5 soulful yoga retreat destinations

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Over the past year, many people have sought refuge in the peaceful practice of yoga. Now that travel is on the rise again, we discovered that one in four travellers will be prioritising relaxation on their next trip. So, if you’re one of many looking to unite mind, body and wanderlust, check out our selection of the world’s most rejuvenating yoga retreats.

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia

Infinity pool and outdoor showers in lush green surroundings at COMO Shambhala Estate

Infinity pool and outdoor showers in lush green surroundings at COMO Shambhala Estate

Nestled in a lush tropical enclave, Shambhala Estate is the ideal place to relax in Bali. At this luxury yoga retreat, stone steps paved by meandering waterways lead to private residences, and infinity pools drape over the dense jungle canopy. A stay here is guaranteed to cleanse your body of the stresses of the outside world – even without a round of yoga.

But if mindfulness is on your mind, Shambhala Estate has a full menu of holistic health offerings, ranging from meditation, Pilates, yoga, hydrotherapy, and more. Want a more personal experience? The estate’s internationally accredited teachers will happily craft an individualised wellness plan for you.

Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa, Taghazout, Morocco

Yoga class on the beach at Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa

Yoga class on the beach at Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa

Situated in the rustic fishing village of Taghazout, Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa is a 300-acre oasis of calm and fun. From focusing on your breathwork at seaside yoga workshops to losing said breath in an intrepid surf lesson, there’s no shortage of enjoyment to be had here.

After a sunkissed yoga session, tuck into healthy organic fare at the resort’s restaurant and savour a selection of fresh food and juices to refuel after a blissful practice. End your day with a massage, or treat yourself to a cocktail while gazing out at the sun sinking into the Atlantic.

Tri, Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka

Disappear into the natural surroundings at Tri

Disappear into the natural surroundings at Tri

Tri is situated on the shores of tranquil Lake Koggala and enclosed on all sides by sweet-scented cinnamon plantations. The walls of the resort are made of wood from the surrounding plantations and disappear into its natural surroundings. Only the occasional peek of a thatched roof or glistening water from the infinity pools give away its location.

The resort is the brainchild of Rob Drummond, who’s big on sustainability. Nature seeps into every space here, with harmless geckos scuttling about and kingfishers perched by earth-hued pools. It’ll be all too tempting to simply kick back and enjoy the decadence of nature, green juice in hand – but there’s also an array of wellness services to try. Rob's wife, Lara, conducts yoga sessions in a treetop sala (hall) hidden among the bamboo groves, and her list of clients includes Gerard Butler and Sienna Miller. Thanks to Tri’s proximity to the coast, you can soak away any lingering stresses in the roaring Indian Ocean.

Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort, Tulum, Mexico

Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort, Tulum, Mexico

Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort, Tulum, Mexico

Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort in Tulum is a sanctuary for those who love sun, sand and soulful reflection. It's a Bohemian-chic yogi abode designed to cater for every creature comfort while bringing you closer to nature.

Situated 2.5 kilometres inland from Paraíso Beach, this adults-only wellness retreat boasts hammocks that brush the surface of pools, refreshing outdoor showers, hidden reading nooks – and of course, yoga. The best part? All sessions and equipment are free, but you’re welcome to donate to the instructor. Once you’re done putting yourself in posture-aligning pretzel positions, it’s time to unfold into Savasana by the poolside.

Six Senses, Douro Valley, Portugal

Six Senses, Douro Valley, Portugal

Six Senses, Douro Valley, Portugal

Retreat to the mountains at this oasis of peace amid northern Portugal’s idyllic vineyards and sunbaked canyons. Vaulted ceilings reach down to meet your mountain pose at this 19th-century mansion-turned-hotel by the edge of the Douro River. The surrounding landscape is spectacular all year round, with rolling hills awash with the rugged hues of farmland and crumbling manor homes.

The resort’s three-day-long Discover Yoga programme aims to improve your mind-body balance and is suitable for novices and advanced yogis alike. If you prefer to practice solo, focus on your breath while sitting in a bird’s nest swing, or dive into a refreshing moment of poolside meditation. Top it all off with a dining experience at the on-site restaurant, accompanied by a glass of local wine.

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