20 Best Yoga Retreats in Beautiful Destinations Around the World

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

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If you're struggling to fit self-care into your busy schedule, 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 stress that will inevitably return once you go back home. The solution to that problem might just be a tranquil stay at one of the best yoga retreats in the world.

Reap the benefits of cultivating a daily practice under the guidance of some of the world's best teachers while simultaneously satisfying your wanderlust. Not only will you feel more relaxed, you'll also leave with techniques to infuse into your daily routine, bolstering your mental and physical health for years to come.

Thanks to yoga's persistent popularity, there are a wealth of options to choose from. Wellness tourism isn't going anywhere any time soon, so pack a bag of Lululemon and hit the mat at these yoga retreats from the U.S. to Morocco and beyond.

Sen Wellness Sanctuary, Sri Lanka

Woman playing a gong at the Sen Wellness retreat in Sri Lanka
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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 ayurveda. 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 and fellow Londonite Jaime Hepburn typically runs multiple retreats throughout the year in beautiful destinations. Her past offerings include getaways in Greece, Morocco, Italy, and the Agafay Desert. The retreats last about four days, and Hepburn has historically held as many as four a year.

Ashiyana, India

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

Chopra Health Retreat, U.S.

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

Yoga Explorers, France and Morocco

Yoga Explorers holds retreats in France and Morocco throughout the summer. Sometimes they look like charming getaways in a château outside Toulouse while others put yogis in the colorful surroundings of Marrakesh. 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.

Mandali Retreat Center, Italy

Lake Orta as seen from Quarna Sopra, Piedmont, Italy
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Offering yoga retreats of varying lengths from three to seven days, Mandali is a nonprofit center dedicated entirely to cultivating self-reflection, healing, and relaxation. That it overlooks northern Italy's stunning Lago d'Orta helps create an atmosphere of sheer tranquility. 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.

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 wellbeing, and it is unsurprisingly a popular destination for retreats. Blue Spirit retreats aren't always yoga-specific — they also sometimes include dance, meditation, storytelling, pilates, shamanic medicine, and more. They're offered almost back-to-back and last a week.

Retreats at Casa Fuzetta, Portugal

Yoga space at Casa Fuzetta, in Portugal
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Located in the heart of Olhao's old town, Casa Fuzetta is Algarve's hidden gem. It holds space for a number of retreats throughout the year guided by some of the world's best teachers, including Sarah Shannon. Retreats vary based on who teaches them but sometimes include vegan meals, luxury accommodations, sound weaving, writing, and more.

Surf Maroc, Morocco

Pair your yoga with a surf session at Surf Maroc. The retreat center is made up of three oceanfront locations, including a hotel and two 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.

Miraval Arizona, U.S.

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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 other experiences like guided nature walks, mountain biking, tightroping, and beekeeping workshops. If you'd prefer some flexibility on your yoga vacation, you might enjoy the DIY approach to a retreat in this desert oasis.

Shambala Gatherings, Sweden

A lakeside retreat center in the forest of Bergslagen, just a two-hour drive from Stockholm, Shambala Gatherings provides the perfect setting to go offline and get back to 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 various 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 wellbeing.

Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, South Africa 

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Find a little inner peace with an escape to Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat. The gorgeous center, located in the Overberg region, offers visitors the chance to relax and unwind in its simple but elegant cottages, nature-surrounded yurts, and monastery-style single rooms. Guests can also plan a three-night 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 (a traditional Hindi name meaning “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. 

Como Shambhala Estate, Bali 

Yoga Pavilion at COMO Shambhala Estate

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Simple, elegant, and relaxing are all the right ways to describe Como Shambhala Estate. This estate outside of Ubud is an ideal place to book a yoga-centric getaway, thanks to its calming environment paired with daily programming including rice field bike rides, nature walks, pilates, hydrotherapy, and cardio classes in addition to your standard flow sessions. Spa services and other integrated wellness offerings abound to restore guests from the inside out.

Tia Wellness Resort, Vietnam

Everything at the Tia Wellness Resort in Da Nang 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 topics from breath work to tai chi. 

Sanará Tulum, Mexico 

Guest room at Sanara Tulum

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Come relax by the azure waters of the Caribbean with a stay at Sanará Tulum, a wellness retreat right on the beach. 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 whole food-focused eatery, Real Coconut Kitchen. 

Esalen, U.S. 

Esalen opened in 1962 in a privileged location in Big Sur, California, arguably the most tranquil setting there is for a wellness retreat. The property dubs itself an "intentional community" and invites self-reflecting guests to dive deep into specific wellness educational offerings including on plant medicine and energy work. Of course, it provides plentiful yoga teachings, too

Ananda in the Himalayas, India 

Aerial view of Ananda in the Himalayas

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Find a little solitude with a stay at Ananda in the Himalayas, located in the Himalayan foothills in northern India. Sitting on 100 acres of wilderness, 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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