Stress can really take a toll on your mind and body, so we’re all dreaming of our next relaxing vacation more than ever. In addition to relaxing, a peaceful getaway can also allow your mind to clear so you’ll be totally refreshed when it’s time to return to work. What’s the point of going on vacation if you can’t enjoy yourself while relaxing?
The world is filled with places dedicated to tranquility no matter where you go. While there are plenty of relaxing beaches to choose from, you need not limit yourself to lounging on the beach. Whether it’s waterfalls in Costa Rica, fjords in Norway, or quaint villages in France, relaxing can take many forms.
This post will explore some of the most breathtaking locations you can utilize as a virtual escape while enjoying a bit of adventure.
The Top 5 Resorts That Combine Relaxation & Adventure Across The Globe
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
On Kauai’s North Shore, the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas provide a tranquil ambiance. We are located near the beachfront and cliffsides of Hawaii’s pristine coastline, near Anini Beach and Hanalei Lookout. Take a tour of Waiol Mission and Limahuli Garden, a 1,000-acre botanical garden.
At Princeville Ranch Adventure, zipline through the rainforest and refresh yourself with a beverage at one of our three bars and restaurants. We have stunning ocean views and a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio at the Westin North Shore.
With a relaxing massage by the pool or in your vacation home, you can embrace pure tranquility. Private lanais, washers and dryers, sofa beds, and free Wi-Fi are among the amenities of your tropical villa. Experience the luxury of The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.
Nearest Attraction: Lumahai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Thousands of beautiful beaches can be found in Hawaii, but Lumahai is particularly special for travelers looking for a more serene experience. White sand beaches like this one are a great place to spend the day relaxing in the sun or catching waves if you’re an experienced surfer. Although conditions at Luimahai are calmer during the summer months, precautions must still be taken. Located in the open ocean, Lumahai has strong currents.
White Barn Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection
The White Barn Inn has been synonymous with warmth, rustic charm, and uncompromising attention to detail since over 150 years ago. It is located in the beautiful coastal town of Kennebunkport. This renowned getaway is less than 90 minutes by car from Boston. You will experience award-winning dining and attentive service at the White Barn Restaurant.
Kennebunk offers a world of unending pleasures, from cooking right alongside our Executive Chef in our renowned restaurants to exploring Maine’s beautiful backcountry on a sled pulled by a team of dogs.
Nearest Attraction: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
A stroll along the Cape, exploring lighthouses, sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? This town is home to the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (or Two Lights lighthouse), which has been in operation since 1874. It is also one of the best places to get juicy lobster on top of the interesting history and classic New England architecture.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Next is the Fairmont Banff Springs. The world-renowned Banff Springs hotel, which is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List, stands as a landmark in the picturesque Canadian mountain town of Banff, Alberta. For more than 130 years, Canada’s attraction dubbed the “Castle in the Rockies” has offered legendary hospitality to its guests.
There are 757 well-appointed guest rooms and suites at Fairmont Banff Springs, as well as outstanding Banff accommodations, and personalized service that will make your stay unforgettable. With cozy rooms tucked away in quiet corners of the castle to spacious suites with panoramic views of Alberta mountains, the Fairmont Banff Springs, has the perfect accommodation for your Rocky Mountain escape.
Nearest Attraction: Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Among all the stunning scenery and crystalline lakes in Banff National Park, Lake Louise might be the most relaxing (and most peaceful). Almost too pristine to be real, its perfectly blue waters attract campers and hikers alike – fortunately, it is real. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, it may well be the perfect relaxing vacation.
Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway
Third on our list is Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway. The Rio Celeste Hideaway is a small, eco-conscious hotel that provides a truly unique experience. The Arenal Volcano area is only an hour’s drive away, and Liberia International Airport (LIR) is just 90 minutes away. In the Tenorio Volcano National Park lies Rio Celeste, where it gets its turquoise color. With spacious comfort, wonderful amenities, and a beautiful natural setting, we’re the perfect getaway. During your stay, you will have the chance to see exotic animals and a lush tropical rainforest!
Several outdoor activities can be enjoyed at this resort, such as rafting along the river, tubing in the Celeste, horseback riding, and several attractions within an hour of the resort. With 26 spacious casitas, or bungalows, all of which have breathtaking views, you can enjoy a private retreat amidst breathtaking scenery.
Nearest Attraction: Rio Celeste Falls, Costa Rica
Rio Celeste is renowned for its vivid blue color, which makes it practically unlike any other waterfall in the world. Located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, it is very popular with tourists. The bright colors in the water are caused by volcanic chemicals, but they appear almost magical against the tropical backdrop and rushing waves.
The final resort that combines relaxation and adventure is the Nordfjord Hotell. With 54 rooms and 110 beds, Nordfjord Hotell offers top-notch service. In addition to a restaurant with good food, a bar, meeting rooms for up to 250 people, and a SPA, there is also a fitness center and bathhouse at the hotel. A lift is available at the hotel.
Located in Nordfjord, this hotel is a convenient destination for business travelers. It is also a perfect venue for events, meetings, and conferences. A walk in the district can be started from the hotel. In addition to Trivelses skogen on Sandane, Briksdalsbreen and Jostedalsbreen National Park Center, tourists can visit Geiranger, Vestkapp and Selje on their way to and from Bergen.
Nearest Attraction: Nordfjord, Norway
With its breathtaking views, Nordfjord is one of Norway’s top destinations. It takes only two hours for tourists to traverse the fjord on a long, luxury cruise and enjoy the stunning views of glaciers, mountains, and open waters – all within striking distance.