Are you looking for a pre-Christmas pick me up? A yoga retreat is a great gift to give yourself to feel the gratitude for all the experiences life has given you. Here’s our recommendations on pre-Christmas Yoga holidays and wellbeing breaks in November and December to help you prepare for the festivities ahead.
This three day Personal Resilience Retreat combining mindfulness, meditation and yoga retreat takes place at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. At Ashridge House you will experience a unique retreat, combining mindfulness, meditation, walking and revitalising yoga, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens.
Whilst enjoying the surroundings, you will invigorate yourself with activities to rest your mind, restore your body and nourish your soul, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and equipped to make important wellbeing changes to your lifestyle.
Our resilience is enhanced by learning to proactively balance our active, restful and reflective practices, and to develop a state of inner calm and mindfulness as an important basis for our effectiveness. When we are resilient, we stick at things, sleep better, performed better and we enjoy life more.
Majestically located in 190 acres of private gardens, Ashridge House is a hidden gem in leafy Hertfordshire just 30 miles outside of London. The tranquil setting is just minutes from Berkhamsted train station and close to the main road networks.
The historic gardens are breathtaking whatever the season, making them ideal for reflecting and re-energising throughout the retreat. Our activities focus on re-energising your body and resting your mind. During this retreat you will learn practices that will help you bring a better balance to your life.
The weekend will include short experiential workshops on topics including re-framing behaviours and patterns, how to improve the quality of your sleep, the practice of mindfulness, whilst ensuring time for you to rest and rejuvenate.
On our Bicester yoga and wellness retreat in Bicester, be prepared to switch off, let go and give permission to yourself to totally relax. Retreat to the Oxfordshire countryside and escape for the weekend. Our Bicester wellness yoga retreat venue is well loved by our guests for it’s grand, yet incredibly homely feel.
Surrounded by Oxfordshire countryside with sweeping views all around, in warmer weather relax in the peaceful grounds or in colder times curl up with a good book by the open fire.
We have been running our retreats at this venue for 8 years and it is a home from home for us and our return guests. Enjoy first class yoga teaching from teachers, meditation to calm your active mind, incredible meals lovingly prepared by our talented chefs and served as a community, optional holistic treatments to soothe your body and guided walks of the local countryside; you are guaranteed to leave feeling energised, a little lighter, and grateful to yourself for taking some time away
Our accommodation is a beautiful family owned stately home that has been refurbished to a beautiful standard, staying in keeping with its original features.
The rooms have a sumptuous, classic feel so you will feel spoilt. Yet it also feels homely so you can completely relax and switch off. They are all spacious, luxuriously decorated in amazing fabrics and have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Las Palmas, Spain
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 kilometres beach which is considered one of the best urban beaches in Europe.
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.
Your non yogi partner will also have its place and you will be able to enjoy both your yoga practice and the pleasure of sharing. Because we believe that above all, the best way to be healthy is to be happy.
The neighbourhood where we are located is very quiet, secure and warm, so you can have all the facilities of being in a city, but in a soft and calm atmosphere. Las Palmas is a charming city which still keeps its Latin American colonial influences, making it colourful, joyful and kind.
It also has a lot of different kind of nice restaurants where you will be able to eat all sorts of food from all over the world. Our cute yoga studio is from 5 to 10 minutes walk from all our accommodations as it is the rooftop where we teach some of our lessons.
West Coast Of Barbados
The luxurious and charming Coral Reef Club or The Sandpiper with its intimate, boutique feel, can be your haven for a week of wellness activities centred at The Spa.
The Sandpiper is discreetly one of the most awarded luxury hotels in Barbados, surrounded by lush gardens filled with tropical flora, creating an atmosphere of ultimate privacy. The hotel is situated on a beautiful sandy beach on the West Coast, gently lapped by turquoise waters and bordered by a tree shaded wooden deck.
Much of the Sandpiper’s charm and style are attributed to Wayne and Karen Capaldi who run it with meticulous attention to detail without sacrificing the relaxed manner of the Caribbean. Combined with their staff’s enthusiasm for pampering their guests, this results in many guests returning year after year.
Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm West Coast of Barbados in historic Holetown, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance.
A family owned-and-run luxury resort renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style, Coral Reef Club is an award-winning five-star luxury boutique hotel recognised as one of the best hotels in Barbados.
Each invigorating week will incorporate exercise packages as well as an all-purpose Spa Wellness Package to achieve profound restoration for the body and senses. The package features activities personalised to your level of fitness, healthy culinary options and information to help you maintain a program into the future.
Nestled on the hillside, between sky and earth, in the middle of rice paddies, this 7 Day Inner Yogis retreat will surely awaken the divinity within you. During your stay, you will enjoy daily yoga classes to calm the mind, connect with your spirit, and bring your body, mind, and soul back into harmony.
The journey to wellbeing is a personal one; unique to every individual. At Flying Bamboo Spa we wish to guide your intuition and provide you with holistic yet professional health advice and indulgent treatments. Immerse yourself in our peaceful surroundings, savour our natural beauty practices and invigorate the body and mind.
Our ethically crafted yoga shala has pride of place in the centre of our Ubud Nestling Escape. Disappear beneath the tall thatched roof surrounded by lush jungle and get lost in the gentle sound of natural running streams.
This seven day yoga holiday in Cyprus offers you the unique opportunity to live in a traditional stone-built village home, stroll along the narrow cobbled paths to the village square, have a coffee in the local coffee shop… and settle into an easy-going Mediterranean lifestyle that respects and nurtures timeless traditions.
A fun filled week with something to suit everyone, take the next step along your path of self-discovery through the practice of Hatha yoga, physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation with our team of professional yoga teachers!
Relax and unwind in the comfort of one of Cyprus Villages tastefully restored traditional village houses far away from mass tourism. The houses and apartments are located in and around the village of Tochni.
Tochni is set in the country approximately 10 km from the beach and 30 km from Limassol. Spend your free time either reflecting quietly or take part in the varied activities on offer. Leave feeling renewed with a greatly enhanced sense of wellbeing and positivity.
Join us year round at our Surya retreat, on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura, with epic sand dunes rolling down into the turquoise ocean, breathtaking white-sand beaches and dramatic volcanic sunsets.
More than just a holiday, we are here to support you in your wellbeing journey, making you feel at ease from the moment you arrive. Relax and revitalise at Surya, one of Europe’s leading yoga and pilates retreats in the Canary Islands.
Stretch and strengthen your body and mind and bring yourself back into balance with a unique blend of yoga, pilates and meditation. Enjoy mouthwatering vegetarian meals, holistic massages and stunning sunsets over the volcanoes.
Our seven night Yoga and Pilates retreats run every week from Saturday to Saturday. They are designed to help reduce stress, improve fitness and vitality and most importantly take time for you. Perfect for all levels from beginner to advanced practitioners.
The diverse and full weekly schedule (over 21 classroom hours) is delivered at a pace that allows you to do it all and still have ample time for additional therapies and exploration, or be more selective and just relax– we know it’s your holiday, you decide.
You can also develop your practice with a private class with our world-class instructors or add a surf course, join excursions and cycling trips.
For relaxation, healing and pampering we include an hour massage in your programme, plus we have a team of experienced therapists offering complementary therapies such as ayurvedic consultations and reiki, holistic and sports massage and beauty treatments.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Located just minutes from Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Navutu Dreams proudly maintains the largest green space among all the hotels and resorts in Siem Reap.
You will find this oasis tucked-away in a village within 5 minutes from the Old Market in the colonial French Quarters. There is no better setting to re-balance and rejuvenate yourself than in this serene Cambodian landscape.
Unique to this region, Navutu Dreams specialise in a variety of daily yoga classes as well as health consultations, personalised detox programs, acupuncture, rejuvenating massages and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Destination-inspired activities include forest bathing or the practice of ‘’Shinrin-yoku’’ in a selected path at the Angkor Archaeological Park, and a sunrise meditation within the grounds of 9th century temple.
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.
You have the opportunity to learn humble practices of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Hatha, Flow and Meditation. Daily Siem Reap Yoga Classes are available within our own yoga studios.
South of Sri Lanka
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.
We invite you to join us for a special signature retreat hosted by Sam Kankanamge, yoga with Mollie Mendoza and music with Sam Garrett.
Suitable for everyone, regardless of your yogic experience this retreat about expressing gratitude for our bodies and minds, honouring our past and taking the initiative to enter the winter months with a positive resolve.
We will use this time to detox the body and mind, relax, strengthen our systems and reflect. Our aim is to inspire you to make positive changes in your lives through group and individual work.
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.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Samahita Retreat is purposely set up to help you unlock your potential, increase your energy level, recover and enhance your vitality – to breathe into a new life.
Health, fitness, and spirituality, through yoga practice, meditation, breath, core and cardio workouts, charged delicious food, interesting people, detox and vitality enhancing wellness programs, in a relaxed yet supportive environment, directly on the beach. Samahita’s Total Self-Care Program has been developed to help you make the most of your stay and relieve stress.
Arrive with a whole plan of therapies and treatments pre-booked and at a bundled value package price. You get the stress-free benefit of the whole selection of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day, all the great food, and a selection of massages, facials, scrubs and skin treatments. This Samahita wellness program is available for 3, 5 or 7 days.
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