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Top 10 luxury yoga retreats in the world

May 13, 2020

Yoga and luxury complement each other pretty well if infused in the right way. Yoga does not mean withdrawing from luxury and comfort, going up into the Himalayas, and practicing there while living life with bare minimums, to get the most out of it. The modern-day idea of wellness is aimed at giving wellness seekers the maximum by combining the best from both. Luxury yoga retreats are those yoga retreat centres that particularly aims at this. They are the perfect choice for you if you are planning a yoga vacation where you want to learn yoga, unwind yourself, and still not lose out on the comfort of the urban facilities that you are used to.

The whole idea of a yoga retreat is centered on this. Yoga retreats are wellness retreats that aspire to you embark on a journey where you can heal and connect with yourself spiritually. These short vacations teach yoga asanas, the importance of wellness, helps inculcate a healthy lifestyle that has the right food, the right approach towards life, and the surrounding around you. Yoga retreat recharges you so that when you go back to your routine life, you can be productive, energetic and you can handle stress and other demands, better. Today, there are many options when it comes to yoga retreats. There are luxury yoga retreats, budget yoga retreats, yoga retreats that are for beginners, for advanced yoga practitioners. Many yoga retreats customize their yoga vacation package on your request. Thus, we can see that wellness is an easy journey. It does not demand any extremities, but only a few conscious steps.

Here is the list of handpicked top 10 luxury yoga retreats in the world recommended by amayaan.com:

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1.    Ananda In The Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India.


This yoga retreat in India ranked the “No.1 destination spa in the world 2019” by Conde Nast traveler, Oprah Winfrey says “Going to Ananda is more like a pilgrimage than a visit”.  Located in Uttarkhand district at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Ananda oozes luxury and wellness. This magnificent property overlooks the Rishikesh valley while cool air blows from the mountains above.


Wellness services:

  • Ayurvedic rejuvenation                            
  • Dhyana self-realization program
  • Weight management                                
  •  Stress management
  • Detox                                                          
  • Yogic detox
  • Yoga  

*Complimentary lectures on Vedanta twice a day by disciples of Swami Parthasarathy.

Accommodation:

  • Each room is attached to a private balcony offering scenic views.
  • Suites are adorned with antique furniture, luxurious private sitting, and dining area.
  • 3 villas with private sauna, a butler and pantry service, and a private pool.


Food:

  • A customized menu prepared by Ayurvedic doctors and chefs
  • Uses fresh, organic and local produce
  • Food is without any added or artificial salts, colors, flavors, and preservatives.
  • The in-house restaurant serves delectable Indian, Asian and European cuisine.


Other activities:

  • Wildlife safari in Rajaji National Park
  • Trekking in the nearby mountain
  • Water rafting on the Ganges River
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course
  • Ganga aarti in the evening
  • Visit the ancient Hindu temples and a Buddhist monastery nearby


How to reach?

  • By air: The Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun, is the nearest airport and is 40 minutes from the luxury retreat. There are frequent flights from Delhi International Airport to Dehradun.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is Haridwar and there are daily trains that connects Delhi to Haridwar. The destination arrives after a 90 minute drive from Haridwar.
  • By helicopter: Ananda in The Himalayas also organise helicopter transfer from Delhi and other locations. However, for this service, the retreat would require prior notice.
  • By road: It takes around 7-8 hours to reach Ananda from Delhi. This however, depends entirely in the traffic conditions of the day.


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2.    Como Shambhala Estate in Bali


Located in the north of Ubud, the retreat is situated near the River Ayung. Villages covered with serene green rice paddies make the surrounding of this retreat very calm and relaxed.

Wellness services:

  • Ayurveda therapy                                   
  • Nutritional wellness program
  • Yoga                                                       
  • Massage therapy
  • Body care                                                 
  • Facial care
  • Beauty care                                              
  • Pilates
  • Hydrotherapy (using mineral-rich, alkaline water from a sacred spring)


Accommodation:

  • Garden rooms with access to the shared pool, lounge area, and dining area
  • Terrace suite with private outdoor area
  • Coming Shambala suites and Como suites at Umabona with a private infinity pool and a small indoor plunge pool.


Food:

  • The menu is inspired by the living food tradition, aimed at benefiting from the 'life force' of the ingredients.
  • Serves authentic Indonesian food cooked with fresh local produce.


Other activities:

  • Water blessing ritual at the estate's water garden
  • Picnic lunch and private meditation session
  • Flow yoga and hatha yoga session
  • Balinese dance and gamelan
  • Juice class
  • Local rice field walk, estate walk, rice filed biking
  • Sports and games


How to reach?

  • By air: Como Shambala Estates is 90 minutes away from Bali's international airport, Ngurah Rai airport. There are many local taxis that drive down guests to the retreat. Also, the same can be done by the resort as well on request.
  • By sea: There are many local ferries and cruise operators that connects Bali with other Indonesian island.

 
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3.    Maya Tulum Resort & Spa, Mexico


One of the best yoga retreats in the world, this resort has been serving the wellness community for more than 30 years. Located in the pristine sandy beaches of Tulum, this retreat features a wide variety of therapeutic packages and eco-adventure tours.


Wellness services:

  • Yoga classes twice a day                      
  • Ocean facing meditation labyrinth
  • Wellness massages including facial and body wraps
  • Body and soul-cleansing rituals by local healers


Accommodation

  • Magnificent cabanas and suites situated in a lush tropical garden
  • Elegant villas facing the vast ocean
  • Rooms, suites, and villas are with equipped with modern amenities


Food:

  • Serves authentic Mexican food made with fresh and organic produce.
  • Wide variety of vegetarian food, healthy juices, and teas


Other activities:

  • Snorkeling
  • Witness the Caguama turtles lay eggs on the beach
  • Explore ancient Mayan ruins and civilization


How to reach?

  • By air: The nearest airport is Cancun International airport. The resort can pre-arrange the transportation to the destination on request. There are also buses available that leave from Cancun airport for Tulum town.


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4.    Fusion Maia, Da Nang, Vietnam


With a Spectacular beach view, this hidden luxury yoga retreat features a daily layout of yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation as a part of its wellness program. Fusion Maia blends luxury and wellness like a dream. Lush green surroundings, pristine palm covered beaches, and stylish living spaces, this luxury yoga retreat centre is the perfect place to unwind and recharge yourself.


Wellness services:

  • Fusion flow yoga classes, which are  a combination of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga
  • Fusion restore yoga classes
  • Hatha ayurvedic yoga therapy
  • Two spa treatments per day per guest at no extra cost
  • Daily mindfulness tips by acclaimed Vietnamese Zen Master


Accommodation:

  • Spacious, modern and opulent living space
  • Every category of villas has a private pool and a bathroom with a rain shower to itself


Food:

  • The menu here is inspired by the Five Elements Philosophy of Vietnamese food.
  • A beautiful array of traditional as well as modern dishes
  • All dishes are cooked using fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables.


Other activities:

  • Tours to Lady Buddha and Tai Chi on Marble Mountain for meditation.
  • Day trips to the three UNESCO sites  of Hoi An, My Son, and Hue
  • Golf


How to reach?

  • By air: The Da Nang International airport is just 8.6 km from the resort.
  • By rail: The Da Nang railway station is 9 km from the resort.

 


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5.    Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand


Kamalya is a luxury wellness retreat on the coastline of Koh Samui under the tropical Thai sun. This picturesque resort is built around a cave that was used by Buddhist monks for mediation and spiritual engagements. The overall environment in this luxury retreat is healing and restorative which recharges everyone who visits here. The resort is built in harmony with nature. There are beautiful rock waterfalls everywhere in the resort. This peaceful wellness retreat allows one to reflect deeply, and seek the road towards holistic wellness.

Wellness services:

Guests are offered to take the Bio Impedance Analysis which identifies the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. After this, wellness experts at Kamalaya suggests the most appropriate wellness package. Their wellness services are:

  • Detox wellness program
  • Emotional balance wellness program
  • Enriched gut wellness program
  • Sleep enhancement wellness program
  • One-to-one Yoga sessions

They also curate wellness packages as per the guests’ special requirements.

Accommodation:

  • Uber chic and modern accommodation
  • Wide variety of rooms, suites, and villas
  • Complete with all modern facilities


Food:

  • The menu is prepared as per the guests’ wellness therapies and treatments.
  • Every food is prepared using fresh, organic local produce
  • Vegan and gluten-free food also available


Other activities:

  • Island excursions
  • Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Golf and tennis
  • Cultural activities and events


How to reach?

  • By air: Kamalaya is 25 km from the Koh Samui airport which is a 45 min drive. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways fly to Koh Samui from Bangkok and other major destinations. It is possible to fly directly to Koh Samui airport.


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6.    Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica


Located on a hill surrounded by aromatic coffee plantation, this luxury wellness retreat is well known for its yoga retreats and wellness treatments. Surrounded by clouds and a heavenly calm, this resort presents a breath-taking view of the San Jose valley. The volcanic mountains around the retreat render the place with a distinct healing energy.


Wellness services:

  • Aquatic bodywork treatment
  • Asian bodywork
  • Ayurvedic treatment
  • Bio-energetic healing
  • Clinical bodywork
  • Facial skincare
  • Holistic bodywork
  • Signature spa treatment
  • Sound healing


Accommodation:

  • Spacious and luxurious accommodation
  • Spectacular view from each room
  • Complete with all modern facilities


Food:

  • Serves North American and Costa Rican cuisines
  • All foods cooked with fresh, locally produced vegetables
  • Herbs and greens are sourced from their Holistic garden
  • Organic wines
  • Custom-made chai
  • Fresh smoothies


Other activities:

  • Skywalk
  • Wildlife boat adventure
  • Hot spring adventure
  • White water rafting
  • Doka coffee plantation adventure


How to reach?

  • By air: The retreat is located just 4 km North of the Juan Santamaria International airport and that is the best way to reach it.


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7.    Yoga Rosa retreat, Ibiza


Surrounded by aromatic pine forest, Yoga Rosa retreat slowly takes you into a charming tranquillity and peace. The place also has a few recused animals like few friendly dogs and pet pigs. The environment is very welcoming, homely, and relaxing. Extra emphasis is given oh healing and nurturing here, which gives this place a whole different aura.

Wellness services:

  • Healing yoga asana flow
  • Pranayama
  • Higher vibration crystal bowl sound healing
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Osteopathic treatment
  • Bio-resonance therapy
  • Reiki
  • Holistic colon cleansing


Accommodation:

  • Accommodation is simple and stylish in classic Ibiza style stone villas
  • A freshwater swimming pool and a saltwater swimming pool


Food:

  • Food is made from organic, local produce
  • Herbs and seasonings are brought from the retreat’s kitchen garden
  • Also serves vegan food; prepared according to each guests’ unique dier requirement


Other activities:

  • Trek to the nearby village
  • Visit the local market


How to reach?

By air: The most convenient way to reach this retreat is by air. Yoga Rosa is about 20-40 minutes ( depending on the traffic) away from the Ibiza airport.
 

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8.    Tri, Sri Lanka


This sustainable luxury yoga retreat is located on the shores of Koggala Lake under warm Sri Lankan sun. The retreat is set in an old cinnamon plantation and offers a tranquil environment to truly unwind and relax.

Wellness services:

  • Private yoga classes
  • Quantum yoga
  • Healing massages


Accommodation:

  • Luxurious and comfortable accommodation
  • Hilltop rooms with magnificent views
  • Villas on the edge of the lake with private open-air plunge pool
  • Aided with all modern facilities


Food:

  • Serves delectable authentic Sri-Lankan cuisine
  • Food is prepared from organic, seasonal fruits, and vegetables.


Other activities:

  • Bicycle trails in the countryside
  • Visit the nearby cinnamon plantation
  • Visit the nearest beach
  • Whale watching


How to reach?

  • By air: Tri is 2-2.5 from the Colombo International airport, which is connected with all major airports from across the world. The luxury yoga retreat also has the facility of scheduled flights or charters on seaplane service to Koggala Lake from most part of the country.
  • By rail: Guests can also come via train to Galle and onwards to Koggala village station.

Guests can also land at their private jetty on their boat if they desire to be received at the main road or at the Koggala airbase.


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9.    Sanara, Tulum, Mexico


Located on the sandy beaches of Tulum, this eco-luxury yoga retreat is one of the most well-known yoga retreats all over the world.


Wellness services:

  • Meditation
  • Sound healing
  • Full moon yoga and rituals
  • SUP yoga
  • Mermaid experience
  • Special workshops and teacher training sessions


Accommodation:

  • Luxurious and uber-chic accommodation
  • 24-hour air conditioning
  • Every room has a private balcony
  • Luxurious bathrooms


Food:

  • The kitchen is a ‘conscious kitchen’
  • The food is gluten, dairy, refined sugar, corn and soy, and plastic-free as well.
  • Every dish is prepared from fresh and organic local produce.


Other activities;

  • Water sports and water adventures


How to reach?

  • By air: The Cancun International Airport is 166 km from the resort while the Aerodrome de Playa Del Carmen,  which is a regional airport, is 66 km from the resort. The resort can arrange airport transportation on prior information.

 
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10.    SwaSwara, Gokarna, India


Situated on the Om beach in Gokarna, this luxury yoga retreat is all about healing and transformation. It is away from any outside disturbance and truly presents a peaceful environment to embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda and yoga.

Wellness services:

  • Hatha yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Meditation
  • Art yoga
  • Panchakarma cleansing and rejuvenation


Accommodation:

  • Luxurious and comfortable
  • Accommodation in villas with open green spaces


Food:

  • Seasonal organic food
  • Freshly caught seafood
  • Detox juices
  • Herbal teas


Other activities:

  • Fun beach adventures arranged on special request

 
How to reach?

  • By air: Dabolim airport is the nearest airport and it is 140 km away from Gokarna. This airport is connected to major airports across India.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is at Ankola which is connected to cities like Mumbai, Mangalore, etc. The railway station is about 20 km from Gokarna.
  • By road: Buses regularly ply from cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, etc. to Gokarna.


So, if luxury is your weakness, we have given you the list. Do not wait anymore. Book your luxury wellness experience now!

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