10 of the world’s most relaxing places

The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali

Bali’s interior of paddy fields, shrines and distant peaks is a far more relaxing proposition than the often chaotic vibe found around the beach resorts of Kuta and Seminyak.
The town of Ubud’s chilled vibe makes it ripe for a long stay and the Yoga Barn is the ideal spot for those looking to get fully horizontal.
Its studios overlook unspoiled countryside, with 15 classes a day, from relaxing yin to dynamic power flow.
Class passes are available for those just passing through, ranging from three lessons to unlimited 30-day access.

Sidi Chamharouch, Morocco

Halfway up the trail from the village of Imlil to the climbing hut at the foot of Mount Toubkal sits Sidi Chamharouch.
A Berber settlement named after the Sultan of the Jinns, an unmissable hulking white rock serves as a shrine for pilgrims from across Morocco looking to cure ailments and make offerings to Allah.
The village sits on the banks of a series of waterfalls, with handy rest stops perfect for resting in the shade and taking in the vast mountain views.
As relaxing pit stops on long hikes go, this one is hard to beat.

Ise Jingu, Japan

Known as “the soul of Japan,” Ise Jingu is home to a series of Shinto shrines dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu.
Despite its huge popularity, the shrine complex’s vast scale means it remains a peaceful, relaxing place.
Soft sunlight filters through a grove of cedar trees that stand next to a clear running stream, while Shinto priests in traditional dress carry out ceremonies in temples, which are rebuilt every 20 years.
A slow stroll here will leave even the most tightly wound visitor feeling calmer and more centered.

Saruni Samburu Safari Camp, Kenya

Remote wilderness isn’t in short supply in Kenya, but the spectacular Saruni Samburu Safari Camp takes things to the next level.
Resting on the top of a rocky outcrop, with views over Mount Kenya and Kalama Conservancy, its six villas are the peak in post-safari relaxation.
There’s a gorgeous rooftop pool, while the villas’ outdoor showers offer unimpeded views of the plains and waterholes, with the chance to spot giraffes and elephants roaming free.
A sundowner on the deck as the night sky comes to life makes this spot unbeatable when it comes to kicking back.

Stanley Park, Vancouver

Few city parks can match the wild forest and easy charm of Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
With bike trails that skirt its edge and pass through its center, there’s plenty of scope for getting back to nature without ever having to leave Canada’s finest metropolis.
Throw in gorgeous views across the bay into the mountains, seaplanes coming into land and perfect bathing at Second Beach, this is a park that turns kicking back and going with the flow into an art form.

Cape Elizabeth, Maine

The coast of Maine in summer is a place of pure relaxation, with flags ruffling lightly in the breeze and the Atlantic swell slumping onto sandy beaches and rugged cliffs.
Cape Elizabeth, home to historic lighthouse Cape Elizabeth Lights (also known as Two Lights), is favored by those looking for a calm spot along the state’s rocky coast .
The Lobster Shack is an idyllic place to take in the area, its wooden tables perched above the water, with views of the lighthouse adding to that quintessential New England vibe.
A lobster roll and a beer paired with the wide open view are guaranteed to make anyone feel pleasingly blissed out.

Mendoza, Argentina

Sipping on a glass of Malbec as the sun hits the peaks of the Andes, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect place to be than in the vineyards around the city of Mendoza.
Outside of the searing hot summer season, ideally in April, is the best time to visit, when tours take in the best wineries, with the option of eating and drinking al fresco without sweltering.
The cooler air makes those rich reds taste even better, too.

Nayara Springs, Costa Rica

When it comes to relaxing, sometimes only a slice of luxury will do.
Adults-only luxury resort Nayara Springs is home to a cluster of private luxury villas with views across lush rainforest to the smoldering peak of Arenal.
Each one has its own plunge pool heated by nearby hot springs, a covered deck and inclusive mini bar.
Best of all, the walkways are well concealed, meaning each villa feels like a private bubble.

Provence, France

With its narrow country lanes, remote vineyards and hazy views into the Alps, Provence is the perfect place to escape the chaos of everyday life without traveling too far from civilization.
Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, this southeastern French region is both calming and beautiful.
A bike ride from the village of Violès, wine tasting at vineyard “caves” and stopping off for a picnic of local cheese and bread is a fine way to ease off the pace of modern life while in this beautiful French region.

Wilderness Hotel, Nellim, Finland

Located 260 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the tiny village of Nellim is home to the remote Wilderness Hotel, a family-run retreat in northern Finnish Lapland.
A series of log cabins with their own saunas make for the ideal place to relax on cold days before heading out after dark to the shores of nearby Lake Inari to catch the majestic Aurora Borealis.
In fall, the surrounding forest is awash with color, burnished oranges and browns standing stark against the silver birches.

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