Ambergris Caye, Belize
Why You’ll Love It: Views of turquoise Caribbean water from the beachfront casitas and the yoga palapa can’t be beat.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: in a palapa built over the sea, 300 feet from shore
Post-Yoga Diversions: The second largest coral reef in the world is within eyesight, so there’s lots of snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and sailing.
When To Go: Retreats are scheduled all year, but personal retreats, such as the Yoga/Adventure package, mix daily yoga instruction with watersports and inland excursions to Mayan ruins.
Cost: from $1,200, includes accommodations, three meals a day, and water taxi to and from San Pedro; akbol.com
Why You’ll Love It: At the edge of Corcovado National Park, this yoga lodge offers up yoga and spa treatments smack in the middle of “the most biologically intense place on Earth,” according to National Geographic.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on a yoga platform hanging over the rain forest hillside with views of the Pacific
Post-Yoga Diversions: waterfall hikes, kayaking, surfing lessons, horseback riding, and spa treatments
When To Go: Yoga & Meditation retreat March 5–13. Other retreats offered throughout the year.
Cost: $1,885 per person (double occupancy), includes one night in San Jose, domestic air and transfers, seven nights at Luna Lodge, three meals a day, two daily yoga classes, and a day trip to Corcovado National Park; lunalodge.com
The Island Experience
Iha Grande, Brazil
Ilha Grande, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, claims 106 beaches―what’s not to love? The Island Experience is a spa/fitness lodge that offers seven-day programs from March to December, combining outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking with yoga and meditation.
Cost: $1,900 per person (double occupancy), includes six nights lodging, all meals, twice daily yoga classes, a daily one-hour massage, and various activities, including snorkeling and Brazilian dance; theislandexperience.com
Punta de Mita, Mexico
This luxury spa specializes in Ayurveda (an ancient natural healing system) and yoga. Try the Heart to Core fitness and yoga retreat (April 24-30) for daily yoga and power hikes.
Cost: $1,995, includes airport transport, lodging, activities, food, and massage treatment; villaananda.com
Serenity with style sums up this place; it’s a spa, but it’s swanky. In early summer, witness caguamas (loggerhead sea turtles) making their way up the beach to lay eggs, or take a day trip to the ruins of ancient Mayan cities. Retreats offered year-round, but we love the ReSource Pilates and Yoga retreat, May 1–8.
Cost: from $1,445 to $2,265, includes seven nights accommodations, three meals a day, and daily Pilates and yoga classes; mayatulum.com