Mind and body wellness are essential in this crazy world, as is a great restorative vacation. Get the best of both worlds by heading to a luxury yoga retreat, so heavenly, you’ll never want to leave. To help you reset in style, we did some research to unearth the yoga retreats worth getting on a flight for. Here are five of the top yoga retreats you simply have to see to believe.
Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort
Where: Cambutal, Panama
Whether you want to vacation on your schedule or an immersive yoga retreat experience, Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort answers the call. This resort in Cambutal, Panama has 12 luxury beachfront cabanas, complete with access to its saltwater swimming pool and complimentary bicycles and kayaks. Guests spend their days surfing, biking, or indulging in spa treatments. Looking for a structured retreat-style stay? Sansara has a busy winter lineup, and we highly recommend Nourish and Flow – a winter retreat. Enjoy sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, a complimentary surf lesson, and epic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Yoga for Bad People/Shou Sugi Ban House
Where: Long Island, New York
Next on our list of luxury yoga retreats worth getting on a flight for is Yoga for Bad People. YFBP takes a little creative and whimsical license to the traditional yoga retreat, making a point to intertwine other activities like meditation, healing treatments and beach walks along with intense yoga sessions. Classes are also hosted online for those around the globe, but to really experience the restorative powers of YFBP head to the beautiful, Japanese-inspired spa and wellness retreat Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamptons.
Ananda in the Himalayas
Where: Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India
Ananda in the Himalayas is situated next to the palace of the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal in the Himalayan foothills, so expect to be restored by the tranquil forest views. Completely devoted to yoga and ultimate wellness, this retreat in Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand, India takes its cue from Hatha yoga and tailors your experience to your individual needs. Try a Holistic Detox retreat, complete with spa services, personal yoga, and meditation. Or for a more intense yoga and meditation go for the Yogic Detox which focuses on Asana (Posture), Pranayama (Yogic breathing) and Shatkriya (Hatha Yogic cleansing techniques) to purify and renew. As for your accommodation, you can choose from a calming garden or palace-view room or go for a luxury private villa with pool and sauna access.
Where: Tulum, Mexico
A self-described “eco-chic boutique hotel,” Amansala in beautiful Tulum, Mexico is a chic sanctuary to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. The full-service resort offers four retreat packages, three of which are tailor-made for yogis. Try Beach n’ Bliss for twice-daily beach yoga, guided beach walks, and local sightseeing. Or Bikini Bootcamp for days packed with fitness classes, yoga, meditation, and spa pampering. For those seeking complete restoration you’ll want to book Restore n’ Reawaken to experience movement therapies, community, and spiritual growth and mindfulness training—via yoga and journaling. Amansala sits on the pristine beaches of Tulum, and guests have their choice of elevated bohemian style digs including beachfront suites, garden rooms, and bungalows, many with traditional thatched roofs.