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The Best Yoga Retreats For Solo Travellers

Providing an opportunity to recharge, zen out and get in touch with your spiritual side, a yoga retreat for solo travellers might just be the me-time you need away from your rise-and-grind.

From India to Spain, Mexico to Morocco, these bucket-list worthy destinations are our top recommendations for yoga retreats for solo travellers, whether you are a yogi enthusiast or a curious beginner looking to travel alone.

With options for those looking to build social connections, as well as more silent retreats for anyone wanting to concentrate on themselves, there’s a solo yoga retreat out there for all of us. These are nine of the best.

Bendita Retreats x Menorca Experimental, Menorca

Bendita Retreats has partnered with the Menorca Experimental hotel to offer an intimate retreat perfect for solo yogis; the 52-room property is fittingly inspired by the spirit of an artist’s holiday cottage. The new four-day experience intertwines yoga and meditation, and aims to bring some peace and mindfulness to busy brains using a combination of yoga, sound healing, breathwork, and locally-inspired health-boosting cuisine. Best of all, the cliff point location offers the best of Menorca’s breathtaking views as you practice surrounded by pine groves and wildflowers. You can also enjoy a short stroll down to the sandy beach nearby, take a dip in the pool or enjoy spa treatments (for an additional charge), which all adds to the feeling of tranquility provided by your surroundings.

Xinalani Retreat, Mexico

If you want to go completely off-grid, the Xinalani Retreat in Puerto Vallarta should be at the top of your list for a solo yoga retreat. Immersed in the jungles and beaches of Mexico, this eco-chic retreat is in a league of its own, especially for individual escapees, due to its dedicated solo package. Book into one of the all-inclusive retreats for five days of nourishing food, two daily yoga classes and optional activities such as snorkelling, jungle hikes and surfing. The addition of aerial and hot yoga studios, an ancient sweat lodge and the oceanfront spa will bring your yoga practice up a notch too. The retreat is brilliant at encouraging guests to spend time reconnecting with themselves, but that doesn’t mean it takes itself too seriously. At the end of the day, you can reward yourself with a few margaritas, while watching the waves roll in on the white sand beach.

Paradis Plage Surf Yoga & Spa, Morocco

Just north of Agadir, the first yoga, surfing and spa eco-resort in Morocco has an enviable location, right on the beach. As its trio of highlights suggest, there are tons of activities for solo travellers (and those in groups) to enjoy. In even better news, the resort is said to enjoy 340 days of sunshine each year so you can all-but-guarantee warm temperatures as you enjoy daily Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha yoga sessions at both sunrise and sunset. The relaxed atmosphere also makes socialising with others easy if you want to, and means that while there’s lots of yoga on offer (as well as the aforementioned surf and spa!), beginners shouldn’t feel overwhelmed. Plus, the resort acknowledges that single-room occupancy charges can make costs soar, so you’ll find single person discounts instead.

SwaSwara, India

Located just off the suitably named Om Beach in Karnataka, SwaSwara is a secluded resort that aims to maximise your rest and relaxation, making it great for stressed-out solo yogis. With Ayurveda at the yoga programme’s heart, mixed with a desire to introduce unique local elements to your practice, this retreat is specifically designed for those wanting to dive a little deeper into ancient yogi principles in a quiet, peaceful environment. You can expect daily yoga, meditation and breathwork, alongside Ayurvedic treatments, art classes and cultural experiences to make your stay extra unforgettable. There’s always something new to discover too. You can even try laughter yoga, for example, which is said to help you break free of your insecurities and release tension.

MasQi Energy House, Spain

In the centre of a beautiful nature park in Valencia, with a signature yoga dome on the edge of the forest, MasQi is a small, luxurious yoga retreat that helps you reconnect with not only yourself, but the world around you. All the retreats here are very intimate, which makes it easy for solo travellers to connect with each other while practicing different types of yoga and meditation, but also to enjoy massages, energy therapies such as harmonic gongs, holistic experiences such as tarot card reading, and gourmet cuisine. It’s all designed to help you integrate yogi, healing and energetic principles into your day-to-day life when you return home, and that means you leave ready to enter a more stress-controlled environment.

Wildlife And Yoga, Kenya

Boredom won’t be a worry at all, even when on your own, at Wildlife & Yoga’s unique retreats, which combine twice daily yoga practices with the best that Kenya has to offer. Showcasing that you don’t have to choose between a ‘retreat’ and an adventure holiday, founder and yogi Laura Bunting has woven exceptional safari experiences, including meeting elephants, lions and giraffes, into your holistic Yin and Vinyasa yoga itineraries, taking you on physical and spiritual journeys that help you make life-changing memories, while boosting your personal development. Each morning and evening class is also tailored to your yoga level, with the sessions progressing as your body flexes and strengthens throughout your stay.

White Light Retreats, Italy

Yogi teacher Steffy White runs retreats across the globe and, considering the vast majority of retreat guests travel alone (with plenty of return visitors), it’s a top pick for solo travellers. However, you have to move fast as they also sell-out incredibly fast. The next one is based on the stunning island of Pantelleria, Italy, meaning you can enjoy five days of yoga practice against a backdrop of volcanic landscapes, therapeutic thermal springs and crystal waters, alongside access to the sea, just 200 metres away. With an overall theme of ‘Wholeness’, the experience involves twice daily yoga practice, guided meditation, sound healing and even a private sailing excursion and a visit to an open air natural thermal spa. It’s designed to help you recharge and to remove behavioural blocks that are no longer serving you.

Ananda Spa, India

This destination spa in the Indian Himalayas is a favourite with celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, due to its luxurious facilities and the quality of the instructors, who are second to none. For anyone looking to take the next step in their yoga journey, your seven or 14-day programme is incredibly personalised, starting with a detailed consultation with a resident yoga expert. This means all your wellness sessions, including personalised asanas – specifically Hatha yoga postures – breathing techniques, and energy healing classes, can be exactly tailored to your needs, placing you right at the centre of your practice. In addition, weekly treks, cooking demonstrations and daily use of the hydrotherapy facilities on site mean you can build strength and flexibility, while improving immunity, sleep and your overall health. Consider a stay here as a gift of self-care.

Silver Island Yoga, Greece

Widely regarded as one of the best yoga retreats in Greece, if the crystal-clear blue waters and beautiful white architecture aren’t enough, the thought of spending a week on a private island should put this solo yoga retreat straight onto your bucket list. Once a jet-set private playground, Argironisos is now a peaceful refuge, where you can learn from a leading group of talented yoga teachers. Each has their own individual teachings to share with you, from nourishment of the body and soul to heart-opening yoga. Included in the retreat are two daily yoga classes, health-boosting vegetarian meals, which are paired with organic wine at dinner, as well as full use of kayaks, snorkelling gear and art supplies to make the most of your stay in paradise.

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