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Tue, 2019-02-19

Eat, Pray, Love: BEST DESTINATIONS TO DE-STRESS

Reboot, Recharge, Rejuvenate


Have you ever noticed your own energy and work productivity cycles dwindling down or there are times you are feeling the meh days at work gradually turning into meh weeks and months? If you are feeling on-the-job drudgery, perhaps, it is time for you to take a break.


We are not talking about just any ordinary vacation, but one that will allow you to reboot, recharge and rejuvenate while you truly live your own Elizabeth Gilbert moment and indulge in your ultimate ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ experience.


Ahead, check out these secluded, off-the-beaten-track yet idyllic destinations for you to disconnect from the fast-paced urban life while you recharge.

El Nido, Philippines


Still one of Philippines’ best kept secret, this tropical island paradise is still relatively uncommercialised and recommended for those to get around by foot, tricycle or boat. Be one with nature and explore the Palawan island cluster of lush jungles, exotic marine life and powdery sand bars.

Photo: ThousandWonders.Net

Photo: TheCrazyTourist

Me-time recommendations: Go for the perfect zen experience and take your mind off things as you explore the unspoiled beauty of this charming destination. Explore the Bacuit Archipelago and get the gram shots at El Nido’s lagoons as you kayak through emerald, pristine waters meandering through the limestone cliffs.

Featured styles: SB-D017 Leather Top Handle Bag,
128-1 Crystal Buckle Sandals


What to wear: 
Layer a fashion-forward snake print swimsuit underneath a loose-fitting short sleeve kimono dress, so you can be ready for your water sports at all times.


Pro-dressing Tip: 
Channel understated sophistication and tote a timeless top handle bag along, which comes with a well-organised interior to store your makeup, photographic essentials and other stashes neatly. Keep things breezy at this tropical paradise with a pair of slip-on sandals set on a kitten heel that doesn’t compromise on comfort or style.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua


If you can afford the time to venture further, escape the hustle and bustle of city life and set your sights on Little Corn Island in Central America. With rose gold sunsets, plenty of sunshine, and minimal developments, this dreamy Caribbean spot will steal your heart. 

Photo: TravelAndLeisure


White sandy beaches, tropical turquoise waters, daily fresh seafood catch, rustic beach resorts, a no-car zone populated by less than 2000 people and a couple of mom and pop run restaurants, this is the picture-perfect location for you to completely unplug from all your work stress.

Photo: Eternal Arrival


Me-time recommendations:
Take the time to acquaint yourself with the charismatic locals, or spend a leisurely day swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing at one of the many golden coves to earn your #braggingrights. Visit Karma Shack near Carlito’s Place that offers all type of massages, yoga and meditation sessions to complete your retreat.

Featured style: 1718-42 Metallic Buckle Flats

What to wear: Go easy breezy in a denim soft jumpsuit so you can save yourself the hassle of mixing and matching. Put on a trendy baker boy hat that comes handy with a visor to help keep out the sun.


Pro-dressing Tip
: Given that cars are not allowed, this island is best explored on foot so you don’t miss out on any sights. Pick a comfortable pair of metallic ballerina flats so you can wander freely around without any fears of blisters.

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Imagine the American Wild Wild West - with over 300 days of sunshine yearly, and temperature hovering between 10°C to 24°C in Spring, this desert oasis is just right to take the laidback vacay for a lot of self-discovery time and self-care. Just a mere 20-minute drive from the capital, Phoenix and close to 200 golf courses and spas, Scottsdale City offers all that you need to find your inner Zen.

Photo: VRBO


Me-time recommendations:
If you are in Arizona, these are the must-sees. A short 2-hour drive or day trip to the Sonoran Desert is highly recommended for the outdoor enthusiasts. Or, take a 4-hour drive or a day trip to explore the Grand Canyon and visit the iconic Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Detox and free your mind by admiring modern art, design and architecture at the Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) in Old Town Scottsdale while rejuvenating your creativity. If you want to do a fair bit of shopping, pop by Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Featured styles: SB-D012 Textured Leather Crossbody, 817-5 White Glittery Espadrille Loafers


What to wear:
Slip into an easy one-piece floral jumpsuit dress that’s cheery enough for warmer weather.


Pro-dressing Tip
: Sling an eye-catching textured crossbody along to keep your knick knacks and compact camera, and finish the look with an espadrille-inspired loafer perfect for keeping you in style while you traipse about the desert.  



SHOP THE STYLE

SB-D012 Textured Leather Crossbody

817-5 Glittery Espadrille Loafers

1718-42 Metallic Buckle Flats

SB-D017 Leather Top Handle Bag

128-1 Crystal Buckle Sandals

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