based: Koh Samui, Thailand
A stunning, Moroccan-inspired wellness resort for those seeking a journey back to balance, rejuvenation and a healthy lifestyle. Awarded "Best Value for Weight loss" by Conde Naste Traveller (2014), they offer a wide range of programs to help cleanse, recharge and revitalize; including detox, spa, yoga, fitness, pilates, reformer bootcamp, weight management and anti-stress programs.
| spa | yoga | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | massage | meditation | detoxification | weight loss | Thailand |
Active Gourmet Holidays
based: Connecticut, USA
Culinary vacations in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Peru, Morocco and Greece that include three or four star accommodation, cooking lessons with local chefs, vineyard visits with wine tastings and wine education, visits to markets and local food producers, gourmet meals. Holidays can be paired with walking, hiking, biking, yoga, language lessons and more.
| cookery | gastronomic | wine | walk/trek/hike | cycle touring | yoga | Western Europe | Peru | Morocco | Greece |
based: East Sussex, UK
Offering yoga retreats and holidays in the UK and overseas, AdventureYogi specialises in holidays that combine yoga with adventure activities like surfing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing; or in retreats to simply relax and restore. Stay somewhere special, feel energised by yoga, relaxed by massage and invigorated by delicious vitality foods.
| retreats | yoga | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | massage | detoxification | diving/snorkelling | surfing | walk/trek/hike | ski/snowboard | mountain biking | UK | Worldwide |
Atsitsa Bay Holistic Holidays
based: Skyros Island, Greece
Atsitsa Bay, on Skyros Island's pine-forested coast, offers a range of activities with experienced facilitators including windsurfing, yoga, art, comedy and music. Try something new, discover hidden talents and meet a variety of interesting people. Delicious food, inspiring courses, picturesque setting and great company, it's a winning combination! Vegetarians welcome.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | windsurfing | singing courses | comedy | painting/drawing | multi-activity | self development | singles | vegetarian/vegan | Greece |
based: Alicante, Spain
Awaken Holidays offer a collection of specialist holidays from expert providers; holidays for improving wellbeing, relaxing the mind and exciting the soul. Highlighting the best of yoga retreats, fitness holidays, bootcamps, detox breaks and spa retreats; as well as showcasing a great selection of walking, cycling and activity holidays Worldwide.
| fitness | boot camps | yoga | pilates | cycle touring | spas | walk/trek/hike | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide | Western Europe |
Azul Yoga & Pilates
based: Fuerteventura, Spain
Rejuvenate at a beautiful villa retreat on the sunny island of Fuerteventura. Enjoy small class sizes, excellent instruction, delicious food and holistic therapies. Experience hatha yoga, vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, meditation, Pilates and tai chi. Add a surf course for extra exhilaration.
| pilates | yoga | retreats | massage | meditation | detoxification | ayurveda | nutrition | surfing | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | Spain |
based: Alicante, Spain
Rejuvenating, yoga inspired wellbeing holidays and health retreats near the sea in sunny Spain. Featured in the 'Top 10 Yoga Retreats of the World 2012'. The holidays offer inspiring yoga, pilates, fitness, delicious ayurvedic inspired vegetarian meals, hikes, meditation, biking, educational health workshops and holistic therapies. Carefully selected small, beautiful hotels in special locations.
| yoga | pilates | meditation | fitness | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | nutrition | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | vegetarian/vegan | walk/trek/hike | Spain |
Bootlace Walking Holidays
based: Granada, Spain
Spectacular mountain walks with experienced guides following ancient waterways and caminos, once silk routes of the Moors and drovers' paths. Vegetarian/vegan friendly, all-inclusive, bespoke plus self-guided holidays. Also accompanied treks with local guides in Morocco and special activity holidays such as herbalism, photography, yoga and walking.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | vegetarian/vegan | yoga | herb | photographic | Spain |
Cala d'Or Yoga
based: Cala d'Or, Majorca, Spain
Practice yoga by the beach on the stunning East coast of Majorca, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Dynamic hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Spain |
based: Mlini, nr Dubrovnik, Croatia
Practice yoga by the beach on the fascinating coast of Croatia near Dubrovnik, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Dynamic hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Croatia |
Himalayan Yoga Institute
based: London, UK
Himalayan Yoga Institute based: London, UK website: himalayanyogainstitute.com Yoga retreat holidays in two locations; in the Indian Himalayas and on the Isle of Losinj in Croatia. Offering intensive practice of yoga and meditation in beautiful locations, a vegetarian diet and a wide range of activities: twice daily yoga classes, meditation, chanting, hiking, swimming, nutritional advice and life-coaching.
| yoga | retreats | meditation | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | vegetarian/vegan | India | Croatia |
based: Magnesia, Greece
Kalikalos summer school offers a full programme of holistic community-based workshops, retreats and workcamps from May through September. Offerings include, Advaita satsang, August family weeks, creative arts, healing, self development, Vipassana meditation, walking weeks and yoga. The centre is unique in that it's run as a community and with vegetarian meals.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | tai chi | yoga | self development | meditation | painting/drawing | ethical/ecotourism | vegetarian/vegan | family/child friendly | summer schools | working/volunteer holidays | Greece |
BIMINI, BAHAMAS: Yoga and swimming with dolphins
An unusual combination retreat, swimming with wild dolphins in the warm, clear blue Caribbean; together with yoga, meditation, breathwork, healthy eating, cruising and relaxation on the boat create a thoroughly nurturing and rejuvenating break. Retreats are held between April and November. Optional yoga classes are provided every day.
The retreat is based on the small tropical island of Bimini. From there guests go out to the dolphins by boat; the dolphin swims are carried out with awareness and respect. A limited number of private single bedrooms are available for those who prefer not to share.
Yoga and Pilates have many similarities, in fact they complement each other well and some retreats will combine the two. So how do they compare and which one offers the right retreat for you?
With its roots in Northern India, yoga dates back thousands of years and is based on the idea of moving energy through the body. Practiced to its fullest extent it is actually a complete holistic system – a lifestyle – that focuses on the union of body, mind and spirit. It includes everything: physical postures (known as asanas), healthy diet, meditation, breath control (pranayama), personal hygiene and relaxation. Physically yoga supports and strengthens all muscle groups equally while also improving flexibility and mental clarity.
Retreats will vary, some using only physical yoga, while others will fully encompass other aspects such as meditation, breathing or spirituality – be aware of this when searching for a retreat.
Also be aware of the many different styles of yoga available, from slow and restorative forms like Iyengar, to faster more aerobic styles such as Vinyasa, or techniques such as Bikram 'hot yoga' and newer forms like Power Yoga.
See how this compares to Pilates here»
Discover breaks and holidays which combine yoga with other activities; find out what's available and the destinations served.
There are adventure yoga holidays which also include diving, walking, surfing, climbing, skiing, you name it! And there are cultural and creative yoga breaks that combine the practice with activities such as cooking, painting, writing, dance or safaris. Read the full article here»
Whether you are looking for a yoga holiday in the sun, Alpine yoga on a ski trip, a beautiful location where you can also walk or paint, or somewhere local for a quick weekend away, you'll find yoga holidays right across the globe to suit.
This site offers yoga breaks throughout the UK and Ireland for people wanting a short break or an inexpensive retreat with less travelling costs. In Europe sunny destinations like Spain, France, Italy, Greece Portugal and Turkey are most popular. While further afield keen travellers will find yoga retreats in the USA, Central and South America and Africa. With Asia, including Sri Lanka, Thailand and in particular India (the home of yoga) being the most popular destination for serious yoga practitioners.