Polly Nightingale

Having recently undergone what’s widely regarded as one of life’s most stressful events, I am currently in need of some serious chillaxing. There are times when all you want to do is – nothing. And there are some pretty amazing places out there where you can give in to extreme indolence. Here’s my pick of top inactivity holiday destinations.


Txai resort, near Salvador, Brazil

Slip into that irresistible infinity pool at Txai Resort, ease yourself into a gentle swim letting the cool water sooth your sun-warmed skin. Fully refreshed, lie back on a lounger and doze till it’s time to think about lunch – tuna or lobster, what a dilemma…


The Foresters Arms, Swaziland

Sitting in a private 90 acre estate in the highlands of Swaziland is The Foresters Arms. While it’s a great base for walking, horse riding, cycling, fishing etc, it’s also ideal for sheer indulgence, with a choice of lounges complete with blazing log fires and gorgeous food including 7 course dinners. It even has its own pub. What more could you need?


Chhatra Sagar, teneted camp, rural Rajasthan, India

Picture this – you’re sitting on your veranda gazing out over the calm lake, watching flocks of birds arc over the waters, casting a perfect reflection. Behind you is your luxurious tent, opulently furnished, a veritable mini-palace. You’re at Chhatra Sagar in rural Rajasthan, a world away from the bustling cities. This is a place to be calm, still, unhurried, unworried.


Amangwane, kosi bay, KZN, South Africa

You don’t need luxury to chill. Amangwane in KwaZulu Natal is unashamedly rustic, with reed chalets whose lack of frills is their very charm. Of course you can get out and about, mess around in boats, stroll along the beach or explore the mangroves if you want, but if that’s all too much, just sit back, close your eyes and let the stress fall way….


Termas Papallacta Spa and Resort, east of Quito, Ecuador

If it’s revitalisation you need, Termas Papallacta could be just the place. In a beautiful Andean valley, this laid back resort boasts a superb spa specialising in hydrotherapy, plus a thermal club with hot and cold pools and saunas. Give yourself a few days here and you’ll come away refreshed and recharged, ready to face the world.


Location, Black River Gorges National Park in southwest Mauritius

Lakaz Chamarel exudes peace. Set in lush flower-filled gardens, the only sound you’ll hear is birdsong. Spend lazy hours by your favourite pool (there are two to choose from), decamping at lunchtime to enjoy delicious Mauritian cuisine followed by a siesta. Later you can treat yourself to a cleansing sauna or stimulating massage. Bliss.

Ah, I’m starting to feel better already. If you’re also in need a stress-busting holiday we offer all these and more. Contact us or see our website for more ideas.

And if you’re wondering, I was moving house.