New Zealand among the world’s most ‘chilled out’ countries

If you’re looking for a place to unwind, you needn’t stray far from this part of the globe, according to a new study.

New Zealand has been voted the fourth most “chilled out” country in the world.

Indonesia took the top spot for the world’s most “zen destination”, followed by Australia for sheer “she’ll be right” attitude.

Other international centres for chillaxing include Iceland, whose overall scores ranked it third overall, and Sri Lanka, whose generous 29 days of public holiday (which is supplemented by 14 days annual leave), has earned its blissed out inhabitants fifth place on the table.

The study by the bookings website lastminute.com weighed up a score on criteria including number of annual holiday days, environmental quality, culture and the human rights of its inhabitants – as well as the number of spas.

Aotearoa was found to be one of the top countries in the world for quality of life and laidback attitude.

However, if you were looking for a place to unwind, according to lastminute.com you could do no better than a holiday in Indonesia.

The number one ranked spot for global relaxation secured the title with 88,000 kilometres of beaches, almost 200 designated green spaces and a comfortable average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.





Polynesian Spa, Rotorua

The natural thermal spas of Rotorua have been a place to unwind for centuries, with the Māori hotspot and bath house forming one of New Zealand’s oldest spas. Signature treatments using thermal mud and Manuka honey have become guest favourites.

Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown

In a spot more famous for adrenaline-sports than relaxation, the Onsen Pools at the River Shotover are an oasis of calm. Fed by natural spring water, the screening can be pulled back to reveal breath-taking views of Central Otago.

The relaxed long list

1- Indonesia

2 – Australia

3 – Iceland

4 – New Zealand

5 – Sri Lanka

6 – Cyprus

7 – Philippines

8 – Greece

9 – India

10 – Mauritius

11 – Costa Rica

12 – Portugal

13 – Bulgaria

14 – Croatia

15 – Spain

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