10 Recommended Retreats in stunning locations

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Last Updated on April 3, 2017 by

Keep your health and wellbeing on track with one of these 10 recommended retreats in stunning locations.

Fitness Fusion Retreats at Layana Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

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Layana Resort & Spa is a luxurious adults-only hideaway set amidst the azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea, Koh Lanta Yai, an idyllic tropical island located in the South of Thailand with pristine beaches backed by lush tropical greenery and forested hills. Located on 3 kilometers of the white sandy Phra-Ae-Beach and harmonising with its secluded surroundings in a way that is distinctly Asian, Layana Resort & Spa blends pampered luxury with a fresh, open and natural ambience. Translated from the Sanskrit language “Layana” means “a pause in time”; in keeping with this ethos, Layana Resort & Spa is committed to creating an exclusive haven of luxury where the world revolves around you.

To extend our commitment to the luxury of time and rejuvenation power of an island holiday, we have just completed an ambitious upgrade and expansion of our wellness facilities. Guests can enjoy a completely new experience at our “Wellness Zone.” After an invigorating workout in our new and ultra-modern gym facilities or pre/post a soothing massage, refresh or take laps at the new wellness pool. The pool uses saltwater treatment, nature’s very own purifier and cleaning agent, which aids in skin recovery, is great for joint pain, and has far less irritants when compared to chlorinated pools. You will leave feeling revitalized and cleansed without the harsh side effects of chlorine.The half Olympic size lap pool is perfect for exercise sessions or just lounging while enjoying healthy refreshments from the brand new Healthy Juice Bar. Our Fusion Fitness retreat packages are offered for 4, 7 or 10 nights. Find out more.

Nicaragua Yoga, Surf & Baby Turtle Adventure Retreat, 4th – 11th November

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Join us for 8 days of relaxation, yoga and surfing plus a baby turtle adventure in beautiful Nicaragua! Revitalize and harmonize your mind, body, and soul in Nicaragua during this surf, yoga, adventure trip. You will make new friends, practice daily yoga, relax with nightly meditation sessions, eat amazing food, surf world class breaks, enjoy land and water activities, all surrounded by beautiful nature. Go hiking in the rainforest, explore the surroundings, and visit the beautiful secluded beaches at sunset. Enrich your spirit with our baby turtle conservation project. Help protect turtle nesting sites and the baby turtle hatchery.

We are hoping that mother nature works with us and we have baby turtles hatching during our stay. The likelihood is very high, but not guaranteed. We will be able to participate in turtle conservation and education during our stay. The prerequisites for attending have nothing to do with your experience- you don’t need any or your athletic ability. All you need is an open heart and a sense of adventure. Now is the time to de-stress and experience something exciting and new. Find out more.

Pilates & Martial Arts Retreat with Rael Isacowitz, Monte Velho Portugal 1st – 7th October


We are super excited to announce a very special retreat lead by master trainer, teacher of teachers and founder of Body Arts and Science International (BASI®) Rael Isacowitz!. Staying true to our concept of intertwining Pilates with other forms of movement, Rael has invited his own Martial Arts Sensei, Master Dennis Brookman, to join us for an unsurpassed week of fun and exploration of the mind and body. This retreat will fill up quickly and spaces are limited, but do know that anyone can join. We want to make this incredible experience of learning and getting up close and personal with some of the industries best teachers. Get ready for a high energy and unforgettable week.

Our home for this retreat week will be Monte Velho, a breath-taking yoga retreat venue with a stunning round yoga hall, sitting on top of the hills of the Algarve’s west coast. The spaciousness of the retreat and its surroundings invite to get lost and fully immersed in nature. Adjacent to a holistic riding center and not far from the Atlantic sea, Mote Velho feels like a world apart. Find out more.

EAT.PRAY.MOVE yoga retreat in Puglia, 24th September – 30th September

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Join us on our EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga retreat in Puglia, in Italy’s rural heel. This wonderful retreat will enable us to experience the landscapes and activities of this incredible rising star of Italy.

Besides daily yoga classes, our new MOVE+MANIFEST retreats offers a series of mindful workshops that will guide you in the exploration of creative self-expression in your life. We will have meaningful discussions and fun activities intended to help you tap into your own inner wisdom and heartfelt desires. And between the beauty and serenity of Puglia alongside the sea and ancient olive trees, the atmosphere will surely ignite your being with an energy perfect for the creative process.

We will tour through Puglia’s famous trulli; cone shaped houses in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site. After walking around the town and enjoying a delicious tasting lunch, we will make our way back to the stunning Masseria Fumarola, an ancient farmstead that will be our home for the week.

There will also be a relaxed day at the beach where we will explore the incredible coastal part of the region, followed up with an amazing and unique dining experience in a cliffside grotto. In this open cavern, we will eat while looking down upon the sea at Polignano al Mare, one of the most picturesque villages of Puglia. Find out more.

Cuban Yoga Boutique Adventure Retreat, 5th – 12th August

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Always dreamt of visiting Cuba? This Cuban Yoga Boutique Retreat in the beautiful mountains of Pinar Del Rio is a unique opportunity to deepen your yoga practice in beautiful surroundings and taste the carefree and uplifting life in Cuba at this historic moment in time. Our homes for the week are comfortable lodges in a national park with more than 50,000 acres of mountain wilderness to explore.

The twice daily yoga sessions, blending a strong vinyasa flow with a restorative practice will leave you feeling deeply nourished and refreshed. Days can be spend wandering the national park, lounging by the pool, reading a book overlooking the lakes or for those that are feeling adventurous, engage in many of the activities on offer: such as learn how to dance salsa, go horseback riding or take a trip to nearby villages or the beach.

With a maximum of 12 people you will share this intimate retreat with other like-minded adventurers. With 2 yoga classes per day, amazing local food plus cultural excursions it is set to be a trip of a lifetime. Find out more.

EAT.PRAY.MOVE Mindful Movement Retreat in Reykjavik Iceland 29th April – 3rd May


Join EAT.PRAY.MOVE for a life changing retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland. With geothermal spas and lichen forests, Iceland is one of the most jaw-dropping places on the planet. Our day trips will allow us to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer. We will take a tour through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle which will include the three primary stops on the route: the national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning “golden falls”), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been inactive for a long time, Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt at every 5-10 minutes interval. We will also spend a day in the capital city of Reykjavik to explore some sites, take a walking tour, had have some free-time to shop, see more of the Icelandic design, or relax before our dinner in town!

A day in the village of Hveragerði will allow guests to see more of this thermal water capital and even visit various sites and thermal parks. Plus a drive to the sites of the Southern Shore, including the waterfalls, glaciers, volcanos, and black sand beaches is on the itinerary.And a trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a day at the Blue Lagoon with its healing waters, silica masks, unparalleled views, and overall spa experience! Find out more.

Spring Sensation Yoga Detox Retreat in the Lake District, 28th – 30th April


This 5 star Spring Sensation Yoga Detox Retreat is held at a stunning Georgian manor house on the shores of Lake Windermere. Over the course of the weekend you will experience and enjoy unwinding in the opulance of Silverholme manor house with its unparalleled panoramic lake side views; detoxing dynamic, flowing yoga sessions with calming meditations; pampering massage treatments from our in house therapists; bracing lake and hillside walks along the beautiful Lake Windermere and surrounding hills and healthy, detoxing and delicious vegetarian meals. Your every need will be taken care of by our friendly in house staff.

You will leave feeling invigorated, cleansed and lighter, both mentally and physically. There are so many aspects of this retreat to enjoy. Why not join us to stretch out the stresses and strains from your busy life, and find that spring in your step as you look forward to the summer months ahead. Find out more.

Navutu Dreams Resort and Wellness Retreat, open all year round

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Tucked-away in a village within 5 minutes from the Old Market in the colonial French Quarters of Siem Reap, is the beautiful oasis that is Navutu Dreams. With 28 rooms and suites housed in low slung chalet on a hectare and half of gardens speckled with 3 swimming pools, it is the only upscale resort and wellness retreat in Angkor. This is where detoxing or a mini-break can easily be a part of a relaxing holiday highlighted with a visit to Angkor Wat which is a mere 30 minutes driving distance from the resort.

Navutu Dreams has a core team of seasoned wellness practitioners who have crafted programs designed to detox the body, the mind or both. Yoga classes are available three time a day, each day of the week. Private bodyworks, breath-work, yoga, meditation or even partner yoga sessions can easily be arranged. Traditional Chinese medicine is also available at the resort. Within its menu are services for acupuncture, shiatsu, cupping and auriculotherapy. Alternative healing is also readily on-hand. Reiki, Crystal Healing, Tibetan Bowl Sound Bath and the resort’s signature BreathLightBliss which is a combination of these plus breath-work. Destination-inspired activities also include forest bathing or the practice of ‘’Shinrin-yoku’’ in a selected path at the Angkor Archaeological Park and sunrise meditation within the grounds of 9th century temple on a hill over-looking the Tonle Sap Lake. Find out more.

All inclusive Yoga Safari Retreats in Namibia, open all year round


Namaste Yoga Safari is the first and so far the only yoga retreat in Namibia that offers Yoga while on Safari. Some people describe Namibia as a country that gets into your Soul. Namibia awakens your emotions and senses –with its stunning landscapes, endless space and fresh air. You will experience moments that wont be possible anywhere else, feeling re-connected with your soul! Its not just a holiday, yoga or a safari, it is an adventure of a lifetime. An unforgettable journey making your feel more peaceful and balanced. The Retreat will offer you the chance to enjoy nature in its purest form and deeply relax in unique surroundings.

We offer all inclusive 7 and 10 day Yoga Safari Retreats in Namibia, accommodating a maximum of 8 people and a minimum of 4 to keep it intimate and special.  Yoga, nature and animal lovers looking to get in touch with their inner self will appreciate these Soulful Yoga Safari’s. This is a truly unique experience combining Yoga on Safari. Find out more.

Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat in a French Chateau, 21 – 25 June/19 – 23 July/17 – 21 August/16 – 20 September


A 5 day retreat at award winning Yobaba Lounge to re-establish a rich, soulful connection to your yoga and meditation practice. Located in a picturesque medieval village in the southern French Pyrenees, the house feels like a temple, the rooms are large and stylish.

The gourmet vegan food has been described as sensational, outrageous, alchemical, the best ever, and more. It is often raw, always free from dairy, meats, gluten, and sugar. The food supports the practice and quickly rebalances digestion. Retreat facilitator Gertrud shares her practice of Embodied Meditation, which is the yoga of breath, mindfulness and movement. Without excessive effort, the practice strengthens your core, legs and hips, tones your parasympathetic nervous system and sets alight your inner space.

There will be periods of free time each day, which gives you opportunity to just relax in the walled garden, pamper yourself or explore wild swimming in nearby lakes and rivers. You will be held within a clear daily structure. The Yobaba Lounge team will look after all your practical needs whilst you let go and spend time with your self. Our retreats include periods of delicious silence (until mid-day each day) to help you reflect and integrate what arises during practice.

The retreat is intended for all those in need of rejuvenation, rest and relaxation, and those who are seeking a more mystical connection to their existing yoga and meditation practice. Nevertheless, it is suitable for beginners or those already proficient in either yoga or meditation. Find out more.

Having trouble choosing? Email us at retreats@soulseedmedia.com and one of our retreat advisors will help you find and book your perfect retreat.