Sanctuaries - top destinations to find zen
Sometimes you just need some time to yourself away from the cares of every day life, so find some calm in these top places.
1. Bali, Indonesia
This majestic island is home to an active volcano and has been a popular tourist attraction for decades - Bali has some top beach resorts to relax in and soak up the sun, good international restaurants and the local people are known to be very friendly.
Ubud, the hillside inland town, is famous as a centre for traditional healing and spirituality and you can find some serenity here in the wide choice of day spas. Balinese massage techniques are amazing and give you an all-round feeling of calm.
2. St.Vincent and the Grenadines
If you want to get away from it all where better than the Caribbean? St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a tranquil place to go and is the ideal location for those who love sailing, yachting and sunshine. Once on the main island you can experience an eco-adventure through one of the world’s best kept botanical gardens or in the rainforest. It's an expensive destination so this is the perfect place to go for a very special treat.
3. St Helena, British Overseas Territory
This British overseas territory is part of the Tristan da Cunha islands, the most remote archipelago on the planet and is certainly a good place to get away from it all. Most famous for being the location where Napoleon was detained, it is an ‘undiscovered’ treasure, which offers walking, hiking and even spotting dolphins as possible pursuits. It is currently only accessible by boat, which takes four days from Cape Town, South Africa. However, St Helena will soon be on the tourist map when its new airport opens in 2016.
We recently wrote about the highlights of this breathtaking place, which has fascinating history and heritage. Escape to it before everyone can!
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is an increasingly modern city, mixing the ancient and modern and catering for tastes as broad as backpackers and 5 star luxury tourists - this means there are plenty of places to offer amazing spa retreats. There are also over 300 temples to get lost in, elephant riding and affordable delicious food on offer for a relaxing break.
Nestled in the Himalayas is Bhutan and to get here visitors must pre-arrange a trip or be part of a guided tour, which makes it a very special place to get away from it all.
Tourism is strictly monitored and visitors must adhere to traditional dress codes. This landlocked kingdom is also dedicated to maintaining harmony between spiritual and material wealth and overall happiness of its people. This is the last remaining location that practises Mahayana Buddhism, which is its national religion. It is a calm and sacred place.