Sun, sea and a rather select hotel- the ideal solution for stressed out society
American comic writer Robert Orben once wisely observed,
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”
Sometimes that’s exactly what our fast paced lives require- the opportunity to press the proverbial pause button and temporarily check out of our daily reality. Using a holiday as a time of rest is particularly important for those suffering from stress, dealing with ill health or tackling serious conditions such as depression, anxiety or even addiction. Finding the right location is of course central to delivering an effective remedy. Getting a chance to totally unwind is best achieved in quiet, tranquil and sparsely populated surroundings- exactly what a boutique hotel can offer. Here we take a closer look at our top picks of chill out boutique hotels which can deliver a restful retreat for mind, body and soul.
Font Santa Hotel, Campos, Mallorca
The beautiful island of Mallorca is home to this oasis of ‘adult only’ calm, located in the pretty resort of Campos. Situated in a quiet position within the charming village which overlooks the salt marshes of Salobrar, the hotel is also enviably close to the stunning sands of Es Trenc beach. The hotel itself is housed in a 19th century building which has been sympathetically updated to offer the latest in modern conveniences. Thirty six rooms, most of which include discreet private terraces, provide stunning views of the surrounding environs. A variety of suite accommodation is also on offer, adding to the levels of luxury available.
The hotel also boasts the only natural thermal waters in the Balearics, which are literally the stuff of legends. Believed to be first utilised during Roman times, the mineral rich waters spring from underground within the heart of the hotel. Although steeped in history, the spa facilities are anything but outdated with modern hand, foot and thermal baths as well as a thermal Jacuzzi with the latest technology powering underwater jets.
Avanti Hotel Boutique, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Fully refurbished during 2013, the Avanti Hotel can be found in the old Fuerteventura town of Corralejo. With only sixteen rooms on offer this jewel in the Canarian crown has been equipped with every conceivable feature to create a zone of comfort and style for its adult only audience. Everything here is quite simply exceptional- from the impressive dimensions of the bedrooms, to the high quality silent air conditioning within them as well as a personal mini-bar at your disposal. This is a hotel which has thought of everything and delivered on those thoughts.
Winner of a Trip advisor Travellers’ Choice Award for romantic small hotels, previous guests have particularly remarked on the personalised and attentive service on offer. Highlights of the hotel facilities include the spectacular roof terrace only a stone’s throw away from the sea, and the gastronomic experience provided by the Rompeolas sea food restaurant.
Anemi Hotel, Folesgandros, Greece
This stunning shore side paradise is anything but a Greek tragedy. Located on the unspoilt island of Folesgandros just a quick boat ride from Santorini, the hotel’s modernity is in complete contrast to its rustic surroundings. Yet this is no clash of cultures- the two styles complement each other wonderfully with the hotel’s Cycladic architectural style the ideal counterbalance to the rocky terrain. A total of forty-four rooms are on offer, including twelve generous suites. Every room benefits from great attention to detail with local photography, decorative objects and authentic wooden ceilings. Junior Pool suites are a particular favourite with honeymooners, but other guests are also spoiled for splash facilities with a cliff top infinity pool and indoor facility available.
One of the big selling points of the hotel is of course the sanctuary offered by the hideaway island location. That said, venturing beyond the immediate environs is extremely rewarding with sandy beaches, Cliffside caves and a 100 year old taverna just some of the local delights to be enjoyed.
Prolific Chinese writer, inventor, linguist and overall busy person Lin Yutang once gave this advice,
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.”
Listen to these sage words, and elect to take time ‘leaving things undone’ at one of these restful, relaxing resorts.
"post written by Anne Jackson "