Luxury Yoga Retreats in Europe for a True Wellness Experience
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Have you ever wondered what makes some yoga retreats pricier than others? Especially in Europe, there’s an abundance of options, from the very simple retreats to high-end holidays. But what exactly are the factors that determine their price?
While it’s true that you’ll get a life-changing experience with any kind of holiday you choose, a luxury yoga retreat in Europe offers some extra perks that you probably won’t find in other types of vacations.
First of all, it will often take place in a five-star hotel, a fancy resort, a chic villa or a stylish boutique hotel where you’ll have access to indulgent ways to pamper yourself. It could be with a spa, sauna, special massage or a delicious gourmet meal with organic products.
Some resorts could also offer jacuzzi, tennis courts, swimming pools, a golf course. That said, ‘luxury’ can entail many other alternatives to add value to your vacation that extend beyond facilities & amenities. One thing’s for sure though, it makes for an unforgettable occasion.
Where to go for a luxury yoga retreat in Europe?
Currently in Europe and feel like taking some time to improve your yoga skills while being spoilt with exquisite food and wellness treatments? Here are some great suggestions to experience a deluxe yoga focused vacation:
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- 5-night accommodation
- Hot tub / Jacuzzi available
- One morning excursion
Rediscover the joy of breathing just by walking around the stunning island of Gozo. Clean your lungs with fresh air, be delighted by its peaceful villages and meet local people who are well-known for their friendliness.
With a combination of Vinyasa flow, Yin Yoga and meditation, this retreat will give you all the tools to improve your life quality in no time. Plus, the yoga sessions take place in the open air at different locations, so get ready to enjoy plenty of Malta’s most stunning landscapes.
And if that isn’t enough, you´ll have plenty of time for additional activities like cycling, diving, horse-riding, jeep safari, beauty therapies, foot reflexology, Pranic healing, Quad bike tours, Segway tours, Shiatsu massage and more.
You’ll stay at the Duke Boutique Hotel, a stylish construction situated right in the heart of Victoria, with views of the ancient Citadel and the Villa Rundle Gardens. At a walking distance from the hotel, you´ll find the Gozo Museum of Archaeology and two well-preserved limestone Neolithic temples.
And if you have a special diet, worry not since your meals can be catered according to your needs. You can be certain that during this retreat you´ll get all the commodities and emotion that you seek.
Looking for a simpler way of traveling? Check this post where you’ll 10 yoga retreats in Europe that won’t break the bank!
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- 7-night accommodation
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Anti-stress massage
Take your adventure to the second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura. Unplug from your daily routine and get a good dose of adrenaline with all that this yoga retreat has to offer. Enjoy surfing, kitesurfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, scuba diving or freediving and add lots of excitement to your vacation!
The accommodation is quite comfortable at the deluxe villa Casa Veda. It is situated in Lajares village, close to a protected area of the Calderon Hondo Volcano. During your stay, you´ll get to savor delicious vegetarian meals mostly prepared with organic ingredients. In addition, it includes complimentary fresh fruit, mineral water, and herbal teas available throughout the day.
And if all the previously mentioned activities aren’t enough, there’s a hiking tour to appreciate the spectacular scenery of the island, as well as an expedition to the top of the volcano crater, from where you’ll get to see spectacular views of Lobos Island and Lanzarote. Or if you’ve had enough adrenaline, you could opt for a more relaxed visit to the town; on Saturdays, you can go to the artesian market, explore the art gallery and the craft stores in the area.
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- 4-night accommodation
- 30-minute foot massage
- Spa, sauna, yoga shala, yoga garden and gym
Imagine a yoga retreat complete with a bathtub, romantic hiking paths, breathtaking mountains, happy birds chirping in the morning and an Ayurvedic chef who has received multiple awards for his outstanding cuisine, cooking especially for you!
If you want a steak, he’ll prepare it. Let’s say you prefer vegetarian food, done. Or maybe you’re on a vegan diet, count on it! Whatever your preferences and dietary requirements are, he’ll meet them. Just like having a genius lamp willing to fulfill the desires of your appetite. How cool would that be?
Well, this retreat happens to make all this real.
Right in the middle of the Tyrolean mountains, in the alpine region of Austria, this luxury holiday gives you the opportunity to deepen your yoga practice surrounded by the peace and deep silence that you can get from being among nature. And if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to see a wild deer–good thing you’ll have a full stomach, eh?
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- 4-night accommodation
- 1 visit to Fontana Hot Springs
- 3 Qigong classes
This retreat takes place in the historic Hostel of Héraðsskólinn in Laugarvatn. Located just in the heart of the Golden Circle, from where you can look in any direction and face the amazing Iceland natural panoramas.
If you were wondering, the itinerary includes a visit the famous reinvigorating Fontana Hot Springs, a site to enjoy the healing powers of the geothermal waters, natural warm pools, “hotpots”, steam rooms and the refreshing lake. You can also do some optional activities like glacier hiking, Icelandic horse riding, snowmobiling or a visit to the Snæfellsnes National Park.
It also includes yoga lessons–of course–evening meditation sessions and Qigong classes (a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement). Plus, healthy, delicious and traditional Nordic meals, either vegetarian or regular.
Lastly, if you come in winter, make sure to head outside for a view of the northern lights and let your bliss from a total yoga immersion shine along with them. It’s hard to imagine a better way to end the day!
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- 4-night accommodation
- Individual Reiki Healing Session
- Outdoor thermal pools, indoor spa and wellbeing center
Bring your wellness experience to the next level at the historic spa hotel Posta Marcucci, in Bagno Vignoni. A medieval village settled in the heart of the Tuscan hills. This place is known for its healing hot springs, extraordinary views, weekly live music, local markets, traditional coffee shops and restaurants where you can find authentic Italian cuisine and good wine.
This unique experience includes thermal water de-stress meditation session, an individual Reiki healing session, personalized afternoon meditation classes, daily yoga lessons, accommodation, unlimited access to outdoor thermal pools, indoor spa and the pampering wellbeing center.
Moreover, you’ll have other optional things to do. Just to mention few, there’s a tour around Tuscany, organic Brunello wine tasting, regression session and Tantra lecture.
Wondering what the meals are like? It includes daily breakfast buffet plus 4-course dinner. No doubt you’ll get the exquisite treatment you deserve on your vacation!
Want to experience an indulgent yoga holiday somewhere else? There are plenty of luxury yoga retreats in Asia as well!