A woman holds a yoga pose in Bali
Bali is seductively calm and the perfect environment for meditation and yoga.
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Find Serenity at 9 of the Best Yoga Holiday Destinations Around the World

Soothe Your Soul at These Indulgent Yoga Retreats

Yoga vacations are the ultimate (re)treat. As well as getting to enjoy a glorious destination, you’ll be able to indulge in holistic activities that boost your mental and physical well-being. The best yoga retreats provide a complete break from the rush of everyday life.

Pick one of these yoga resorts and book a holiday that will leave you calm, refreshed and rejuvenated in every way.

Bali, Indonesia

The whole of Bali stands out as a fabulous yoga vacation destination. It’s also one of the cheapest places for yogis to escape to, as you can opt to either participate in classes at a yoga center and book cheap accommodation independently, or go all-in at one of the upscale yoga resorts.

There are dozens of yoga retreats to choose from, but one that stands out is Como Shambhala Estate — it’s the ultimate deluxe yoga experience. Whichever option you choose, the zen vibes and outstanding natural beauty of Bali will ensure that you are in full nama-stay-here-forever mode the entire time.

dhow sailboat at sunset off the coast of Lamu, KenyaMeditate with like-minded souls on a dhow sailboat at sunset as you cruise off the coast of Lamu in Kenya. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Lamu Yoga Festival, Kenya

The Kenyan coast is a magical place. Lamu is an island on the Indian Ocean where time slows down to a crawl, leaving you with plenty of time to bask on the shimmering beaches and watch dhow boats float dreamily by.

The Lamu Yoga Festival is a recent addition to the island. It takes place twice a year and offers 150 classes over four days, as well as activities such as a peaceful sunset cruise meditation on a dhow. This is the ideal yoga holiday if you want to include plenty of barefoot beach time and Swahili culture in your wellness routine.

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Sunrise yoga practise on train track in tropical sri lanka.Sri Lanka gives yogis a warm welcome. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ulpotha, Sri Lanka

Tucked away in the forests of Central Sri Lanka is one of the best yoga retreats in the word. The eco-village Ulpotha will appeal to all the nature lovers, with stunning scenery as a backdrop to classes. A string of mud huts surrounded by mountains, monkeys and sometimes even elephants are seen in the area.

Ulpotha is more of a community than a hotel and you’ll be welcomed here as if you were a distant family member. A peaceful hideaway, the gentle hospitality of Sri Lankans combines with expert yoga classes to help you relax fully in Ulpotha.

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