On the lookout to find places around the world that will give you peace of mind? In the wake of disruption, we definitely seek stillness! Getting outside, far away from the hustling and bustling in the big cities, and disconnecting from the news, emails, and texts can do wonders for your mental health. Always remember places that make a moment last longer cultivate a sense of peace, and for a lot of people, nature is their spirituality. Now, Art In Voyage has put together a list of serene “and seriously stunning” spots around the globe that may help you find clarity and inspiration. We aimed to dig up mostly lesser-known landscapes and under-appreciated parks, plus a few wellness and yoga retreats around the world.
The Retreat Hotel - Blue lagoon, Iceland
The Retreat Hotel is situated in the midst of sprawling lava fields, beside the shimmering Blue Lagoons, on the Southcoast of Iceland, in Grindavik small fishing town. This is an exquisite location to remind you that the world is full of beauty and wonder. We are talking about escaping and connecting with nature, building a sense of peace and fulfillment – and transforming your body and mind along the way. The Retreat Spa is a hallmark of the Retreat hotel experience – where mind and body are transported to a new dimension of peace and rejuvenation.
Amanera, Dominican Republic
Amanera calls to all those of an intrepid disposition. Hidden beneath the coastal main road on a remote, rainforested section of the Dominican Republic’s north shore, Amanera overlooks a mile of superb palm-backed sand (where the waves can be big). Water is intrinsic to the design of Amanera; it is even reflected in its name – ‘era’ means water in Taíno, the language once spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean. The majestic beauty of the nature reveals itself at every turn, and the clifftop Casitas are designed to embrace it, with panoramic ocean views and biodiverse roofs that cultivate green gardens, transforming Amanera into an extension of the emerald landscape that surrounds it. Restore and fill up yourself with the healing through lunar Forces Wellness Experience at Amanera, and Throughout your stay, you’ll enjoy healthy meals with local ingredients chosen for their nutritional benefits based on the moon cycle and its impact on physical and emotional healing. Start your day with sunrise yoga and meditation. Later, hike through the jungle to experience the rejuvenating qualities of nature.
Villa Sumaya - Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Villa Sumaya is a retreat and wellness center majestically located in Santa Cruz la Laguna, on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. It is a Spiritual Retreat & Wellness Center that is dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan tradition and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Dive deeply into the refreshing natural beauty of this stunning landscape. Within the vast, majestic horizons, you’ll find a deeper connection with your heart’s song and a rejuvenated sense of wellbeing.
Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
Amanyara is a secluded beachside resort situated on the northwest coast of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos. Offering exceptional scuba diving and snorkeling, the property enjoys a contemporary layout and design, with 38 timber-shingled guest pavilions, 20 villas, an Aman Spa, a Beach Club, and a Nature Discovery Centre. This is a perfect place for a far getaway destination from all the busy city life. Wake up in the morning in this exquisite property, and embark on a transformative wellbeing journey, designed around your unique health profile and wellness goals. Lasting three nights or more? Amanyara Wellness Immersions provides participants with results-orientated programs devised and curated by the Aman Spa’s team of expert therapists, nutritionists, and medical specialists. The proximity of water and greenery has a proven health-boosting effect on body and mind, and Amanyara rests on the threshold of both.
Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula is blanketed by some of the last remaining lowland tropical rain forests in Central America and edged by beaches rich with marine life. At its tip is Lapa Rios, a remarkable lodge surrounded by a 1,000-acre reserve, created to protect the area’s precious biodiversity and to share it in a sustainable way. It would be hard to find a more authentic rain forest experience than this. You awaken to the sounds of the jungle, watch scarlet macaws glide by from your private outdoor shower, and set off into the trees to explore with local guides whose knowledge of the area’s ecosystems runs deep. And yet the experience is relaxing too—there are secluded beaches at the end of many a jungle path, delightful meals served al fresco, and a luxurious bungalow awaiting you at the end of the day.
Questions about wellness and relaxation at Lapa Rios? This place provides peace at its purest! Lapa Rios is certainly an adventure but the lodge is also pure peace and pure relaxation in the purest environment. The sights and sounds of the jungle and ocean transport you a million miles from city life… the wonderful massages and complimentary yoga classes don’t hurt either. Watch your stress melt away to the song of scarlet macaws and toucans. Feel an inner peace while showering outdoors, immersed in nature. Bask in the blissful light of Golden Hour, watching the sunset over the Golfo Dulce from your crocheted hammock.
Once a residence for guests of the Cambodia king, Amansara is a masterpiece of 1960s New Khmer architecture – an unabashedly modern and minimalist style. Set in the heart of Siem Reap’s French Quarter, and ten minutes from one of the most significant and stirring historical sites in the world – the temples of Angkor. Embracing both Khmer wellbeing traditions and local botanicals, Amansara’s spa offers myriad pathways to inner peace and physical enrichment. Overlooking a serene reflection pond and Angkor-inspired bas relief, it encompasses four treatment rooms and a dedicated yoga studio. Beneath the soaring ceiling of the circular Dining Room, Amansara celebrates the pure, fresh flavors of traditional Khmer cuisine with a daily changing menu shaped by Siem Reap’s seasonal market produce.
Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Bali
Located just footsteps from a stretch of white sand beach blessed with vibrant sunrise views, Maya Sanur is the ultimate lifestyle retreat where tropical sophistication meets innovative Balinese design. Distinguished by an eco-green rooftop, this Bali resort is attuned to the surrounding environment and is part of a tight-knit local community. Surrounded by plentiful shopping and dining options, Maya Sanur caters to the needs of couples as well as family travelers with high-end services and facilities. Release body tension within a stylish cocoon of wood and glass, as a professional instructor teaches you the basics of yoga or encourages you to reach new milestones in your practice.
Named ‘Peaceful Soul’ for the serenity, privacy, and beauty of its setting in Central Java’s cultural heartland, Amanjiwo overlooks the Unesco World Heritage Site of Borobudur, one of Buddhism’s most sacred Mahayana temples. Perfectly placed for exploring the region’s historic, artistic and cultural highlights, or for simply relaxing in blissful surroundings. Ready to get pampered by the professional body therapists? Saturate with the same peaceful spirit as Borobudur, Amanjiwo offers a spa suite, gym suite, tennis, and yoga. Ancient Javanese rituals are incorporated into the menu of facials, massages, and cream baths, which can also be enjoyed in private guest suites.
Aman Sveti Stefan
Looking out across the blue of the Adriatic, the green lawns of Villa Milocer, and the rose-gold sands of Queen’s beach, the Aman Spa cultivates a sense of profound privacy and restorative calm. Treatments draw upon Montenegro’s age-old tradition of the wild harvest, drawing on more than 650 medicinal herbs. Stay in this property and enjoy the moment as it cultivates the sense of peace around you, with the exquisite views of the property overlooking the Adriatic sea. Sip a cocktail around the outdoor swimming pool sun lounges and feel the sea breeze of the Adriatic sea cooling your body and restoring it to its best ability.
Dhensa, Punakha valley - Bhutan
Located in the heart of the Punakha Valley, Dhensa offers 24 luxurious suites that are light and open, keeping an elegant simplicity that highlights the beautiful nature that surrounds the hotel. It’s little wonder that Dhensa literally means ‘Heavenly Abode’ in Bhutanese, something that’s brought to life in their magnificent spa which contains its own hand-blended Bhutanese oils. Revive your senses and restore your spirit in this magical place after a long day discovering the surrounding hills. Revive your senses and restore your spirit at Dhensa Spa. The spa offers various treatments and therapies using their very own hand-blended essential oils. Relax in the steam room and sauna and treat yourself to a deserving few hours at the spa and leave fully refreshed and rejuvenated.