There are countless ultra-luxurious yoga retreats to visit around the world. You know the type – over-the-top pampering sessions interspersed with raw vegetable smoothies and tight clothing. However, you don’t have to spend a week or two of your life going to bed at 8pm at yoga boot camp if you want to practise your downward-facing dog while on your travels.
Many modern five-star hotels are taking big strides to improve their health and wellness offerings. This has seen hotels vastly improve their fitness facilities, offer a much wider range of exotic holistic spa treatments, and provide many more classes dedicated to teaching mindful practices such as yoga, pilates and meditation.
Despite not being specifically health and wellness-focused, these following hotels offer yoga-loving guests a tranquil and luxurious setting to deepen their practice. And the best bit; you get to take advantage of professional tutelage and five-star service, whilst still being able to head to the hotel bar after your evening session for a well-earned drink.
If you want to keep up your yoga practice, improve your fitness and flexibility, or simply de-stress without committing to detox, head to one of these five-star luxury hotels for yoga-lovers.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Switzerland
Badrutt’s Palace is an enchanting hotel located by Lake St Moritz in the Swiss Alps. In an area where five-star hotels are common, Badrutt’s Palace stands out with its traditional five-star service and old-school glamour.
It’s more progressive in its health and fitness offerings, however. For a starting price of CHF 1650 (approx’ £1312), the hotel offers a number of 7-day packages that include at least four yoga sessions along with a variety of other therapies, such as meditation and massage.
Park Hyatt Mallorca, Spain
This is the first Park Hyatt resort in Europe, and for anyone looking for a sun and yoga-filled escape from reality, this 142-room property in the Cap Vermell Estate in Mallorca is the place to go.
The traditional Mallorquin hilltop village–style resort boasts four restaurants, three pools, and a 24-hour fitness centre. There is also a wellness centre and spa that offers bespoke yoga programs to guests.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
A stylish and seductive property, Mandarin Oriental’s African debut is a far cry from the city’s usual over-the-top five-star hotels. The hotel’s luxury and glamour are more subdued than others, but the final product is as refined as they come.
Set outside the medina in a gorgeous, two-hectare garden of blooming roses, the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech makes an exotic environment in which to strengthen the mind-body connection. An indoor swimming pool is available to guests, along with state-of-the-art fitness centre and a charming yoga studio filled with natural light. Private yoga classes are on offer for MAD 800 (approx’ £64), where a specialist yoga instructor will personally customise each of your sessions.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
Sat on the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an elegant palazzo dating from 1910 and one of the most glitzy five-star properties around. It is home to 90 rooms and suites, three swimming pools, a spa in its own 18th-century villa, tennis court, and five acres of picturesque gardens.
The splendour of Lake Como – with its deep, dark-blue waters ringed by ice-capped mountains – makes the perfect environment to developing your yoga practice with the aid of experienced teachers. Three types of yoga are on offer to guests in the hotel’s dedicated yoga studio: hatha yoga, yoga nidra, and ashtanga vinyasa.
The London EDITION, UK
An Ian Schrager hotel located in Fitzrovia on the edge of Soho, the London Edition is a contemporary boutique hotel that offers a plush hotel experience, along with a fine restaurant and some vibrant bars full of city-slickers and good drinks.
Recently, the hotel launched an innovative feature for busy travellers who struggle to find the time practice yoga. They have teamed up with Yoga For Bad People to offer a series of in-room yoga and meditation tutorials. You can simply call the front desk for your mat and wait for your video tutorial to start. A great way to relieve those travel-induced aches and pains from.
Where better to tune up your mind and body than the Caribbean. The sun-drenched paradise island of St. Barths is home to Eden Rock – St Barths, an idyllic property surrounded by white coral sandy beaches, clear blue sea and a coral reef full of exotic sea life.
As well as the impeccable service you’d expect from a five-star resort, relaxed bars and restaurants, and stunning beachside accommodations, Eden Rock offers guests a wide choice of activities. Start your morning with an energising yoga class, or for the more adventurous: SUP Yoga, which allows you to take your practice to the ocean by replacing your mat for a stand-up paddleboard.
Viceroy Bali, Indonesia
In Ubud, the spiritual mecca of south-east Asia, sits Viceroy Bali – a magnificent collection of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas. An all-encompassing resort, Viceroy’s amenities are vast and include a good restaurant and bar, a well-equipped gym, plush spa, boutique, and helipad.
For those that wish to find a deeper sense of calm in Bali’s ‘Valley of the Kings’, the Viceroy has a yoga master on standby for private sessions with guests, which can be held in the lush tropical garden around the resort.
So, if you want to learn from expert yoga practitioners, but aren’t willing to drown in a sea of kelp smoothies and go to bed before your kids do, then make plans to stay at one of these spectacular five-star hotels and you’ll soon be saluting the sun in utmost luxury.