Mountains & Countryside
Escape the City
By Kat Johnson

If you’re feeling stressed or burned out from the myriad pressures of urban life, a rural retreat just may be the perfect salve. Head to a hotel or resort that’s charmingly rural to unwind and unplug.

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Revel in Oman’s Natural Beauty

In contrast to the glittering skyscrapers of the big cities of its neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, Oman’s capital, Muscat, is a tranquil destination whose lower buildings show off the natural magnificence on display wherever you look. A half-day’s trip will take you to more remote locales, such as Wadi Mayh, a geological wonder, and Bandar Al Khayran, a secluded beach perfect for a picnic.

Senjogahara Marshland
Seek Serenity in the Mountains of Japan

Set within Nikko National Park in the mountainous region of Oku-Nikko (Inner-Nikko), The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is a calming respite embued with the wonders of nature: emerald green forests, towering peaks, mountain lakes and soothing hot springs. Relax in the property's onsite onsen, which offers indoor/outdoor thermal pools and a holistic healing spa.

Bridge over Lake Oconee
Experience Small-Town Southern Charm in Georgia

The hidden gem that is The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is an open secret among its many repeat guests, who return year after year for golf, dining and a spa set amid a lakeside paradise. Though it’s not much more than an hour’s drive from Atlanta, you’ll find a wholly different vibe in this part of the state.

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Tap into the Desert’s Healing Properties in Rancho Mirage

Both the desert and the mountains are renowned for their healing abilities, and the American Southwest is particularly well suited for those in search of rejuvenation. Ideally situated near the resort town of Palm Springs and the natural oasis of Joshua Tree National Park, The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage soothes the soul with sweeping views over Coachella Valley and a holistic, desert-inspired spa.