The New Yoga Retreats
Luxury and downward dogs go hand in hand at the latest yogi-approved destinations.
Concrete buildings. A string of fast food restaurants. Brick courtyards. A lonely side street. When it comes to our go-to yoga studios, the views aren’t always as inspiring as the swoon-worthy classes themselves. Enter: Luxury yoga retreats and resorts with yoga programs that are just as moving. From sweeping ocean views to majestic mountain landscapes, these stellar getaways and incredible retreats offer everything you'd ever want in a yoga holiday. Here, some of the newest awe-inspiring yoga vacation destinations around the world worthy of your breakthrough pose.
CostaBaja Resort and Spa’s Meditation and Yoga Retreat
This new yoga retreat, nestled in the idyllic landscape of Mexico’s Baja California, takes place June 16–20 and focuses on physical and mental self-awareness. Though classes are accessible for all levels, expect new takes on chakra balancing, guided power animal journey, and deity yoga. Tucked away at an all-inclusive resort, highlights include a seaview room, seal-watching excursions, as well as sunrise and sunset yoga and meditation. The property’s serene Espiritu Spa offers a slew of locally-inspired treatments and holistic therapies.
Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa’s Aruba Alchemy Yoga Retreat
For yogis who can’t get enough of sunny, beachside morning meditations, Aruba provides the perfect sanctuary. With year-round 82-degree weather featuring reinvigorating East trade wind breezes, these yoga classes are the perfect balance of heat and fresh air. The next retreat (taking place May 6–14) is hosted by Jessi Marino, the founder of Live Yoga, who'll guide guests through deep moving meditations and sweat-inducing poses with ease and grace. Expect group bonding over intimate dinners on the first and last nights, where participants connect, share and unite in their intentions and twice daily yoga sessions. Advanced? Try SUP yoga and work on nailing your favorite pose as you float above the island's turquoise waters.
Yogascapes retreat in Ithaca, Greece
That fact that this retreat takes place on the island of Odysseus (you know, the hero of Homer's epic poem) should add an extra level of inspiration for your trip. During twice daily yoga (with one day devoted to SUP), navigate your way through a beautiful and unique Vinyasa-based practice borrowing the breath-inspired movement of the Ashtanga system and blended with the alignment-based systems like Iyengar. When you’re off the mat, enjoy organic, locally-sourced meals, daily hikes, massages, and a variety of optional excursions.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s Yoga Retreat in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Located on a stretch of pristine private beach on Cape Cod, this May 20–22 retreat is run by Mary Ellen Goodsir of Yoga Moves, and includes accommodations, four beachfront group yoga classes, and healthy gourmet meals throughout the weekend. With classes catered to all levels, beginners and seasoned yogis alike will feel completely welcome as they partake in guided meditations, chakra balancing and more. Pro-tip: Use your downtime to take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and enjoy biking around the island during the less hectic spring season.