To celebrate International Yoga Day on 21st June, KAYAK.com.au has rounded up the best wellness retreats for the ultimate relaxing getaway. From a former palace high in the Himalayas, to a Mauritian resort spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens and pristine white sands, these are some gorgeous places you won’t want to miss out on.
So forget ‘Om’ing and ‘aahing”; start packing, and get ready to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Ananda in The Himalayas – Ideal place for: the spiritual yogi
The former palace of the Maharaja of Tehri-Gahrwal is home to a 100-acre luxurious Ayurvedic retreat. Framed by tranquil forests and overlooking the holy town of Rishikesh, Ananda has been the retreat of choice for the well-heeled from both within India and abroad. You can select a wide-range of wellness goals from detox to anti-ageing and vitality and enjoy the award-winning 24,000 sq ft spa. A personalised organic health cuisine will be at your disposal and you can also partake in the daily talks on ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta. A great place to rejuvenate physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Akumal Bay Beach & Wellness Resort, Mexico – Ideal place for: beach yoga with a bar
This all-inclusive escape offers a private beach where you can practice yoga or sip a drink at the beach bar, plus you’ll be just a five minute drive from Akumal Beach. Four outdoor pools provide fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in massages, facials, and body treatments. The perfect choice for a self-love vacation!
Shanti Maurice A Nira Resort, Mauritius – Ideal place for: yogis who get bored easily
This beautiful resort on the Mauritian south coast spreads across 35 acres of tropical gardens and pristine white sands. Shanti Maurice’s world-class Shanti Spa combines age-old regimes with contemporary international treatments for revitalised senses and spiritual awakening. Experienced therapists help guests take control of their bodies in order to de-stress, detoxify and rebalance, and also offer lectures and classes for a fresh approach to long lasting health. An extensive leisure programme invites guests to pursue activities as diverse as cooking classes, water sports, jogging, yoga and finger painting, among others. Boat tours and excursions farther afield are also easily arranged.
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat, Cambodia – Ideal place for: those looking to live and breath yoga
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap centre, Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat houses three swimming pools, two yoga studios, a wellness centre including a fitness suite and a restaurant. Built on an acre and a half of manicured tropical gardens, the resort offers a lounge, spa and a wellness centre for detoxing and mini-break programs. Destination-inspired wellness activities from holistic meditation in sacred grounds to personalised itineraries are also available upon request. Guests can also opt to participate in a yoga session, in the morning or afternoon. This resort is accredited wellness authorities, Conde Nast Johansen, Spa Finder and Leading Retreats of the World.