23 Best Coastal Yoga Retreats

Whether you’re an experienced yogi or a curious newbie, a yoga getaway is a great way to refresh and rejuvenate. We scoured beaches all over the world to find our favorites.

Writer Candace H. Schlosser

White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center
Santa Barbara, California
Why you’ll Love It: You sleep in yurts. This retreat center dates to 1967; founder Ganga White is one of the country’s most well-known yogis.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: just outside town in a canyon with views of the Pacific
Post-Yoga Diversions: The campus sits in the mountains overlooking Santa Barbara, so there’s plenty of exploring.
When To Go: Retreats are scheduled year-round. If you don’t have a whole week to unwind, the Memorial Day Yoga Retreat is a great way to spend a long weekend.
Cost: $150 deposit, then a $675 donation, includes accommodations and meals; whitelotus.org

The Standard

Miami, Florida
Why You’ll Love It: The ultra-chic hotel has an amazing Yoga, Movement, and Meditation program. Great for the hipster crowd.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on a bayside dock or in the movement center, with panoramic views of the bay
Post-Yoga Diversions: The spa offers acupuncture, fitness training, and nutrition-focused cooking lessons. And there’s always South Beach ...
When To Go: anytime. Year-round retreats, workshops, and seminars available.
Cost: from $1,200, includes two nights accommodations, daily yoga and meditation, a spa treatment, and breakfast and lunch; standardhotels.com

Kalani Retreat

Big Island, Hawaii
Why You’ll Love It: Nearby volcano Kilauea provides a dramatic backdrop for a restorative vacation.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the most picturesque spots in the United States.
Post-Yoga Diversions: scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking by waterfalls and botanical gardens. A black-sand beach is only a short walk away.
When To Go: The resort hosts instructors throughout the year; check out the Yoga, Meditation, and Live Music retreat: Relax and Restore in Paradise, April 6–11.
Cost: $999 for a room with private bath for six days and five nights, includes three meals a day and daily yoga with live music; kalani.com

The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island, Washington
Why You’ll Love It: It’s an inexpensive and homey getaway for those who really want to simplify and enjoy peaceful surroundings.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: in a forest on Puget Sound, 25 miles from Seattle
Post-Yoga Diversions: wandering five acres of woodlands and appreciating the lush landscape and wildlife
When To Go: 2010 retreats are ongoing, or you can drop in for a weekend of yoga.
Cost: starts at $375 for two nights lodging, includes vegetarian meals and two to three yoga classes a day; yogalodge.com

Bikram Yoga Retreats
Kauai, Hawaii
Why You’ll Love It: Some like it hot―and these Bikram retreats are pretty sultry.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: at one of three locations: on Kauai, Maui, or the Big Island. The ocean is just steps away!
Post-Yoga Diversions: surfing, snorkeling, and hiking
When To Go: Check out the Big Island retreat in summer 2010.
Cost: from $1,395 to $1,895 per person (double occupancy), includes seven nights lodging, daily brunch, five gourmet dinners, luau, yoga, posture clinic, and island excursions; bikramyogaretreats.com