If there was ever the time to decide to go on vacation (or even just take a day trip to a spa), it’s National Relaxation Day! To celebrate National Relaxation Day (which happens annually on August 15th), today’s travel guide features 7 of the best places in the world to relax. From premiere, coastal California resorts to private islands in exotic global destinations helping you relax in style is the ultimate priority for these top hotels.
To start with – The Brando is French Polynesia’s premier private island resort, offering carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. Located on the stunningly beautiful Tetiaroa atoll 30 miles north of Tahiti, the all-inclusive retreat is composed of just 35 deluxe villas across a dozen idyllic islets surrounding a sparkling lagoon.
While relaxing at this eco-friendly resort, enjoy award-winning cuisine from Guy Martin of the Michelin two-star restaurant Le Grand Véfour in Paris; the finest holistic Polynesian-inspired treatments in the Varua Polynesian Spa; and abundant activities, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, Polynesian canoeing, tennis, biking, guided islands explorations led by naturalists and more.
There’s more to San Diego, California than its miles of beautiful beaches. Magnificently situated on 400-acres in a pristine coastal canyon five miles from the Pacific Ocean sits the Forbes triple Five-Star (one of only 13 in the world), AAA Diamond Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
Go for a day to indulge in pampering treatments at the Five-Star spa or spend a week enjoying some fun under the sun at the resort. They offer a range of activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, or lounging at one of four sparkling pools, as well as an adults-only Relaxation Pool.
As San Diego’s #1 Luxury Resort (ranked by TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards), it’s definitely one of the best places to enjoy National Relaxation Day in Southern California.
NIZUC Resort & Spa in Mexico offers the ultimate luxury experience for travelers looking to soak up the sun on beautiful white beaches and crystal-clear waters. The hotel is located just 15 minutes from Cancun’s international airport and sits right at the edge of Punta Nizuc, providing a number of relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city’s activity.
NIZUC, which recently received its AAA Five Diamond Status, has the first ESPA-branded spa in the Mexican Caribbean. Its extensive menu of treatments is designed to relax and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul. The resort also hosts daily complimentary yoga and stretch sessions. Additionally, it provides a variety of cultural and culinary activities – such as a sushi making class and a live Cuban jazz band – allowing you to disconnect from the stress of daily life. Sounds like paradise, huh?!
If the idea of lounging beachside in a cabana with a Mai Tai in hand sounds dreamy to you, then a relaxing vacation in Hawaii is just what you need. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers the ultimate island relaxation in style with picturesque ocean views at one of the resort’s oceanfront hales.
As a bonus, now through the end of October, you can relax and give back by booking a limited time cabana outfitted in pink décor that especially supports Susan G. Komen Hawaii which focuses on breast cancer awareness, treatment and prevention programs in the Hawaiian Islands. So it’s a win-win! Help yourself relax while you help support a worthy cause.
Conrad Bali, an award-winning resort at Tanjung Benoa, Indonesia, presents more choices for an incredible Indian Ocean beach getaway.
Relax in a premium suite in the private wing before trying cultural and kids’ activities or playing watersports and even tennis. You can also engage in an authentic ancient purification ritual, Balinese arts and crafts, traditional dancing and an exclusive sourcing program to Bali’s famous artists.
Choose from ocean-view rooms, Conrad suites (with private infinity pools) or Conrad Pool Villa with a private plunge pool, sun terrace, as well as an outdoor bathtub. During your time relaxing at the resort, indulge in a Jiwa Spa massage, yoga practice or that last bite of locally flavored ‘street’ food at Spice.
If you’re yearning for a good night’s sleep, then a visit to Pebble Beach Resorts‘ Forbes Five-Star-Award-winning spa is a must. The Spa at Pebble Beach offers two unique relaxation treatments that calm mind and body to bring on a deep, nourishing sleep.
The Flotation Wrap service nestles spa-goers in a dry flotation bed for a restorative wrap as they float freely in heated bliss. The 45-minute wrap is offered in three options: a Swiss Crème Wrap that infuses the skin with moisture; a Cloud Nineteen Wrap that employs ultra-hydrating Shea butter and jojoba oil infused with the guest’s choice of aromatherapy to quench and soothe skin; and the Espresso Limon Slimming Wrap that pairs a relaxing foot massage with a detoxifying wrap in a blend of South American coffee oil, Italian lemons and Madagascan cinnamon.
In addition to these relaxing treatments, this gorgeous spa offers an inhalation room, a conservatory (pictured above), and a sanctuary room. When it comes to day spas, this one is truly one of the best in the world.
Just a short 45-minute drive south of Carmel, California lies the breathtaking Big Sur coastline. Here you’ll discover the Post Ranch Inn – an award-winning resort with breathtaking panoramic Pacific Ocean views. Most recently, Post Ranch Inn was named the #1 Top Resort Hotel in California by Travel + Leisure and #1 Top Hideaway in the World by Andrew Harper in December 2017.
Ideal for romance, relaxation, and rejuvenation, Post Ranch Inn is an environmentally-sustainable resort offering a truly unique, rustic luxurious experience to its guests. The property sits high atop the cliffs of Big Sur, at 1,200 feet, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is truly a sanctuary for the soul.
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[Photo Credits: Header image c/o Fairmont Grand Del Mar; hotel images within article c/o featured properties; Post Ranch Inn photo by Kodiak Greenwood; The Spa at Pebble Beach photo via Inspirations & Celebrations.]