17 September 2018
If you’re a thrill-seeker who also loves to unwind and escape, the good news is that you don’t need to choose between the two to have an amazing holiday. Take inspiration from our favourite destinations that offer the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
Sparkling white sands and luscious greenery are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of this Caribbean island, but there’s plenty to keep adrenaline junkies occupied here too. Soar through the rainforest canopy on a zip-line or speed off on a safari adventure in an open-top Jeep, along the rugged coastline and into the tropical forest. You can also explore the forest trails on a cycle tour, spotting local wildlife along the way.
One of our favourite resorts in Saint Lucia is BodyHoliday, the ultimate place for restoring your body and mind. This all-inclusive luxury property offers an endless list of land and sea activities, including hiking up the majestic Pitons mountains, yoga sessions, scuba-diving and sailing.
“BodyHoliday Saint Lucia truly delivered. We learnt to salsa and jive together, and I took part in hikes and cooking classes while my partner went off and played golf. We came home feeling like we’d had a rest but had certainly worked our bodies and not become ‘beach couch potatoes’.”
Sally, Travel Counsellor
This idyllic Indonesian island is home to palm-fringed beaches, soaring volcanoes, ancient temples, traditional villages and verdant rainforest, making it the perfect destination for explorers and adventurers. Satisfy your inner adventurer by quad-biking past picturesque rice fields and through bamboo forests, taking a pre-dawn trek up Mount Batur to watch the sunrise or heading out on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion, tackling rapids and gliding through cascading waterfalls and lush rainforests and past Hindu shrines.
After all the excitement, unwinding in one of the blissful retreats that Bali is famed for. COMO Shambala Estate just a few miles from Ubud is a pioneer wellness retreat with resident experts to guide you on your journey to health. Take part in targeted wellness programmes such as Cleanse, Be Active and Ayurvedic.
The shimmering waters surrounding this Indian Ocean paradise make it the ideal spot for keen divers and snorkellers, with colourful and diverse marine life to encounter and miles of coral reef and crystal-clear waters to explore. If you’d rather stay above the water, head out in a glass-bottom kayak or speed off on a white-knuckle jet-ski ride.
You can experience adventure and relaxation simultaneously at Six Senses Lamuu, a divine barefoot resort offering complimentary yoga and aerobics classes along with de-stress workshops and pampering treatments.
There’s an abundance of adventures to be had in South Africa, plenty of them not for the faint-hearted: think shark cage diving and bungee-jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge in addition to the classic South African safari experience.
Karkoof Safari Spa in Pietermartizburg is a spectacular paradise hidden away in the bush, with safaris on demand along with sensational spa treatments, world-class dining and evening drinks on the veranda watching the wildlife roam by.
Thailand is home to plenty of forest-clad mountains and thick jungle as well as its famous beaches. Take a hike or a cycle tour through the lush vegetation and explore on foot for an up-close and personal view of the region’s plant - and wildlife. If you’re looking to satisfy your need for speed, you can also go off-roading on an ATV, motoring through swamps and jungles as you discover Thailand’s enticing wilderness.
After a long day adventuring, retire to the secluded Amanpuri Resort in Phuket. This stunning five-star beach hotel – a firm favourite with celebrities including Beyoncé and Jay-Z – offers an extensive menu of wellness facilities and immersion programmes in everything from self-awareness to weight loss.
Inspired by these relaxing adventures? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today.