Beach holidays can be an incredibly reliable way to relax away from the hubbub of modern life – but what if you’re looking for a deeper comedown? Increasingly, holidaymakers are looking for destinations that don’t just offer relaxation but meditation. So it’s no surprise that yoga retreats have become very popular in the 21st century.
But with yoga retreats popping up everywhere from Scotland to Bali, how do you know which is right for you? We’ve gathered together some of the web’s best travel guides and yoga holiday websites for your consideration.
The world’s best yoga retreats
Firstly, top 10 lists can help narrow down your shortlist of potential destinations. This list of the top 10 yoga retreats in the world from Guardian Travel was compiled in 2012, but many of its recommendations still hold firm. Here, you’ll find yoga centre suggestions in a wide range of destinations, including Goa and Kerala in India, Costa Rica, Turkey and even Devon.
Condé Nast Traveller also has a useful list of the world’s best yoga retreats, compiled with tips from yoga professionals. If you’re hoping to combine your yoga retreat with a trip to North America, this list is for you – it’s got recommendations in Mexico and Dominica, as well as Arizona, California and Massachusetts in the USA.
For yoga holiday recommendations in Asia, this article by Time Out has some essential suggestions. The yoga retreats here include amazing beach-side destinations in Sri Lanka and Thailand but they also feature the impressive – and uber-exclusive – spa Ananda in the Himalayas. Each retreat mentioned here gets a detailed breakdown so you’ll easily establish whether its regimen is too soft or rigorous for your requirements.
Some yoga retreats can be quite spartan, so if you’re looking for indulgence along with meditation, this list of the world’s best luxury yoga retreats is your friend. Compiled by the Health and Fitness Travel blog, most of its selection is located in Thailand but there are attractive options in India, Italy, the Philippines and the Caribbean too.
Yoga destinations closer to home
If your purse strings don’t stretch as far as India or Thailand, rest assured that there are plenty of yoga retreats to choose from closer to home. EcoYoga in Scotland, for instance, offers all the features of a luxury yoga retreat in Asia but it’s just a short train journey or car ride away. You need to book specific yoga retreats in advance and they usually last over a weekend (Saturday/Sunday) or a long weekend (Friday to Monday). It’s a very family-friendly site too, and you can even book self-catering holidays, which include access to ecoYoga facilities.
Alternatively, catch a low-cost flight to Malaga and book a stay at the Kaliyoga retreat in Spain. Kaliyoga retreats – also located in Italy and France – are among the best in Europe, and offer a great way to combine Yogic repose with Mediterranean sunshine.
For more yoga holiday inspiration, Book Yoga Retreats is a handy website for your bookmarks folder. This site advertises a range of yoga retreat packages all over the world – so whatever your budget or your ability, you’ll find something that suits you.