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- August 15 is International Relaxation Day, and while the whole point of taking a vacation is to unwind, there are many resorts, retreats, and even entire cities known for their focus on health, wellness, and, of course, relaxation.
- Via Yoga offers yoga and surf-themed retreats in Costa Rica and New Mexico for a relaxing getaway with a focus on staying active.
- Sedona, Arizona, is a town bursting with natural beauty that many people associate with health and energy.
Chances are, any vacation you take will be relaxing to some extent — temporarily leaving work and the usual routine allows most travellers to escape the stresses of their everyday lives.
However, there are many resorts, retreats, and even entire cities that are known for their focus on health, wellness, and of course, relaxation.
Keep reading for the 23 best destinations in the world for a relaxing getaway.
Lake Placid Lodge in upstate New York offers a special package for guests who want to leave technology behind during their vacation. The resort's Check in to Check Out package allows guests to leave their phones and computers with hotel staff for the duration of their stay so they can truly enjoy their trip device-free.
The Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center offers yoga and other activity-based retreats with beautiful Costa Rica as the backdrop. At the resort, guests can enjoy gourmet food, a variety of yoga classes, and spa services.
The rolling hills and lavender fields of Provence are made for travellers interested in taking in France's rich culture without the hectic feel of Paris.
Known for its charming small towns, the Tuscany region of Italy is perfect for those who want to hide out in a villa and enjoy the lush countryside.
Palm Springs is the perfect desert escape in Southern California. The area, which is known for mid-century architecture, is a great spot for design-lovers who are looking for a peaceful getaway.
Maine has no shortage of charming small towns, although Bar Harbour is one of the best. With its close proximity to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbour has the best of both worlds when it comes to breathtaking natural beauty and small town flair.
Whether you're interested in exploring the area's history and local wildlife, or challenging yourself with exercise, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is a unique property in South Africa for those don't want to give up on relaxation even when on an adventurous vacation.
Santa Barbara is less than 100 miles from Los Angeles, but this coastal town has an entirely different feel than other Southern California cities.
There are many vineyards in the area for travellers who want to enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings and the local wine scene.
Park City, Utah, may be a famous ski town, but its sunny summertime climate and many outdoor activities make it great for vacation year-round.
In the winter, Whitefish Mountain offers skiing and other winter activities. In the summertime, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking are the perfect excuse to leave technology behind and enjoy the outdoors.
This seaside town in Washington state is known for its boating and art scenes. These two worlds converge at the town's annual Wooden Boat Festival every fall, which celebrates beautifully crafted boats accompanied by live music and local foods.
At a little over two hours outside Seattle, Port Townsend is an accessible getaway for relaxing and taking in local culture.
Vacationers have their pick of several quaint towns along New York's Lake George. From lounging by the water to enjoying a ferry boat ride, there are plenty of ways to take in the peaceful natural surroundings.
Located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is a tranquil and beautiful town. There are endless outdoor activities in the region, although Taos is also an ideal place to learn about Native American culture thanks to plenty of local pueblos, art galleries, and museums.
Granada is a dream come true for anyone who loves architecture. The city is perfect for exploring Moorish inspired buildings and getting lost in centuries of Spanish history.
The Spanish culture is perfect for relaxing and taking a break from everyday life -- you'll leave wanting to incorporate a siesta into your daily routine.
Boulder, Colorado, not only has beautiful natural scenery, but since its also a college town, it is full of great local restaurants, galleries, and other cultural hot spots. There's plenty to do, but Boulder is also an ideal location for taking in nature and doing nothing.
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