The 8 Coolest Yoga Retreat Destinations on Earth
Yoga and travel have a lot in common. They both encourage you to stretch beyond your comfort zone, disconnect from daily stresses, and feel grateful to be alive. Put them together and you’ve got one of the hottest trends of the moment: yoga travel.
From beautiful mountaintops to exotic beaches, going on a yoga retreat is a stylish way to escape the everyday. (And add some seriously impressive pics to your Instagram.)
The Palm Tree House | Canggu
Situated off the south coast of “The Island of the Gods,” Canggu has fast become the Brooklyn of Bali for its bohemian vibe and clutch of hip hotels. With beautifully designed guest rooms in soft, beachy tones, The Palm Tree House is a boutique villa retreat focused on wellness, surfing, and yoga in a gorgeous, open-air studio. They run retreats year-round and have packages covering accommodation, healthy meals, yoga sessions, massages, and excursions.
Danyasa Yoga Retreat and Eco Lodge | Puntarenas
With a seamless blend of rainforest and beach, Costa Rica is a hot spot for eco-adventure. On the southern Pacific Coast, Danyasa Yoga Retreat and Eco Lodge hosts yoga retreats and runs its own programs and teacher training throughout the year.
Reconnect with nature in sustainably-built rooms constructed from shipping containers outfitted with creature comforts like luxurious mattresses and fine sheets. There’s also a light-filled yoga studio, pool, and cool lounge areas.
Vikasa Yoga Retreat | Koh Samui
Flowing from a breathtaking mountaintop to the sparkling sea, Vikasa Yoga Retreat. Offers a full range of accommodations options, from solo, traveler-friendly yoga caves to simple bungalows and resort-style chalets, all with clean, minimalist lines perfect for decluttering your thoughts. Practice in airy yoga pavilions with four to five classes running throughout the day, unwind at Bliss Spa with authentic Thai massage, or relax at the Vikasa Life Café showcasing healthy cooking and locally sourced produce.
Maya Tulum | Tulum
On Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, away from the brash mega-resorts of Cancun, Tulum has become the gold standard for hip beach culture among urbanites heading south of the border. Among the small boutique hotels that have cropped up along the beachfront, Maya Tulum offers a Mayan-inspired haven for doing yoga, exploring the nearby ancient ruins, and unwinding on the sugary white sand. The two yoga halls are named for Mayan gods: Itzamna, the god of medicine and creativity, and Ixchel, the jaguar goddess of healing and nurturing.
Obonjan | Šibenik
On a once-uninhabited island in the Adriatic, Obonjan is a seasonal “glamp ground,” open from June 30 to September 1 (think: a fun summer camp for adults meets a hip music fest). The eco-friendly bell tents, forest lodges, and sun lodges have all the essential mod-cons — power outlets, A/C, and super-comfy beds. There are several yoga classes per day — including vinyasa, hatha, yin, and restorative — as well as DJ sets, water sports, and massage and spa treatments.
Billabong Retreat Sydney | Maraylya
About an hour’s drive from the Opera House, Billabong Retreat Sydney has treehouse cabins and cottages surrounded by the birdsong and hum of cicadas typical of the Aussie bush — and yes, you might see an adorable wallaby. The all-inclusive experience includes three organic meals per day, starting with dinner arrival and ending with lunch on departure, two yoga classes per day, and several evening meditation sessions per week.
The Pearl Laguna | Laguna Beach
In the Laguna Canyon foothills, The Pearl Laguna is set in an old mansion that has been transformed into a luxe, ashram-inspired sanctuary. Offering week-long wellness escapes starting at 3 p.m. Sunday to noon Saturday, this retreat has garnered a quiet socialite following. The program combines detoxing through cleansing vegetarian meals, juices, and broths, and re-centering through two daily yoga classes and guided hikes, as well as therapeutic massages and daily, self-applied facial masks for a comforting dose of self-love.
Ocean & Yoga | Aljezur
Nestled in a part of the western Algarve which feels delightfully undiscovered with its black rock-edged beaches and crumbling, 10th-century hilltop castle, Ocean & Yoga is a stylishly crunchy, seasonal yoga retreat running between May and October on a local organic farm. Stay in refurbished, wooden farmhouses and enjoy family-style dinners bursting with freshly picked veggies. Each day features one to two yoga sessions, workshops, and plenty of surf time.