For those ready to make the stretch beyond their local yoga studio, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, invite wanderlusting yogis to re-connect with both themselves and the world with 14 of the best yoga retreats for discovery and adventure. With hand-selected retreats from the serene mountaintops of the Himalayas to the tranquil beaches of Thailand, mat-toting yogis can practice pretzel bending poses whilst exploring new corners of the world.
Best for Yoga & Hiking – New Zealand: Aro Ha Wellness Adventure
Discover New Zealand's iconic landscape on an eye opening yoga and hiking holiday, spent in the Southern Alps at Aro Ha. Combine Vinyasa yoga and meditation classes, with TRX strength training and healthy vegetarian cuisine for optimal well-being, before discovering holistic wellness with daily therapeutic massages and unlimited use of the water therapy suites. Re-connect with yourself and with nature at this healthy eco wellness retreat with a series of sub-alpine hikes.
Best for Yoga & Diving - Bali: Zen Scuba Diving
Discover how the breathing techniques you learn during yoga can benefit your diving as you explore the exotic marine life of Bali. Begin your day with sunrise yoga before exploring some of Indonesia's finest cliff wall diving sites with a professional PADI dive master. Complement your days diving experience with luxury spa treatments and sunset meditation to restore your energy before an unforgettable sunrise dolphin sail.
Best for Yoga & Sports - Thailand: Thanyapura
Get sporty on the exotic Thailand island of Phuket and enhance your yogic practice whilst building your fitness. Ace your game on the tennis courts or discover if you were destined to be a triathlete, with expert coaching for all abilities in swimming, cycling and running. Round off a sporty day by stretching out during a relaxing yoga class or soothing sore muscles with a sports massage.
Best for Yoga & Beach - Vietnam: Fusion Maia Yoga
Located on Vietnam's East Coast, on one of the world's best exotic beaches, is a luxury yoga retreat dedicated to enlightening your well-being. With their own individual yoga style, Fusion Maia will immerse you in a personalised introduction to yoga through a combination of private lessons and group classes. With a guaranteed minimum of two spa treatments a day; enjoy choosing from a range of body scrubs, facials and pressure therapies.
Best for Yoga & Surfing – Costa Rica: Florblanca Surfing
Strike a pose both on land and sea on an exotic yoga and surfing holiday set upon Costa Rica's fantastic Nicoya Peninsula coastline. With two beautiful nearby beaches renowned as some of the world's best surfing spots, learn to ride the tropical waves during six private surfing lessons with expert local instructors. Back on dry land, stretch out during group yoga classes, including specialised classes in Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, before indulging with a reviving treatment at Spa Bambu.
Best for Yoga & Ayurveda – India: Ananda Yoga
Experience the harmonizing healing of the ancient Indian arts of yoga and Ayurveda at this luxurious wellness retreat, set amongst the foothills of the Himalayas. Restore your inner-balance during personalised yoga sessions, tailored to your ability and goals, and de-stress with the breathing practices of Pranayama. Continue your holistic wellness journey with healing Ayurvedic spa therapies before enjoying a taste of local culture during traditional Indian music classes and dance performances.
Best for Yoga & Healthy Nutrition – Italy: KU Retreats Tuscany
Set amongst the scenic hills of Tuscany, re-boot your well-being on a relaxing yoga and healthy nutrition retreat in Italy. Improve your flow of positive energy with daily hatha yoga, meditation and Tai Chi in the beautiful octagonal studio offering panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Refuel with the healing properties of delicious home cooked macrobiotic meals, using organic ingredients straight from the retreat gardens, before learning to recreate your favourite recipes during macrobiotic cooking classes.
Best for Yoga & Spa – Morocco: Paradis Plage Spa & Yoga
Practice your sun salutation from sunrise to sunset in the beachfront yoga pavilion of Paradis Plage, set on a private beach on Morocco's exotic coastline. With classes from Hatha to Vinyasa and Yin yoga, you'll soon become a yogi pro. Unwind further with an array of Moroccan inspired spa treatments using natural products, including a rejuvenating massage using local Agadir pebbles. Make the most of your coastal surrounding with additional water sports, from surfing to stand-up paddle boarding.
Best for Yoga & Holistic Healing – Crete: Porto Elounda Discover Yoga
For a healthy yogi glow escape on a holistic healing yoga retreat to the sunny shores of Mirabello Bay in Crete. An initial yoga consultation and personalised yoga sessions will ensure you reach your goals, whilst chakra balancing will promote a flow of positive energy through your body. Combine your practice with guided meditation and Pranayama breathing sessions for complete mind and body harmony and let the fresh ocean air cleanse your senses.
Best for Yoga & Fitness – St Lucia: The BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness
Retreat to the Caribbean and discover the exotic island paradise of St Lucia with The BodyHoliday. Surrounded by natural waterfalls and acres of unspoilt rainforests, improve your health and fitness with private yoga or Pilates lessons, personal training sessions and a host of fitness activities, from Box Fit to Qi Gong. Test your sense of adventure on the crystal clear waters with windsurfing and kayaking, and discover the island with hiking and mountain biking.
Best for Yoga & Detox – Thailand: Absolute Sanctuary Detox
Escape on an adventure to the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui and discover a healthier lifestyle on a cleansing yoga and detox holiday. Discover various types of yoga through unlimited classes including, Ashtanga, Yin-Yang, Pranayama and Hot Flow. Complement your luxury yoga retreat with the signature detox programme to meet your individual needs; including detox drinks, nutritional supplements and delicious healthy meals, leaving you feeling energised and refreshed.
Best for Yoga & SUP - Portugal: Epic Sana SUP Fitness
Discover a new way to shape up on the ocean with this refreshingly fun stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) fitness holiday at Epic Sana, set upon Portugal's stunning Algarve coastline. Suitable for beginners and experienced SUP boarders alike, benefit from a total core and cardiovascular workout during aquatic bootcamps and exciting SUP tours whilst enjoying stunning views of endless white sands and dramatic red cliffs. Unwind with group yoga classes to return home feeling energised and revitalised.
Best for Yoga & Pilates - Turks & Caicos: Parrot Cay Yoga & Pilates
Discover paradise on the private island of Parrot Cay and feel the soft sand between your toes as you practice daily yoga and Pilates looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Further improve your yoga knowledge as you open your mind and calm your senses through Vedic yogic philosophy group discussions, before raising the pace with mountain biking and windsurfing or unwinding in luxury at the world renowned spa.
Best for Yoga & Meditation - India: Shreyas Silent Retreat
Take a break from everyday life and experience total relaxation at Shreyas in India. Begin your adventure of self-discovery with a specialist wellness consultation, helping to adapt your stay to your personal goals and needs. Shreyas wellness approach is dedicated to ensuring you have a truly relaxing experience through a range of yoga and meditation classes, complemented with luxury spa treatments to guarantee you spend your healthy holiday in total tranquillity.
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