6 Vacation Spots Where You Can Relax and De-Stress
Not every vacation was created equal. There are those that are filled with screeching kids on waterslides and ones that require a whole bunch of planning and negotiating. When you come off a year of long days and extra hours, you’ll need time to settle in and shift your mind from work-mode to vacation-mode before you can truly relax. When you finally forget about budget goals and spreadsheets there’s no point of wasting your precious vacation time trying to drown out the roar of late night bar hoppers at 3 a.m. or spend hours trying to coordinate a multi-stop trip. If your goal is to relax and de-stress you’ll want to vacation in a place where you can post-up, start a lazy daily routine, and let go of your worries.
If not every vacation was created equal, these vacation spots are the pick of the litter with their quiet, natural surroundings, central locations, and relaxed atmosphere. Whether you want to sit on a beach, work on your golf game, hit the slopes, or focus on your wellness, there’s a destination and resort for you. Pack a good book, order another round, put up your feet, and enjoy a truly stress-free vacation.
1. Maya Tulum Wellness Retreat & Spa, Tulum, Mexico
Not only does this destination offer easy, inexpensive flights from the U.S., but the Maya Tulum is consistently ranked as one of Mexico’s best and most affordable destination spas. With a beachfront location, yoga classes, and an extensive wellness spa including an indigenous sweat lodge and specialty retreats, there is a lot of relaxation going on. Book a private beachside villa for views of the Caribbean Sea and tempting blue waters.
2. Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride, Colo.
If you’re looking for a relaxing ski vacation devoid of long lift lines, this is the place to be. The property is located at the base of the ski area, so you don’t have to finagle transport to the lifts, and each room is between 1,400 and 2,000 square feet offering guests a full kitchen and large living areas so you can truly settle in and relax. The ski terrain is varied so there’s something for every level and the views are unparalleled. Relax after a long day on the hill at the intimate spa.
3. Puri Asri Villa Hotel & Spa, Bali, Indonesia
It may be a long, expensive flight to get there, but once you arrive in Bali, you’ll find luxurious, yet affordable housing, great food, and enough spas to visit a different one each day. Puri Asri is in Ubud, Bali, away from the hubbub of the more tourist-filled ocean-side towns. Ubud is an artist community that offers enough dining to quickly become a food lovers dream. The Puri Asri Villas are located an easy 10 minute walk or shuttle from central Ubud so you can sit poolside, relax in the spa, or enjoy the tranquility of your own villa.
4. Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, Bermuda
This adult-only resort makes quiet and relaxation a priority with access to four private beaches, an on-site Ocean Spa, three restaurants, and ocean view cottages with a private plunge pool. The property is historic and sits on its own 30-acre peninsula of land on the tiny island of Bermuda. This spot is easy to access as sunny Bermuda is just a short and inexpensive plane ride from the East Coast.
5. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
If you’re looking for a high-end resort with a quiet, kid-free atmosphere, this is the spot for you. Each large suit overlooks the sea from its own whirlpool tub, canopied bed, and private infinity pool. The resort offers delicious organic cuisine and doting service so you can let go of your cares and focus on finding your deepest state of relaxation.
6. Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Amelia Island, Fla.
This golf-getaway resort is located on a barrier island 35 miles from Jacksonville. The feel is casual elegance, and it’s the perfect choice for a relaxing family vacation. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities so you can work on your golf game. The dining options and spa are both top-notch and the resort is beach side with views overlooking the sand dunes.