16 of the world’s most relaxing places

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The relentless pace of modern life means we all need a breather now and then.But that doesn’t have to mean splashing out on a luxury spa or travel to the Himalayas for a weeklong retreat.
The rolling hills of the quintessentially English South Downs drop dramatically into the sea at the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, located on the coast of England’s East Sussex between Seaford and Eastbourne.
On a warm spring day, the lush green grass, the searing blue of the English Channel and the whirring and clacking of songbirds make this one of the most peaceful places imaginable.
The undulating path along all seven cliffs ends at National Trust café at Birling Gap, the perfect place for cake, coffee and a snooze in the sun.
Bali’s interior of paddy fields, shrines and distant peaks is a far more relaxing proposition than the often chaotic vibe found around the beach resorts of Kuta and Seminyak.The town of Ubud’s chilled vibe makes it ripe for a long stay and the Yoga Barn is the ideal spot for those looking to get fully horizontal.
Its studios overlook unspoiled countryside, with 15 classes a day, from relaxing yin to dynamic power flow.Class passes are available for those just passing through, ranging from three lessons to unlimited 30-day access.