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Top 10 Global Yoga retreats

If you fancy unrolling your yoga mat somewhere a little more exciting than your local studio, check out our selection of yoga retreats taking place around the world over the coming months. From Brazil to Boracay and beyond, there’s plenty on offer to suit everybody – from less-bendy beginners, through to asana experts.



Utah, USA – Amangiri

Amangiri’s solitude and awe-inspiring surroundings make it an ideal setting for yoga retreats. Be lead through your asanas in the Aman Spa’s spacious bamboo-floored yoga studio which looks out onto the sheer face of a slot canyon, or at a number of outdoor locations where classes can be held. Amangiri’s resident yoga teacher, Kate Sease, is a specialist in hatha and pre-natal yoga, as well as injury recovery. She also incorporates pranayama and qigong into her classes. Suitable for all body types and levels of ability, the retreats will focus on alignment and feature deep breathing exercises and powerful flow sequences.

Retreats at Amangiri are available 9-12 February 2014 and 6-9 March 2014. For more information contact Amangiri.


Turks & Caicos, Caribbean – Parrot Cay by COMO

Daily classes will include vinyasa flow, hatha and restorative asana practice, grounding and recharging pranayama as well as daily meditation. Your six nights at Parrot Cay includes 4.5 hours of daily yoga instruction, accommodation, American breakfast and daily lunch and dinner from specially prepared COMO Shambhala Retreat menu. Through creative sequencing and open dialogue, this empowering retreat will encourage the exploration of habitual thoughts and behaviours, streghten the mind and body, and inspire a more conscious way of living and communicating.

The Curry Sisters Retreat at Parrot Cay by COMO is available 27th April – 3rd May, 2014. For more information contact Parrot Cay.


Boracay Island, Philippines – Mandala Spa and Villas

Choose a 3, 5 or 7 day retreat on the beautiful island of Boracay at The Vessel at Mandala Spa and Villas. Your personal yoga instructor will guide you on your journey – whether you wish to jump-start your home practice, or expand your knowledge of postures. Between classes you can enjoy daily massages, explore the island and experience the gracious Filipino culture.

Clayton Horton is teaching an Ashtanga retreat at Mandala Spa and Villas from February 21 – March 9, 2014. Julie Martin is teaching a series of workshops from May 24 – May 30, 2014. For more information contact Mandala Spa.


Marrrakech, Morocco – Dar Justo

Find yogic calm amid Morocco madness with Healthy Options’ seven-night Marrakesh itinerary, staying at the Riad Dar Justo. Three highly experienced, professional yoga and Pilates teachers will be on hand throughout, plus one local teacher – offering expert tuition and advice in small group classes. Classes are suitable for both beginners and intermediates in both disciplines, and yoga styles include Hatha Flow, Satanyanda and Nidra. There are up to 20 yoga classes and 10 Pilates classes per week included in the package, plus plenty of ‘me time’, and opportunities to explore the traditional souks, take a trip to the Atlas Mountains or indulge in a hammam, fitness walks, runs, Pilates circuits and meditation classes.

Retreats at Dar Justo are available for 6 consecutive weeks, beginning with departures from the UK on 22 February, 2014 until the last on 5 April, 2014. For more information visit Healthy Options website.


Bahia, Brasil  – Butterfly House Bahia

Take an Ashtanga Escape at The Butterfly House – one of the chicest eco-resorts in northern Brazil. Located on the Maraú Peninsula, surrounded by pristine beaches, freshwater lakes a World Heritage-listed rain forests it is the ideal place to find your peace, deepen your practice and relax into yourself. The resort has just finished constructing a deck on the lake, Lagoa Cassange that has been built with yoga in mind, perfect for morning shady sessions with amazing views down the lake and sunset sessions. During your week in paradise, you will learn to interact with the world in accordance with the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, which translated into simple terms are as follows: being kind and compassionate to the world, being kind and compassionate to yourself, practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, engaging the breath, turning focus inward, becoming still, remaining still and integration with the Universe.

Ashtanga Escape will take place May 2-9, 2014. For more information contact Butterfly House.


Sussex, UK – Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa

Less than an hour from London, the tranquility of a Sussex Tudor village, the restorative power of yoga and the delights of Michelin-starred meals yoke at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa. With uninterrupted views of the surrounding South Downs countryside, this is an ideal setting for a nourishing escape from the city. Restorative yoga on arrival day, soothing ila and Ren treatments and dinner bursting with locally sourced ingredients, will ensure restful sleep in preparation for the next two mornings of uplifting yoga. Day 2 includes an energising Nordic walk across the rolling countryside, returning back in time for lunch and more rejuvenating ila treatments in the award-winning spa. Day 3 follows a similar routine of smoothie, yoga and brunch, followed by limitless use of the spa facilities to ensure you return to daily life, rested, rebalanced and ready to face the challenges ahead.

Four retreats will take place at Ockenden Spa, with Sal Jeffries, from 25 – 27 March, 15 – 17 July, 16 – 18 September and 18 – 20 November, 2014. For more information visit the Ockenden Spa website.


Lombardy, Italy  – L’Albereta

Stay at the Relais & Chateaux five star L’Albereta hotel in Lombardy, North Italy and spend the week practicing yoga and detoxing in their fabulous spa. For those who dream of a figure and complexion like the Australian model Elle MacPherson, known as “The Body” this is the retreat for you –and L’Albereta knows all about her secrets of beauty as they have had the pleasure of having her as a guest. L’Albereta and Henri Chenot spa have developed a special intensive and effective programme based on the regime she followed during her stay. A week of individual yoga lessons, specially tailored treatments, personal detoxinating diet and medical and diet check-ups. This is the perfect retreat for those looking for a luxurious, yet intensive detox, with guaranteed weigh loss. The hotel’s staff pride themselves on taking extra special care of their detoxing guests and offer a range of activities for those looking to really push themselves.

For bookings or more information visit the L’Albereta website.


Kerala, India – The Leela

Cradled between two sweeping beaches, The Leela 5 star resort set over 60 acres of lush green land offers panoramic views of Kerala’s famed Kovalam shoreline, with an array of fine restaurants and lounges and two stunning infinity pools which overlook the Arabian Sea. As a retreat guest you meet with the doctor and yoga teacher on arrival, who determine the most suitable style and level of yoga for you and map out a personalised yoga programme for the duration of your stay. Yoga takes place in the beautiful rooftop yoga pavilion and ayurveda treatments to compliment, can be enjoyed in the spa which uses organic medicinal plants which come fresh from the spa greenhouse.

For more information contact The Leela.


Koh Samui, Thailand – Absolute Sanctuary

Yoga Holidays at Absolute Sanctuary’s purpose built yoga and detox resort are perfect for anyone wanting to combine a healthy, invigorating holiday with a detox and their daily yoga practice, or for beginners who simply just want to take up yoga. Customised packages range from 5 to 10 days, with a wide range of yoga classes taught by internationally-trained yoga teachers. A ten day yoga holiday include 10 nights accommodation, unlimited yoga classes at Absolute Yoga Centre, 3 A la Carte Vegetarian Meals, a 90-min Thai Massage or 60-min aromatherapy per day and other perks. Absolute Sanctuary also host scheduled yoga retreats – if you want to turn up the Thai temperature and your detox potential even higher, check out the Bikram retreat from 2-9 May, 2014.

For more information contact Absolute Sanctuary.


Gstaad, Switzerland – Formentera Yoga

Formentera yoga are bringing the Billionaire Balearic spirit to the stunning oxygen rich mountains of the Alps. Combining dynamic yoga, ski and spa at the super-deluxe Hemingway-inspired Michelin starred Le Grand Bellevue Hotel, this retreat will be taught by the best selling author, Nike Yoga Brand Ambassador and Pilates and yoga expert Jacqueline Lysycia (voted one of the UK’s top ten yoga teachers by Yoga Magazine). Ideal for couples or individuals either beginners or advanced practitioners this retreat is the ultimate ski, yoga, spa experience. Two hour specialised themed morning yoga and meditation classes are followed by an alkalising yoga-menu lunch and then some exhilarating on piste action in the afternoon, followed by afternoon tea – specialties that are just part of the daily routine even for avid Yogi’s. Another two hour exclusive yoga and somatic meditation class will be held at the end of the day to help your muscles stretch and relax your mind apres-ski.

Gstaad Yoga Snow Flow & Spa will take place 23-28 March 2014. For dates and prices of other retreats planned this year in Formentera, Ibiza and in Gstaad in Switzerland visit their website.

For more information about any retreats featured here please contact your Insignia Lifestyle Boutique Personal Assistant.

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