Need an escape? Get away from it all in these secluded destinations

Roshina Jowaheer
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From Red Online

Stress of work, family or coronavirus getting you down? Now could be the time to plan a great escape holiday to truly get away from it all.

Whether it's the news headlines or your workload making you feel uneasy at the moment, taking a trip to clear your mind – and even seek solitude if you fancy going it alone – is an excellent way to combat your current stresses.

With the Foreign Office advising against travel to parts of Italy and warning travellers about the outbreak in Japan, you're probably wondering where is safe to travel amid the coronavirus crisis, too. You can find up to date Foreign Office advice here.

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To help you take a well-earned break from your busy lifestyle, we've picked some ways you can get out of your routine.

Maybe you're thinking about your health and considering taking off to a wellness sanctuary? Or feel like jetting off to somewhere truly remote where you're surrounded by snowy landscapes?

Escape holidays are ideal for treating yourself to peace and quiet too – especially if you're desperate for some me-time and could do with a holiday on your own. Who says it has to be a solo experience though? If both you and your partner are in need of retreating to somewhere far from the daily pressures, there are superb places you can escape à deux.

Getting away from it all doesn't have to be about blissing out either, as having some fun as you learn a new skill is another way to get out of your head and feel restored.

1. Head for Oxfordshire and get creative in the country

If you've only got a day to spare, there's one place where you can experience miles of crowd-free countryside, luxurious surroundings and pick up a few kitchen techniques from top experts.

A wonderful way to spend a day's annual leave and enjoy a mini-escape with your mum, partner or best friend, Belmond Le Manoir will take you a world away from the everyday grind on a fabulous day trip from London.

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As well as its picturesque grounds to walk around and take in that fresh air, this summer you can learn to make creative cocktails and how to cook with seasonal ingredients at its Raymond Blanc Cookery School. As one of the UK's best hotels and foodie destinations, you'll also be treated to a three-course Michelin-starred lunch here. BOOK NOW

2. Practice the art of living well on the beach in Sri Lanka

From deliciously nutritious cuisine inspired by Ayurveda to daily yoga and meditation, an escape holiday to Sri Lanka is what every body and mind needs. Whether you fancy heading out there alone or with your nearest and dearest, a trip to Sen Wellness Sanctuary – where your neighbours are nesting turtles on the unspoilt beach and like-minded travellers wishing to embrace a healthy lifestyle – is a terrific idea.

You'll feel part of a community here as you dine with other guests, while having ample time to yourself for reading, taking in the serene setting and visiting Buddhist temples and markets.

Giving you the best of wellness, you can expect acupuncture, massages and even time with an Ayurvedic doctor and dosha to ensure you have all the knowledge to continue your journey of self-care when you return to the UK. BOOK NOW

3. Find a remote sanctuary in Sweden's amazing Icehotel

Secluded places to escape in the winter months don't get better than Swedish Lapland's one-of-a-kind ice hotel, where you're surrounded by snow-covered forests, lakes and valleys.

The unique Icehotel boasts beds made entirely out of ice, which is sourced from the nearby River Torne. Here, you can also have a drink in the Icebar and feel a million miles away from your routine as you experience a winter wonderland like no other.

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Thanks to its Arctic location, you'll find an array of activities to keep you busy, if you're one to get out and explore. Snowshoeing, husky sledding and snowmobiling are superb ways to make the most of the remote landscape, while you might be lucky to spot the magical Northern Lights too. BOOK NOW

Alternatively, Finnish Lapland is another winter adventure playground. It's home to Aurora Cabins, which allow you to hole up and take in the surrounding beauty from a glass-roofed cabin, as well as offering you the chance to try photographing the Northern Lights and camping out beside a lake. BOOK NOW

4. Reap the therapeutic benefits of a rural retreat in Somerset

For a relaxing escape to the UK countryside that offers more than a glorious setting, you can join Red for the ultimate alternative to therapy as you're guided by experts in sound bathing, yoga and life coaching to bring out the best of yourself.

This is a break you'll love if you're in need of a break from your hectic lifestyle and help living a more mindful, balanced life.

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Joining other Red readers, you'll have a rural farmhouse location to get you started on your wellness journey. There'll be sound relaxation, meditation, Pilates, yoga and workshops to help you increase confidence, energy, focus and you mental and emotional wellbeing. On-site chefs will also cook up delicious meals you can enjoy with your new friends as you discuss the day's activities together. BOOK NOW

5. Take a transformative women-only trip to India

India is the first place people often think of visiting for a spiritual journey and for good reason. The beautiful country is full of fascinating contrasts, colourful cities and restorative experiences that can transform your life.

On a group tour of India that's built with female travellers in mind, you can travel around hotspots like the Taj Mahal, Old Delhi, the Ranthambore National Park and Jaipur, safe in the knowledge that you're with like-minded travellers in search of the same experience.

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During a surprisingly affordable 14-day trip, you'll sample delicious home-cooked food, shop as you learn how you can support underprivileged local women, spot tigers and dance under the stars in the desert. This is the one trip built for women and guided for women that allows you to escape to new sights and sounds before you return with a new outlook on life. BOOK NOW

6. Be pampered at a countryside spa in Leicestershire

A classic way to escape the bustle and reset your body and mind, a spa break isn't just good for you but those around you and can leave you feeling more relaxed for that Monday meeting or motivated to get through the life admin. On a mini-break at Leicestershire's Ragdale Hall, you'll experience one of the UK's top spas as you rest up, get pampered and soak up the lovely views.

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This is a place to visit with your favourite person as you catch up, take a dip in the rooftop infinity pool and sink into a blissful state of mind. It's only around two and a half hours away from London too, and tasty meals, robe hire, treatments and a special gift are included with Red's exclusive deal. BOOK NOW Alternatively, head for rural Surrey and experience England's best wellness retreat, Grayshott Health Spa, where you'll find a whole host of experts available for a more health-focused spa escape. BOOK NOW

7. Take to Norway to see the Northern Lights

Nothing takes you further away from the niggling stresses of daily life than an out-of-this-world getaway to northern Europe in search of the Northern Lights. Norway is one of the top places to see the displays and as you hunt for the magical displays, you'll feel a universe away from home. While it's a hotspot for space watchers, Norway is a great place to relax, feast on amazing food and get to know some lively European cities.

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During an autumn trip to the country, you can relax in a hot tub awaiting the Northern Lights to appear, learn how to cook with the freshest ingredients in a cooking class, experience vibrant city Tromso and go on a wildlife safari to spot seals and eagles.


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