I get it – exercise is probably the last thing on your mind when on holiday. In fact, 44% of travellers say they fall into bad habits whilst travelling, (according to TINZ). But you don’t have to sweat it out in the gym to punish yourself for those extra pina coladas last night. Oh no. Keeping healthy on the road can be as simple as a few simple sun salutations to kick off the day.
I love a spot of yoga whilst on holibobs, from simply putting out a mat at your beach resort to taking a full on yoga holiday. Want to try it for yourself? Here are six of the best places in the world to perfect your warrior pose.
Paradise Beach Resort, Morocco
Head to this yoga retreat in Morocco to be greeted by a panoramic view of the country’s most famous surf beaches. The Paradise Beach Resort overlooks the crashing waves and sparkling waters, immersing you in a naturally stunning location with some world-famous classes to boot.
There are general classes available here both at sunrise and sunset as well as in the middle of the day, but private classes run alongside these with Karim, the resort’s resident teacher.
Yogaworks Retreats, Mexico
It’s the retreat that Mandy Ingber – the “teacher to the stars” – favours, so you can trust its reputation as being deserved. Yogaworks, a US-based group, offer frequent retreats abroad. Travelling from Thailand to Peru, it’s the Mexico breaks that are arguably the best of them all.
Head to your private cabana for a week of intensive and small classes, in a beautifully luscious setting surrounded by the still ocean, flourishing palm trees and a jungle canopy. Yogaworks talk of your body being “recalibrated” once the retreat is over, suggesting a trip like no other.
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
Recommended by Conde Nast as one of the world’s best spas, it’s at Kamalaya Koh Samui that you’ll experience some of the world’s best yoga classes alongside it. Frequented by travellers with health issues, the Thai resort offers a spiritual retreat with classes that are said to offer a natural detox, sleep enhancement and emotional balance. All this, and you’ll be secluded within green, rolling hills leading down to the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Blooming Lotus Yoga, Bali
Careful Feet likens the Blooming Lotus retreat in Bali to “a very inexpensive way to stay in a luxury hotel”, so it’s safe to say you’ll be getting some bang for your buck here. The Indonesian resort is culturally rich and naturally beautiful, with traditional performances taking part on the grounds each and every night of your stay.
The yoga classes themselves are fulfilling and frequent, with meditations taking place several times a day whilst also giving you time to explore Bali at your own pace. It’s a good place to start your yoga adventures if you’re yet to embark on a retreat.
Formentera Yoga, Formentera
There’s a healthy balance of partying and unwinding here on the island of Formentera. The yoga retreat isn’t far from Ibiza and is utilised as a calming wind-down after a heavy binge of partying, but revellers won’t have to go cold turkey. There’s still plenty of excitement, good food and liveliness here when compared to other retreats.
But that isn’t to say it’s all energetic. Classes take place under the beating sun, whether it be in front of the glistening water upon the beach or in the Gecko Beach Club hotel. One thing is for certain, though – this is certainly a retreat like no other.
Huzur Vadisi, Turkey
On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll be hard done by finding a retreat that is more secluded and relaxing that Turkey’s Huzur Vadisi. Being the first of its kind in the country, it’s definitely earned its reputation – and deservedly so. The setting of the resort, in a mountain valley surrounded by dense forests, makes for a deep connection between you and nature.
Expect the luxuries of some yoga retreats to be missing from Huzur Vadisi. Night time trips will be illuminated solely by torchlight, and you’ll only have the bare essentials. This retreat may be difficult for some, but if you really want to escape, it’s the best place to do so.