In honor of International Yoga Day (June 21), we’ve picked some of the world’s best locations to practice yoga, guided by world class professionals and framed in tranquil surroundings, from the turquoise waters of the Maldives to the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Top to toe wellness in Bali
COMO Shambhala Estate
COMO Shambhala Estate, a residential health retreat near Ubud, offers daily group yoga sessions and fully tailored programmes for guests to unwind amidst spectacular jungle scenery. The property offers a holistic, 360-degree approach to wellbeing, with experts on-hand to encourage relaxation, rejuvenation and a dedicated attention to wellness. Rooms start at $445 per night (approx. £315), including breakfast. Visit Comohotels.com.
Sunsets and salutations in the Maldives
Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi
Inhale the fresh sea air surrounding Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi during group or private yoga classes set against a stunning blue Indian Ocean backdrop. Sunrise and sunset yoga are the perfect bookends to days spent on soft white sandy beaches experiencing all that island life has to offer. Villas start from £660 per night, including breakfast. Visit Fairmont.com.
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Fun-filled yoga for kids
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
Little ones can enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of yoga at Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, with weekly practices in the lush gardens of the Dolphin Kids’ Club. Super fun yoga sessions include age-appropriate games, animal sounds and creative names for poses in order to inspire young guests to increase flexibility and coordination. Villas start from £700 per night on Deluxe All-Inclusive basis. Visit Emerald-maldives.com.
Practice on a private island
Thanda Island, Tanzania
Thanda Island, a private marine reserve off the coast of Tanzania, provides a completely bespoke experience, with a host of experiences available on land and water. With no other guests on the island, residents can enjoy personalised yoga practices with no distraction but the hum of the ocean and local wildlife. A stay at Thanda Island starts from $45,000 per night (approx. £33,000). Visit ThandaIsland.com.
A well-balanced retreat in the Tuscan hills
COMO Castello Del Nero, Italy
Hidden amongst the rolling Tuscan hills, the new COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Castello Del Nero offers Italy’s first Asian-inspired wellness experience. Guests can enjoy daily yoga practice with internationally renowned teachers on the peaceful lawns and terraces, as well as personalised private sessions for both aspiring and seasoned yogis. Rooms start from €340 (approx. £520), including breakfast. Visit Comohotels.com.