Yoga retreats can run the gamut from basic retreats in your home studio to exotic getaways on tropical islands. There are reasons to recommend both, but when it comes to truly incredible retreats, they have it all—beautiful settings, luxurious accommodations, and classes taught by skilled teachers. These are some of the most desirable yoga retreats in the world.
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Ananda in the Himalayas—an award-winning luxury spa resort—is one of the most sought-after Ayurvedic retreats in India. Nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Northern India, this 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate overlooks the Ganges River valley. Ananda merges yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedanta with fitness and various wellness experiences for the ultimate in holistic health and wellness. Ananda’s Wellness Packages range from 5 days to 14 days. Try a Yogic Detox retreat, using Hatha yoga cleansing techniques to rid your body of toxins, or a Stress Management retreat, using a combination of Reiki Healing, Ayurveda, Yoga, Tibetan and International experiences to minimize stress and calm the mind and the body. Additionally, daily yoga and meditation are available, with access to teachers who can customize a specific yoga and meditation program just for you. The multitude of retreats, wellness experiences, and healing methods available here mean Ananda is an excellent choice for many yogis. And with exquisite grounds, accommodations, and a calming spa, you’re sure to experience a renewed sense of self here.
Silver Island Yoga, Greece
Silver Island is a privately owned island where you can experience a distinctive eco-yoga retreat for groups up to 10. Situated on 60 acres of olive groves, rolling hills, and cypress trees, the island is surrounded by the Aegean Sea. Accommodations at Silver Island Yoga consist of two whitewashed houses, making for an intimate retreat. Things are simpler here, with no Internet, gathered water, and solar energy. Provided toiletries are all natural, biodegradable and locally made, and the vegetarian food is locally sourced or grown right on the island. The weeklong retreat is all-inclusive, with six nights full board. You’ll receive two yoga classes per day in the open air near the ocean. Here, you can participate in as many or as few of the provided activities as you’d like. This allows you to set your own pace, allowing the meditative tranquility of the island to help you find your own rhythm. Though this retreat may not be for yogis looking for a decadent getaway, you’ll find that Silver Island Yoga has everything you need for a quietly luxurious retreat.
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Como Shambhala Estate is a “Retreat for Change” surrounded by jungles near Ubud, Bali. You’ll receive a “360-degree wellbeing experience,” with a resident yoga teacher, dietician, and Ayurvedic doctor on site to ensure balanced wellness. This holistic approach means your every need is considered and addressed, so you can focus on a rejuvenating retreat. There are a variety of yoga programs available here, ranging from three nights to 14 nights. Each program offers private yoga classes, Shambhala massage, and a wellness consultation. Additional therapies and workshops are offered as well, from stress management programs to customized Ayurvedic programs. Amenities here are designed to support your overall health. Swim in the outdoor hydrotherapy area, vitality pool, natural springwater pools, or 25-meter chemical-free swimming pool. Exercise in the yoga pavilion, Pilates studio, climbing wall, or tennis court. At Como Shambhala, you’ll nourish your body with living foods that maintain the nutritional purity found in the organic and often locally sourced cuisine. Experience 360-degree wellbeing here in Bali.
Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica
Retreats at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa take place on over seven acres of property in beautiful, green Costa Rica—one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. Offering hatha yoga, retreats here take advantage of the beautiful mile-high setting by holding classes in halls with views of the surrounding mountains and the lush valley below. Pura Vida offers 46 villas and suites as well as four beautiful, fully equipped yoga halls with panoramic views of the spectacular landscape. In addition, you’ll find a Wellness Center staffed by gifted therapists. Here, you can take advantage of a variety of treatments, from Ayurvedic Treatments and Bio Energetic Healing, to Signature Spa Treatments and Facials. When you have a little time to yourself, enjoy floating in the newly renovated pool or perusing the boutique. You’ll also have access to our Holistic Garden, which is filled with dozens of species of local orchids and has been certified a conservation property by the National Ministry of Environmental Ecology.
These international yoga retreats will leave you feeling renewed, rejuvenated, and with a balanced sense of wellness. May you have the opportunity to experience once-in-a-lifetime yoga retreats like these!