Ever feel like you came home from vacation more stressed than when you left? Let’s face it, we’re all so busy that we even try to cram in as much as possible into our holidays, leaving us anything but relaxed. With one in four Canadians feeling stressed daily, it’s not surprising that we are constantly seeking new places to relax, refresh and recharge our body and mind—no matter the season.
Looking for a stunning and rejuvenating destination to Zen Out this year? Of course you are. Whether it be healing hot springs, unique spa treatments or yoga on the beach, these seven amazing locales will make it easy to sit back and say ahhhhhhh, or better yet, sing it. Ohhhhmmmmmm.
Our Top 7 Destinations to Zen Out
Where to find your Zen: Costa Rica
With a peaceful setting on Playa Santa Teresa Beach, this beautiful retreat features terraces with hammocks and exotic, tropical gardens. Onsite GAIA Bodywork and Wellness offers specialized treatments to revitalize your body and mind.
Where to find your Zen: Whistler, Canada
Set alongside a tranquil lake overlooking the breathtaking mountains of Whistler, this lodge offers guests the perfect backdrop to master their mountain pose. Home to Loka Yoga, guests can enjoy an array of classes as well as ensuite soaker tubs, fireplaces and an on-site spa.
Where to find your Zen: Morocco
What it is: Set in the middle of a sprawling 300-acre oasis along the Atlantic Ocean, this resort is an ideal spot to pursue enhanced harmony and balance in your life.
What you’ll do there: After enjoying some yoga on the beach, make sure to savour some healthy organic fare at the resort’s on-site restaurant.
What it is: This traditional Japanese Inn offers luxurious rooms with private hot-spring baths and spectacular landscape views.
What you’ll do there: You will reconsider leaving your room at the Kinnotake. Enjoy the minimalist Japanese design while snacking on traditional Japanese meals delivered via room service. If you do decide to leave, the abundance of hot springs and spa services will provide plenty of zen-worthy options.
Where to find your Zen: Cancun, Mexico
What it is: Nestled on a private stretch of sandy beach, this award-winning, adults-only, smoke-free resort promises loads of rest and relaxation for discerning zen seekers—with a world-class sauna and a steam room to boot!
What you’ll do there: Private boat excursions are also offered to the hotels exclusive beach club located on the island of Isla Mujeres.
Where to find your Zen: Kovalam, India
What it is: This beautiful seaside retreat in Kovalam is the perfect place to meditate your stress away with a soothing session overlooking the sea!
What you’ll do there: Traditional Ayurvedic treatments are also available via private consultations with Niraamaya’s own Ayurvedic physician. Bring some comfortable clothes and prepare yourself for a healthy dose of inner peace.
What it is: Nestled just two miles from Calistoga Old Faithful Geyser in the charming Napa Valley, get ready to lounge in your choice of four rejuvenating mineral pools.
What you’ll do there: Take in your rooms stunning mountain view before heading to the onsite spa for a volcanic ash mud bath. What trip to Napa would be complete without a wine tasting? Castello di Amorosa Winery is just a mile away, offering not only delicious wine but also incredible cuisine.