Nama-stays: 10 of the best hotels for yoga
Aaand relax. You can’t beat that carefree post-yoga feeling – muscles stretched, mind cleared, and inner wellbeing restored.
Whether you’ve a penchant for yin, yang, Bikram or Vinyasa, beachside breaks or urban escapes, these picks will have you feeling that way all holiday long.
Alaya Resort Jembawan
Alaya Resort Jembawan – Ubud, Indonesia
At Alaya Resort Jembawan, a team of experts is firmly focused on rejuvenating your mind, body, and spirit. Described as a ‘healing sanctuary’, the resort offers lifestyle programmes combining yoga and holistic medical practices – with an expert instructor and Ayurvedic doctor at your disposal.
On-site restaurant The Herb Library serves a nutritious, plant-based menu, featuring many raw options, supplemented by responsibly sourced fish and chicken for non-vegetarians.
S Resorts Hidden Valley Bali
S Resorts Hidden Valley Bali – Uluwatu, Indonesia
Sun, surf, and yoga. At Hidden Valley, you can expect a hefty dose of all three. The retreat runs daily surf lessons and yoga classes, with Vinyasa in the morning and Restorative in the evening, followed by soothing sunset meditation.
Accommodation options span heavenly cottages and spacious rooms, all decorated in calming colours, and some with pool, ocean, or garden views.
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Hotel Arenal Springs Resort & Spa – Fortuna, Costa Rica
At Hotel Arenal Springs, yoga classes take place in the shadow of the awe-inspiring Arenal mountain – an active volcano just 20 minutes’ drive from the resort. Multilingual instructors teach in an open-air gazebo, and adapt each session to the experience level of the participants.
The resort and spa also has its own hot springs, bubbling up from the depths of the volcano itself. These relaxing thermal waters contain beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium, which will leave your body feeling nourished.
The Amala – Seminyak, Indonesia
The Amala is a boutique adults-only retreat found right in the middle of Bali’s popular Seminyak resort. Resident yoga masters guide a selection of one-on-one and group classes in the hotel’s dedicated Wellness Studio, while the elegant villas provide a tranquil place to reflect and unwind.
For the ultimate relaxing experience, choose a Spa Villa, where you’ll enjoy a private pool, hot tub, and steam shower – fragranced with an aromatic bouquet of wild herbs.
Niyagama House – Galle, Sri Lanka
Set at the highest point of a working tea plantation, Niyagama House makes for a secluded and picturesque escape. The hotel offers daily sunrise meditation and morning yoga sessions in its Yoga Hideaway, as well as a range of packages: Power and Peace, Earth and Air, and Dance of Life.
When you’re not twisted into lotus or stretching out a sun salutation, you can also enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic oil massage or treatment in the Niya Spa.
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa – Hue, Vietnam
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa sits on the shores of a tranquil lagoon, where yoga classes take place on a deck, suspended over its gently lapping waters. The resort also specialises in the art of Tai Chi – described as ‘meditation in motion’ – which promotes a connection between the self and the universe.
Full yoga sessions last 60 minutes, while a 30-minute chakra balancing class will help you refresh and restore your energy centres.
WeBase Hostel Kamakura
WeBase Hostel Kamakura – Kamakura, Japan
WeBase is a modern boutique-style hostel, and an ideal choice for cost-conscious yogis. Room types comprise large shared dormitories and private rooms for between 2 and twelve people, some with spacious bunk beds and some with traditional Japanese futons.
The hostel’s in-house studio, Another World, runs a selection of daily yoga, meditation, and health classes in collaboration with Studio Yoggy – one of Japan’s most famous names. You’ll need to pay for any sessions you attend, but WeBase guests are guaranteed their own special discount.
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel – Los Angeles, USA
Funky contemporary hotel meets rustic country cottage at the Farmer’s Daughter. Maybe not the usual yoga aesthetic – even the building’s exterior is gingham-clad – the hotel offers daily classes for all guests, and you’ll quickly find yourself relaxing into its warm, homely vibe.
Active types will also like the included gym membership and bike hire, while restaurant TART offers a different way to unwind, with the never-ending mimosas at bottomless brunch.
Garabag Resort & Spa – Naftalan, Azerbaijan
Garabag Resort&Spa is a prime opportunity for some pampering. Here, you can soak, scrub, and steam your cares away in the indulgent Entera Spa and Wellness Centre – complete with its own Turkish bath, sauna, cedar barrel, and salt room.
As for yoga, the hotel runs a regular schedule of classes alongside pilates and aerobics to really leave you feeling stretched, toned, and unwound.
Selina San José
Selina San José – San José, Costa Rica
Selina is an innovative co-working space and hostel that’s ideal for globetrotting freelancers and business trippers. A whole host of activities are on offer here – including city walking tours and experiences to help you connect with locals.
Yoga takes place out on the terrace, with only the sky and some steadily waving palm fronds above you. Better still, it’s just a couple of euros per hourly session.