“Everybody needs some time to rejuvenate, refresh, recharge and begin again.” Revathi Sankaran
You are a laid back vacationer. You find pleasure in the simplest of things. It doesn’t matter where you go, all you really need is a quiet spot, a good book, and a handy camera. As a self-professed daydreamer, you constantly think about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and finding sanctuary in an island in the Caribbean. Everything about lounging under the sun with a delicious tropical cocktail while listening to your favourite tunes sound enticing to you.
You find the sight of sunsets, the calming sound of the waves, the beautiful rustle of falling leaves, and the inspiring silhouette of cities at night deeply alluring. Although some deem it odd, you find solitary walks to be the best way to really get to know a foreign city. You like to partake in Zen activities such as meditation and yoga. There’s nothing more important than being able to stay in touch with your inner self. You inevitably believe that “everybody needs some time to rejuvenate, refresh, recharge and begin again.” To you, there’s nothing more beautiful than feeling relaxed and at peace with the world.
WHERE TO GO
Best suited for travelers looking to indulge in relaxation by the sea, Seychelles offers a perfect concoction of luxury, serenity, and bliss. It is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean with abundant natural settings and wildlife. In Mahe alone, you will find 65 stunning beaches. Imagine the pleasure of waking up to gorgeous palm trees and idyllic white sand beaches, a vacation here will truly feel heavenly. Also drop by the second-largest island in the archipelago, which is known as Praslin. It is most famous for the Valle de Mai, a World Heritage Site home to the exotic coco de mer palm. Get your walking shoes ready as you embark on an unforgettable journey through this fascinating island.
What to watch out for in 2014: Fishing is a great way to unwind the senses. Visit in April to participate in a full-day fishing tournament called Seychelles National Fishing Tournament. The event will start and stop at the marine charter in Victoria and is set to run from 3 AM to 2 PM.
Tulum may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about Mexico. But there are plenty of reasons why it should be. With its idyllic beaches, jade-green waters, and impressive history, exploring Tulum pays big rewards. Whether you start your day visiting stunning structures such as the Castillo and the Frescos Temple, then retiring to a blissful spa treatment at a nearby hotel or temazcal (sweat lodge) at night, you will certainly cherish every moment spent here. Tulum also features a variety of nature parks, so travelers may enjoy nature walks and have the chance to connect with animals unique to the area. During your visit, you will also come across freshwater canals, mangroves, lagoons, and inlets and cenotes. With so much to offer, Tulum may just be the paradise you’re looking for.
What to watch out for in 2014: Sign up for the Change, Revelation & Joy Spring Yoga Retreat, which will take place from April 27 to May 3, for an experience that will change your life forever. Enjoy yoga and meditation classes in open air Palapas, delectable dining options, and Mayan healing treatments during your stay.
Whether it’s lounging on the beaches of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve with a delicious beverage, walking along the cobbled streets of Lagos, or playing several rounds of championship golf, Portugal’s Algarve region offers plenty of ways to relax. Spend some time by the coastline and here you will see the locals wade into the Atlantic at low tide to find cockles and barnacles. In Western Algarve, get acquainted with the beauty of surfing, dolphin spotting, and even bird-watching, and come home bearing a better appreciation for life’s simple moments. While in Algarve, make sure to also visit the spas of Caldas de Monchique, which is known for its water that is believed to contain healing properties. Whichever part of the Algarve you choose, you will find friendly, welcoming people to hang with.
What to watch out for in 2014: Feira de Serra (Festival of the Mountain) is a 3-day rural and agricultural fair that takes place at the end of July. It is a great way to taste through regional food delicacies and enjoy local arts and music.
It is easy to fall in love with Bali. From its postcard-perfect beaches, dramatic volcanoes, green rice-terraced valleys, and mystical temples nestled within traditional villages, everything about Bali promises to keep visitors in awe. Whether you wish to start your day with a relaxing yoga practice, or spend your morning at the Jimbaran Fish Market, a visit to Bali will keep you feeling blissful. Here you may also recharge your senses and experience the magic of ancient island rituals, where local ingredients and traditional healing techniques are manifested. In the eastern village of Tenganan, which is an hour and a half car ride from Jimbaran, you will come across one of Bali’s oldest villages known as Tenganan. Grab this opportunity to learn about various pre-Hindu influences and really get to know the Balinese people.
What to watch out for in 2014: Embark on a truly global event by joining the Bali Spirit Festival in March. Featuring over 150 daily yoga workshops set in the stunning tropical landscape of Bali, led by dozens of international instructors, inspirational speakers, and holistic healers, this experience will have you feeling brand new.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It boasts five archaeological sites, spectacular white sand beaches, and 11 Michelin-starred restaurants. Having been ruled by the Asians, Africans and Europeans, Sicily offers a diverse selection of architectural splendors that will enchant visitors. For a taste of the authentic Sicilian life, take a trip to one of Palermo’s Markets. You will encounter locals and tourists coming together to peruse and shop for fruits and vegetables, and also marvel at the intricate characteristics of the market’s two main streets. In Tindari, you will find a place of pilgrimage and the birthplace of the well-known poem by Quasimodo. Founded in 296 BC, the beauty of Tindari is still reminiscent in its ruins. For thorough rejuvenation, head over to San Vito Lo Capo. Visit in September and send your tribute to the Mediterranean by feasting on some food and wine.
What to expect in 2014: Get your season off to a flying start by signing up for the Maggiore Major happening between May 18 and May 23. Enjoy scenic views of the Alps and delectable food and wine while playing at some of the finest Italian golf courses.
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