Vikasa Yoga Retreat

The Vikasa Yoga Retreat lifestyle inspires personal evolution through yoga, food, wellness, philosophy, and the unique Vikasa community.

Instructors 9

Konstantin Miachin

Kosta’s journey into yoga has taken him to the far reaches of the world, from remote Himalayan ashrams, to his initiation by a master monk in a sacred Sak-Yant ceremony in Thailand. His passion has lead him to search out for his own personal development throughout the world. Kosta's years of worldly experience have led to deeper understanding of yoga as a personal journey and spiritual evolution.

Yoga 23; Sivananda Yoga; Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga; Andiappan Yoga; Universal Yoga (Yoga)

Ram Vakkalanka

Ram is a sanskrit expert, yoga philosopher, sitar artist, kirtan singer, keynote speaker and meditation instructor. He travels in Canada, India, US, UK and Thailand, touching the lives of many people through his teachings.

Michelle Lam

Hailing from Hong Kong, Michelle uses practical examples and an easy to understand approach. Michelle reveals the anatomy of the human body, from muscle to bone to spine and how these spinal structures can cause obstacles in asana practice.

Sergio

Sergio was born in former Soviet Union, grown up in Spain, has practiced and learned different yoga styles since 2003 with many different teachers including from India. After extensive corporate experience and own business spent two years learning yoga and Ayurveda in India where he met his Guru and lived with him seven months practicing all yogic branches and learned to manage his mind, lifestyle, and routine to bring well being in life.

Betti

Betti has studied and practiced yoga for more than 10 years in diverse styles and different settings in Europe and Asia. Believing that one of the essential parts of yoga is meditation, she is very well practiced in several meditation techniques that can be applied in all walks of life with lasting health benefits for body, mind, and soul.Yoga has been an essential tool in her personal journey, and one that she is passionate about sharing with others.

Alicia Casillas

Through yoga Alicia discovered how to truly connect with, and balance her mind, body, and soul. Yoga is now allowing her to share the message of a healthy and happy way of life with everyone who wants to share her interest! Alicia has a strong meditation practice combining Vipassana Buddhist meditation and chakra balancing techniques. She guides her students to manage stress, develop self-awareness and takes them along the pathway to discovering who they truly are.

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

Amitram

Yogi Amitram has been raised in a traditional Indian Brahman family in Varanasi where his grandfather, Yogi Ramswaroop (Guruji), was his first yoga master who sowed the seed of yogic lifestyle in his soil of consciousness in his childhood. His present vision is to offer the ashram he is building as a sacred place for spiritual seekers to practice yoga meditation and Ayurveda in an eco environment ideal for inner contemplation and self-understanding.

Will Lau

Will is a duo-lineage holder for two influential yoga systems for modern day yoga practitioners, Universal yoga 500-hour RYT, graduated from Andrey Lappa, and Jivamukti yoga advance certification, graduated from David Life and Sharon Gannon. Will passionately serves yogis especially in Asia, where he teaches in Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, and Taiwan. Will was the teacher training mentor (2010-2011) alongside David Life and Sharon Gannon for Jivamukti yoga 350-hour training in New York, and facilitator for Universal yoga 200-hour teacher training (2011-2013) alongside Andrey Lappa.

Yoga Alliance International (Jivamukti Yoga)

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

Jason Milne

Jason immersed himself in the study and teaching of the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the science of yoga. He has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and he has been teaching yoga professionally for over ten years. With comprehensive training in various lineages, three 500 hour certifications and dedication to continued study of the subject of yoga, Jason brings his wealth of knowledge in both theory and practice of Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga and Yoga Therapy to this course. Jason is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

Reviews 83

Keerata Mukherjee

from Thailand, April 2018

"I'll never go back for yoga retreat here."

Food. that's only thing i like and would love to go eat there whenever i'm in Samui.

Jonathan Briggs

from France, March 2018

"A great trip"

Great food and service.

Michal Adamik

from Australia, March 2018

"I spent Amazing time there ! "

Everything was perfect! Food, classes, bungalov.... I’ve spent amazing time there.

Anonymous

from Canada, February 2018

Kosta is a great yoga instructor and created a great yoga retreat!

Emma Dimond

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Healing for mind, body and soul."

Fantastic selection of classes for all abilities. Variety of instructors providing their own unique practice. Friendly staff. Delicious food. Beautiful surroundings and a short walk from pretty crystal bay beach.

Elisa Pieri

from Switzerland, January 2018

The location, the food, people who works there are really kind

Reut Ben Ezri

from Spanish State, November 2017

"Amazing experience "

It was my first yoga retreat and i loved it! The food was really really good and healthy, they goga classes was very professional and the pool was an amazing infinite pool!

Emilie Rose Milling

from Denmark, October 2017

"Open hearts ❤️"

Everything was perfect! Almost overwhelming

Anonymous

from United States, July 2017

"Zen food & yoga "

Food was amazing! The view from the cafe was stunning and the people were great and helpful. The yoga was mix of different schools and complemented to the whole calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Veronika Baginova

from Australia, June 2017

Kristine Cheung

from Hong Kong, June 2017

"Yoga retreat "

1. I like its quietness facing to the ocean

2. You should go check out the swimming pool it's really nice

3. It's just so chillaxing when your having breakfast in Life Cafe

4. I like my room is just a few steps away from the white gala (place for yoga)

5. I like all the people around - so open up and talk to any of them

Rachel Barrow

from Australia, June 2017

"Great Retreat - Accomodation needs some work"

The food was amazing with excellent variety daily. The yoga was excellent but quite advanced. The mediation work shops and tantra workshops were really interesting. The instructors were lovely and very helpful. Especially enjoyed yin class. While expensive the spa was very nice.

Anonymous

from Singapore, June 2017

"Blissful week "

The classes offer a good variety and the teachers are all amazing! I had a great time and would come back anytime.

Besides yoga my highlight was the yummy food that is included as well as the a la carte in the restaurant. So good!

Massages are a bit pricey compared to other places on the island, but definitely worth it. Great atmosphere and vibes over all at Vikasa.

Danika Fromm

from Australia, May 2017

"Amazing Week Away"

The classes were high quality and challenging without leaving anyone behind. Vikasa is in a beautiful setting in an easy to reach location. The FOOD was amazing. So healthy and so tasty. Im not vego but did not miss meat one bit!

Leezil Rossi

from Great Britain, April 2017

Great staff, teaching quality, philosophy of the place. I hope it does not turn too commercial as it's popularity takes off . I will return and recommend.

Melissa St. James

from United States, April 2017

"Pretty but..."

Jun (at the front desk and via email before arrival) was amazing, helpful and friendly. A few of the food items were great (omelets and fresh fruit). The view from our room was amazing. The restaurant staff was excellent.

Mandy Weiß

from Germany, January 2018

Chantal Matter-fischer

from Switzerland, June 2017

"Wunderschöner & ruhiger Resort mit köstlichem Essen"

Ich als Nicht-Vegi war insbesondere von den vielseitigen leckeren (teilweise auch veganen) Gerichten begeistert! Das Morgenbuffet wie auch die warmen Gerichte am Abend waren immer sehr frisch und köstlich! Vikasa liegt an einer sehr ruhig Lage mit wunderschönen grünen Aussicht. Sehr idyllisch und genau richtig, um abzuschalten. Auch die Yoga Teachers haben mich sehr überzeugt. Meines Erachtens sind die besser als der Durchschnitt.

Sarah Kmieciak

from France, June 2017

"Un retraire bien si l'on souhaite être seul"

J'ai beaucoup aimé le site: très belle vue, belle place où déjeuner et bonne nourriture

Les cours de Yoga étaient très bien et dans un bel endroit

Tout était très propre

Shelly Sayagh

from Thailand, May 2018

"Restorative retreat, Beautiful location"

many options for yoga, beautiful location, immersed in nature, very restful, rooms are clean and beautifully situated

Marcella De Diego

from United Arab Emirates, February 2018

"Paradise"

The retreat was absolutely incredible. The food, the nature, the beach - it was all beyond what I had ever expected.

Anonymous

from Netherlands, January 2018

"Short stay but enjoyed every moment."

The yoga lessons where amazing. Best I've had in my life. Location of the yoga sala beautiful. View to the sea. They provide mosquito repellent, water, small towel, yoga mats, so very nice. Wish i would've stayed at least 5 days. Instructors are super nice people and i loved the breakfast buffet.

Madeline Mackey

from United States, January 2018

"Breathing class and Yin Sound Healing was Amazing!"

Waking up to the beautiful location and the meals!

Sin Ching Koh

from Australia, January 2018

food was amazing, friendly staff, instructors were passionate and knowledgeable

Fiona.yuen

from Malaysia, January 2018

"Food and yoga!"

Food and yoga was amazing! The spa massage was heavenly!

Kelly Ballou

from United States, January 2018

"Great retreat"

If you're looking for a place to help you slow down and unplug for a while, look no further. Vikasa is a serene mix between botanical garden, mural gallery and beach resort, and helps eliminate most of the day to day distractions that many of us regularly face. After 6 days we left feeling more grounded, calm and positive. Overall a great experience.

Phil Tran

from Canada, December 2017

"An idyllic yoga retreat "

All the instructors are super knowledgeable and skillful. They are great teachers, especially Mike. He has a very good, positive energy. My bungalow was at the end of the shoreline. Great view of the ocean. Food was fantastic. The only downside was it rained on my last 2 days but I would definitely come back to the resort if I had another opportunity to visit Thailand.

Emily Whish

from Australia, December 2017

- Food

- variety of classes

- friendliness

Amanda Jenkins

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Finding (re)balance"

The Peace and quiet, the relaxed atmosphere, choice of classes, amazing location, really lovely house staff, excellent massage. The substitute teacher (Ann? Wednesday morning) was fantastic - lovely welcoming personality and my favourite

Mary Bowman

from United States, November 2017

"Steps encourage fitness"

Great view

Liana Rietmuller

from Thailand, September 2017

"Amazing Resort"

The customer service was incredible at this Resort. Every experience of my stay was top quality. The managers were so attentive and incredible. The spa services were outstanding. The food was incredible, tasty, and healthy, and the staff were so friendly and helpful. The reception staff were also very accommodating. The hotel room was also beautiful as well as the grounds.

Anonymous

from Singapore, June 2017

"Not impressed "

The view is amazing.

Betti and Anne are great yoga instructors and gave options for more advanced students. Ronnie's singing bowl meditation was great. House keeping is very friendly.

Courtney Williams

from Vietnam, April 2017

"Worth every cent!"

The food was amazing definitely one of my favorite things about Vikasa. The yoga teachers were lovely and I learnt a lot.

Oliver Wolter

from Hong Kong, May 2018

"Perfect Yoga - Medition retreat. Loved it. "

Super teachers- really live what they teach.

Super good time.

Outstanding vegetarian/ vegan food.

Anytime again!

Eleonore Gener

from France, January 2018

Le lieu est idéal pour se reposer et faire du yoga. Le personnel est chaleureux et les profs de yoga tres sympathique. . Un agreable sejour dans l'ensemble et une meilleure pratique du yoga. C est le principal.

Corinna Peters

from Germany, January 2018

Stephanie Hann

from Germany, December 2017

Die Yoga Klassen waren super und das Essen war extrem lecker.

Die Teilnehmer waren sehr aufgeschlossen.

Franziska Knorr

from Germany, December 2017

"Wunderschönes Hotel, super Yogastunden"

Für jedes Level war etwas dabei. Bis zu viermal täglich verschiedene Yogaarten und abends Meditation. Das Personal war sehr freundlich. Das Essen war super. Sehr sehr gesunde Sachen. Eine große Auswahl.

Anonymous

from Spanish State, October 2017

"Es bueno si vas con nivel de yoga"

El sitio es ideal. Y los profesores son muy buenos

Anne-constance Castiglione

from Vietnam, August 2017

"Magnifique et dépaysante retraite"

Le cadre était fantastique, le Restaurant délicieux, les chambres confortables...

Anonymous

from Thailand, July 2017

tout ce qui tourne autour du yoga (mat, cours) et de la nourriture

Marielle Falkenberg

from Germany, May 2017

"Sehr gute Yoga Erfahrung "

Ich habe zum ersten Mal Yoga gemacht, die Atmosphäre dort ist wunderbar und die Yoga Lehrer sind allesamt wirklich richtig gut und schaffen es mit ihrer Leidenschaft für Yoga anzustecken und zu begeistern!

Svetlana Faber

from Thailand, May 2017

"Es war alles sehr schön"

Das Essen war jedes Mal sehr gut!

Eliza Krul

from Netherlands, April 2017

"I recommend Vikasa to everyone!"

The setting! Its a fairytale and you get in touch with people easily

Testimonials 5

Nicolette Thailand

TripAdvisor

My partner and I began our 5 week holiday at Vikasa, Thailand, staying for just one week and oh how we wish we could have extended for the full 5 weeks! The cute little bungalows are nestled on one of the prominent hills facing the East coast of Koh Samui boasting some of the best views and always receiving a cool ocean breeze. The rooms are a little outdated however kept clean, tidy, and have all that you need (including a balcony on each to sit back, relax, read, or let the afternoon sun fade away).

My partner and I have never done Yoga, however we now have a new found love and respect for the all that it involves. The teaches, not that we can compare however, are the most genuine, accommodating, understanding, and helpful through the bends and stretches of our bodies. To wake up and head straight to a yoga class, with the most stunning view whilst you watch the sun rise, has to be one of the best experiences we have ever felt!

The food: I could write an essay on just how AMAZING the food was!! Included in the package was the buffet breakfast and dinner. My partner loves his meat however the spreads on both the lunch and dinner buffet were nothing short of outstanding. My partner and I both work in the Hospitality industry and can wholeheartedly say that this was some of the best food we have ever eaten - Plus, not to mention the healthiest!

Now I am not one to return to the same destination as the World has so much to offer, however after spending 7 days at Vikasa, my partner and I are already planning our return. HIGHLY recommend this for everyone!

Izunia Australia

TripAdvisor

Well, what can i say? Every person seeks something different. I personally ended up with my local Yoga studio last year for a week at VIKASA and what a week it's been! All in all was PERFECTION! Particularly the buffet food (breakfast and dinner) I ended up going this year AGAIN and am now planning my THIRD visit to VIKASA. The yoga is nourishing and classes are led by passionate and experienced teachers. The variety is also fab!

As to accommodation, one can choose between the very cute (single occupancy) ZEN bungalow, over various other bungalows and rooms (as i understand, they are expanding, so there might be more rooms available and different options again).

Vikasa is positioned at a spot, which is not directly on a beach (but VERY close to the beautiful Silver beach) which I personally love, as you won't get too many tourists with families, which makes it very peaceful.

The LIFE Cafe is amazing! There is an extensive menu of raw, organic, vegan and vegetarian options availble. The food is organic, locally sourced and super fresh, PERFECT for a detox! The staff is super friendly and helpful. Keep it up VIKASA! I'll be definitely coming back!

Traveler Canada

TripAdvisor website

I really enjoyed my stay at Vikasa Yoga Retreat. I booked Vikasa last minute, and was only left with the option of booking basic accommodation. Based on previous reviews, I was worried about construction noise/ disruption, lots of stairs, and bug-infested rooms. I was pleasantly surprised!

When I arrived at Vikasa, I was greeted by friendly, helpful staff. They gave me a free upgrade to a superior beach bungalow located steps from the beach. My room was perfect! Clean and comfortable. Yes, there was a little construction noise, but not enough to bother me. And I actually enjoyed the stairs, a good cardio workout to compliment yoga and meditation classes. I booked a massage treatment at the spa, and highly recommend it! I attended all yoga, meditation, and special interest workshops and was never disappointed.

Go with an open mind, empty stomach, and you won't be disappointed!

Linda Canada

TripAdvisor website

I read mixed reviews about Vikasa but the only way to really find out was to check it out myself. The reception staff were very helpful from the start and Harry the bellboy was so nice. I stayed in an ocean bungalow far off to the side close to the white shala. I loved not having neighbors to one side and the view does not get old. Waking up to see the endless ocean was breath taking. The room was nothing fancy but had everything you needed with a super comfortable bed.

I actually enjoyed having to hike up and down the stairs. If you are coming to a yoga retreat to maintain or improve your health and complain about having to walk five minutes while having the ocean as a backdrop then...no comment. To each their own.

All the yoga and meditation classes were great. The teachers were all different and brought their own style to class which I really enjoyed. A lot of big yoga centers control their teachers and try to make them more uniform but not here. Teachers have a more flexible time frame instead of being forced to cram their classes into one hour. Vikasa seems to allow their teachers to truly come into their own.

Massage was great. You won't find a better, more relaxing place for a massage. The buffet was delicious and healthy. I definitely went overboard a few times and couldn't help myself. The kitchen staff and cook were always smiling and provided good service. Everyone looks very happy to be working there which gives off a nice vibe.

Overall, amazing from start to finish. Don't take my word for it. Do try it yourself and you won't be disappointed.

Traveler Canada

TripAdvisor website

I stayed in the yoga cave - AMAZING VALUE and did a yoga vacation for one day (all I had left). My trip to Thailand was primarily for diving. I came here to give myself some extra time before flying. The yoga, meditation, pilates classes were all so great - except the mosquitoes, they were annoying. Brunch and dinner are so delicious and the variety is very healthy and the buffet makes it as filling as you want it to be. Staff are super kind and helpful. The cafe is very expensive but I suppose that's normal for resorts and since they include brunch and dinner .... go to the 7 eleven/across the street if you need a snack. Thought the stay was a steal for one day yogacation.

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