Travelling solo can be an intimidating thought, especially for those who are used to group holidays or family trips. However, giving yourself some intensive ‘me’ time can be one of the easiest ways to truly unwind—and there’s no better place to do that than on a yoga retreat.
We’ve rounded up some of the best places in Southeast Asia to regain that inward focus and balance body and mind in holiday programmes for one. Whether you’re looking to meet new people or simply escape for a little while, these yoga retreats will give you the zen you’ve been searching for.
Kamalaya: Personal Yoga Synergy (Koh Samui)
Nestled just around the corner from Laem Set beach, Koh Samui’s Kamalaya resort offers everything you’d need and more from a solo yoga retreat. Ranging from three to seven nights, the Personal Yoga Synergy programme includes three healthy meals each day (with guests given the choice from a detox diet or healthy, à la carte options). After your pre-arrival wellness consultation, you’ll be geared up and ready to go—but we promise it isn’t all work and no play here. With a selection of massages to choose from, pranayama, private yoga sessions and an Indian head massage for the longer retreats, you’ll have nothing but time for inward, personal reflections. Prices start around US$1,670.
Pineapple House: Free to Roam (Bali)
We heard straight from founder Rachel Fearnley that the Pineapple House Bali is the perfect place for solo travellers looking to reboot and reflect. Solo yogis flock to Canggu beach to indulge in group yoga sessions each morning, with a nutritionally balanced breakfast on site to start the day right. The Free to Roam package is perfect for those who like to organise their own time, as beyond breakfast there is nothing planned—although it is highly advisable to indulge in a massage or two. Take things at your own pace with the choice of additional yoga classes, swim, surfing, or simply relaxing in the nearby gardens. Prices start around US$899.
Chiva Som: Yoga For Life (Thailand)
Kickstarting a new healthy habit may best be achieved alone, but Chiva Som is there to lend a helping hand, making the process as comfortable as possible. With retreat packages ranging from three to 14 nights, the Yoga For Life programmes offers solo guests a whole host of cleansing techniques to learn from and take forward in their daily lives. With delicious, healthy local cuisine on site at this award-winning spa and resort in Hua Hin, you’ll be recharged and ready for a day of yoga, meditative practice, and pranayama. After a full day’s soul searching, resting your head has never been so easy than at this stunning beachside resort. Prices start around US$1,534.
The Sanctuary: Yoga Holidays (Thailand)
Koh Phangan, perhaps best known for its Full Moon parties, holds a well-kept secret. On Haad Tien Bay, The Sanctuary offers an entirely different experience to what island hoppers are likely to be expecting. For between three and 10 nights in your choice of a garden or jungle-view room, enjoy daily yoga and pilates practice, up to eight hour-long massages, and daily access to the sauna and steam rooms. With complimentary healing sessions and therapies, taking a little time out has never looked so good. Prices start around US$390.