The World’s Best Yoga Retreats
Hey, you: the giant stressball maniacally texting while on a conference call while bulk-ordering trashbags on Amazon. Don’t you think it’s time to chillax? Say, with a little downward dog? Here, nine retreats across the globe where you can channel your inner yogi.
Best For Going Alone
Want to get all Eat, Pray, Love by your lonesome? A safe bet for the solo traveler is Mulia Villas in Bali, which offers a variety of yoga styles--hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga--plus facials (including a golden caviar option), massages and auric cleansing, which is apparently a thing.
Lifestyle Wellness Program starting at $465 for half-day package and $625 for full-day package; themulia.com
Best For First-Time Yogis
There?s nothing like going straight to the source for a serious intro. Vana Wellness Retreat in Dehradun, India, explores the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of wellbeing through yoga, meditation, hiking and even mindful tea drinking. (Bet you didn?t know you were drinking tea in a non-mindful manner.)
Starting at $376 per night, with a five-night minimum stay; vanaretreats.com
Best For A Girls Getaway
Reconnect with your besties offline at Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand. During the three-day digital-detox package (spa treatments included), yoga instructors come to your villa for private classes overlooking the sea. C’mon, doesn’t your BFF Shelly need an excuse to step away from her smartphone?
Three-day retreats starting at $1,270 per person; paresaresorts.com
Best For The Thrill-Seeker
Forget skiing. Head to Park City, Utah, for a rejuvenation experience with bragging rights. At Washington School House, you can sign up for paddleboard yoga in a 90-plus-degree natural therapeutic pool deep inside a 10,000-year-old crater. Not for the faint of heart.
Renewal package (with private one-hour yoga session) starting at $667 per night based on double occupancy; washingtonschoolhouse.com
Best For Also Shedding A Few Pounds
Rancho Valencia in sunny San Diego is focused on fitness and features a 1,000-square-foot serenity yoga pavilion, 18 tennis courts (with pro instructors), spin and TRX classes. Get your butt kicked (like, really kicked) and be rewarded with a tall glass of fresh cold-pressed juice when you’re done.
Rooms starting at $552 per night; $40 for monthly yoga workshop (available to both guests and drop-ins); ranchovalencia.com
Best For The Serious Yogi
If you’re two steps away from yoga instructor certification yourself, venture down to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, to reinforce your training with a program developed by Western yoga pioneer Indra Devi.
Weeklong packages starting at $3,750 per person; rancholapuerta.com
Best For History Buffs
Wish you could travel back in time to ancient Arabia? Hit up Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai which purports to re-create a lost world, along with first-class yoga, meditation and breathtaking views. (And don’t worry, ancient Arabia still features a health club, spa and plenty of A.C.)
Rooms starting at $460 per night; yoga classes starting at $33 per person; jumeirah.com
Best For Ladies Who Are Into Crystals And Stuff
Embrace your inner spiritual goddess at The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This yoga retreat includes private sessions on the beach, moon meditation and--wait for it--a “moonstone flow treatment,” in which a little rock is placed on your pressure points and meridians to initiate self-healing. (Hey, whatever floats your boat, man.)
Luna y Mar Spa’s Yoga Getaway retreat starts at $520 per person; theresortatpedregal.com