5 destinations for getting away from it all

Want a getaway that gets you off the grid? Try these five locations for a mindful and relaxing experience, and check out our quick tips for really relaxing on a break.
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Sometimes just going on holiday isn’t enough for proper rest and relaxation. All the sites to tick off and places to visit can make for a rather tiring trip. So if ‘radical rest’ is what you’re in need of, look no further than our top five destinations for getting away from it all. From seal spotting in Norfolk to wild swimming in the Yorkshire Dales, we’ve got everything you need for a mindful retreat that gets you out of your head and back in your body. 


If you want to feel off the ‘beaten track’, you can’t beat the peaceful rural setting of Norfolk. With secluded beaches, winding country paths and lush greenery stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to see why people escape to this part of the UK for a breath of fresh air.

Leave your devices and cares behind as you stroll along the scenic salt marshes, pausing on occasion to be still and meditate in your natural surroundings. And while you’re out and about, go explore the Norfolk Broads National Park and say hello to the seals at Blakeney Point. You’ll find it so easy to live in the moment when every second you experience is beautiful. And when you’re in Norfolk, that’s a guarantee. Book your stay at the nearby George Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western or Best Western Annesley House Hotel to make this dream getaway a reality.

Top relaxation tip: Take a boat ride along the tranquil waterways of the Norfolk Broads – it’s a magical experience that you can enjoy solo or with a partner.

The Lake District

A popular getaway location for tourists and British locals alike, the Lake District takes relaxation to the next level, with the combination of pristine lakes and rolling green hills setting the scene for an escape to nature. Yes, it’s a popular spot. But there are still plenty of places to avoid the crowds. If you’re an avid outdoorsman, this is the relax-cation for you.

Go for scenic hikes along the trails, explore the calm lakes by boat, and go bird-watching to spot warblers, plovers, buzzards, and more. You may be in for some spectacular wildlife sightings, so be sure to bring your birding book and camera along. For your Lake District stay, consider booking a comfy room at Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa WorldHotels Distinctive and Castle Green Hotel BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Kendal.

Top relaxation tip: For a stroll without the crowds, head to the ‘other’ Borrowdale just outside Kendal. It was described by Wainwright as the prettiest valley outside the national park and there are several stunning walking routes to explore.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a special place to experience if you love a market-town feel and countryside charm. And did you know it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Explore the winding walking routes that take you through undulating hills, valleys and villages. Avoid the super popular spots like the Slaughters and head to Stinchcombe or Wooton-Under-Edge.

For ultimate relaxation, spend a day a the thermal bath spa – you can find your zen in the warm-water pools and get a massage too while you’re at it. Book your stay at one of our many Cotswold hotels, like The Welcombe Hotel BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Stratford-Upon-Avon or Windmill Village Hotel, Golf Club & Spa BW Signature Collection by Best Western in Coventry.

Top relaxation tip: Looking for fun outside of the usual tourist traps? Try foraging for wild food. There’s an abundance of wild garlic, roses, nettles and purple thyme to enjoy depending on the time of year.

The Yorkshire Dales

If you’re looking for a peaceful hideaway, there’s nothing quite like the Yorkshire Dales. With a host of tranquil places to visit, including Malham Cove and Janet’s Foss, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The wondrous Malham Cove has a limestone formation that looks like a dramatic amphitheatre. It’s an an amazing sight, and coupled with the glacial Malham Tarn lake, a truly breathtaking natural scene. So find a nice spot overlooking the lake, take in the views, and just relax. Janet’s Foss is close by and is a waterfall often frequented by wild swimmers.

True adventure lovers will also want to factor in a trip to Gaping Gap at Ingleborough, a natural cave system that is one of Britain’s largest underground chambers. Remember to book accommodation with us for your retreat – see The Craiglands Hotel Sure Collection by Best Western in Ilkley and York Pavilion Hotel Sure Collection by Best Western as options.

Top relaxation tip: Stop into one of the areas many farmshops to pick up a tasty picnic for your walk. Nourishment for the mind, body and soul.


Beach lovers, this is your relaxation destination. A welcoming seaside town with a chilled-out atmosphere, Bournemouth makes relaxing as easy as feeling the sand between your toes. Enjoy some quiet time on one of the many local beaches, and bob through the waves if you feel like a swim. Walk down the famous Bournemouth Pier for an opportunity to play arcade games, go on fair rides and see panoramic views of the stunning coastline and don’t forget to stop in at the vintage shops in Boscombe.

You can also visit the Oceanarium to see mesmerising exhibits and get lost in the beauty of ocean life. There’s no calming effect quite like that of water, and Bournemouth lets you experience this in so many different ways. Discover our hotels Hotel Collingwood, BW Signature Collection by Best Western and Bournemouth Carlton Hotel, BW Signature Collection by Best Western for your Bournemouth getaway.

Top relaxation tip: Set your alarm and enjoy sunrise on the sands – it’s an amazing experience.

5 quick tips for really relaxing on a break

So you’ve started your break and want to hit the instant relaxation button? Try these quick tips on for size, guaranteed to get you in the chill zone:

  • Switch off your mobile phone – it’s a vessel for distraction that can sabotage your serenity. Tune out of the socials and emails for a bit and rather focus on yourself. 

  • Go for a wander – a carefree walk around a new space can refresh your senses and change your perspective. It’s also a great way to get to know your holiday environment for some fun later on. 

  • Meditate for a moment – sit quietly and take some deep, restorative breaths, bringing your full attention to the moment and how your body is feeling. 

  • Take a hot bath – a soothing soak in the tub helps melt stress away and gives you an excuse for some quality “me time”. Light a candle too for some aromatherapy. 

  • Have a cat nap – why not? You’re on holiday! Sometimes catching a few winks can give you the boost you need to feel instantly rested and relaxed – the perfect way to start your break.

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