Since I get asked this question on the regular, I thought of presenting you with a “best yoga retreats 2019” post. Places I have been either visiting or dreaming of visiting. Yoga retreats are a hot holiday trend, an for a reason. What better way to slice right through a slump than to reconnect with nature and yourself somewhere warm and sunny for a few weeks, while practising yoga and eating delicious healthy vegan food? None in my book. So without further ado, here are my recommendations for what I think the best yoga retreats 2019 are.
Fykiada organises exclusive retreats on the Greek islands in high-end locations with world-acclaimed teachers. From cosmopolitan Mykonos to the otherworldly scenery of Koufonisia and the authentic island of Kythnos, each retreat is one of a kind and tailored to the needs of the group. What makes the retreats even more special, is the fact that Fykiada Retreats is run by two girls, Anna & Eranthi, who are island experts and take care of every single detail. From a selection of stunning seaside locations to stylish interiors, conscious welcome gifts and local touches, everything promises that you’ll be taken excellent care of. The food served at Fykiada Retreats represents the best of Greek nature and culture and is personalised to suit guests’ preferences and food allergies. Vegan and gluten-free options are always part of their menu, as well as twists on local recipes.
For the ultimate pampering experience, look no further than this Ubud luxury yoga retreat. Offering more than just yoga, this Ubud wellness retreat also includes daily Ayurvedic spa treatments to get you feeling your ultimate best. Located at the Adiwana Resort in Ubud, everything you could possibly need lives within the resort’s walls. Included in the cost of the retreat are daily meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and an afternoon fruit basket served with tea. Each retreat also includes one cultural excursion outside the resort included in the price. Your morning will start with a one-hour yoga class taught by experienced instructors, followed by a one-hour meditation and 2 hours of spa treatments. If you love yoga, Ubud is one of the best places to be!
Romania might not be the first country that pops into mind when you’re planning your next yoga holiday, but hear me out! I think those photos above speak for themselves, to begin with. The lovely Akasha Wellness Retreat is located in a quaint little village up in the mountains of Transylvania close to the city of Brasov. It is the perfect and easiest retreat getaway from Western Europe. What you’ll find here: the freshest, purest of mountain air, the most beautiful mountainside view (you are literally up in the clouds!), incredibly peaceful meadow walks, and the best and healthiest home-cooked vegan food. This is a small family-run business that is so totally inspiring and will leave you nourished and rested. My best discovery of 2019!
Not a yoga school recommendation per se, but Koh Phangan is my secret magical place. I have done yoga in many schools there and it’s always been incredible. Koh Phangan is one of those places where I am always the best version of myself, can free my mind and meditate, feel at one with nature, and just live in an extremely balanced way. Add to that almost free papaya and coconut, and let me tell you, Koh Phangan is the best idea on the planet ever, period. Always. Sigh.
The Retreat Costa Rica was initially created as a place to strengthen, restore, nourish and heal the mind and body. It is said that after visiting this transformative place you will come out with a different view on the way you nourish your body with food, a new mindset and improve the way you live your life.
Here you can indulge in the Spa, with a variety of packages to choose from as well as dipping into the stunning pool. The retreat offers an advances wellness and healing program including special culinary options in the heavenly setting. The plush resorts site highly on a quartz mountain with jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and beyond.
The Sagrada Wellness retreat is nestled amongst the quiet hilltops of Santa Margarita, California. The retreat is spectacular, and one of the most special yoga retreat in the world with a quirky boutique style where you can disconnect from technology, practice wholesome yoga, meditate in peace and enjoy organic wholesome foods.
The retreat was founded by a couple, who had a dream to open a yoga-focused retreat in the idyllic Californian hills, and they made it a dream come true! You can look over the Californian hilltops and shoreline where you can reflect and reconnect with yourself in the yoga retreat. You can also enjoy the eco-friendly accommodation, which is 100% solar powered with a dreamy pool, Jacuzzi, and many nearby trails and hiking spots. Spoil yourself with a variety of healthy, delicious meals ranging from vegan to gluten-free delights, all sourced locally and organically. This retreat also offers a complete digital detox with no Wi-Fi, and they encourage you to stay off all technology during your retreat. Bliss.
The Body and Mind Holidays offer an incredible health and wellness experience and a top yoga retreats 2019 for your mind and body to regenerate and become revitalized. You can enjoy the daily yoga, pilates, gentle therapeutic water exercises all whilst staying in the stunning resort situated in hilly Vouliagmeni, near the historical city of Athens. Nearby, you can explore the beaches of Vouliagmeni or discover the Parnitha Mountains. They have a variety of exciting activities from trekking to preparing healthy Greek meals on site during your yoga holidays. The retreat hotel is luxuriously designed and will meet every one of your needs as a guest. The Margi Hotel is personal, welcoming and has a warm charismatic atmosphere, the best accommodation for your Body and Mind holiday.
Rasa Retreat is a modest and humble place where guests can find their inner peace and be immersed in the heart of spiritual Goa, in India. This yoga retreat is perfect for those looking for a full yogi experience, with highly knowledgeable yoga teachers in a peaceful and beautiful setting. The team at Rasa Retreat are on hand to provide you with all the care, patience and guidance you require to make sure your stay is memorable and rejuvenating. You can also take excursions to the nearby sights which shouldn’t be missed such as hikes in the nearby jungle and discovering the best nearby tourist spots such as Srinagar.
This Moroccan mountain yoga retreat is the country’s first ever mountain retreat. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, in an extraordinary setting, with welcoming, charming staff as well as highly skilled yoga teachers. You can enjoy an unforgettable rooftop view of North Africa. Morocco is high on my list for Winter 2019 and this is my top pick!
One of the best yoga retreats in the world, this exotic yoga will boost your body and mind, enjoy a de-stressing, yoga holiday at the Go Natural Jamaica retreat. You can sit back and relax in the tropical island of Jamaica and enjoy snorkelling in the ocean, horseback riding, discovering secret waterfalls and reconnecting with nature. They offer organic, light and healthy meals with fresh colourful fruits and nutritious smoothies to help your body detoxify in the retreat. There are two daily yoga classes for beginners all the way up to advanced yogis, as well as nearby idyllic white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, you’ll be in real paradise!
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