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 contemplative relaxation retreat to kick off those New Year resolutions. Or a more active or spiritual retreat you are thinking of. From hiking in mountains, learning to surf, being pampered in a spa, committing to a detox, the choice is yours.
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.
So here are our top picks for the holiday season of 2021 to make that getaway for you for Christmas and NY –
Mexico, From $1600 ; 26 December 2021 – 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!
Canary Islands Spain ,From $1280 ; December 29 2021 – January 5
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.
San Luis Obispo, California, USA, from $1600.28 December 2021 – 1 January
This truly holistic weekend begins with the setting of intention and inviting clarity into the practice. As the weekend unfolds, you are guided to move joyfully and powerfully towards realizing these resolutions and expansions of your authentic self through yoga, meditation, and sacred ceremony.
The retreat package includes your lovely accommodations, nourishing meals, yoga and restorative classes, hot tub use, access to saltwater pool, plus plenty of free time on the majestic grounds where you can hike, journal, meditate, and use the time for self reflection.
Begin each day hiking. These guided hikes will explore some of the best unspoiled scenery in all of California. In the late afternoon enjoy the yoga class followed by restorative yoga postures. As you embark on your inward journey of renewal, you will feel a deeper sense of connectedness to yourself and the beautiful nature that surrounds the retreat sanctuary.
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, From $1250 ; 27 December 2021 – 2 Jan
This very special New Years Retreat includes your 6 nights accommodation, plus 2 Daily Yoga classes Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Pranayama; all group ground transportation and air transfer; 3 fresh, healthy, homecooked, local meals/day; Trips to exclusive beaches; Ample time to explore Playa Hermosa; Trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach; Detoxifying Sweat Lodge. On NY eve, Sangria and Live Art and Music New Year’s Eve celebration!. And of course snoozing in hammocks under palm trees
Ubud, Bali, From $1950 ; Dates- Any you like
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.
Spain, From $1180
This special retreat include all the amazing classes and activities plus some special seasonal extras, including additional meditations to cultivate peace, compassion and gratitude during this special time of year. You can also join some festive activities like crafts and essential oils make to celebrate and enjoy some festive fun together. From $1180
Included within the price for the week are – 7 nights’ accommodation, Pilates, yoga and meditation classes, Seasonally themed meditations and activities, One-hour full body massage, All class equipment (mats, belts, etc.).
Plus Daily delicious breakfasts, Lunches (takeaway options provided to allow you to visit the beaches during the day, weather permitting), 6 vegetarian evening meals including Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinner – with a festive vegetarian twist.
Malaga Spain, From $2100 ; Dates- Any you like
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.
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