Preparing for the holidays can be an extremely stressful experience and it’s easy to feel not so wonderful during what is considered by many to be the most wonderful time of the year. So, what do you do when the leftovers are gone and the shopping is done? Start your journey down the road to a more centered lifestyle and let Auto Europe help you plan the ultimate rejuvenating getaway. For travelers looking to embark on the wellness adventure of a lifetime, the options are virtually endless: There are yoga retreats, detox retreats, spa destinations which feature packages specializing in meditation and plenty of room for rest and relaxation. There are a myriad of fantastic travel opportunities for heath-minded individuals, and what better way to compliment your experience than by including the convenience of a rental car to your trip’s itinerary.
With so many incredible holistic havens to choose from around the world, where does one even begin? Auto Europe has compiled a list of our favorite tranquil destinations and their claim to fame in the wellness-travel world. Continue reading to discover what these locales have to offer stressed-out city dwellers and let the stress of the holidays melt away.
Our Favorite Spa Destinations
Italy ~ Tuscan Spas
Italy in general is well known for its embrace of health, beauty, fitness and wellness, and you are sure to find these concepts on display even in the smallest towns. Since Italy is a geologically active country, it harbors a multitude of hot springs that are considered to be at their best in the Tuscany region. Tuscany’s spa tradition dates back to Etruscan times and travelers today are still able to enjoy these famed thermal outlets. There are a myriad of hidden treasures on offer here, coming in the form of natural pools and caves that extend underground, steam baths outfitted with cold plunges carved out of natural grottos, and panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
Mexico ~ Yoga Retreats
Catch a glimpse of enlightenment along the Gulf of Mexico when you channel your inner Yogi at a beachfront Yoga or Pilates retreat. Align your body and mind as you settle into a sense of profound peace while the sun warms the sea along a beautiful crescent of coastline. Take a morning class on an ocean-view deck and clear your mind in preparation for the day’s upcoming events. These retreats incorporate the best yoga facilities, beautiful eco-chic accommodations, delicious food and relaxing spa treatments, set against a pristine tropical backdrop. Many resort cities like Cancun, Acapulco and Tulum are home to an array of historical sites that provide insight into the region’s cultural heritage and are all easily accessed by a rental car.
Germany ~ Bavarian Salt Springs
The tiny spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany has been attracting international attention since the Bronze Age, thanks to its concentrated salt springs, which have been used both as a commodity and for therapeutic purposes. Sitting at the foot of the Black Forest, this charming region offers great hiking, scenic views and some of the best food in the entire country. Park your rental car and spend part of your day exploring the city’s Old Town on foot, or venture to the bustling metropolis of Stuttgart to experience a larger city’s take on spa culture and indulge in a detoxifying fango treatment.
Turkey ~ Turkish Baths
Celebrated for its historical sites and ideal Mediterranean climate, Turkey is also a popular health destination because of the therapeutic qualities of its thermal spas and the placidity of the surrounding environment. Teeming with Turkish baths, Istanbul is the place to go for an authentic Turkish massage, steam baths and succulent Turkish tea. One of Istanbul’s most spectacular hamams is the Cağaloğlu Hamamı, lavishly arched and domed and decorated with tulip tiles. There are other progressive spa treatments available in “Face Clinics” throughout the country that specialize in facial exercises that are said to make you look years younger.
Sweden ~ Alpine Spas
Completely getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is exactly what makes the idea of a vacation so appealing. Many of Sweden’s famed spas are situated deep in the beautiful Swedish countryside, surrounded by nothing but expanses of pristine lakes and lush forests. Resorts throughout the country are filled with rustic charms, allowing visitors to bathe in open-air, wood-fired hot tubs, or unwinding in a dry sauna.
France ~ Artistic, Wellness & Wine Retreats
For creative personalities and wine enthusiasts, a trip to France should be bumped to the top of your travel to-do list. Pick up your rental car in Toulouse and drive to one of the tiny mountain villages nestled comfortably in the Pyrenees to enjoy several days of complete serenity. There are a handful of private homes in the south of France that host week-long retreats for small groups, specializing in yoga and painting in addition to the usual touristic diversions. Visitors traveling in Bordeaux should save some time to partake in a truly unique experience at one of the region’s local spas. Vinotherapy treatments are one part spa treatment, two parts wine. Indulge in red wine baths, Merlot wraps, crushed Cabernet scrubs, or a Sauvignon massage.
With a quiet and tranquil environment, you are able to take a step back from busy schedules and jam-packed days and experience what was once elusive. Silence and relaxation clear a path for thought and reflection, keeping us focused on the things in life that we hold dear. Contact Auto Europe toll-free at 1-888-223-5555 and let us help you start planning the vacation of a lifetime.