20 Best Yoga Retreats in Beautiful Destinations Around the World

These are some of the world's best yoga retreats in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central America.

Outdoor yoga class at sunset
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If you're struggling to fit self-care into your busy calendar, why not demand more from your next vacation? Sure, a beach getaway will help you unwind, but it doesn't leave you with strategies to manage the problems that inevitably return once you're home.

Satisfy your wanderlust with a yoga retreat and experience the benefits of cultivating a daily practice under the guidance of some of the world's best teachers. You'll not only feel better and more relaxed, but you'll also leave with simple techniques to infuse into your daily routine, bolstering your mental and physical health for months and years to come.

Thanks to yoga's skyrocketing popularity, there are a wealth of options to choose from, and you're in good company: Wellness tourism is growing at a rapid rate. Here are some of the best yoga retreats around the world.

Woman playing a gong at the Sen Wellness retreat in Sri Lanka
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Sen Wellness Sanctuary — Sri Lanka

Founded by London-based osteopath Dr. Sam Kankanamge, the Sen Wellness Sanctuary is nestled on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Its tailor-made wellness programs are offered throughout the year and rooted in ayurvedic treatment. In addition to meditation, yoga, and ayurvedic treatments, the programs include sound and gong baths for deep relaxation and energy clearing, as well as ayurvedic cooking classes and more.

Soulscape — Worldwide

Yoga teacher Jaime Hepburn typically runs multiple retreats during the year in beautiful destinations. Her past offerings include getaways in Greece, Morocco, Italy, and the Agafay Desert. In 2023, Hepburn is making her way back to Greece for a four-day intensive in Crete from April 19 to 23.

Yoga teacher watching her class at Ashiyana Yoga school in Goa, India
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Ashiyana — India

No list of yoga retreats would be complete without an option in India. In addition to training new and experienced teachers, Ashiyana Goa suits practitioners of all levels, offering an extensive range of retreats throughout the year, as well as design-your-own yoga holidays, where you can opt for drop-in classes, one-to-one holistic yoga therapy, or the Holistic Elixir Program, which combines yoga therapy, massage, meditation, and pranayama (breath work). Rooms range from beach huts to luxury suites, and you'll have access to ayurvedic treatments at the on-site spa, plus Ashiyana's creative activities and workshops. Ashiyana's second location is in Brazil.

Suryalila Retreat Center — Spain

Take in the yoga experiences and views all in one at the Suryalila Retreat Center, located in Andalusia. The center offers retreats throughout the year, though guests can come any time to stay at the hotel and take part in its daily classes. It also provides teacher training for those who want to share their yoga skills with the world.

Outdoor yoga class at sunset
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Whole Health Retreat — United States

Set at Civana Wellness Resort & Spa in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, the Whole Health Retreat, which was created in partnership with Chopra Global, includes twice-daily meditation and yoga, custom spa experiences, 15 vegan ayurvedic meals, and more over the course of a five-night stay. The retreat is held twice monthly.

Yoga Explorers — France

Yoga Explorers is offering several retreats in Morocco and France throughout the year. In 2023, that includes a charming getaway in a château outside Toulouse, as well as retreats in Marrakesh and more. Retreats include all meals, seven nights of accommodations, two daily yoga classes, and yoga mats and props. Plus, guests will have free time to explore the area.

Lake Orta as seen from Quarna Sopra, Piedmont, Italy
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Mandali Retreat Center — Italy

Offering bespoke three- or five-day yoga programs and a wide range of themed retreats throughout the year, Mandali is a nonprofit center dedicated entirely to cultivating self-reflection, healing, and relaxation. Plus, it overlooks northern Italy's Lago d'Orta. The center is deeply committed to sustainability — it was built with recyclable materials, its heating system relies on natural wood chips, and the kitchen and swimming pool are powered by solar energy, while any surplus power is delivered to the local community. All levels are welcome, and the tailor-made option is especially useful if you're new to the practice.

Blue Spirit — Costa Rica

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile-long white-sand beach and turtle refuge, Blue Spirit lies in one of the world's Blue Zones, where people report the highest levels of well-being, and it is unsurprisingly a popular destination for retreats among leading international yoga teachers. You can find a full calendar of retreats on Blue Spirit's website.

Yoga space at Casa Fuzetta, in Portugal
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Retreats at Casa Fuzetta — Portugal

Located in the heart of Olhao's old town, Casa Fuzetta is Algarve's hidden gem, and it holds space for a number of retreats throughout the year guided by some of the world's best teachers, including Sarah Shannon. Retreats include vegan meals, luxury accommodations, two daily yoga classes, and more.

Surf Maroc — Morocco

Pair your yoga with a surf session at Surf Maroc. The retreat center is made up of four oceanfront locations, including a hotel and several villas available for groups. Each offers guests the opportunity to take part in in-depth surf and yoga trainings, including week-long retreats that will help you master both skills.

View of pool surrounded by palm trees
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Miraval Arizona — United States

While not a traditional yoga retreat per se, Miraval Arizona is one of the country's best wellness resorts. It offers a wide variety of included and supplemental yoga classes, as well as well-being experiences, so travelers who don't have time to commit a full week or prefer some flexibility on their vacation might enjoy a DIY approach to a retreat here.

Shambala Gatherings — Sweden

A lakeside retreat center in the wild forest of Bergslagen, just a two-hour drive from Stockholm, Shambala Gatherings provides the perfect setting to go offline and get back to basics — and nature. You'll replace screen time with yoga, meditation, forest walks, kirtan (shared devotional song), and add-on treatments like water meditation, massages, and craniosacral therapy. International teachers host different themed retreats throughout the year, pairing the restorative impact of yoga with the Scandinavian culture of friluftsliv (open-air living), spending time in nature for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Yoga retreat guest sitting peacefully on a dock beside a lake in Sweden
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Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat — South Africa 

Find a little inner peace with an escape to Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat. The gorgeous retreat center, located in the Overberg region, offers visitors the chance to relax and unwind in their simple but elegant cottages and monastery-style single rooms. Guests can also plan a bespoke retreat filled with yoga, meditation, and nourishing meals. 

Anamaya — Costa Rica 

Those seeking a gorgeous landscape to admire during their yoga getaway need not look further than Anamaya, located in the beach community of Montezuma. At Anamaya (which means “good health”), guests can take part in specialized workshops, retreats offered throughout the year, yoga teacher training courses, and even excursions to help them get to know the area a little better. 

Yoga Pavilion at COMO Shambhala Estate

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Como Shambhala Estate — Bali 

Simple, elegant, and relaxing are all the right ways to describe Como Shambhala Estate. This estate in Bali is an ideal place to book a yoga-centric getaway, thanks to its calming environment paired with daily morning yoga, spa services, and integrated wellness offerings that will restore you from the inside out.

Tia Wellness Resort — Vietnam

It’s all about you at the Tia Wellness Resort in Vietnam. Here, everything is personalized — from daily meal plans that offer bespoke nutritional needs to one-on-one training sessions with a yoga teacher, individual spa offerings, and more. Guests can also plan their journey around one of the resort’s master class offerings and go deep on whatever topic they wish. 

Guest room at Sanara Tulum

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Sanará Tulum — Mexico 

Come relax by the azure waters of the Caribbean with a stay at Sanará Tulum, a wellness retreat that promises to take care of your every need. Here, guests are invited to live in “barefoot luxury” and take part in the numerous wellness offerings like yoga classes and spa services, as well as nourish their bodies at the hotel’s plant-focused eatery, the Real Coconut Kitchen. 

Esalen — United States 

Esalen is perhaps one of the most well-known yoga and wellness retreat on the list, and for good reason. The retreat center, which opened in 1962, is both a gorgeous place to visit, thanks to its privileged location in Big Sur, California, and a place where people can dive deep into specific wellness educational offerings. That includes coursework on plant medicine, energy work, and plentiful yoga teachings, too

Aerial view of Ananda in the Himalayas

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Ananda in the Himalayas — India 

Find a little solitude with a stay at Ananda in the Himalayas, located in the Himalayan foothills in northern India. Sitting on 100 private acres, this resort helps every guest feel like they've truly escaped the rest of the world, so they may focus only on their health and wellness intentions. Here, visitors can take part in traditional ayurveda and yoga offerings. They're also asked to set goals prior to their visit to ensure the staff knows how to guide their bespoke experience from check-in to checkout. 

The Farm at San Benito — Philippines

The Farm at San Benito, located in Lipa, is yet another gorgeous getaway located on more than 100 acres of lush landscapes, which helps set the quiet, calm mood. Here, guests can breathe in the warm, fresh air, and breathe out all their troubles. They can also take part in one of the resort’s many wellness programs, which includes everything from a yoga and raw food retreat to offerings focused on beauty and longevity, mental health, senior wellness, and more.

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