An ex-teacher includes Winnie Rode, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher who was a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama.
Leave the skyscrapers behind and practice your poses in some of the most tranquil places on Earth
The One In The Jungle
Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali
Described as a place where heaven meets earth, this jungle retreat in Ubud, is a must visit for yogis. Set in the middle of a valley filled with lush rice fields and gushing waterfalls, you’ll be hard pressed not to relax. Not only do they offer daily yoga lessons, but they also offer specialized retreats featuring visiting masters. If you are new to yoga, they also offer a Guide To Yoga Styles class so you can work out which one is the best for you. Practise your poses in the rooftop yoga pavilion that gives you breathtaking views of the valley below or by the Ayung River that flows alongside the resort. When you’re not getting your yoga on, you can be enjoying bike rides through rice fields, sampling mouthwatering dishes fresh off the grill, or easing those muscles with a water jet massage in the pool. Bliss.
The One In A Maharaja’s Palace
Ananda Spa Himalayas, India
Ananda translates as ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit, and boy does it live up to its name. With its picture perfect location in the foothills of the Himalayas, and overlooking the Ganges River, the Ananda Spa promises spiritual enlightenment from the moment you arrive. It is just a short drive from Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga that was made famous when The Beatles came here to visit their guru, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, in the late 1960s. The team of experts, including the head of yoga Kirit Thacker, handhold you through about five to six sessions per day. They focus on a classically Indian mixture of meditation, postures and trataka (candle gazing) and Ayurvedic techniques including oil massages to ease tension. While this Maharaja’s palace has no shortage of practice areas, our favourite has to be the rooftop terrace of the Viceregal Palace.
The One Loved By Yoga Girl
Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
When a yoga guru says that she can’t wait to go back you know that you need to put it on your list. Nestled in a peaceful pocket of Phuket, this boutique hideaway is a must-do for yoga fans – not only does it come with a yoga space in the jungle, but they even go so far as to leave a yoga mat in your room for you to use. And if that’s not enough, Aman now offers a Wellness Immersion programme, which it is offering at Amanpuri. You can choose from Fitness, Weight Loss, Cleanse or Awareness, and experts will then work to create the perfect programme for you. One day could be filled with yoga and meditation, while the next may see you practicing Muay Thai followed by a 90-minute spa treatment. Either way, you can rest assured it will be exactly what your body was calling out for.
The One In The Himalayas
Uma Paro, Bhutan
For a holiday that soothes the mind, body and soul, the Himalayan Discovery With Yoga package at Uma Paro is hard to beat. Set in a five-star resort that overlooks the Paro Valley in the Bhutan, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all and show your body some TLC. The team in Bhutan offer a five-night package that allows you to experience the fascinating country at the same time as exploring the fundamental yogic tools of asana, pranayama and silent meditation. A typical day might include a morning and afternoon yoga session alongside guided walks through the Paro Valley, including a pilgrimage to the national landmark known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. And as you have worked so hard you should also treat yourself to a signature massage and skin cleansing treatment – go on you deserve it.
The One With A Personalised Yoga Programme
Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
Whether you’re a hardened yogi or a beginner wanting to practice your breathing techniques, Kamalaya offers private and tailored programmes suitable for any level. The one-on-one sessions include asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation, alongside a wellness consultation and full body analysis to ensure you get the most effective treatment. Alongside your yoga practice, enjoy Ayurveda therapies from experienced Indian therapists and a range of massages. Kamalaya boasts a range of visiting health practitioners and expert resident teachers. An ex-teacher includes Winnie Rode, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher who was a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama. Whether you opt for the three, five or seven-night course at this wellness sanctuary tucked away in the tropics of Southern Koh Samui, we guarantee you will leave feeling utterly relaxed.