Top 7 Most Relaxing Holidays
We've cherry-picked the top 7 most relaxing holidays so you can swat away the stresses of everyday life while sipping cocktails on the sand. Sound tempting? If you're looking for a laid-back retreat with nothing to do but book your next massage, browse our list of the best relaxing holidays in Europe and beyond. Whether you're looking for last minute deals, family holidays or chilled-to-the-max couples getaways, we've got everything you've been dreaming of with our top picks for 2017 and 2018.
The Greek Islands are peppered with pretty beach resorts that make for gorgeous getaways in the sunshine. Alongside popular tourist resorts Mykonos and Santorini, Kefalonia is a gem holiday destination. Tranquil beaches, spectacular vistas and exellent eateries are what you can expect to find on this island and all of the main attractions are within day-tripping distance. Myrtos Bay (made famous by Captain Corelli's Mandolin) is a postcard-picture stretch lapped by piercing blue sea and steep limestone cliffs, and should be the first thing you to tick off your list. Kefalonia's southeastern resort, Skala, is also a must-visit thanks it its long beaches and lively nightlife. Add a little more luxury to your holiday and stay in Mareblue Apostolata Reort & Spa, this 5-star hotel is located on a hilltop and offers gorgeous views of the sea.
Need a little inspiration? You can plan the perfect getaway with our pocket guide to Greece.
Dominican Republic holidays are ideal if you're after all inclusive hotels and luxury beachfront resorts, making it an easy choice for relaxing couples holidays in the Caribbean. If you're looking for a long haul break with a touch of luxury, this dreamy destination boasts some of the best spa hotels around including Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, so you can unwind with a soothing massage or aromatic petal bath as you overlook the beach. Stay in popular resorts such as Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and La Romana, where you can leisurely explore the island's culture and colonial towns when you're not lounding by the dreamy coast.
As one of the ever-popular Balearic Islands, Menorca holidays are the perfect choice for cheap relaxing holidays - especially as the island boasts so many picturesque beachfront villages and coves away from the bustling tourist areas. Unwind on a secluded stretch of sand at Cala Presili's tiny cove beach - it's certainly worth a trip with vibrant blue waters to paddle in. Nature lovers can lace up their walking boots and explore the lagoons and marshes at S'albufera Des Grau. As the sun sets you can appreciate the island's sleepy villages, coastal towns and spectacular landscape and thanks to a stress-free flight of under three hours, it's easy to jet away for a week or two with zero hassle.
If you're whisking the family away, we've found the best Menorca hotels for kids.
If you fancy a dose of long haul luxury, this popular resort in Mexico is a Caribbean paradise. You can plan relaxing holidays for couples all-year-round thanks to Cancun's spectacular climate, which is made even better by the gorgeous stretch of sand lining the upbeat Hotel Zone - one of the best places to stay in Cancun. Holidays to Mexico are great if you want to experience a little bit of everything, with a blend of rich history, powder-soft sands, lush forest interiors and all-round entertainment. If you can drag yourself away from the beach, Tulum is a 90-minute drive away and is known as one of the best-preserved coastal sites around.
Take luxury to the next level at Moon Palace Cancun, a fantastic 5-star hotel complete with a private beach, sumptuous spa facilties and the largest swimming pool in Cancun!
Dubrovnik boasts oodles of historic charm that begs to be explored. If your idea of relaxing is exploring a beautiful coastal city and mixing beach action with a spot of island hopping, then this is the place to be. Croatia holidays are also popular thanks to the country's breathtaking national parks, including Plitvice and Paklenica – or hire a sailing boat and take to the seas for an afternoon. Croatia is a great destination to also consider if you're looking for relaxing holidays to visit alone, as you'll never be lost for things to see and do.
For chilled island vibes, Malta holidays will tick all the boxes. Gozo is Malta's gorgeous sister island and can be easily accessed via boat trips leaving daily from the port - even sleepier than it's neighbours, the island has a great little town with beautiful restaurants and top-notch views to match. Gozo can only be reached from Malta via boat or helicopter, adding a touch of luxury to the island hop - if we say so ourselves! Hotel Pergola Club and Spa will make for a serene stay amid the hills of Mellieha - don't forget to drop into the Da Vinci Spa!
Malta is an ideal holiday destination for the over 50s too, so if you're looking for an adult escape or adventure holiday make the most of this island!
What better way to unwind than by sinking into the exotic palm-lined sands of Thailand and its idyllic islands? This dreamy destination in southeast Asia serves up some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, with crystal clear waters, cultural sights and tropical forests to match. Lap up the luxury in Phuket, with a variety of all inclusive hotels fringing endless swathes of powder-soft sand, explore the colourful reefs in the quaint diving capital of Koh Tao, sit back with a tropical cocktail and relax in Koh Phi Phi’s beach bars or unwind with a traditional Thai massage. Plus, you simply can't pass up the opportunity to trek through the islands lush forests on an elephant tour - it's one of the top 10 places to see elephants around the world! Wherever you decide to go in Thailand, you’ll experience ultimate paradise!