Where to Stay in Venice: The Best Places to Stay in Venice in 2023

Where to Stay in Venice: The Best Areas, Hotels and Places to Stay in Venice in 2023

There’s nowhere else in the world quite like Venice, Italy. At first it may be the romance of the canals that draws you to La Serenissima – which means the most serene one. But it will be the unique feel of each of its islands, the incredible food, the sense of history that envelops you and the world-class art collections that will have you yearning to stay and revisit again and again. But with 118 islands to choose between, knowing where to stay in Venice can be difficult if you don’t know the city well.

In this post I bring together the best places to stay in Venice, sharing my favourite neighbourhoods, areas and hotels whether you’re after a romantic couples getaway, family or budget friendly stays or something in between!

Where to Stay in Venice: The Best Areas to Stay in Venice

Before you start thinking about where to stay in Venice it’s good to know a little more about the best areas to stay in Venice by getting acquainted with the make-up of this one-of-a-kind city.

Did you know, Venice isn’t solely comprised of islands in the lagoon shallows, the centro storico (historic centre). The mayor and municipality also have control over parts of mainland Italy (or terraferma) which dwarfs the islands in area.

The city of Venice is made up of six boroughs, with four on the mainland. Check out this Venice map to understand where the different areas and neighbourhoods of Venice are located:

Map of Venice

The most important mainland area for visitors to know about is Mestre, since it’s the location of one of Venice’s main train stations and the best place to stay in Venice on a budget. Mestre is connected by both rail and road to the centro storico by a kilometre-long causeway.

But for most visitors the best areas to stay in Venice are going to be those within the centro storico. This is because it’s among the islands that you’ll find most of Venice’s tourist attractions.

To make things a little more complicated, the centro storico is again subdivided into six neighbourhoods known in Italian as sestieri. They date back to at least 1170 and are represented on gondolas by the finger-like projections on their high prows.

The sestieri lie on either side of the Grand Canal. The northernmost is Cannaregio. Heading roughly clockwise you’ll next come to Castello followed by San Marco. On the Grand Canal opposite San Marco is Dorsoduro, which includes Giudecca island. Tucked into the easternmost part of the Grand Canal’s loop is San Polo, while Santa Croce makes up the loop’s eastern half. Slightly further from the action are the islands of Murano and Lido.

Wherever you decide to stay in Venice, book as early as you can. The best Venice hotels can get fully booked for the peak season well ahead of time!

The Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in Venice by Holiday Type

Here’s my recommendations for the best areas of Venice depending on the type of trip you are looking for. (Click on the link to take you to more on this area.) 

Best Place to Stay in Venice for a First-time Visitor – San Marco

Best Alternative to San Marco – Castello

Best For Venice Views – Giudecca

Best Place to Stay in Venice with Family – Santa Croce

Best Place to Stay in Venice for Couples – San Polo

Best Place to Stay in Venice for Nightlife and Restaurants – Dorsoduro

Best Place to Stay in Venice for Bespoke Purchases – Murano

Best Place to Stay in Venice to Live Like a Local – Cannaregio

Best For Getting Away from it All – Lido

Best Place to Stay in Venice on a Budget – Mestre

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The Best Venice Hotels – My Quick Picks

Best Canal Views – Ca’ Bonfadini Historic Experience

Best Heritage Hotel – Hotel Tiziano

Best Luxury Experience – Hotel Moresco

Most Romantic Hotel – Hotel L’Orologio by WTB Hotels

Best Family Friendly Hotel – Santa Croce Boutique Hotel

Best Budget Hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre


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San Marco – Best for First Time Visits to Venice

The iconic Venice of the television documentaries and holiday brochures, San Marco takes its name from the city’s patron saint, whose depiction of a winged lion can be seen right across the neighbourhood.

Although Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) takes most of the headlines with famous attractions including the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica and Campanile, drift down an alleyway (calle) or over one of the city’s 400-plus bridges and you’ll soon be rubbing shoulders with the 50,000 locals who still live in and around this magisterial UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Best Places to Stay in San Marco

Hotel Bel Sito e Berlino – Canal Views Without Breaking the Bank

Rooms at Hotel Bel Sito e Berlino sit on the canal side opposite the church of Santa Maria del Giglio, proving that even budget travellers to Venice can enjoy extraordinary views. A short walk of around 5 minutes will have you in front of St Mark’s Basilica, should you be able to tear yourself away from the fine fabrics and crystal chandeliers.

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Al Theatro Palace – Superb Location

It’s tough to even come close to the splendour of the ultra luxurious Gritti Palace, but Al Theatro Palace manages it. Barely a one minute walk from La Fenice, one of the world’s best-loved opera houses, it has just a handful of stylishly decorated rooms. It’s filled with the charm you would expect of an expertly converted historic property but contains modern amenities including complimentary WiFi throughout too.

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San Polo – Best Neighbourhood in Venice for Couples

One of Venice’s lesser-known neighbourhoods, San Polo is absolutely packed with charm and romance, making it an ideal place to stay in Venice for couples wether it’s a romantic weekend break or honeymoon trip.

Although San Polo is the city’s smallest sestieri, it is also its oldest and includes amid its many treasures the famous Rialto Bridge and the ancient church of Santa Maria Gloriosa.

The Best Places to Stay in San Polo

Hotel L’Orologio, San Polo

Hotel L’Orologio by WTB Hotels – Holiday Beside the Grand Canal

From the atmospheric terrace space on the neatly-laid cobblestones to the exquisitely finished rooms – Hotel L’Orologio certainly doesn’t disappoint and is one of the best places to stay in Venice for a romantic couples trip. Offering up a quintessential luxury Venice experience, guests will find themselves just 600 metres from Campo San Polo Square, and a quick yet delightful stroll from the Rialto Bridge.

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Grifoni Boutique Hotel – For Style and Substance Close to the Centre of the Action

Situated on the quiet side streets of San Polo, Grifoni Boutique Hotel offers guests well-sized rooms in a modern international style. What it misses in historic terms it more than makes up for with its location, a few steps away from the Ca’ Oro Museum and Rialto Bridge. A convenient shuttle service is provided from Marco Polo airport.

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Dorsoduro – Best for Food and Drink Lovers

Centred on Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro is more laid back in its vibe than San Marco. The neighbourhood tends to draw in a younger crowd because of the presence of several university faculties, making it a great place to hang out in the evenings.

Also lining the south-eastern end of the Grand Canal, those not looking to go back to school will still find plenty to entertain including the Peggy Guggenheim collection of modern art.

The Best Places to Stay in Dorsoduro

Hotel Moresco in Dursoduro

Hotel Moresco – Where luxury and sustainability meet

Just because you decide to stay towards the western end of Dorsoduro doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fine style thanks to Hotel Moresco. Knitting together 19th century heritage with 21st century amenities (including air conditioning and flat-screen TVs, which remain something of a novelty in Italy). When booking, don’t forget to look out for the rooms with spa baths or terrace.

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If you don’t find a room there, you should try Palazzo Veneziano – Venice Collection instead, where you can live like a prince or princess in one of the most luxurious hotels in Venice. Hidden behind a relatively plain exterior of traditional Venetian brick and stone work is as elegant a space as you’ll find in Venice. Truly palatial in scope, your every whim will be catered for, while the on-site bar is a great place to catch up with friends old and new before a sumptuous bowl of pasta in a nearby restaurant.


Hotel Tiziano – For History Seeping from Every Surface

The majestic Hotel Tiziano occupies a structure dating back to the 15th century, making this one building older than many nation states. Its selection of rooms has been styled locally, so expect a room filled with hardwood, gilt work and sumptuous accessories where no expense has been spared.

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Santa Croce, Venice – image by Lothar John via Wikimedia

Santa Croce – Best for Family Stays in Venice

In many ways the gateway to Venice, the Santa Croce neighbourhood contains Santa Lucia railway station, as well as a bus station and a large car park at Piazzale Roma which you’ll need to park up in if you’ve come by road as there are no roads, or cars, in Venice!

Though tourist attractions don’t come as thick and fast as elsewhere in the city, there are still some important sights, including San Giacomo Dell – one of the oldest surviving churches in Venice. Its friendly neighbourhood feel and convenient transport links makes it the best place to stay in Venice with kids.

The Best Places to Stay in Santa Croce

B&B Patatina in Santa-Croce

B&B Patatina – For Proximity to Trains Across Italy

There are B&Bs, and there’s B&B Patatina. A hotel in all but name, this establishment casts most bed and breakfasts into the shade, whether that’s from the quality of the breakfasts served up each morning or the warm welcome you’ll receive on arrival. Ten minutes from Santa Lucia train station, it’s also just 1.5 km to Saint Mark’s Square.

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Santa Croce Boutique Hotel – For Your Own Private Spot in the Sun

Boasting a shady private garden for listening to Venice’s resident birds and a bar ready to mix up an aperol spritz in time for sunset, the Santa Croce Boutique Hotel is actually a very clever choice. Just ten minutes from Santa Lucia station, it’s also only ten minutes to the Rialto Bridge and La Fenice opera house. So, far from feeling out on a limb, you’ll feel at one with the city almost immediately.

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Cannaregio, Venice – image by Lothar John via Wikimedia

Cannaregio – Best for Experiencing Venice Like a Local

It may have a location on the Grand Canal but Cannaregio takes a step back from the crowds of tourists that gather around St Mark’s Square. Instead, its alleyways are dotted with tiny bakeries and independent stores, making it a potential treasure trove for those with an eye for the unusual.

No wonder Marco Polo, Titian and Tintoretto all lived in the area. It’s also here that you’ll find the world’s first Jewish ghetto, founded in 1516. Cannaregio is probably the best place to stay in Venice for those who want to avoid the tourist traps and experience a glimpse into Venetian local life.  

The Best Places to Stay in Cannaregio

Radisson Collection Palazzo Nani, Cannaregio

Radisson Collection Hotel – Palazzo Nani Venice – For Gallery Quality Art

In Venice, you don’t even have to head to the galleries for your fill of excellent art. You can also check in at Palazzo Nani Venice, a Radisson Collection Hotel. Bathed in natural light, its spaces are packed with the work of skilled craftsmen, from detailed plasterwork and ceiling paintings to fine marbles.

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Ca Bonfadini Historic Experience, Cannaregio

Ca’ Bonfadini Historic Experience – For Ageless Charm

Ca’ Bonfadini Historic Experience is probably worth it for the breakfast alone. However, what will really make you feel special is staying in a carefully renovated 16th century building which seems to reveal its history in every brick and piece of ancient glass. When it comes to rooms, there’s a choice between those with extra seating space, and those with canal views.

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Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni – For atmosphere

Right in the heart of Venice’s historic Jewish Ghetto district, Kosher House Giardino Dei Melograni melds a near-unbeatable location with a rare attention to detail. To one side guests can enjoy the city’s canals, and to the other a pleasant square where birds chirrup much of the day.

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Giudecca, Venice

Giudecca – Best for Views

Officially part of Dorsoduro sestieri, Giudecca is separated from the rest of the centro storico by Giudecca Canal, which remains busy with boats of all sizes throughout the day.

For the best views, head to its eastern tip close to the tiny island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Home to the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Giudecca faces back towards San Marco.

The Best Places to Stay in Giudecca

Generator Venice – For Competitively Priced Canal Side Living

Generator Venice may have the strangest name of any accommodation choice in the city, and it may not sit on the Grand Canal, but it does provide canal side rooms and shared dormitories on the equally atmospheric Giudecca Canal. Several of its rooms have views facing out towards St Marks’s Square, which is only ever a quick water taxi ride away, making this hostel one of the best budget options in Venice

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Hotel Giudecca Venice – For Peace and Tranquillity

If you were somehow transported to Hotel Giudecca Venice blindfolded, you’d probably never guess that the crowds and live jazz of Café Florian were just ten minutes across the water. And that’s exactly what this Venice stay does so well – making it seem like you’re the only one in the city. It has rooms you won’t want to leave, with wood-beamed ceilings being one of many prominent features.

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Another unique place to stay in Venice is Hilton Molino Stucky, an old floor mill turned hotel with rooftop pool and sizable spa set up.

Castello, Venice – image by Trolvag via Wikimedia

Castello – Best Alternative to San Marco

Taking its military-sounding name from a castle that once stood in the area during the time of ancient Rome, Castello continues to have a military bearing.

It is home to the stunning buildings that make up the Arsenale, where the giant ships of the Venetian Republic were built. It can be explored as part of the Venice Biennale art festival on odd years and is just 20 minutes on foot from Saint Mark’s Square.

The rest of the time, the Naval History Museum does an excellent job of explaining the city’s reliance on the water for defence and trade. Also not to be missed is the Church of Santa Maria Formosa, whose origins date back to the 7th century.

The Best Places to Stay in Castello

Locanda Vivaldi in Castello

Locanda Vivaldi – For Superstar Stays

With its own private dock, Locanda Vivaldi isn’t going to leave anything to chance. Rooms are not only elegantly finished but also packed with amenities and facilities. Many come with wooden beams on the ceiling, a spa bath or balcony, but if you miss out just head to the rooftop terrace. In the summer it becomes a restaurant specialising in seafood. At any time of year its views over St Mark’s Basin are second to none.

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Palazzo Suite Ducale – For When Location is All Important

Just 300 metres from the Rialto Bridge, Castello’s Palazzo Suite Ducale provides simple lodgings compared to other accommodation options on my list. But that doesn’t mean it’s sub-standard in any way. Instead, the hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore after a comfortable night’s sleep amid great design at budget friendly prices.

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Another good pick in the neighbourhood I couldn’t resist mentioning is Hotel Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel. With so many very special hotels in Venice it really takes something to win an award as Hotel Danieli has managed. Perhaps it’s the wealth of history drifting between the 14th, 19th and 20th centuries buildings that form it, or maybe it’s the hotel’s location on the canal.

Lido – Best for Tranquil Escapes

Giving its name to outdoor swimming pools across the globe, the long finger-like shape of Lido island stretches south away from the centro storico. One of the greenest parts of Venice, it also has some of the city’s only beaches, although you shouldn’t expect the white sands of the Caribbean, they still make a nice break from exploring the city. 

The Lido is also the location for the Venice Film Festival which takes place in late August/early September. Overall, Lido is a place to while away the day in a courtyard garden between trips to San Marco, Dorsoduro or Cannaregio.

The Best Places to Stay in Lido

Hotel Excelsior Venice – For Opulence Without Bounds

High-end even by Venice’s demanding standards, the Hotel Excelsior has been stunning guests for generations and has been the residence of choice for film stars, princes and presidents. With its own fleet of private boats to transport guests and a large heated outdoor pool, it’s difficult to find fault.

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Hotel Rigel – For Evening Strolls Beside the Beach

Close to the Adriatic Sea beaches of Lido island, Hotel Rigel provides a very comfortable base within easy reach of the centro storico. Rooms are relatively pared back by Venetian standards, but still come with air conditioning, complimentary WiFi and satellite television as standard at affordable prices.

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Murano – Best for Souvenirs

The name of Murano goes hand in hand with glass making. The island’s craftsmen having worked their magic for centuries. ‘Banished’ to their island in the outer lagoon due to the risk of fire their furnaces placed on the city, for generations they improved their ability while no one else in Europe knew how to even make glass.

Many factories are open to the public, providing a fascinating insight as well as great souvenir buying – with each item made by hand nowhere but Murano. There’s also a museum if you want to know more about the history and process.

The Best Places to Stay in Murano

The private island of the JW Marriot Venice Resort

JW Marriott Venice Resort – A private island paradise

When it comes to stays on the outer islands, if you cash to splash also consider the 5 star JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. A self-contained paradise on the tiny Isola delle Rose, it has a spa with lagoon views, three outdoor pools, four restaurants and luxurious, modern rooms. A complimentary shuttle boat brings you to the private dock near Saint Mark’s Square in only 15 minutes.

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NH Collection Murano Venice – For Contemporary Luxury

The ancient nature of Venice means contemporary dwellings are few and far between. NH Collection Murano Venice has spacious modern rooms with large windows and high ceilings within walking distance of Murano’s glass museum. For lazy days, on-site facilities include a wellness centre, bar and restaurant.

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Al Soffiador – For Rooms with a View

The Al Soffiador is a great value choice on Murano. If you’re someone who believes a hotel is somewhere to rest your head after a full day of exploration, you’ll definitely be set up right with tempting balcony views, good breakfasts and staff that are a font of knowledge on all things Venice.

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Mestre, Venice – image by Neil Willsey via Flickr

Mestre – Best for Budget Conscious Travellers

A little unloved and industrial in places, Mestre is situated within Venice’s terraferma. Once an area of grand stately homes, for sights today you’ll have to head into the centro storico.

However, it can be well worth the short trip by bus or train, both costing just a couple of euros, because of the great value offered by hotels in the area making Mestre the best place to stay in Venice on a budget.

The Best Places to Stay in Mestre

Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre – For Easy Access from the Airport

Very well placed roughly half way between Marco Polo Airport and the centro storico, the Hilton Garden Inn is a trustworthy choice that shouldn’t be overlooked because it belongs to an international chain. Many of its rooms look onto the large outdoor pool from double-height windows, while it’s also one of few hotels in the city offering private parking and the best place to stay in Venice near the airport.

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Hotel Arison – When Budgets are Tight

I won’t lie, the main reason you’d consider staying at Hotel Arison is because it’s great value for money. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the hotel as such, it’s just that it doesn’t have the same presence as those closer to the Grand Canal. Stay here and you’ll still receive excellent service though, alongside beds that will have you asleep in seconds.

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Finding a room during the high season can be a problem in Venice, and it’s always worth having a couple more hotels up your sleeve just in case. Hotel Nani Mocenigo, Hotel Palazzo Stern, and Hotel Londra Palace all fit this remit perfectly!

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Camping in Venice

For the most budget friendly way to visit Venice consider a campsite. Italy’s campsite facilities are almost universally excellent, with games rooms, restaurants, on-site stores, cafes and hot showers being fairly common. Many also have swimming pools and comfortable cabins so you don’t even need to sleep in a tent to stay on a campsite.

Camping Fusina, Venice

Camping Fusina, Mestre – Best Campsite near Venice

Among Venice’s campsites, Camping Fusina in Mestre stands out because of its views across the lagoon – the Campanile on St Mark’s Square is instantly recognisable. Pitch a tent or stay in one of their budget friendly cabins, from only 40 Euros a night this is probably the cheapest accommodation in Venice.

There is a swimming pool, bar and pizzeria on site and a convenient boat transfer service into the heart of Venice right from the campsite. You can catch a local bus from the train station to reach the campsite.

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Essential Venice Travel Tips

Best time to visit Venice

Venice is magical at any time of year. Each of the seasons present the city in a different light – both literally and figuratively. Rain is possible in any month, with a slight but largely unnoticeable dip between December and March. June is statistically the wettest month of the year, with an average 78 mm (or three inches) across the whole month, before it drops back again for the rest of the summer.

Venice is very definitely a chilly affair during the winter months, although if there’s anything more romantic than strolling through a Venetian square during a gentle fall of snow I haven’t found it. February is also the month of the city’s famed Carnivale, with the exact dates shifting with Easter.

Spring sees temperatures rise quickly, April’s average of 16°C (61°F) jumps to 22°C (71°F) in May. During the summer months Venice can get a bit sticky with humidity. Temperatures also regularly hit 28°C, which is nudging difficult territory for those who want to explore to the max. The upside is you’ll never be far from a cool drink or locally-made ice cream!

To beat the crowds and nab the best value accommodation in Venice you’ll want to steer clear of the summer months in addition to major holidays such as Easter. April provides a great balance between weather and crowds, as does September and October.

In my opinion, the best time to visit Venice is in April/May or September/October. These months have all the advantages outlined, plus the Biennale art expo in odd numbered years. The Venice Film Festival takes place in September.

How many days to spend in Venice

I could easily spend a happy week soaking up the sights, wandering along the canals and getting lost in the historic backstreets of Venice, but I realise not everyone has so much time to spend in Venice.

When planning your trip to Venice it’s good to be aware that getting between the outer islands can take out good chunks of your day – so plan where to stay carefully to maximise your time. 

When considering how many days to spend in Venice also be aware that many museums and other attractions are closed on Mondays, making it something of a dead day for visitors.

If you’re in a hurry, you can see the main sights around San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal in a day. But to gain a real appreciation for the City of Canals, I’d recommend spending at least three days and two nights in Venice. 

That will give you the time you need to immerse yourself in this magical city, to delve headlong into the various galleries and museum collections that dot its myriad waterways and hop between the various sestieri which make up the centro storico.

How to get to Venice and get around

All Venice’s international airports are situated in its terraferma districts. Its main airport is considered to be Marco Polo International Airport (VCE), which is well served by buses to the railway station at Mestre and bus terminus at Piazzale Roma. 

Venice-Treviso Airport (TSF) is slightly further away, with a distance of 30 km. It’s mainly used by low-cost carriers and is also connected to Venice by bus. Another alternative worth considering is Padua (Padova) airport (QPA).

It’s also possible to arrive into Venice by water, with various cruise ship companies including it on their Mediterranean itineraries. Ships dock at the dedicated Marittima passenger terminal of the Port of Venice, since they are no longer allowed to dock any closer to the city for fear of damaging the historic buildings that make it so special. From here trams head to Piazzale Roma.

Even getting about is fun in Venice. As soon as you reach the centro storico your options for getting about are reduced to traveling on foot or by boat, since no motor vehicles or trains are permitted beyond Piazzale Roma. It makes Venice Europe’s largest vehicle free zone! Cars are allowed on Lido island.

The vaporetto water buses have a comprehensive series of routes connecting up pretty much everywhere you’ll ever want to go, with boats departing every 10-20 minutes on most routes. 

Shining with yacht varnish, sleek water taxis also ply the canals if you’re after either speed or privacy, while you can’t go to Venice without stepping aboard a gondola. An hour’s ride around the canals will set you back 80 euros by day and 100 by night. Prices are set by the council.

If you’ve got a limited budget, gondolas make crossings of the Grand Canal where there are no bridges for just a couple of euros.


I hope this article gives you all the information you need to plan a magical trip to Venice. Whatever you’re after, there is no shortage on things to explore and incredible places to stay in Venice, even for those on a budget. Whether it’s a classic Venetian palazzo, modern luxury or somewhere quiet with a shady garden, we’ve covered all bases right here!

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My Pick of The 5 Best Yoga & Surf Camps in Fuerteventura, Spain

My Pick of The 5 Best Yoga and Surf Camps in Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura, part of the sun soaked Spanish Canary Islands, is a vibrant island with dramatic landscapes soaked in surf culture. Thanks to its long, uncrowded beaches, year-round great climate, and varied waves, there are surf camps in Fuerteventura to suit every level from beginners to more experienced surfers.

Known as the Hawaii of Europe, and the islands of ‘Eternal Spring,’ the Canaries are home to the best surf in Europe and Tenerife and Fuerteventura are the main surf hubs. As a volcanic island, the landscapes of Fuerteventura are desert-like and otherworldly, with turquoise waters lapping at black beaches, lined by golden dunes.

The surf breaks are just as varied, ranging from beginner-friendly swells to challenging drops. There are also opportunities to try wind surfing, kite surfing and scuba diving. Some of the best Fuerteventura surf camps also offer yoga classes for the perfect active holiday combination.

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Some of the best breaks in Fuerteventura include Flag Beach, Punta Blanca, El Cotillo and El Hierro – Fuerteventura’s most world-renowned surf spot, a reef break for intermediate and advanced surfers while La Derecha de Lobos (Lobos right wave) is the longest wave in the Canary Islands. Most of Fuerteventura’s surf camps and surf schools are located in the lively beach town of Corralejo.

The best time to surf in Fuerteventura, and the main surfing season, runs from September to April, with the biggest waves making their appearance between November and February. The water temperature is about 22 °C in summer and 18 °C in winter.

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With so many options available it can hard to choose the best surf camp. To help you choose the best surf camp in Fuerteventura for you, I’m sharing my top five which offer a fun and friendly environment in which to learn the ropes or perfect your technique. Before booking your place on a surf camp or holiday, make sure you check out the real reviews and testimonials from previous guests on booksurfcamps.com – it’s like the booking.com for surf camps!

COVID-19 Update: Spain and the Canary Islands are currently open for international tourism. Be aware that pandemic-related travel permissions can change at any moment and be dependent on your nationality. Check out the Spanish travel and tourism website for the most up to date information. Make sure you have travel insurance which covers Covid related cancellations. Mine is with Safety Wing. All these surf schools have also implemented enhanced hygiene and distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Note that some of the photos in this article were taken before Covid-19)

Here is my pick of the 5 Best Yoga and Surf Camps in Fuerteventura

Surfintrip, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

The Surfintrip hosts live and breathe the surf lifestyle and philosophy. During this week-long camp, they share this with you via expert tuition, a beautiful, relaxed villa, and a spiritual connection to nature.

Your instructors will decide the day’s surf spot according to the conditions, then encourage you to hit new milestones on the waves. As well as your tutorial time in the water, your instructors will record your sessions and provide personalised analysis and pointers for you to build on the next day.

You’ll stay in an amazing villa with private pool, located in the natural park of Corralejo, only two kms from the center with a beautiful view to the island of Lobos. After a fulfilling day, enjoy a beach barbecue, float in the pool at the villa, or explore the sights of lively Corralejo.

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Surf & Yoga Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura

Deepen your wellness practice, improve your surf skills, and nourish your body during this two-week vegan surf and yoga retreat. Your accommodation, a 400m2 whitewashed Spanish villa, provides every comfort needed for you to disconnect from the daily grind and connect with your true nature. Meanwhile, your instructors will guide you through daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama practices.

In addition to a varied toolkit of spiritual and wellness workshops, your hosts provide freshly prepared vegan meals, full of local ingredients, designed to boost your energy and satisfy your senses.

Your itinerary has plenty of downtime for you to explore as you need. Try kitesurfing, paddle boarding, or simply take a dip in the 12-metre pool. Excursions will take you across the island to discover the incredible landscapes and soak up the magic of the atmosphere. To unwind, sway in a hammock in the large, lush garden, or read on your private patio. These guys also run popular surf retreats in Sri Lanka.

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Spanish and Surf, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

If you want to improve your Spanish as well as your surfing skills this is the best surf camp in Fuerteventura. Start your days with Spanish classes led by professional language teachers, tailored to your learning level. Then pick up your board and head for the waves for an afternoon of surf tuition. There’s no substitute for immersing yourself fully in a new skill, and over the course of 15 days, your Spanish and surf skills are sure to come along leaps and bounds.

Your home for the fortnight is Casa Carmen, a beautiful villa with ocean views. With the option of shared dormitories or private bedrooms, the villa has a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. The spacious garden is the perfect spot to watch the sunset from a hammock.

As well as your daily lessons, there are optional excursions, including a hike up the magical Tindaya Mountain, sacred to the indigenous people of Fuerteventura. If you haven’t had enough time in the water, kayak over to Isla de Lobos, a beautiful isolated little island with an excellent paella restaurant.

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Homegrown, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

There’s nothing like the magic of the ‘Golden Hour’ over the lunar-like Fuerteventura landscape. If you’re seeking a creative and active retreat, this photography and surf program is it. Start your days by taking to the surf under the guidance of your hosts, who will give expert tips to improve your technique, whatever your level.

In the afternoon, you’ll swap your board for your D-SLR and head to one of the many scenic locations across the island. Your tutors will give you the rundown of photography technique, from light principles to composition. Then it’s over to your creative inspiration, to experiment with capturing the remarkable volcanic settings.

After a day of surfing and snapping, return to Casa Hilda. The house is the perfect place to unwind, with a sundeck and courtyard. Or take the short walk into Corralejo for a taste of the local nightlife.

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WindSurfYoga, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

To take your surf experience to new heights, windsurfing is an adrenaline-filled dance with mother nature. Whether you’re new to watersports or looking for the opportunity to take your techniques to the next level, the WindSurfYoga team offer personalised tuition, to ensure your safety and enjoyment on the waves.

To prepare body and mind for the challenge of windsurfing, your stay will start with an uplifting Vinyasa yoga session on the beach. Your itinerary for the day will be decided according to the weather conditions, so pack up and follow the surf.

Between surf sessions, you can hike the nearby volcano, treat yourself to a massage, or make use of the barbecue facilities. After an active day, release and reconnect with a yin yoga class or soak up the atmosphere from the roof terrace.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


Have you been on any amazing surf camps in Fuerteventura?

Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other yogis and travellers! 😊


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The Most Luxurious Private Pool Villas in Goa (2023)

While there are many luxury 5 star resorts in Goa if you are looking for the best place to stay for a family or group holiday then choosing one of the amazing luxury private pool villas in Goa is the best option. In this article I’ll explain why and give you some of my recommendations for the best villas.

Reasons to Stay in a Private Pool Villa in Goa

When you want an extra special, unforgettable holiday, your choice of accommodation is vital. So if you are looking for all the luxury of a 5 star hotel but with all the privacy and comforts of home, why not splash out and stay at one of the best luxury private pool villas in Goa!

If you have a large group its sometimes a more affordable option than paying for multiple hotel rooms and you’ll have the property all to yourself. Many of the private pool villas in Goa are large properties with 5 or 6 bedrooms comfortably hosting 10 – 24 guests making them perfect for celebrations, special occasions with large groups of friends and family.

Private pool villas are the best option if you want to host a lavish party, or want a secluded honeymoon. They are also a great option for families as the kids will have so much fun playing in the pool. Plus it’s safer and more hygienic as you’ll be the only ones (apart from the staff) staying at the villa.

If you’d prefer a luxury beach hut experience with jacuzzis on the sea facing balcony – check out this post on Goa’s luxury beach huts! 

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With a private villa in Goa you get complete privacy as you have the whole place to yourself making it the safest and most hygienic option. Some Goa villas are also fully serviced and come complete with staff and chefs so you don’t have to lift a finger on your holiday.

Most of the best private villas in Goa are located in North Goa close to Goa’s best restaurants, shopping and lively nightlife, but there are also some amazing luxury villas in South Goa close to the uncrowded beaches for those you like to get away from it all.

As rates for private pool villas in Goa fluctuate depending on season, number of guests and demand I’ve included links to the properties on Booking.com so you can check the current best rates for your dates as well as check more photos, details, reviews and book.

Top 5 Handpicked Luxury Private Pool Villas in Goa

Villa Lou Historic Portuguese House, Verla, North Goa

What could be better than to stay immersed in the heritage of Goa in a beautifully looked after Portuguese mansion that dates back to 1903. The villa has been restored with love and exceptional attention to detail, keeping all the unique, historical features while also containing all the modern conveniences for a comfortable and luxurious stay.

This stunning historic property has a beautiful private outdoor swimming pool complete with a patio, sun terrace, barbecue all surrounded by gardens. The house sleeps 12 guest in the 6 bedrooms and also offers 5 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dinning area and large living room complete with a smart TV. This villa is fully air conditioned with wifi and private and secure on site parking.

Situated in Verla, the villa is just a short 6km drive from the popular beaches, restaurants and nightlife of popular Calangute and Baga while being located in a peaceful environment, This is the best private pool villa in Goa for those looking for a luxurious experience while soaking up Goa’s unique heritage.

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Ikshaa Villa, Loutolim, South Goa

Ikshaa Villa is an intimate and elegant private villa located in the charming village of Loutolim near uncrowded Majorda Beach in South Goa. This villa can sleep 6 adults and 2 children and features a grassy courtyard and private outdoor swimming pool surrounded by tropical greenery.

The villa is tastefully decorated for modern times to include a fully equipped kitchen, living and dinning area with a flat-screen TV and library with air conditioning and wifi throughout, whilst still lovingly retaining many heritage characteristics.

The village of Loutolim is famous for being the home to some of the finest examples of Goan architecture, verdant paddy fields and the Ancestral Goa Museum that recreates rural Goan life as it was 100 years ago. For nature lovers the spice plantations at Ponda are only 8 km away, while Goa’s most beautiful and uncrowded beaches are less than 30 minutes drive.

Ikshaa Villa is one of the best private pool villas in Goa for those who want to experience the traditional Goan countryside in secluded luxury.

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Lua Cheia, Canacona, South Goa

Nestled between the jungle, river and lesser known beaches in South Goa is this beautiful 6 bedroom luxury private pool villa that provides a home away from home for 13 guests. Away from the crowds, you will get a sense of Goan life whilst being only 2.5 km away from the hidden gem of Talpona Beach and just 15 mins drive away from popular Palolem Beach.

This luxury modern villa, named Lua Cheia, can host 13 guests in 6 stylish and elegantly decorated bedrooms with 5 bathrooms, a living area with flat screen satellite TV, wifi, air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen and dinning area.

One of the highlights here is the outdoor spaces of the 1,400 sq mt property featuring a large outdoor private swimming pool surrounded by tropical plants, a patio with pool views and a large wraparound veranda overlooking the lush gardens.

This luxurious private pool villa in Goa is perfectly located for exploring popular Palolem Beach and also discovering the lesser known countryside and beaches of far South Goa.

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Isha Villa, Sioilm, North Goa

You’ll be forgiven for never wanting to leave this fully serviced luxurious private pool villa in Goa. This beautiful Portuguese-colonial house tucked away in tropical gardens is a true haven of tranquillity and luxury.

A sumptuously decorated, open plan living room area opens out onto the terrace and majestic private outdoor swimming pool surrounded by exotic gardens. The 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms can sleep 12 guests comfortably. There’s also a dinning room, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning and private parking complete with discreet, personalised service from the staff to make your stay as comfortable, luxurious and memorable as possible.

The attention to detail here is simply spell bounding with handpicked Oriental artefacts and objetsart work, gilded pediments above the doors, spiral staircases and antique furniture while oriental style stone statues make exploring the gardens a delight.

This pool villa is located in Sioilm therefore offering convenient access to both the popular nightlife scene of Anjuna Beach and Baga Beach and also being close to Morjim and Ashvem, the more peaceful beaches of North Goa. There’s also an intimate spa and yoga shala exclusively for guests.

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Villa Amorzito, Dona Paula, Panaji

For the best private pool villa in Goa for large groups conveniently located near the to airport look no further than Villa Amorzito! This spacious, modern, villa in Dona Paula sleeps 24 guests in it’s 10 luxurious bedrooms. It’s located only 5 km from Panaji and just 8 km from the airport, meaning you spend more time enjoying your holiday and less time traveling.

Featuring huge, floor to ceiling windows, the villa is spacious, light and fully air conditioned with clean lines, modern furnishings and an elegant, contemporary style. Balconies overlook the private outdoor swimming pool and luscious greenery. A comfortable living area, dinning room, fully equipped kitchen with mini bar and private parking complete this luxury villa.

Dona Paula is one of the best places in Goa to watch the sunset, known as the Lover’s Paradise it features a beach, jetty and iconic statue. You can also explore nearby Miramar beach, Panaji’s colourful Latin quarter of Fontainhas and the historic, UNESCO listed churches of Old Goa within easy reach from this luxury Goa villa.

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I hope this post has helped you find the perfect Goa private pool villa and that you have a great time in Goa. For more recommendations check out my list of Goa pool villas here and my pick of Goa’s best beach resorts here.

Be aware that the best luxury private pool villas in Goa get booked up quickly so make sure you book way in advance to avoid disappointment.

And for more tips for planning your trip to Goa check out my complete Goa travel guide and other Goa blogs.

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My Pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in Sri Lanka for 2023

My Pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in Sri Lanka for 2023

Sri Lanka is a magical tear drop shaped island known for luscious landscapes, fascinating Buddhist sights and culture, a tropical climate and unspoilt beaches. The island is fast becoming popular as one of the best yoga and surf destinations in the world and, whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to improve your skills there are some really great surf camps in Sri Lanka to choose from. Many also combine yoga for the ultimate fun and healthy retreat experience.

Why I love Sri Lanka

As well as surfing and yoga you can also enjoy hiking, safaris and other interesting activities while visiting Sri Lanka. Ride a train through the lush countryside of rolling green tea carpets, spot wild elephants in one of Sri Lanka’s national parks, visit Buddhist temples and explore a colonial fort.

For me, Sri Lanka is kinda like a combination of the best bits of India, Thailand and Bali yet it’s still not overrun by tourism! Since Sri Lanka packs a lot in to a small island it’s often possible to do all these things as a day trip from the surf camps in Sri Lanka.

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Where to find surf camps in Sri Lanka

There are so many great surf hotspots and surf camps in Sri Lanka and the tropical waters are warm so you shouldn’t need a wetsuit. Destinations like Hikkaduwa, Dickwella, Unawatuna, Weligama and Mirissa are popular from October to April. Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s biggest surf hotspot and is best from June-October, when the rest of the island is in monsoon.

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Sri Lanka has a huge variation in breaks and facilities so you’ll want to do some research before choosing the right surf camp for you. I use www.booksurfcamps.com to find surf schools and check real reviews from people who’ve already been there. It’s like the Booking.com for surf camps! To help you in your search for the perfect experiences here’s my pick of the 5 best surf camps in Sri Lanka.

Covid Update: Sri Lanka is now open again for tourism. Fully Vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine or do any tests on arrival. Check the Sri Lanka Tourism website for the latest information. Also check the re-entry requirements from your home country and ensure your travel insurance covers Covid. Mine is with SafetyWing. All these surf camps have implemented enhanced hygiene and distancing measures but some of the photos were taken before Covid.

Read More: Why I loved traveling in Sri Lanka

Here is my pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in Sri Lanka

The Surfer Weligama, Weligama

The Surfer Weligama hosts some of the most popular surf camps in Sri Lanka. The camp is located in Weligama, right near beautiful, uncrowded beaches and breaks for all levels. From there you’ll also have the possibility of exploring secret surf spots only accessible by boat. You’ll stay in accommodation with private balconies and bathrooms and access to wifi. There’s also has an outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop restaurant where the included breakfast and dinner are served.

This exciting surf camp offers 6 days of surf instruction for all levels, with two lessons a day taught by experienced instructors. Groups are kept to a maximum of 5 so you’ll receive plenty of personalised instruction and enjoy an intimate atmosphere while embracing the fun, relaxed vibe of this highly rated surf camp. The surf package includes 2 included yoga lessons that will compliment the skills needed for surfing, or you can also opt for a full yoga and surf retreat package with daily yoga sessions.

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Surf & Yoga Mirissa, Mirissa

Head to Mirissa for this special yoga and surf camp experience designed especially for women! This surf camp for women is ISA certified and welcomes beginner and intermediate surfers. The bohemian vibe of this camp creates a sense of relaxation, as you balance 5 surf sessions, 4 yoga sessions (mat and ariel yoga are both available) and relaxation in a garden surrounded by roaming peacocks, monkeys, and mongoose.

This surf camp’s location in the south offers ideal conditions for new surfers, with consistent, inviting waves to ride all day. You’ll learn from certified instructors in a small group setting, relax in a comfortable hostel atmosphere with air conditioning and hot showers, and enjoy complimentary breakfast with vegetarian and vegan options, and plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and beaches nearby to explore.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


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Arugam Bay Surf Camp, Arugam Bay

Head to the Arugam Bay, one of the top surf destinations in the world, for a relaxing 8 day surf camp. Arugam Bay Surf Camp offers surf lessons for all experience levels, a complimentary daily breakfast with amazing smoothie bowls, and a complimentary massage that customers rave about. You’ll stay in cute and comfortable accommodation equipped with air conditioning or ceiling fan, hammocks, access to a yoga deck, and a restaurant.

Ride the surf all day with certified instructors in small groups of the same ability, and head in to enjoy a delicious smoothie bowl afterwards, soaking up Arugam Bay’s one of a kind vibe. You’ll also get footage of your surfing footage for you to keep or share with friends. There’s also the option to join several excursions (for an additional cost) to visit the national parks, tea plantations, waterfalls, temples and ancient sites that make this area truly special and make the most of your time on this beautiful island.

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The Nuga House, Kabalana

Kabalana offers some of the best surf conditions in the country making the area a great choice for surf camps in Sri Lanka and Nuga House is located only 100 meters from the best surf spot. The team at Nuga House have created a magical and relaxing surf and yoga experience offering a balance of yoga and surf for all levels, peaceful natural surroundings, and an outdoor pool for relaxing dips after a day of fun in the sun.

You’ll enjoy daily surf and yoga lessons from certified instructors, have your lessons recorded, and analyze them with your instructor to make improvements throughout your stay. Choose to stay in The Nuga House, a unique boutique hotel, or Venus Resort, a jungle inspired villa. Whichever you choose you’ll have complimentary breakfast with Ayurvedic and vegetarian options. access to the pool and spa, and communal areas including the restaurant, library, and yoga shala.

The yoga shala is built around a Nuga tree, where the camp gets its name and reputation as a natural oasis. You can also arrange massages, cooking classes and excursions to nearby tea plantations, Kogalla lake, and surfing at the Blue Lagoon.

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The Salty Pelican, Hiriketiya

If your ideal surf camp in Sri Lanka has you daydreaming of sunny days surfing before winding down with a relaxing yoga session, surrounded by unspoilt, tropical paradise and magical vibes, then The Salty Pelican may be just what you are looking for. This popular surf camp and yoga retreat is located on a headland right between two pristine beaches. The multi-cultural instructors offer great surfing instruction, diverse yoga classes and rejuvenating meditation sessions for all levels.

This retreat is recently built and only 200 meters from the beach. It features modern, clean, and comfortable amenities including a gorgeous infinity swimming pool, yoga deck and yoga shala surrounded by jungle greenery. Enjoy meals at the poolside restaurant featuring delicious local ingredients, seafood, smoothie bowls, Sri Lankan coffee, and vegetarian and vegan dishes.

There are a variety of packages available. The 8 day surf, mediation and yoga holiday includes unlimited surf board hire and 5 surf lessons as well as daily mediations, unlimited daily yoga classes in Hatha and Yin styles, accommodation, daily breakfast, 2 group dinners and a massage. You also have the option to join evening events, national park visits, exploring temples, markets and more beaches nearby.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!

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Learn to Kite Surf in Kalpitiya

While in Sri Lanka you could also try kite surfing! Kalpitiya is one of the best places in the world for kiting and also one of the best places to spot dolphins! I lost count of how many dolphins I saw here frolicking and jumping when on a boat trip. Kalpitiya is only just starting to be discovered so it’s still very authentic.

It takes a while to get the hang of kite surfing so if you’re interested in trying it out check out this 8 day learn to kite surf package at Sun Wind Beach Kalpitiya, the only wholly local family run kite resort here with natural, hand built cabanas and delicious home cooking. The package includes 9 hours of tuition over 4 days and you can also add on option excursions around this part of Sri Lanka so far undiscovered by tourists.

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Have you been to any amazing surf camps in Sri Lanka?

Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other surfers and travellers! 😊

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My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Greece for 2023

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization. It’s a mesmerising nation of ancient historical sights and gorgeous islands and the stunning yoga retreats in Greece are some of the best in Europe.

Greece is one of my all time favourite destinations. If your dream yoga holiday includes practicing yoga outdoors at sunset on a stunning, sun soaked island, relaxing on gorgeous beaches and exploring ancient ruins then a Greece yoga retreat is perfect!

Not only is Greece one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world, its also a fantastic place to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and healthy Mediterranean food. There’s plenty of amazing places to find peace and spirituality in this endlessly fascinating ancient land and with thousands of islands you can easily escape the crowds.

My Guide to Yoga Holidays in Greece for 2023

In this post I’ll guide you through the best yoga destinations, how to choose the ideal retreat and give you my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in Greece to help you find your perfect yoga holiday. 

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Contents hide 1My Guide to Yoga Holidays in Greece for 2023 2The Best Yoga Destinations in Greece 3How to Choose a Yoga Retreat 4My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Greece 4.1Anandamaya Retreat, Evia 4.2Yoga on Kos, Kos 4.3Alt Travel Yoga Cruise, Departs Athens 4.4Sky Pilates and Yoga, Santorini 4.5Just Relax Yoga Holidays, Corfu 4.6My Favourite Yoga Retreat in Greece

The Best Yoga Destinations in Greece

There is a wide range of excellent retreat centres all over Greece, they all offer experienced yoga teachers and beautiful locations with plenty to explore and enjoy after your yoga classes. Whichever destination you choose for your yoga holidays, you can’t really go wrong, it just depends on what you’re looking for.

Most of the best yoga retreats in Greece are situated on the stunning, sun soaked Greek islands. Santorini, Corfu, Crete, Kos and Paros are some of the most popular options with a wide range of retreats to choose from.

Or if you want to get away from it all there are hundreds of smaller Greek islands to discover including Skiathos and Skolepos where the Mamma Mia movie was filmed. You can find retreats in almost every corner of the country, even near the capital, Athens. You can even practice yoga on a yacht while island hopping for a really unique Greek yoga retreat experience!

How to Choose a Yoga Retreat

There are some really amazing and unique yoga retreats in Greece to suit all levels of yogis where you can deepen your yoga practice in the sunshine while soaking up some of the most spectacular scenery and history in Europe.

Most retreats offer daily yoga sessions, meditation sessions and delicious, healthy food, but can vary a lot in terms of accommodation, facilities, other activities offered and price.

Here’s 10 things to consider when choosing a yoga retreat:

Type of Retreat – There’s many different types of wellness retreats so consider your intention and find which one suits you best. From affordable, sociable and fun packed with activities, to luxury spa and meditation retreats – there’s so many options available nowadays that whatever you need you’re sure to find one that suits.

Yoga Styles – There are many different styles of yoga from dynamic Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, traditional Hatha yoga, relaxing restorative and yin yoga and even acro and ariel yoga. Some yoga retreats focus on just one style while others offer multiple yoga styles. So you can pick the style you enjoy most or use the opportunity to try them all!

Experience Level – Wherever you are in your yoga practice, whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced yogi, look for retreats that are suitable for your experience level.

If you are an experienced yogi the yoga sessions at a beginners retreat might not be challenging enough for you, whereas if you’re a beginner you’ll probably feel overwhelmed if you end up on a yoga teacher training retreat.

Most yoga teachers can cater for beginners by offering modifications but it’s worth checking what level the retreat is aimed at to ensure you get the most out of the experience, especially if it’s your first yoga retreat.

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Location – Even in Greece there’s a huge choice of different retreat locations from beach yoga retreats on stunning islands, to off beat or off grid nature retreats in the countryside or mountains.

There’s even urban yoga retreats where you’ll get to experience all the history and culture of iconic cities after your yoga classes. Decide what your dream Greece yoga holiday looks like to help you narrow down your search.

Accommodation, Meals and Facilities – Retreat centres vary enormously in terms of accommodation, meals and facilities so make sure you find somewhere that you feel comfortable with.

Luxury yoga retreat centres usually offer accommodation in beautiful private rooms and facilities like swimming pools, spas, restaurants and yoga studios with stunning views.

On budget yoga retreats accommodation may be in shared rooms or dormitories, or even camping. Affordable retreats also often offer the use of a shared kitchen so you can cook your own meals which helps to keep costs low and creates a homely sociable atmosphere but might not be the luxurious pampering you were dreaming off.

Food is another important factor to consider, most wellness retreats will serve healthy, organic food, but some only offer vegetarian or vegan food and may not serve alcohol so check that the food meets your requirements.

Other Activities – In addition to daily yoga and meditation classes many retreat centres also offer the chance to try other exciting activities like hiking and nature walks, yoga nidra, cooking classes, spa treatments, horse riding, water sports, boat trips and local excursions for a complete holiday package.

Cost – Of course your budget is another important factor to consider. You can find some amazingly affordable yoga retreats in Greece nowadays but always check what’s included. Some budget retreats may not include meals and require an extra payment for spa treatments, additional activities and airport transfers so you might find an all inclusive retreat is better value for money.

Reviews – While some retreats may look amazing it’s vital to check real reviews from previous guests so that you can get a better idea of what the retreat is really like. Reviews on a retreat’s website or social media pages might not tell the whole story so check reviews on an unbiased website  like bookyogaretreats or bookretreats before you book.

Read this article for more tips on how to choose a yoga retreat.

My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Greece

Hopefully you now know a bit more about what your ideal yoga retreat looks like, but with so much choice it can still be hard to choose.

To help you narrow it down here’s my top 5 picks for the best yoga retreats in Greece based on personal experience, recommendations from friends and reviews from previous guests.

  • Best Private Personalised Retreat –Anandamaya Retreat, Evia 
  • Best Yoga and Hiking Holiday  – Yoga on Kos, Kos
  • Best Yoga and Sailing Holiday – Alt Travel Yoga Cruise
  • Best Santorini Yoga Retreat – Sky Yoga and Pilates, Santorini
  • Most Affordable Yoga Retreat – Just Relax Yoga Holidays, Corfu

Anandamaya Retreat, Evia 

If you’re looking to slow down and relax with a private yoga retreat consider Anandamaya. Here you’ll experience the best of Greek hospitality, healthy living and take a break from the world at this relaxing retreat.

You’ll receive expert Hatha yoga tuition from Pinelopi, a yoga teacher and physiotherapist, that is personalised to your specific needs. Holistic health guidance and one therapeutic massage is also included in the price.

Reconnect with yourself and nature with the guided meditation sessions in nature and relax on the nearby beach. The guided beach and mountain hikes will take you to waterfalls and the chance to dip in natural thermal springs.

This retreat is located in a luxurious and intimate villa on a hilltop in a tiny village near the shore of Evia island. It’s accessible by public transport from Athens but still a world away from the busy city. As well as the chance to embrace slow living, another highlight of this retreat is the organic, home cooked, local food and how the hosts make you feel like part of the family.

Whether you choose the 4 day or 5 day retreat, you’ll probably wish you could stay longer.

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Yoga on Kos, Kos

Kos is famous for its abundance of sandy beaches, so it makes sense that one of the 5 best yoga retreats in Greece is located on this magnificent island. Spend eight days with the people from Yoga on Kos practicing yoga, eating healthy food and enjoying the spectacular views and Greek island life.

You will start each day with a refreshing fresh juice and a morning Hatha or Vinyasa yoga session, followed by a healthy breakfast. The rest of the day you are free to do what you would like; meaning you can visit some beaches, explore the island or get a massage.

In the evening, you will enjoy a relaxing Yin or Restorative yoga session before dinner. Also included are two group hikes, a visit to natural hot spring and sunset meditation at Hippocrates Altis, which is a sacred place of Hippocrates.

You will stay at the Zenzoí lifestyle hotel, just a 5-minute walk to the beautiful Aegean sea and 1.5 km from Kos town. Vegetarian and Vegan breakfast and dinners are included and for lunch you can enjoy exploring the local tavernas.

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Alt Travel Yoga Cruise, Departs Athens

This is probably the most unique yoga retreat in Greece, as it takes place on a yacht and you’ll get to explore many exciting locations!

The yacht leaves every Saturday from historic Athens’ Alimos Marina and sails to the beautiful Cycladic Islands. You will not only get to visit three or four Greek islands, but you will also be able to practice yoga on each of the islands that you visit. You also get free use of the yacht’s SUP board, sea scooter and kayak.

The yacht takes small groups of four to eight people along with the skipper and yoga teacher. You’ll be staying on the yacht in cabins and breakfast and lunch is included. For dinner, you will enjoy sampling the local tavernas at the port stops.

In total, you’ll spend six amazing days sailing around the Aegean Sea, swimming at unspoiled beaches, tasting traditional local cuisine and practicing Hatha yoga twice every day. For sun, sea and yoga lovers, this is the best yoga retreat in Greece!

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Sky Pilates and Yoga, Santorini

Join Sky Retreats team of three highly experienced yoga instructors for an unforgettable wellness and yoga retreat in Greece.

This fabulous eight day yoga retreat takes place on the stunning island of Santorini, consistently rated as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, which is the perfect location for revitalizing and relaxing your body, mind and soul.

As well as soaking up the beauty of Santorini, you will enjoy two classes per day (yoga and/or pilates) and participate in meditation sessions, and all props are included, even a yoga mat!

You will be staying at the luxurious Pelagos Hotel and can choose to stay in a private bungalow or shared bungalow for two people, both of which come equipped with a kitchenette.

The boutique hotel also has a swimming pool with lounge chairs, a massage room and its very own organic vegetable garden. The yoga hall is also amazing, being a large tented space that allows the natural Santorini air to blow through.

This is an all inclusive, luxury yoga retreat that also includes a delicious daily brunch, 4-5 course vegetarian dinner, airport transfers, a hiking excursion to the village of Oia and other excursions to explore the island.  Sky Retreat is more than a yoga retreat, it is an inspiring experience of wellness, culture and community.

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Just Relax Yoga Holidays, Corfu

Running all year from Saturday to Sunday, this amazing multi style yoga retreat in Greece is located on the island of Corfu and takes place in a beautiful Corfiot villa just a stone’s throw away from quiet Almyros Beach.

You will be practicing yoga twice a day in the property’s outdoor shala while soaking up the sweeping views of the mountains. There’s a variety of yoga styles taught including restorative, yin, vinyasa, ashtanga and hatha.

Another highlight is the evening yoga session on a peninsula, only accessible by boat, while watching the sunset over the sea. There’s also a 20 minute welcome massage included to help you relax into the retreat.

There are only five rooms at this intimate yoga retreat, each of which has a private balcony that offers panoramic mountain or sea views. You also get a hearty breakfast every morning after your first yoga session, and a healthy Greek buffet dinner five of the seven nights you will be at this retreat.

Wednesday is an off day, where you are free to do whatever you’d like, giving you the opportunity to explore this magnificent island and it’s historic Old City and sample the traditional, local cuisine.

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My Favourite Yoga Retreat in Greece

As you can see there is no shortage of yoga and wellness retreats in Greece, which makes choosing the perfect one for you a bit overwhelming. If you’re like me and have difficulty picking just one here’s my top recommendation.

My favourite yoga retreat in Greece is Just Relax Yoga in Corfu because of the quality of the yoga classes, the amazing hosts and cosy intimate vibe at the sea facing villa. I loved practicing yoga in the gardens and on the beach, the tasty Greek food and exploring the island of Corfu. It’s also one of the best value for money retreats in Greece. Book your place here.

I hope this post has helped you to find your ideal Greece yoga retreat! If you’re looking for retreats in other destinations check out my other posts. Namaste 🙂 

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My Pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in Costa Rica for 2023

My Pick of the 5 Best Surf Camps in Costa Rica for 2023

Since the late 1980s people have flocked to Costa Rica each year to enjoy its amazing beaches, bio diversity, volcanoes, national parks and to enjoy the feel of ‘Pura Vida’ (the pure life). Costa Rica’s natural beauty means there are numerous outdoor activities to enjoy including hiking, rafting, scuba diving, yoga and surfing with surf camps in Costa Rica being extremely popular for both beginners and experienced surfers.

Why we love surfing in Costa Rica

With both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines and miles after miles of unspoilt white sandy beaches to explore Costa Rica, the “rich coast”, certainly lives up to its name and its not surprising that Costa Rica is by far the best country in Central America to surf. It’s also the safest and most stable country in the region.

Where to find surf camps in Costa Rica

There are a number of surfing hot spots in Costa Rica like Tamarindo, Nosara, Santa Teresa, Santa Cruz and Jacó. Thanks to its two different coasts and tropical climate and warm water, you can surf in Costa Rica all year round without needing a wetsuit.

The best time to surf on the Pacific coast is between April and November, however this is also the rainy season. The best time to surf on the Caribbean coast is between December and April in the dry season.

Reasons to join a surf camp

The pros may look easy but surfing can be really tricky so if you really want to be safe in the sea, learn how to surf, or improve your current surfing ability then I’d really recommend joining one of the many surf camps in Costa Rica.

The first time I tried to surf was in Kuta, Bali and I sucked because I didn’t know what I was doing and hurt myself. In 2018 I did a weeks surf and yoga retreat in Taghazout, Morocco which got me standing up on the board and confident and safe in the sea in no time.

I’m still far from being a pro but trust me – having a surf instructor and spending time immersed in the surf lifestyle at a surf camp really helps if you’re serious about learning to surf.

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Yoga and surf retreats

Costa Rica is also a yoga hot spot and many surf camps also include yoga – its really the perfect combination so you get the best of both worlds in one retreat holiday package. There is a wide range of surf camps in Costa Rica to choose from and it can be confusing figuring out which is the best for you.

I find www.booksurfcamps.com really useful, it’s like the Booking.com for surf camps where you can read reviews from people who’ve already been there themselves. After all, like hotels, not all surf camps are created equal and you want your surf holiday to be safe, relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons!

Covid update: Costa Rica is open to all nationalities and no longer requires any testing or quarantine. You just need to complete the online health form and have travel insurance that covers coronavirus. Mine is with SafteyWing. Yoga retreats, surf camps, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions have implemented enhanced hygiene and distancing measures and the country has relatively low cases of Coronavirus but be aware that things can change at any time. Check the most up to date news here. Note that the photos in this article were taken before covid.

To help you decide here is my pick of the best surf camps in Costa Rica.

5 Best Surf Camps in Costa Rica


La Botella de Leche, Tamarindo, Guanacaste

Tamarindo beach is one of the best places to learn how to surf and La Botella de Leche offers one of the best surf camps in Costa Rica for beginners. The location delivers ideal surf conditions for beginner surfers and, combined with La Botella de Leche’s friendly, expert instructors and high quality surfing equipment, you’re sure to pick up surfing quickly on this exciting 6 day beginners surf camp.

The package here includes 4 surf lessons ( 2 hours each) and free use of surf boards as well as a snorkelling trip, yoga lesson and a USB stick of your surfing photos. Also included is 5 nights private air conditioned accommodation in a sociable, stylish, modern hostel with a pool and a daily typical Costa Rican breakfast.

There’s a kitchen for you to cook your own meals and you can also explore the nearby healthy cafes and restaurants. You can also add additional activities like diving, horse riding and exploring the jungle on an ATV or an exciting zipline canopy experience. Click here for more info, prices, to read reviews and to book!

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Selina, Jaco, Puntarenas

Digital Nomads who want to surf, meet like minded people and still get work done will love Selina’s surf camps in Costa Rica. Selina have many unique co-working and co-living properties across Latin America including many surfing destinations in Costa Rica to choose from (see them here) but my favourite is this one in Jaco.

Selina is the only beachfront hotel in Jaco with a beautiful pool right on the beach as well as a communal kitchen, restaurant, bar, and a movie room. Selina’s 6 day surf package includes 4 surf lessons, surf equipment, all meals and 5 nights accommodation. There’s also great WIFI, a sociable scene and many other trips and activities you can choose to get involved in.

There are surf instructors suitable for all levels so its a good choice whether you want to learn how to surf or improve on your technique all while connecting with other digital nomads. Click here to see prices, reviews, more info and to book!

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Believe Surf & Yoga, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas

If you want to practice yoga as much as learning to surf then stay at the lovely Ohana Villas in Santa Teresa and let the people from Believe Surf & Yoga guide you through daily yoga classes and three surf lessons on this fantastic 7-day surf camp in Costa Rica. Their all-inclusive surf and yoga package is the perfect blend of yoga, surf and healthy food surrounded by unspoiled nature.

Stay in a one-of-a-kind lodge surrounded by lush jungle and diverse wildlife with a swimming pool and yoga deck surrounded by natural jungle. It’s the perfect paradise for relaxing and socialising between yoga classes and surf lessons and is just minutes away from the beach and everything Santa Teresa has to offer.

This surf camp in Costa Rica offers amazing value for money. As well as surf lessons, there’s 4 yoga classes each day to choose from in various styles as well as fitness classes and also daily social events to join. You can also choose one extra activity like zip-lining, horseback riding or waterfall trip to be included in your package.

There’s a variety of accommodation option to choose from depending on your budget. Breakfast is included and each villa has its own kitchen for you to prepare meals in, with grocery stores being a short walk away. Santa Teresa is also filled with a plethora of restaurants you’ll love exploring. For more info, prices, to read reviews and to book, click here.

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Vida Asana School of Yoga, Playa Hermosa, Jacó

If your yoga practice is as important to you as learning how to surf then join this amazing 5-day yoga retreat and surf camp in Costa Rica and recharge, renew and enjoy the waves. You will start your day with a relaxing and rejuvenating morning yoga lesson and enjoy the ocean with three surf lessons on this 6 day retreat. All meals are included as well as a reception and sangria night. Plus, your accommodations include daily maid service so all you have to do is pack your bags, head to this oasis that sits between the beach and the jungle, and relax.

Founded by Alejandro Torres and Rose Gainza, Vida Asana was one of the first ever yoga retreats to pop up on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It’s a stunning property surrounded by beautiful scenery and boasting a pool, a lovely yoga platform and lounge areas. Soak up the smells, sounds and scenery of both the jungle and the ocean at this Costa Rica surf camp. In your free time you can also explore massage, sound healing, acupuncture, temazcal sweat lodge ceremony or join in community enrichment activities or excursions, activities and day trips. Click here for more info, photos, reviews and to book.


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Danyasa Eco-Retreat, Osa, Puntarenas

Where better than Costa Rica to take an eco yoga and surf retreat. Imagine zip-lining through the rainforest, sitting under a majestic waterfall, practicing yoga and surfing in a world famous hot spot. That is what you can expect at Danyasa Eco-Retreat. This 5-day surf camp in Costa Rica allows you to practice the physical and mental benefits that both yoga and surfing share and connect deeper with your body, breath, and creative spirit.

Enjoy three yoga classes, three surf lessons and four nights accommodation at this quirky, intimate, eco-retreat. The rooms are situated in upcycled container containers which means they are a little on the small side but they are cosy with top quality mattresses, 1500 thread count sheets, AC, hot water and high-speed WiFi as well as plenty of light, a sit out area and free filtered drinking water to maximize your comfort.

There’s also a secluded outdoor jungle shower and a delicious, organic, vegan breakfast is also included.When you’re not practicing yoga or surfing, you can relax and play on the sun deck, in the swimming pool or in one of the lounge areas or opt to join canyoning, canopy, kayaking, snorkelling, white water rafting or horse riding trips. Click here to book, get more info or read reviews.


ReFLEXion Yoga Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Guanacaste

You can’t beat surfing and practicing yoga at the National Park of Playa Grande, right across the estuary from Playa Tamarindo. This is one of the best surf camps in Costa Rica, and one of the most family friendly, offering secluded oceanfront eco friendly lodging, surfing and yoga in an open air yoga shala.

Spend a blissful 8-days in a stunning off-the-beaten-path location where the jungle meets the beach. You’ll be staying at Hotel Las Tortugas in a tastefully decorated private room. Enjoy yoga every morning, followed by surfing on one of Costa Rica’s best surfing beaches. A massage or spa treatment is also included in the package.

This surf camp is better suited to surfers with some experience as surf board rental for the week is included in the package but if you wish to take surf lessons to improve your technique these can also be arranged. It’s also completely family friendly.

You can also opt to spend the afternoon horseback riding, canoeing, exploring the area’s natural hot springs and waterfalls or enjoying a wide range of healing spa treatments at the onsite spa. A delicious vegetarian breakfast is included and other meals can be added on or you can explore the local eateries. For reviews, prices, more info or to book, click here.


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My Pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Tulum, Mexico in 2023

Tulum is a small beach town, only 90 minutes away from popular Cancun. Known for its spectacular Mayan ruins, stunning azure sea, beautiful sandy beach and top yoga retreats, Tulum has become one of the best destinations for a yoga or wellness vacation in Mexico.

Due to the tropical, laid back, boho vibes, excellent yoga schools, instagrammable scenery and healthy vegan restaurants and numerous yoga retreats in Tulum, this small beach town has become one of Mexico’s top yoga hot spots.

Tulum is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the yoga classes and tropical beach life. Refresh after your yoga practice with a swim in the Caribbean sea, go snorkelling or scuba diving, or explore ancient Mayan ruins or the famous Cenotes of the Yucatán.

The Best Yoga Retreats in Tulum, Mexico

Nowadays there are so many excellent wellness and yoga retreats in Tulum, it makes it hard to choose just one! So in this post I’ll give you all my tips for planning your Tulum yoga vacation and my recommendations for the best yoga retreats in Tulum to ensure you have a wonderful and relaxing time.

The best time to go on a yoga retreat in Tulum is during the dry, sunny months from December to April. Many people end up lingering alot longer than planned in Tulum and if you want to immerse yourself in your yoga practice in this magical landscape you could also do a yoga teacher training course in Tulum. 

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Because there are a plethora of yoga retreats in Tulum it’s important to read reviews before you book. I always check BookYogaRetreats.com, its like the Booking.com for yoga retreats where you can read reviews from people who’ve already been there so you can be sure your retreat will be a great experience.

Here is my pick of the 5 Best Yoga Retreats in Tulum, Mexico

To help you pick your perfect Tulum yoga retreat here are my recommendations for the 5 best yoga retreats in Tulum.

Copal Retreat

Escape for a week at this ocean-front retreat that offers yoga in a rooftop studio that boasts panoramic views of the Caribbean ocean and so much more.

It’s the perfect spot for enjoying sunrise and sunset yoga classes, both of which are included in this fantastic Tulum yoga retreat package. Also included is a Mexican welcoming ceremony, massage, airport transfers and 3 meals a day by the resident chef that only uses local, sustainable ingredients

Beach-front and courtyard suites are available, you can choose a private room or share with another guest. After yoga, relax in a hammock, by the pool or on the beach, or spend an afternoon visiting the cenotes and Mayan ruins in the included excursions or opt for kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving or cycling.

The location alone makes this one of the best yoga retreats in Tulum, and the yoga sessions and friendly, loving community vibes mean you will be sure to leave rejuvenated. Copal offers an exciting variety of different yoga and sound healing retreats with experienced international teachers each with their own style and theme.

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Tribal Tulum

Tribal Tulum offers not only the most popular yoga retreats in Tulum but also offers exciting dive and yoga retreat packages. Diving and yoga make a great combination and Tribal Tulum host their fantastic retreats in a gorgeous setting right on the beach with yoga and meditation classes held on the rooftop or in the well equipped world class yoga studio.

There’s a couple of packages to choose from. All include daily yoga classes offered in a variety of styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Iyengar. The 6 day dive and yoga packages include 3 free diving or scuba diving sessions in spectacular nearby locations. You can also choose to do additional activities (for an additional cost) like Mayan archaeological site tours, spa treatments, sound healing and even get a Mayan cleanse.

On this retreat you’ll stay in a stylish and comfortable loft apartment with a private patio complete with hammock for ultimate relaxation. Continental breakfast and lunch are included and for dinner you can check out the plethora of stylish restaurants nearby or save money by cooking up something yourself in your loft apartment’s kitchenette.

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Harmony Glamping Yoga Retreat

Get away from it all and let nature soothe your soul at the beautiful Harmony Retreat, 5 kms away from Tulum Beach. Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping in a stylish and comfortable bell tent and spend your day immersed in nature, practicing yoga in a beautiful shala in the middle of a permaculture farm, surrounded by lush organic gardens and a peaceful pond.

This 6-day Tulum yoga retreat includes morning and evening yoga sessions in Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and Ashtanga styles. It also includes a one hour massage, although you’re free to book as many additional sessions as you’d like. The SUP board yoga class in a jungle lagoon is a fun additional highlight.

Something really unique about Harmony Glamping is that you can stay in a stylish glamour bell tent. Tents are equipped with a queen size bed and have solid flooring and locks, as well as an outdoor veranda and table.

If you would prefer to stay in a room, there are a few option, from a  basic room to a two-level hut complete with kitchen. There’s also a cute swimming pool and free bicycles for guests so you can explore the town, beaches, cafes and restaurants and archaeological ruins of Tulum at your own pace.

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Mudra Retreats

This unique 5 day yoga retreat is held at the spectacular Pocna Tulum Hotel and focuses on self love and rejuvenation. Mudra Retreats is run by Mexico City native Olga Lingard, who centres the whole retreat experience around the four elements; water, air, earth and fire inspired by Tulum’s location and its historic importance.

This five-day Tulum yoga retreat includes 2 Hatha yoga classes per day, three meals a day and four nights stay at the Pocna Tulum Hotel. There are different suites to choose from, from an ocean front to one with its very own plunge pool.

When you’re not doing yoga you can do SUP yoga in a magic lagoon, try reef diving, cave diving, or snorkelling in a cenote or go on a Sian Ka’an safari. You can also just relax in a hammock or on the beach. The yoga class held in a sacred Mayan cenote with live music is a unique highlight

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On this seven-day experience, your teacher, Tugba, will introduce you to a range of yoga styles including power, vinyasa, yin, and yoga nidra. With a focus on spiritual healing, you’ll discover sacred practices to take you deeper on your personal journey. 

Experiences include a temazcal – the traditional Mayan sweat lodge – and a heart-opening, purifying cacao ceremony. You can also enjoy swimming in the private cenote – an underground hot spring with healing properties. 

Between workshops, explore the nearby beaches or relax in your private room. Vegetarian food is freshly prepared for each meal, to nourish body and soul. 

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I hope this post has helped you see why Tulum is a great choice for a yoga and wellness vacation and helped you to choose the perfect Tulum yoga retreat for you. If you’re still undecided I’ve got plenty of other blogs on Mexico and other popular yoga destinations.

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My Pick of the Best UK Yoga Retreats For all Budgets

Despite being a certified yoga teacher, after months in lockdown I’m getting bored of my own practice at home and can’t wait to practice yoga again with other people.

Normally I’d jet off somewhere exotic like India, Bali or Thailand but with these countries closed to tourists now is the perfect time to look closer to home and luckily some great UK yoga retreats have reopened and adhere to new hygiene, safety and distancing regulations.

There’s many beautiful places to visit right here in the UK and many yoga retreats in the UK offer much more than just yoga, you can also try things like meditation, sound healing, pranayama (breathing exercises), qi gong, massage and yoga nidra (a relaxing guided meditation also known as yogic sleep)

The best UK yoga retreats are located in spacious and peaceful rural locations which you can explore in your free time or join a guided mindful walk organised by the retreat. Some offer the opportunity to detox or follow a juice cleanse while others include delicious healthy (usually vegetarian) food, some even have hot tubs!

My recommended UK yoga retreats have implemented new hygiene and distancing measures to keep everyone healthy and safe and are only accepting limited guests so make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Even if you can take time off work, there’s plenty of options for weekend yoga retreats in the UK, which provide a refreshing and revitalizing break for your mind, body and soul.

Whether you’re a beginner and recently got into yoga during lockdown as an easy way to exercise at home or if you are an more advanced yogi wanting to learn more, deepen your practice, meet like minded people and have a change of scenery there are many fabulous UK yoga retreats for a healthy post lockdown break in a safe and supportive environment. (Note that most of the photos in the article were taken pre-covid)

My recommendations of the best UK yoga retreats come from personal experiences, recommendations from friends and my own research. I always use BookYogaRetreats.com, its like the Booking.com for yoga retreats! I love how you can read reviews of the yoga retreats from people who’ve already been there. After all, not all yoga retreats are created equal and you want your yoga retreat to be relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons!

Here’s my pick of the best UK yoga retreats you can visit now!


(This photo was taken pre-covid – social distancing measures are now in place)

Multi Style Yoga Retreat @ Yoga Retreat Holidays, Faversham, Kent

Escape to the beautiful Kent countryside for a diverse and relaxing country yoga retreat situated in a beautiful secluded barn house with wonderful views of Syndale Valley in Kent. The house has a lovely garden room and terrace with an aromatherapy jacuzzi perfect for relaxing and taking in the views.

This top UK yoga retreat offers a healing experience of daily multi style yoga classes including Hatha, Dynamic, Yin and Restorative yoga classes. There’s also an opening and closing circle which helps you get to know the other participants, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) and a variation of mindfulness techniques including Qi Gong, sound healing, yoga nidra and a movement workshop.

Nutritious vegetarian and vegan meals and freshly made detox juices are included as well as a special raw food nutrition workshop. After class take a mindful walk, explore the nearby beaches and countryside or simply relax with a book in front of the log fire or take in the Kent countryside views.

Prices from £325

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Affordable Yoga Retreat @ Deighton Lodge, Nr York, Yorkshire

Deighton Lodge is a newly renovated yet still beautifully rustic farm house with lovely barn conversions offering a tranquil yoga retreat space in the countryside near the historic city of York.

The yoga classes are varied and suitable for all levels. The day starts with Vinyasa yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) classes. There’s two relaxing Yin yoga classes and you’ll sleep soundly after the evening yoga nidra and meditation sessions. If the weather allows yoga classes are sometimes held outside in the large gardens which also contain a hot tub.

Tasty and nutritious vegetarian meals are included at the retreat and there’s also time to explore the historic city of York which is only 4 miles away. Deighton Lodge offers some of the most affordable yoga retreats in the UK with an all inclusive weekend yoga retreat starting at just £260.

Prices from £260.

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Private Yoga and Meditation Retreat @ Sunny Brow Farm, Lake District

If you’re not looking to get all sweaty but simply want to really relax and unwind then this private weekend restorative healing yoga retreat in the gorgeously scenic Lake District is perfect.

The morning restorative yoga classes and mindful meditation can be suited to all levels and you’ll also feel blissed out after the holistic healing massage.

The retreat is based in a cosy, authentic farm nestled in 33 acres of nature and there’s plenty of free time to take walks and explore the beautiful scenery of one of the UK’s most gorgeous natural landscapes – the Lake District.

Accommodation is in comfortable barn conversions full of character and 3 delicious and healthy meals are served each day from the macrobiotic, wholefood and Ayurvedic-inspired menu.

Plus, there’s no need to worry about social distancing or fitting in with specific dates as this is a private yoga retreat!

Sunny Brow also offer romantic couples retreats as well as occasional special themed group retreats. Check out all the retreat options here 

Prices from £687 for 2 people  

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Surf, Yoga and Glamping Retreat @ Swell Yoga, Saunton, North Devon

Surfing, yoga, glamping and the gorgeous coast of Devon are the perfect ingredients for a healthy and invigorating weekend escape and make one of the most exciting UK yoga retreats.

Situated in on the North Devon coast, Swell Yoga offers women only weekend breaks where you’ll stay in a luxury private bell tent and enjoy yummy vegan meals which you can learn how to recreate at home with the included vegan cookery class.

You’ll start the day with an energising Vinyasa yoga class, spend the day learning to surf with the included surf lessons and enjoy surfing, swimming and exploring the Devon coastline. Wind down with a relaxing yoga session, group dinners, camp fires, live music and sleep at one with nature in the comfortable bell tents.

Price from £620

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Weekend Yoga Retreat @ Zest Yoga, Anglesey, North Wales

Zest Yoga offer invigorating weekend yoga retreats for every season on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales.

Yoga retreats are tailored around the seasons so if you visit in summer you can enjoy a wild swimming, yoga and mediation retreat while the October and November retreats focus on warming and recharging with yoga and meditation sessions and guided coastal and countryside walks,

You’ll stay at The Coach House, a spacious and comfortable character country house on the 21 acre Plas Cadnant Estate. Enjoy the gardens, plunge pool and underfloor heating in the yoga studio and tasty, healthy vegetarian meals served 3 times a day at one of the best yoga retreats in the UK.

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Kundalini Yoga Retreat @ The Quaives, Nr Canterbury, Kent

This luxury estate in the peaceful and beautiful Kent countryside offers a variety of 3 day yoga retreats in a serene setting of 19 acres of gardens, including a tennis court and hot tub, where you can really relax and unwind.

There’s a variety of comfortable accommodation to suit all budgets and a lovely bright, spacious yoga barn with under floor heating so you won’t get cold, even in winter. Daily juice elixirs and plenty of gourmet vegetarian food is also included.

A variety of yoga retreats are held at The Quaives taught by experienced teachers Anna and Clare offering different styles of yoga and extra activities like candlelight meditation, yoga nidra, sound healing and countryside walks.

They are known for their excellent Kundalini yoga weekend retreat program and also offer sisterhood yoga retreats. Canterbury is within easy reach of London by train and this is one of the best UK yoga retreats as it makes a perfect relaxing weekend escape.

Prices from: £450             

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Juice Fast and Yoga Retreat @ Honey House Vegan Retreat, Walberswick, Suffolk Coast

This homely health retreat in the quaint village of Walberswick on the Suffolk coast is perfect if you are looking to take a retreat and also want to break unhealthy eating or drinking habits or quit smoking, sugar or caffeine.

There’s gentle hatha yoga classes in the morning and relaxing yin yoga and yoga nidra in the evening that are ideal for beginners.  You’ll detox with healthy organic vegan juices and broths and enjoy guided meditation and somatic movement sessions as well as guided walks along the sea and in the lovely countryside.

This is a great affordable yoga and health retreat to help kick start you onto the path of healthy habits and a healthier lifestyle.

Prices from £330

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Detox, Wellness and Yoga Retreat @ Platinum Healing, Mayfield, Sussex

This spacious country wellness retreat focuses on detox and cleansing to improve health and has been voted one of the best detox retreats in the world by The Telegraph and also one of the best UK yoga retreats.

The retreat includes a full juice detox program or green juice cleanse, four nights accommodation and five daily classes to join including yoga, meditation, pranayama and fitness. There’s a life coaching and NLP workshop and daily educational talks and movies on detox, nutrition, health and wellness and over 50 therapies and holistic treatments available.

This retreat is situated in a stunning country estate nestled in 12 acres of Sussex countryside with plenty of fitness equipment, including a sauna and rebounder, and space to walk among the wandering peacocks and alpacas.

There’s also new luxury eco-lodge treehouses and an adorable private shepherd’s huts with log burner and private kitchen. If you’re looking to stop bad habits and start living a healthier life this detox and yoga retreat is perfect and it’s only 1 hour from London.

Prices from £1,349

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My 2019 Roundup and Life Update

Happy New Year! I want to start 2020 with a personal post. Nowadays I tend to just write travel tips and guides and as I reflect back on the last year sometimes I feel like I’m not traveling enough anymore to be worthy of being a travel blogger but in this post I’ll explain why and share a roundup of what I got up to in 2019 in travel, blogging, life, yoga and everything else.

I guess I’m writing more for myself than anyone else but if you are reading this I hope you find it interesting and I hope 2020 brings you lots of happiness and adventures! Thanks so much for reading, following and supporting me through the last year – it means everything to me and helps to keep me on the road and my dream of being a digital nomad alive. Thank you!

January to March 2019 – Goa, India

Palolem Beach, Goa

January to March is the best time to be in Goa and I started 2019 at home on the coast on Southern India. Why do I spend so much time in Goa? Because, it feels like home and after 7 years traveling full time I really need a home base. For the first couple of years I loved the excitement of traveling full time but now I find that if I travel too much I get lonely, my health suffers, I feel too unsettled and find it hard to work. I long for somewhere to call home and Goa is the closest thing I’ve got to that. Here’s why I love Goa so much.

I have many friends in Goa and even though I’ve spent 6 months here every winter for the last 7 years there’s always something new to do, new places to explore, new workshops to learn from and new people to meet. I spend most of my days here practicing yoga, writing and working on my blog, enjoying the beach and relaxing with friends. Here’s an old post about a typical day in my life in Goa.

But also this year I had some complicated and serious dental problems which meant that every week for 3 months I had to go to Panjim to the dentist. Ouch. I don’t know why it took so long but at least dental work is a lot cheaper here than in the UK.

My Mum on Palolem Beach, Goa

When I had time without dentist appointments I drove down to explore quieter South Goa. In February my amazing Mum came to visit me in India again!

It was her 3rd time in India but her visit in 2018 was mainly spent in hospital with me when I had typhoid fever. This time she wanted a combination of yoga and relaxing beach time but also wanted to see ‘real India’, some history, culture, rural life and city buzz. So I curated the perfect 2 week trip for her to Palolem, Hampi and Mumbai.

I used to have horses as a teenager so my highlight of the whole trip was galloping down the beach and in the sea bareback on a horse on Agonda beach! Check out our itinerary here.

Horse riding on Agonda Beach, Goa

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April to May 2019 – Bali, Indonesia

Apart from Goa, my favourite places to live include Koh Phangan, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia because of the laid back tropical island lifestyle, the alternative, spiritual, international communities and opportunities for yoga, ecstatic dance, raw vegan food etc. As I long to feel more at home nowadays I tend to find myself spending a couple of months in each of these places and it’s nice that I’ll also see some familiar faces who are also following the same lifestyle.

In April I jumped at the opportunity to visit Bali again to do an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course on the island of Nusa Lembongan with All Yoga Training. I loved the island of Nusa Lembongan, it’s so much less developed than the rest of Bali and it became my new favourite place in Bali during the month I was there for the YTT.

Nusa Lembongan, Bali
Yoga teacher training in Nusa Lembongan with All Yoga

I was super impressed with the comprehensive program at All Yoga and the beautiful shala on the beach was probably the best place I’ve ever practiced yoga. But doing an Ashtanga yoga teacher training proved physically challenging for me as I was used to practicing mainly Hatha yoga and because I’d be up till 2am most nights working after a full and intensive day of yoga training.

Doing a YTT is challenging enough on it’s own without trying to keep up with other work at the same time but I learned so much from the experience. Check out my post about my experience doing this yoga teacher training for more.

In Ubud, Bali

After the course finished I headed to Ubud, the spiritual and cultural heart of Bali, to check out some more yoga trainings. I love Ubud and there are so many amazing yoga centers there but after exhausting myself with the YTT I kept getting ill with conjunctivitis and ear infections.

Then I received the sad news that my friend Rachel Jones who runs the blog Hippie in Heels and lived in Goa had suddenly passed away aged only 29 while in the US. This news was so shocking and devastating that it made me question everything and I felt like I had to go back to the UK and spend some time with my family.

With Rachel and some monks in Tawang, North East India back in 2015. RIP Rachel x

Read More: 

  • My experience at All Yoga teacher training in Bali 
  • Why Nusa Lembongan is my new favourite place in Bali
  • My pick of the best yoga teacher training courses in Bali
  • My yoga, surf and spirituality 2 week Bali itinerary
  • All my Bali travel tips
  • Rachel’s obituary 


June to August 2019 – Italy and UK

In my hometown of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England

Rachel’s sudden death shows us that we never know how long we have and left me re-evaluating everything about my life, wanting to really make the most of every day and wanting to be closer to my family so I flew back to where I grew up in Suffolk in the UK.

After spending some time with my family, my friend Alice from Teacake Travels  mentioned that she was going to speak at Traverse in Trentino, Northern Italy, a conference for travel bloggers. So, determined to make the most of my life and travel blogging career, I spontaneously went to Italy for a week. The Traverse event was really informative and inspiring and it was great to connect with so many fellow travel bloggers.

I also really loved the underrated and untouristy region of Trentino, I should probably write about it someday but my friend Emily Luxton wrote a great guide to Trentino that you can check out.

In Trentino, Italy for Traverse travel blogging conference

I don’t have my own place in the UK anyone, I sold everything in 2012 when I quit my job to travel full time, so after Italy I needed somewhere to live in the UK. I can’t afford a house there and would be bored being stuck in one place anyway so I decided that the perfect solution for the traveller who wants to feel at home was to buy a campervan!

I had a campervan before when I lived in Australia. It was a great way to have the ultimate freedom to travel the country whilst taking your home with you wherever you go and saved us a ton of money. I loved the campervan lifestyle in Australia and had plans to visit and reconnect with everyone in the UK and then head off exploring Europe in my campervan but the reality of vanlife in the UK was a lot different to my experience in Australia.

Excited with my new campervan

I visited many friends and family all across the UK, a highlight being visiting my sister in Wales, but I quickly realised that while the campervan was fun for a weekend camping or going to a festival I couldn’t live and work in the small campervan I’d bought.

The UK is not as campervan friendly as Australia – it’s actually illegal to wild camp so finding safe and pleasant places to park and sleep at night was a problem, the camper used a lot of fuel making it expensive to run, there was no electricity in the van and rarely a mobile internet signal where we parked up so I couldn’t really work and I quickly got fed up of peeing in bushes and not having any washing facilities and being cramped in a tiny space. I also found it a bit lonely.

After my experience of vanlife in the UK and considering the high cost of fuel and ferries I decided not to take the campervan over to Europe. I’m not sure if I’m quite done with vanlife though, perhaps I’ll sell the camper and get something newer and bigger with electricity and a bathroom for next summer? Let’s see.

Nice spot for the campervan at Newborough Beach in Anglesea, Wales

One thing that had been annoying me for years was my eyesight. In 2012 a routine trip to the opticians resulted in a referral to the hospital and an operation on my eye to fix a detached retina that could have left me blind in one eye if untreated.

The operation put things in perspective and gave me the kick I needed to live my life for now and to start traveling and start living my dreams as I realised that life is too short and even in your twenties you are not too young to get sick. Read more here about my journey to a life of full time traveling.

Even though that operation stopped me from going blind my eyesight was never the same though as it left me very short sighted. I always found contact lenses very uncomfortable to wear, especially in the heat and dust, and suffered from eye infections and my bad eye sight made everything a hassle so in August 2019 I had Laser Eye Surgery at London Vision Clinic.

At my 24 hour check up after laser eye surgery

I could have saved money by having laser eye surgery in India but after the first operation I really didn’t want to take any risks. I had RELEX SMILE – the latest non invasive procedure, the surgeons at LVC are the best in the world and the interest free finance plan means I can pay it off in small amounts monthly. The surgery itself was quick and painless and after a few weeks taking it easy at my Mum’s house I was ready again to take on the world again and really see it in all it’s glory for the first time.

This surgery really changed my life and now I have 20/20 vision! I’m grateful everyday that I no longer need to mess around with contacts or glasses and I’m so glad I overcame my fears and did it!

Read More:

My Journey to a life of travel


September 2019 – Ibiza, Spain

View of Cala de Sant Vicent in the North of Ibiza

It was actually never my intention to travel to every country in the world – I simply wanted to find my happy place. I realised that vanlife wasn’t really for me but still long to find a place in Europe closer to my family where I could live.

I decided to visit the Spanish party island of Ibiza to see if there was still a quieter, hippie side to the island that would perhaps make it a good summer base. Ibiza is an expensive island so to save costs my base was Camping La Playa in Es Canar in the North Eastern side of the island – a long way from party mad San Antonio.

Las Dalias hippie market, Ibiza

Ibiza is a gorgeous island with a special energy, a hippie history and plenty of beaches, yoga and markets but it doesn’t offer the plethora of workshops and like minded people that places like Goa, Koh Phangan and Bali do so to be honest I don’t think It will be my summer base but it was still interesting to explore the other side to the party island.

Read More: Exploring the quieter, hippie side to Ibiza


October 2019 – Ladakh, India

Tsemo Gompa, Leh Ladakh

When I returned from Ibiza it was starting to get colder in the UK and I was missing India, 6 months is the longest I’ve spent out of India in years so I jumped at the chance to explore Ladakh with India Someday and Unplugged Life.

Ladakh is a region unlike the rest of India full of snow capped mountains, colourful Tibetan monasteries and prayer flags and surreal high altitude landscapes that I’d been dreaming of visiting for years.

Khardung La Pass, Ladakh

This trip was a spectacular adventure although I did suffer a bit with the cold and altitude sickness so was really glad I went with a tour and would advise visiting earlier when it’s a bit warmer. See my Ladakh itinerary and more travel tips here. 

Read More:

  • My Ladakh itinerary and travel tips
  • Where to stay in Leh, Ladakh

November 2019 – Rishikesh, India

Sunset views over the River Ganges from Trayambakeshwar temple in Rishikesh

Yoga is such a big part of my life now and so another visit to Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, made sense. I spent my time checking out the yoga schools, swimming in the refreshing Ganges, exploring the Beatles ashram, visiting temples and old friends including Mariellen Ward from Breathe Dream Go who lives there now.

By the River Ganges – my favourite place to hang out in Rishikesh

I was thinking about doing another yoga teacher training program here and and checking out different yoga centers and staying in a few different ashrams (Parmath Niketan, Yoga Niketan and Ved Niketan.) But, to be honest, I find Rishikesh too noisy and crowded nowadays and my heart was pulling me back to the beach and back to Goa.

Read More:

  • My Rishikesh travel guide
  • The best places for yoga teacher training in Rishikesh 
  • Best ashrams in Rishikesh 


December 2019 – Goa, India

Graduating at Diya Yoga Teacher Training, Goa, India

Every yoga teacher training course is different and after studying Ashtanga yoga in Bali I wanted to train more in Hatha yoga so I finished off the year with another YTT this time at Diya Yoga in Arambol, Goa.

I loved the location and views from the shala at the quieter, southern end of hippie Arambol Beach and the softer, heart centered approach of this course lead by lovely Meera who grew up in the Osho commune.

Diya Yoga Dec 2019 teacher training group, Arambol, Goa, India

I was blessed to train with an amazing, supportive group of people and this time I took a break from work, blogging and everything else so that I could really focus on doing this course for myself. Another transformative experience which I will write more about soon.

As this year has taught me that life can be suddenly cut short at any moment and not to take our health, life or those we love for granted I then flew back to the UK to spend my first Christmas in 7 years with my family in the UK.

Celebrating Christmas 2019 with my family

What’s Next – Plans for 2020

I’m so grateful that I still have the freedom to travel the world and live life on my terms even if it doesn’t always go smoothly. I’m trying to enjoy the moment and don’t tend to make too many plans nowadays so that I can go with the flow but I do want to spend 2020 learning more, traveling slowly and connecting with others more instead of traveling alone.

I will start 2020 by returning to Goa to spend time catching up on work, enjoying the beaches and parties with friends and doing more yoga training. I’m hoping to spend some more time in ashrams in India including the Osho ashram in Pune and Sadhguru’s ashram in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. I’m also planning a trip to Sri Lanka and hope to return to Bali. Maybe I’ll buy a bigger campervan in the summer and travel around Europe if I can afford it and find the right person to share the adventure with.

My big project for 2020 is that I’m also working on leading my first small group tour which will be a yoga focused tour of Kerala, Southern India! I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to show people around my favourite places in India and practice yoga together. I will let you know more details once I have the itinerary all planned out.

Houseboat on the Kerala backwaters at sunset

So that was my life and travels in 2019! I found this quite therapeutic to write and reflect and realised that I did do quite a lot this year even though I still get FOMO and feel like I’m not traveling as much as other travel bloggers but we all have our own path to follow and challenges to overcome.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I’d love to hear from you – where did you travel and what did you learn in 2019? And what are your plans for 2020? Please share in the comments below. 

My Pick Of The 6 Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand for 2023

Thailand is known for its stunning tropical scenery, affordable travel, vibrant spirituality and mystical temples, delicious food, buzzing nightlife, friendly locals and happy attitude towards life.

Thailand is also fast becoming one of the most popular places in the world to take a yoga retreat. The incredible yoga retreats in Thailand offer a one of a kind experience for spiritual and physical rejuvenation right in the heart of this tropical paradise.

Reasons to Take a Yoga Retreat in Thailand

Whether you prefer to practice on a tropical beach or surrounded by shining golden Buddhist temples, jungles and mountains, you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to combine traveling in one of the world’s most friendly, fascinating and affordable countries with a relaxing yoga holiday in Thailand.

Thailand may not be as well known a yoga destination as India or Bali, but I believe that the combination of tropical landscape, friendly locals and Buddhist culture means that Thailand has some of the best yoga retreats in the world. There are also some very affordable yoga retreats in Thailand and its easy and safe to travel around, even for solo female travellers.

If you want to combine your yoga retreat with traveling around the country check out this 2 week itinerary for Thailand which contains all the highlights of north and south. It’s bound to be one unforgettable adventure!

How to choose a yoga retreat in Thailand

Yoga retreats can be found all over Thailand but the best places to go are to the stunning tropical islands (most notably Koh Phangan, famous for the Full Moon party but it’s spiritual side is now fast becoming one of the world’s best yoga meccas) and the countryside around the cultural and spiritual capital in Chiang Mai in the North.

It’s also a great place to undertake a yoga teacher training course but it’s always important to do thorough research and check reviews before deciding which retreat is right for you. I feel this especially important now after hearing of the  recent allegations against the popular and famous Agama yoga school’s founder.

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A great site I use for checking reviews and testimonials is www.bookyogaretreats.com You can search for retreats all over the world and find out more about the classes, instructors, accommodation and food offered as well as booking your place but the best part is that you can check real reviews from people who’ve already been there.

I’ve lived on the yoga and party island of Koh Phangan and lost count of how many time I’ve travelled in Thailand now so I wanted to put together a quick post on my 5 favourite best yoga retreats in Thailand to help you out if you are considering a yoga vacation in Thailand.

You can also check out my post on the best yoga retreats in Koh Phangan. There are also many great options for doing a longer yoga teacher training course (YTT) in Thailand.

Here are the 6 Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

Image courtesy of Wonderland Healing Center  on BookYogaRetreats.com

Wonderland Healing Center, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Situated on the paradise Thai island of Koh Phangan, Wonderland Healing Center offers a healing yoga experience surrounded by idyllic beaches and lush jungle scenery. They offer yoga for all levels in a wide variety of styles, including Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, and Nidra.

This center also offers meditation classes, massage offerings, a herbal steam sauna, a pool, and multiple hikes right outside your door. Yoga instructors offer diverse class options, giving you an opportunity to explore new classes or find your favourite during your stay.

With vegan meals, juices, and smoothies included in the price, as well as comfortable accommodation and pristine facilities, its no wonder this is consistently rated as one of the best yoga retreats in Thailand! See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!

Read More: Best Yoga Retreats in Koh Phangan, Thailand

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Amayen Sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located near Chiang Mai, the spiritual and cultural heart of Thailand, Amayen Sanctuary is one of the most popular yoga retreats in Thailand. This retreat prides itself on the quality and simplicity of its offerings.

With yoga classes available for beginner and intermediate levels in Anasura, Hatha, Iyengar, and Yin styles, you’ll be able to settle in and find the right class for you in no time.

This retreat offers organic, plant-based meals, massages, meditation courses, a spa, a pool, and air-conditioned accommodations. Their instructors teach in an all-encompassing way, giving you a physical, mental, and spiritual boost over the course of each session.

The best part? You can come whenever you want and decide how long you would like to stay! See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


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CC’s Hideaway, Phuket, Thailand

As far as yoga retreats in Thailand go, this retreat is one of the most balanced options out there! CC’s Hideaway is situated on the bustling, tropical island of Phuket and offers a healthy mix of relaxation and recreation, allowing you to recenter yourself without a rigorous line-up of activities.

Active options include eco-adventures and sightseeing, while the relaxing options include meditation and massage. Whichever option you choose, you’ll also get to select your choice of beginner and intermediate yoga classes in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, acro, or Ashtanga styles.

You’ll enjoy healthy food throughout the day and spend time with instructors that appreciate both the relaxing qualities of yoga and the opportunities for adventure in the surrounding area! See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


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Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

Samahita Retreat takes a holistic approach to the act of detoxing. They offer yoga classes for all levels in Hatha and restorative styles.

As a part of the detox programme you will eat easily digestible alkaline foods and juices,  complete detox programmes, and take fitness and meditation courses to incorporate your whole being into a healthy detox experience.

If you’re looking for yoga retreats in Thailand that focus on detoxing your body, mind, and spirit, you can’t beat these wellness programmes offered in stunning beachfront facilities on the beautiful island of Koh Samui.

Yoga classes are taught by certified instructors from all over the world that understand the importance of detoxing for optimal health. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!


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Samma Karuna, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Samma Karuna awakening and healing yoga retreat is an Ayurveda-based, relaxing experience that you can tailor to meet your needs. Take courses in Hatha, Vinyasa or Qi Gong, experience massage, Reiki, OSHO meditation techniques, and daily consultation with a nutritionist.

If you’re after yoga retreats in Thailand that provide a well rounded healing experience then you’ll appreciate the gentle yet effective approach of this centre.

Located at the stunning and serene beach of Surat Thani on the island of Koh Phangan, you’ll have everything from green jungle views, mountainous landscapes, and pristine ocean panoramas at your disposal.

The centre has a cozy coffee shop and both local and international food for you to choose from. Leave their unique awakening sessions feeling rejuvenated, and unwind in the sauna before retiring to your beach hut for the evening. See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here.

If you have more time, Samma Karuna also offer an amazing 29-day awakening, healing, meditation and yoga retreat. It’s one that I’d love to experience myself one day. See more details about it here.


Image courtesy of Muay Thai Battle Conquer Gym and BookYogaRetreats.com

Muay Thai Battle Conquer Gym, Phetchabun, Thailand

If you’re looking for yoga retreats in Thailand specifically targeting weight loss, look no further than this retreat located at Muay Thai Battle Conquer Gym in the heart of Thailand in Phetchabun.

This seven-day programme takes place surrounded by lush green farmland and rolling hills, and offers Hatha and Thai yoga, meditation, CrossFit, hiking, and Muay Thai courses.

This family-run retreat offers an authentic immersion into Thai culture, nutritious and clean food options, and a unique location that sets itself apart from the traditional beachy retreat setting. Teachers at this retreat help you push past your comfort zone to see quick results during your stay! See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here!

I hope this post has helped you to find your ideal Thailand yoga retreat and that you have an amazing time! If you’re not decided in Thailand check out my other yoga blogs too.

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Cover Photo Credit: Yoga Vidya Mandiram and BookYogaRetreats.com

Have you been on any amazing yoga retreats in Thailand?

Leave your recommendations in the comments below the post and help out other yogis and travellers! 😊