Some vacations are about getting out and taking in new sites, gaining a greater cultural awareness. You may barely get a chance to catch your breath, but it will be worth it at the end of the day when you fall into bed remembering everything you got to experience. Wellness tourism takes a different approach where the vacation is more about investing in yourself than the people and places around you.
When your personal health is on the line, it’s okay to be a little selfish. If your mental and physical wellbeing are at the top of your checklist, then these six relaxing destinations are definitely worth looking into.
1. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is a pioneer in wellness tourism, from its lush, tropical paradise atmosphere to its vast health and wellness offerings. Thailand’s hospitality industry has really marketed itself as a center for wellness over the last few years, with hotels like CC’s Hideaway rising up to offer full-service wellness packages, such as a yoga retreat that includes healthy meals, meditation, massages, and daily activities such as surf lessons and cooking classes.
2. The Maldives
Type the Maldives into your Google search bar and you will see that words aren’t even needed to describe how tranquil this destination is. The Maldives consists of hundreds of tropical islands surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean which beckon visitors from all around the world seeking the ultimate relaxing escape. There are a plethora of spa and luxury resort options on the islands, such as the villas at Kuramathi or the Cinnamon Dhonveli Resort.
3. Vancouver, Canada
You may associate Canada with Niagara Falls, maple syrup, hockey, and poutine, and not necessarily relaxation. However, the city of Vancouver has a laid-back vibe that other major cities do not. With quiet, pristine beaches and beautiful mountain views, you are sure to find a relaxing vacation destination in Vancouver.
4. Dubai, UAE
My current residence of Dubai still has some room for improvement with its wellness offerings and, known as a luxury city, a lot of its attractions are not affordable to the average person. However, for those willing and able to invest the money in a one-of-a-kind getaway, Dubai will provide. From world-class restaurants to helicopter skiing, there are some relaxing experiences that can only be found in Dubai.
5. Vientiane, Laos
Laos has rightfully earned the title of “laid-back Laos,” from the travel blog, Our Big Fat Travel Adventure. The capital city, Vientiane, is rich in culture with its historic landmarks, delicious restaurants, and Buddhist religion. In Laos, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace the meditative and spiritual values of Buddhism.
6. Marbella, Spain
Most people visiting Spain will look to hit up the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, but one hidden gem that does not get the attention it deserves is the coastal city of Marbella. Relaxation is easy on Marbella’s warm, sunny beaches, and there are plenty of boutiques, bars, and golf courses to help you unwind as well.