The Best Healthy Christmas and New Year Yoga Retreats

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Have a happy, healthy and relaxing Christmas. Start the New Year feeling your best self. Escape the mayhem of the holidays and treat yourself to a life changing (and fun!) adventure.

Choose from a specially themed retreat to mark the celebrations, a wellness or detox program in a resort open all year round or your own private luxury villa to share with loved ones.

Here’s our top picks of healthy Christmas and New Year Yoga retreats.

Relax with yoga, hiking & movie nights in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema, Spain

Escape Christmas Yoga Retreat at Suryalila, 21st – 28th December

Escape Christmas Yoga Retreat in Spain

Come join us in Spain for our Escape Christmas Retreat in 2019! Enjoy a week of fun-filled and relaxing time away from the Christmas hype.

The days will start with an energising Vinyasa Flow Yoga class and end with more mellow style of yoga: Restorative Yoga, Yin yoga, guided Meditation or Yoga Nidra practices followed by a sauna/sweat lodge session. As part of the retreat, we will also go on a couple of stunning hikes, visit a local Spanish town, experience fun surprise workshops, enjoy a flamenco dancing class, live music and AcroYoga class. We will also snuggle around a log-fire and watch movies.

Apart from this you will be nurtured with the most exquisite vegetarian cuisine. There will be a many special meals among which mulled wine and delicious Tofu Turkey prepared for Christmas day.

Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema, consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees.

A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.

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Start the New Year treating yourself with inspiration, sunshine and deep relaxation on the White Isle

Ibiza New Years Yoga Retreat, 28th December – 4th January

Warm your body, Heart & Soul this winter on magical Ibiza during the most transformative time of the year. A perfect moment for you to close off the old and create space inside yourself to welcome the new.

The New Years Yoga Retreat is an invitation to step fully into your authenticity, your True Self in 2020. Join me for a nourishing and peaceful yoga week on Ibiza and flow gently into the New Year!

Deepen the connection with your self. Embrace your self with comfort and warmth. And set clear and inspired intentions for the New Year.

Expect a week full week of heartwarming & inspiring yoga, meditation, purification rituals, dance, sauna, silence, positive Ibiza vibes, cosy evenings in front of the fire place and healthy homemade vegetarian/vegan food.

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Have a cleansing, healthy New Year in Cornwall

New Year Yoga Retreat, Cornwall, 28 December – 1 January / 1 – 4 January (stay for 3, 4 or 7 nights)

Spend your New Year relaxing, reflecting and restoring on our new year yoga retreat in Cornwall. Feel the need to get away for the New Year? Want to completely unwind, immerse yourself in your yoga practice and soak up some tranquility? Join us at our stunning and cosy retreat in Cornwall. Kick back, relax, stretch out the Christmas excesses and enjoy the company of new friends.

On our new year yoga retreat Cornwall you will welcome the new year in with lots of yoga, pampering treatments, walks, fabulous healthy food and workshops you will be actively relaxing the whole time. There’s a special evening schedule to bring the New Year in with setting of intentions, meditation, a delicious vegetarian feast, and dancing.

Our retreats are wonderful in winter with their open fires, story telling, cooking workshops, yoga workshops and invigorating walks. With a daily schedule of yoga in the morning and evening, tasty vegetarian meals, massages and free time to explore or relax. Join us for just a couple of days or a week this New Year.

These retreats are perfect for those who want to get away from the usual New Year celebrations, feel healthy, Alive and set positive intentions for the year ahead.

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Spend New Year at a country manor house in Oxfordshire

New Year Yoga Retreat in Bicester, Oxfordshire 28th December – 1st January

Retreat to the Oxfordshire countryside and escape the normal hectic New Year’s celebrations. Our Bicester venue is well loved by our guests for its grand, yet incredibly homely feel.

Our New Years Eve retreat gives you the chance to pause, reset, be thankful for the year behind us and set intentions for the year ahead!

This year, alongside guided walks, twice daily yoga, and our intentions workshops, we have added a cookery workshop so you can take a little piece of the retreat home with you.

Start 2020 feeling like your true self: rested, rejuvenated and ready to take on the year with a renewed sense of purpose. This retreat is suitable for anyone who’d like a New Year away with wellness, healthy food and Yoga. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages. Only one male sharing space left!

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Where the sun shines all year round & you can practice yoga on the beach

Christmas and New Year Yoga Retreat in Gran Canaria, 23-30 December / 30 December-6 January

Create your own practice – we are sure you have sometimes thought about going deeper into your yoga practice but don’t find the time. You don’t want to do an intense training but you would like to know more about yoga.

And what’s more, you would love to have tools so that you can create a consistent yoga routine at home. This can be your opportunity to make yoga your daily companion easily.

Relax, unwind, enjoy the sun and go back home with something valuable to start the New Year: the secrets of yoga. The retreat includes some exciting workshops – a Healthy Canarian Cuisine workshop and Natural Cosmetics workshop. We will have a couple of day trips during the week as well – to local and natural spots of the island and tree planting in the beautiful land of Osorio.

The retreat takes place in Las Palmas, right next to Las Canteras Beach. Join us for one of our yoga holidays in Las Palmas, a place known for its all year long summer, right in the beach promenade of la Playa de Las Canteras, a 12 kilometers beach which is considered one of the best urban beaches in Europe. We are open all year round and you can check-in and check-out anytime you like.

The Canary Islands are known for their eternal summer weather, so you can enjoy your holidays at the beach all year long. We want to give you the opportunity to let yoga be your daily companion, merge into the Canarian lifestyle, meet new people, connect to nature and have a time for yourself.

An invitation to leave your “musts” behind and just live your holiday as you please. We want to give you what we love, so we offer you daily yoga classes and all sort of activities to discover Gran Canaria, experience something new or simply relax and chill.

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Nourishing New Year Yoga Retreat in Canterbury, 30th December – 2nd January

Join Jo of Solasta Sounds, Hayley Dunne Yoga and guest teachers Amie Evans and Bradley Starkey on their New New Yoga Retreat in Canterbury for a luxurious bit of ‘me time’ among like-hearted people. This getaway is built with a nourishing start to the New Year in mind.

There will be zero expectations of you in this time. The team simply want to provide this retreat as an alternative to New Year events that can sometimes leave us feeling drained – we’ve been there before! This will be a space and a time that you can rest and restore, no deep ‘work’ just some gentle invitations to return to the body and heart space and leave you nourished and feeling great about yourself ready for the year ahead. The team are devoted to this, pure and simple.

You don’t have to be a yogi to enjoy the retreat but even more experienced yogis will find the space rich with options for nourishment. Your time on retreat includes; morning feel good hatha yoga, one yoga workshop, 5Rhythms, sound bathing, an embodiment workshop and space to rest and restore in the beautiful Scandanavian designed spaces of the glorious 19 acre grounds.

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Immerse yourself in a mix of culture, wellness and adventure in Marrakech

5 Night Magical Marrakech Christmas Retreat, 22nd – 27th December

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Christmas – love it or loathe it you can’t just leave it. Or maybe you can. This year why not do Christmas with an exotic twist and join us for our Merry Marrakech Christmas retreat.

Less sleighs on snow and more camels in the desert as you follow your own star. Indulge all your senses in a wonderfully different style and with a little more bite. Bring your family. Leave your family. It’s your choice. We want to make it the most magical time of your year.

Unwrap this special Christmas package to discover Dar Jaguar and Marrakech. Breakfast will be served each morning either on the Rooftop Terrace or the Rose Fountain Courtyard, before you choose to go out on an excursion, luxuriate in your divine surroundings or participate in a Moroccan delight.

On Christmas Eve, for last minute stocking fillers to hang on the cosy fireplace, just step outside the grand cedar wood doors of Dar Jaguar and head into the souks for a little gold, frankincense or myrrh with your own Dar Jaguar Personal Shopping or Tour Guide. A luxurious massage will ensure that you have a silent night as you wait to see what Christmas delights unfold.

Christmas Day will begin with a sparkling brunch on the Rooftop Terrace and then maybe take a stroll to Jardin Marjorelle for a walk with a difference – a sight for all the senses. The highlight of the day would have to be an alternative Christmas Dinner, the 1001 Nights Banquet with live music and belly dancers – a different take on charades and the Queen’s speech.

Boxing Day at Dar Jaguar breaks with tradition as we whisk you out to the Palm Groves for a Camel Ride Safari in the style of the Magi. Or perhaps you’d prefer to upgrade your desert adventure and book adrenalin-filled dune-buggies to race across the sand, feeling like you are starring in your very own Boxing Day Blockbuster. Return to Dar Jaguar for your Farewell Candlelit Dinner.

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Escape to the magical island of the Gods for a 7 day detox retreat

7 Day Detox Retreat at Blue Karma in Ubud

This program has been carefully designed for your body and soul to reap all the benefits of a healthy and vibrant lifestyle.

This detox retreat at Blue Karma Ubud can help you lose weight, reduce stress, experience glowing skin, eliminate digestive issues, and boost energy levels. Release stress and negative mental patterns, and give your body and soul a new energy and vitality.

Between heaven and earth, 3.5 km from the centre of Ubud, in the middle of rice paddies, you’ll discover Blue Karma Resort Ubud, our Boutique Hotel de Charme, where everything waits for you to relax and let go.

In the middle of this verdant haven of peace, built with respect for the environment, surrounded by fruit trees and deliciously perfumed plants, nestles a 25 m pool, our Karma Yoga pagoda, gazebos with their thatched roofs as well as many other resting areas.

Reconnect with yourself, others, and the environment at Blue Karma Ubud. Traditional Balinese massage and a range of other treatments are available and offer the perfect opportunity to enhance your stay in Bali.

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Connect with nature on a healing ayurvedic retreat in Sri Lanka

Festive Healing Retreat at Sen Wellness, Sri Lanka, 23rd December – 1st January

Sen Wellness Sanctuary

The Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a small, peaceful and modest retreat in a nature reserve set between a lagoon and the ocean in the south of Sri Lanka. It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty and relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.

The Sanctuary offers Yoga and Ayurveda retreats all year round and hosts detox retreats and special Signature retreats a few times a year. The gentle rhythm of the sanctuary and the pared back approach and architecture of the place allow for a genuine retreat.

The focus at Sen Wellness Retreat is on rest and connection with nature and oneself. The eclectic and fascinating selection of books available are perfect to fill your time between yoga, treatments and walks on the beach.

You’ll be encouraged to put away your devices as much as possible and allow for a digital detox too. With our retreat sanctuary in the mangrove forest by the beach, we invite our guests to reconnect with nature and feel the vital energy of Sri Lanka.

The Signature Festive Retreat is the highlight of our seasonal calendar. We ask that guests book for the duration of the retreat, as the programme is specifically designed for the group and we also suggest to arrive at the sanctuary the day before, in order to feel refreshed and ready to begin the programme. Retreat inclusions can be found below.

The programme will be held by the Founder and Director Sam Kankanamge and our wonderful yoga teacher Pleuni Van Hulten.

Keep fit and Yoga in Koh Samui

Christmas and New Year’s Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui Thailand, 21– 28 December, 28 December – 4 January

For the 16th year in a row, Samahita Retreat is hosting a Christmas and New Year’s Retreat in Thailand. There are two back to back week-long programs, one from December 22 through December 29, and the other from December 29 through January 5.

Paul and the Samahita team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga and meditation practices, core strength work and cycle classes.

The physical yoga asana practice will be offered on a number of levels that includes experienced self-practice, guided vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes, and restorative afternoon sessions.

Weaved into this schedule are different core classes in the morning and/or afternoon. We alternate the cycle classes between silent-sunrise classes to mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes.

The first week will place an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops, with more on the Philosophy by the second week.

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.

The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.

Of course there are the places that are open all year, where you can check-in and check-out when you like.

Fitness and fun on the famous Keramas surf beach

7 Day Yoga & Fitness Escape at Komune Resort, Bali

komune resort

Hotel Komune Resort and Beach Club is blessed with a hypnotising view of the world famous Keramas surf break. Featuring 106 impressive 4 star rooms and 5 star suites, and villas. Sumptuously appointed beachfront accommodation with artistic furniture, our unique Bali resort articulates the identity of the Island of the Gods.

This seven day yoga and fitness package is intended to give you some challenges and will leave you with some new motivation to set you back on track.

The new Health Hub is perfect for those who are looking for a retreat with state of the art facilities designed to let guests maintain their healthy and active lifestyle while on holiday. The body deserves a reward after a day of working out, and the Joglo Spa understands how to pamper the body from head to toe.

The wellbeing team will discuss your desires and goals upon arrival. You can immerse yourself in as much or as little as you want, in a tailor made package to suit your level of fitness. In between daily spa treatments and relaxing pool time or may select to take up one of our recommended off site activities to feed your adventurous side.

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Experience pure bliss on a remote Island

Yoga and Wellness Retreats at Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

nihi sumba

This is not an escape from everyday life. It is the return to a life well lived. Where rugged luxury meets unregulated freedom.

A place to connect with something larger than oneself. A haven for the adventurer, for the wanderer. The endlessly passionate and curious. Arrive with an open heart and leave changed forever. This is vacation with a purpose. A destination with meaning. This is Nihi Sumba.

At Nihi Sumba Island we promote all facets of wellbeing. Our focus is to help you leave rejuvenated and rebalanced through a plethora of activities that have been designed to support our mission.

Let the highly trained, healing hands of our Sumbanese Spa staff take care of you as you unplug from your daily life and begin to reconnect to your inner self.

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5 Day Rejuvenation & Yoga Retreat at Adiwana Resort Jembawan, Ubud Bali

Treat yourself to more than just pampering and spa experiences at the boutique wellness hotel, Adiwana Jembawan. This five day retreat starts with a hatha yoga class,  pranayama and meditation. During the program your meals and spa treatment will be based on your wellness consultation result with the Ayurvedic Practitioner used to diagnose your Dosha.

Rejuvenation is often defined as the reversal of the ageing process. This contrasts with ‘life extension’ strategies that attempt to combat the causes of ageing in order to slow it down. Because rejuvenation is the reversal of ageing, the means employed to achieve it focus on repairing the damage caused by ageing and replacement of damaged tissue with new tissue.

While rejuvenation is one means to achieve extension of life, rejuvenation itself fundamentally affects a person by restoring aspects of youthfulness from the inside out. This retreat program is designed to reverse biological ageing and focuses on the quality of life instead of the mere prolongation of it. It is about enhancing your experience of life itself.

You can also customise your own retreat package based on your personal needs both as an individual or part of a group.

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Traditional Balinese Healing at Fivelements

7, 10 & 14 Nights Healing Detox Retreat at Fivelements, Ubud Bali

healing detox retreat

On our Healing Detox Retreat, we embrace holistic Balinese-inspired therapies administered by traditional Balinese healers using ancient wisdoms passed down through direct lineage.

Following the Balinese principal of Sekala-Niskala, which holds that we all live equally in two worlds; the seen or conscious world Sekala, and the unseen or psychic world Niskala, the Balinese healers engage the help of the divine source during each healing session.

This is our signature cleansing programme inspired by the ancient Balinese philosophy that promotes living with purity of thought, speech, and action. It encourages us to align our heartfelt goodwill and thinking with consistent speech and action.

The retreat includes traditional Balinese healing therapies aimed to detoxify and purify the physical body, sekala, and the non-physical mind and soul, niskala, unifying body and mind towards a natural harmonious state of being, and allowing an organic healing process to unfold.

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Deepen and renew your yoga practice at Plantation Villa

Relaxing Mind Body Detox Retreat at Plantation Villa, Sri Lanka

Our retreat at Plantation Villa provides a chance to deepen and renew your yoga and meditation practice, whilst caring for your body and mind with loving care from our village team.

Set in a rural village, surrounded by lush green natural landscape, we are a community centre where a village has come together to serve you and take you on an unimaginable journey.

The retreat funds and maintains the Metta Trust charity to do community development, wildlife conservation and forest preservation activities. We maintain the local temples, village schools and fund majority of the community activities in our village and surrounding villages.

We specialise in Ayurveda which is an ancient art of healing the body and mind through nutrition, relaxation, and herbal treatments.  Our Ayurvedic doctors and senior therapists have over 15 year of experience. During the Christmas period you can attend our special ayurvedic retreat program. A completely personalised, comprehensive and holistic experience.

Our doctors and therapists will work with you from day one to gather a holistic understanding of your physical ailments, areas for stress of the mind, lifestyle, and wellness objectives

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Take a wellness retreat in Siem Reap

Navutu Dreams Resort and Wellness Retreat, open all year round

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.

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Detox in luxury surroundings at Chiva-Som in Thailand

Luxury Art of Detox Retreat

The Art of Detox retreat at Chiva-Som is a fully personalised dietary focused programme. Start a beneficial dietary transformation or a more subtle change to achieve the goals you wish to fulfil. Retreats are available for 5, 7, 10 or 14 nights.

For 23 years, Chiva-Som has provided a Haven of Life for guests seeking health and wellness. Our programmes are founded upon our six wellness modalities: Spa, Fitness, Physiotherapy, Holistic Health, Nutrition and Aesthetic Beauty.

Your personal advisor will aid you in discovering the ideal diet, balancing macro and micronutrients while herbal and nutritional supplements ensure your detoxification processes are working optimally to cleanse your body of toxins.

Through our retreat you will discover a new path towards more nourishing foods that will bring your digestive and metabolic systems back to their optimal function for sustaining health.

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Author: CHERYL SLATER