A slow, languid vacation can make us feel instantly energised, help us reset our body and mind, and go back to our busy schedules feeling refreshed and relaxed. If you add yoga, healthy food, and a serene location to the mix, the benefits are manifold. From unwinding on a private beach to practicing your asanas with a view of the Himalayas, there are plenty of retreats in India that promise all this and more.
So, on the occasion of International Yoga Day, we’ve rounded up five yoga retreats from across the country that should be on your radar if you’re planning a relaxing, mindful vacation.
Svatma, Tamil Nadu
A boutique hotel in Thanjavur, Svatma has a 150-year-old restored mansion on its property called the Heritage Wing. The building marries local culture and architecture with traditional healing practices from the region. Kitted with a gym, an expansive yoga centre, and a spa, it offers multiple wellness therapies for you to choose from. Either go for a tailor-made wellness programme by the in-house yoga experts or opt for a more rounded Svatma Experience, which spans eight modules covering different aspects of Tamil culture—from weaving classes to Carnatic music.
Atmantan, spread across 42 acres, is one of the most popular yoga retreats near Mumbai. It overlooks the scenic Mulshi Lake, making it an ideal place to visit during monsoon when the region is lush with greenery. The resort offers tailored programmes and customised sessions with yoga practitioners, massage therapists, and fitness trainers. We are very sure, you’ll leave the place feeling physically and mentally rejuvenated. When you’re not unwinding in your room or the yoga studio, take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools, workout in the in-house gym, or go for a relaxing massage in the spa.
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kerala
Palm trees, a private beach, and clear views of the calm Arabian Sea make this one of the most relaxing retreats in the country. Pick from their wide range of Ayurvedic programmes like detox and immunity treatments or their functional medicine programmes that address concerns like diabetes, gut issues, and more. Indulge in delectable local dishes at the in-house restaurant or enjoy uninterrupted views of the garden or the sea from the plush cottages. The ‘Banyan Tree’ bungalow has a garden of its own.
Six Senses Vana, Uttarakhand
Six Senses Vana (formerly Vana) is a 21-acre wellness retreat nestled in the lush forests of Dehradun near Rishikesh. Here you can make the most of the serene surroundings as you immerse yourself in yoga sessions, reflexology, and detox treatments. When not practising yoga, relax in one of the 66 rooms and six suites on the property that come with enviable views of the sal forest. Enjoy lazy afternoon walks in the expansive orchards. The property is also home to an in-house restaurant that serves healthy food.
Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas—An Oberoi Resort
It may not be a traditional yoga retreat, but the iconic hotel offers plenty of yoga sessions that feel otherworldly, thanks to its stunning and secluded location in the hills. All the classes here are conducted one-to-one and you have the option of starting your morning on the best note possible. The best part? After your session, you can cool off in the outdoor Jacuzzi.