Top 10 Yoga Retreats Worldwide
If unfurling your yoga mat at the local studio is not satisfying you like it used to, why not plan a trip to one of GAYOT's Top 10 Yoga Retreats Worldwide? You can achieve another level of enlightenment by training with world-class instructors on the Big Island of Hawaii a private Greek island, or a South African Game Preserve. At some of these destinations, you will have to do chores, while others you can relax and luxuriate. No matter your skill level, you can enjoy a journey to the Top 10 Yoga Retreats in the World.
Kalani Retreat Center
A place of refuge and renewal for more than 30 years, Kalani Retreat Center is the Big Island's best way to slow down and find your way to enlightenment, Hawaiian-style. The accommodations are simple, bordered by tropical jungle and the Pacific Ocean; phones and televisions are forbidden; and the food is fresh, local and vegetarian-friendly. Yogis of all skill levels take part in a wide array of yoga styles, including classical hatha, kundalini and vinyasa flow. If you miss a class, do not despair. The weekly activities calendar is loaded with numerous classes taught by certified in-house and visiting faculty. Once you finish your breathing exercises for the day, check into a belly-dancing workshop or round up a team to play volleyball. Kalani's proximity to natural spectacles make it easy to find off-campus fun, such as hikes to active lava flows, zipline tours of the jungle and excursions to Hawaiian cultural and heritage sites.
Shreyas Yoga Retreat
If you have a yen for an upscale yoga experience, then point your chakras towards Shreyas Yoga Retreat in Bangalore, India. This member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux group is devoted to promoting the authentic spiritual tradition of yoga in an environment that's normally associated with luxe hotels, Shreyas is spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens and utilizes natural resources with initiatives such as rain water harvesting, solar heating, ayurvedic and medicinal herb plantations, organic farming and organic waste disposal on site. Enjoy Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, chanting classes, silent retreats, meditation, massages, ayurvedic treatments such as abhyanga and shirodhara, community service exercises, experience an introduction to Indian culture, and savor the amazing meals made from organically grown ingredients freshly handpicked from the retreat's twenty acres of fields. Guests can also enjoy other accomodations including an infinity pool, hot tub, steam room, and walking trails. The only member of Relais & Chateaux to feature a totally vegetarian menu, the retreat recently introduced a Culinary Experiences Package. With just fourteen rooms accommodating up to 25 people, personalized service is key.
Silver Island Yoga
A few miles off the coast of Athens sits Silver Island Yoga, named for the silver look of the shimmering olive tree leaves on this 60-acre working olive farm. Run by sisters Lissa and Claire Christie, whose family has owned the small island for 50 years, the retreat shares the lush property with little else than a church and a lighthouse. The resort's six rooms are divided between the main house and the villa, two traditional white houses with bright blue shutters that can accommodate just twelve people. New guests arrive to the pebbled beaches by boat, and spend Sunday through Saturday participating in two-hour dawn and sunset yoga sessions overlooking the ocean, taught by a revolving door of diverse instructors. The Christies encourage guests to take advantage of the picturesque Mediterranean seascape with kayaking and snorkeling, hammocks for unwinding, and art supplies. The resort also provides vegetarian meals harvested sustainably from local farms, served communally beneath a large palm tree.
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
Downward dogs and cobra poses meet Africa's storied Big Five at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. This 56,830-acre reserve in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa covers a whopping seven eco-systems, from sand forest to acacia-bushveld and wetlands. Their four-day yoga escape features asana with local teachers, a bush dinner and game drives for spotting lion, elephant, cape buffalo, leopard and the rare black rhino. Guests stay at The Homestead (with room for eight), a private, spacious safari villa with amazing views of the bush, along with a dedicated ranger and tracker, as well as a private game drive vehicle. If you're not familiar with andBeyond, the brand offers sustainable-yet-luxurious, experiential travel adventures in Africa. This one starts at $2,832 per person and includes yoga, accommodations for four days/three nights, meals, drinks, game drives and transfers to and from Richards Bay.