Overstressed and overworked? Need a break from your ordinary life? Look no further than these four fabulous getaways to help you unplug completely.
Accessible only by boat, Giethoorn is an idyllic village located in the Dutch province of Overijssel, about five kilometers from Steenwirjk. Founded by a group of Mediterranean fugitives in 1230, it only recently became popular when Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra shot his movie Fanfare there. With over 90 kilometers of canoe trails to explore by boat or paddle-cycle, Giethoorn is the perfect place to get lost. Spend your days admiring the thatched-roof farmhouses or lingering in one of the many quaint cafes.
Have you always wanted to stay in a traditional Japanese village? If so, look no further than Magoemon Ryokan in Shirakawa-go, Japan. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1995, the village is famous for its traditional farmhouses with steep roofs, in order to help shed the heavy winter snowfall. Winter is an especially beautiful season to visit because during select evenings in January and February, many of the farmhouses are lit up at night. At Maegoemon Ryokan, guests can enjoy the Japanese-style open hearth and both same and mixed gender hot spring baths.
If tropical forests and ocean vistas are more your speed, head to Strawberry Hill Luxury Resort. Perched high atop the Blue Mountains outside of Kingston, Jamaica, this luxury property was selected by the New York Times as one of the “1,000 Places You Need to See Before You Die.” Offering private cottages with panoramic views and an incredible infinity pool, Strawberry Hill is the perfect place to forget your worries. Be sure to check out the lush, on-property gardens and the award-winning spa. If you feel like adventuring off-property, head to one of the many hiking trails or beaches located under an hour away.
Steeped deep in the hills of the Himalayas, Como Uma Paro in Bhutan is a boutique resort, offering pure luxury in a secluded setting. Spend your days lounging by the indoor pool, or take a day trip to one of the many nearby Buddhist temples. The property provides preplanned itineraries that allow you to trek in the nearby mountains, or try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport, archery. Don’t leave without indulging at Bukhari, Como Uma Paro’s principal restaurant, specializing in local, organic food.
No matter where you choose to unplug, you’re sure to return to reality refreshed and completely recharged.