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5 Best Relaxing Retreats

Unwind in a tropical infinity pool in Sri Lanka or soak your cares away in a hilltop Japanese Onsen. Kick back your way with Travelmarvel’s guide to the world’s best 5 relaxing retreats.

1. Heritance Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

At this sprawling hotel on Sri Lanka's beautiful southern coastline, the options for unwinding are myriad: float in the infinity pool that blends seamlessly with the Indian Ocean, sip cocktails in one of four bars (the magenta fizz is highly recommended), enjoy a hot-stone massage at the Diviyan Spa, or simply watch the day go by at the alfresco cafe.

 

emerald lake lodge point cabin balcony, canada
2. Emerald Lake, Canada

Set on a tree-fringed peninsula accessible only via a bridge, this British Columbia lodge is escape personified. On the shores of the impossibly green Emerald Lake, with views of the Rockies, the lodge’s main pavilion is made from hand-hewn timber, with massive stone fireplaces, and is the ideal place to take in the most peaceful of panoramas.

3. Aranwa Sacred Valley, Peru

 

Tucked away in the Peruvian Andes, discover this Sacred Valley sanctuary, rich in local tradition. A former private hacienda, the Aranwa Sacred Valley offers a divine oasis in landscapes once part of the ancient Inca empire. Within striking distance to the historic city of Cusco, gateway to Machu Picchu, this is the perfect place to soak up local culture and Andean views during your South America adventure. 

 
exterior hotel aranwa sacred valley, peru
hillside view township shimla, india

4. The Oberoi Cecil, India

The hilltown of Shimla, at the foothills of the Himalayas, was the summer capital of the British Raj period, and the Oberoi Cecil continues that tradition of exclusivity. From here, you can spend your free time exploring the pretty town, visiting local sights such as the Wildflower Hall, or venture further into the Himalayas. At the end of the day, retire to your colonial-style room or take a dip in the Grecian-style indoor pool. 

5. Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, Japan

 

In the picturesque mountainous region of Hakone, a couple of hours south of Tokyo, this modern Japanese ryokan (inn) is the perfect place to leave the world behind. Most guests swap their clothes for a yukata robe, and soak their cares away in the public indoor or outdoor onsen hot spring baths – with stunning vistas – or sink into the private version on their balcony.

 
interior hakone kowakien ten yu room hakone, japan