Everybody is looking to book their favorite retreats to get away from it all for when they can.
The trend is for domestic or close-by travel with direct flights. Travel corridors such as those between many European countries make a big difference to where to travel as it means avoiding unforeseen problems and being sure of what you can do.
After the limitations we have had to endure, embarking on these inspired yoga holidays together with family and close friends has climbed to the top of the list.
And with the constant reminders of late of the importance of our health the most popular retreats trending this year are those that offer the opportunity for real change to improve our overall wellbeing through activities like detox, spa and all other physical activities to partake in to keep fit and healthy. There are great benefits to attending one.
This blog is updated all the time to try to give you as much up-to-date and clear information for your benefit.
We have here for you what’s hot or not for yoga journeys this year. If you would like to compare these with the destinations’ overall rating then a good place to start is with the TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Popular Destinations of 2021 Best of the Best, which are a great measure of how travel friendly and worthwhile these places are to visit – quick lowdown is Bali is first, the UK comes in 2nd, and Thailand is 8th.
From the Americas on one side of the Atlantic to the varied and interesting top yoga retreats in Europe, plus everywhere else in the world too, there are yoga holidays dotted all over the different states and countries.
In the UK and United States, both are the home of the weekend or long weekend breaks, giving you the opportunity to leave everyday life for a short break and get away to hit the mat and get a quick fix of a group of yogis and yogi activities. This is thanks to the huge popularity of yoga and the sheer number of yogis in these places.
Whether it’s learning new meditative techniques or focusing on a part of yoga that interests you most, there are many different programs to be involved in that include varied activities like camping, hiking, arts education like writing and painting, in fact the list is endless. And always combined with your yoga and meditation classes and workshops
Before we list for you our top picks here are the top 9 destinations –
A favourite for all those in North and South America. Tropical weather, lush jungle bordered beaches and a range of registered schools and retreat centers to choose from.
Reasonably affordable and with great holiday vibes for all us travelling yogis.
The Adriatic sea and islands in them are like going back in the past, with walled port towns and small welcoming communities.
The type of time away is decided by where you go, the different regions have different landscapes, cultures and even food.
A big attraction with the old style towns and beachside villages, a lot of yogis have taken it upon themselves to set up more independently run style of retreats, plus you always have the option of the well established health and wellness hotels with their sumptuous spas.
Still one of the most visited countries for short breaks, either on the mainland peninsular or one of it’s many sunny and wind swept islands in the Mediterranean.
Home of yoga Mother India has so many completely different places with their own vibes to immerse yourself in this truly unique experience of being here.
We love it here, there are retreat centers, groups of yogis, practitioners and programs dotted all cross this beautiful island.
Asia has always been a magnet for those who love the way of life, the different food and history to behold in their amazing temples and holy sites.
Now here’s our top retreat picks for you, best of the best, not to be missed (if you can help it) –
1. Location: Midpines, California, US
Featured Retreat: 4 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Price from $650
Spend time around the Yosemite valley, leaving daily life stresses behind. On this lovely break you can adventure locally and on your return enjoy the comfortable spa, catered for with great farm to table meals. And start and finish your day with vinyasa and restorative yoga, meditation, and breath work practices.
2. Location: Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Featured Retreat: 4 Day COMO Parrot Cay Wellness and Yoga Retreat
Turks & Caicos, From $3,750
Parrot Cay is a secluded private island in the Turks and Caicos, an island chain in the relatively undeveloped Northern Caribbean. The island’s 1,000 acres include pristine white beaches and the opportunity to experience first-hand the rhythms of the natural world with no cars, pollution or streetlights.
Facilities, which are open to 16-year-olds and upwards, include a sweeping yoga room aired by natural breezes, nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, a Pilates studio, double massage rooms and Japanese baths—all in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel and the surrounding wetlands.
In keeping with the principle of discovery and renewal, Visiting Masters are invited to lead specialist weeks. Sometimes you will focus on Pilates and other wellness practices.
3. Location: Florida Keys, USA
Featured Retreat: 5 Day Pamper Bachelorette Private Group Luxury Retreat
Price from $21,999
A 10 bed estate with an additional luxury master suite is nestled in the privacy of Cudjoe Key just outside of Key West, Florida, a haven for your group party and excursions. With daily morning yoga and meditation to start each day it’s then excursions, spa treatments, delicious meals and a boat adventure.
4. Location: Alajuela, Costa Rica
Featured Retreat: 10 Day Detox and Yoga Luxury Retreat
Price from $7400
Detox the blood, skin, and cleanse the internal system and organs on this personalised program. Cleansing can also help those with addiction, arthritis, allergies, buildup of heavy metals, and cellulite.
The experienced staff will guide you through your days with gentle exercise, detoxifying and delicious foods and clean air that allows your body to naturally retune.
This retreat package includes – beautiful and luxurious accommodation; daily Hike for light exercise and yoga two times daily.
Plus your schedule off 5 x 30 minute Infrared Sauna Therapies; 4 x 60 minute healing massages; a Vibra Pro Detox Treatment; and 3 Ionic Detox Treatments.
5. Location: Tulum, Mexico
Featured Retreat: 5 Day Exotic Luxury Yoga Retreat on the Beach
This retreat experience includes exploring the culture of the ancient Mayan town, daily yoga classes, delicious local meals, an opportunity to look inward and a chance to connect with like-minded individuals.
This retreat is the perfect balance of fun, relaxation, and adventure. From lying on your hammock under a palm tree to enjoying SUP yoga in a magic lagoon to diving or snorkeling in the ocean or in the crystal-clear waters of sacred Cenote, to customized experience that fulfill your desire to explore what the area has to offer.
6. Location: Portland Jamaica
Featured Retreat: 6 Day Reconnect Meditation and Yoga Retreat
Prices from $999
Take a break here in this safe and private area, directly beside a fantastic bay, join the yoga classes either on an outside deck or on the beach. Enjoy Hatha, Kundalini, Yin and Restorative Yoga to help you gain focus on your peace and tranquility for you to make the most of this relaxation retreat.
7. Location: Valley Church Beach, Antigua
Featured Retreat: 5 Day Nature on Beach Yoga Glamping Retreat
Prices from $1699
This opportunity is stunning – rustic elegant tents right on the white sand beach. The purpose of the getaway is for you to leave the busy stress behind you to completely recharge yourself and find new perspectives. To this end the activities are yoga, mindfulness, personal and group coaching and nature-based therapies., but not limited to these.
8. Location: Umbria, Italy
Featured Retreat: 7 Day Yoga Retreat
Prices from $2500
Picture yourself starting your morning practicing yoga warthog the panorama of the rolling hills on a beautiful morning. After breakfast, a city tour where you can shop, eat, and explore. Or maybe go horseback or bike riding in the hills of Tuscany. Relax by the pool later and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner.
9. Location: Ubud, Bali
Featured Retreat: 7 Night Boutique Stress Relief Retreat
Prices from $2150
This package has been designed with your individual needs in mind, to help you reconnect, reflect on overall well-being, unplug and escape day-to-day demands. This program blends spa services, mindfulness activities, cultural excursions and healthy lifestyle practices with plant-based cuisine and consultations with an Ayurvedic doctor.
Plus your schedule of – daily yoga classes, pranayama and meditation; and 17 Ayurvedic and spa treatments to choose from.
10. Location: Seminyak, Bali
Featured Retreat: 7 Day Spa, Yoga and Surf Retreat
Prices from $1999
Here’s a fantastic retreat for women only to fill their holiday with yoga, fitness, spa and surf – to spend time being fit and healthy whilst in Bali. Enjoy Surf, Yoga, healthy food and unlimited spa treatments with a small private group of ladies.
11. Location: Kerala India
Featured Retreat: 8 Day Ayurveda Rejuvenation on the Arabian Sea
Prices from $1450
Discover the best value professional and traditional Ayurveda health treatments at this beautiful retreat center on the beach. Onsite are gardens growing the Ayurvedic herbs and foods, plus an Ayurvedic hospital with specialist Doctors who agree with you a bespoke and holistic approach to meet your objectives. Cleanse the body, mind and spirit.
12. Location: South Coast, Sri Lanka
Featured Retreat: 7 Day Yoga Retreat
Prices from $849
Take in the beautiful coastal area surrounding this boutique and personal retreat center not too far from the beach at all. Get to know all the people on this small group retreat aimed at enjoying some brilliant yoga instruction in a relaxed setting with lots of beach time.
There are so many varied and interesting retreats to join wherever you wish to be. And they are at all times of year, our favorite months to kick back and spend time must be the whole of the holiday December season.
There are small group retreats which are very personal and as much about the dynamics of the group as they are about the content of the workshops and classes. Often organised by individuals these can be more affordable than those run by the retreat centers. And they can also be more time-extended practice opportunities like the awesome trainings open to you.
At established venues that always run retreats and similarly at yoga hotels there is more opportunity to create a holiday for yourself and balance the retreat schedule with your time and what you want to do, whether it’s relaxation, sightseeing, working out or anything else.
Wherever you choose to go to enjoy your retreat time away, we hope you have an amazing time. And remember, it never has to break the bank, there are plenty of options out there to choose from.
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