The 10 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats Around the World
If you’re looking to pamper your body, mind, and soul, enjoy the best wellness and spa treatments, eat the healthiest and most delicious food, unwind in an idyllic setting, and come back from your vacation feeling like a better, more rejuvenated version of yourself, a luxury yoga retreat is the answer! But, not all yoga retreats are created equal. The setting, accommodation, yoga teacher and food options all play a big role in the overall experience. Plus, if you’re a solo traveler, retreats are a great way to meet people and have a group to explore a new place with! Whether you’re a yoga newbie or a seasoned pro, these are the retreats that check all the most important boxes!
The first thing to consider when deciding on a retreat is what you want out of the experience. Do you want to disconnect and meditate in a lush jungle? Or does soaking in the sun on an island vacation with a little yoga mixed in sound like more your vibe? There are many different kinds of retreats and types of yoga. For an upbeat style that will make you sweat, choose “vinyasa”, for a more chill alignment style go with “hatha” or “yin”, for a focus on breathwork and meditation go with “kundalini”. Each retreat will usually have the style listed and many will have a more upbeat offering in the morning, and a wind down restorative option in the evening. Yoga retreats are for all levels, so even if you’ve never set foot on a yoga mat, if you are interested in exploring it it’s the perfect way to dip your toes in while also traveling!
These luxe yoga retreats will soon have you packing those bags to head off on your journey of self-discovery.
Duration: As long as you please
Style: Vinyasa and Restorative
Price: From $650/night
Sooo I’m just now finding out that The Four Seasons Lanai has created their own version of a yoga/wellness retreat in one of my all-time favorite destinations and I am HERE FOR IT. This is a personalized retreat experience that you can escape to at anytime. From daily yoga and guided meditation, to spa services and personalized nutrition, this is an island oasis like no other. Located on the beautiful and exclusive island of Lanai, you’ll have access to some of the world’s best beaches, the finest organic ingredients growing in the Sensei gardens, and their top of the line accommodations/spa (as is always the case when Four Seasons is involved). Plus did you know the FS Lanai just got named as US News and World Report’s Best Hotel of 2021? You’ll leave this dream vacation feeling rejuvenated, reconnected and also pampered.
Location: Maahlos, Maldives
Duration: 8 Days
Style: Kundalini Yoga
Price: $1700 All inclusive
There’s no better place to disconnect from the outside world than on a secluded island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Maahlos island is located in the UNESCO biosphere, aka it has some of the most vibrant wildlife in the entire world so definitely take them up on the scuba dive excursion! Your days will consist of morning yoga, nourishing meals, a local cooking class, stand up paddle boarding, free time, daily swims in the crystal clear water and even a dolphin cruise.
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Duration: 4 days
If you’re interested in going a bit deeper down the road to self discovery and nourishing your body from the inside out, consider an Ayurvedic Yoga retreat like this one. There will be more “me” time and less time spent with a group like the traditional retreat setting. Your journey will start with a personal consultation to determine the perfect activities and food for your needs based on your Ayurvedic “dosa” or body type. Your days will be filled with therapeutic massages and Ayurvedic treatments, private yoga sessions, meditation, walks in nature, spa or beach time (being just 3 minutes from the water). Accommodation in a 4-star hotel includes private rooms with a balcony and a view, and an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool.
Location: Destinations Change
Price: Varies by retreat
The two founders of YFBP, Katelin Sisson and Heather Lilleston, decided it was time to create a more accessible kind of retreat. “Our mission is to provide a combination of the traditional style yoga retreat with time for other activities not falling under the category of yoga. We are normal people. We want to have fun. And we like yoga.” You can tell from the destinations that they choose, these two really do know how to have fun. From the islands of Zanzibar, to the coast or Portugal and the glamour of the Hamptons, they have 3-5 yearly retreats all over the globe! This is the perfect retreat for those that are new to yoga!
Location: Malibu, California
Duration: 7 days
If you’re looking for a full on detox and re-boot, head straight to the west coast. Malibu to be exact. This award-winning retreat specializes in results. You will have private luxury accommodation, you’ll be fed an organic plant based diet and you get a massage EVERY DAY! To keep yourself occupied in between massages, choose from daily activities like nature hikes, yoga, low-impact strength training, cryotherapy and infra-red saunas. To see an example itinerary head to their site here.
Location: Canggu, Bali
Duration: 2-9 days
Style: Vinyasa (they also have Surf&Yoga retreats)
Price: Starting at $500 (2 days)-$1510 (9 day)
Located in the hip balinese enclave of Canggu, this retreat center runs both immersive surf and yoga or “yoga only”experiences. You can choose from 2 days all the way up to 9 days, during which you’ll get to enjoy luxury accommodation in one of their villas, surf and yoga instruction, fresh breakfast every morning and in-house massages.
Location: Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
Duration: 8 Days
Price: From $999
Spend 8 days exploring the Baja coastline as you hike to waterfalls, snorkel at Los Arcos, and reconnect with your yoga practice. Surf or rejuvenate in your free time and enjoy (devour) three delicious chef-made meals per day. This retreat has the perfect ratio of yoga to fun-filled activities and group bonding!
Duration: 7 Days
Style: Vinyasa, Pilates
Price: From $2395
One of the most awarded yoga retreats in the world, this women only retreat center offers not only yoga experiences, but also detox or pilates-focused retreats as well. No matter what experience you are looking for, they’ve got you! Plus it’s in Bali, so you can spend some time exploring the Island of the Gods as well!
Duration: 3 Days
Add a little Yee-Haww to your “namaste”. This retreat includes trail rides under the sun, daily yoga practice, gourmet food meals with wine pairings, along with plenty other optional activities around the ranch. Stay in adorable A-frame cabins (private or shared). Also, be sure to keep an eye out for their Patagonia retreats as well!
Duration: 5 Days
Price: From $900
Escape to the Spanish countryside for twice daily yoga, hikes through the surrounding mountains, nourishing mostly plant based meals with locally caught seafood, as well as incredible spa treatment offerings. You’ll stay in a gorgeous 21 room country home that has both a pool and sauna. Count me in.
Location: Italy (Destinations vary)
Duration: 5-7 days
Style: Vinyasa and Yin
Price: From $1500
Jaimie Anderson curates some of the most beautiful retreats I’ve yet to find. In the most idyllic locations like Puglia, Italy, you can find space to unwind, enjoy the simple delicacies of life and reconnect with an invigorating practice twice per day. There are usually day trips to surrounding villages and towns depending on the location and there is plenty of free time to explore. The accommodation is always top of the line, like gorgeous seaside villas or renovated white washed Italian masserias.
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