With life being a constant go, go, go, sometimes you just need to press pause and collect your thoughts. We have rounded up five of the best holidays for stressed out executives looking to regain some essential work/life balance.
Shinta Mani Hotels
Not only do the Shinta Mani Hotels offer the finest luxury in relaxed, stunning surroundings, thanks to the Shinta Mani Foundation, it also gives you the chance to experience so much more than just a luxury resort. Established in 2004, the foundation aims to give back to the local community by teaching them valuable skills such as education, small business skills and providing essential healthcare, which will help guarantee them a brighter future.
Castello di Casole – Siena, Italy (A member of the Legend Collection from Preferred Hotels & Resorts)
What is better for getting rid of any pent-up stress than whizzing around a race course in a luxury car? If your answer is nothing, then the stunning Castello di Casole in Siena, Italy should go to the top of your must-visit list. A former castle, Castello di Casole is perched on top of a 4,200-acre private estate, giving you stunning and unparalleled views of the Tuscan countryside. With stunning décor, a variety of fine dining, spa and fitness area, the hotel also offers lucky guests to sample some of the finest supercars around. Available by the hour, you can leave work stresses behind as you whizz around in a Ferrari California 458, Spider or Italia, truly embracing la dolce vita.
With Bali being just a hop, skip and jump away from Singapore, it makes the ideal R&R retreat. With a reputation for offering the very best in luxury, COMO have just unveiled their latest property, the COMO Echo Beach on Bali’s South Coast. Opening in February 2018, the hotel will be offering everything from a variety of restaurants to unspoilt beaches and the acclaimed COMO Shambhala with its award-winning yoga and Pilates classes. But what makes this hotel so unique is the spectacular surf opportunities. Partnering with Tropicsurf, everyone from experts to newbies can de-stress and learn the art of surfing, all the while enjoying the trappings of a luxury holiday.
The Adler Mountain Lodge is so committed to switching off that they even have their own ‘digital detox’ programme. Housed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites, the stunning hotel encourages stressed out guests to put aside their phones and tablets for a couple of days and work on their general wellbeing. With the motto ‘disconnect to reconnect,’ guests can work with Annemarie Sanoner, a well-known yoga teacher, Ayurvedic therapist and stress management coach, as well as being encouraged to take part in relaxing tasks such as cooking and drawing, or for those who want to switch off entirely, the lodge also boasts a luxury spa.
Slightly further afield but more than worth the trek, is Gondwana Game Reserve in South Africa. Based on The Garden Route, perfect weather is guaranteed thanks to the regions climate being the second most moderate worldwide with the resort offering everything from fine cuisine, stunning décor, mountain biking, hikes and spa treatments, meaning every de-stressing whim is taken care of. But onto the resort, with free-roaming Big 5 game and herds of wildlife including hippo, cheetah and zebra, let the struggles and strain of everyday life slip away as you experience these magical animals in their natural habitat.
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