Forget trying to cram as much as possible into your two week break. Sometimes all you really want from a trip abroad is an empty to-do list, a cold drink and somewhere you can go for a pampering massage. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite relaxing destinations. These places will ensure you a blissful break – whether you wish to take in the local sights or simply do nothing at all.
A traditional beach break is ideal for relaxation, especially if you’re looking to book towards the tail end of the summer season. With the children back at school, the beaches relatively empty and average daily temperatures of 21C, September is a great time to visit Majorca. Better still, arrange an all-inclusive package and those cocktails will be included too.
You’ll have no trouble bagging a sun lounger here, as the Puerto Pollensa beach is so long it never gets crowded. Should you tire from sunbathing, its length also makes it a great place to walk – it stretches all the way up to a two-mile-long Pine Walk on one end.
Pampering comes high on our list of relaxation requirements and for an experience that’s both blissful and like nothing you’ll have ever experienced before, take a hammam. Moroccans try to indulge in the pastime once a week, and it’s very much a local way of life. However, be warned: some of the local establishments can be a bit rough-and-ready, especially to first-time customers. Many also have separate rooms for men and women – so it’s worth paying a little more to share the experience with your partner. One of the original bath houses in the city – Les Bains de Marrakech is also one of the best. A 45-minute experience with a steam-room, exfoliating black soap and a traditional Moroccan massage will set you back just £40. Pampering doesn’t come at a price here.
There are over 200 Greek islands in total, so which one should you choose if you’re looking for relaxation? We recommend Santorini. The pace of life is much slower here and while some Greek resorts are famous for their party atmosphere or historical landmarks, Santorini’s fame is down to its spectacular sunsets. Considered by many to have the best sunsets in the world, people charter yachts and book restaurants weeks in advance in order to bag that perfect spot. The promenade in Fira and Santo Winery both offer great vantage points if you can get there early enough. When the sun isn’t setting head to Koutsoyannopoulous Wine Museum to try your hand, or rather foot, at the Greek art of grape stomping or simply take a lazy boat trip around the bay.
For some people, nothing will beat putting their way around some of Europe’s top golf clubs. The Algarve, has a well-deserved reputation among golf aficionados and the sleepy town of Olhão is located close to no less than seven courses. Even if golf is not your drive, you can’t fail to feel relaxed in Olhão. To visit is to travel back to a far simpler time when fishermen still ply their daily catch at the local fish market and holidaymakers drink coffee on the waterfront to the strains of jazz. Boat trips leave daily for destinations sleepier still – like Ilha da Armona, an island getaway boasting a gold-sand beach.
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