Handpicked Christmas & New Years Retreats 2021

For years now it has become a popular pastime to spend the holiday season away on a self-styled Christmas yoga vacation, made perfect by being chosen as that perfect retreat for yourself, so full of the stuff that you like doing, whatever that may be.

It could be a healthy holiday in Costa Rica is on the cards, to kick off those New Year resolutions. The choice really is endless these days. From hiking in mountains, learning to surf, being pampered in a spa, committing to a detox, and everything else you can imagine. 

It could be you want to spend more time practicing on a yoga and meditation retreat, deepening your practice and knowledge of a yogic lifestyle. And it’s all up to you what you add to that mix – a relaxing and reflective quiet time or a more active and physically demanding holiday.

It’s lovely to have the opportunity on a yoga retreat to join in on a hot dynamic yoga class in the morning and follow it up with a more stretching restorative session in the evening, followed by group meditation. Maybe on the beach? or surrounded by the awe-inspiring noises of the jungle at dusk. And fill the day in-between exactly as you want. By the pool, in the spa, on the beach. Or even in your room reading a book all day. The point is you do exactly what you want. It’s your yoga holiday to enjoy.

Christmas & New Years Retreats

The nice thing about getting away at this time of year is that you can avoid the hectic busy schedule of Christmas and New Year at home. Spending this festive period away on a retreat holiday gives you the opportunity to do exactly what you want with your time.

It gets even better. Getting away on a retreat at this time of year means not too much tv, not too much eating and drinking, not too much guilt, not too much washing up – but rather a focus on your health and wellness, taking care of yourself, enjoying yoga and meditation, and those good vibes from meeting a new tribe of like-minded people.

Benefits of going on a Christmas & New Years Yoga Retreat for 2021

  1. With the public holidays around this time of year it means you don’t have to take too much time off work to end up with a week-long holiday time, maybe even ten days.
  2. You get to avoid the organised gatherings and time spent waiting, planning and attending all the events. And if you have no planning then it’s a great use of the free time that you have available. 
  3. The people and places on these holiday retreats are always great fun. Everybody feels the festive vibe away and there is wonder to behold. Fireworks and frivolity wherever you may be.
  4. Get a rest on a retreat instead of feeing like you need a rest after a busy schedule of holiday events.
  5. Make the retreat count as a big Christmas present to yourself, partake in some self-care and love, enjoy indulgent spa pampering and spend time doing what you love, whatever activities most interest you. The options of retreat types at this time of year are endless.
  6. This time of year is a time of contemplation, a time of reflection. Your mind is always full of potential and opportunity when you find yourself in a new environment, with new people, doing new things. It will make for a great start to the New Year.
  7. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a time of year when the weather can be a little cold, to say the least. What better excuse to get your skates on to a tropical location for some sun-drenched fun at a retreat center.


Top Destinations for your Holiday Yoga Retreat

We have here for you where’s popular  hot for your Christmas and New Years yoga retreats for 2021. Compare these with the destinations’ overall rating on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Popular Destinations Best of the Best for 2021, a great measure of how attractive these places are to visit – hint>Bali is first, UK is 2nd, Thailand is 8th.

Most Popular destinations


  1. Costa Rica
  2. Mexico


  1. India
  2. Thailand
  3. Bali
  4. Sri Lanka


  1. Portugal
  2. Spain
  3. Italy

Now here’s a hot tip for you – try not to make a last-minute decision to go away for the holidays. Sometimes it can’t be helped, it’s very common to drop out of a Christmas at home with relatives at the last minute, or decide to make the best use of the public holidays in a sudden decision. But it can cost you. This time of year is one of the most expensive times of year. That’s true for all types – whether it’s a wellness retreat, detox retreat or any other package.

The most affordable budget-friendly way to stay at a retreat center over Christmas and New year is undoubtedly by good planning. Book early, both your retreat and travel tickets as early as you can, it will always end up saving you money. Oh, and be prepared not to want to go home at the end. That’s the other tip. Be ready. Because a retreat over the holidays is just awesome.

Top Retreats

 1. 8 Day New Year Yoga Retreat Chacala, Mexico

From $1600 ; Dates- 26 December – January 2nd

A variety of yoga classes will ride the rhythm of the experience. From energetic, strong moving flows that support strength and flexibility, to deep relaxation and meditation.

Each morning will be Vinyasa and evening is Yin Yoga. In between is your opportunity to create your own adventure. Relax on the beach, swim in the ocean or pool, read or nap in a hammock, enjoy a massage, or take an excursion; join a Temazcal Ceremony, cruise on a Catamaran, connect with the local community, learn to Salsa Dance or Surf fun waves.

Don’t miss MC YOGI with DJ Crisanto New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert under the stars! 

xinalani aerial view

 2. 8 Day Healthy New Year Yoga Retreat Canary Islands, Spain

Price From $1250 ; Dates- December 26 – January 2

Alongside a daily yoga and Pilates programme you will have guided meditations to help you to find focus and set positive intentions for the coming year.

There are also some fun activities planned in to mark this special occasion, and a menu of delicious healthful meals that will leave you feeling balanced and invigorated, alive and refreshed.

green smoothies

3. 5 Day Wellness, Meditation and Yoga Vacation Retreat Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Meditation, Spa, relaxation, all included into a daily schedule on this week going heavenly; break to reset your physical and mental well-being. Plus get to marvel at the beauty of the jungle biodiversity of this incurable country.

From $1390 ; Dates- Any you like

garden meditation

4. 15 Night New Life YogaCycleFit, Koh Samui Thailand

Enjoy the quiet surroundings of this secluded beach area that support the tranuility and focus on meditation, yoga and spa services to calm the mind and body down to a more reflective state and pace.
More information: Samahita Retreat
From $1790; Dates- Any you like
samahita beachfront pool
5. 8 Day Yoga and Spa Pamper Escape, Ubud Bali       

This boutique personal resort is planted admits the jungle rainforest and paddy fields of the mountainous center of Bali. Spend time here on this health promotion, taking advantage of it’s popular spa which provides Balinese and Ayurvedic healing treatments to aid a journey of self-care.

More information: Bagus Jati

From $1950 ; Dates- Any you like

Bagus jati Sala

6. 4 Night Emotional Balance and Mind Training Retreat, Nusa Dua Bali
BA bespoke center that is set in comfortable villas and run by experienced staff who aid you in a process of reflection, change and growth. Healing is promoted in workshops, physical activity and diet.
More information: Revivo Wellness Resort
From $2700 ; Dates- Any you like
solo woman by pool with green juice
7. 8 Day Anti-Ageing Ayurveda Retreat  Kerala India
Join a bespoke program at one of the best Ayurveda healing spas in the world. Experience traditional treatments, Ayurvedic nutrition, oils, herbs, medicines, meditation and yoga.

More information: Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

From $3500 ; Dates- Any you like

luxury private pool villa

 8. 8 Day Spa Rebalance Retreat, Uttarakhand India 

The award-winning destination wellness spa in India which offers many types of spiritual healing programs in meditation, yoga and Ayurveda. If it interest you there are combinations that can include more physical activity and spa treatments too. 
More information: Ananda in the Himalayas
From $3800 ; Dates- Any you like
healing stone massage

9. 4 Night Living Foods & Vegetarian Detox at Luxury Spa , Koh Samui Thailand

An established wellness hotel with a relaxed environment and comfortable accommodation, with stays from a few nights up to extended durations over which you can partake in programs of transformation. 
More information: Absolute Sanctuary

From $1600 ; Dates- Any you like

hotel gardens
 10. 6 Days Wellness and Yoga Retreat, Malaga Spain

A retreat center focused on your health and well-being through a range of activity classes – yoga, meditation, pilates, fitness and detoxification of the bodily system – and luckily with a pool and spa services to enjoy in your downtime.

More information: Shanti Som WellBeing Retreat

From $2100 ; Dates- Any you like

Yoga Villa Entrance
Daily guided meditations combine with a warm atmosphere and releasing yoga to support a week of relaxation, reflection and advancement. And in tranquil Portugal, not too far from the beach in Sintra as a bonus.

From $1200 ; Dates- Any you like

Portugal coastline

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Kelly Fielding

Kelly is a passionate writer, enthusiastic yogi and professional sunrise chaser. Kelly has traveled and worked extensively around the world in health resorts, detox centers, and wellness retreats. Specialising in health and wellness, her written work is regularly published in both print and online media. A gypsy heart and lover of nature, Kelly finds inspiration in the world around her and translates her visions into whimsical stories and creative projects.

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