Silver Island Yoga, Greece
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Picture this: you wake to freshly brewed coffee with a side of dried fruit and nuts, before your morning yoga session. After stretching out under an olive tree overlooking the ocean, you head in for a full breakfast. Sounds like bliss? You’ll love the rest of the laid-back and laid-on day, too.
Aro Hā, New Zealand
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Within seconds of arriving at this South Island retreat, you won’t be able to resist asking, “How’s the serenity?”. Set on the edge of Lake Wakatipu with a backdrop of Southern Alps peaks, your stay will be serene in both activity and setting. If you can only handle one class a day, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied – how does sub-alpine hiking or a massage strike you?
Gaia Retreat & Day Spa, Australia
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Peering over the Byron Bay hinterland, Gaia Retreat & Day Spa gives guests access to 10 hectares of blissful, natural surrounds and a list of optional activities that will delight any dedicated yogi. Each day begins with yoga but there’s also mediation, clay sculpture and organic cooking classes and, thanks to its position at the highest point of the shire, there are plenty of stunning nature walks.
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
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In the rice paddy-littered uplands of Bali, the town of Ubud has become somewhat of a spiritual heart on the island. It’s among this Eat Pray Love-esque energy that you’ll find the luxurious boutique hotel COMO Shambala Estate. With resident experts specialising in yoga as well as Ayurvedic medicine and diet, this holistic retreat will complement your yoga practice with on-site instruction in meditation or Pranayama, the ancient art of breath control.
In Sabina, Italy
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You’ll have to make your way to countryside of Italy to get your slice of zen with Kaliyoga. In a duo of 17th century stone farmhouses an hour north of Rome, In Sabina sets the scene for a nature-infused yoga retreat. The outdoor practice space – which is wonderfully open to the elements thanks to a lack of walls – is hugged by trees and alternative activities include hot spring excursions and forest walks. Check with the property direct for any upcoming retreats as they’re generally run by external teachers.
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Elevated above a white sand beach on Koh Samui’s south coast, this resort takes your wellbeing – and your vacation – seriously. As part of their ‘yoga synergy’ package, not only will you take part in private classes, you’ll also be treated to an initial wellness consultation (and a follow-up), Ayurvedic massages and access to daily holistic fitness activities. On-site facilities including herbal steam caverns, plunge pools, an art gallery and ‘Monk’s Cave’ – a place for quiet reflection and meditation.
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With a holistic approach to wellness, a stay at this tranquil Maui sanctuary will restore mind, body and spirit. Yoga and meditation is a daily staple – as is a nourishing menu of local produce from The Wooden Crate restaurant – but guests are also invited to take part in scheduled educational activities. Classes in horticulture, aromatherapy and sound therapy are all part of the daily rotating calendar to develop your mindfulness strategy.
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Balance is key at the 160-hectare resort. Along with the on-site wellness specialists, health-focused food and tempting spa facilities, the resort offers a dizzying array of yoga disciplines. From aerial to chakra vinyasa and dream yoga, there are endless opportunities to expand your practice, all while enjoying the splendid surrounds of the rugged Catalina State Park.
Playa Viva, Mexico
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The architecturally unique Playa Viva on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect setting for getting centred. It’s a pleasing proximity to the soothing sea and also features a turtle sanctuary, an estuary and coastal forests to wander between saluting the sun. Regularly playing host to yoga retreats led by prominent practitioners from around the world, it’s the array of classes that will really please visiting yogis – expect workshops to cover everything from chakra study to couple’s yoga.
Sparkling Yoga Retreats, Switzerland
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In the high alps of Switzerland’s stunning Engadin region, this yoga retreat is designed for visitors who “love to move”, be it a wander through alpine forests or through a vinyasa. All yoga is included in a stay at the boutique Hotel Arnica Scuol and there are two sessions a day, with a clarifying meditation practice tacked onto both.
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Far from the chaos of the Marrakesh maze, Tigmi welcomes yoga enthusiasts of all skill levels to their year-round retreats. Held on the property on the fringe of a traditional Berber village, it’s as easy to explore the nearby Atlas Mountains as it is to participate in the week-long retreats led by visiting experts. You can also kick back in your sparsely chic room, furnished with local Berber handicrafts.
Yoga Magic, India
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With the property constructed from natural materials such as bamboo, mud and clay, the eco-friendly lean of this Goa-based yoga retreat only adds to the zen atmosphere. Accommodation is charmingly rustic – the two grand suites and seven glamping-style tents make use of reclaimed materials such as coconut coir flooring and wood – and the food is vegetarian.
Injidup Spa Retreat, Australia
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You’d be forgiven for overlooking the yoga sessions while staying at this Margaret River property. Every one of the eight suites has a plunge pool, as well as a jarrah sun deck – the perfect platform for watching whales pass during migration season. The gourmet breakfast hamper in your room doesn’t help matters either – nonetheless, meditation and yoga can be organised during your stay at this tranquil, beachside retreat.
Tilton House, England
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Surrounded by rolling emerald hills and patchwork farmland, this East Sussex Georgian mansion is an idyllic setting to relax into rejuvenation. Meals are sourced from nearby Tilton Wood or the property’s organic garden and the cedar wood sauna gives welcome relief to any post-class tension. Retreats run throughout the year and each suits a different type of yoga-driven outcome: ‘refresh and revive’, ‘nature and nurture’ and ‘release and renew’ are all part of the upcoming calendar.
Little French Retreat, France
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In the adorably historic southwest French town of Montesquieu, Little French Retreat is a truly idyllic corner of Europe. A yoga retreat at this charming sandstone cottage includes on-site classes (of course) as well as number of activities that are simply good for the soul, such as bike-riding, long walks and little nooks for reading.