This isn’t just any Wednesday. Today is the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and I thought with this being a celebration of sport, it would be an excellent chance for you to swap your trainers for a pair of flip flops. Along with training, every athlete needs some downtime and so do you.
Award yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in already this year and go for gold, silver or bronze in relaxation. If holidays were a sport, I’d definitely be going for gold. So, I’ve put together a list of the best destinations for a relaxing holiday.
Holidays are perfect for taking it slow. There’s no need to race to the pool, restaurant or the kid’s club as it’s all about going at your own pace. Greece is the place to visit for a chilled-out getaway. It’s home to some of the world’s best preserved historical sites, including temples, tombs and palaces. Whether you’re travelling with your family or a loved one, you can spend time strolling around beautiful attractions and soaking up the incredible sights.
If the definition of relaxation for you is sun, sea and sand, then Greece will not disappoint. With thousands of islands to choose from, you’ll find miles of endless sandy beaches for you to sink your toes into. Then hire a sun lounger, grab a cocktail and spend hours listening to the relaxing waves with the warm Mediterranean sun all around you.
There’s no competition when it comes to a Turkey holiday. I enjoy walking along the golden sandy bays and tranquil coves that stretch right across its turquoise coast. The Antalya region is my favourite place because of its vast Mediterranean shoreline, full of bright blue waters. Plus, there are opportunities to be at one with nature and see marine animals in their natural habitats. There’s nothing better than grabbing a pair of goggles, going snorkelling and uncovering what treasures are hidden on the ocean floor.
Once you’ve packed up from the beach and arrived back at the hotel, you’ll get the chance to kick back and relax in your beautiful accommodation. Grab a glass of wine and sit outside to take in those breathtaking views when the sun is setting. Once you’ve toasted to a wonderful holiday, you should enjoy some of the local cuisines. It’s a great chance to spending time with your loved ones, talking about the day’s events and eating a meal that’s been cooked for you. Try some tasty köfte lamb or beef meatballs and finish it off with some delicious Turkish delights.
3) Balearic Islands
Dive straight into a relaxing holiday when you travel to the Balearic Islands. With Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza to choose from, you’ll find unbeatable coastlines, natural attractions and beautiful whitewashed villages. If you’re looking for magical views, start your trip by taking a boat ride around any of the island’s northern coast. Do you love being surrounded by nature? Take a walk around the cliff tops in Majorca, the authentic villages, lagoons and coastlines.
For your own version of paradise with powdery sand and crystal-clear water, spend a day on the tiny island of Formentera, which you can reach via a short ferry journey from Ibiza. Platja de Ses Illets is famous for its beautiful beaches, which look more like something you’d find in the Caribbean. The rest of the Balearic Islands also offer incredible coastlines, such as the unspoilt beach Cala Salada, which is surrounded by lush greenery and turquoise blue water.
This holiday hotspot doesn’t score low when it comes to tranquillity. Mexico is famous for its sun-kissed beaches, warm weather and stunning scenery. If you like laying in the sunshine as I do, then the Mayan Riviera is the ideal place for you as it combines luxurious resorts with cultural attractions. When I went on holiday here last year, I fell in love with this beautiful country. I found that there was so much to see from the moment you step off the plane, arriving at your hotel to exploring villages, towns and cities.
Balancing a relaxing and active getaway is essential. For a slower paced activity, try yoga and stretch out in front of the lapping waves. Do you prefer lounging when on a beach? Relax in the shade of straw-thatched beach huts and enjoy the lively atmosphere. When you’re topping up your tan, make sure to apply sun cream regularly and cool off by dipping your toes in the Caribbean water.
Where’s your favourite place to go for a relaxing holiday? Do you think any other destinations belong on this list? I’d love to hear from you, so comment below to share your experiences.