“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”- Benjamin Disraeli
In this section we look at some notable relaxation destinations worldwide. Places where one can dream of, or make plans to travel to.
The Seychelles Islands
The Seychelles Islands are within an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean some 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) east of mainland Africa and northeast of the island of Madagascar. The Seychelles has the smallest population of any state in Africa. The largest and thus main island is Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its satellite islands of Praslin and La Digue. Together, these inner islands contain the majority of Seychelles tourism facilities. The first Europeans to discover the islands were Vasco da Gama in 1502 and Pedro de Mascarenhas 1505.
The Seychelles are most famous for their stunning unspoilt beaches. Weather wise they are not in a cyclone belt Sunshine average is 28 to 30 degrees celcius all year round with 6 to 8 hours of sunshine. There are no dangerous or poisonous animals or reptiles.
The Maldives or Maldive islands are a group of atolls seven hundred kilometres(435 miles) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.
They are the smallest Asian country in both population and area. Of the 1,190 tiny islands, only 199 are home to it's population of 300,000, yet over 600,000 tourists flock there annually. The religion is predominantly Muslim.
There at least 100 islands which are private resorts for the ultimate getaway. Almost every hotel has been set up on its own exclusive island providing a high level of privacy to the traveller. The seas are shallow and tranquil whilst the quiet beaches are lined with white powdered sands. The Maldivan people are hospitable and friendly. Sunshine average is 25 to 31 degrees celcius all year round with 6 to 8 hours of sunshine.
The Maldives has been ranked as the Best Country Brand for Beach and Best Country Brand for Rest and Relaxation during London’s World Travel Market in November 2008 after successfully competing with countries like Tahiti, Bahamas and Australia.
Palolem, Goa, India
A part of South East Asia, Palolem Beach is located in south Goa, India and is about 40 minutes from Marago the main city in the area. Goa is predominantly a Christian state but the major religion of Goa is Hinduism. Goa is India’s smallest state.
Palolem is an unspoilt crecent-shaped beach of white sand facing a blue bay between two headlands facing onto the Arabian sea. It has been described as one of the most enchanting holiday locations in India. The 2 km beach is flanked by palm trees with tourists and fisherman tending to stay in shacks along it's shore. Swimming is very safe owing to the gradual incline of sea depth from the shoreline, being shallowest on the northern end of the beach. It's natural beauty was featured in the opening scenes of the Matt Damon move The Bourne Supremacy(2004).
The best time to visit is from October to April before the monsoon rains of May or June.
Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt, is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in Janub Sina', Egypt, on the coastal strip between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai. Sharm el-Sheikh is known as, 'The City of Peace' owing to the large number of international peace conferences that have been held there. It's population as of 2001 was 28,000 with Muslim being the predominant religion.
With a temperate climate and long stretches of natural beaches tourism has become a major industry in the area. The seas are clear and calm for much of the year and are popular for various watersports, including scuba diving and snorkelling. There are 250 different Coral reefs teeming with marine life and breathtaking views.
Riviera Maya - Mexico
Otherwise known as the Mayan Riviera, this is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 400 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Belize Barrier Reef which begins near Cancun, continues along the whole length of the Riviera continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.
The Riviera Maya is noted for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and smaller boutique hotels on or near the beaches. The area suffered extensive damage when it was battered by hurricanes in 2005 but has since made a remarkable recovery. A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef watersport activities.
Activities at the most visited locations include Jet Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving,horse riding, and guided jungle tours. There are two natural water theme parks called Xcaret and Xel-Ha that are run by private business consortia where one can swim with captive dolphins. One can also explore the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum, or simply relax on the beach watching the world go by whilst enjoying the view.
What are your own favourite relaxation destinations?.
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