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Top 25 Most Relaxing Destinations To Visit Globally 

SpaSeekers.com used online travel reviews to look for the most relaxing destinations to visit globally.  They looked at the most relaxing location in every country and then ranked them globally and regionally to reveal the most relaxing spots around the world. 

The number one most relaxing destination in the world is Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, which has 4,050 mentions of the word ‘relaxing’ in its online reviews. The Blue Lagoon is the world-famous geothermal spa located in Iceland. The destination offers visitors geothermal waters, stunning natural scenery, and a wide range of spa facilities and amenities including saunas, steam baths, and various skin treatments using the lagoon’s natural resource – making it the perfect destination for anyone looking to unwind.  

Thermal pools continued to dominate the most relaxing places around the world, with Hungary’s Széchenyi Baths and Pool, England’s Thermae Bath Spa, and the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools in New Zealand all ranking in the top ten, each with over 1,000 relaxing reviews each. 

Green spaces also featured heavily in the top 25, with France’s Luxembourg Gardens, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Australia all having over 950 relaxing reviews each. From botanical gardens to public parks, the green spaces ranking highly on the list offer both locals and tourists a peaceful retreat into nature, to sit or stroll around and soak up the beautiful wildlife, water features and greenery each park has to offer.  

The data reveals that Europe is the most relaxing continent, with six of the world’s top ten, and eight of the top 25 scattered across the region. North America follows with eight relaxing destinations in the top 25, including Costa Rica’s Tabacon Hot Springs and Canada’s Stanley Park. Tabacon Hot Springs is a luxurious and famous natural hot springs resort located in Costa Rica, near the Arenal Volcano in the town of La Fortuna. It is known for its rejuvenating thermal waters, and lush tropical surroundings, while Canada’s Stanley Park also offers visitors breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant wildlife. Stanley Park is surrounded by the waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay, and the park is encircled by the famous Seawall – a paved pathway which offers views of the ocean, city skyline, and mountains – the perfect place to relax.  

Six Asian relaxing destinations featured in the top list, including Vietnam’s An Bang Beach, India’s Kerala Backwaters and China’s Summer Palace. Vietnam’s An Bang Beach is a popular coastal destination located in Hoi An and is renowned for its golden sandy shores, clear blue waters, and relaxed atmosphere – making it no surprise that it’s ranked as one of the top tranquil destinations to escape to. The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals that stretch along the southwestern coast of India. The waterway system is known for its serene and idyllic landscapes – making it the perfect place for a relaxing cultural experience. Finally, China’s Summer Palace ranked in 22nd place as one of the most relaxing destinations in China. The exquisite imperial garden can be found in Beijing and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is steeped in history and architectural beauty, offering locals and tourists a tranquil place to immerse themselves in a world of times gone before.  

Finally, New Zealand’s Hanmer Springs Pools and Australia’s Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria represented Oceania, while one African relaxing hotspot made the list (Morocco’s Jardin Majorelle – also known as the Majorelle Garden, which contains pools, fountains and exotic flora).  

      Rank Most Relaxing Place  Description  Country Mentions of ‘relaxing’ in reviews 
          1 Blue Lagoon Hot springs Iceland         4,050 
          2 Széchenyi Baths and Pool  Hot springs Hungary        3,581 
          3  Thermae Bath Spa  Hot springs England        3,457 
          4  Luxembourg Gardens   Garden  France        1,828 
          5   Parque del Retiro  Public park  Spain        1,781 
          6  Gardens by the Bay   Garden  Singapore        1,138 
          7 Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools  Hot springs New Zealand        1,113 
          8  St Stephen’s Green  Public park Ireland        1,104 
          9 Jardin Majorelle  Garden Morocco        1,061 
          10 Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria  Garden  Australia        950 
          11 Tabacon Hot Springs  Hot springs Costa Rica        916 
          12 Martha Brae River Body of water Jamaica        903 
          13 Stanley Park Public park Canada        804 
          14 English Garden  Public park  Germany        780 
          15 Strawberry Park Hot Springs  Hot springs United States        533 
          16 Lokrum Island  Island Croatia        502 
          17 An Bang Beach  Beach Vietnam        497 
          18 Saona Island  Island Dominican Republic        488 
          19 Kerala Backwaters Body of water India        463 
          20 Maya Chan Beach Beach Mexico         439 
          21 Little French Key Island Honduras        427 
          22 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Palace China        400 
          23 KLCC Park Public park Malaysia        400 
          24 Bosphorus Strait Cruise Body of water Turkey        375 
          25 Varadero Beach Beach Cuba        374 

Jason Goldberg, director at SpaSeekers.com comments: “When the stress of everyday life gets on top of you, booking a holiday to a different country can be the perfect way to unwind and relax. While all holiday destinations can provide an escape from stress, we wanted to dig a little deeper to reveal some of the most relaxing spots in every country – from natural baths to botanical gardens.  

Some of the world’s most relaxing destinations are so serene because of their peaceful natural surroundings, while some simply provide a bolthole for people to have quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.  

If you’re considering visiting one of these relaxing hotspots, you can make your experience even more calming by visiting key tourist attractions at quieter times and ensuring that you organise your trip in advance to avoid any last-minute stress.”  

To view the full list of world’s most relaxing destinations, please visit: https://www.spaseekers.com/spa-insider/inspiration/serene-spots/.