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Discover Asia’s Best Yoga Resorts for Holistic Healing

Last week, the world celebrated International Yoga Day, a time to reflect on the transformative power of yoga. This year’s theme, “Harmony Under the Full Moon,” brought together practitioners globally under the glow of the full moon, symbolising balance and introspection. To continue embracing this spirit, we explore some of the most serene and rejuvenating yoga resorts and retreats in Asia, the birthplace of yoga. These sanctuaries offer holistic healing experiences, blending ancient practices with modern wellness techniques, perfect for anyone looking to deepen their yoga practice and foster inner harmony.

Ananda [Uttarakhand, India]

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Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh, is a renowned holistic wellness retreat in the Himalayan foothills of North India. Situated in the former Palace Estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, it spans 100-acre grounds, gardens, and forests. This spiritual location, the birthplace of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation, attracts global wellness seekers annually. Ananda integrates Ayurveda and holistic wellbeing with yoga, meditation, emotional healing, spiritual awareness, and healthy cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy. The Yoga Programme at Ananda offers 7 and 14-night retreats focusing on yoga’s therapeutic process to achieve specific physiological, psychological, or spiritual goals.

Relais & Châteaux [Multiple Properties]

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Suján Jawai, India

A serene atmosphere is created by the tranquil still water of the lake that blends in to create perfect harmony of mind, body, and nature. The wellness expert offers meditation, yoga, and the channelling of latent energy by the lake, poolside, or in the privacy of your tent. Wellness at Suján Jawai is as unique as the region’s peace and tranquility and promotes the learning and practice of age-old methods. The programme includes easy practices to take home for enhanced living and well-being.

The Serai, India

Suján Spa at The Serai, Jaisalmer, created by Rosamund Freeman-Attwood of the globally renowned Raison d’Etre, comprises four tents with interiors that induce a sense of well-being within a walled garden. The diverse menu of therapies includes reflexology, cleansing scrubs, and relaxing massages using organic and Ayurvedic products made with ingredients from the Thar. The wellness team curates enriching programmes, including fresh, organic menu planning and sunrise meditation classes. Daily yoga classes are suitable for all levels and are usually conducted on the Pool Deck. Private lessons or group yoga and wellness retreats can be tailored to guests’ wishes.

Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

Perched on Sri Lanka’s southern cliffs, Cape Weligama is celebrated for its stunning location and exceptional yoga offerings. Guests can start their day with a soothing yoga session in a thatched pavilion at Lookout Blue, near the Moon Pool. The hour-long classes, tailored to suit guests’ preferences and abilities, encompass meditation, pranayama, strengthening movements, and stretches with incredible ocean views. Sessions begin at 7am, with a 6.50am meeting at the Moon Pool, where towels, chilled water, and yoga mats are provided.

Niraamaya Surya Samudra, India

Tucked away in Kerala, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra overlooks the Arabian Sea. Yoga here encourages the union of body, mind, and spirit, offering various body postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practices to develop self-awareness and mental clarity. Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) are key to achieving peace of mind and eliminating negativity. Whether you are a beginner or a regular yoga practitioner, the yoga experiences at Niraamaya Surya Samudra are extraordinary. The tranquil environment helps revive the senses and offers excellent rejuvenation experiences.

StayVista [Multiple Properties]

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Zen Cottage, Dehradun, India

Zen Cottage by StayVista is a serene journey into nature’s embrace, offering an unforgettable escape from urban chaos. Guests wake up to the gentle embrace of the morning sun and stroll through the vast lawn adorned with dew-kissed grass, setting the tone for a serene day ahead. Close to the property, there’s a peaceful oak forest where guests can enjoy a pleasant walk. The villa boasts a captivating artificial pond inviting you to try fishing or simply immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

IvyCrest Estate, Dehradun, India

IvyCrest Estate by StayVista, nestled amidst the rolling hills of Dehradun, offers a luxurious yet tranquil retreat. This spacious estate provides panoramic 360-degree views of Mussoorie and George Everest. Guests can find solace in yoga and meditation, guided by expert instructors. The estate also features a rare gem of an outdoor swimming pool, offering a refreshing respite from the summer sun.

Four Seasons [Mauritius]

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita offers a pristine natural wonderland for wellness seekers. Located on the east coast of Mauritius, it features yoga programs incorporating Hatha and Ashtanga practices, Pranayama, and meditation programs. The resort also offers gentle yoga sessions for women in their second and third trimesters. The award-winning overwater Spa provides luxury spa treatments, using exotic local ingredients, ensuring a holistic well-being experience.

Mulberry Shades [Karnataka, India]

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Mulberry Shades, a Marriott portfolio hotel, celebrates Yoga International Day with a visit to Ksema Spa, nestled at the foothills of Nandi Hills, India. Enjoy complimentary sessions like Sound Healing and the Full Moon Yoga Ceremony. The Ksema Spa offers signature treatments, including the traditional Turkish Hammam, and other wellness activities like Tai Chi, Somatic Breathwork, Maverick Movement, and Chakra Healing. Non-residents can join the sessions for an additional charge.

Phulay Bay [Thailand]

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Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Thailand, offers unparalleled natural splendour for yoga enthusiasts. Practice surya namaskar on the cliff of the Naga Mountain at sunrise or engage in barefoot yoga sessions on the beach or in your villa overlooking the infinity pool. Certified instructors guide various classes tailored to individual needs and goals.

Shangri-La [Oman]

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Shangri-La Muscat in Oman combines luxury and wellness with its majestic location against the Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. The resort offers unique yoga experiences like stand-up paddleboard yoga, yogalates, and aqua yoga. These thoughtfully curated wellness programs cater to all preferences and provide an empowering experience.

Teardrop Hotels [Sri Lanka]

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Teardrop Hotels in Sri Lanka offers boutique accommodations with breathtaking backdrops perfect for yoga. Lunuganga, a sprawling estate once the private sanctuary of Sir Geoffrey Bawa, is located on the southwest coast. Guests can strike a tree pose along the banks of Dedduwa Lake in the landscaped gardens or opt for a meditation session for a unique experience.

Amaya [Himachal Pradesh, India]

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Amaya in Himachal Pradesh, offers a serene escape for celebrating World Yoga Day. Located in the Solan District, it provides breathtaking views and a tranquil atmosphere. The resort focuses on sustainability and offers various accommodation options amidst a 25-acre pristine hillside. Amaya features amenities like a climate-controlled infinity pool, a library lounge, a steam room, and a sauna, all complemented by ample outdoor spaces for yoga enthusiasts.

Crowne Plaza [Kerala, India ]

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Situated along Vembanad Lake, Crowne Plaza Kochi offers luxurious accommodations and a perfect blend of comfort and convenience. The A’ira Spa and Wellness at the hotel focuses on natural therapies, balancing mind, body, and soul. The spa provides personalized care using organic products and therapeutic methods like massage, skincare, yoga, and acupuncture. Ayurvedic therapies are also available, promoting holistic harmony. The hotel features a swimming pool, poolside bar, and boating services, enhancing the overall wellness experience.

Six Senses [Multiple Properties]

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Yao Noi, Thailand

Nestled among the limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay, Six Senses Yao Noi offers breathtaking views and serene yoga pavilions. Celebrate World Yoga Day with sunrise yoga sessions on a hilltop, overlooking the dramatic seascape. Participate in guided meditation amidst lush tropical gardens, and join workshops on mindful living and stress management. The resort also offers Thai-inspired spa treatments, detox programs, and organic dining experiences that complement your wellness journey.

Laamu, Maldives

Located on a private island, Six Senses Laamu offers yoga on pristine beaches with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. For World Yoga Day, experience sunrise and sunset beach yoga, underwater meditation, and yoga nidra sessions under the stars. The resort provides comprehensive wellness programs, including Ayurvedic treatments, detox therapies, and personalized wellness consultations. Enjoy nutrient-rich meals crafted from organic and locally sourced ingredients, enhancing your holistic well-being.

Zara Flavia Dmello


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