Everyone has a little bit of wanderlust in them. Some of us have a little more than most. I love getting around the world, and still have countless cities and countries left on my bucket list. While the experience of exploring a new place and trying new things is one of the best in the world, sometimes you just need a place that oozes relaxation.
The places on this list are perfect for those who need to be rejuvenated. If you’re on the verge of burnout or simply want to pamper yourself, spending time in any of these locations will be everything you wanted and more.
Palm Springs has the advantage of being close by. It’s certainly the easiest place to get to on this list, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a consolation prize. No, Palm Springs is one of the best places in the world to vacation, and it’s not even by the sea.
Book luxury Palm Springs house rentals and give yourself the chance to relax in pure perfection. Of course, it’s the hot springs that are so attractive to anyone who needs a bit of self-care. With some of the best spas in the world, you’ll leave Palm Springs feeling better on both a physical and emotional level.
There’s also plenty to see in and around Palm Springs, from the wonders of modern architecture to the landscapes of Coachella Valley.
Going a lot further afield, Bali has long been a hugely popular tourist destination. It has something for everyone, whether you’re a Hollywood stalwart or a broke Australian student. Admittedly, if you’re the type of person who simply cannot stand broke Australian students, you’ll find your patience tested here.
Bali is wonderful for a number of reasons. It is incredibly beautiful, and its beauty is varied. You can spend time at pristine beaches, hiking through rice paddies, or even going up a volcano. There are big bands and singers performing on the island throughout the year. It also has the benefit of being relatively cheap. You can live in luxury on a budget, with many spacious villas available for rent.
Spend time relaxing in your private pool or getting a massage or spa treatment. It’s quite a distance to travel, though, so if you hate flying, give this one a miss.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Bora Bora is one of those places the Kardashians love. And for good reason. It is an ideal location for a lazy beach vacation. Stay in an over-water hut and you will feel like you have the sea and sunset to yourself. This is not a place to travel to if you get itchy feet. There’s not all that much to do, although you can keep yourself busy with diving and boat rides.
If you’ve visited Paris before, you probably can’t imagine France to be a relaxing destination. After all, people in Paris are in a hurry and can be rude, and the streets are crowded with tourists. But get out of Paris and there are some amazing towns and cities perfect for a relaxing trip.
Provence epitomizes the south of France, with its rolling hills and lavender fields. You’ll think you’re on a film set at first, because it feels like a different world entirely. In comparison to anything we know in the US, it truly is otherworldly.
For some people, there is nothing better than a villa in the Tuscan countryside. It is quiet, while crowded by magnificent, lush nature. Tuscany’s quaint towns are perfect for spending time rejuvenating. Go there to finish that novel you always wanted to start, or to indulge your love of painting you just never get time for. It will bring out the contemplative creative in you.
This is for those of you who know there’s another side of you that doesn’t come out in your usual, busy life. Take the time out to discover the parts of yourself you’ve been ignoring for too long.
Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
The Six Senses Douro Valley is an exclusive destination for those who really want to live the life of the fabulous. You will stay in a restored 19th century manor house that functions as a self-contained resort. You won’t have to worry about obnoxious tourists or the people who are always trying to sell things to obnoxious tourists.
If isolation does it for you, head to Portugal’s Douro Valley.
Knysna, South Africa
Knysna is one town on South Africa’s famed Garden Route. It’s close to the popular tourist destinations, but is itself quite small and quiet. Spend some time boating on the lagoon, through the Knysna Heads (which are well-known cliffs) or climb up them. There is no beach in Knysna itself, but you can drive a few minutes to Buffalo Bay or Brenton on Sea.
Plettenberg Bay is about an hour and a half away, and if you want to spend a night partying, it’s easy to reach. You take one road all the way. In the other direction is the Slightly bigger town of George, where you can go to do some shopping if Knysna’s limited options begin to bother you.
It’s the perfect location for those who want to relax in peace and quiet, but want the option to be among the masses if they feel the urge to party.