Free Your Mind and Unwind at These Peaceful Destinations
While the world has been on hold, daily life has been disrupted and people in every corner of the globe have experienced some level of stress and uncertainty. In fact, recent research conducted by Booking.com across five countries shows that 50%* of US travelers have felt worried about the impact of coronavirus on their day to day life. Luckily, that same piece of research also reveals that when thinking about the prospect of traveling again, 29%* of American travelers feel optimistic and 29%* feel excited. Also of note is that for half of (50%)* of US travelers, the primary motivation to travel again is to rest and relax.
Although there is still a level of uncertainty and an ever-evolving travel environment, travelers from all over the world are slowly taking their first steps to travel again. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world when it’s safe to do so again, Booking.com is sharing six peaceful destinations and unique places to stay to inspire travelers to find moments of peace, rest and much-needed relaxation.
Situated in North Goa in India, the coastal village Mandrem is known for its beautiful, white sandy beaches and peaceful ambiance. Relaxation, tranquility and yoga are the most popular endorsements according to Booking.com travelers who have visited Mandrem previously, so whenever it’s safe to travel again, this beautiful Indian destination is an excellent place for travelers to find their inner peace.
Where to stay: Unplug and unwind at Anahata Retreat, a beautiful resort and retreat just a few steps from Marbela Beach. Each room is designed with natural elements and cozy interiors that inspire feelings of serenity. Most rooms offer an amazing sea view, while other rooms are surrounded by the lush tropical gardens. Every morning, guests can join a yoga class hosted by the property, a perfect relaxing start to the day. The onsite restaurant offers healthy breakfast every morning and amazing Indian cuisine made with local ingredients during the rest of the day. Car rental is available at the property as well, making it easier for travelers to explore the nearby area.
Located in the southernmost part of mainland Greece in the beautiful region of Peloponnese, travelers can look forward to relaxation in the picturesque village Optilon. According to Booking.com travelers, the village is endorsed for relaxation, tranquility and beautiful scenery. Travelers can take tranquil walks and enjoy the beautiful sights the village has to offer with well-preserved stone houses, paths and Byzantine churches. The stunning seaside and gorgeous sunset are a joy for all travelers dreaming about a getaway to take their mind off the recent unprecedented times and really enjoy the time to reconnect with themselves.
Where to stay: The stone-built Petra & Fos Boutique Hotel is nestled on the southern cliff-side of Mount Taygetos, one of the highest mountains in Greece. It boasts traditional architecture with panoramic views over the Gulf of Itilo. The property features an onsite restaurant serving local cuisine, an infinity pool and spa where guests can relax. Guests can explore the surrounding area by hiking, cycling or renting a car.
Mapleton is a small, beautiful village tucked away in the Queensland rainforest in Australia, and the perfect destination for travelers looking to rest and relax all the while taking time to experience nature. The most popular endorsements left by Booking.com travelers include scenery, relaxation, nature walks and rainforest.
Where to stay: Surrounded by beautiful gardens and mountain views, Destiny's Run Retreat is a great stay for travelers to free their mind. Guests can enjoy nature and quietness, as the retreat is a private apartment. Guests can also swim in the outdoor swimming pool, go hiking in the surrounding area, relax in the garden and use the barbeque facilities.
Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica’s province of Guanacaste is the beautiful dark-sanded beach Playa Negra. The beach is famous in the surfing community as the waves are incredible for surfing. And with the laid-back atmosphere of Playa Negra, it’s a perfect destination for travelers to release stress.
Where to stay: Latica, Alternative Resort is the perfect stay for travelers to indulge in rest and relaxation. The property is surrounded by beautiful nature and located near the beach, making it a best of both worlds accommodation. The rooms are decorated in a bohemian style with recycled vintage furniture. The onsite restaurant offers guests three meals a day using local ingredients and fresh vegetables from the onsite vegetable garden. The resort also features an amazing pool and a yoga hall, giving guests opportunities for leisure and relaxation. Other activities including horseback riding, surfing and canopy adventures can also be enjoyed nearby.
For those travelers looking to relax and unwind on a city break should consider Quebec City. This French-speaking city has a rich history with Old Quebec, the cultural heart of Quebec City, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quebec City is filled with charming streets where travelers can spend days getting lost while strolling around, so it’s no surprise that Booking.com travelers endorsed Quebec City for city walks, atmosphere and scenery. And for travelers seeking to unwind in nature, Quebec City is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and forests, so the great outdoors are within close reach.
Where to stay: The health and wellness retreat Monastère des Augustines is a former monastery from the 17th century that has been completely restored. The property offers its guests a unique experience, with relaxation and comfort as best to describe. Guests can choose between different room types, either with a private or shared bathroom, but one thing all rooms have in common is that there are no televisions or telephones available in order to promote complete relaxation and tranquility. The property offers many options for guests to practice mindfulness through its broad range of innovative activities in holistic health and culture, including meditation walks and revitalize sessions.
Located in the northern foothills of Mount Fuji, travelers can enjoy an amazing getaway to clear their minds in Fujikawaguchiko, a Japanese resort town. Fujikawaguchiko is surrounded by Lake Kawaguchi, one of the scenic Fuji Five Lakes, an area that's home to many hot springs, so it’s no surprise that Booking.com travelers who have visited the resort town endorsed it for scenery, nature and relaxation.
Where to stay: Right on the shore of Lake Kawaguchi, Shuhokaku Kogetsu is a traditional Japanese ryokan that features outdoor hot-spring baths with views of Lake Kawaguchi and a beautiful terrace. All the rooms have gorgeous views of the lake and Mount Fuji. Guests at Shuhokaku Kogetsu sleep in traditional Japanese style, in futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor, and traditional Kaiseki dinners are also offered onsite for guests to enjoy local cuisine.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world when it's safe to travel again, Booking.com is sharing travel offers for travelers to use towards a relaxing getaway. Whether planning ahead for the post-summer months or booking last-minute, local options around the corner or further afield, discounts start at 15 percent.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months. In total, 3,509 respondents were polled including 609 from Germany, 677 from France, 723 from Great Britain, 750 from Italy and 750 from the US. Respondents completed an online survey between 25 and 30 June 2020.