For many people, lying under the scorching sun on white sand with a view of crystal clear blue waters and perhaps a cocktail in hand may conjure an image of relaxation.
If that sounds like you, why not take a break from the routine of everyday life and treat yourself to the ultimate lazy and luxurious getaway. Share these ultimate relaxation destinations with your partner, friends, or be a little selfish and keep them all for yourself.
If you'd like to relax as well as experience a hub of cultural wonders, Belize could be the destination for you. Marvel at ancient Maya temples, ride through the jungle on horseback, and then head back to your hotel of choice to enjoy a tranquil swim in the pool.
This breathtaking destination is made up of 1,190 coral islands, of which 200 are inhabited. Take your pick of one of the island's many resorts and extravagant hotels, then relax on the pristine beach, treat yourself to a seaside picnic, or take an unforgettable flight in a seaplane – you might even spot a pod of dolphins from the air, the ocean is so clear!
This enchanting island destination is the subject of many travellers' dreams. Like many of the other places on our list, the Seychelles offers absolutely magical beaches, vibrant underwater life and warm, clear waters. Once you've lounged on the beach with a good book, explored the underwater coral paradise and taken a hundred photos, visit the peaceful and lush National Botanical Gardens in Victoria.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Often said to be the most beautiful of all the Cook Islands, you'll feel like you're in another world on this paradise for relaxation. Take a leisurely cruise across the lagoons and feed the fish. Once you return to the beach, end your day with a heavenly spa treatment on the beach courtesy of the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It's easy to while away your days on the magical island of Bora Bora. Take a tour over transparent blue waters on a glass-bottomed boat, admire Polynesian art at the Galerie D'Art Alain Linda art gallery, and end your perfect day on a romantic sunset cruise of the lagoon with your partner.