Good for the Soul - One Off Places to Soothe the Senses
The phrase ‘good for the soul’ probably means vastly varying things to different people, especially in relation to a holiday. Some may envisage rural escapism, others may picture a deserted beach, and perhaps your idea of a restorative retreat involves sunrise yoga, luxurious spa treatments or a reconnection with nature. Whether you’re looking for adventure and activity or silence and serenity, we’ve got an excellent selection of One Off Places that will help you soothe your senses…
Sometimes when we feel really stressed as adults we long for the carefree days of childhood, so where better to indulge this craving for regression than at the Enchanted Faraway Tree. Nestled within the ancient Blean woodlands of Kent, this cosy little ‘pod’ is as luxurious as it is unique, and best of all it offers a complete digital detox - no TV, no WiFi, just you and your loved one living in perfect natural harmony. Oh, and did we mention the private wood-fired hot tub? Now that’s what we call magical.
If you’re looking for a place that will completely recharge your batteries then Levendi’s Estate in Ithaca will tick every box. Seamlessly fusing luxury and rusticity, this organic olive farm offers a cluster of villas, a saltwater infinity pool, a holistic massage/yoga pavilion, an outdoor cinema and spectacular sea views. It’s hard to imagine anywhere more restorative and we guarantee you won’t want to leave.
There are times when we need to switch off but we don’t want to do it alone, and if that’s the case then Deanich Lodge in the Scottish Highlands is the perfect place to be away yet together. Once a place where travelling shepherds used to spend the night, the lodge is now a simple but stylish bunkhouse sleeping up to 18 people, and it’s officially one of the most remote properties in Scotland. So if you want to get lost in the great outdoors this is the place to do it!
Chic, contemporary and eco-friendly, the cabin-on-stilts at Domaine Pont Roche is an idyllic setting for rambling, fishing, cycling and generally exploring the beautiful countryside of Burgundy. Chateaux, villages and restaurants abound within the local area, but you could just as easily while away the hours watching the river from the comfort of your waterside hot tub…
In the heart of a tiny Greek village you will find Smaragda House, a wonderfully authentic and exquisitely restored home where you can switch off from the rest of the world and experience traditional Cretan life. Neoclassical pieces of art and sea view terraces combine with white sand beaches and azure waters to create something truly special. If you want to go somewhere real and unpretentious (with some sunshine thrown in) then look no further.