We pick some great vacation ideas for weary travellers to relax, take a break and be reinvigorated by the trip’s end.
Chill In A Hot Spring
Known for their therapeutic properties, with natural spring water and calming surroundings to rejuvenate you, hot springs are available in many parts of the Pacific Rim, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and even Malaysia. Consider the 1,300-year-old Onyang Hot Spring in Seoul – the oldest in Korea – which has welcomed generations of Korean royals. Or if you’re heading to Australia, there’s Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria (right), which is a 90-minute drive from Melbourne. They offer mineral-rich pools and private baths, plus a spa providing a wide range of therapies.
Relax On A Mediterranean Island
The stunning views of the Mediterranean are not only beautiful – they’re soothing too. Located in the southern region of the Aegean Sea, the Greek island of Santorini is a popular holiday spot, and you’ll understand why when you get there. The water is sparkling, the cliffs upon which homes are built are charming to observe, the food will keep you satisfyingly full, and the locals will keep you entertained for hours. The perfect spot to recharge, it has spectacular views, picture-perfect sunsets, good food and not a skyscraper in sight. Spend your days discovering the island on foot, relaxing on a sun bed at one of the many beaches, or enjoying the view from your hotel’s jacuzzi pool.
Visit A Unesco World Heritage Site
Siem Reap is just a two-hour flight from Singapore and a perfect destination to recharge amid ancient wonders. The star attraction is Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece built in the first half of the 12th century. Originally a Hindu monument that later became a Buddhist temple, it showcases Khmer architecture and is a revered symbol of Cambodia. Beyond the temple are forested areas, an archaeological park and the remains of the ancient Khmer capitals. Walking among majestic ruins brings a feeling of tranquillity. Bonus tip: Try to go early – the complex opens at 5am – to catch the sunrise.