How amazing would it be to enjoy a relaxing and luxury holiday without having to sacrifice your yoga practice? Well, the great news is that you can! With so many yoga holidays and yoga retreats available, I have scoured through and produced the 5 most amazing yoga retreats to book and get yourself to in 2018.
Vana can be best described as an international ashram, a healing and nourishing wellness retreat that will leave you feeling refreshed, and help you to connect with your inner stillness. Surrounded by the gentle slopes of lychee and mango plantations, the beautifully graceful Sal forest, and gorgeous Mussoorie hills; it’s undoubtedly a spiritual paradise.
The accommodation at Vana’s divine yoga retreat is spectacular, with modernist polished buildings surrounded by a large courtyard shaded by a grove of mango trees, bedrooms with wall-to-ceiling windows overlooking fairy tale like trees and hills. Indulge in gentle yoga along with a vast menu of healing treatments, including Chi Nei Tsang (a deep abdominal massage), Watsu, Ku Nye massage and more. You’ll be hard-pushed to find a yoga holiday more blissful and healing than this.
Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
Located on the North-Eastern side of Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary was founded in 2008 by Claire Bostock and Benjaporn Karoonkornsakul, notably who runs Thailand’s most popular and largest yoga studio group.
Overlooking the astounding landscapes of the Gulf of Thailand, complete with yoga mats and extensive amenities, accommodation at Absolute Sanctuary really is a sanctuary, of the Moroccan kind. With its world class yoga center, this yoga retreat will provide you with classes and training at the forefront of Asia’s island of healing.
Yin & Yang Yoga Immersion in Kamalaya, Thailand
Located in Koh Samui, lies mesmerisingly-beautiful Kamalaya, surrounded by sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees. If you’re dreaming of escaping the challenges of a modern world, Kamalaya is the place to be.
Immerse yourself in a transformational Yin & Yang yoga retreat that will help you balance your inner dualities of sun and moon, masculine and feminine, physical and mental, and action and stillness. Ranging from a Royal Ayurvedic Massage to Vital Essence Oil Massage and Traditional Thai Massage, the treatments within this retreat will soothe and reinvigorate tired muscles.
Ayurveda Parkschlosschen, Germany
Find inner peace, balance and vitality by uniting the calming qualities of yoga with the healing benefits of Ayurvedic treatments. You will work together with professional yoga teachers in personal training sessions, specifically designed to meet your personal needs.
Let go of all your worries and negative energy with a combination of cleansing and harmonising oil massages, and intensive yoga sessions.
Nihi, Sumba Island, Indonesia
If you’re looking for a yoga holiday with a twist, you’ll certainly find the right balance of relaxation and adventure at Nihi Sumba Island.
With their tailor-made experiences, you can design your own ultimate place of tranquillity. Why not start the day by practising traditional yoga over breath taking views, followed by an endless Indian ocean coastline escape? Whether you want to paddleboard, indulge in the Sumba culture, or simply relax for the day, you’ll find yourself laying down on your canopy bed craving for more on Sumba Island.
Frances Geoghegan is CEO at Healing Holidays. Healing Holidays is an award-winning tour operator, specialising in spa and wellness escapes.