Aside from being an overall stressful and unusual time for us all, we know Covid-19 has put a hold on many holiday plans. We hope to continue inspiring you during this period with new and exciting travel ideas, so that when the world eventually gets back to its old self, you’ll be ready to take it on!
Stress certainly isn’t a hard thing to come by at the moment. Most of us are isolated inside our residences wondering which shade of paint to watch dry next, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. After this is all over, we’re all going to deserve a holiday (or two). We’re going to need to recharge (not just our batteries!) and boost our mental wellbeing back to where it was before and more.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top five wellbeing getaways. Retreats where you can immerse yourself in calm, relaxation, and escape the stresses of life for when this is all over.
1. Los Cabos, Mexico
Mexico is not just a cultural icon, but a beautiful country of varied tropical, mountainous, and desert landscapes. So, connecting with the beauty of the natural world we have around us can only be good after months of being confined inside!
As one of Mexico’s most beautiful and serene landscapes, the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos, provides you with a combination of shimmering sandy beaches, sea coastlines patterned with rugged crags, and the lush forests of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. Located in between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, you are at the end of the world surrounded by an endless beautiful horizon.
We recommend staying at the Grand Solmar Lands End Resort And Spa – a 5-star luxury hotel that revolves around relaxation. Use the spa, wellness centre, and gym, including outdoor meditation, yoga, and various spa treatment experiences, and you’ll be having a thoroughly relaxing Mexico holiday!
2. Maui, Hawaii
Say aloha to a place that may as well be heaven on earth, and what could be better for your wellbeing than experiencing heaven? The island of Maui, Hawaii, offers you the most beautiful of all of earth’s climates due to the 10,000 ft Haleakalā Volcano. Wander through the island, experiencing tropical golden coasts, deep emerald forests, dry red stone craters, valleys of volcanic rock, black sands next to sapphire seas, jungle oasis waterfalls, and white snowy peaks during the winter that float above the clouds.
In this micro-earth on earth, all you need to do is absorb the wonders of life. Go snorkelling with sea turtles, surf Ho’okipa beach, hike the volcanic craters of Haleakala National Park, or simply self-focus in beachfront yoga sessions.
For the best wellbeing base-camp, we recommend the 4-star Wailea Beach Villas, A Destination Luxury Hotel on the leeward side of the island. Stare from your room at the adjacent red sandy volcano peak or the palm-tree utopia that surrounds you, before utilising the resort’s incredible Spa facilities.
3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We know what you’re thinking and, admittedly, Dubai might seem a rogue selection for a wellbeing holiday at first. However, not everyone’s ideal location is a green jungle paradise. Dubai offers you the best of both the manufactured and natural worlds. You have the option to marvel at one of the modern wonders of the world: the sea-side city and its gigantic skyscrapers, including the world’s tallest, the Burj Khalifa. Or, you have the option to journey into the adjoining clay-red desert that resembles Mars more than it does earth – an almost extraterrestrial escapism.
Retail therapy, supercar experiences, and beguilingly beauteous design are all at your disposal. If this becomes mundane, soothe away the stress in the desert with a slow, meandering camel trek through the dunes. After a long time isolated, Dubai is the perfect place to soak up the wonders of the engineered outdoors and the height of man-made indoor beauty.
Our accommodation pick is the 5-star Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, who provide guests with a mesmeric relaxation room. From here, you can choose to venture into the city or trek into the awe-inspiring dunes.
4. Phuket, Thailand
With a deep culture of buddhist meditation and wellbeing, the extraordinary country of Thailand and its city of Phuket is a healing capital of the world.
Phuket is famous for its numerous ornate Buddhist temples, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, and the Thai wellness ritual of massage. Thai massage can be enjoyed in many amazing locations around the country, such as Sirinat National Park. It’s based on ancient Indian teachings, including yoga, acupressure and reflexology.
For your Thailand holiday, we recommend that you book a stay in the 5-star Kata Rocks Resort. At the heart of the hotel is the infinite luxury spa. Here, you are given a personalised programme of emotional and physical wellness treatments. So, as the sun sets on isolation, head to the ‘Land of Smiles’.
The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular Caribbean tourist destinations for a seaside getaway. Yet, despite the popularity, the scenery and natural beauty remain seemingly untouched. Viridescent palm tree forests cling onto the edges of sandy shores, and thatched Caribbean huts stand amongst the tropical shrubbery.
Samana Bay, in particular, has a secret that not too many know of. A miniature island resort that is ready-made for your emotional healing. It’s not just the natural beauty of the physical landscape that can heal your innermost worries, but also the amiable wildlife that freely engages with visitors. The dolphins, who are common in the bay area year-round, are a certain dopamine booster.
We are happy to reveal to you the name of this island resort: the 5-star Bahia Principe Luxury Cayo Levantado – All Inclusive. Just off the coast of Samana, this tranquil island Zion with a renowned spa and wellness centre will make it impossible to stay stressed.