As yoga has grown in popularity across the world, resorts that cater specifically to “yogis” have sprung up in many different exotic locations. These range from rustic experiences that focus solely on the practice of yoga, to high-end, luxury resort experiences complete with massages and free WiFi. In addition, many of these yoga retreat resorts tend to be all-inclusive, which means delicious fresh food and local produce at every meal.
Thailand is generally known for providing these yoga retreats for much cheaper than more commercialized areas such as Bali. Relax Bay Resort in Koh Lanta and Banpu Resort and Spa in Trat are both inexpensive resorts which still offer premium services.
In Rishikesh, India, another inexpensive option is Ganga Vatika Boutique Guest House. Here, guests have the unique experience of being only 10 minutes away from the city yet still being awakened every morning by the chanting from nearby monasteries and temples.
The Greek island of Santorini houses Caveland. Although the accommodation is basic, many little extras are included in the price.
Bali, Indonesia does have a comparably inexpensive option in Febri’s Hotel and Spa. As well as this, SpaFari is pricier, but the retreats here tend to be much longer and include more activities beyond the resort.
In the Caribbbean, yoga enthusiasts will find many choices. Ak’Bol Resort is one in Ambergris Caye, Belize, which offers a wide range of activities at a price that won’t break the bank. Another Caribbean resort catering to yoga enthusiasts is COMO Shambhala Retreat in Parrot Cay. The resort has the added benefit of its situation, located in a secluded spot on a private island- the perfect place to enjoy the benefits of quiet, relaxation and meditation.
Luna Lodge in Costa Rica has the distinct advantage of being on the edge of Corcovado National Park. On the island of St. Lucia, the Body Holiday offers more active amenities than can be listed, but it is well worth the price. The Self Center on the island of St. John of the United States Virgin Islands is open year round, unlike some resorts which only have seasonal services. For a more hands on approach, that will see guests involved in the day to day running of the resort, Nassau’s Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, in the Bahamas. Guests are expected to pitch in with daily chores.
Brazil offers several resorts, too. The Island Experience in Iha Grande typically runs seven-day holidays with yoga plus hiking, meditation and opportunities to learn Brazilian dance. Jatoba Terra Prana Lar Yoga has the unique distinction of having a children’s program. As well as this, the produce is grown right on the premises to complete vegetarian meals of yogurt, bread and cheese, all made on-sight as well.
Ireland is not commonly thought of as a yoga retreat destination, but Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre is trying to change that image. Ancient techniques meet modern practice in traditional cottages with solar panels.
On the island of Crete, Greece, the Yoga Plus resort takes guests away from it all in a remote part of the island, Agios Pavlos.
In Alicante, Spain, Yoga Breaks is considered one of the best resorts for yoga retreat holidays.