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, then you need to try our definitive guide to the most relaxing beaches and resorts around the world. Whether you're looking for last minute deals, family holidays or chilled-to-the-max couples retreats, we've got the top 2017 holidays for you.
The Greek Islands are peppered with pretty beach resorts that make for gorgeous getaways in the sunshine and alongside popular 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. Need a little inspiration? You can plan the perfect getaway with our pocket guide to Greece.
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.
Dominican Republic holidays offer (almost) unrivalled all inclusive hotels and resorts, making it an easy choice for calm 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 Sanctuary Cap Cana, The Level Melia Caribe Tropical and Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, so you can unwind with a soothing massage or aromatic petal bath as you overlook the beach. When you're not splashing in the tranquil waters, hop on a horse back and trot along the sand as the sun sets, indulge in a little rest and relaxation with on-site yoga or whip up a storm when you try traditional cookery classes!
As one of the ever-popular Balearic Islands, Menorca holidays are the perfect choice for laid-back breaks - 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 fancy a long haul holiday, a stint in marvellous Mexico means forgetting your troubles in a Caribbean paradise – without breaking the bank! While holidays to Mexico are incredibly popular thanks to its rich Mayan history, lively entertainment and powder-soft beaches, it's also one of the best-value tropical winter sun destinations perfect for relaxing. Cancun has come a long way since its days as a quaint fishing town, now boasting a glitzy Hotel Zone, excellent restaurants and bars and never-ending sands to chill-out on. If you can drag yourself away from the beach, Tulum is a 90-minute drive away and known as on of the best-preserved coastal sites around.
Take luxury to the next level with Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, a fantastic 4-star hotel complete with a private beach and on-site dolphinarium, yep that's right - a dolphinarium!
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 you could hire a sailing boat and take to the seas for an afternoon, relaxing on the waves. Let’s not forget the delicious food that is served up within Dubrovnik's ancient city walls – grab a table at one of the streetside restaurants and indulge in the local delicacies.
The beautiful bed & breakfast spot Valamar Dubrovnik President is set amid gorgeous gardens that front the Adriatic Sea, making it a great base for exploring the island's city and coast.
For those in search of 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!