa Wabi for a holiday, the venue houses five rooms for artists to stay for residencies. It’s this kind of new nomadic travel that will be the future of modern tourism.
QUINTA DA COMPORTA
The Portuguese villa Quinta da Comporta believes in nature’s rhythm. The dreamy wellness boutique resort just outside of Lisbon practically melts away any worry. It is one of those well-kept secrets yet entirely untouched by the crowds. Stroll besides its acres of pine trees, lush green rice fields, and white sand beaches for the ultimate dose of European relaxation.