White sand beaches, beautiful accommodation, indulgently healthy food, expertly-lead yoga classes. Who says you can’t mix yoga with luxury? If you are considering taking a yoga vacation, you might want to take a look at the many amazing luxury retreats on the market.
The best thing about luxury yoga retreats is the ability to mix passion, practice, and pleasure. Many yogis who choose to take a yoga escape are dedicated to improving their practice, enhancing their asanas, detoxing, and finding a deeper connection to their body and environment. A yoga retreat offers all of this potential, but a luxury retreat takes it one step further.
Luxury yoga retreats are not just about yoga practice and quiet bed to rest in at night. The luxury yoga retreat offers guests a complete immersive experience, deep relaxation, dedicated and personalized care, and even sometimes health plans. Why skimp on delicious food and accommodation? You deserve to feel like you are truly on vacation while honing your mind and body. Not only that, but a luxury retreat often also provides highly knowledgeable staff who can help you navigate your entire stay and beyond.
The world offers an array of beautiful vacation spots to take a yoga holiday. We find that Phuket, Thailand is a hotbed of tempting yoga retreats and travel experiences and we’d like to share out top ten favorite yoga retreats with you.
Phuket, Thailand: Island Immersion
Don’t let the distance dissuade you! Phuket is one of the world’s best places to find a decadent vacation without spending a fortune. In fact, many areas in Thailand offer incredible bang-for-your-buck for food, entertainment, and adventure.
Phuket is picturesque island in the south of Thailand. This is Thailand’s largest island, with attractions and nightlife to show for it. The island is something out of a travel brochure – white sands, swaying palm trees, turquoise water. There is a coastal serenity to Phuket that balances the pulsating and bustling nature of Thailand’s major cities.
The yoga scene in Phuket is varied and vibrant. There are many studios and retreat locations offering a variety of options to suit Phuket’s local and tourist crowds. From simple and down-to-earth retreats to weight-loss programs or fitness yoga bootcamps, Phuket has it covered. After you’re done with your retreat, you’ll find a host of other amazing things to do in the area. Visit the famous Phi Phi islands nearby or head back to mainland for more exciting travels.
Our Top Ten Luxury Yoga Retreats
With so many yoga retreats and programs to choose from in Phuket, there is really something for everyone. Here we will breakdown the highlights of each of our favorite retreats on this tropical paradise so you can plan your perfect luxury yoga vacation.
At Atmanjai, you’ll experience healing and detoxification in a breathtaking resort location. The center’s healing methods are based on the proven natural protocols of Dr. Bernard Jensen and the goal of each retreat is to enhance the total wellbeing of each and every guest. This retreat is open to anyone, from complete beginners or those intimidated by yoga classes, to yoga veterans or even someone just looking for a healthy way to spend a holiday.
Program: While Atmanjai boasts several detox programs, we are going to take a look at the Fitness and Yoga Holiday retreat. Each day you’ll partake in one yoga class and two fitness classes, meditation or health lessons, herbal steam and ice bath, and an evening activity. Meals include morning coffee, a wheat grass shot, lunch and juices, coconuts, and dinner daily. The minimum stay is three days.
What We Like:: Atmanjai’s “Nature Knows Best” motto creates a synergistic approach to health, wellness, and yoga. The team at Atmanjai is experienced and knowledgeable in not only yoga, but also fasting, detox, and nutrition. The individualized approach they take to the care of each guest surpasses many other generic retreat options.
Cost:: The cost of your retreat will vary based on type of accommodation (choose standard, deluxe, garden view, or sea view) and length of your stay. Accommodation ranges from $35 to $150 per night. The Fitness and Yoga program cost is about $153 per day.
Six Senses Yao Noi provides the ultimate island getaway. This luxury resort is dedicated to pampering you throughout your stay, while helping you achieve better health and wellness. Just off the big island of Phuket, Six Senses Yao Noi is nestled in the picturesque Phang Nga Bay.
Program: Six Senses Yao Noi is a resort with a penchant for wellness. From dining to spa treatments and wellness consultations, your time at Yao Noi can be structured however you like. For the yoga enthusiasts, we recommend booking with Dr. Aneesh, the resident yoga expert. Dr. Aneesh is a fourth-generation Ayurvedic doctor, reiki master, and yoga teacher. He can provide a wellness consultation and instruct you on the type of yoga, diet, and lifestyle that will best enhance your health. Six Senses Yao Noi also offers three specific yoga programs available during your stay: Yoga Discover (beginners), Yoga Detox (more advanced), and Yoga Sleep.
What We Like:: Six Senses is an incredible luxury resort with amazing amenities, an unbelievable view and location, and a personalized yoga plan. One of the best things about Six Senses Yao Noi is their connectivity to experiences and adventure in the area. Their team can coordinate excursions like yacht cruises, diving, snorkeling, kayak tours, Phi Phi island tours, Thai boxing, and more. You’ll get the absolute most out of your vacation with little planning or effort.
Cost:: Six Senses Yao Noi has suites and villas starting at $470 per night. An additional $978 applies for a complete integrated wellness program in addition to your stay.
The Aleenta Spa and Resort is just a quick 25 min ride from Phuket airport. After landing in Thailand, you’ll be swept off to this incredible seaside resort to start your Yoga Detox Program.
Program: The Ayurah Wellness Yoga Detox Program is a blend of Hatha yoga and Thai holistic medicine. The retreat begins by discovering your unique dosha (constitution) and beginning the holistic detox program with techniques like Jal Neti (nasal cleansing), Vamana Dhauti (stomach cleansing), and Lagu Shankha. Yoga, meditation, pranayama, diet, and rest are then incorporated into your daily schedule to help you vitalize and balance the mind and body. The program includes two ayurvedic therapy treatments, airport transfer, daily healthy meals, and all wellness consultations.
What We Like:: Aleenta has structured their retreat to be a total body detox. During this 7-day, 6-night retreat, you will be coached through your unique health constitution, lead through healing techniques and yoga, and given feedback on your wellness journey at the end. This retreat is great for anyone looking for a health check-up and detox while enjoying the beauty of Phang Nga Bay and Phuket.
Cost:: The Yoga Detox Program and accommodation costs $3,031 per person for single occupancy stays or $2,495 per person for a double occupancy room.
Immerse yourself in the finest that Phuket has to offer at Amatara Phuket. This luxury resort combines yoga, wellness, nutrition, mindfulness, and tranquility while providing a magical place to rest and relax. Enhance your stay with a golf outing, island excursion, Buddhist temples, or venture to the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park – it’s all on your doorstep.
Program: The yoga program at Amatara is designed to be your own personalized yoga sanctuary for a yoga lover of any age or expertise. The program includes a daily asana practice, meditation, yoga philosophy lessons, mindfulness techniques, and lifestyle teachings for bringing the peace and serenity of your retreat back home with you. You’ll also enjoy three healthy meals per day, wellness consultations, physical health analysis, a Thai Hammam journey, Ayurvedic massage and herbal steam, facial, Indian head massage, and additional private yoga and pranayama sessions.
What We Like:: Amatara is not just a beautiful place to stay and play, but their attention to all things wellness makes it perfect for a yoga holiday and more. In addition to their yoga retreat program, Amatara offers
Cost:: For the 7-day yoga retreat at Amatara, a standard bay view room and program costs $3,546. Prices increase from there for more luxurious accommodations and lengths of stay.
For a boutique hotel experience, book your retreat at CC’s Hideaway in the gorgeous green hills of Kata. CC’s amazing location puts you right at the foot of Phuket’s best beaches. Here, you’ll enjoy tailored daily yoga schedules, delicious Thai cuisine, and health re-boot.
Program: The Yoga Holiday Retreat at CC’s Hideaway offers two daily yoga classes, meditation, three daily meals, juices and healthy snacks, massages, detox programs, and daily activities. The Yoga retreat is divided into two different schedules to fit your needs and desires. Some days you can choose between a fitness day or a relaxation day with associated activities (excursions or fitness classes versus spa treatments or classes). The Yoga Tranquility Retreat is the option for those who want a little more privacy and downtime, but still want the benefits of a full yoga retreat. This program offers twice daily yoga classes, wellness consultation, and two meals per day.
What We Like:: CC’s Hideaway has put in a great amount of effort into engineering their program to fit the needs of various types of students and guests. We love that you can customize your schedule based on your activity level and needs for the day, but also take part in additional excursions, tours, or outings when desired.
Cost:: The Yoga Holiday Retreat pricing varies based on single or double occupancy room, time of year, and number of days for your stay. A typical rate for a single occupancy room for 7 days and 6 nights is about $894.
The Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort offer authentic wellness escapes and yoga retreats for anyone looking for a luxurious way to detox and destress. The resort boasts gorgeous sea views, amazing amenities and spa packages, and the expertise of Dr. Shubash A. Shanbhag to help you reach your health goals.
Program: The Yoga Retreat at Mangosteen Resort is available for stays of three nights or longer. Take part in daily Hatha and Vinyasa classes, soul-healing meditation, free time at the beach, herbal steam saunas, daily massage and body treatments, nourishing meals, juices, and wheat grass shots. Meet with their esteemed Ayurvedic doctor for a health consultation and wellness treatments.
What We Like:: We love the attention to holistic wellness that Mangosteen provides at their resort and spa. This location is definitely luxury accommodation, but there is a strong focus on helping their guests achieve a better sense of wellness during their stay. For those who like to mix practice with pleasure, there is room for that as well at Mangosteen!
Cost:: The price of your yoga retreat varies on which Mangosteen villa you choose. A deluxe villa with jacuzzi runs about $1,025 for a 7-day, 6-night stay.
Como at Point Yamu Resort is a taste of Mediterranean luxury in the breathtaking tropical environment of Point Yamu at the southern end of Phuket island. Como blends fine Italian luxury with Thai culture for a truly unique retreat experience.
Program: The yoga program at Como is relaxed and up to your schedule. There are group yoga sessions offered six days per week, as well as personal fitness and strength classes. For a more targeted approach consider meeting with one of Como’s therapists for an assisted stretch session. Outside of yoga and fitness classes, Como offers many different experiences and excursions for you to tailor your stay perfectly to your needs and interests. For the wellness program, you partake in daily yoga classes and one spa therapy per day.
What We Like:: The retreat at Como is totally individualized, offering you the ability to make the most of your experience. Your daily schedule is completely up to you. Drop in for a yoga class when it suits your needs, or spend time on one of their amazing excursions, like a sunset cruise or game fishing adventure. The world is your oyster at Como!
Cost:: The price of your stay will vary based on type of room and length of stay. The basic Veranda room at Como starts at $285 per night, while the ultimate four-bedroom pool villa lands at $1,702 per night. The additional wellness program costs an additional $247 per day.
Phuket Cleanse is an all-inclusive wellness retreat focused on cleansing your body, detoxifying, and replenishing your mind.
Program: At Phuket Cleanse, you’ll have a wide range of daily activities and lessons. Daily yoga, meditation, fitness classes, and ice baths, healthy meals, and themed talks or classes will be part of your typical schedule. You’ll also have the option for private sessions, four massages per week, cooking classes, sauna and steam baths, and other workshops.
What We Like:: You won’t have to worry about accumulating extra charges at Phuket Cleanse. The entire program is completely inclusive – no hidden fees or extras. This program is the total package when it comes to revamping your workout and health routines. Meals are indulgent yet healthy. Classes are not just fitness-based or focused on losing weight. There is a good deal of attention paid to cultivating self-love and expression, understanding your emotions, and improving your sleep. Overall, this is a fantastic well-rounded health reboot program.
Cost:: Standard accommodation for a 7-day retreat at Phuket Cleanse comes to $2, 520. The Supreme option is available for $3,500 for the same length of stay. These prices include the retreat, room, meals, and all other included extras.
The Golden Buddha Resort has been on the yoga scene in Phuket for years. They allow guests to decide their own experience at the resort – you can make your stay as relaxing or action-packed as you wish. You’ll have your pick of eco-houses to stay in and enjoy all the amenities of the clubhouse at the resort.
Program: While yoga is offered regularly at Golden Buddha Resort, there are special yoga retreat programs throughout the year. Currently, there is an offering for a Nature Yoga and Wellness retreat that helps you detach from your noisy daily life and embrace the calm and peace of nature and our minds. Other times of the year, you can participate in twice daily yoga classes, massage, Thai therapies, and holistic nutrition at Golden Buddha.
What We Like:: The blend of activity and rest, fitness and creativity is unique at Golden Buddha. In addition to their yoga offerings, there are options to explore the island, create a batik painting, take a cooking class, or explore the savannah.
Cost:: Accommodation for one week at the Golden Buddha Resort starts at $818, with more luxurious options at $1,728 for a couple’s home. Family homes are also available.
The Surin Phuket Resort offers incredible views, warm hospitality, and a full-service spa and wellness options. This is the retreat for those who want to enjoy mostly relaxation on their trip with the option for yoga and fitness when desired.
Program: The Surin Phuket offers daily beachfront yoga classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. There is the option to add on other water sport classes or make spa appointments to enhance your stay.
What We Like:: The beach deluxe suits at The Surin are jaw-droppingly beautiful and the dining options are endless. We like the variety of fitness activities to include with your yoga classes such as snorkeling, windsurfing, and catamaran sailing.
Cost:: One-bedroom cottages start at $160 per night, but The Surin offers a wide range of sizes and levels of luxury in their suites and cottages.
Live a Life of Luxury in Phuket
Phuket offers a world of adventure and relaxation. Many resorts in the Phuket area are customizable with the ability to tailor your yoga holiday to your needs. All-inclusive to build-your-own, these yoga retreats offer anyone an amazing experience in health and wellness. Thailand is one of the best places to find the serenity and peace that we often search for on a yoga retreat, and these luxury options provide that added flare for a fabulous vacation. Make Phuket your next luxury yoga retreat destination!
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