In this corner of the world, inaccessible until 1960, suspended between heaven and earth, in this ethereal Himalayan retreat, the only spoken language, the only known idiom is that which leads to happiness. Bhutan is the country of GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness), a principle that permeates every action, guides every thought, equates every person. A philosophy of life, a collective “feeling”, an inner need: the welfare of the individual is the true goal of this mythical Shangri-La, where flowering valleys, lush green forests, placid terraced hills boxed between a mosaic of rice fields whose natural perfection welcomes the traveler looking for proposals that satisfy much more than the eye. Here, all around, where the highest peaks of the world peep out, is where spirit dwells.
Regenerate yourself. Recover your natural rhythms; rediscover the pleasure of being cradled by the sun and the sea. Breaking with the schemes of everyday life to find peace in not having them. Relaxation is forgetting to have those thoughts, which are ready to be shipwrecked on the long stretches of white beaches, understanding the true meaning of calm, cultivating boredom by transforming it into stillness. Noise is cancelled by the sound of the waves in Turks & Caicos or Antigua, gardens of tranquility, miracles of creation where everything is nature. Alone or coupled, treat yourself to well being, re-learn to listen to yourself, to feel your inner voice intensely. Water, earth, sky, air: a sensation on the skin in the Caribbean.
Emotions. Magic. Mysticism. India is the land of the Spirit, the place where the soul finds its home and the heart its peace, and the space in which body and mind find their understanding, in the name of energy. Kerala, where the white beaches are lined with palm trees, plantations have the aroma of spices and nature is sovereign, is where the journey towards yourself starts. It is in Goa, Karnataka and North India that the itinerary of discovery continues. The ancient practices of Ayurveda, the Medicine of God, which the ancient Indian sages received during high meditative states, are there for sustainment and illumination. A system of knowledge entirely of natural cures, an active and dynamic approach to life and a philosophy of being that leads to an encounter with the most remote part of yourself.
A country, a thousand countries. A land, a thousand lands. A trip to Indonesia is conceding yourself an itinerary in continuously different, unique, powerful scenarios. Leading the ranks of discovery is Bali, a mosaic of natural wonders and cultural melting pot, where the eye of the traveler in search of wonder finds rest. Here, everything speaks of enchantment: from the terraced rice paddies set like precious jewels in the lungs of nature, to Hindu temples capable of evoking timeless splendor, from antique flavored dancing to beaches intertwined like ribbons. But it is the smiling courtesy, affectionate availability and the great respect of the people who are hosting that touches the soul. Visiting Bali, and Indonesia, means immersing oneself in the dream of the smell of frangipani.
There is an unwritten agreement that links Italy to purest beauty. Every corner of this country hides an ancient history that is still alive in its most isolated hermitages, that resounds in the enchanted valleys amongst its rolling hills and is reborn on the waves of its seas or in the peaceful lapping of its lakes. Italy is the land of perfection, balance and harmony. Everything is art. Every road leads to a new discovery, to charm, to a hiatus in the face of wonder: here being and becoming, form and substance have found understanding, a perfect sublimation. Finding oneself again after a trip to Italy means resuming your journey with full awareness of your inner wellbeing.
Abandoning oneself to pleasure. Containing the unnatural life rhythms of imposed time. Conceding oneself a dip into wellbeing composed of long rests in nature, unreal silences broken only by the music of the sea and illuminated by the white light of unbordered beaches. To find one’s own inner balance, the balance between body and mind, connection with the world, the Maldives are the only answer. To discover the pleasure of taking care of oneself, listening to the echo within, each atoll becomes an oasis of tranquility, a garden of relaxation, a nursery of positive thoughts that speak the language of aromathology and reflexology and have the scent of Indonesian honey baths, Aloe Vera masks, peeling with herbs, spices and yogurt.
Easily reachable from all the European cities, Morocco offers an absolute change of atmosphere and an endless range of emotions. Cradled by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and from the Atlantic Ocean from the other, it has an unbelievable richness of landscapes. Cultural walks in the alleys of the Medinas, trekking in the Atlas mountain, relax on the beaches under the sun, you will find all you need to love yourself. There are thousand ways to enjoy wellbeing: offering to your body relaxing massages, purifying treatments, rest, time for the meditation, yoga, enjoying food, enjoying outdoor life, the sun, the mild climate, or simply accepting to share the time with the others, drinking a mint tea.
Stretches of sandy beaches and rocky mountains, peaks that stand imperiously lining the sky, looking at the world from the top of their three thousand meters; gold colored desert dunes, narrow canyons that guard small villages, surrounded by palm oases, watered by natural springs like jewels of rare value: welcome to Oman, the hermitage of the Middle East, the lone country where infusions intoxicate, where nature is untouched, the turtles nest on the beaches, dolphins run the coastline and whales make their home. This is where regeneration and re-emergence from your shell is simple, as you discover the power of tradition, let yourself be amazed by the warm hospitality of the inhabitants
Islands strung like pearls, precious stones set in the heart of the ocean: 7000 small oasis outline the miracle of the Philippines, crossroads of an uncontaminated nature, regal mountains and unbordered beaches for a gaze which knows only the whiteness of the sand, the turquoise of the sea and the coral of the barrier reef. A huge reservoir of energy for your renewal, for loosing yourself to rediscover your lifeblood. In this virgin archipelago at the entrance of the Pacific Ocean everything speaks of life: from the thousand species of often unknown flowers, that open like shells in the silent presence of the small volcanoes, from the colonies of daringly shaped fish to the rarest of marine life. A corner of paradise, amongst the last in the world, ready to be revealed to the eye of the purest traveler.
In the heart of Europe, at the crossroad of Alps and Mediterranean sea, is nestled Slovenia, a small heaven where the nature has woven breathtaking natural beauties. An Eden of snow-clad mountains and turquoise sea: green heart of Europe, with a tradition of wellness centers and natural therapies where the centuries-old tradition, the experience of the thermal and SPA treatments and the innovation of the experts dedicated to wellness of the soul and the body, embrace. Let you tempt by its rich proposal of wellness. An unexpected revelation….
Spain’s long, sandy Atlantic beaches and cozy Mediterranean coves are rightly famous. That most get over 300 days of sun a year, which doesn’t hurt either. Not to forget the glorious sunshine, gorgeous scenery and landscapes. Blue sky, blue sea, sun and a deep feeling of wellbeing through My Ideal Traveling paths. Do you need any other reason to leave?
Sri Lanka is a small gem nestled in the Indian Ocean, which over the years has been labeled with the most poetic of designations: Serendib, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient, Ceylon … So much variety is a sign of her wealth, beauty and the intensity of the appeal aroused in those who have visited there. For centuries she has seduced travelers with sounds, colors and the smiles of her people, leaving in the enchanted eyes images of a languid tropical island dense with so much spirituality and serenity. And for those looking for the equilibrium of body and mind, there is nothing better than an Ayurvedic retreat and its treatments aided by Yoga and meditation. Endless beaches, ancient ruins, friendly people, thousands of elephants, irresistible waves, scenic train rides, fine teas and tasty dishes: welcome to Sri Lanka where you can loose yourself in village life, walk through rice paddies or the lush tea plantations and then unwind with Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga classes. This is Sri Lanka by My Ideal Traveling, ready to create the journey of desires with you.
Culture and history are intertwined in Thailand, the land that shines the colors of gold. Gold of the temples that irradiate light, of the long sandy beaches where even the air “smells” of the sun and the genuine smile of a people, who have made welcome their second religion and availability their philosophy. In Eden the Thai speak of relaxation, lightness and of the placid search for one’s own wellbeing. The voice of the soul and the sound of the heart. Here some of the most esteemed health & wellness retreats in the world arise, oases of regeneration where traditional medicine meets Buddhist meditative practices, giving rise to long paths in pleasure that are entrusted to the hands of those who have made massage an art and the stimulation of the senses a skill.
Vietnam should be on the top of everyone’s travel list. It is that simple. With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, pulsating energy, it will electrify all of your senses and seize you from all angles. Vietnam is at once crazy and serene, thrilling and relaxing. Vietnam is a truly hidden gem that only those visiting the country themselves will be able to tell. Vietnam is not short of World Heritage Sites: Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang caves, Hoi An Ancient Street and Cham Islands are all recognized for their intense beauty. However, it is the bits and bites of the non-heritage site that will surprise you further. My Ideal Traveling will bring you to Vietnam in its special way: capturing the antidote to busy and often toxic modern living and offering you programs that will be inspiration to your life. Setting the alarm clock to wake up at 5am on holiday it is not easy. Yet when the prospect is a glorious orange and pink sunrise at Danang, in central Vietnam, it eases the pain of the early morning call. Embrace and uphold the idea of combining travel with a strong lifestyle approach. It is not only a holiday, it is a lifestyle.