Rock a swimsuit while in savasana at chic beach resorts that offer enchanting yoga retreats, unique classes, and so much more than just sand and surf
Unforgettable Yoga Retreats
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Love yoga? Adore the beach? Need a luxury vacay? What if we told you you could combine all three for an incredible mind-body experience? Whether you want to try something new (think: aerial yoga) or you're just looking to recenter your body and soul while the waves lap on the shore nearby, chic hotels situated on the world's most stunning beaches will help you soak up the sun and the surf—and get your Satsang on. Salute the sun at these stunning beachside resorts.
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The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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Who wouldn't want to pose under a beach palapa? Release your mind and connect your body and spirit with the moon and sea energies on this unique yoga retreat. Offered year-round, the Resort at Pedregal Luna y Mar Yoga Getaway includes two private yoga classes at the beach palapa, one moon meditation and night yoga class at the beach palapa, and one Moonstone Flow Treatment (a treatment using moonstones on pressure points of the body to initiate a process of self-healing and help you deeply relax).
Photo: The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
El Conquistador Resort, Puerto Rico
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Take your yoga to the converging waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Spa Wellness Retreat at the Waldorf Astoria Spa at El Conquistador Resort is led by Lisa Taylor of Twist-Life and combines stand-up paddleboard yoga with a variety of additional wellness programs to revive the mind, body, and spirit. We're talking daily juice breaks, daily guided hikes and meditation, super-food cooking demonstrations with the resort's executive chef, and daily nutritious breakfasts and dinners.
Photo: El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Puerto Rico
The Island House, Nassau, Bahamas
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Ready to get a little aerial with your asanas? Book a stay at The Island House, a brand new luxury boutique hotel opening this month in West Nassau in the Bahamas. The luxe resort will be offering an anti-gravity yoga program—combining traditional yoga with aerial art, Pilates, and dance, using a custom-made aerial hammock. Want to punctuate your yoga with a bit of cardio? The hotel also offers Squash and Padel (like playing doubles but with a shorter racket on a more compact court with walls). (If you love cardio and traveling, then one of The 10 Best Marathons to Travel the World might be for you!)
Photo: The Island House, Nassau, Bahamas
Half Moon, a RockResort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Which do you prefer: an overwater bungalow or two miles of private, white-sand beach? Doesn't really matter because at Half Moon, you'll get both—plus a chance to practice Prana, Hatha, Vinyasa, Sivananda, and aqua yoga, at the Fern Tree Spa Yoga Pavillion. In between yoga sessions, you'll have a host of fun activities to choose from, horseback riding, swimming at one of the resorts 54 (!) pools, and on-site golf lessons. And if you've ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins, you'll get your chance at the resort's own on-site dolphin lagoon.
Photo: Half Moon, a RockResort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, Lanai Hawaii
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Experience Hawaii the way it was meant to be—pristine, natural and unspoiled. Lana'i is home to the newly renovated, quintessential beach resort, the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, which is set in the private island of Lana'i atop Hulopo'e Bay. Voted the Best Beach in Hawaii by USA Today, Hulopo'e Beach offers views of the rolling mountains of Lana'i and the dramatic cliff coastline—the perfect place to focus on your mind, body and spirit while watching the sun rise from a downward dog position. Not an early riser? The resort offers complimentary sunset beach yoga too.
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, Lanai Hawaii
Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, Riviera Maya and Zihuatanejo, Mexico
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Whether you prefer the West Coast or the East Coast of Mexico, Viceroy hotels offer up some of the most scenic locales for saluting the sun. The Zihuatanejo resort offers both yoga classes and private yoga sessions—either Hatha, stretching, or restorative—which are held in a yoga pavilion on the sand. You can opt for stand-up paddleboard yoga too, if that's more your thing. At the Viceory Riviera Maya, daily group classes of Hatha and Kundalini (plus private classes in other disciplines like Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Lyengar, as well as Pilates and meditation upon request) are offered at the resort's private pier—a location that the on-site yoga masters say has incredible energy.
Photo: Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, Riviera Maya and Zihuatanejo, Mexico
St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaii
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We can't think of anything more restorative than staying at The St. Regis Princeville Resort, which is located on the magical northern shore of Kauai, for their new 2015 Meditation and Wellness Retreat series, "Nānā Iā Loko" (which means "To Look Within"). The retreat commences with a "Hiu'wai," a traditional Hawaiian sunrise ceremony that takes place beside the ocean and encourages guests to immerse themselves in the cool ocean water, a practice of purification and renewal. Then, over the next four days, you'll participate in meditation, restorative yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises), spa inspired cuisine featuring farm-to-table menus and spa experiences at Halele'a Spa, overlooking the majestic mountains and Hanalei Bay. The retreats will take place from May 29 to June 1, August 28 to 31, and October 27 to 30. (Before you take off, find out the 17 Powerful Benefits of Meditation.)
Photo: St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai, Hawaii
Sri panwa, Phuket, Thailand
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At Sri panwa, an exclusive all-villa luxury resort in idyllic Phuket, you'll get private yoga lessons upon request. Nestled within 40 acres of lush greenery, Sri panwa is an oasis of calm and glamour set in one of the island's most gorgeous locations. Classes take place overlooking breathtaking views of the southeastern tip of Phuket and the Andaman Sea, or along the shores of Sri panwa's private beach, secluded within a calm and quiet cove. During your stay, learn the refined art of Thai cooking at the onsite cooking school, complete with six individual cooking stations and a master chef's station.
Photo: Sri panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii
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Get ready to for rejeuvenation with the new SwellWomen surf and yoga retreats, designed to help women re-energize, reconnect, and relax (who doesn't need that?). The iconic Maui resort is situated along the best stretch of Ka'anapali Beach, and offers breathtaking views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai. During the seven-day wellness adventure, which is planned for November 15 through 21, you'll be treated to a professional massage, sumptuous breakfasts, and even a luxury catamaran cruise at sunset. Can't make the retreat? Sheraton Maui also offers PiYo, a fusion of Pilates and yoga created exclusively for the resort by local yogi Genna Howard, five days a week.
Photo: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii
W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
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At the FIT Retreat hosted by the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, you’ll practice Downward Dog led by proclaimed yoga rebel Tara Stiles. In between Strala yoga sessions, you’ll have the chance to kayak (try to check out the island’s Bioluminescent Bay by night), snorkel, and eat deliciously healthy meals inspired by Tara’s cookbook, Make our Own Rules Diet. While not every yoga session during your retreat will take place on the resort’s gorgeous private beach, it’s hard to find a better place to perfect your Dancer’s Pose than during sunset at Paradise Point—the quintessential beach-side cliff. (Now that we've convinced you to book a yoga treat for your next vacation, all you need is your airport outfit! We suggest Workout Clothes That Double as Travel Outfits.)
Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico