Solo adventure in Bali or a perfect family trip to Austria – here are two 2021 breaks that are good for the soul

After a 2021 break that’s good for the soul?
We hear you!

Two writers reflect on their time in Bali and Austria and give
us the lowdown on a perfect solo adventure and a trip that’ll fit
the family.

Getty ImagesCampuhan Ridge Walk
sacred trail, on the island of Bali, Indonesia[/caption]
Bali

Perfect for: flying solo

Chefs prepare your food by a
too-blue-to-be-true pool complete with floating loungers, you’ll
think you’ve died and gone to nirvana

Writer Stacey Halls enjoyed serious pampering at Bliss
Sanctuary, Ubud.

The Pad: One of three women-only retreats on
this Indonesian island of lush jungle, monkey forests, temples and
colourful markets, Bliss Sanctuary is just 10 minutes from the
hustle and bustle of Ubud town.

Behind high walls and temple-style doors is the five-bed villa,
which blends traditional with ultra-modern – think glass walls,
outdoor baths, canopied beds and incense burning in every room.

With a huge living space decked out in mid-century modern
furniture, an open-plan kitchen where chefs prepare your food and a
too-blue-to-be-true pool complete with floating loungers, you’ll
think you’ve died and gone to nirvana.

The R&R: Arriving frazzled after an 18-hour
flight, it took me all of 15 minutes to relax.

Monkey forests are worth a visit
but go first thing when they are fed and at their friendliest

The jungle soundtrack helps – you can hear crickets, monkeys
and even geckos while brushing your teeth in the luxe open-air
bathroom.

The staff can’t do enough to help either, bringing
dragon-fruit smoothies to your sunlounger and whipping up mango
pancakes and healthy rice bowls.

All food is included and evenings are a feast of dishes such as
tofu rendang, grilled snapper and fried banana with chocolate.

But the best bit? Spa treatments are unlimited!

A head and back massage, reflexology and a pedicure? Not a
problem, even two days in a row.

Bliss Sanctuary is one of three
women-only retreats on the Indonesian island of Bali

I have never felt so relaxed in my life. Oh, and yoga classes
are part of the package, so pack your sports bra.

Explore: Bliss has drivers on hand to take
guests wherever they want to go, plus they’re full of local
tips.

An hour away is the breathtaking Tukad Cepung waterfall, which
you can take in from its ice-cold pools. Visit at sunrise and you
might have it to yourself.

The monkey forest is also worth a visit – but go first thing
when they are fed and at their friendliest! Entry costs £4.50
(Monkeyforestubud.com).

Avoid Tegallalang rice terrace which, though beautiful, is a sea
of selfie sticks. Instead walk Campuhan Ridge for valley views.

And if it’s a spiritual awakening you’re after, go for a
blessing at Tirta Empul holy water temple. FYI: you’ll need to
rent a sarong to bathe in the holy springs and it’s freezing!
Entry costs £26.

Don’t Miss: For a mind-cleansing treat, head
to Pyramids of Chi for a sound healing session, £15, featuring
gongs, drums and didgeridoos (Pyramidsofchi.com).

Book It: A week at a Bliss Sanctuary retreat
costs from £1,980, all-inclusive (Blisssanctuaryforwomen.com).
Return flights from the UK to Denspaar, Bali, cost from £579 per
person.

Austria�

Perfect for: families

Getty ImagesIf you can hack the
early start the 4am guided sunrise hike up the mountains offers
genuinely breathtaking views of the Stubai Alps[/caption]

Celebrity Writer Molly Reynolds and mum Nina took time out at
Hotel Stern in Tyrol.

The Pad: Just half an hour from the Italian
border, this traditional Austrian family hotel with serious eco
credentials is nestled in the Mieminger Plateau, a mountain range
that sits 1,000m high and links the two countries.

The alpine-style rooms, from doubles to XXL family-sized (with
kitchens and living rooms) are made from local wood and come with
Alpenlarch toiletries and bottles of fresh mountain water.

All have panoramic views, but there’s also a cosy roof terrace
from which to watch the sunset.

Breakfast is fresh pastries and porridge, while homely dinners
include treats such as venison and beef broth.

Getty ImagesHire an electric car to
drive to the colourful 14th-century city of Innsbruck[/caption]

Each week, the hotel hosts an outdoor BBQ, too, with
cooked-to-order steaks and sausages, and local musicians
performing.

The R&R: First up, try forest bathing –
lying in long grass in the nearby woodland and soaking up
nature’s positive energy – then get your yoga on in the larch
meadows (both activities are led by hotel co-owner Elfi from April
until October).

You can pick your own vegetables and herbs from the patch for
your sustainable dinners – and help plant them, too.

Or swap retail therapy for animal therapy by feeding the on-site
goats and horses, then chill out in the small but sweet spa, with
its sauna and relaxing swing beds overlooking snow-capped mountains
through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Shiatsu massages, in the meadows or indoors, are also bookable,
from £33 for 30 minutes.

Lap up the beautiful scenery by
hopping on an e-bike

Come evening, sip a refreshing Hugo cocktail (a local sparkling
wine and elderflower mix).

Explore: Lap up the beautiful scenery by
hopping on an e-bike (half-day rental costs from £20) or joining
an afternoon hiking tour, three times a week.

If you can hack the early start, the 4am guided sunrise hike up
the mountains offers genuinely breathtaking views of the Stubai
Alps, as well as breakfast and a glass of bubbly at the top, from
£21.

If you fancy hiking without a guide, order a packed lunch with
cheese and bread to take with you.

Getty ImagesTry cooked-to-order
steaks and sausages as local musicians perform[/caption]

And for the kids, there’s a nearby nature playground with a
huge zipline.

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Don’t Miss: Hire an electric car to drive 40
minutes to the colourful, 14th-century city of Innsbruck. Car hire,
booked through the hotel, costs from £55 per day.

While you’re exploring, make sure you stop by the Markethalle,
where the locals sell delicious fresh produce, including fabulous
cheese, from Monday to Saturday. 

Book It: Stays at Hotel Stern cost from £64
per adult per night, half-board, and from £21 per child over two,
per night (Hotelstern.at).
Return flights from the UK to Innsbruck cost from £74 per person.
Plan your trip at Visittirol.co.uk.

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Solo adventure in Bali or a perfect family trip to Austria –
here are two 2021 breaks that are good for the soul