The Vikasa Yoga Retreat lifestyle inspires personal evolution through yoga, food, wellness, philosophy, and the unique Vikasa community.
Yoga Retreats (9)
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.
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 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 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.
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.
When Niki first discovered yoga she fell in love with the way it moved her closer to her inner self. From that day, her life changed completely. Yoga has taken her on a beautiful journey from Sweden into the world. She now travels the world teaching classes, workshops, retreats, and trainings in Thailand, India, Australia, and Europe. Niki believes that yoga can be life changing, both on an individual and a collective level. With yoga, you can find your way back to yourselves, to discover who you truly are, and from there, your potential is limitless.
Michael Lazano first came to yoga as a means for increasing flexibility, but after discovering how much more there is to yoga, quickly fell in love with the practice, which actually happened on a visit to Vikasa for a yoga holiday; he came back and completed both his 200 and 300-hour teacher trainings here, before eventually returning permanently, to live in beautiful Koh Samui and take a place on the Vikasa team. Although Michael only found yoga later on in life, in many ways he was born into the lifestyle, and raised as a vegetarian with a strong spiritual and moral compass.
Being in love with meditation and eastern philosophy from childhood, Alexey Vyazovov has been studying and practicing yoga since 2000, constantly aiming to realize its essence beyond the physical. He apprenticed with a yoga master, received spiritual initiation and started to teach classes on bhakti and raja yoga in 2006. Being a teacher of ancient lineage, Alex is committed to preserve and share the knowledge of self-realized yogis.
Bruno Meditation Teacher
The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness. As you progress in contemplative practice, you’ll want some expert guidance. Bruno has lived, practiced and taught meditation for the Buddhist Monastery Wat Ram Poeng Meditation Center in Thailand for two years. He lived, studied, practiced and taught in the Osho International Meditation Center in Puna and India for seven years. He has facilitated meditation and self-discovery courses for 17 years in various countries in Asia and Europe and is on a mission to share mindfulness, spirituality, and emotional well being.
from Macao, September 2019
"Room and facilities needs renovation "
the view from vikasa cafe and the service there, the yoga place, the class arrangements and our yoga instructor Ann.
from Thailand, August 2019
"Overall a good experience "
Scenery from room is beautiful. Food is surprisingly good.
from United States, August 2019
"Life changing yoga retreat"
The location is amazing, the classes a instructors a beyond fantastic, the food absolutely crazy! Pricey yes but, totally worth it, the vibe all around is something different, arrived here over worked, stayed four days and left completely regenerated, with new energy and a new world View!
Absolutely recommended to anyone going through some life struggles to relax and find some new light
from Australia, December 2018
"Would not go again. "
The location was beautiful.
from Thailand, December 2018
"Needs Improvement "
The Yoga instruction was excellent. The view was breathtaking. The breakfast was healthy. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly.
from United States, June 2018
"Overall an amazing retreat "
The yoga schedule was perfect. It had a lot of options and variety so you could really create your perfect schedule. I took classes from 3 different instructors while there (none of which are on the drop down list) and they were great! Each had their own style and I really enjoyed the variety. If your priority is yoga with an absolutely stunning view as well as vegetarian meals, this would be the perfect retreat for you.
from Thailand, June 2018
"Great yoga teachers, view and food but lacked atmosphere"
The teachers are really great here. I felt very satisfied with their classes and the variety of different styles. I also went to meditation and tried pilates (which turned out to be my favourite class actually)! The view is stunning, and when the construction is finished the serenity will be great. Could also come here just to eat, I loved the fresh healthy food, and there was so much variety, it is always changing and so vibrant and colorful. They also let me check out a bit later which was really appreciated.
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
The retreat was absolutely incredible. The food, the nature, the beach - it was all beyond what I had ever expected.
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.
from United States, January 2018
"Breathing class and Yin Sound Healing was Amazing!"
Waking up to the beautiful location and the meals!
from United States, January 2018
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.
from Australia, December 2017
- variety of classes
from United States, November 2017
"Steps encourage fitness"
from Thailand, December 2018
"Im großen und ganzen sehr zufrieden"
Das leckere und gesunde Essen war der Hammer und das überaus freundliche Personal war sehr zuvorkommend und hilfsbereit. 😄
from Germany, January 2018
from Spain, October 2017
"Es bueno si vas con nivel de yoga"
El sitio es ideal. Y los profesores son muy buenos
from Vietnam, August 2017
"Magnifique et dépaysante retraite"
Le cadre était fantastique, le Restaurant délicieux, les chambres confortables...
from Thailand, July 2017
tout ce qui tourne autour du yoga (mat, cours) et de la nourriture
from Thailand, August 2019
"A Soul Paradise !"
Vikasa is a place very well designed in all the experience. Used to travel and to test different kind of yoga places, this one in fir’me One of the best. Costa and his team find the perfect balance with retreat and premium confort. Yoga in the white shala with an amazing view is of course the best of all you can find in Vikasa. Class are really good and teachers are always very professional . Life cafe is great too and you always feel a quiet atmosphere during your stay.
from Ireland, August 2019
"Wonderful yoga, wonderful people, wonderful food."
Excellent quality of yoga tuition
from Poland, March 2019
"Paradise for mind and body"
Great food, good choice of classes , stunning views
from Singapore, December 2018
- All level classes
- Diversity: culture, gender, age, etc.
- Private yoga class
from Thailand, November 2018
Great classes and delicious food
from Hong Kong, November 2018
Everyday yoga, great food and stunning seaview made my perfect holiday. Glad that I got to enjoy the lovely sunshine a lot before it rained on my last day. Friendly and helpful team around the retreat. Room was clean and cozy. I came for yoga but also explored Pilates, Acro, Gong Meditation, Singing Bowls and Candle Gazing. Classes were good. Serge, who teaches Pilates and Acro, is especially amazing. Loved the Thai massage too!
from Mexico, November 2018
"Vikasa- The best decision in my life "
Everything, the teachers, the vibe, the food, tus sunrise, the sunset... 🤗🙌🏻
from United States, November 2018
"All around awesome resort and yoga experience "
The resort was beautiful with a peaceful vibe of a spiritual yoga retreat. Tastsy hearhly food and friendly helpful staff.
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.
from France, March 2018
"A great trip"
Great food and service.
from Australia, March 2018
"I spent Amazing time there ! "
Everything was perfect! Food, classes, bungalov.... I’ve spent amazing time there.
from Canada, February 2018
Kosta is a great yoga instructor and created a great yoga retreat!
from United Kingdom, 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.
from Switzerland, January 2018
The location, the food, people who works there are really kind
Sin Ching Koh
from Australia, January 2018
food was amazing, friendly staff, instructors were passionate and knowledgeable
from Malaysia, January 2018
"Food and yoga!"
Food and yoga was amazing! The spa massage was heavenly!
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.
from United Kingdom, December 2017
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
Reut Ben Ezri
from Spain, 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
from Thailand, September 2017
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.
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.
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.
from Australia, June 2017
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
from United Kingdom, 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
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.
from Netherlands, February 2019
"Anders dan verwacht"
De yogalessen zijn heel fijn en op mooie locatie.
from Switzerland, January 2019
"Gute Erfahrung "
Mir hat besonders das Essen, der Ausblick vom Restaurant und die Freundlichkeit der Angestellten gefallen.
from Ukraine, November 2018
"Really fantastic place to do yoga and detox"
The food is something from another world, probably one of the best combination of healthy, creative and so tasty I have ever tried.
The location and views are fabulous.
Yoga classes are complete and very professional.
Yoga teachers and staff are very friendly and welcoming
from France, June 2018
"stage yoga débutant "
j'ai passé un très bon moment au sein de VIKASA Yoga, le personnel est efficace et sympathique. Je suis débutante yoga, et j'ai vraiment beaucoup apprécié ce stage. Je ne savais pas si cela me plairait c’est pour cela que je n'avais pris que 5 jours et j'ai regretté de ne pas avoir pris un stage plus long.
Le programme des cours est top, vous pouvez choisir les cours qui vous intéresse en fonction du planning.
La salle de cours "blanche" face à la mer est parfaite pour les cours de yoga.
Le brunch est fantastique, comme tous les repas: des produits frais, des jus originaux , une grande variété de produits au choix, du sucré, du salé, du continental et du thaï. On se sent revigoré par la nourriture proposé très saine.
le lieu est magnifique, avec une vue sur la mer.
J'ai testé le spa avec le forfait de 3 massages "cellulite". Le personnel est très gentil, le lieu est très paisible et très propre.
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.
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.
from Germany, January 2018
from Germany, December 2017
Die Yoga Klassen waren super und das Essen war extrem lecker.
Die Teilnehmer waren sehr aufgeschlossen.
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.
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.
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
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!
from Thailand, May 2017
"Es war alles sehr schön"
Das Essen war jedes Mal sehr gut!
from Netherlands, April 2017
"I recommend Vikasa to everyone!"
The setting! Its a fairytale and you get in touch with people easily
We stayed fin Vikasa for Yoga Vacation and had a wonderful time. The Place is absolutely fantastic, great view and very well equipped. From everywere in vikasa there is an unbelieveable oceanview. The accommodation was lovely and with a balcony overlooking the ocean. The food was delicious and the buffets have a great selection of healthy and tastfull dishes.
The rooms have a fabulous view, spacious and clean. The staff are unbelievably accommodating and pleasant. Expecially Jun is very helpfull and tried all to give us a good time.
We can recommend the place absolutly!
I stayed for 5 days Yoga Vacation and had such a beautiful time. The Resort is absolutely fantastic, great location, simple charming Bungalows and very well equipped. The Yoga and Meditation classes were great, especially the ones in the early morning with sunrise on the Yoga platform with unbelieveable oceanview. The food was amazing, massages very good and all staff all times very helpful and friendly. I will come back for sure one day.
from United Kingdom,
I loved the yoga, the location, and the atmosphere of Vikasa.
The instructors were so knowledgeable and offered adjustments when needed and the staff always greeted you with warm customer service. The Life Cafe was my favorite part! Wholesome and clean food to compliment the experience.
Vikasa was such a great time and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants that exotic getaway with deeper intentions.
The only reason I gave it a 9 was because of all the stairs or difficult hills at the resort. While I personally had no problems with this, I fear that it may make it problematic for people who struggle with injuries or certain disabilities from being comfortable going to and from their room.
Again, I loved my stay and would return any day!
It was absolutely amazing, definitely a 10! I would have been easy for 1-2 weeks, great location, great food, great hours / offer and very friendly staff - feel completely comfortable, recharged, balanced and healthy! And since then do yoga and to keep me healthy and balanced.
My yoga retreat was amazing and Vikasa is absolutely beautiful especially the yoga shala. I am not vegetarian and the food was so delicious, I literally still dream about their cashew cheese, fresh juices and porridge. The yoga instructor's are top notch, management team is friendly and the walk to the yoga shala every morning was breath taking. I would not recommend staying in the yoga cave if you are a light sleeper (garden bungalows have much more privacy and less noise). You can hear the chairs and noise from the main dining hall and it's very loud. In addition, they have daily or half day excursions which I highly recommend. I did a half day excursion to the water fall with Ronnie and a few other people and we had a blast. Definitely this place deserves a 10. I will be back for sure.
I stayed almost 3 days at Vikasa Yoga Retreat and I had a good surprise regarding the classes. I have been practicing yoga for the last 5 years and I can say that I experienced some postures that I had never listened before. The first class in the morning (with pranayamas, meditation and postures) were the best ones! It is indeed the high point of being at Vikasa.
Another great point that I would like to highlight its the food, I have beento 8 places in Thailand during this trip and for sure the food at Vikasa it was the tasteful and colorful one, all fresh and delicious. The staff it was also very thoughtful always trying to serve as the best manner.
The only contradictory thing about all this is related to the cleaning and maintenance of the chalets/rooms. Unfortunately the chalet that I stayed was not in good maintenance (with wall showing hole covered with concrete, not painted, old etc.). The other thing was related to cleaning: the chalet and yoga room were dirty, even for Asian standards. The floor at the yoga room was sticky, at the chalet I saw some small things that showed that the place was not cleaned properly like: dirty floor, dust and dirty lid. I even not slept well my last night due to a mice that ran all night at the roof making a huge noise. It's really a shame because I loved the purpose of the retreat about uniting yoga + relaxation. Even though I highly recommend Vikasa for yoga lovers, I hope Vikasa staff will change the cleaning conditions of the place in the near future :)