Yoga retreats are becoming an increasingly popular holiday trend, allowing travellers to truly escape the stresses of daily life, leaving with a renewed energy and sense of spiritual self. From the experienced yogi to newcomers ready to embrace the culture of yoga, the following retreats are some of the best in the world for a wellness resort stay.
Vana, Uttarakhand, India
India is the home of yoga, so where better to start this list than Vana Wellness Retreat in North India. After an initial consultation, Vana will create a personalised itinerary to ensure your programme stays flexible, helping you achieve the best results for your own needs. Yoga is taught individually and in group sessions, covering everything from aasan, pranayama and dhyan.
The staff at Vana, from doctors and therapists to the healers, trainers and chefs, are all experts in their field, adding to the strength of the experience. The programme also offers the use of the pool and tennis courts, plus you can attend a weekly hiking excursion if you prefer to spend some time outside of the resort.
- Mussoorie Rd, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001
- Prices start from $2,150 for a 5-night stay.
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand
Considered one of Asia’s best wellness resorts, this sanctuary offers great deals and award-winning holistic programmes. It’s conveniently located within a short distance from the airport and some of Koh Samui’s most popular beaches yet remain secluded enough that you can relax away from any noise or parties on this popular island.
What sets Absolute Sanctuary apart from the competition is its focus on training yoga teachers to the highest standards. The renowned yoga centre is at the forefront of developing new workshops and training sessions, in order to maintain its reputation as a world-class retreat. Guests can also experience detox and diet management courses; Pilates and fitness boot camps; a spa and lessons on stress-reduction. You can choose a package from 5, 7 or 10 days.
- 88 หมู่ที่ 5 Tambon Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320
- Prices start from $2,250 for a 5-night stay.
The Retreat, Atenas, Costa Rica
This luxury resort is the brainchild of celebrity chef and wellness coach, Diana Stobo. It’s therefore of little surprise that the focus is on holistic treatments and gastronomical concepts to reduce stress and rejuvenate your internal sense of self. Set against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of the Nicoya Peninsula, The Retreat is designed to feel instantly peaceful and natural.
Alongside daily yoga sessions, guests can enjoy Diana’s signature detox; healing spa; meditation and a fitness bootcamp, if weight loss is your goal. All of the customisable packages, ranging from 2 to 21 nights, aim to return you to your optimal health by the end of your stay.
- 50 E Redondel De Toros, 20502 Atenas
- Prices start from $207 per night.
Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Mexico
This idyllic resort is set amongst a tropical jungle, with access to a private beach. The retreat was built around the principles of yoga and is decked out with all the required props, plus 360-degree views of the mountains from the yoga pavilions. You can attend as a solo traveller, part of a group, or even for a couple’s retreat.
The focus here is on relaxation, as alongside the yoga sessions, guests can lounge around in the private cabana hammocks or the infinity pool. You can also sign up for an off-site excursion, including whale-watching, horseback riding and snorkelling, to see the best of Mexico’s natural beauty.
- Playa Escondida, 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit
- Prices start from $216 per night.
Taking the time out to go on a yoga retreat is a special and rewarding experience. It is a gift to yourself that presents an opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate. It can also deepen your yoga practise, and connect with others.
If you are not sure what to expect at your first yoga retreat? Read reviews and speak to others that have gone on one. Pick a yoga retreat that has experienced yoga leaders to learn more about restoring and nourishing your body, soul and mind.
We hope you enjoyed our pick of 4 yoga retreats that are worth visiting in 2019. Have you visited any of our recommended retreats before? Or planning a trip to a similar retreat? Leave your comments below.