5 Fashion-Girl-Approved Relaxation Destinations

The onset of summer always rouses our wanderlust, especially for locales that promise relaxation and renewal above all. Whether it’s stargazing in Joshua Tree or an enlightening journey through Tibet, there are more ways to kick back than just lying poolside (although we definitely love that too). Here, five Team Zoe–approved destinations to consider for all manner of travel styles, plus the essentials to pack for your trip.

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Where to stay: The Westin Grand Cayman. Rent a cabana on Seven Mile Beach and enjoy oceanfront activities ranging from paddleboarding (for athletic types) to boat tours. The hotel boasts three restaurants, an expansive spa and an array of chic shops in case you forget any vacation essentials.

What to do: Luckily, the hotel offers so many amenities you really don't need to venture from the premises. However, swimming with stingrays is a worthy excuse for a quick off-site jaunt.

What To Pack

All you need is a trusty bikini, sandals and a tote for any waterfront adventures. A breezy maxi dress comes in handy for daytime activities and meals.

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Where to stay: The Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas. Just a quick trip from the airport, this resort offers a little something for everyone—world-class dining, a sprawling golf course, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and a to-die-for spa.

What to do: Spend some quality time at Well & Being, the hotel's spa and fitness facilities. Start the day with a class (cycling, antigravity aerial yoga) or a game of tennis, then opt for a unique wellness treatment you may not have tried before, such as acupuncture, a nirvana stress-relief massage or muscle activation therapy. Come evening, kick back at LAW for a well-deserved meal (and cocktail).

What To Pack

Pack an array of athletic wear suited to your activities of choice for daytime. At night, switch gears to something a little more fabulous—make like a Texan and opt for bright, statement-making dresses and separates. (And don't forget your heels, of course.)

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Where to stay: The Cabo Surf Hotel. With a waterfront restaurant and bar, and views of sprawling sandy beaches, you might never leave.

What to do: Relax on the beach or surf a mellow break right outside the hotel. Take advantage of the free yoga classes, indulge in a spa treatment and don't check out until you've had one of the resort's life-changing mango margaritas.

What To Pack

Tote along just the bare essentials for a surf-filled getaway: Bikini, wetsuit, flip-flops, hat and cover-up will do the trick.

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Joshua Tree, CA

Where to stay: Spin & Margies. Opt for whichever of the unique, quirky suites speaks to your inner desert spirit animal.

What to do: Grab a bite to eat at La Copine, do the sound bath at the Integratron and visit the nearby hot springs for some R&R. Swing by Pappy & Harriets for live music, and end the night with a good old-fashioned stargazing session.

What To Pack

The relaxed, bohemian vibes of the desert make cutoffs and booties an entirely appropriate day-to-night look. Bring along a blanket and field jacket for evening, as the temperature can drop quickly.

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Lhasa, Tibet

Where to stay: The St. Regis Lhasa. You'll feel like you're worlds away from reality (in a good way).

What to do: Soak in the resort's gold pool, visit the Potala Palace and immerse yourself in the tranquil Buddhist culture—the pace of the town and attitude of the locals promotes a calm unlike anything you've likely experienced. Treat yourself to a massage after a long day—the extremely high altitude makes you slow down, so a spa session becomes requisite.

What To Pack

Ready yourself with a warm sweater, walking boots and a cross-body purse, which will come in handy while perusing local markets. Skincare products such as strong sunscreen and a hydrating cream are essential given the elements. Last but not least, don't forget your best camera—trust us, you're going to want all the photos you can get to remember this trip.