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 |
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 |
OnTrack Weight Loss & Fitness Retreat
based: Devon, UK
Specialist weight loss, fitness and lifestyle change health retreats in the heart of the Devon countryside. Retreats designed to help with fat loss, fitness, good eating and healthy living, created for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels – offering a daily program of fitness classes, mindset seminars and healthy nutrition.
| retreats | fitness | boot camps | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | UK | England |
based: East Sussex/Kent, UK
Offering juice detox retreats in England (in East Sussex/Kent and Leicestershire) with yoga and healing. Weight loss and fitness, fertility, stop smoking and emotional healing retreats with 50+ holistic treatments. "One of the Best Retreats in the World" – Telegraph.
| yoga | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | fitness | stag/hen | self development | NLP | meditation | England |
based: Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
Practice yoga by the beach on the beautiful north east coast of Sardinia, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Choose from vinyasa flow or gentle hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Italy |
based: Greece & Isle of Wight, UK
An impressive range of active, creative and holistic holidays in Greece and Isle of Wight, UK. Art, dance, writing, music & singing holidays; Christmas & New Year retreats; comedy & theatre courses; health & wellbeing retreats; outdoor adventure, watersports & yoga holidays. Many breaks offering a host of activities in one package.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | retreats | yoga | painting/drawing | mosaic | dance (mixed) | writing | comedy | windsurfing | sea kayaking/canoeing | singles | Greece | UK |
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort
based: Talalla, Sri Lanka
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Resort was one of the first Ayurveda Hotels in Sri Lanka to cater exclusively for Panchakarma Ayurveda guests. Surya Lanka specialises in Sri Lankan Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, all in one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. It also conducts regular Ayurveda retreats and Yoga retreats.
| ayurveda | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | meditation | massage | weight loss | detoxification | spas | Sri Lanka |
The Ultimate Retreat Company Featured Site
based: Alicante, Spain
Luxury all-inclusive health retreats for weight loss, fitness, detox, wellbeing and anti-ageing, set in a beautiful award winning venue and spa. Join their exceptional and professional retreat team which includes a doctor, nutritionist, yoga and pilates teachers, personal trainers and holistic therapists; who will offer inspirational and individual care and support.
| weight loss | detoxification | yoga | pilates | fitness | nutrition | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | retreats | singles | Spain |
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're 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 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 destinations.