People choose to travel solo for a number of reasons, independence, freedom, adventure, self discovery and the world is just too big to wait around for someone to say yes every time you feel the urge to buy a one way plane ticket. The great thing about going on a retreat is that it offers you the best of both worlds, you go alone but get to know, spend time with, and have experiences with new people. If you are already on your travels or living a nomadic life then a retreat can be a great ”pick me up”, or a pit stop to recharge your batteries and benefit your health at the same time. You don’t have to be an experienced yogi or meditator. You can even learn a new skill such as surfing and have someone else take care of the itinerary for you.
Here’s our top recommendations on destinations and retreats for the solo traveller.
Take your practice on a life changing adventure and immerse yourself in the mind-bending natural beauty of the tropical jungle and beautiful beaches of Costa Rica. This eco-pioneering wellness destination is a must visit to experience the true meaning of the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle for yourself.
For a yogic adventure in the jungle
Practice yoga and meditation in an open-air pavilion with breathtaking views, read by the pool, hike in the jungle and renew your health at AmaTierra, providing an oasis of tranquility and rejuvenation through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, healthy foods, fresh spring water, herbal medicine and bodywork. Here you are invited to relax, slow down and let nature be your primary healer, as you connect deeply with the pristine beauty of the tropical forest and experience the authentic local culture of rural Costa Rica.
For learning to surf
Break away from your daily routine and try something new. Come and feel empowered to believe in yourself while you learn to surf. Surfing is a powerful tool to connect yourself to the sea and its vibrant energy.
Balance your surfing with yoga and connect with your inner self, bringing together mind and body. This yoga and surf retreat takes place on the fantastic beaches of Santa Teresa and the wonderful nature around, while nurturing our body and mind consciousness, through yoga and healthy food habits.
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For breathtaking sunsets and nights filled with thousands of stars
At Vista Celestial you can enjoy daily yoga and meditation surrounded by the rainforest, tropical flowers, toucans, monkeys, parrots, and butterflies.
The impressive view of the Pacific ocean induces an immediate sense of wellbeing. In May they are hosting a weeks retreat with yoga practices, guided meditations, waterfall walks, walking meditation, massage, healthy vegetarian food, one SUP yoga class and a SUP tour in a calm bay.
Experience beautiful deserted beaches (more than 13 are protected as national park). Adventure on any tours offered including whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling tours, surfing lessons, horseback riding, hikes to a refreshing swim in a waterfall, or simply relax, and get pampered at the spa, or read a book.
For rest and relaxation
Anamaya, is a truly an exotic place, built on a cliff edge and overlooking the most incredible ocean views.
The resort is next to an epic waterfall, surrounded by rainforests, and located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns, Montezuma. “Anamaya” is Sanskrit for “good health” and to us that means great healthy food, rest and relaxation, exercise, and lots of fun and laughter. You will truly enjoy your meeting other “Anamayans” from around the world, and sharing this experience with your many new friends.
For an intense nature-immersion experience
El Silencio Lodge & Spa, is an inspired natural immersion retreat that celebrates Costa Rica’s charming cloud forest highlands
It features a 500 acre private cloud forest reserve and is flanked by the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano National Parks. This unique destination draws visitors who want to live an intense nature-immersion experience. Misty tropical cloud forest, roaring waterfalls, and colorful culture are showcased through heartfelt hospitality and upscale facilities.
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With so much to see and do in Italy (as well as eat and drink), it’s a great choice for the solo traveller. You can choose a city or a quaint coastal town as your starting point, then head north or south and join one of these culture packed retreats to help you burn off all that pasta, wine and pizza.
For an all inclusive Sicilian adventure
In September, La Vita in Equilibrio takes us to this fabled island in the Mediterranean sea. Our Escape begins in the vibrant and flamboyant city of Palermo. Famed for its storied past and street food culture, this is a city at the center of the ancient world, a place where Arabesqu rub shoulders with baroque churches, a place where fallen empires and faded frescos collide. Staying in the heart of the old Souk markets, at the luxury boutique hotel Porta di Castro we find ourselves in the lively centro storico wandering the labyrinthine streets, breathing in the dazzling aroma of spices, and savoring local delights. Each morning we greet the day with a guided meditation and a yoga flow, before we set out to explore the Palermitan way of life. Our days are spent discovering ancient mysteries, marveling at glowing Byzantine mosaics and learning the secrets of la tavola Siciliana.
For a luxurious, culture packed itinerary and spa pampering
On this FORM+FLAVORS retreat in Tuscany this July, staying in form with mindful yoga and scenic walks, plus exploring the highlights of the area with a food-focused itinerary in the land of mouth-watering cuisine + wine!. Enjoy enjoy walks around the scenic Tuscan hills, and a meditation walk will be included in the week as well. “FLAVORS” – We’ll not only balance the week with the healthy “form” part of the retreat, but also with learning about and experiencing firsthand the amazing flavors of this region.
Each day, we’ll be able to enjoy mouth-watering cuisine and take part in tastings, from wine and olive oil, to cheeses, gelato, and, of course, the Italian espresso. From award-winning restaurants to family farms and kitchens, learning and enjoying the food will be an added bonus to working up an appetite during our classes and walks!
For a detox of the mind
”To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you someone else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
One of the best quotes that summarize this amazing week long, detox your mind and rebalance your body yoga retreat with Francesca Paris in Sicily this October.
Hatha Flow, Yin and Meditation will be your magical tools to make every movement purposeful, you will experience what yoga feels like, rather than what it looks like, you will be encouraged and given the opportunity to wake up your core and spine throughout the classes and build self trust.
For serenity and nourish your soul this summer
Gift your mind the space to unwind, your body the chance to restore and your soul the beauty of connecting on this Yin and Forrest Yoga Retreat with Aoife Kane. The perfect opportunity to let go, release and reset our systems.
Hosted in a 19th century farmhouse – La Masseria – situated in the luscious natural landscape of southeastern Sicily surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea
Escape to some of the most breathtaking parts of Greece, away from the tourist crowds where you can practice yoga, pilates, mindfulness and meditation against a backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean sea.
For fun in the sun in Santorini
Take a breathtaking and unforgettable sunshine and yoga holiday in Santorini, known for its beautiful blue and white churches and surrounded by majestic views of volcanoes in the backdrop, the crystal clear Aegean sea and stunning sunsets. Get all the Vitamin D you could possibly need and more soaking-in the warm Greek summer sun.
The wonderful heart-warming people of Greece, the food, and stunning scenery make it a very special location to retreat to. There really is nothing else quite like Santorini so it is a must-do holiday destination. Combining it with yoga makes it an unforgettable experience. Morning yoga up by the church behind your accommodation with views to the Aegean Sea.
For a transformative meditation experience
In this stunning villa you can join a beautiful and transformative Indian Yoga and Meditation retreat in October with the scenic backdrop of Lefkada Islands, Greece. Learn to go inside through deep Buddhist meditation and classical yoga in order to release our blockages and undo the cycles of our past, while simultaneously applying this powerful knowledge in order to heal the body through tantra, ayurveda and reflexology practices.
Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017 for Asia and Australia region and Service Excellence by Tripadvisor this is an intensive spiritual experience, where you can learn to go inside, let go off the pain, the cycles of limitations and expand beyond your original self through simple direct work on and into the mind which the Yogis have practiced for thousands of years.
There are opportunities to work directly with the Zen master and seek Transcendental appointments and therapies from him during the retreat. Come, allow yourself the change you have always wanted, but did not know how to create. This retreat is immerse and content rich, suitable for the student who is ready to form his her spiritual path.
For a peaceful paradise escape
Almyros in Corfu is a peaceful paradise escape, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just Relax is a week long yoga retreat, which allows guests to unwind in its tranquil environment. The beautiful Corfiot villa is located just a stone’s throw away from Almyros beach and offers breath-taking views of the Albanian coast.
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For a tropical island escape
Layana Resort and 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, the resort is committed to creating an exclusive haven of luxury where the world revolves around you.
For Christmas and New year
This Christmas and New Year retreat in Koh Samui integrates yoga and fitness to give you a great way to escape the commercial onslaught of the holiday season
There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for our local charities. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2018 and welcome in 2019 as well as a feast and performances. The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.
For an Eat Pray Love experience
Take a sacred journey this June on this Embrace retreat, where you can soak in this lush emerald green land of Bali, full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields.
Experience the sacredness of Balinese daily rituals and traditions, colorful ceremonies and daily devotions, reflecting their deep reverence for life and spirit. The retreat center has a fresh water pool, spa treatments, Ayurvedic massage, nature walks, treks in the jungle, meditation, Balinese dance lessons and more if you so desire.
For a five star health experience
Heed Yourself and Awaken Your Sense on this yoga and fitness retreat in Bali this July with Naheed Radfar.
With twice daily yoga offerings, fitness classes, Balinese dance lessons, and specialty workshops, we will explore both active and restorative modes to encourage balance. A variety of spa amenities – a complimentary Balinese massage, hot jacuzzi, herbal steam room, fresh-water infinity pool, and full service gym – ensure that you are fully pampered during your stay.
Luxuriate in a 5-star Health and Wellness Resort amidst tropical landscapes, landmark temples, and harmonious artisan communities.
For ayurvedic balancing
Spend a week on this Re-Discover Balance Retreat in Ubud, held in the lush and beautiful surroundings of Swasti Eco centre.
The retreat has an amazing content as well as plenty of free time to relax and will include daily led yoga classes, ayurveda treatment package (1 massage and 1 treatment), meditation and Pranayama workshops, a traditional Balinese water ceremony and waterfall visit and ayurveda consultations for each student so they know their Prakriti (biological and mental constitution) and vikriti (current state of health) and from there knowing how to balance their lifestyle more effectively through yoga asana.
Iceland is stunning, around every curve and bend in there’s a new mind blowing view specifically designed by nature’s hand to completely knock your socks off. It’s also incredibly safe, the infrastructure is great, it’s clean and easy to get around.
For the Northern lights
Enjoy the midnight sun in the land of FIRE & ICE on this magical Icelandic adventure in July with daily yoga, day trips, and stimulating life-coaching workshops. The day trips will allow you to experience the many unique landscapes and activities that this area has to offer. You will take a tour through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle which will include the main stops on the route, such as the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning “golden falls”), and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.
You will also spend a day in the capital city of Reykjavik to explore some sites, take a walking tour, 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 captial and even visit various sites and thermal parks. 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!.
With its diversity in natural beauty and all year round sunny climate, Croatia is the ideal place for anyone looking to getaway on a healthy holiday. Relax and rejuvenate alongside views of the sparkling turquoise-blue Adriatic sea, explore the many islands that scatter its breath-taking landscape, the jaw-dropping vivid green lakes you can swim in and admire the characterful architecture that lines this wellness hotspot
These weekend wellness retreats, located in the gorgeous and unspoiled location of the enchanting Korcula Island offer the perfect opportunity to refill and restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun surrounded by crystal blue seas, and bring your body and mind into balance with daily yoga classes, meditation and breathing exercises.
You will enjoy hikes through Korcula’s lush and unspoiled wild fields, explore hidden bays of breathtaking beauty and experience an excursion to the magical natural park of island Mlijet, with its salt lakes, bicycle wine tour to the famous Croatian wine region on Peljesac and most of all to discover all the joys of Mediterranean and have a lot of fun in the process. Should you prefer a week long retreat they also offer a Seaside Yoga Holiday.
For a retreat at sea
Refresh and rejuvenate while you sail around the stunning Islands of Croatia. Enjoy the tranquillity of the sea as you tantalise your senses in this luxurious Yogalates Retreat. Linda’ is a 5 star elegant 32 meter wooden gulet. Decked throughout in teak and mahogany, she is truly the Queen of her class. Imagine sunbathing on the enormous cushioned area on the foredeck or relaxing with a drink on the shady rear deck or just diving overboard for a refreshing dip on the Adriatic, not to mention the delicious Croatian cuisines cooked by Masterchef Jaska and wines served at meal times.
You will visit Mljet (bike ride, lake, national park), Korcula, Vis (green grotto), Hvar and Trogir (mainland), exploring the charming villages of the Islands, the beautiful natural landscapes including coves and beaches and enjoy swimming, paddle boarding and other water activities fused with your daily Yogalates practice.
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