Top 10 Spa and Yoga Retreats
Les Passeroses near Angoulême in south-west France
A retreat for an eclectic mix of yoga teachings, ranging from Iyengar to freestyle yoga, accommodation is boutique including smooth wooden oak floors, lush fabrics and stone fireplaces. Perfect if throwing yourself into the sparse side of yoga doesn’t appeal just yet. While the yoga is taken seriously – a typical retreat will include two yoga sessions a day plus a two-hour meditation session and great vegetarian food.
The Pearl, Laguna Beach California
Hiking, yoga, daily massage and nothing that your body doesn’t need. Come to meditate, relax, cleanse, lose unwanted pounds and regain your natural rhythms.
Las Olas Surf and Yoga, Sayulita, Mexico
Surf and yoga plus the amenities of a spa all within the same facility. Known for its tough classes and guest instructors Las Olas claims to, “Make girls out of women.
International Orange, San Francisco
The 4,000-square-foot yoga studio and spa includes a relaxation lounge with organic refreshments, private outdoor deck with bamboo garden. Handcrafted and organic products are used in the spa and instructors are among the finest in the City.
Adventure Yoga, Western Algarve, Portugal
A stay includes two yoga sessions a day plus one meditation session, and if you fancy surfing or rock climbing at the beach. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets are happily catered for and breakfast and dinner are included in the price with lots of grilled veggies and locally-caught fish. Evening yoga at sunset is idyllic with open sandy beaches as well as rugged cliffs
Chiva-Som, Gulf of Thailand
Chiva-som offers a total lifestyle transformation to achieve wellness and longevity with a full range of health and wellness treatments. The focus of our program is on balancing and rejuvenating the Mind, Body and Spirit. Yoga includes Pranayama, and some Ayurvedic cleansing techniques for a complete experience.
Anamaya Resort, Costa Rica
This holiday spot is just a stone’s throw from the town of Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula. Daily classes are usually Anusara yoga (a form of hatha) plus retreats focusing on yoga, circus skills, detox and meditation are met with a saltwater infinity pool, organic cuisine, fire dancing and trapeze acts.
Ananda Spa, India
India is the home of yoga, but ironically, it’s not always the most relaxing place to practice perhaps for abundance of focus on one’s practice. However, Ananda Spa near Rishikesh, at the base of the Himalaya is an exception. Once the home of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, the grounds and buildings have been beautifully restored, and Ananda is now a world-class luxury resort spa specializing in yoga, Vedanta and Ayurvedic therapies.
Kali Yoga, Spain
Kali Yoga runs a diverse range of retreats from dynamic flow weeks to juice detoxing with yoga weekends. Located in the Alpujarra region of Andalucía, the center is blessed with warm temperatures for most of the year while the twice daily yoga classes take place overlooking dramatic mountain scenery. The emphasis is on yoga as meditation-in-motion so don’t worry if you can’t touch your ears with your knees – it’s more about deep relaxation into postures. Food is vegetarian or vegan and rooms range from tipis to chalets and rooms in the house.
Yoga Jeannie, East Sussex, England
The economist John Maynard Keynes and his wife Lydia Lopokova, the Russian ballerina, used Tilton House in the South Downs as a peaceful retreat. Instructor Jean Hall hosts weekend retreats there, offering seven classes in three days allowing you to fully immerse yourself in her yoga techniques. Jean specializes in dynamic flow, encouraging students in meditation and mindful breathing. Worth a trip if you are journeying from the City.