Many people think of India as the birthplace of serenity. As the home of yoga and birthplace of Buddhism, the entire world looks to us for guidance on how to keep their lives centered. But that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to let loose, and when we do, even the most guru-like amongst us sometimes need a chance to recover. That’s why we’ve worked to uncover five ultimate travel destinations with the perfect mix of parties and pampering to help you maintain your balance. At these partying and pampering hotspots, you can get the best of both worlds, living it up before recouping with some R&R, ahead of the journey home.
Partying and pampering at Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is as well known for its good weather and beaches and for its world-famous clubbing scene. If you want to cut shapes on the dance floor until dawn, then head straight to Ushuai for a quintessential clubbing experience. With world-class DJ’s such as David Guetta hitting the decks, you’re guaranteed a good time, any night of the week.
On the flipside, hidden away from the bright lights and thumping beats, Ibiza’s historic Old Town offers plenty of recovery options. A week-long retreat at Hot Yoga Ibiza is a great way to sweat out toxins and re-centre yourself. Alternatively, you can bask in the sunshine for a Vitamin-D driven recovery at one of the island’s many beaches; Cala Conta is a great spot to tune out and enjoy the most picturesque sunset on all of Ibiza.
Partying and pampering at Koh Phangan, Thailand
Koh hangan’s full moon party is arguably the world’s most famous beach party, and definitely one of the wildest. Once a month, revellers gather on Sunrise Beach at Haad Rin on the island’s south side for a night of music, dancing and entertainment; filled with fluorescent colours, fireworks and thousands of other like-and-out-of-their-minded partygoers.
Once the sun rises, take a break from the chaos and head north for a little peace and quiet. If you’re up for some serious fitness, take part in a Muay Thai martial arts course at Koh Phangan’s Horizon Muay. If you’re looking for a mental rather than physical recovery, you can get in touch with your inner self on a seven-day silent meditation course at the Buddhist monastery Kow Tahm, or renew your vitality with a guided three-day detox at The Yoga Retreat.
Partying and pampering at Las Vegas, USA
Travellers looking to live it up large needn’t look further than Las Vegas. The self-proclaimed entertainment capital is known for its mega casinos, spectacular shows and larger than life nightclubs, making it a party haven for globetrotters. Cool off from the desert heat at one of the infamous pool parties hosted by various hotels across the city. The Bellagio offers a luxurious poolside experience complete with cocktails, bottle service and a private cabana for the ultimate wind down.
After a day of dancing in the sun, unwind and revive your energy with a session at the Shio Salt Room at the Aria Resort and Casino, where calming music plays in the background while the salt therapy works wonders to clear the respiratory system and flush out party toxins.
Partying and pampering at Budapest, Hungary
With its communist past, Budapest is an intriguing and history-rich destination, while its popular ‘ruin’ bars – located in derelict buildings – create a buzzing and unique underground clubbing scene.
Aside from being famous for its eclectic nightlife, Budapest is known as the ‘City of Spas’. With more than 15 public thermal baths to choose from, travellers seeking some R&R before the long flight home are spoilt for choice. Located in the heart of the city, the Szechenyi Thermal Bath is one of the largest in Europe – with three outdoor and 15 indoor pools there’s no problem finding space to relax after your hedonistic Hungarian experience.