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Finding your inner peace goes hand-in-hand with traveling, and yoga hotels help visitors do some soul searching while enjoying the perks of vacation. These hotels, resorts and lodges are centered around various types of yoga, but often offer spa treatments, outdoor adventures such as hiking, healing springs, surfing or kayaking, plus healthy dining options to complete the experience. You don’t have to go far to find the perfect yoga retreat – many are located right in the United States or Central America. Here are the eight best yoga-themed properties ranging from beachfront resorts to secluded rustic lodges.
Best for Solos: Anamaya Resort Retreat Center (Costa Rica)
With an array of activities and a community environment that makes it easy to meet other travelers, the Anamaya Resort Retreat Center is an easy choice for solo travelers. Tucked away in Montezuma, Costa Rica next to a stunning waterfall, the resort has an infinity pool facing the ocean, saunas, fire-dancers, aerial trapeze acts and massage treatments at the spa. Sunrise yoga takes place on the platform with unbelievable views on the edge of a cliff, and classes are offered twice daily. There are also yoga retreats that combine surfing, scuba or permaculture, as well as yoga teacher training. Accommodations are cabins and bungalows that incorporate locally made furnishings and bedding, and are tranquil safe havens surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Best Spa: Miraval Resort and Spa (Arizona)
Combining a relaxing spa with a yoga retreat sooths the body and the mind, and the Miraval Resort and Spa in Tuscon Arizona has a fabulous mix of both. Unwind with the Sonoran Desert as a backdrop with body renewal rituals such as salt scrubs and mud wraps, or neuromuscular and hot-stone massage treatments. There’s also chakra healing, Reiki, Naga (a Buddhist tradition), acupuncture and reflexology. In addition, the resort has a plethora of yoga instruction, including energy yoga, a happy hour class and aerial yoga – where participates will be suspended three feet in the air. Guests can also practice on their own yoga in spacious, luxurious rooms (some even have soaking tubs, outdoor showers and private patios).
Best Boutique: Hawaii Island Retreat
Those looking for a boutique hotel experience in a gorgeous setting should visit the Hawaii Island Retreat on the north coast of the Big Island. Set on 50 acres of lush vegetation, TripAdvisor members describe the location as “magical,” and raved about the dedicated retreats. The eco hotel offers its signature three-, five- or seven-night yoga retreats with spa treatments, two daily yoga classes and farm-to-table meals included. Guests can stay in luxury yurts overlooking the ocean or in spacious suites with a minimum of 375 square feet, historic Hawaiian décor, organic bamboo robes and private patios. Unwind by the infinity pool, meditate in the yoga studio or catch a flick in the theater room. There’s also ocean kayaking, swimming, sailing and snorkeling nearby.
Best Beachfront: Ak Bol Yoga Retreat (Belize)
Once a coconut plantation, the seven chic cabanas at Ak Bol Yoga Retreat offer a serene setting on a white-sand beach with surreal views. Set on Ambergris Cay, Belize, the resort has daily restorative yoga classes under an open-air palapa (located over the water). There’s also guided meditation, massage therapy and a casual island bar and restaurant that serves unique breakfast favorites that TripAdvisor members rave about (try the coconut French toast). Guests can also stay in village rooms with shared baths adjacent to the tropical meditation garden. The resort is a short bike ride away from the restaurants and shops of San Pedro.
Best Lodge: Feathered Pipe Ranch (Montana)
If a cozy, rustic mountain lodge is your idea of the perfect yoga retreat, consider staying at the Feathered Pipe Ranch. Accommodations are basic (but charming) and range from shared log-cabin dormitories and cabins, to teepees, yurts and tents. The ranch is located just outside of Helena, Montana with deer roaming the property, and beavers, muskrats, ducks and trout in the lake. Miles of hiking trails surround the lodge, or for a low-key activity a massage room is available for soothing treatments. Yoga workshops are held in the main lodge, with scheduled retreats offered throughout the summer months (and some in the winter). The ranch is run by the Feathered Pipe Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to nurture sustainable and holistic communities.
Best for Getting Back to Basics: Breitenbush Hot Springs (Oregon)
With no cell phones, Wi-Fi, or television at Breitenbush Hot Springs, it's the perfect spot for a digital detox. The cabins were constructed in 1930 and come with basic bunk beds, and while some private cabins have toilets and sinks, the shared dormitories have restrooms in the bath house. Tent camping and RV parking are also available. Although the yoga programs aren’t as intensive as other getaways, daily offerings of yoga, dance, singing, and meditation happen in the beautiful sanctuary room, or you can find a spot on the lodge’s 154 acres lined with hiking trails. Soak in the healing hot springs, read a book in the library or meditate by the stone labyrinth and glacier-fed river. Yoga and massage workshops are held throughout the year, and vegetarian meals are included in the cost.
Best Splurge: Cal a Vie Spa and Resort (California)
The opulent Cal a Vie Spa and Resort is ideal for a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving the United States. Located outside of San Diego, the resort is designed to feel like a hotel on the French Riviera, with 32 luxury villas and suites with private sundecks, sweeping views and Southern California’s blissful weather. The expansive spa menu includes aromatherapy, Thai massages, salt scrubs and body wraps, while the yoga program has a number of unique options. There’s a meditation labyrinth, aqua yoga, chakra yoga, Thai Chi and nearly 20 additional yoga classes. Guests can also utilize the fitness program, stroll along the vineyards or relax by the inviting stone-lined pool area.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Sewall House Yoga Retreat (Maine)
Enjoy the simple things in life at the charming, Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Island Falls, Maine, a six-room bed and breakfast with a daily roster of healthy activities. Start the morning with meditation or Hatha yoga (included) followed by a fabulous vegetarian breakfast. Guests can enjoy free time by soaking in the Jacuzzi, going paddle boarding, hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming or exploring the New National Monument (the Katahdin Woods). Lake tours are also available. Rooms are independently decorated with antique beds, but note that while some have private baths, others are shared. TripAdvisor members raved about the friendly staff and outstanding cooking. Free airport transportation is offered from Bangor Airport.