By Lottie Gross
Unwind on a yoga weekend with these excellent yoga retreats across the UK.
Combine getting fit with chilling out on your next holiday; book a yoga retreat weekend and you’ll come away feeling fresh and fabulous. These are the best yoga retreats in the UK.
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Best yoga retreat for: seaside serenity
Watergate Bay Hotel offer a two-day break led by specialist instructors from Oceanlight Yoga. Aimed at both beginners taking their first steps into yoga and intermediates taking their practice further, you’ll learn the foundations and take part in classes covering different disciplines including Vinyasa, Yin and Acro. You’ll also have the option to join walking and evening reflections, and workshops aimed at deepening your yoga understanding. Plus it all comes with the calming view of the ocean, and stylish accommodation.
Best yoga retreat for: relaxation with a difference
For a UK yoga retreat with a different, try one of Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats’ glamping weekends - and don’t let the word ‘glamp’ put you off. Accommodation is in luxury safari tents, there are hot tubs and king size beds with plush duvets. There’s daily yoga, as well as hiking and more hardcore fitness activities like HIIT or barefoot dune sprinting (all optional, thankfully).
South Downs National Park, East Sussex
Best yoga retreat for: a walk in the park
Indulge in a combination of Hatha, Yin & Restorative yoga with Gillian, an expert instructor at the Abingworth Hall yoga retreat. Three-night escapes cost from £340 per person and include all meals and yoga classes. At the charming Abingworth Hall, you’re right in the middle of the glorious South Downs National Park - a stunning place for long hikes before you stretch it off in a meditative class.
Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Northumberland
Meditation sessions and mindfulness classes make this yoga retreat one of the UK’s best. Escape to the delightful Northumberland coastline at Alnmouth, where daily yoga and a good old sea breeze make for an idyllic combination with HF Holidays. Nearby, take coastal walks, explore Alnwick Castle or head out to sea to visit puffins on the Farne Islands.
Urban Beach Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset
The Yoga Lounge Bournemouth and nearby Urban Beach Hotel have joined forces to offer a UK beach-side bolt-hole, making it the ultimate UK yoga retreat. Amber Fidler, the owner of the Yoga Lounge Bournemouth, incorporates the new ‘Fierce Grace’ hot yoga style into her sessions, which are designed to detoxify the mind and the spirit. Mix this with a stay at the award-winning Urban Beach Hotel just two hours outside London, and you have the perfect retreat. Packages start from £210 for two nights with unlimited use of the yoga studio in town.
Isle of Wight
Best yoga retreat for: personal growth
Escape to an island with the Skyros retreats on the Isle of Wight. Located at The Grange B&B in delightful Shanklin, yoga weekends also include writing, life coaching, art, music and more. You can do as much or as little as you like, and there’s plenty of opportunity to take in the island’s natural beauty.
Our Retreat at 42 Acres, Frome, Somerset
Best yoga retreat for: an indulgent weekend
With soul-healing surroundings, sociable spaces, chic interiors and comfortable bedrooms, Our Retreat at 42 Acres, Somerset takes place in a luxury 11-bedroom farmhouse. Take some downtime to relax by the fire or read a book in the garden before joining classes and practicing yoga whenever it suits you.
The Tree, North Yorkshire
Best yoga retreat for: a rural escape
Inside the stunning North York Moors National Park, this yoga retreat has a varied program for budding yogis and experienced practitioners. Try Hatha yoga, Kriya yoga and Qi Gong in sessions during a silent retreat or a mindfulness weekend, and when you’re not taking part in classes, why not explore the surrounding countryside? Rosedale Abbey is a delightful rural village with mining heritage and a steam railway.
Yoga Satsanga Ashram, Carmarthenshire (Wales)
Best yoga retreat for: vegetarian foodies
Ashrams aren’t the preserve of India and Nepal - the UK has its fair share and this one in Wales makes for a glorious yoga weekend. The retreat has a meditation room, a lovely yoga studio and decking for outdoor activities when the weather’s in your favour. Accommodation is simple but comfortable in twin or double rooms on site. They combine their yoga retreats with detox weekends too, so zen out in downward dog before cooking up a delicious vegetarian meal that’s good for your insides as well as your mind.
Ecoyoga, Argyll (Scotland)
Best yoga retreat for: environmentally-friendly fun
Up in the Scottish Highlands, this excellent yoga retreat is one of the UK’s best. Owners Nick and Rachel have built a lodge and centre that reflects their belief in having a healthy, happy, carbon free and sustainable lifestyle. The entire place is kitted out with eco-friendly kit, including their own renewable energy generators, and food comes from the organic garden. The yoga retreats range from active Ashtanga weekends to more relaxing Hatha yoga holidays, and accommodation is in one of the 13 bedrooms or a lovely little outdoor yurt.
Lake Isle Retreats, Enniskillen (Northern Ireland)
Best yoga retreat for: serious practitioners
If you want to get serious about your yoga practice, head to Hare Krishna Island - or Inis Rath - in Northern Ireland. Here, Lake Isle Retreats run weekends and yoga holiodays to suit all interests and abilities. There are world music-themed weekends and vegetarian cookery courses, all punctuated by relaxing, restorative yoga classes.
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