TOP 10 YOGA RETREATS
We have handpicked our favorite yoga retreats in the UK. There’s an organic farm on a wild Irish island and an oft-the-grid eco retreat in the Scottish highlands. There’s yoga with wild swimming, shamanic healing and even Michelin-starred meals All have been chosen tor their environment, philosophy, healing therapies and, of course, their yoga.
Dedicated ‘Digital Detox breaks with nourishing sound healing, powerful chakra balancing and relaxing yoga Indra support guests to unplug and reboot. There are also regular Restorative yoga classes and one-to-one sessions. This Relays and Chateaux luxury n
hotel by the sea borders the New Forest National Park with the vast expanse of the estate providing a real sanctuary to its guests. Denise Leicester, founder of exquisite ila products that grace some of the world’s finest spas, has created a truly holistic digital detox retreat complete with alkaline menu, Kundalini treatment and Nordic walking chewtonglen.com
This peaceful riverside retreat in the Scottish highlands has been a beacon to sustainability for 10-years. As well as year-round courses and retreats with caring, experienced yoga teachers, a resident teacher offers daily classes. Exquisite artisan food graces the table and there’s a beautiful yoga studio and rejuvenating wild river hot baths. Life here is off grid and moves in tune with the seasons with invigorating walks to atmospheric stone circles and scenic local beaches ecoyoga.org
Within 160-acres of glorious parkland cut through by the mighty River Maine, Galgorm in Northam Ireland provides luxury without a hint of pretension. A new thermal village, the first of its kind in Ireland, provides daily yoga classes and a snow cabin using powder snow and ice crystals to in vigor ate the circulation and stimulate the lungs. The warm- blooded will love the hot August sauna ritual originating from Finland. Galgorm takes its visitors on a journey that magnificently awakens all the senses. galgorm.com.
HOUSE OF YOGA
At this private house and sanctuary you can find bespoke and small group yoga teachings in a lovely seaside set- ting near Plymouth. Resident teacher Sibylla Chan has an impressive knowledge of Hatha yoga. Providing an expansive experience, Sibylla helps balance out the body mind and spirit and seeks to provide the best teachings for guests to take back into their everyday life to ideal with challenges. With thrice-daily yoga offerings, this is a serious yoga retreat that ticks all the boxes.
LUCKNAM PARK AND HOTEL
For over 200-years the hotel, minutes from historic Bath, has been a family home, with the surrounding parklands and gardens of this Palladian mansion stretching as far as the eye Can see. There is an intimacy here along with a high standard of care and cuisine that is typical of a Relays and Chateaux hotel Rejuvenation awaits in its stand out spa with an extraordinary list of holistic therapies and treatments On one of Luckman s yoga retreats guests can enjoy horse riding, cookery classes and even a Michelin-starred restaurant lucknampark.co.uk.
This working organic farm and lovingly run retreat center on Clare Island on the west coast of Ireland is the real deal. A full programme of yoga retreats is on offer throughout the year, combining yoga with mindfulness, cooking and even horse riding. Open house retreats mean guests can stay for a yoga and meditation classes on their own or in a small group. 1The island’s dramatic sea clefts and wild ancient wood- land populated by native bees, sheep and seabirds are a key part of Macalla’s undeniable magic
This charming 17th-century thatched farmhouse has contemporary cottage accommodation in the heat of the pretty Dorset countryside. There are an extraordinary number of retreats from two to 10-days to choose from, including a special signature shamanic healing. The emphasis is on achieving health and wellbeing with a focused, holistic approach. Raw detox and vegetarian food is on the menu using fresh local ingredients and yoga can be arranged on a one-to-one basis in the Star House middlepiccadilly.com
The ‘Manor in the tiny village of Cockfield is a traditional country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, a standalone modern spa and views over the scenic Sussex countryside. Yoga and Nordic walking weekends are part of the hotel calendar which include use of the indoor/outdoor pool with sauna, fairy-tale steam room and ran forest shower walk. Vinyasa flow 1s on offer, incorporating mindfulness and movement as well as no less than eight treatments from flotation to reflexology hshotels.co.uk
Mercedes and Simon Sheff, founders and husband and wife team, have created this superb center with real love. They have a sound philosophy about wellbeing centered on nutrition and physical activity that is at the core of all they do. Shying away from any boot camp style of detox, they have named it Yeotox to reflect their nurturing approach. The daily menu is caffeine, sugar wheat, gluten dairy, alcohol and meat free, and a day at this delightful coastal property includes hiking. I’ve twice-daily yoga, and Diking and impressive meditation. yeotown.com
ZEST LIFE RETREATS
A comprehensive programme of weekend retreats, classes and workshops are laid on by this well-established yoga company in scenic Anglesey, North Wales. The mission of this friendly, no frills center is to make yoga and wellbeing accessible to all, regardless of age or ability. Expect physical as well as spiritual healing, with seasonal retreats from winter recharge to spring detox and a Yoga Rocks’ special, which combines yoga with climbing Mount Snowdown thezestlife.co.uk