The Best Coastal Yoga Retreats
Maya Tulum Resort
Why You’ll Love It: Located on the Riviera Maya between the pristine blue ocean and the tropical forests, this wellness and health spa is made for relaxing and rejuvenating.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: One of two thatched-roof yoga halls on resort property
Post-Yoga Diversions: 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.
When To Go: Retreats are offered year-round. Check out the restorative Yoga in Paradise workshop from February 27 through March 5.
Cost: Prices vary by retreat; mayatulum.com
Las Olas Surf and Yoga
Why You’ll Love It: Its motto is “We make girls out of women.” You get the physical challenges of surfing and the relaxation of yoga, all in one vacation.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, every morning and afternoon
Post-Yoga Diversions: spa treatments, salsa dancing, and stand-up paddleboarding
When To Go: Retreats are scheduled year-round.
Cost: Deluxe villas start at $2,695 for shared bedrooms; villas with private bedrooms start at $3,595. Includes airport transportation, five nights accommodations, breakfasts, 2 dinners with drinks, a boat excursion, daily yoga, daily surf lessons, surf equipment, and a sports massage; surflasolas.com
The Island Experience
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Why You’ll Love It: Ilha Grande, off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, claims 106 beaches―what’s not to love?
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: A spacious studio surrounded by glass walls overlooking the ocean and rainforest
Post-Yoga Diversions: rainforest hiking, sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling
When To Go: 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, two one-hour massages, and various activities, including snorkeling and Brazilian dance; theislandexperience.com
White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center
Santa Barbara, California
Why you’ll Love It: You sleep in yurts. This retreat center dates to 1983; 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: $650 for a weekend retreat, or $825 for a long weekend, includes accommodations, gourmet vegetarian meals, and two daily yoga classes; whitelotus.org
The Standard Spa
Miami Beach, 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. Try the Creative Insight Journey Retreat & Course (January 28 - February 1), which includes guided meditations, personal development workshops, yoga, and more.
Cost: Varies by retreat; for the Creative Insight Course, rates start at $1,700, includes two nights accommodations, daily yoga and meditation, a spa treatment, and breakfast and lunch; standardhotels.com
COMO Shambhala retreat at Parrot Cay
Turks & Caicos
Why You’ll Love It: What could be more relaxing than yoga on a private island?
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: in an open-air yoga pavilion
Post-Yoga Diversions: Parrot Cay offers all sorts of spa treatments and watersports―typical of a posh beach resort.
When To Go: year-round
Cost: Rates vary by retreat; Check out the Curry Sisters Retreat from April 25 – 29, 2016. Rates start at $5,746, including 6 nights accomodations, 3 meals per day, and four and a half hours of yoga per day for five days. comohotels.com/parrotcay/wellbeing
Exotic Yoga Retreats
Dalmation Islands, Croatia
Why You’ll Love It: You can (literally) dive right off your mat into the azure blue Adriatic Sea for a post-yoga swim.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: On a 520-square-foot boat deck while anchored at sea
Post-Yoga Diversions: A 100-foot wooden gullet will sail you to various ports around the islands, where you can explore charming seaside villages before returning to the cruise to hit the onboard bar and dining room.
When To Go: Cruises are offered in June and August
Cost: From $2,695 per person for a shared room, includes 7 nights aboard the cruise, two sea-based meals per day, two daily yoga classes, group excursions and paddleboards. exoticyogaretreats.com
Montezuma, Costa Rica
Why You’ll Love It: The views are never-ending: ocean, rainforests, and waterfalls are all within steps.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: In an open-air pavilion perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the sea
Post-Yoga Diversions: horseback riding, surfing, hiking, kayaking, ATV tours, plus evening entertainment including fire dancers, trapeze acts, and musical performances
When To Go: Retreats are offered year-round
Cost: From $895, including 7 nights accommodations in a shared room and 3 meals per day, plus an additional $95 for 10 yoga classes and entertainment. http://www.anamayaresort.com
Yoga Breaks Spain
Why You’ll Love It: The Costa Blanca region is untouched by large-scale industries, so there’s lots of green, lots of sunshine, and very little pollution.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: Retreats are held in three different coastal towns, so locations vary from sandy beaches and poolsides to sunlit studios in cooler months.
Post-Yoga Diversions: Guided bike rides, horse treks, sea kayaking, personal training sessions, and movie nights
Cost: Prices vary by retreat; try the new Cleansing Yoga & Detox Retreat for $1,200 per person, includes five nights in a private villa, three cleansing meals per day, two yoga classes per day, a guided hike, guided meditation, and unlimited herbal teas. yogabreaks.org.uk
The Pearl Laguna
Laguna Beach, California
Why You’ll Love It: You don’t have to travel far to escape completely among century-old Oaks and Sycamores in Laguna Canyon.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: A light-filled studio with zen decoration
Post-Yoga Diversions: Daily 3-hour guided hikes through the spectacular hills overlooking the sea, plus massage, tai chi, and workouts in an open-air gym.
Cost: Rates start at $4,850 per person, includes six nights luxury accommodations, all organic meals and fresh juices, guided hikes, two daily yoga classes, and five one-hour massages. thepearllaguna.com
Agios Pavlos, Crete
Why You’ll Love It: If you really want to get away, this gorgeous piece of beach on the southern coast of Crete could be your nirvana. The retreat, popular with Europeans, focuses on Ashtanga yoga.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: A rustic, covered outdoor studio
Post-Yoga Diversions: The bay provides miles of sandy beaches, plus hidden caves and rock formations, to explore.
Cost: from $1,160 per person (double occupancy), includes two weeks accommodations, all meals, and daily yoga classes; yogaplus.co.uk
Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa
Why You’ll Love It: for the exotic seaside location and fabulously sumptuous accommodations
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: in an open-air yoga deck overlooking the ocean
Post-Yoga Diversions: The award-winning spa offers a menu of therapies and treatments, and tai chi on the beach.
When To Go: anytime; book a three-, five-, or seven-night stay.
Cost: $1,600 and up, includes three nights accommodations, airport transfers, daily private yoga classes, two massages, and three meals per day; kamalaya.com
Suncokret Body and Soul Retreat
Hvar Island, Croatia
Why You’ll Love It: An American yoga therapist and her native husband own this island retreat, which specializes in yoga and other holistic health practices, off the coast of Croatia.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: on an outdoor terrace, indoor loft space, or by the sea
Post-Yoga Diversions: Daily outings include tours of the island’s historic villages, safari rides through ancient vineyards, and swims in secret coves.
Cost: starts at around $870 per person for a shared room or $936 for a single room, includes six nights accommodations, two meals a day, daily island excursions, and twice daily yoga; suncokretdream.net
Why You’ll Love It: The wellness retreat has expansive outdoor areas for practicing yoga, outdoor dining and gathering around the fire pits.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: Outdoors, with the ocean on one side and the Maui mountains on the other
Post-Yoga Diversions: The retreat is close to world-famous beaches, with great surf, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and kiteboarding
When To Go: Retreats are offered year-round
Cost: Rates vary by retreat; Experienced yogis should try the Advanced Yoga for Everyone course, from $1,750 per person for a shared room, including 5 day accommodations, 3 meals per day, one 60-minute massage, and daily yoga classes. lumeriamaui.com
The Yoga Farm
Punta Banco, Costa Rica
Why You’ll Love It: You’ll be immersed in nature, living off produce grown on the property and exploring one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: An open-air, thatched roof studio surrounded by greenery
Post-Yoga Diversions: surfing, hiking, rainforest tours, fishing, and horseback riding
When To Go: Retreats are offered year-round
Cost: Rates start at $260 per week per person for a shared room, including daily yoga classes and three vegetarian meals per day. yogafarmcostarica.org
The Body Holiday
Why You’ll Love It: Retreats are customizable, meaning you can have as little or as much activity (and as much R&R) as you like.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: In a glass-walled “treehouse” with Caribbean sea and tropical garden views
Post-Yoga Diversions: There are plenty of excursions and activities available both off and on site, including yoga, golf, windsurfing, diving, volleyball, archery, sailing, biking, kayaking, and dancing.
Cost: from $531 per person, per night, includes all meals and daily activities and treatments; thebodyholiday.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 12 - 19. 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
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, paddleboarding, and sailing, plus Mayan temples nearby to explore.
When To Go: Retreats are scheduled all year.
Cost: from $1,200, includes accommodations, three meals a day with unlimited retreat beverages, and yoga twice daily. akbol.com
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Why You’ll Love It: Some like it hot―and these Bikram retreats will get you fired up.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: A rustic, open-air hut surrounded by exotic tropical rainforests…and the ocean is just steps away!
Post-Yoga Diversions: surfing, snorkeling, and hiking
When To Go: Xinalani offers retreats year-round, but don’t miss the Bikram one January 16 – 23.
Cost: from $1,600 – $3,200 per person (double occupancy), includes seven nights lodging, three meals per day, luau, 2 daily yoga classes, and a boat excursion to Yelapa (nearby village and waterfall); bikramyogaretreats.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: anytime; retreats are scheduled year-round
Cost: Solo retreats start at $75 per night for accommodations and breakfast, group retreats start at $450, includes two nights lodging, organic vegetarian meals and two yoga classes a day; yogalodge.com
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: anytime; the non-profit educational retreat center hosts instructors throughout the year
Cost: Rates vary based on retreat; check out the Aloha Hawaii Retreat from March 18 – 23, 2016. Rates start at $1,975, includes three gourmet meals a day, and daily yoga; kalani.com
Why You’ll Love It: Groups are intimate (usually around 10 on each trip) so you’ll enjoy lots of individualized attention.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: Anywhere from the beach to a mountain temple
Post-Yoga Diversions: After morning yoga, visitors can expect to hike as much as 15 miles a day, along with snorkeling, massage, sailing, biking, and horseback riding.
Cost: Varies by location; For Bali Spafaris, rates start at $4,550 (double occupancy – additional $1,400 for single), includes 8 nights accommodations and all meals; spafari.com
The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Why You’ll Love It: You’ll stay in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse on 70 acres of meadows, forests, and organic gardens.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: A spacious, light-filled studio with plenty of windows to connect with nature
Post-Yoga Diversions: Kick back in the Centre’s on-site gardens and library, or spend a day in town exploring the shops, galleries, and famous outdoor Saturday market.
Cost: Rates start at $407 per person for a shared room, includes 2 nights accommodation, all vegetarian meals and snacks, multiple daily yoga classes and meditation. saltspringcentre.com