How to soothe your mind on holiday

Aimee Spicer / 25 April 2015

Find out what the best holidays for soothing your mind and invigorating your soul are, from cruising on the ocean waves to a spiritual yoga retreat.



If you like to use your time away to soothe your mind, rejuvenate your body and invigorate your soul, but haven’t yet found that perfect relaxing getaway, then Saga is here to help. There are many different ways to unwind, and we’ve collected a few of our favourite over 50s retreats to give you inspiration when you are ready to book your holiday, whether you fancy lying back at an island beach resort, seeing local wildlife on safari, or trying a new spiritual activity like yoga.

Sail away on a tranquil ocean cruise holiday

Embarking on a tour of the open ocean is one of the most relaxing ways to travel. Enjoy the serenity of the water in perfect bliss with our all-inclusive cruises as your accommodation, meals and holiday insurance are taken care. Indulge in luxury spa treatments, massages, holistic treatments and steam rooms and visit parts of the world that you’ve always wanted to see.

If you prefer a smaller, more intimate setting, then river cruises offer a more languorous pace to appreciate the great views. Try the warm waters of the Nile for sun, sand and history, or the Danube for wining, dining and a little bit of glamour.

We recommend: Wonders of the Mediterranean or Danube Delta Odyssey

Enjoy spiritual yoga breaks

Yoga is the exercise of choice for many because it allows people of all abilities to join in and the benefits are physical, mental and for some, spiritual. Trying out this form is a wonderful way to easily slow down a bit when you’re on holiday.

India is the home of yoga and as such it is a brilliant place to discover this ancient art. Alternatively, greet the sun in destinations around the world on our great cruise ships and take classes every day to embrace each new morning or afternoon with balance and serenity on your holiday.

We recommend: Soul of Kerala or any of our cruises

Set out on safari holidays

Safaris can be tiring; you are experiencing new things every day and seeing some of the largest species in the world certainly gets the adrenaline pumping. However, safaris have long been considered a rite of passage for adventure seekers around the globe and each day when you go back to your lodgings, you will fall into a dreamless sleep under some of the most beautiful starry skies on Earth.

We recommend: A World In One Country

Relax at a luxury beach resort

If your idea of a holiday is heading into beautiful parts of the UK to stay a few days in a boutique hotel and satisfy your urge for clotted cream scones, then why not consider a trip to St. Ives? You can enjoy the beach, as the Cornish coastline is considered one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Or if you want to experience a different culture altogether, then the laidback island of Barbados has plenty of luxury hotels and resorts where you can sit back and put your feet up with a view of the ocean. Saga can help with planning and booking a holiday, ensuring you can decide where you want to go and how much you want taken care of in advance. This leaves you with time to read, eat the food, try new activities, go on daytrips or simply lounge on beaches in the sunshine.

We recommend: Carbis Bay, St. Ives or Barbados and St Lucia

No matter what your idea of relaxation is, Saga Holidays are here to help meet your expectations – contact us and we will start you on your road to relaxation with an all-inclusive trip.

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