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The 10 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats in USA 2020 Guide

Rose Henderson
The 10 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats in USA 2020 Guide

Looking for pure luxury in your next yoga retreat? There are plenty of yoga retreats across the United States, but these ten come out on top when it comes to those elegant additions that make a retreat truly renewing.

Lumeria Maui Yoga Spa (Hawaii)

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For the utmost luxury when it comes to yoga retreats in the United States, head west to Lumeria Maui Yoga Spa. Located on the mystical and stunning island of Maui, this all-inclusive luxury yoga retreat features everything you could dream of in a getaway: yoga, rejuvenating spa treatments, and island adventure.

Program: Guests at Lumeria Maui Yoga Spa can expect a retreat that is intimate, immersive, and educational. Whether you opt for an individual, personalized yoga vacation, or join a group yoga retreat, you are bound to leave more connected with your innermost self. Set on six acres of private land on the island of Maui, there is plenty to explore both on the Lumeria property, and on the island itself. Guests are treated to a daily menu of local foods featuring the vibrant flavors of the Hawaiian islands. The grounds feature everything from a sunken garden to yoga studios both large and small, as well as outdoor fire pits for evening bonding with fellow retreat attendees.

What we like: When not practicing yoga or attending educational lectures, guests can explore the nearby surf town of Paia, surf on the beaches, snorkel, hike, bike, and more.

Cost: Prices vary depending on retreat option chosen.

Address: Lumeria Maui Yoga Spa, 1813 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768

Omega Institute (New York)

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Located in beautiful Rhinebeck, New York in the Hudson Valley is the Omega Institute. The Omega Institute is so much more than a retreat center – they are also a nonprofit focused on advancing education on wellness topics. Hosting more than 350 programs an workshops each year, the Omega Institute is a destination for yoga lovers and wellness seekers from around the world.

Program: The Omega Institute hosts Rest & Rejuvenation retreats each year from May through October. Guests will enjoy exploring the gorgeous Hudson Valley, relaxing with daily yoga lessons and tai chi, finding stillness with regular meditation, and partaking in various educational lectures and workshops.

What we like: As a nonprofit educational center, the Omega Institute put some thought into their library. The on site Ram Dass library is one of a kind. It is home to over 7,000 books focused on wellness, philosophy, and holistic health.

Cost: Prices vary based on accommodation and workshop option chosen

Address: Omega Institute, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Big Sky Yoga Retreats (Montana)

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Big Sky Yoga Retreats take you out west for unique luxury yoga retreats designed for women – women who want to be yogis and cowgirls, that is. Mix your yoga dreams with your desire to get outside, to experience life on a ranch, to ride horses, and to simply take in the vast blue skies of Montana.

Program: Even though you’re on a ranch in the Montana countryside, you certainly won’t be roughing it at this luxury yoga retreat. Each retreat at Big Sky Yoga Retreats is built for small groups to inspire connection and opportunity to get to know one another and form a sisterhood. Through activities such as daily yoga lessons, outdoor meditation sessions, spa treatments, gourmet meals, wine tasting, horseback riding, hiking and more, guests are encouraged to dive deep into their most authentic selves.

What we like: Big Sky Yoga Retreats have trademarked their own unique Cowlgirl Yoga style. Through horseback riding with the retreat’s own herd of Cowgirl Yoga horses, women are encouraged to tune into their horse as a ‘moving yoga mat.’

Cost: The signature Luxe Cowgirl Yoga Retreat starts from $1,995

Address: Big Sky Yoga Retreats, Bozeman, MT

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Massachusetts)

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On a 100 acre property nestled in the Berkshires of Massachusetts is the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health – one of the most luxurious yoga retreats in the United States. The center is set on a hilltop and surrounded by panoramic views of Lake Mahkeenac and rolling hills. This retreat center offers more than just comfortable amentities and world class yoga classes, though. Kripalu is an education and research center, which means any retreat held here is founded on the most cutting edge knowledge.

Program: There are a variety of retreat options available at the Kripalu Center, differing in style, topic, and length. Upcoming retreats include a birding and mindfulness retreat, a yoga for healthy aging retreat, and Ayurveda retreat, and more. There is also the option to create a personalized, individual retreat through the Kripalu Rest & Renew option. Despite the variety of retreats, there are some commonalities. All guests will find their accommodation in Shadowbrook, the environmentally sustainable building at the center of Kripalu. Rooms are simple yet comfortable, and free of electronics that might distract from the restorative nature of a yoga retreat. Guests can expect views toward the lake, and private en suite bathrooms.

What we like: Kripalu is known as one of the best yoga retreat centers in the world – however less known is that it is also claim to world class dining. There is an entire chef team at Kripalu that works hard to provide truly high standard meals, using organic and local ingredients. Pay a visit to the Buddha Bar – where each meal is styled on the principles of Ayurveda.

Cost: Prices range depending on retreat option chosen

Address: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262

The Pearl Laguna (California)

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The Pearl Laguna was founded by husband and wife duo Geo and Katresha Moskios, who are both registered yoga teachers. Geo has been teaching yoga for over 45 years, and brought this wealth of knowledge to their five star luxury retreat, set in the iconic and idyllic location of Laguna Beach in California. The Pearl Laguna is more than a yoga retreat, though. Here, guests are encouraged to get outdoors and find their inner peace both on and off the mat.

Program: Retreats at the Pearl Laguna are offered in one week or multi week formats, and each follows the same foundational pillars: natural exercise, positive loving thoughts, rest, and natural food. Guests will check in to their new home, a twelve bedroom ashram set deep in the Laguna Canyon, surrounded by miles of hiking trails. Throughout the retreat, guests are encouraged to engage in the three daily activities of yoga, hiking, and meditation, whilst enjoying cleansing and nourishing cuisine – much of which is prepared from the retreat’s organic garden. During free time, guests can enjoy spa treatments, infrared sauna, and exploring the beautiful coastal surroundings.

What we like: Every guest at a Pearl Laguna retreat will receive a daily healing massage. That’s right – massage is not an add on here, but included for every guest.

Cost: $5,800 for one week

Address: The Pearl Laguna, 21095 Raquel Road, Laguna Beach, California 92651

Wild Sol Yoga Retreats (Utah)

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Luxury, yoga, and adventure – if you’re looking for this special combination, then you’ve met your match in Wild Sol Adventure Yoga Retreats. This United States based yoga retreat company puts on retreats throughout the year, set among the gorgeous rock formations, canyons, and rivers of Utah’s Moab. Every Wild Sol retreat has a focus on ‘re-wilding’ – or reconnecting guests with their wild surroundings, and wild inner spirit.

Program: Each Wild Sol Adventure Yoga Retreat includes opportunities to get off the mat and try various adventure activities, as well as plenty of time to practice yoga and enjoy the luxurious accommodation options. Excursions are inspired by the natural surroundings, and can include rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, rock tower climbing, white water rafting, sky diving, canyoneering, slack lining, horseback riding, and more. Daily yoga is offered, usually taught outdoors in the shining Utah sun, and special acro yoga workshops are taught as well. Guests can expect luxurious glamping accommodation that will immerse them in the ‘wild’ atmosphere, yet retain a significant level of comfort.

What we like: Ever dreamt of exploring the Moab with a group of like minded outdoor lovers? This is the ideal yoga retreat for adventurous spirits who want to take the lessons of yoga off the mat – and into the wild.

Cost: Prices vary depending on individual retreat and season

Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat (Oregon)

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For the ultimate digital detox, check in to Breitenbush Host Springs Retreat in Oregon. This retreat and conference center is set in a vast 154 acre property filled with woodland trails, natural hot springs, cold rivers to plunge in, and an outdoor cedar sauna that utilizes natural steam. This is a secluded place where guests feel instantly at one with nature, as their worldly worries slide away. Attend a workshop or personalized retreat, which are offered year round.

Program: Accommodation at Breteinbush is comfortable, as guests check in to individual cabins for their stay. Guests who opt for personalized yoga retreats can create their own itinerary by choosing among daily yoga lessons, meditation sessions, and spa treatments. When not practicing yoga, there is plenty of woodland to explore, or hot springs to lounge in as you enjoy the views toward the mountains.

What we like: Experience true, organic detoxification in the soothing thermal waters of the hot springs that surround Breitenbush. There is nothing more healing than this naturally mineral laden water, bubbling up from the earth to create a rejuvenating experience. There are three natural hot springs on the Breitenbush property, and one is designated as a silent hot spring.

Cost: Price ranges from $75-169 per person per night depending on season and accommodation style.

Address: Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, Detroit, OR, 97342

Miraval Resort and Spa (Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts)

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In 2019, Travel + Leisure awarded Miraval Resort and Spas as one of the ten best spas in the United States worth traveling to. With locations in Arizona, Texas, and Massachusetts, there are plenty of options to see what the buzz is all about. At Miraval, there is a focus on slowing down, reconnecting, and learning to infuse every act of life with intention.

Program:  Guests will enjoy world class luxury – from their accommodation to the gourmet meals and daily yoga classes and wellness offerings. Consider this your yoga vacation. Design your own itinerary with spa treatments, therapies, yoga lessons, outdoor adventures, and more. Each Miraval location includes unique and eclectic options inspired by the local culture and environment.

What we like: Did someone say unlimited smoothie bar? With all the hot yoga classes, massages, and infrared sauna sessions, you will have plenty of opportunities to replenish at the spa’s smoothie bar. Seconds (thirds, and fourths…) are welcome!

Cost: Prices vary depending on length of stay and accommodation chosen

Address: Miraval Group, 5000 East Via Estancia, Tucson, Arizona 85739

Art of Living Retreat Center (North Carolina)

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The Art of Living Retreat Center sits high on the mountains of North Carolina, boasting 360 degree views over the dense forests and endless skies. Hosting a range of yoga retreats and personal stays throughout the year, this is a truly special place that welcomes all people, encourages connection, and helps release the stress of daily life.

Program: Year round retreat options at Art of Living include personal stays, spa retreats, Ayurveda cleanses, and more. However, what draws guests from across the United States are the signature retreats such as a completely silent retreat, the happiness retreat, a chakra immersion retreat, and more. Although each retreat is informed by its unique theme, there are some commonalities. For instance, each guest will stay in an on site room or loft apartment, complete with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Access to the on site spa, and activities in the surrounding 380 acres of mountain property are also available.

What we like: Not only does Art of Living Retreat Center host yoga retreats every day throughout the year, it also is home to the widely acknowledged best spa in the United States. At the on site Shankara Spa, guests can truly indulge themselves with everything from massage to facials to more unusual treatments.

Cost: Prices vary depending on retreat option chosen.

Address: Art of Living Retreat Center, 639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Esalen Institute (California)

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The Esalen Institute, located on the cliffs overlooking the Big Sur coastline in California, hosts over 600 workshops, events, and retreats throughout the year. As such, it defies labels, and is not quite a spa, a school, or a resort. It is simply a luxurious haven for those seeking true relaxation, and to deepen their knowledge of the path of yoga.

Program: Guests at The Esalen Institute can choose from a truly astounding variety of workshops – these are similar to a traditional yoga retreat in their wellness and restorative aspects, but also highly educational and encourage thoughtful dialogue. Upcomging workshops include balancing, tai chi, beating burn out, the yoga of devotion, hiking an qi gong in the Big Sur wildnerness, and more. Like the workshop topics, there is also a wide variety of accommodation options for all budgets – from sleeping bags and tents where guests can soak up the night sky, to pent house suites featuring private baths and panoramic views of the Big Sur coastline.

What we like: With 27 acres of coastline, home to mountains, ocean, hot springs, and more, guests will love exploring the natural wonders of the Eslaen Institute.

Cost: Prices vary depending on accommodation but start from $420 for a weekend workshop

Address: Esalen Institute, 55000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920

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