7 Best Yoga Retreats In Thailand (Our Top Picks)
Holidays are meant to be relaxing, but sometimes, in all the rush of hopping between flights and ticking off items on your itinerary, it’s hard to find some down time. Thailand is a great mix of that urban bustle and beach ease, but if you need a little more help with a holiday rejuvenation fix, yoga is the way to go.
Thailand is home to some of the best yoga retreats in the world, and many visitors are known to plan their holidays around them. Book yourself into one of these detox centres to make the most of your holiday, and go back home refreshed.
1. Absolute Sanctuary
Regarded as the best yoga retreat on the island of Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary is perched amongst hills a little far from the beach. Led by an experienced group of teachers for over 15 years now, the retreat is in a beautiful setting that contributes heavily to the overall experience. Residents have access to not only yoga programs, but also spa and detox centres, pilates sessions, steam and sauna rooms, a swimming pool and a gym.
2. Samahita Yoga & Fitness
The more serious yogis have been making their way to the Samahita retreat ever since its inception 15 years ago. But that’s not to say that there isn’t something for everyone. An idyllic setting boosts Samahita’s appeal, as does its balanced combination of modern technology and traditional Ayurveda techniques. You can choose from a wide variety of yoga programs depending on what suits you and how long you intend to stay.
3. Kamalaya Koh Samui
A mix of Ayurveda and yoga in a beachfront destination with expansive views is probably the best description of Kamalaya. A private sanctuary that offers entirely personalised yoga sessions, this holistic centre is known for its bespoke experiences that suit each individual’s fitness goals, endurance level and skill. Add to this an infinity pool, ocean-view villas and a luxury spa, and you have yourself a holiday to remember.
4. Soneva Kiri Discover Yoga
Primly situated on a barefoot-only island, Soneva Kiri is all about making its visitors reach the ultimate level of rejuvenation. The natural setting, coupled with an extremely private location makes Soneva Kiri truly exclusive and a treat for your stressed mind and body. Its renowned Six Senses Spa is an indoor escape that you’ll often find yourself turning to after a long day.
5. Chiva Som Yoga For Life
The wellness programs at Chiva Som are about holistic well being, and thus bring together not just fitness activities but health consultation, healthy meals and spa treatments. The five-star property is the epitome of quiet luxury with elegantly furnished garden or ocean facing rooms and expert practitioners to put you on the right path to wellness.
6. The Sanctuary
On Thailand’s most popular party beach is a retreat that’s quiet the opposite of what Koh Pha Ngan is known for. While the beach bashes are all the rage her, nestled within the inland jungles is The Sanctuary, a habitation that offers its guests a unique, Thai wellness experience. Healing here is quiet different from what you’d expect – it is a mix of meditation and yoga with live music – with a stay in Thai architecture-inspired houses.
7. Vikasa Yoga Retreat
The yoga programs at the Vikasa Yoga Retreat are not just focused on practicing asanas, but on eating well, maintaining a healthy routine and interacting with like-minded people. The Cliffside property is quite renowned amongst those wishing to practice different styles of yoga, as well as those looking to become teachers.
Whether you choose to visit for just a few days or for a long drawn wellness holiday, these retreats will leave you with a refreshed feeling. So go on, breathe in, and breathe out!