While plenty of holidaymakers seek adventure and activity on their trips away, there are plenty more who want nothing more than to just relax and chill out. ‘Chill’ may not quite be the operative word here – ‘sun’ usually comes into the equation when it comes to thinking of a relaxing break.
Indeed, expansive beaches and long, lazy al fresco lunches often feature heavily in a chill out holiday idyll. So where in the world can you get the perfect blend for a chill out break?
Here’s five great ideas:
Perhaps one of the archetypal lazy beach holiday destinations, replete with white sand, swaying palms, clear blue sea and endless sunshine. It’s especially pleasurable if you go in the winter – you’ll enjoy it all the more knowing the UK is likely shivering in low temperatures.
Phuket or Koh Samui make for an ideal Thai holiday as does the superb mainland beach near Krabi.
If you do hanker after a different environment, then head inland to enjoy the rich and lush rural scenery.
The sheer epitome of being chilled; taking it easy is a way of life pretty much wherever you choose in the Caribbean whether it be Jamaica, Barbados, the Cayman Islands or other destination.
Again, beautiful beaches and sunny weather make this part of the world an ideal chill out destination.
Marseillan, South of France
Away from the bustling St Tropez and more populated South of France destinations is this gem. Benefitting from the warm Mediterranean sunshine in the spring, summer and early autumn this village is ideal for relaxing and watching the world go by.
Any number of laid back cafes and top class restaurants offer sustenance taken at your own pace, and the waterfront is a great place to lazily spend time and let the gentle sea breeze refresh and rejuvenate.
There’s a long sandy beach that is a mere ten-minute car or bus ride away if a spot of sunbathing or a gentle beach walk appeals to you.
If you’re learning to drive then there could be no greater motivation than the prospect of a road trip that takes you right down the whole length of France to this chill-out resort.
A bit of a surprise to think of Spain as a place to head for a chilled holiday; indeed, much of the 1400 miles of Spanish shoreline shows evidence of hastily developed tourist facilities. While appealing, many of the famous cities couldn’t really be described as ‘chilled,’ so where do you go?
Believe it or not, the Costa Brava – or more specifically, the northern area away from major hotel and holiday accommodation development. Instead unspoilt Catalan fishing villages and pretty beach coves await.
Hire a villa in somewhere like Llafranc, Tamariu or Calella, open a bottle of your favourite tipple and enjoy – and it’s all only a couple of hours from the UK.
If you fancy a chill out break in the UK? Then the bracing air and rugged terrain of Pembrokeshire in south west Wales is worth considering. The mere idea of viewing a stunning coastline out of the window of a rented coastal cottage while relaxing with something warming at your elbow could be just the tonic if you lead a busy lifestyle.
Any number of bracing walks await if and when you fancy taking to the Welsh air.