5 Relaxing Vacation Spots

These welcoming spaces are ready and waiting for you and a good book

When we’re on vacation, we love to get out and explore. But every action packed day should be balanced out by one where you do a whole lot of nothing. One of the best parts of vacation is hiding away in a comfy corner and reading a new book cover to cover (kindles accepted). These spaces are an idyllic backdrop for a day of much-needed R&R. 

Castell de Manresa, Mallorca

Sanctuaries-For-RelaxingGorgeous bougainvillea climbs up the historic stone exterior at Castell de Manresa, a glamorous haven where visitors are invited to relish in the finer things in life. It starts with the arrival via helicopter (the villa has its own landing pad), and when you step off the ‘copter you can dive right into the pool. Afterwards, you can get straight down to the serious business of relaxation, where hours stretch into blissful days in this stylish hideaway.
Recommended Read: Correlli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

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Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands

sanctuaries-virgingorda_branson_moskito_04Ever get the feeling of wanting to escape to a private island, where it’s just you, the ocean and the sunshine? Richard Branson has made that fantasy possible with his second private island vacation rental in the BVI’s. It’s called Moskito Island, although it’s not quite deserted – a chef and butler will be there to cater to your every whim. Can you imagine a more sophisticated place than this open-air terrace to sip on a cocktail and watch the palm trees sway as you flip through your inspiring read penned by the man himself?
Recommended read: Losing my Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun and Made a Fortune Doing Buisness My Way by Richard Branson

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Villa Riva, Koh Samui

gal3-kohsamui_villariva_33On Koh Samui’s unspoiled northern shore you’ll find Villa Riva, world’s away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A turquoise pool stretches across the home’s west wing, and a blissful daybed awaits you for a mid-afternoon nap. Post-nap, venture towards the shoreline to discover this little slice of paradise, where tree branches form a natural shady nest and a perfectly positioned table is ready and willing to accommodate your wine glass.
Recommended read: The Beach by Alex Garland (even if you’ve read it once already)

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Michaela Residence, Santorini

sanctuaries-santorini_michaelaresidence_02Make yourself a platter of delicious local fruits and veggies, and venture out to the swoon-worthy terrace at Michaela Residence. This storybook veranda was made for days spend daydreaming and plotting your Greek Island adventure, whether that’s exploring the beaches of Santorini or zipping over to Mykonos by boat for a day exploring it’s charming cobbled streets. In between your imaginative endeavours and snacking, don’t forget to pause and enjoy the breathtaking volcanic views.
Recommended read: The Magus by John Fowles

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Turtle House, Turks and Caicos

sanctuaries-turksandcaicos_turtlehouse_02The striking palette that stretches across Turks and Caicos makes a lasting impression. Bright blues and crystal white sand blend perfectly with the warm yellow accents at Turtle House to bring the warmth of the tropics inside. After soaking in the sun from the home’s wraparound pool, retreat to this breezy space and listen to the waves crash into shore. Peaceful and pretty is what Turks living is all about.
Recommended read: The Pirates Daughter by Magaret Cezair-Thompson

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Colleen McNamara