Top 10 Relaxing Destinations around the World

You work hard all year, so when it comes to taking a holiday we think you deserve to go somewhere that’s both relaxing and unwinding. That’s why we’ve scoured the earth to bring you the most relaxing destinations around the world!

 

Maldives

Comprised of 26 pristine atolls, with some hotels occupying their own island, the Maldives really is the perfect place to get away from it all. Boasting unparalleled beaches, where clear waters meet powder-soft sands, you can spend all day soaking up the sun. Or, if you can bear to tear yourself away, the Maldives is also famous for its vast array of watersports.

People (silhouettes), paddling towards a beautiful sunset at the tranquil Maldives sea, with calm water and palms. 

 

Phuket

Arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Thailand, it’s impossible not to feel at peace in Phuket. Abundant greenery surrounds miles of pristine coastline, its silken sands begging to be explored. At the end of the day, you’ll be able to relax with a cocktail in hand as the sun sets over the horizon. Bliss.

Traditional long tail boat on the way to famous Maya Bay beach in Koh Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Southern Thailand.

 

Marbella

Although Marbella has its wild side, it’s also great if you fancy a bit of downtime. Hugging the southern coast of Spain, Marbella boasts gorgeous harbours, sandy beaches and verdant greenery – the perfect recipe to any relaxing getaway. Plus with plenty of tapas bars overlooking the sea, you won’t struggle to find somewhere to spend your evenings.

Puerto Banus at dusk, marina of Marbella, Spain

 

Algarve

It’s all about the sun, sea and sand in the Algarve. Lazy afternoons can be spent sunning yourself on one of the Algarve’s sequestered beach coves or treating yourself to fresh sardines by the coast. However, if you find yourself feeling adventurous, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of watersports activities to enjoy too.

Arrifana, Portugal - December 25, 2014: Arrifana beach is popular destination even in winter time. Surfers enjoying big waves on a sunny day.

 

Amsterdam

Notorious for its laidback atmosphere, you’ll find relaxing comes second nature with a holiday to Amsterdam. Take your time exploring the city on foot (or bicycle if you fancy it), where you’ll be able to admire its famous bridges and unique architecture, before retreating to one of Amsterdam’s cosy bars for a nightcap.

A view over one of the many canals in Amsterdam. Bicycles, canals, boats and the Westerkerk in the back, making this photo completely and typical Amsterdam.

 

Bali

If you like the sound of beautiful beaches, delicious food and a wonderful culture, look no further than Bali. While away the hours sunbathing in the beautiful Nusa Dua or move further inland to Ubud, the creative capital of the island where you’ll be able to peruse the local markets and barter with the locals, selling handmade arts and crafts.

Street Market in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

 

Antigua

One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Antigua oozes a laidback vibe which you’re certain to find infectious. If you can bear to part from one of the 365 beaches then the island capital of St. John’s is definitely worth a stroll; between the colonial architecture and picturesque harbour, there’s plenty of sights to take in.

St. John's, Antigua port and skyline at twilight.

 

Tenerife

As the most popular island in the Canaries, Tenerife may not immediately spring to mind when it comes to relaxing holidays. However, with an abundance of beaches to unwind on plus the island’s laidback atmosphere, you can’t help but feel at home in Tenerife. If you fancy a change of pace, why not pay a visit to Mount Teide?

Lighthouse along rocky coast.

 

Dubai

Towering skyscrapers, resplendent beaches and shopping malls on tap, Dubai has something that’ll relax everyone. And with some of the world’s finest hotels, such as Atlantis the Palm, offering a first class service, you’ll be treated like royalty on your holiday to Dubai.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 6, 2016: The Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis hotel in Dubai.

 

Budapest

Although one of Europe’s most bustling cities, Budapest provides ample opportunity for a relaxing break. Soak your troubles away in one of the city’s thermal spas, such as the famous Art Nouveau Gellért Baths, which envelopes you in astonishing architecture as you bathe in relaxation.

The Hungarian parliament in morning light.