7 of the Most Exotic Yoga Retreats in the World

Imagine doing mountain poses amid a rainforest canopy or chaturangas on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Picture a dinner made from garden-grown vegetables and meditating as the sun slowly sets. Now breathe—in through your nose and out through your mouth. The following yoga retreats will restore and rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit in some of the world’s most serene and spectacular locales.

1. Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat, Tulum Mexico

With its thatched roofs and hammocks strung by the pool, Amansala offers an eco-chic yoga retreat on the white sands of Tulum, Mexico. Following morning walks and cardio workouts on the beach, sun salutations greet the turquoise ocean or jungle canopies from breezy wood-floored yoga shalas with 360-degree views.

Along with Vinyasa-style classes, cardio workouts, and restorative meditation, the all-inclusive retreat packages also include local adventures such as bike tours to ancient ruins, raw-food cooking classes, and spa offerings that incorporate traditional Mayan healing treatments. Health-conscious, Mexican-style dinners of fresh fish, local produce, and even mango margaritas cap off the evenings before guests recharge in airy cabanas, lulled by the sound of waves.

2. Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Luxury meets Ayurveda, Hatha yoga, and Vedanta in the crisp mountain air of Ananda, an enchanting wellness retreat in the Himalayan foothills of northern India. At this former maharaja’s palace estate amid forests overlooking Rishikesh and the Ganges River Valley, you’ll find customized experiences aimed to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Beneath leafy trees or in an elegant pavilion, traditional Hatha yoga with techniques from Bihar School of Yoga is practiced, along with guided meditation, such as Yoga Nidra.

Daily lectures on Vedanta, a Hindu philosophy, awaken the mind, while the body is nurtured at the expansive spa with Ayurveda and international wellness therapies. The locally sourced, organic cuisine is prepared according to body type and Ayurveda principles and served on a tree-top terrace. Beyond the estate grounds, soulful discoveries include the Rajaji National Park, along with the Beatles Ashram, the inspirational setting where many White Album songs were composed.

3. Silver Island Yoga, Greece

For yogis looking for an intimate, off-the-grid escape, Silver Island Yoga in Greece provides plenty of respite on a 60-acre, privately owned island where hills of olive groves and cypress trees overlook pebbly beaches and quiet coves. Traditional blue-shuttered Greek homes with five bedrooms accommodate up to 10 people in this mindful oasis that runs entirely on solar power. Serenity is found during two-hour yoga classes in an open-air shala with views of the sea—one at dawn and a slower, more meditative session at sunset.

During the day, relax on hammocks or kayak offshore to spot seals and the island’s lighthouse. A church bell signals dinnertime, which features Mediterranean-style, vegetarian fare made with organic ingredients, along with vegan wines.

4. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Costa Rica

Half moon poses become elevated at Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, located at 4,900 feet above sea level in Costa Rica. Here, ever-changing instructors from around the globe give their personal touch to hot yoga and other classes held in the unique mountainside halls with views of the lush central valley. Orchids thrive among the landscaped grounds where rooms gaze over treetops, A-frame cottages overlook coffee plantations, and hybrid tent-bungalows cater to eco-chic nature lovers.

Equally appealing is the dining hall buffet featuring vegetarian, fish, and chicken dishes that spotlight local produce, regional purveyors, and herbs grown on site. The resort also offers bodywork treatments and Costa Rican adventures like rainforest hikes to hot springs and zip-line canopy tours.

5. Lumeria, Maui

A plantation-style home known as the oldest wooden building on Maui provides an authentic setting at Lumeria, a wellness retreat on the North Shore. In this tropical oasis tucked between the historical towns of Paia and Makawao, sunrise meditations and daily classes from flow to restorative yoga are offered in shalas that features a vast sunken garden or a platform looking out toward the mountains.

Enjoy downtime in the saline pool with ocean views or take advantage of horseback riding and stand-up paddleboarding to keep things moving. Sunset dinners of fresh catches and garden-grown produce are served on the back terrace, and fire-pit gatherings bring evenings to a cozy close.

6. Blooming Lotus Yoga, Bali

Across from a Balinese temple, in a rainforest above a sacred river, Blooming Lotus Yoga in Bail provides a spiritual setting for intimate yoga retreats. Amid the leafy jungle, guests gather in an open-air shala for Vinyasa flow, Hatha, and Yin yoga classes, along with meditation sessions. The private plunge pools at shared villas, in addition to massages, provide further relaxation.

Vegetarian meals are offered twice daily. Even more healthy foods can be found in the nearby small town of Ubud, while excursions to nearby rice paddies, Hindu temples, and traditional dance performances offer a glimpse of the local culture.

7. Sen Wellness Sanctuary, Sri Lanka

Located on the Rekawa Nature Reserve in Sri Lanka—where sea turtles nest on a golden-sand beach—lies the Sen Wellness Sanctuary. Accommodating only up to 16 at a time in cabanas designed with local materials among a mangrove forest and lagoon, the sanctuary offers a very private setting for personalized retreats.

Cooled by the breeze of the Indian Ocean, an open-air shala holds yoga classes, gong baths, and meditations sessions with a Buddhist monk, while Ayurvedic and osteopathy treatments enable further body and mind healing. Group gatherings also include buffet meals showcasing locally sourced Sri Lankan dishes. While you’re there, be sure to take an excursion to spot elephants in the wild.

Whether or not you’re able to take your dream yoga retreat, the discipline is worth pursuing wherever you lay your mat. Enhance the experience with clothing from Mission, which features the patented 37.5 technical fabric, which attracts and rapidly removes sweat so that you can stay drier longer. It will keep you comfortable in any position. For women, try the VaporActive Radiate Cropped Yoga Legging paired with an Alpha V-Neck T-Shirt. Men’s options are also available.

So whether you’re on the yoga retreat of a lifetime or at your local gym, you can be performing at your best.

Written by Elizabeth Stanek for RootsRated Media in partnership with 37.5.

Featured image provided by Jared Rice