6 Incredible Reasons To Attend The Bali Spirit Festival 2023

Come to the tropical island of Bali in May to experience one of the top five transformational festivals in the world!

There’s no better way to deepen your yoga practice and awaken your spiritual being than with the immersive experience of attending a yoga festival.

One of the most life changing events I’ve attended is the Bali Spirit Festival, held in the deeply spiritual destination of Ubud, Bali.

If you’ve not yet heard about the Bali Spirit Festival, you’re missing out!

But fear not, as I’m here with the scoop about this immense yoga event and why you should book your flights to Bali this May!

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What Is The Bali Spirit Festival?

The Bali Spirit Festival has been activating people’s hearts since 2008, with the goal of creating a global community gathering of different cultures sharing their practices and teachings for personal and collective well-being.

The festival is held in Ubud on the blissful and spiritual island of Bali, Indonesia known as the island of the Godsfor it’s many temples and deeply spiritual culture. Yoga in Bali has become very popular and the island is now a MAJOR yoga hotspot and spirituality hub.

This year, the festival runs from May 4th to 7th 2023 with an impressive line-up of international teachers, speakers, and performers, who share the same mission – to promote social change and world peace.

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Bali Spirit Festival

So Many Amazing Workshops and Events

The Bali Spirit Festival’s schedule is diverse and comprehensive offering incredible workshops, music, and community events. There’s something for everyone, you only need a desire for personal or spiritual growth to gain massive value from this epic event.

The workshops are divided into three categories:

  • Yoga, meditation, dance and martial arts,
  • Sound healing and breathwork,
  • Dharma talks, seminar, and speakeasies.

The yoga classes cover over 10 different styles, so you’ll get to practise your favourite and discover some styles you’ve never tried before.

A massive part of the festival is music. It showcases a vast array of spiritually-inspired artists that help to make the experience more soulful and intimate.

There is also a large community area with a marketplace featuring Bali’s finest restaurants and vendors, a community pavilion with daily classes, and healing huts where you can book private sessions with healers and readers.

Learn more about the festival’s offerings on the Bali Spirit Festival website.

Gain Numerous Insights and Breakthroughs

Immersive spiritual experiences are always incredibly transformative, so expect to leave this yoga festival as a different (but better) person.

Sometimes all we need to gain clarity, break old habits and let go of self-sabotaging behaviours is a supportive, inspiring, and empowering environment that pushes us out of our comfort zone.

At the Bali Spirit Festival you’ll get inspired by the incredible speakers, learn new practices to support and boost your personal growth, and partake in life-changing discussions more powerful (and cheaper) than your therapy sessions.

So, if you’re looking to feel more connected to the universe, and step into a more purposeful life, attending the Bali Spirit Festival is an absolute must!

Meet Tons of Like-Minded People

If you struggle to meet people who are on your ‘wavelength’ and share your passion for spiritual growth, you won’t have to worry about this at the Bali Spirit Festival.

Whether you’re a yogi, energy healer, tantra practitioner, dancer, singer, martial artist, or anything else, you will find your tribe here.

The festival’s structure makes meeting like-minded people and beginning conversations effortless. The workshops are interactive and there are many social areas.

As the festival evokes such an intimate, inter-connected experience, you won’t have any superficial conversations or small talk here. I quickly formed close bonds with my workshop buddies and came away with a handful of new friends.

Learn About Different Cultures

Not only will you learn about the beautiful Balinese culture, the teachers and speakers at Bali Spirit Festival are from diverse backgrounds, sharing traditions and practices from around the globe.

Choose from workshops including local Javanese meditation, Afro-Brazilian Capoeira, devotional mantras and qi-gong. Or relax and enjoy dance performances from all over the globe, from Balinese to Indian and West African.

Contribute Towards a Good Cause

Another thing I love about the Bali Spirit Festival is that their passion and commitment to giving back and making the world a better place.

They have various Karma (Giving Back) outreach initiatives, including many partner organisations in Bali and worldwide. These include children’s programs, multicultural education & performances, health clinics, HIV & AIDS awareness and environmental protection.

Since 2010, Bali Spirit Festival has raised over $200,000 for these causes so you know the hard-earned cash you use to buy a ticket will go to multiple good purposes.

Enjoy the Tropical Paradise Island of Bali

This year’s Bali Spirit Festival will be held in the world-famous Yoga Barn in Ubud, surrounded by blissful nature and good vibes only a 10 minute walk from the sacred Monkey Forest.

Ubud is Bali’s yoga and spiritual centre, known for its beautiful temples and holy springs, lush rice terraces, yoga studios and vegan cafes. Ubud has a long history of healing and became world-famous thanks to its appearance in the book and movie ‘Eat Pray Love,’ which inspired modern-day spiritual seekers to visit on their own self-discovery quest.

Ubud is an easy 45-minute taxi ride from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and there are many beautiful and affordable places to stay nearby like the Ubud Aura Retreat nearby the festival venue. The Puri Padi Hotel will be hosting some festival events and the luxury Alaya Resort is just next door. (See an indepth guide to where to stay in Ubud here)

Ready to Book your Tickets for Bali Spirit Festival?

Out of all the yoga festivals and spiritual events worldwide, I’ve yet to experience one that is as comprehensive, diverse, and transformative as the Bali Spirit Festival.

The festival looks likely to sell out this year so make sure you book your tickets now to avoid missing out on this unique and life changing experience!

For more information about the festival and to book your ticket go to balispiritfestival.com and follow their Instagram @balispiritfest for the latest updates.

Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for a reduced price of only $425 for a limited time only. 

Click here to get your tickets now to enjoy a massive saving!


This article was written in collaboration with Bali Spirit Festival but all experiences and opinions expressed are my own


How to Travel the Maldives on a Budget in 2023

The stunning paradise islands of the Maldives are somewhere that most people think is only a very expensive luxury honeymoon destination – not many people know that it’s even possible to have a cheap Maldives holiday!

Budget and independent travel and backpacking in the Maldives has only been allowed since 2009. So while those iconic Maldives overwater bungalows and luxurious private island resorts are certainly not cheap, nowadays it is easier than ever to travel the Maldives on a budget!

So, without further ado, let me show you how to plan a budget Maldives trip!

A Complete Guide to Traveling the Maldives on a Budget in 2023

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Maldives Budget Guide

In this Maldives budget trip guide I’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to plan a cheap Maldives holiday. Including:

  • How to use the local ferries and go island hopping on a budget,
  • The best local islands to visit not far from the airport,
  • The best places to stay for budget travellers and how to find cheap accommodation,
  • How to save money on food and excursions,
  • How to find cheap flights to the Maldives,
  • Essential things you need to know before visiting the Maldives.

Contents hide 1A Complete Guide to Traveling the Maldives on a Budget in 2023 2Maldives Budget Guide 3Essential Tips for Traveling the Maldives on a Budget 4Our Top Money Saving Tips for a Cheap Maldives Holiday 5Private Resort Islands vs Cheaper Local Islands 6Best Places to Stay in Maldives on a Budget 7The Best Maldives Local Islands 8The Costs for a Budget Maldives Trip 9How to Find Cheap Accommodation in the Maldives 10How to Find Cheap Food in the Maldives 11Things To Do in The Maldives on a Budget 12Getting To and Around the Maldives on a Budget 13Things you must know before visiting the Maldives local islands

Essential Tips for Traveling the Maldives on a Budget

To save money and plan a Maldives budget trip, first you’ll need to know a bit more about this beautiful and unique island nation in the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives is made up of 1,192 tiny islands clustered into 26 atolls that stretches over 90,000 square kilometres.

The island nation is comprised of atolls that were formed from coral reefs that developed around the top of sunken extinct prehistoric volcanoes.

As the ocean floor subsided with the volcano, corals grew around it forming a fringed reef and sand banks that became tiny islands surrounding a lagoon in the middle.

This article explains the process of how the Maldives atolls were formed – with pictures.

Our Top Money Saving Tips for a Cheap Maldives Holiday

Out of the 1,192 islands of the Maldives, 200 are inhabited local islands and there are approximately 132 resort islands.

If you’re planning to visit the Maldives on a budget trip the top way to save money is to avoid the expensive luxury resorts – stay in guesthouses on the inhabited local islands, eat at local restaurants and take the local ferries instead.

When visiting the local islands you should know that the Maldives is a Muslim country and alcohol is banned. If you want an alcoholic drink you’ll have to visit the resort islands or take a trip out to a floating bar boat.

Also, to respect the local culture, be aware that bikinis and skimpy clothing should only be worn on the designated bikini beaches and you should cover up when walking around the village. I’ll go into more detail about this later on in the article.

Private Resort Islands vs Cheaper Local Islands

Maldives Resort Islands

Tourism in the Maldives has traditionally been focused on luxury resorts since the first Maldives resort, Kurunba, welcomed the first tourists in the early 1970s. The overwater villas and luxury resorts on private islands will set you back anything from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars per night and make for very expensive vacation!

There are some more affordable Maldives resorts but check what’s included – half board or all inclusive packages are often better value because food and activities can be expensive on a private island resort and it’s not like you can easily leave to find something cheaper. Also watch out for the taxes and extra charges.

The resort islands are also not accessible by the local public ferries. This means you’ll also have to shell out a couple of hundred for private speedboat or seaplane transfer to reach the island. The cheapest Maldives resorts are often located a long way from the airport so, after the cost of the transfer, may not be such a cheap deal after all.

The Cheapest Maldives Resorts

Staying on the local islands is by far the best place to stay in the Maldives on a budget as most of the resorts are quite expensive. But if you really want that resort experience these are the cheapest resorts in the Maldives:

  • Biyadhoo Island Resort
  • Equator Village Resort
  • Rahaa Resort
  • Gangehi Island Resort & Spa
  • Medhufushi Island Resort
  • Malahini Kuda Bandos Resort
  • Reethi Beach Resort

Maldives Local Islands

Since the law changed in 2009 to allow independent and budget travel, tourists can visit, and stay on, the inhabited local islands. There is a growing range of budget accommodation in the Maldives and plenty of beautiful islands to choose from.

Now that tourists are no longer constrained to only the luxury resorts it’s become totally possible to save money and enjoy the Maldives on a budget if you stay on the local islands instead of the fancy resorts.

The local islands usually have a mosque, school, playground, pharmacy, administrative buildings and a couple of shops and local cafes and offer an interesting insight into local life.

Guesthouses, budget hotels and homestays are now available on the local islands offering accommodation, local eateries and excursions for a fraction of the price of the resorts so now it’s possible to enjoy a cheap Maldives holiday!

Traveling around the island nation can get expensive but you can save money by taking the local public ferries to the local islands which only cost a couple of dollars.

Not only does visiting the Maldives local islands make it possible to travel the Maldives on a budget, it also gives you a fascinating insight into the real Maldives and the lives of people who live in this unique country. Plus your money goes directly into the pockets of the local people not international luxury hotel chains.

Best Places to Stay in Maldives on a Budget

Planning a budget Maldives trip does require a bit of research as there are 200 inhabited local islands in the Maldives stretching across 90,000 kilometres of the Indian Ocean.

When your choosing which for Maldives local island to stay on be aware that the further away from the airport and Male City the more expensive and time consuming it will be to get to your chosen island.

Some of the closest atolls to the airport are Kaafu Atoll (also called Male Atoll and split into North Male Atoll and South Male Atoll) and Vaavu Atoll.

Each island has a slightly different vibe and there’s a few that you might not live up to your dreams of a tropical paradise, which I’ll mention in this blog post.

If you want to do a bit of island hopping in the Maldives on a budget using the local ferry it’s totally possible with a bit of forward planning as the ferries usually only run once a day. It’s a good idea to pick islands in the same atoll as they are on the same ferry route so you don’t have to go back to Male to change ferries.

The Best Maldives Local Islands

With over 200 inhabited local islands in the Maldives you can’t expect to see them all in one trip. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best local islands in the Maldives and the best places to stay in the Maldives on a budget.

Male and Hulumale

Male City is the capital of the Maldives and one of the most densely populated cities on earth! It’s probably not your idea of a tropical paradise but the mosques, fish market, park and museum make an interesting visit.

Male is just across the water from Male international airport and most budget travelers will have to go through Male at some point to catch the ferries to the islands. If you arrive late, or have an early flight, you may need to stay near the airport in Male or Hulumale.

I recommend the Amina Residency if you are looking for a comfortable and affordable hotel in Male close to the ferry terminals and all the attractions in Male City.

Next to the airport and Male is Hulumale – another very built up island with high rise residential and industrial buildings. The island is reclaimed from the ocean and built at 2 meters above sea level to withstand rising sea levels. When finished, it will be able to house 100,000 people. It’s an interesting project and convenient for a night close to the airport, but probably not your idea of Maldives beach bliss.

If you have to stay near the airport Hulumale is a more peaceful choice. Beach Breeze is a nice budget hotel located on the beachfront with really helpful staff and a 24 hour check in. The best rooms have an ocean view.

North Male Atoll

Located just north of the airport in the same Atoll as Male, the local islands of Himmafushi, Huraa, Thulusdhoo, Dhiffushi make an easy and fun budget Maldives trip.

Himmafushi and Thulusdhoo are popular with surfers as they are close to some of the best surf breaks in the Maldives. You can even join a fun, and budget friendly, surf and yoga camp.

The main reason to stay on Himmafushi island is for the surfing and Jail Break Surf Inn is the best place to stay there. Check out this complete guide to Himmafushi for more.

For Thulusdhoo, we stayed at Villa Kudi which we loved. There are also some stylish options right on the bikini beach like Samura if you want to spend a little more. The coffee, smoothie bowls and pizzas at Indulge Thulusdhoo were some of the best we tried in the Maldives.

The main draw for Dhiffushi is the three beautiful bikini beaches. We stayed at Dhiffushi Inn as it has the best location right next to the best bikini beach on the island. The owners were really friendly and helpful and they also have a beach bar and restaurant and organise good value excursions.

South Male Atoll

Just South of Male are the local islands of Gulhi and Maafushi are ideal for budget travelers. Maafushi is the most popular island for a cheap Maldives holiday while tiny Gulhi offers a more peaceful escape.

Gulhi is a small, peaceful, tropical, island with two bikini beaches. The best place to stay is Beach Stone, a friendly guesthouse located right on the beach with lovely ocean views from the terrace. Read this Guide to Gulhi island for more.

Maafushi island is the biggest, most developed and most popular local island for those traveling the Maldives on a budget. There’s plenty of accommodation, eating and excursion options for suit all budgets and Maafushi has the liveliest atmosphere of the local islands. Check out this Guide to Maafushi Island for more info.

The best place to stay in a budget is Island Ambience, a new guesthouse where the staff will go out their way to help you. If you want something a bit more luxurious without the resort price tag Maafushi has plenty of options. Kaani Palm Beach is our favourite because of the location on the beach front and the stunning ocean views from the rooms and the rooftop infinity swimming pool.

Vaavu Atoll

Further South from South Male Atoll is Vaavu Atoll which offers some of the most exciting snorkelling and diving in the Maldives where you can explore shipwrecks and swim, dive or snorkel with nurse sharks and manta rays! 

The best local islands to visit in Vaavu Atoll include Fulidhoo, Thinadhoo, Felidhoo and Keyodhoo.

Fulidhoo is many budget traveller’s favourite local island because of the great bikini beach, relaxed vibes and the chance to see and even feed nurse sharks and sting rays right from the beach. Check out this Guide to Fulidhoo Island for more info.

Fulidhoo is the largest island in this atoll and the closest to Male with the most options for accommodation and eating in Vaavu Atol. The best budget pick are the comfortable rooms surrounded by tropical greenery at the Bougainvillea Inn. Or stay in a sea view balcony room at The Pearl Sea View. They also have a great restaurant and offer a full board option.

You can catch the ferry from Male city or from Maafushi island to reach these islands (but the ferry doesn’t operate every day)

Other good local islands to consider include Rasdhoo and Ukulhas in Alif Alif Atoll. Rasdhoo is close to some famous dive sites and offers excursions to sand banks and picnic island while Ukulhas is known as the cleanest and most eco friendly island in the Maldives.

See more here on the local islands of the Maldives

The Costs for a Budget Maldives Trip

You might be surprised at how affordable visiting the Maldives on a budget can be! If you stay in guesthouses on the local islands, visit local eateries and take public ferries you can travel in the Maldives on a budget of less than $100 per person per day.

Here’s a round up of our average costs for our Maldives budget trip in 2023:

  • Accommodation: $50 – $70 per night for a double private AC room with ensuite bathroom
  • Food: $10 per dish
  • Coffee and Soft Drinks: $5 each
  • Local Ferries: $1.50 each
  • Shared Speedboat: $25 per person
  • Excursions: $35 for a turtle snorkelling trip

How to Find Cheap Accommodation in the Maldives

You want to choose your accommodation carefully because you will probably eat at and arrange excursions and transfers with your guesthouse so it will have a big impact on your whole experience.

The cost for a decent room in a good guesthouse or budget hotel starts from around $40 – $50 a night. When you book in advance they will help you with getting to the island and may pick you up for free from the harbour.

Choosing a hotel that includes breakfast will save you money. Most guest houses have decent wifi, air conditioning, hot water, and will give you free drinking water – so you can save money and the planet by not buying plastic water bottles!

You can find, read reviews and book budget hotels and guest houses online on Booking.com. As there are alot of expensive resorts in the Maldives sort the listings by the lowest price first and start there.

Pay attention to which island the guesthouse is on. Don’t just book the cheapest hotel you find before checking on the map to see how far away it is from Male. If it’s on a very remote island it could end up being difficult or costly to reach. I’ll recommend some good local islands that are easy and cheap to access later on in this guide.

The best time to visit the Maldives is between December to April in the dry season. Traveling in the low season also means cheaper prices but a high chance of monsoon rain. Do you really want to be on a tropical island in pouring rain?

Is Backpacking in the Maldives Possible?

While backpacking in the Maldives is increasing in popularity there are not many backpacker hostels as such, although you may find shared dormitory rooms in the surf camps.

Being a dry country you won’t find a big party vibe here so it’s not so easy to meet other backpackers as it is on places like Thailand, but the islands are small so you soon end up bumping into the same people. The yoga and surf camps probably offer the best social scene for solo travellers and backpackers.

How to Find Cheap Food in the Maldives

We usually like to go self catering to save money but we didn’t find any apartment style accommodation with cooking facilities apart from in the capital city of Male.

Some of the surf camps offer use of a shared kitchen so you can save money by cooking your own food. Most islands have small grocery shops where you can buy snacks, soft drinks and even beach essentials. But, as everything has to be shipped in, the prices aren’t cheap, so self catering probably wouldn’t save you that much money anyway.

The best place to find cheap food is in the local eateries which typically serve Maldivian food like tuna, fish curry and rice and roshi (like Indian roti.) Maldivians food has influences from nearby India and Sri Lanka and contains alot of tuna and other seafood.

Guesthouses often have restaurants aimed at tourists and most local islands also have a couple of restaurants that serve Western foods like sandwiches, salads, pasta and pizza with prices ranging between $8 – 15 per dish. Some offer a set meal for around $12 which includes salad, pasta, chicken, water, tea/coffee and fruit.

The local currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa but many businesses accept US Dollars and some also accept Euros. Be sure to take plenty of cash with you as not all guest houses can accept cards and not all islands have ATMs (and those that do have one don’t always work.) Often you will pay in US Dollars and get your change in the local currency but, from our experience, we recommend having both Dollars and Rufiyaa.

Things To Do in The Maldives on a Budget

When you imagine a Maldives vacation relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches is probably the first thing on your mind and even if your traveling the Maldives on a budget you won’t have to miss out on this.

There are also plenty of activities and things to do in the Maldives. Being an island nation naturally most of the activities are water based. The activities available will depend on which island you stay on.

The good news for budget travelers is that excursions are much more affordable when arranged on the local islands instead of the expensive resorts. Most guesthouses can help you arrange any activities and excursions you want.

Relax and swim on the bikini beach

Most of the local islands have designated areas called ‘bikini beaches‘ where tourists can relax and enjoy the beach in swimwear and some of these beaches are no less stunning than the ones found at the expensive resorts.

There’s free sunbeds and shade on the bikini beaches and no-one tried to hassle us or sell us anything (unlike other nearby beach destinations in Asia.)

Make sure you watch the spectacular Maldives sunrises and sunsets too as the sky turns into impossible shades of pinks and purples.

Water sports

There’s a huge array of water sports activities you can try in the crystal clears waters which are a highlight of any Maldives holiday.

Choose from snorkelling, diving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating, fishing trips and much more.

Boat trips

There’s also many boat trips you can take, from a huge variety of fishing trips to sunset dolphin cruises and trips to visit other islands. One of the best things to do in the Maldives is to get dropped off with a picnic on an isolated sandbank in the middle of the Indian ocean.

You can get a day pass to visit a nearby resort island if you want to have a cocktail and get a glimpse of how the other half live! Some local islands now even have a spa so you can relax with a massage or spa treatments for a lot less than at the fancy resorts.

Another way to have an alcoholic drink is to hop aboard the bar boat found at some of the more popular islands like Maafushi. If you go at sunset you get to enjoy your drinks from the boat while watching the sunset over the ocean.

Some beaches have a stall where you can arrange water sports, activities and excursions right from the beach but your guest house should also be able to help you most of these things to do.

Snorkeling and diving

Snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the best things you can do in the Maldives. The diversity of ocean life and the visibility in the warm, clear, turquoise water is incredible.

Many resorts and islands have a house reef where you can snorkel off the beach without the need for an excursion. Most guest houses and dive shops rent snorkelling gear and you can save money by bringing your own snorkelling gear with you.

If you want to snorkel with turtles, manta rays and sharks, or see more pristine coral gardens, then you’ll need to take an excursion further out to see. Snorkelling trips start at $25 when organised by the local guesthouses.


The Maldives is an amazing surfing destination with some world class surf spots. Some of the best surf breaks include Cokes and Chickens, near Thulusdhoo island, while Jailbreaks is near Himmafushi island.

Most of these reef breaks are only for experienced surfers, but there are also some surf and yoga camps that can teach beginners the ropes. Even if you’re not into surfing you may be able to drop in and enjoy a sunset yoga class.

Check out this article for more about surfing in the Maldives.

Getting To and Around the Maldives on a Budget

How to Find Cheap Flights to the Maldives

Flights are always one of the most expensive parts of any trip, but there are plenty of cheap flights to the Maldives. The cheapest direct flights to the Maldives are from India and Sri Lanka and the flight takes only an hour or so.

So if you’re already traveling in South Asia then you’re in the perfect place to take advantage of the cheap flights and explore the Maldives on a budget too! There are also affordable flights from other hubs in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

If you’re coming from Europe budget airline Wizz Air have a direct flight from Abu Dhabi and cheap connections to Europe. Check Skyscanner to find the best deals on flights to the Maldives from where you are.

Tourists do not need a visa to visit the Maldives for stays of less than 30 days so that’s another saving.

How to Get Around the Maldives on a Budget

Getting around a country of thousands of tiny islands will either take a bit of time or a bit of money. For those in a rush with money to spare, private speedboat transfers and seaplanes can get to the most remote Maldivian islands but transportation costs can really add up this way. If your traveling the Maldives on a budget then you’ll need to get acquainted with the local ferries.

The airport ferry

When you arrive at the international airport you’ll need to take a public ferry over to Male. It runs every 15 minutes and costs $1.

It will drop you at the ferry terminal where you’ll be able to connect to other ferry services or walk along the jetty to find the shared speed boats.

There’s cafes above the ferry terminal which make a good place to wait and watch the planes and ferries coming in.

Local public ferries

If you’re traveling the Maldives on a budget and want to save money on transportation then the local public ferries are a very affordable option, but you’ll need to have a bit of patience and forward planning.

Local public ferries connect each atoll of local inhabited islands with the capital at Male. There’s no need to pre-book and the ride only costs a couple of dollars.

The local ferries can be slow and you’ll need to check the schedule as they usually only run once a day at most taking islanders into Male in the morning and getting them back to the islands before nightfall. You can check the ferry schedules on the MTCC website here.

If your flight arrives after 3 or 4pm you may have to stay in Male and wait for the ferry the next morning or take a shared speedboat transfer. Also be aware that public services are very limited on Fridays as this is the Islamic holiday, so it’s better to avoid traveling on a Friday in the Maldives.

Shared speedboat transfers

There’s also the option of a shared speed boat transfer. These often run 3 or 4 times a day with the last boats leaving at around 10pm. The shared speedboats are a lot quicker than the public ferries and much cheaper than a private speedboat transfer.

You’ll need to pre-book your seat but your guest house can usually help you arrange this. The cost is between $20 – $35 per person depending on the destination.

Things you must know before visiting the Maldives local islands

Our budget trip to the Maldives was a highlight of my 10 years of full time travel. The Maldives is a unique, fascinating and beautiful place. It was great to see the ‘real’ Maldives beyond the luxury resorts and meet the local people who were all very kind and helpful.

But if you are interested in a budget Maldives holiday then there are some things you must know about the country before you visit. Did you know that the Maldives is a strict Muslim country.

This means that no alcohol, or pork is permitted in the country, except at the private resort islands. Dogs are also banned in the Maldives. Don’t buy alcohol at duty free because you will not be allowed to bring it into the country.

You will find many cafes offering a good range of coffees, juices, soft drinks and mocktails but if you want an alcoholic drink you’ll have to go to a resort or onto one of the floating bar boats.

As the Maldives is an Islamic county you should respect their culture and cover up when not on the designated bikini beaches.

I asked the guesthouse owners about what was acceptable to wear as I’d heard I should cover shoulders and knees but they seemed more relaxed on the dress code. They said tourists don’t need to be fully covered up – wearing a t shirt and shorts or sarong over your swimsuit is ok,  they just don’t want people wandering around the village in tiny bikinis and trunks.

Be aware that not all the local ferries run every day. Also many things like local ferries and shops are closed on Friday – the Islamic holiday. You’ll hear the call to prayer multiple times a day from the mosques. Luckily every place I stayed at was quite well sound proofed so it didn’t wake me up in the morning.

So that’s it for my Maldives budget travel guide. Remember that these rules only apply to the local islands – if you are in a fancy resort you can wear whatever you want and drink cocktails all day too – but it won’t be a budget friendly holiday and you won’t get to see the real Maldives.

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Have you visited the Maldives on a budget trip? I’d love to know if you have any more tips. Or let me know if you have any questions – I’d love to help more people visit this dream destination!

Oaxaca Travel Guide: Mexico’s Most Enchanting State (2023)

Oaxaca, Mexico has become something of a hotspot right now. Oaxaca is one of the most popular regions to visit in all of Mexico and for very good reason. This area is one of the most colorful and culturally important and safest states in Mexico. Oaxaca is also home to the best food in the country.

Oaxaca City was recently voted by Travel and Lesuire readers as the best city in the world and Oaxaca state also has many amazing destinations to visit and activities to do too.

In this comprehensive Oaxaca travel guide, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know when planning a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. We’ll look at how to get there, where to stay, how to stay safe, the best things to do, when to visit and much more in our Oaxaca travel blog.

Oaxaca Travel Guide

Contents hide 1Oaxaca Travel Guide 2About Oaxaca 2.1Oaxaca Quick Summary: 2.2Where is Oaxaca? 2.3Is Oaxaca safe for tourists? 3How to get to Oaxaca 4Where to stay in Oaxaca 4.1Where to stay in Oaxaca City 4.2Where to stay in Puerto Escondido 5Best things to do in Oaxaca City 5.1Mercado 20 de Noviembre 5.2Iglesia de Santo Domingo 5.3The Zócalo 6Best Day Trips from Oaxaca City 6.1Monte Albán 6.2Hierve el Agua 7Where to Eat in Oaxaca City 8Oaxaca Nightlife 9The Best Time to Visit Oaxaca 10Oaxaca Culture and History 11Best Oaxaca Events and Festivals 12Our Top Recommendations 13To finish our Oaxaca Travel Guide 13.1More Mexico Travel Blogs:

About Oaxaca

Let’s start our Oaxaca travel guide with an introduction of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Oaxaca Quick Summary:

  • Where is it: Southern Mexico
  • Difficulty Getting There: Average
  • Time needed: 6 days
  • Best Time to Visit: April/September
  • Top Food/Drink: Memelas, Tejate
  • Our Favourite Gem: Monte Albán

Where is Oaxaca?

Oaxaca is one of the largest states in Mexico and is also one of the most southern in the country. Due to its size and positioning, it’s home to many different terrains such as mountains, rainforest as well as its long Pacific coast.

Is Oaxaca safe for tourists?

Oaxaca is often considered to be one of the safest regions to visit in Mexico. Violent crime against tourists is very rare, although pickpocketing can sometimes be an issue.

As always preparation is key, read some Oaxaca travel guides and blogs to know the safe areas and which to avoid.

In Oaxaca City, be sure to stay within the historic centre as further towards the outskirts can get rough around the edges.

In Puerto Escondido, most areas are safe, with Zicatela and La Punta being the more touristy and safe parts.

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How to get to Oaxaca

There are many ways of getting to Oaxaca. If arriving internationally, you’ll first need to fly into Mexico City’s international airport. From here, you can either take a domestic flight to Oaxaca City (around $60 and takes 1 hour), or to Puerto Escondido (around $70 and also around 1-hour flying).

From Mexico City, you can also take a bus to Oaxaca City, which takes around 7 hours.

If you are already in Mexico, you can also get to Oaxaca via the neighbouring regions of Chiapas (San Cristóbal de las Casas), Puebla (Puebla City), Guerrero (Acapulco) and also from Veracruz (Xalapa or Orizaba). Most have daily buses that make the direct journey.

Where to stay in Oaxaca

The state of Oaxaca has so much to explore. The colourful state capital, Oaxaca City, is one of the most colourful cities in Mexico. There’s plenty to see and do within the city and it also makes a great base for day trips out to explore the surrounding area which is full of interesting historical monuments and natural features.

No Oaxaca travel guide would be complete without mentioning the beautiful and unspoilt pacific coast beaches in Oaxaca.

The most popular Oaxaca beaches include Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, both have airports which makes it easy to get there. These beaches are popular with surfers and yogis and offer a more authentic Mexico beach vacation than resorts like Cancun. There’s also the smaller beach towns of Mazunte and Zipolite – Mexico’s only nudist beach.

We recommend that you stay in both Oaxaca City and on one of the beaches for a full taste of all Oaxaca has to offer. You could also see both Oaxaca and Mexico City with this itinerary.

Where to stay in Oaxaca City

One of the best hotels to stay in is Hotel La Casa de Maria, which is perfectly located in the centre. La Noria Centro Histórico is another great hotel that is also close by.

If you want to save money you’ll find some of the best hostels in Mexico are found in Oaxaca City. Try places such as Casa Angel, or Iguana hostel for some of the best budget stays.

Where to stay in Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido is home to some of the best beaches in Oaxaca and has numerous places to stay including some fun surf and yoga camps.

Zicatela is where you’ll find one of Mexico’s best surf breaks and a lively nightlife scene. Hotel Arcoiris is almost on the beach and is the best option for a stay in Zicatela. La Punta is another area which is more laid back. The best hotel for a stay here is Casa Kuaa.

Read more here about the different areas and best places to stay in Puerto Escondido.

Best things to do in Oaxaca City

There’s no shortage of great things to do in Oaxaca City, from wandering the colourful streets to visiting the historic churches and vibrant markets. Now let’s explore the very best things to do in Oaxaca City, as well as the top foods and nightlife.

Mercado 20 de Noviembre

This market is hands down the best in Oaxaca (and a strong contender for Mexico) for everything food. Here you’ll find many local stalls selling pretty much everything from local delicacies like Tlayudas to Tacos and beyond. Whilst the overhaul of smells and flavours can be overwhelming for some, it’s definitely worth a visit at least once whilst in Oaxaca.

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Arguably one of the most stunning churches in the country, Santo Domingo is adorned with gold around its altar, and overall is simply stunning. With over 20 rooms, you can learn about Oaxaca’s pre-Hispanic times which are detailed well through its murals.

The Zócalo

The main square of Oaxaca City is where all the action is and simply cannot be missed. Here there’s always something on, whether it’s a parade or some local event. As well as being near all the top nightlife and restaurants, there are also some beautiful buildings and churches nearby too.

Best Day Trips from Oaxaca City

No Oaxaca travel guide would be complete without mentioning some of the amazing day trips you can take from Oaxaca City. The sights just outside the city and definitely some of the best things to do in Oaxaca. The easiest way to visit these places is by taking

Monte Albán

These ruins really are spectacular, especially so as they’re located on the edge of a mountain overlooking the surrounding baron landscapes. A mix of Zapotec and Mixtec cultures can be found here, with many sprawling temples and lookout points to explore.

Monte Albán is around half an hour’s drive from Oaxaca City. If you want to learn more about this history to bring the ruins to life we recommend taking this guided tour.

Hierve el Agua

A petrified waterfall that overlooks a row of canyons, it’s safe to say this is a must-stop when in Oaxaca. As well as exploring the site, there’s also a natural infinity pool which is perfect for a quick dip in the hot Mexican Sun.

You can reach this site from Oaxaca City in around 2 hours by car. Or take this tour to combine hiking, swimming and mezcal tasting in one fun day trip.

Where to Eat in Oaxaca City

Oaxaca City is famed for its food, which is without a doubt the best in the country. For those who are backpacking in Mexico or are just looking for an authentic experience, head to Mercado 20 de Noviembre where you can try unique foods made by vendors.

If you’d prefer to be shown straight to the best, and safest, street food stalls this Oaxaca food tour will take your taste buds on an adventure through no less than twenty different local dishes at the markets and street food stalls! It’s a great way to learn about the city and Oaxacan culture through its markets and food.

Oaxaca cooking classes are a popular and fun way of immersing yourself in the local culture and learning how to make some of the uniquely Oaxacan dishes yourself. The best experiences include a guided visit to the market to gather your ingredients before learning how to make traditional Oaxacan recipes in a small friendly group.

Head to Casa Oaxaca for a more upscale experience, where you can try both regional delicacies as well as some of the top National dishes.

Oaxaca Nightlife

Most of the top nightlife in Oaxaca City is located near the Zócalo, in the heart of the city. Whilst you can find other places further afield, these will be more frequented by locals and are in less safe areas.

You’ll want to kick off your night in a mezcal bar, with Oaxaca arguably the best in the country. Mezcalería In Situ is the best, with over 200 different varieties of the good stuff. Los Amantes is another good option. Afterward either head to La Cantinita for a good atmosphere or Txalaparta for a wide range of music styles.

The Best Time to Visit Oaxaca

As already mentioned, the region of Oaxaca is varied and has climates ranging from hot Pacific beaches to cool mountainous towns. Fortunately, there is however both a dry and wet season that is the same in all regions.

The dry season runs from November until April. In Oaxaca City, average temperatures range from 63-72°F, with highs of up to 87°F and lows of down to 48°F. The rainfall here ranges from 0.3-1 inch each throughout each month.

In Puerto Escondido, temperatures are much hotter with averages of between 83-86°F, highs of 95°F and lows of 72°F. The rainfall here and along the coast ranges from 0-0.5 inches each month during the dry season.

The contrasting wet season runs from May up to late October. In Oaxaca City, average temperatures are warmer and range from 67-72°F, with highs of 85°F and lows of 56°F. Rainfall during the wet season averages between 3-6.5 inches for each month.

In Puerto Escondido, temperatures can get very hot, with averages ranging between 85-87°F, with highs of 94°F and lows of 77°F. Rainfall during the wet season in Puerto ranges from 2-7 inches throughout each month.

Oaxaca Culture and History

Oaxaca is one of the most diverse areas of Mexico, home to indigenous tribes such as the Zapotec and Mixtecs which are still alive today despite the arrival of the Aztecs. Much of their artisanal knowledge and handicrafts have been passed down through the generations, making Oaxaca one of the best places to buy novelties.

Best Oaxaca Events and Festivals

We can’t finish our Oaxaca travel guide before letting you know about the events and festivities that Oaxaca is famous for. In early February, the Festival of the Virgin of the Candelaria is celebrated which is one of the biggest cultural festivals in Oaxaca. Here you’ll see large parades throughout the historic centre, and is also a popular time to eat Tamales, which is part of the local custom.

If you want to experience an awesome food festival, then on the 1st of May Oaxaca City hosts its annual Feria de la Tortilla. There are many demonstrations and food-based competitions all over the city and is a great opportunity to try some of the best delicacies from the Oaxaca region and also further afield in Mexico.

Other important and lively festivals (which are also celebrated in Puerto Escondido) include Mexico’s Revolution Day (16th September) and also The Day of the Dead (1st/2nd November).

In Puerto Escondido, you’ll find lively parties and excuses to celebrate pretty much every day of the week! Simply ask the locals or ex-pats and you’ll find where the hotspots are.

Our Top Recommendations

– If heading between Oaxaca City and Puerto Escondido, be sure to look at flight prices as these can be similar to that of the bus (and also many tend to get sick on the bus as it’s constantly swerving along mountainous roads!).

– In Oaxaca City, be sure to stay within the Historic Centre which is the safest area, as well as closest to all of the best sites.

– Visiting in March or April is great as the weather is still within the dry season, and it’ll be cheaper too as it’s not a peak travel season. September is also great and cheap if you don’t mind a shower or two every now and then.

To finish our Oaxaca Travel Guide

And that’s all for our travel guide to Oaxaca.

One of the most diverse areas of Mexico to explore, here there’s everything from tropical Pacific beaches and mountains to incredible Aztec Ruins. The food here is also the best you can try in Mexico.

In this Oaxaca travel guide, we’ve explored the best areas to visit and covered important information such as how to get there, where to stay, what to do and how to stay safe. We’ve also included our top recommendations based on our own time spent here.

If you want to see more of Mexico then how about combining visiting Oaxaca with exploring exciting Mexico City too. See how to do all this with our 2 week offbeat Mexico itinerary.

We hope our Oaxaca travel guide has helped you to plan an amazing trip to Oaxaca!

More Mexico Travel Blogs:

  • Itinerary for Mexico City and Oaxaca
  • Puerto Escondido Travel Guide
  • Mazunte Travel Guide
  • Zipolite Travel Guide
  • Where to stay in Mexico City
  • Where to stay in Puerto Escondido
  • Best Yoga Retreats in Mexico
  • Best Surf Camps in Mexico

6 Best Yoga Retreats and Surf Camps in Tenerife for 2023

6 Best Yoga Retreats and Surf Camps in Tenerife, Spain for 2023 

Spain’s most popular Canary Island, Tenerife, has something for everyone, from bustling resort towns with vibrant nightlife and exhilarating water sports, to peaceful, slow-paced fishing villages and stunning landscapes.

The Canary Islands are a great place to take a yoga retreat or active holiday. With year round warm, sunny weather and some of the best surf in Europe there are some fantastic yoga retreats and surf camps in Tenerife.

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Reasons to go on a Yoga and Surf Camp in Tenerife

The Canary Islands are the best place to go for winter sun in Europe and you can enjoy a yoga retreat or surf camp in Tenerife any time of the year. 

Considered one of the best surfing spots in Europe, Tenerife surf camps are always epic. This Canarian island boasts all-year-round warmth and sunshine, along with world-class point breaks and reliable Atlantic swells.

What’s more, Tenerife has lush nature, scenic mountain landscapes, and top-class hiking trails. Thus, Tenerife is a fab place to reconnect with mother earth and find inner peace on a yoga retreat.

To help narrow down your search, here are my top five surf camps and yoga retreats In Tenerife.

The Best Yoga Retreats And Surf Camps in Tenerife

  • Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – 6-Day Luxury Adventure Yoga Holiday in South Tenerife 
  • Best Immersive Surf Camp – 8-Day Private Surf Camp for All Levels in Poris de Abona, Tenerife
  • Best Active Retreat – 6- Day Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Tenerife
  • Best Private Yoga And Surf Retreat – 7-Day Premium Yoga and Surf in Tenerife
  • Best Budget Yoga And Surf Retreat – 8-Day Surf, Diving, and Yoga Holiday in Tenerife South
  • Best Adventure Yoga And Surf Retreat – 8-Day Surf Camp with Yoga in Tenerife


Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – 6-Day Luxury Adventure Yoga Holiday 

If you dream of waking up in a beautiful villa overlooking the mountains, with a tranquil garden, pool, and rooftop to relax and enjoy the view, head to Bliss Adventure Yoga Retreats in South Tenerife.

Highlights include:

  • Twice daily yoga classes (Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative)
  • Guided hikes
  • Secret beach visit
  • Champagne sunset with live music

Unlike many other Tenerife yoga retreats, no surfing is involved at Bliss Adventure Yoga Retreats. Thus, it’s perfect if you’re looking for something more relaxing or want to just concentrate on deepening your yoga practice. 

You’ll practice vinyasa yoga each morning before tucking into a delicious buffet breakfast. You’ll then head out on an afternoon excursion, such as hiking, before returning for a relaxing yin class. They have two beautiful villa locations in South Tenerife.

Find out more about this luxurious retreat here.


Best Immersive Surf Camp – 8-Day Private Surf Camp for All Levels

If you and your friends are serious about surfing and want to learn from the pros, check out Secret Surf School in El Poris de Abona, a small fisherman town far from the tourist crowds.

Highlights include:

  • 4 days of surf lessons
  • Private tuition 
  • Private beachside apartment with communal pool

This is a private retreat for you and your partner/friends, catering to 2 to 6 people, with one of the best Tenerife surf schools. Over the week, you’ll have four 3-hour surf lessons with the highly experienced instructors Valeria and Gianfranco, with the rest of the time free to explore the island or soak up the sun. 

Note that food is not included in this retreat, but your apartment has an equipped kitchen, and many great local restaurants are nearby.

Learn more about this fun surf camp here.


Best Active Retreat – 6- Day Hiking and Yoga Retreat

Deepen your yoga practice while exploring the natural beauty of this stunning volcanic island on this hiking and yoga retreat with Wanderlust Yoga.

Highlights include:

  • 2 daily yoga classes and yoga workshops
  • Guided hikes in stunning volcanic landscapes and national parks
  • Yoga excursions to the beach
  • 5 nights accommodation in a historic villa

Retreat leaders Sarah and Constanze believe that being immersed in nature is the perfect balance between adventure an relaxation. So they created an amazing retreat complete with yoga classes on the beach, delicious meals, and a trip up Mount Teide. You’re sure to return home feeling refreshed, revived and restored after this Tenerife yoga retreat.

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Best Private Yoga And Surf Retreat – 7-Day Premium Yoga and Surf Holiday 

If surf camps and yoga retreats in Tenerife interest you, but you’re a bit of an introvert, why not book a private retreat with DHARMANAS instead. 

Highlights include:

  • 5 days of surfing and yoga 
  • Organic, vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Private apartment with balcony and sea view

You can book this private retreat solo or with a partner/friend and enjoy the relaxing non-touristy environment of Punta del Hidalgo in the north of the island. You’ll stay in a private apartment a short stroll from the beach and enjoy private surf lessons each morning and tailored yoga in the evening (Hatha or Yin).

Learn more about this rejuvenating private retreat here.


Best Budget Yoga And Surf Retreat – 8-Day Surf, Diving, and Yoga Holiday

If you want to spend a week finding your zen and learning how to surf in Tenerife without it burning a hole in your wallet, this yoga and surf retreat at Endless Summer House is for you.

Highlights include:

  • 3 surf sessions
  • 2 yoga classes
  • 1 diving lesson
  • Surf theory lessons

As the schedule is pretty relaxed, this is ideal for anyone who wants plenty of free time to explore the beautiful island. You’ll have one activity per day, with the rest free to relax or check out other activities. 

To keep the price affordable, you can stay in a shared dorm (there is also a female-only dorm). Or if you prefer privacy, private rooms are also available. Daily breakfast is included, allowing you to taste your way around Tenerife for lunch and dinner. 

See more details about this budget Tenerife surf camp here.


Best Adventure Yoga And Surf Retreat – 8-Day Surf Camp with Yoga

Volcano Surf Camp, located close to the bustling resort town of Playa de Las Americas, offers eight days of sun, fun, and adventure.

Highlights include:

  • 6 surf lessons
  • 3 yoga classes
  • Surf skate lessons 
  • SUP

This surf holiday is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced, and includes daily surf lessons, including theory. As one of the most jam-packed Tenerife surf camps, you’ll also learn surf skating and SUP. Three yoga classes are also included to soothe sore muscles after all those watersports!

Volcano Surf Camp has options for all budgets, as you can stay in the shared dorm or upgrade to a private room. Note that meals are not included, but thanks to its central location, numerous restaurants are nearby.

Find out more and book your adventure retreat here.


More Tips For Yoga and Surf Retreats in Tenerife

You can practice yoga and surf all year round in Tenerife, but September to April is the official surf season. Booking a surf camp outside this time is also recommended as it is outside the high season, so there are fewer crowds and lower prices. 

It never gets super cold in Tenerife, but the water temperature from December to February can be a little chilly, averaging 20.3°C (68.5°F). Thus, for blissful weather and minimal crowds, go between September to October or March to April.

Tenerife is well connected to all European countries, thanks to its two international airports. Check where your retreat is located, as that will determine if you should fly into the south or north airport. Many retreat organizers will be happy to arrange a transfer from the airport if you ask in advance; otherwise, getting a taxi is easy.

Ensure your travel insurance covers surfing and all other activities you may do in Tenerife and emergency or covid related cancellations.

If you need more inspiration for a surf camp or yoga retreat in Spain check out:

  • The Best Yoga Retreats in Spain
  • The Best Yoga Retreats in Ibiza
  • The Best Yoga Retreats in the Canary Islands
  • The Best Surf Camps in the Canary Islands
  • The Best Yoga and Surf Retreats in Fuerteventura, 

Lastly, read reviews of yoga retreats on BookYogaRetreats and surf camps on BookSurfCamps before booking to ensure you choose the retreat most suitable for you.




5 Amazing Yoga Retreats In Arizona, United States (2023)

While retreats by the ocean or in the jungle are lovely, practicing yoga in the desert is a truly unforgettable experience. Among the deep canyons and red rock formations, you’ll find many amazing yoga retreats in Arizona where you can cultivate more balance, peace, and spiritual connection amidst breath taking landscapes.

Why you should go on an Arizona Yoga Retreat 

Arizona has some of the most iconic spiritual places, natural landscapes and national parks in the United States, including the epic Grand Canyon.

If you love nature as much as yoga and are looking for a unique or spiritual yoga retreat in the USA, you should definitely consider joining an Arizona yoga retreat.

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Why we love Yoga Retreats in Sedona

Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most spiritual places in the US, best known for its powerful vortex energies. Regarded by Native Americans as a sacred landscape, Sedona is a place of pilgrimage and transformation that attracts seekers from all around the world and there are many spiritual yoga retreats in Sedona.

All the best yoga retreats in Arizona feature outdoor yoga sessions and guided hikes. Moreover, the Grand Canyon has a deep spiritual connection as it is said the canyon contains the origin of life and is where spirits return. Thus, many Arizona yoga retreats utilize this spiritual force with healing practices and sacred ceremonies.

Arizona is one of the best places in the US to take a yoga retreat. From luxury weekend yoga retreats to eco-ranches and affordable glamping and yoga vacations, whatever your style and budget, these five yoga retreats in Arizona will blow your mind. 

The Best Yoga Retreats In Arizona

  • Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – 5-Day Yoga, Hiking, and Breath Retreat in Sedona
  • Best Women’s Only Yoga Retreat – 4-Day Unwind and Rewild Women’s Wellness Retreat in Sedona
  • Best Yoga Retreat For Nature Lovers – 4-Day Nature Wellness Retreat and Adventure in Page
  • Best Private Yoga Retreat – 3-Day Private Holistic Healing Retreat & Meditation in Sedona
  • Best Budget Yoga Retreat – 4-Day Yoga, Hiking, and Nature Retreat in Grand Canyon


Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – 5-Day Yoga, Hiking, and Breath Retreat in Sedona

For the perfect blend of luxury and nature, join Vita Pura Yoga for four lavish days at a 4-star resort with views of the famous red rocks. 

Highlights include:

  • Daily outdoor Hatha yoga
  • Guided breathwork and meditation
  • Daily guided hikes

This is one of the most popular Sedona yoga retreats on BookYogaRetreats, suitable for all levels. Each day you’ll practice yoga and pranayama in nature and discover a new hiking trail (3-4 miles long).

You’ll stay in a private suite at The Hilton Resort at Bell Rock, one of the most luxurious resorts in the area. Here you’ll enjoy top-quality, locally sourced breakfasts and lunches, and access to the resort’s multiple pools, jacuzzis, and spa.

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Best Women’s Only Yoga Retreat – 4-Day Unwind and Rewild Women’s Wellness Retreat in Sedona

If you’re looking for a fun, intimate, and rejuvenating women-only yoga retreat, join Retreats and More at Red Agave Adventure Resort in Sedona.

Highlights include:

  • Multi-style yoga classes (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Acro)
  • Daily nature walks and meditation
  • Workshops, wellness talks, and ceremonies 
  • One-hour sound bath

This is one of the most diverse and jam-packed yoga retreats in Sedona. It includes various yoga styles, meditation, and nature walks. In addition, you’ll join guided hikes to bell rock vortex and cathedral rock, a group psychic reading, a sound bath, a medicinal herb healing ceremony, and more.

You’ll have a private room at the resort with free use of the firepits, grills, heated pool, and hot tub. All meals and drinks are included, too, so you can focus entirely on your healing and rejuvenation. 

Find out more and check availability here.


Best Yoga Retreat For Nature Lovers – 4-Day Nature Wellness Retreat and Adventure in Page

While all yoga retreats in Arizona are nature-rich, this 4-day retreat with Monumental Meditation will help you deeply connect within by spending time with mother earth.

Highlights include:

  • Daily meditation and gentle yoga sessions
  • Wellness workshops
  • Slot Canyon hike
  • Kayaking in Lake Powell 

This jam-packed Arizona yoga retreat features gentle Hatha and restorative yoga, meditation and breathwork, sound healing, mindful walks, evening astronomy, and various wellness workshops. You’ll also hike the beautiful surroundings and participate in a cooking class.

You’ll have a private room with scenic lake views at the eco-friendly Lake Powell Resort. All meals are included with a healthy, organic, and vegetarian menu.

Find out more information here.


Best Private Yoga Retreat – 3-Day Private Holistic Healing Retreat & Meditation in Sedona

If you seek personalized healing or solitude in nature, check out this private holistic healing retreat at Sedona Ranch.

Highlights include:

  • Hatha yoga and meditation with chakra alignment
  • Sage clearing
  • Acupuncture
  • Animal spirit guidance
  • Tailored treatments

You can attend this retreat solo, with your partner, or with up to three friends. You’ll stay in a cute cabin at the ranch with cooking facilities (note that meals are not included). 

The weekend retreat offers a taste of many wellness and spiritual practices, including yoga, meditation, and acupuncture. Depending on your preference, you can also choose between a coaching session, quantum healing, or an e-bike adventure. Thus, this retreat is totally tailored to your unique needs. 

Learn more and check availability here.


Best Budget Yoga Retreat – 4-Day Yoga, Hiking, and Nature Retreat in Grand Canyon

Thanks to Grand Canyon Glamping, you can enjoy a nature-rich yet affordable Arizona yoga retreat set in the heart of the Grand Canyon.

Highlights include:

  • Daily Hatha yoga and meditation
  • Hikes around Grand Canyon and Sedona
  • Wellness activities including massage, art class, Reiki, sound healing, and Ayurvedic consultations
  • Wood-fired sauna and cold immersion tub

This eco-friendly glamping retreat is set in a serene, off-grid forest location 45 minutes from the Grand Canyon. Here you can stay in a glamping yurt or tiny cabin in an eco-friendly campsite with fire pits, a wood-fired sauna, and a cold immersion tub.

Along with daily yoga and meditation, you’ll enjoy a wide range of other activities, such as painting, sound healing, and a cacao ceremony. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for hiking the Grand Canyon and Sedona. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have an on-site chef cooking your delicious plant-based food daily.

Find out more about this awesome deal here.


Tips For Planning Your Arizona Yoga Retreat

Getting to Arizona is easy, with four international airports (and more regional ones). However, as most yoga retreats in Arizona are in remote locations, you’ll need to figure out transport to your resort. Some retreat organizers offer transfers (for an additional charge), or you can rent a car from the airport.

I recommend going on an Arizona yoga retreat in the fall or spring when the weather is most pleasant (mild, dry, and sunny). The summer is often too hot for many, with highs of 104 °F (40°C), so it’s best to avoid this time.

Ensure your travel insurance covers all activities you plan to do while in Arizona and emergencies or covid related cancellations.

Finally, always check reviews on BookYogaRetreats beforehand to ensure you choose the retreat most suited to you. 

Still looking for the perfect USA yoga retreat? Check out our pick of the best yoga retreats in California, beautiful retreats in Florida, and amazing surf and yoga retreats in Hawaii.

Or if you want to go further afield – here are the very best yoga retreats around the world.

If your planning on combining your yoga vacation with exploring some other exciting places check out my pick of the best US destinations for more tips and inspiration.

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The Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala, India 

The Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala, India 

As the birthplace of both Yoga and Ayurveda, India is an obvious top choice for wellness and spiritual retreats. But being such a vast country, where in India should you go for your much-needed dose of zen? 

While some people may recommend Rishikesh, dubbed the “Yoga capital of the world,” or the beaches of Goa, if you’re looking for a serene experience and holistic healing, consider one of the amazing yoga retreats and ayurveda resorts in Kerala!

Reasons to go on a Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in Kerala

Yoga and Ayurveda are both ancient practices with origins in India. However, did you know that the coastal state of Kerala is famed for being the purest source of authentic Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system based on the belief that the root cause of disease is stress or an imbalance in a person’s psyche. A fundamental Ayurvedic concept is that everything is connected. Thus, Ayurveda offers a natural and holistic healing approach, focusing on improving energy flow in the body. Learn more about yoga’s sister science here

Ayurveda Living Village in Kerala

Ayurveda originates in Kerala and the state offers the broadest range of Ayurveda therapies in India and beyond. Aside from numerous yoga, wellness, and Ayurveda resorts in Kerala, the province boasts beautiful nature, from lush greenery to palm-lined beaches to a picturesque network of canals. Thus, Kerala yoga retreats provide an incredibly peaceful and nature-rich location for mind and body healing.

The Best Kerala Yoga Retreats

  • Best Ayurveda Therapy and Yoga Retreat For Beginners – Elephant Pass Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat
  • Best Intensive Ayurveda and Panchakarma Retreat – Ayurveda Living Village 
  • Best Budget Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat 
  • Best Healing Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre
  • Best Kerala Yoga Retreat – Adishakti Yogashala 


Best Ayurveda Therapy and Yoga Retreat For Beginners – Elephant Pass 

If you’re new to the world of Ayurveda, I highly recommend this 7-day Elephant Pass retreat aimed at beginners.

Highlights include:

  • Twice daily yoga
  • Daily consultations and Ayurvedic medicine
  • Daily Ayurvedic massages/therapies

Surrounded by the sights of natural greenery and the sounds of the serene Periyar river, you’ll find it effortless to relax and focus on your rejuvenation here. The onsite Ayurvedic doctor will tailor everything to your needs, from medicine and massage to therapy and meals.

You’ll also enjoy yoga every morning and evening, and there’s plenty of free time to explore the surroundings. Pick up for nearby Cochin international airport is also included for a stress free start to your retreat.

Check the schedule and available dates here.


Best Intensive Ayurveda Panchakarma Yoga Retreat – Ayurveda Living Village

Short retreats can serve as a nice break from the norm and an opportunity to recharge. However, if you’re looking for more profound healing or transformation, check out this 28-day complete wellness retreat at Ayurveda Living Village.

Highlights include:

  • Daily Hatha yoga and pranayama
  • Daily Ayurveda consultations and treatments
  • Daily lectures/ activities like Ayurveda cooking lessons or meditation workshops
  • Weekly sightseeing excursions
  • Beachside location

Ayurveda Living Village is located in an incredibly peaceful spot just 30 meters from the Kaipamangalam Beach. Here, you’ll enjoy Ayurveda organic vegetarian food three times a day with home-grown or locally sourced produce. 

The healing retreat features daily Ayurveda consultations, including an in-depth analysis of your current and past health. Based on this, you’ll receive the most suitable Ayurvedic massages and treatments for your healing. There’s also included excursions each week like houseboat tours, waterfall and rainforest tours and visiting an elephant centre.

Find out more about what’s included here. 


Best Budget Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

If you’re short on either money or time, this 3-day Becoming One Yoga Retreat with Ayurveda will give you an excellent and affordable intro to the two ancient Indian practices. 

Highlights include:

  • Consultation with an onsite Ayurvedic doctor
  • Daily Hatha yoga and pranayama
  • A rejuvenating massage and steam bath
  • Optional lectures and activities, such as a cookery demonstration 

Run by Bodhi Yoga and Ayurveda, the short retreat takes place at Hinterland Village Resort, a traditional and charming homestay-style accommodation in the jungle near to Kochi. You can choose a shared or private room, depending on your budget and explore historic and multicultural Fort Cochin in your free time.

Each day starts with yoga and/or pranayama before breakfast, then a morning practice, lecture, or Ayurvedic treatment. Late afternoon, there’s a yoga asana workshop and many evenings have additional activities. 

Learn more about the exciting schedule here. 


Best Healing Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre

Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Center is one of the best Ayurveda resorts in Kerala, as they put 110% attention into every guest, creating tailored treatment plans. 

Highlights include:

  • Daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • 1 Yoga Nidra session
  • Daily Ayurvedic massages and treatments
  • Private Ayurvedic consultation
  • Home-cooked traditional vegetarian Kerala cuisine 

The wellness center is located in a picturesque village in Chalakudy, with eco-friendly cottages in a green environment. 

When you first arrive, you’ll receive a private Ayurvedic consultation with the onsite doctor, Dr. Jibu, who will create a personalized Ayurvedic treatment plan. Thus, with such individual attention, you’ll experience positive changes to your health and well-being in just 5 short days. 

Learn more and check availability here.


Best Kerala Yoga Retreat – Adishakti Yogashala

Sometimes the stressors of modern life can get too much. This 10-day digital detox retreat at Adishakti Yogashala will melt away all your worries and bring you back in touch with nature. 

Highlights include:

  • Daily yoga (various styles) and pranayama
  • Daily Ayurveda treatments and massages
  • Personal doctor consultation
  • Cooking class and sightseeing activities

The retreat takes place at Pachamama Homestay, just a 10-minute stroll from Varkala beach. Here you’ll stay in a shared or private room and enjoy delicious yet healthy meals.  The schedule includes twice-daily yoga, and throughout the retreat, you’ll learn various styles, such as Hatha, Iyengar, Yin, and Ashtanga. 

Adishakti Yogashala also runs highly-rated 200-hour and 300–hour yoga teacher training should you wish to increase your yoga knowledge further. 

Find out all the details here. 


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Tips for Planning your Yoga Retreat in Kerala

Yoga retreats in Kerala are most enjoyable between September to March when the weather is sunny, dry and comfortable, and with little humidity.

As it is a tropical location, Kerala has a monsoon season, which runs from March to May. Some say that Kerala is at it’s most beautiful and green during the rainy season but if you want to avoid the wet weather then avoid visiting Kerala during this time.

Getting to Kerala is super easy as the state has four international airports  – you’re most likely to fly into either Cochin international airport, near Kochi, or Trivandrum. Most Kerala retreats offer airport transfers to make your journey stress-free. Still, you’ll need to request this in advance, and there may be an additional fee.

Almost all visitors will need to apply for an Indian visa before traveling. Most nationalities can apply for an E-Visa which makes the process simpler and quicker.

Kerala is one of the more relaxed parts of India but women should still dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention. Light, loose fitting clothing is a good way to cover up while still keeping cool. If you’re unsure what to pack for your yoga retreat check out my yoga retreat packing list.

For further peace of mind, ensure you have travel insurance covering all activities you plan on doing in Kerala and any covid related cancellations or emergencies. I recommend World Nomads.

Lastly, researching is one of the most important parts of planning any trip. Thus, check the reviews for several Ayurveda retreats in Kerala on BookYogaRetreats before making your decision. 


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My Ultimate Goa Travel Guide – Insider’s Tips for 2023

There’s many Goa travel guides out there, but my insider’s guide to Goa has everything you need to know to plan your Goa holiday – I’ve been living here for over 10 years since 2015, so I know my way around more than most!

Goa changes quickly, new places open and close every season, so I have updated this post for 2023 with all the latest information. India is now fully open for tourism after being closed during covid and 2023 looks to be a busy season!

My Goa Travel Guide

In this Goa guide I’ll go through everything you need to know to plan the perfect trip to Goa. From when to visit, where to stay and how to get to Goa, to insiders tips on the best beaches and places to visit, things to do, restaurants, nightlife and much more.

Contents hide 1My Goa Travel Guide 2Why Visit Goa 3My Insider’s Guide to Goa 4The Best Time to Visit Goa 5Where to Stay in Goa 6The Best Beaches and Places to Stay in Goa 7The Best Places to Visit in Goa 8Best Tours of Goa 9Best Things to do in Goa 10Nightlife and Parties in Goa 11Best Restaurants in Goa 12How Long to Spend in Goa 13How to Get to Goa 14How to Get Around Goa 15How to Get an Indian Visa 16More Goa Guides and Blog Posts


Why Visit Goa

Goa is India’s smallest state, famous for it’s laid back lifestyle, over 101 km of sandy tropical beaches, colourful markets and legendary nightlife all infused with a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese culture.

Goa first became popular in the days of the hippie trail and has now become India’s most popular tourist destination, Goa attracts many domestic Indian tourists as well as travellers from all over the world.

Sadly, most tourists haven’t read a Goa travel guide so they don’t explore beyond the beaches and parties. This is a huge shame because Goa offers so much more to explore, from historic churches and forts to spice plantations, waterfalls and natural beauty spots.

There really is nowhere else quite like Goa and with everything from luxury resorts to cute beach huts, wild nightclubs to mellow yoga retreats – it’s not surprising that so many people love Goa. 

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My Insider’s Guide to Goa

Goa is a much bigger and more diverse state than most tourists realise. So for the best experience it’s really worth doing a bit of research and reading some a Goa travel guides and some Goa blogs like this when planning your trip, especially if it’s your first time in Goa.

I fell totally in love with Goa almost 10 years ago now and have spent many years living here, exploring every beach and corner of this beautiful state.

I’ve put together all my insider’s Goa travel tips into this Goa travel guide, from the best beaches, parties, hotels and places to visit to the best places to stay, best time to visit and much more.

I’ve tried to keep this Goa travel guide concise so if you want to know more click on the links for the full article on each topic

The Best Time to Visit Goa

When planning a trip to Goa, one of the most important things to consider is when to visit.

The best time to visit Goa is in the main tourist season in Goa runs from November – March when the weather is sunny, dry and cool (by Indian standards) and perfect for sightseeing, enjoying the beaches and water sports and the nightlife is buzzing.

Goa is one of the best places to spend Christmas and New Year. The churches are decorated for the festive season and it’s the best time to visit Goa for nightlife as there are so many parties around New Year and festivals like Sunburn.

This is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit Goa. Don’t come to Goa around New Year without booking your accommodation well in advance as everywhere gets fully booked!

Another great time to visit Goa is for the Carnival! Join in with Goa’s biggest party as the streets of the capital Panjim (Panaji) come alive with a riot of colour and noise in mid February before the beginning of lent.

In April and May, the tourism season starts to wind down and prices drop. Goa is still dry but is almost unbearably hot, mangoes and cashews fall from the trees and the locals eagerly await the arrival of the rain.

Monsoon in Goa

No Goa travel guide would be complete without mentioning Goa in monsoon – visiting in the rainy season is a totally different Goa expereince.

The monsoon rains arrive in June and continue until September/ October and marks the off season in Goa. Many places including open air venues, beach shacks, parties, markets and beach huts close down for the rainy season. But every year more and more facilities remain open.

In many ways Goa is at it’s most beautiful in the monsoon season, although the rough seas mean its dangerous to swim or do water sports. The Sao Joao Festival in June is a fun and unique experience. But June and July see the heaviest rain with torrential downpours that can last for days, frequent power outages and flooded roads.

The best time to visit Goa in monsoon is from August to October as the rain becomes less heavy. Enjoy the lush greenery, waterfalls, fewer crowds and lower prices. Just don’t expect everything to be open and, apart from Independence Day parties, don’t expect a wild nightlife scene in the off season.

Read more about visiting Goa in monsoon

Where to Stay in Goa

Deciding where to stay in Goa is really important as each beach, city and area has a different vibe and will appeal to different types of travellers.

Whether you’re looking to party the night away with friends, take a romantic couples trip or a family friendly holiday you can find the perfect place to stay in Goa.

There’s a big variety of accommodation in Goa, from luxury resorts, private villas and yoga retreats to mid range and budget hotels, backpacker hostels and beach huts.

But first you need to decide where to stay in Goa. That’s the hard part! My advice is to do read some Goa travel guides and do some research into the different places Then you can find the best hotel for you in your chosen location.

I made this map of Goa to help you see where the most popular beaches and towns are located in relation to Dabolim airport (GOI) and the new Mopa airport (GOX) and Madgaon/Margao train station.

7 Tips for Eco Friendly and Sustainable Travel in Europe

With some of the world’s most important and impressive historical sights, and such a diversity of food and culture in close proximity, it’s no wonder that Europe is one of the most popular places to visit in the world.

As we all try to find ways to make our travels and lifestyle more eco-friendly it’s good to know that most countries are taking sustainability seriously and there are many ways to travel more sustainably in Europe. 

Sustainable travel in Europe doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. You just need to plan your Europe itinerary to take a more mindful approach to your impact and make small changes to the way you travel. Doing this can even save you money while giving you better insights into the culture. 

You might even find that traveling more sustainably can have a positive impact on both the environment as well as your travel experience

Contents hide 1Here are 7 tips for eco friendly and sustainable travel in Europe 1.1Take the train instead of flying 1.2Use public transport, walk or cycle as much as possible 1.3Consider less famous destinations and visiting outside the peak season 1.4Stay in sustainable accommodation 1.5Eat and shop locally 1.6Use sustainable and responsible tour operators 1.7Offset your carbon and help with reforestation 2Final thoughts about sustainable travel in Europe

Here are 7 tips for eco friendly and sustainable travel in Europe

Take the train instead of flying

The single biggest thing you can do to travel more sustainably in Europe is to take the train instead of flying. All of Europe’s major cities, as well as many tourist destinations and smaller towns, are well connected by rail. Taking the train is a much more sustainable, eco friendly and often less stressful way to travel Europe than flying. 

For example, high speed trains connect London to Paris in only 2 hours and 20 minutes. When you think about the time it takes to travel to the airport, check in, pass security and wait to board, it’s often quicker and less stressful to take the train instead. 

From cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, you can find connecting high speed and sleeper trains to almost anywhere in Europe. Traveling overnight also saves you money on accommodation. Railway stations, unlike airports, are often located right in the city center which offers easier access to all the attractions and hotels. 

Train travel also allows you to see more of the destinations you are visiting than is possible from a plane as you can relax and watch the countryside passing you by from the window. In fact, Interrailing around Europe was my first big trip that gave me the travel bug and changed my life forever!

The key to making this affordable is knowing that the further in advance you book train tickets in Europe the more money you can save. Book tickets in advance with a reputable company like Omio, who have done a lot of research into sustainable travel as well.


Use public transport, walk or cycle as much as possible

Once you arrive at your destination make use of the buses, trams, ferries and local public transportation options in the city. Not only is using public transport a more sustainable way to travel and cuts down on traffic jams and pollution, it’s also cheaper than taking taxis and will give you more of an insight into how the locals live.

Walking or cycling is also a great way to really explore a destination. Not only does it keep you fit and reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll have time to take a lot more in when you slow down and walk around. Many European cities have beautiful historic areas of pedestrian streets that are just perfect for strolling and wandering. You can also easily hire e-bikes and scooters which make a fun, quick and sustainable way to explore.


Consider less famous destinations and visiting outside the peak season

Popular destinations like Barcelona, Rome and Venice are undeniably some of the best places to visit in Europe but are also suffering from over tourism as the huge number of visitors put a strain on the environment, resources and local community. 

Why not consider an alternative, less well known, destination. Perhaps in Eastern Europe. All of Europe has beautiful nature, historic sights and amazing food and you’ll probably also enjoy less crowds and lower prices. 

Also try to visit outside of the peak season for a more enjoyable experience and so you don’t contribute to the impact of hundreds of thousands of tourists all descending on one place at the same time. Here’s 24 of the best destinations to visit in Fall.


Stay in sustainable accommodation

Where you stay also has a big impact on how sustainable your trip is. There are an increasing number of eco-friendly hotels and accommodation options in Europe that are taking big steps to become more sustainable.

Many hotels are reducing their environmental impact by utilising sustainable best practices. These include reducing energy and water consumption, being more energy efficient, using renewable energy and environmentally friendly products, recycling, reducing food waste and supporting the local communities more. 

Another tip is to stay in locally or family run guesthouses, homestays and hotels where your money goes directly to the local community instead of to big companies. Local hosts often go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and will give you a more authentic insight into the local culture which can be a really enriching experience.

You can also do your bit to make your trip more sustainable by reducing water and energy consumption in simple ways like turning off lights and air conditioners before leaving the room and only asking for sheets and towels to be washed if it’s really necessary. 


Eat and shop locally

When you’re visiting an exciting new destination make the most of the local food, drink and other produce on offer. It’s good for you, good for the local community and good for the environment.

As well as getting to try amazing new dishes and local delicacies, eating at local restaurants and shopping in local markets can save money and food miles and puts the money straight into the hands of local people instead of big chains. 

Shopping in local markets for handicrafts and souvenirs is a really fun way to experience the local culture and take home something unique to remind you of your trip. It also reduces the environmental impact of imported products.

And of course, while we’re on the subject, don’t forget your reusable water bottle, cups and bags and avoid single use plastics. Most of the tap water in Europe is safe to drink so you shouldn’t need to buy plastic water bottles. 


Use sustainable and responsible tour operators 

As tourists become more interested in sustainable travel in Europe, so do tour operators. Do your research into any tour operators you plan to use before you book. Make sure you go with a company that uses sustainable and responsible tourism practices to reduce their impact on the environment and protects the local community. 

Using electric vehicles is just one way that tour companies can be more sustainable. Avoid companies that exploit people, animals or resources and support tour companies that work hard to preserve the environment and culture of the places you visit. This way you can make sure your tour is a positive experience for everyone involved.


Offset your carbon and help with reforestation

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint and make your travels more sustainable by purchasing carbon offsets and supporting reforestation projects. Trees help our planet by removing harmful CO2 from the atmosphere as well as protecting wildlife and creating sustainable work for local people.


Final thoughts about sustainable travel in Europe

Sustainable travel in Europe doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. And, if done responsibly, tourism has a huge potential to preserve wildlife and nature, provide employment for local communities and facilitate cross cultural exchange and understanding without too much damage to the environment. 


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The Best Yoga Retreats in Italy for 2023

Italy is on the bucket list of many travel enthusiasts, thanks to its mouth-watering food and wine, gorgeous countryside, and ancient architecture. So if you dream of visiting this Mediterranean country, why not combine it with a yoga retreat?

Italian retreats balance daily yoga and mindfulness with culinary and cultural experiences, creating the ultimate wellness holiday. So, if you dream of finding your zen in the Mediterranean, read on to discover the five best yoga retreats in Italy for 2023. 

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Why you should go on a Yoga Retreat in Italy 

All the best yoga retreats in Italy feature yoga and meditation classes amidst nature or overlooking beautiful views of the countryside or ocean.

You’ll also taste many culinary delights, including local favorites, and explore peaceful, authentic towns and villages in your free time.

Still, because each Italian region offers its own unique charm and character, the activities on offer will depend on the local area.

The Best Italy Yoga Retreats

Here’s a quick overview of the best yoga retreats in Italy:

  • Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – Yoga and Pranayama Retreat in Tuscany 
  • Best Budget Yoga Retreat – Farm Reiki and Yoga Retreat in Abruzzo National Park
  • Best Active Yoga Retreat – 7-Day Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany
  • Best Adventure Yoga Retreat – Stand-Up Paddle and Yoga Holiday with Kitesurfing in Sicily
  • Best Yoga Retreat for Foodies – Italian Cooking and Yoga Holiday in Puglia

Read on for more details on each…


Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – Yoga and Pranayama Retreat in Tuscany 

If enjoying relaxing yoga and spa treatments in a gorgeous villa surrounded by the Tuscan countryside sounds as good to you as to us, you’ll love this retreat in Casciana Terme. 

Highlights of this luxury yoga retreat include:

  • Stay in a unique setting – A village famed for its therapeutic thermal springs
  • Enjoy the ultimate pampering and relaxation experience
  • Daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • Daily brunch with local and seasonal products

The retreat takes place at the 17th-century Allegroitalia Terme Villa Borri in the peaceful spa village of Casciana Terme. Here, you’ll stay in a private room with a kitchenette and views of the Tuscan hills. 

The program offers a complete holistic experience, including pranayama, mindfulness meditation, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time to soak in the healing hot springs and saltwater pools. 

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Best Budget Yoga Retreat – Farm Reiki and Yoga Retreat in Abruzzo National Park

For an affordable week of high-quality yoga, nature, and organic cuisine, head to Yoga Farm Italy in Pescosolido.

This retreat includes:

  • Daily morning yoga sessions (Hatha, Vinyasa, or Yin) and optional afternoon yoga classes
  • Authentic and tranquil organic farm setting
  • Simple Italian breakfast included each day
  • One Reiki treatment

Set at the foot of the mountains in Abruzzo National Park, the location is incredibly peaceful and ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. 

To help you save money, the recently restored farm has a shared dorm, or you can camp. If you prefer your own space and a bit more comfort you can upgrade to a private room. 

Aside from daily yoga, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the surrounding nature, visit the nearby town, or spend time with the animals at the farm. Then, you’ll enjoy an authentic, home-cooked Italian dinner with the group each night. 

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Best Active Yoga Retreat – Hiking, Fitness and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

For those who prefer an active yoga getaway rather than a relaxing retreat, you’ll surely love this hiking and yoga retreat by Tuscan Fitness. 

This Italy retreat includes:

  • Daily morning yoga and optional afternoon class
  • Daily fitness sessions, such as HIIT, Barrè, and Pilates.
  • Guided hikes
  • Wine tasting excursion

A typical day starts with morning yoga followed by breakfast overlooking the valley. In the afternoons, take a guided hike across the beautiful Tuscan countryside or participate in activities like olive oil tasting or a trip to the local town.

Three daily meals are included in the package, consisting of fresh produce from local farms and various Tuscan flavors. 

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Best Adventure Yoga Retreat – Stand-Up Paddle, Kitesurfing and Yoga Holiday in Sicily

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House offers your much-needed dose of yoga, sun, sea, and sand, with as many water activities as you can handle. 

Highlights of this beach yoga retreat include:

  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Optional workshops to perfect your alignment or develop your arm balances, inversions, or backbends.
  • Daily use of the Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) 
  • One kite-surfing beginner class

Set on the golden beach of Santa Maria del Focallo, when it’s time to relax, you can top up your tan or swim in the crystal clear waters of the blue flag beach. You can also take a bicycle around the quiet village or to the nearby bustling beach town of Pozzallo. 

A daily hearty breakfast buffet is included, along with a welcome dinner on the first night. 

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Best Yoga Retreat for Foodies – Italian Cooking and Yoga Holiday in Puglia

Let’s be honest; the incredible cuisine is one of the top reasons to visit Italy. This retreat by Vedaguru center combines yoga with Italian cooking, so you’ll not only get to taste all the delicious food but learn how to create it too. 

This retreat features:

  • Relaxing Hatha yoga sessions each morning
  • 2 Italian cooking classes
  • Various culinary, cultural, and nature tours
  • Homemade breakfast and dinner included

The yoga and cooking holiday is set in the gorgeous region of Puglia in southeast Italy. Here you will stay at a country house just a few kilometers from the sea. You’ll learn how to cook delicious Italian cuisine from a local chef and will even receive a certificate upon completion. Recipes include different types of fresh pasta, pizza, and focaccia. 

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Tips for Planning your Yoga Retreat in Italy

As one of the most famous European destinations, there are frequent flights to Italy from all over the world. However, you may have to fly into one of the biggest international airports, like Rome or Milan, before taking a domestic flight to the region of your retreat. So why not combine your yoga holiday with spending a few days in the eternal city of Rome!

Some of the best yoga retreats in Italy are in the beautiful region of Tuscany, the main international airports are Florence and Pisa.  Many retreats are in secluded locations, so a bus or taxi journey will likely be required. Check with your retreat organizer if they offer transfers from the nearest airport.

Generally, the best time for Italy yoga retreats is early summer (May to June) or late summer/early autumn (September to October). In many parts of the country, July and August can be too hot for many.

However, as the climate differs significantly between north and south, check the weather in the region you’re visiting. Have a look at this yoga retreat packing list if you’re unsure what to bring with you.

Make sure you have travel insurance that covers you for all the activities you plan on doing and for any covid related cancellations or emergencies. We recommend World Nomads

Finally, read the reviews on BookYogaRetreats before choosing your yoga holiday in Italy. Reviews are a great way to learn what to expect and avoid disappointment or confusion.

Still haven’t found the perfect yoga retreat? Check out our pick of the best yoga retreats in Europe!


The Best Yoga Retreats Around the World for 2023

Yoga and meditation have truly spread from their roots in ancient India to becoming a world wide phenomenon.

These days some of the best wellness and yoga retreats in the world are found in some of the most beautiful places. After the stressful past couple of years,  yoga holidays are becoming more and more popular and 2023 looks like it will the best year for travel in recent years.

From an authentic and affordable Indian ashram, to a luxury all inclusive wellness retreat in Costa Rica, or a lively surf and yoga camp in Portugal, there’s definitely no shortage of yoga retreats around the world to choose from.

If you can’t decide which yoga destination to choose for your next yoga retreat or yoga holiday don’t worry, we’re going to narrow it down to the best yoga retreats for 2023.

The Best Yoga Retreats in the World for 2023

  • Best All Inclusive Luxury Yoga Retreat – Beyond Yoga, Mexico
  • Best Yoga and Surf Camp – Salty Pelican, Portugal
  • Best Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat – Bodhi Ayurvedic Retreat, India
  • Best Weekend Retreat – New Forest Eco Farm Retreat, England
  • Most Affordable Yoga Retreat – Wonderland Healing Center, Thailand
  • Best Ashram Experience – Sivananda Yoga Ashram, India and Worldwide

Why Yoga Retreats Make the Best Vacations

If you’re considering a yoga retreat you probably already know the benefits yoga has on mind, body and soul. But sometimes it can be hard to go deeper into your practice at home or in your classes at your local yoga studio.

When you take time out to go on a yoga retreat these benefits are multiplied. Escaping from your regular routine and the stresses of daily life to make time to relax and reconnect with yourself while meeting like minded people can be a deeply healing and transformative experience and really deepen your yoga practice. It’s not an exaggeration to say that going on a yoga retreat can be life changing!

Most yoga and wellness retreats offer meditation sessions, massages and spa treatments as well as twice daily yoga classes. Accommodations and healthy delicious meals are often included in an all inclusive yoga retreat package so you can just relax and enjoy your vacation and focus on your practice.

Taking a yoga retreat abroad also allows you to explore a new destination and learn about another culture. As well as practicing yoga in the open air, many retreat centres are complete with swimming pools, spas and exciting optional outdoor activities like hiking, surfing or horseback riding, so you can be as active or as relaxed as you choose on your yoga holiday.

Many retreats are also held in fascinating, spiritual destinations that will add another dimension to your experience. And it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been practicing yoga or how many days vacation you have. Many retreat centers offer classes for all levels, including beginners, and retreats can be from as little as a weekend to a month.

If you’re eager to start planning your yoga holiday here’s the best yoga retreats in the world by destination for 2023.

The Best Yoga Retreats in Asia

Asia is a great place for a yoga holiday with it’s warm weather, fascinating temples and ancient spiritual practices.

You’ll find some of the most authentic and affordable yoga retreat centers in the world in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bali.