The world’s most relaxing vacation spots

Coastal views, leisurely excursions, spa packages, and indulgent cuisine all come to mind when thinking about the most relaxing vacation packages. If you’re looking to de-stress, unwind and just generally get away from the hectic pace of day to day life, travelling can be a great way to go.

The world is full of unbelievably peaceful places to visit that combine chill vibes with natural beauty and give you space to bask in total tranquility. If you’re looking for something along these lines, then look no further. Here, we take you through some of the most relaxing places in the world for a vacation. We’ll cover both the iconic “relaxing destinations” as well as a few off the beaten path destinations less known for their peaceful qualities.

Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti is the epitome of paradise on earth and it’s no wonder that it’s a top destination for luxury honeymoon vacations. Tahiti is a cluster of tiny islands filled with gorgeous golden sand beaches, crystal clear warm waters filled with an amazing ecosystem of marine life, and a wonderfully warm and welcoming culture. 

Whether you want to catch some rays under swaying palms, relax outside your overwater bungalow, or try some of the islands’ amazing cuisine, by taking a cruise to Tahiti you might just find one of the most relaxing vacation destinations ever. 

Ubud, Bali

A true haven of peace and tranquility, Ubud is the perfect place to get away from it all. Full of luxury spas and beautiful retreats, it feels like it has been specifically designed to take the weight of the world off your shoulders. 

Ubud also has an incredible blend of stunning natural beauty, luxury accommodation, and understated modernity that makes a stay here truly memorable. 

The Alps

World-famous and likely not needing much of an introduction is the European Alps! Amongst the top destinations for taking in the breathtaking views of these otherworldly mountains of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and France. 

Abundant in castles, gardens, spas, and incredible food and drink, the Alps surely won’t  disappoint. Just be sure to order local cheeses, cured meats, and paired local wines to have the best experience.

Savannah, Georgia

This quaint little city on the coast of Georgia is brimming with Southern charm, cobblestone streets, and oak-shaded parks. Abundant in Spanish Moss and charming southern accents, you’ll think that you stepped right into the movie Forrest Gump. In fact, you may just walk some of the streets where some scenes from the famous movie were filmed. 

Savannah is filled with B&Bs and delightful old architecture. The city also offers endless places to dine, river views, and the famous southern hospitality.    

Bagan, Myanmar

Myanmar’s city of 10,000 temples is an astonishingly spiritual place to visit. Bagan, the ancient capital of the Pagan Kingdom, which originally held over 13,000 temples, is a city built over a millennium ago. Most have disappeared, but the 3,000 or so that remain to make this a stunning destination with an incredible atmosphere of calm. 

Watching the sun go down from the top of one of the stepped stupas or soaring above the UNESCO World Heritage Site in a hot air balloon are experiences not to be missed. 

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos provides gorgeous beaches, amazing Greek cuisine, dazzlingly beautiful seaside towns, and is the perfect place to run away from the world. 

An outstandingly beautiful island even amongst the impressive array that fringe the Greek mainland, Mykonos combines unexplored coves and ancient history with a surprisingly vibrant nightlife, making it perfect for travellers who are looking for a little bit of fun to go with their serenity!

Banff, Alberta Canada

Every year, Banff National Park in Alberta Canada draws in backpackers, climbers, dog sledders, and your average outdoor enthusiast. But did you know that Banff National Park is home to geothermal hot springs? 

The Fairmont Banff Hot Springs is one of the most unique and luxurious spa experiences in the world. The hotel is rich in history and abundant in views. You can take in the views of the grand Rocky Mountains from one of the spa’s terraces or mineral pools.


We hope we didn’t put you to sleep talking about these dreamy destinations for ultimate relaxation. Instead, we hope we added some destinations to your bucket list or encouraged you to actually book that trip to Bali you’ve always been thinking about. 

Book a spa package and pack a novel because who doesn’t need a relaxing vacation to recharge right about now?

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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