Yoga has been trending in the wellness world for some time now, and everyone from backpackers to office workers seems to be taking up the practice and donning a pair of lycra leggings. However, there are still some places where you can really get away from it all: these five boutique yoga retreats offer not only peace and quiet, but beautiful locations to boot.
Shanti Som: Yoga Retreat
Situated in the mountains region of Monda in Spain, this all-inclusive boutique yoga retreat offers delicious, nutritionally balanced meals upon arrival and six nights of effortless sleep in the resort’s luxury accommodation. This getaway is suited to all fitness levels, including beginners, with 10 yoga sessions scheduled throughout the week.
Those looking for a balanced fitness experience can make full use of the fitness facilities on site, including a steam room, sauna, indoor gym and outdoor swimming pool. A short drive from the coastal region of Marbella and all the vibrancy that the beachside resort town has to offer, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Shanti Som and its neighbouring areas – though with all of the de-stressing, detoxing and relaxing you’ll be doing, we wouldn’t blame you for staying put. Prices start from $1,662.
Porto Elounda: Yogic Detox
For many a holidaymaker, Greece features high on the bucket list – whitewash buildings, crystal-clear waters and the best that the Mediterranean has to offer. There are few better locations to clear your head, recharge the batteries and find your inner zen than Porto Elounda in Crete. Retreats are customisable and range from five to 14 nights, though this is one perhaps better suited for those familiar with yogic practice.
Rates include a personalised session, a relaxing Thai massage, and a yoga consultation. For those who can’t quite seem to switch off, guided meditation will lull your worries away. Opting for a longer stay means additional perks, including facials and detox scrubs – furthering their promise to achieve harmony between body and mind. Prices start from $543.
Six Senses Zighy Bay: Discover Yoga
The Zighy Bay resort village, located in Oman’s northern peninsula, is an idyllic self-contained beach haven. With yoga retreats ranging from three to 14 nights in length, private hatha yoga sessions which focus on gentle movements and meditative breathing exercises to increase flexibility and help smooth out the tensions of everyday life.
Focusing on your individual needs throughout your stay, Six Senses provide relaxing massages that perfectly complement the yoga exercises to iron out the knots and kinks you arrived with, and ensure you leave looking and feeling like a whole new you. Prices start from $595 per night.
Pineapple House Bali: Yoga and Surf Retreat
If the thought of Bali’s beautiful beaches alone doesn’t have you ready to book your next retreat, conjuring up images of the Pineapple House certainly will. On Canggu beach next to popular surf jaunts, Pineapple House Bali offers a range of yoga and surfing holiday packages, ranging from two to seven nights in length. Group yoga classes are conducted by renowned and internationally certified instructors. Those opting for a longer holiday will be treated to private yoga classes.
For the duration of your stay, you will be housed in a boutique villa made from antique wood carved in the traditional Balinese style. Each room is en-suite, and breakfast and round-trip airport transfers are included in your rate. Prices start from $425.
Svata Katerina: Immersion Yoga
In the heart of an idyllic lush forest environment, Resort Svata Katerina offers the perfect weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located near the idyllic town of Počátky in the Czech Republic, this two-night boutique yoga retreat includes breakfast, an Ayurvedic head massage and open access to the resort’s fitness and spa facilities. True to its name, this weekend yoga retreat is fully packed: five yoga sessions in two short days guaranteed to exercise body and mind and to refresh, revive and regenerate. Focused on providing a balanced experience, guests are asked to pre-order their ‘yoga menu’, featuring high-quality healthy ingredients. Prices start from $164.