When people think about going on vacation, they often focus on the destination. To make your next getaway truly unforgettable, however, you should seek out an entire experience. What better way to unwind than to go on a yoga retreat? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, embrace your inner yogi and get the best of both worlds on your next escape–incredible locations and plenty of opportunities for meditation and relaxation. Whether you’re planning on staying in the U.S. for your retreat or thinking of heading abroad, these glamping sites will surely not disappoint.
First stop: Fethiye, Turkey.
At this incredible spot (1) on the Mediterranean Coast, glampers will be a part of a close-knit yogi community–eating gourmet Turkish meals at a communal table, participating in group yoga classes, and lounging by the natural stone pool before retiring to a traditional yurt for the night.
This hidden gem in New Zealand is a glamper’s dream.
Stay in this (2) cozy caravan on the North Island and spend your days in yoga workshops and classes. Treat yourself to a massage session or a naturopath consultation. You can meditate as you pick veggies from the “help yourself” garden or sit peacefully on the sunny meditation platform.
Are you thinking of travelling down to Costa Rica?
Embrace the culture of pura vida at one of these (#3) stunning bell tents on Tamarindo Bay. Not only will you have access to daily yoga sessions, you can also enjoy surf lessons or days relaxing on the gorgeous coasts away from the city noises for perfect meditation.
Southern Spain may be on your radar for bullfighting and flamenco, but did you know there are some incredible yoga retreats here, as well?
Book a bell tent (#4) at this site in Cadiz where you’ll not only find traditional yoga classes, but also a saltwater pool, massage spas, and a 100% organic and vegetarian menu that uses almost entirely homegrown produce.
If you want to make your way down the Costa del Sol.
Choose this riverfront (#5) lodge right outside of Málaga. With access to a Sai Matra certified instructor, you will have plenty of opportunities to connect your body, mind, and spirit through Vinyasa yoga classes. What’s more, you are within easy reach of the beaches of Málaga to really tune into that relaxation mindset.
In neighboring Portugal.
You can align your chakras in this countryside retreat located at the base of the Serra de Estrela mountain range, between two rivers that run through the valley. Choose between staying in one of these luxury tents (#6) Or in this unique, restored wine cellar turned cottage (#7) and enjoy a comprehensive retreat at this family-run site. You will find a variety of yoga options for all levels of experience and get a full-body well-being check-up, a massage or acupuncture session, three vegetarian meals a day, and a trip to the Zêzere River for a rejuvenating mud bath all included in your stay. The location of this site is ideal, with small towns like Álvaro, Oleiros, and Cambas all under a 30-minute drive away.
On the other side of the world in the Pacific Islands, you do not want to miss these two secret spots on the Big Island of Hawaii.
You will bask in the sun with stunning views at this cottage (#8) immersed in five acres of exotic trees with fruit and nuts for the picking. Here, you can go all-in on the yoga experience to relieve all your aches and pains, with the option to hire a yoga instructor that specializes in enzyme, neuromuscular, and holistic health therapies.
Another option is to head to this (#9) eco-friendly rainforest cabin.
Where you can rest easy knowing that your rental has a low environmental impact. Heal your body and soul with daily yoga overlooking the ocean and meditation in the uniquely designed, 24-hour Balinese Meditation Pavilion.
If you want to stay closer to home, these options in the continental U.S. may be the best for you.
For glampers on the West Coast, check out this yurt-style cabin (#10) in San Juan, California. You will be able to fully embrace the natural world with gardens, orchards, forests, and waterfalls all around the area. This site can accommodate any of your dietary needs with three vegetarian meals served a day, and gluten free options available. You can attend daily yoga classes or opt for private meditation in secluded spots on the property.
For readers on the other side of the country.
Stay in one of these (#11) rooms in Marshall, North Carolina. These rentals have simple rooms but boast an intensive health and wellness experience. In addition to yoga workshops, you will have access to meditation classes, massage therapies, and a unique dining experience. The on-site, gourmet chef prepares all meals in line with the Sattvic “yogic” diet, a fully vegetarian meal plan that emphasizes seasonal and pure foods.
For a less-intense yoga experience.
Choose to stay in these (#12) safari tents in Ithaca, New York. You’ll fall in love with the surrounding landscape–with vineyards, waterfalls, and swimming holes nearby for you to explore. When you are not out on the trails, you can choose to attend classes at the on-site yoga studio, which has options available for all levels, or participate in the group Asana yoga flows outside. After yoga, relax with a drink at the daily complimentary wine hour.
With these amazing options in mind, the hardest decision will be choosing where to go. No matter where you end up, know that you are in for an unforgettable vacation experience.
Written by Isabella Ragazzi, 2018