What constitutes the perfect vacation differs from one person to the next. While for some people, they want an adventurous holiday trying lots of new outdoor activities, others simply want some rest and relaxation. Those who prefer the latter type of vacation might want to consider visiting a luxurious yoga retreat in a beautiful location. This will give you the opportunity to relax in their surroundings, experience rejuvenating treatments, enjoy luxurious accommodation, and return home rested after their break. There are many destinations across the globe that have amazing spa resorts and each of these has something different to offer. Here are five of the most luxurious yoga retreats in the world that you should try to visit this year.
1. Schloss Elmau, Elmau, Germany
This family-owned resort is over one hundred years old and is located in the Bavarian Alps. It is now one of the premier spa facilities in the whole of Europe and was used in 2015 as the setting for the G8 summit. The Schloss Elmau offers an extensive range of facilities to its guests. These include the Turtle Spa that focuses on Chinese medicine, the mountain view Badehaus Spa, and the Oriental Hana. There is also an excellent choice of activities for guests to enjoy during their stay, such as yoga retreats, tai chi and qigong. While many spa resorts are adults only, this spa is unique in that it also caters to younger guests with their 24-hour family spa that includes a saltwater infinity pool, a Finnish sauna, and an indoor pool.
2. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
Rancho La Puerta is in one of the most breathtaking settings in the world as it is located in Tecate in the mountains of Baja California. There is a choice of different experiences to enjoy while staying at this establishment. For example, you can focus on wellness, spending time relaxing in the spa or enjoying a culinary experience. Rancho La Puerta offers an extensive list of activities for their visitors. Some of these include yoga, cooking classes, fitness sessions, art classes, workshops, lectures, nature activities, and sessions focusing on reflection and mindfulness.
3. Fonteverde, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy
The Fonteverde resort is located in San Casciano dei Bagni in the Tuscany region of Italy. The accommodation was originally a Renaissance palace for Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici. It stands in beautiful gardens and is surrounded by the stunning hills of Val ‘Orcia next to the natural hot springs. They market themselves as a spat where hospitality meets wellness. Amongst the wide range of facilities are hot tubs, treatment rooms, and panoramic pools. Guests can enjoy yoga, massages, physiotherapy, thermal treatments, medicinal therapies, dietetics, and beauty treatments. They also offer a range of programs to tackle specific issues, such as stress or cellulite. Additional features of this resort include a heliport and a fine dining restaurant.
4. Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
Located in Hua Hin in the Gulf of Thailand, Chiva-Som is described as a haven of life by its owners. The luxurious accommodation at this yoga retreat and spa offers a space for tranquillity for its residents and is set in seven acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. Some of the rooms also offer spectacular views across the Gulf of Thailand. The high-end facilities on offer here include 70 treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, jacuzzis, a Watsu pool, an outdoor swimming pool, a kinesis studio, a gym, an indoor swimming pool, and a bathing pavilion with a Kneipp bath. Another fantastic aspect of a stay at Chiva-Som ins the culinary experience. The Spa cuisine is award-winning and includes dishes made using the fruit and vegetable grown on-site. Guests can choose to enjoy a fine dining experience in the Emerald room, eat in the Taste of Siam restaurant by the sea, or to dine outdoors taking advantage of the wonderful climate and spectacular views.
5. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
Ananda in the Himalayas is a luxury destination spa that is located on The Palace Estate in Uttarakhand, India. It overlooks the Ganges River Valley and is surrounded by Sal forests. Guests can enjoy healthy organic cuisine during their stay and participate in yoga and fitness sessions that are focused on harmonizing energy. They have a range of programs that are tailored to meeting different health needs, such as rejuvenation, anti-aging, losing weight, and de-stressing. Guests can also take part in arranged activities beyond the resort, such as white water rafting, nature walks, and safaris.