The world’s most beautiful yoga and wellness retreats from the Cotswolds to the Maldives via Arizona
You are stressed – you need some yoga. Preferably exotic somewhere. Here, MailOnline Travel writer – and yoga teacher – Samantha Lewis will take you on a tour of some of the world’s most scenic and luxurious yoga retreats, from the Himalayas to Arizona through the Maldives and the Cotswolds countryside.
Here is her choice of places to sunbathe in style …
Bamford Wellness Spa, Daylesford Organic Farm, Gloucestershire
Ahh-some: Accommodation options for the Bamford Wellness Spa include luxury cottages, pictured, on the Daylesford Organic Farm estate
Bamford Wellness Spa offers everything you need for lowering blood pressure. Yoga is taught by resident teacher Cristina Chandika in a light and airy studio
Shown left is a chic bedroom in a Daylesford estate. On the right is the entrance to the Bamford Wellness Spa
Bamford Wellness Spa is located on the famous Daylesford Organic Farm estate – a real theme park for organic food lovers and those seeking tranquility, which also includes a cooking school, a farm shop and, within half an hour’s walk, a boutique pub with rooms called The Wild Rabbit.
The spa offers everything you need to lower blood pressure, from crystal clear healing to custom facials and massages – plus yoga classes with resident teacher Cristina Chandika in a light and airy studio.
Daylesford hosts several wellness retreats all year round and the accommodation is top class – luxury ‘Cotswold cottages’ on the farm, which can also be booked on an ad hoc basis.
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Namaste: Ananda specializes in traditional Indian healing practices, including Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation
The retreat is located on a 100-acre estate surrounding a maharaja palace with views over the holy city of Rishikesh
Guests can wander around the beautifully manicured grounds or undergo treatment at the award-winning spa. Pictured is the alluring heated outdoor pool
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, close to the holy city of Rishikesh, Ananda is one of the most luxurious wellness retreats in India. It stands on a 100-acre estate surrounding the palace of a maharaja and specializes in traditional Indian medicine.
Packages include ayurveda, yoga and meditation dips for seven to 21 days. It also offers retreats that can be adapted to specific health goals such as weight loss and stress management.
In addition, there is an award-winning spa with 24 treatment rooms, a heated outdoor pool and hydrotherapy facilities.
Artah withdraws, villa Can Terrades, Spain
Switch Off: Artah is a transforming wellness retreat located in the foothills of the Pyrenees
The beautiful 12-bedroom villa has an outdoor pool where you can enjoy sweeping mountain views
Stressed souls are invited to stay for four or seven days and a typical day includes vigorous walks, yoga, detox massages and healthy plant-based meals
Artah is the passion project of Rhian Stephenson – a nutritionist and CEO of Beckham-approved spin studio Psycle London – that offers transformative programs designed to help you reset your mind and reconnect with your body.
Guests are invited to stay for four or seven days, and a typical day includes vigorous walks, yoga, detox massages, LED treatments, and healthy plant-based meals.
There is also plenty of time for relaxation to enjoy the beautiful 12 bedroom villa – Can Terrades – tucked away in the foothills of the Pyrenees, about 45 minutes from Girona. Expansive mountain views are standard.
Mii Amo, Arizona
Mii Amo, which translates as ‘journey’ in the Native American language, is said to be a favorite of wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow
Awesome: This spa and spiritual retreat is nestled amid the soaring Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona
The 16 rooms and suites are decorated in desert-inspired tones and have a private terrace or balcony. Depicted is the luxury suite
Mii Amo, a favorite of wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow, is a spa and spiritual retreat amid Sedona’s soaring Red Rocks in Arizona.
Mii Amo translates as ‘journey’ in the Native American language – which is exactly what it takes you to continue for three, four or seven days. Tailor-made itineraries offer spa treatments, yoga classes, lectures and ceremonies for determining intentions.
The 16 rooms and suites are decorated in desert-inspired tones and have a private terrace or balcony.
The Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Ireland
Tranquil: The glass-fronted yoga studio at The Cliffs of Moher Retreat has spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean
And breath: guests can relax in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub or sauna after class
There are retreats all year round, ranging from weekend breaks to longer stays of four or five nights, including full yoga dips and female-only retreats. Depicted are the Cliffs of Moher
For a break that will fill you with energy and give you a brand new feeling, head to The Cliffs of Moher Retreat on Ireland’s west coast.
It is a family run business that organizes yoga vacations where you can dog down against the backdrop of the dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic Ocean.
There are retreats all year round, ranging from weekend breaks to longer stays of four or five nights, including full yoga dips and female-only retreats.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Dream Destination: Landaa Giraavaru is a Four Seasons resort in the Baa Atoll Unesco Biosphere Reserve
The resort has a three- or five-day yoga therapy program led by Ayurvedic guru Dr. Shylesh Subramanya
Wow factor: There are 103 thatched beach and water villas on the island. Depicted is a Sunrise Water Villa with private pool
Fancy a yogi adventure to the beautiful Maldives? Located on a private island in the Baa Atoll Unesco Biosphere Reserve, Landaa Giraavaru has a unique three- or five-day yoga therapy program.
Led by ayurvedic guru Dr. Shylesh Subramanya is tailored to individual needs in each course and can be used to treat contemporary conditions such as stress and poor posture.
Other highlights include anti-gravity yoga classes and a yoga energy route.