A true yoga master can meditate anywhere, but even the most seasoned yogi sometimes needs a little change of pace. Imagine sun salutations on a beautiful breezy beach, or sitting in child’s pose while listening to crashing waves in the distance. We’ve rounded up the top 10 yoga destinations around the world for those that crave a truly “zen” vacation.
1. Ananda in the Himalayas (India)
This destination spa is located in high the Himalayan mountains in India, the birthplace of the art of yoga. As a guest of the resort, you’ll enjoy twice daily Satyananda Yoga classes in an open-air temple with a beautiful view of the surrounding fields and forests. If your mind, body and spirit aren’t fully balanced by a personalized meditation session from the expert staff and visiting yoga masters, you can check out some of Ananda’s 80+ body and beauty spa treatments.
2. Nectar Yoga Detox Retreat (Greece)
If you want to go on this luxurious retreat on a private Greek islang, you’ll have to get in line: only ten guests are allowed at a time at Nectar Yoga. Founder Andrea Clark leads guests in daily yoga and meditation, while nutritionist Andrea Palen prepares fresh vegetarian meals and teaches classes on holistic nutrition. If you’re lucky enough to snag a spot for this exclusive getaway, expect total relaxation and the chance to disconnect from the modern world–cell service is non-existent on Silver Island.
3. The Peninsula Hotel – Hong Kong (China)
While Peninsula owns hotels across the globe, none boasts a better view than the Hong Kong building. Pure Yoga’s Hong Kong studio is located in the towering hotel, which stands at 384 feet tall and overlooks the bustling Chinese metropolis. Hotel guests can actually take class on the rooftop and practice their warrior poses among the clouds.
4. Jack & Olive Retreats (New Zealand)
If you’ve ever wanted to see the gorgeous landscapes of New Zealand, check out the four yoga retreats offered there by Jack & Olive. Your week-long stay at one of their five-star vacation properties includes fresh seasonal meals, health and wellness workshops, sightseeing, and of course, daily workouts and yoga classes led by renowned LA yoga instructor and native New Zealander Claire Robbie.
5. AndBeyond Yoga Safaris (South Africa)
Open-air yoga classes tailor-made by Africa’s top and yoga teachers await you at one of AndBeyond‘s seven yoga safari lodges. Work with one of their yoga travel experts to select your customized experience based on your preferred yoga discipline. In addition to two classes per day, you’ll enjoy game drives, massages and mediation sessions, all while taking in the sights and sounds of the African savanna.
6. SeekRetreat Qi-Yo Yoga (Bali)
Whether you want a week-long escape or a full 30-day International Yoga Alliance teacher training session, the Qi-Yo yoga retreat by SeekRetreat is the place to be. Stay in Balinese-style bungalows while you practice under Qi-Yo creator Swami Agung and other yoga masters. After your daily classes, you can go on local excursions, study with Balinese shamans, or enjoy massages and therapy treatments.
7. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephany Camp & Resort (Thailand)
No matter what your experience level, all yogis will love the Hatha yoga classes offered at Anantara Golden Triangle. Travel by elephant through the bamboo forests of Northern Thailand to the outdoor yoga sala overlooking Myanmar and Laos. The highly qualified instructors will lead you through breathing techniques, gentle stretching and bending postures in group sessions or private tailored classes in your room.
8. One and Only Reethi Rah (Maldives)
Get your chi flowing under the thatch roofed yoga pavilion of One & Only’s Reethi Rah resort. The pavilion, situated over the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to daily private and group yoga classes, which are a perfect reflection of the calm and relaxation encouraged by the beautiful surroundings. For more fitness activities, you can try their Pilates classes, state-of-the-art gym equipment, or 18m lap pool.
9. Yogascapes (Turkey)
Be Present sponsors this week-long yacht cruise led by Simon Park and Yoganonymous-founder Dan Wilf. Balance might be a challenge out in the open waters, but you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the Turkish coast with nature hikes and cultural excursions. Yogascapes participants also enjoy three healthy Mediterranean-inspired meals a day and a free Be Present yoga outfit.
10. Galapagos Safari Camp (Galapagos Islands)
On a ridge above the Pacific Ocean lies a luxury tent camp situated on a 55-hectare farm. Galapagos Safari Camp offers a number of retreat options, but the Surf and Yoga Safari is perfect for yogis that love the water. Enjoy a cozy relaxation lounge in the main lodge, local and international fare from the dining room, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, a swim with the famous Galapagos turtles.
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Which of these yoga retreats would you go on?
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I would never have thought of a ‘Yoga Safari’ – checking out Africa’s wildlife and getting some yoga in as well sounds like a great combination.