15 Om-Worthy Yoga Getaways and Retreats to Keep You Centered


Stay Zen Through the Holiday Hustle

Yoga Retreats - The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer

Holiday stress is right around the corner. Rather than caving to the hustle and bustle, zen out and stay healthy at one of these 15 om-worthy yoga getaways.


The Buccaneer - St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Yoga Retreats - The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer

The clear blue waters and sandy white beaches of St. Croix are enough to transform anyone from stressed out to blissed out. While yoga isn't available year-round at The Buccaneer, they regularly host yoga retreats - often during the busy holiday months.

Even if you can't schedule your trip to coincide with a retreat, you can still zen out as you enjoy the resort's impressive amenities: An onsite health club, 18-hole golf course, the top-ranked tennis center in the Virgin Islands, a full-service spa, three beaches and freshwater pools. The hotel's water sports centers also provide guests with complimentary access to paddleboards, ocean kayaks and snorkeling gear.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain - Paradise Valley, AZ

Yoga Retreats - Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

If you like your holiday zen with a little southwestern spice, head to Paradise Valley, AZ to the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The opportunities for yoga are practically endless, with indoor classes including flow, hatha and restorative yoga. For the more adventurous yogi, resort guests are welcome to try Zennis - a unique blend of yoga and tennis that emphasizes the principles of sport-specific yoga with functional stretches.

When you're not connecting to your inner peace, you can head to the on-site fitness center, take a bike ride or nature walk on surrounding trails or take a dip in one of the resort's swimming pools. The weather is almost guaranteed to be nice, even through the winter months.


Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - Palm Beach, Aruba

Yoga Retreats - Aruba Marriott
Aruba Marriott

Once you’ve perfected your downward dog on the ground, take your skills to the ocean at Aruba Marriott, one of the first resorts to promote and offer stand-up paddleboard yoga classes. Partnering with local instructor Rachel Brathen, aka Yoga Girl, classes are offered right off the resort’s beach at her new biz called Island SUP for $50 per class. There’s no better shavasana than when you’re laying on a paddleboard with the beautiful Caribbean sea swaying beneath you.


Casa Palopo - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Yoga Retreats - Casa Palopo
Casa Palopo

With sweeping views of Lake Atitlán and its three majestic volcanoes, Casa Palopó is perfect for yoga-enthusiasts seeking to escape the everyday and channel their zen. The cozy, seven-bedroom boutique hotel's “Yogis in Atitlán” package includes daily breakfast at 6.8 Palopo, one spa treatment per person in the privacy of their guest room terrace or Balinese-inspired boutique spa, round trip airport transfers, and daily personalized yoga lessons overlooking Lake Atitlán.


Whiteface Lodge - Lake Placid, NY

Yoga Retreats - Whiteface Lodge
Whiteface Lodge

If you think de-stressing should involve more cozying up in front of a fire than hitting the beach, head to the High Peaks of Lake Placid to enjoy a retreat at the Whiteface Lodge. In addition to a variety of complimentary daily yoga classes, guests can participate in Yogilates - a style that combines yoga and Pilates.

When you're not perfecting your downward dog, you can take a dip in the indoor/outdoor heated pools, relax in the outdoor hot tubs, kick back and watch a movie at the 56-seat theater or enjoy a night of laughter around a campfire with s'mores. Shoot, you might want to skip your normal holiday festivities altogether and just take your whole family to the Lodge, instead.


Circa 39 Hotel - Miami Beach, FL

Yoga Retreats - Circa 39
Circa 39

Vacationing yogis don’t have to choose between yoga and happy hour. Get the best of both worlds every Friday from 6:30-8:30 pm during “Vino & Vinyasa” at Circa 39, an eclectic, boutique gem in the heart of Miami Beach. Led by local Lululemon instructors, the 1-hour class takes place in Circa 39’s tropical-vintage courtyard, surrounded by blooming orchids, peaceful palms and feel-good spiritual music. After holding your tree pose among the trees, unwind for the weekend with a tasting of wines from Circa 39’s Wunderbar, and refuel with garden-to-table light bites like caprese, kale salad and ceviche from Essensia restaurant.


Colony Club - Barbados

Yoga Retreats - Colony Club
Colony Club

As if yoga weren’t relaxing enough, guests at Colony Club in Barbados are transported to another world as they practice amid lush ferns, swaying foxtail palms and blossoming hibiscus flowers in the resort's garden. Offered weekly, these complimentary yoga classes encourage guests to lay their mats beside the lagoon-style pool among gently cascading waterfalls for a one-hour, hatha cleanse.

For a more personalized experience, guests can grab their in-room mat for a little self-led yoga on their private, oceanview balconies - or, go rogue and grab a stand-up paddleboard for an independent sea-inspired shavasana on the Atlantic.


Sandpearl Resort - Clearwater Beach, FL

Yoga Regreats - Sandpearl Resort
Sandpearl Resort

With incomparable Gulf of Mexico sunrises and sunsets, yogis staying at the Sandpearl Resort can take their pick of the resort’s weekend sessions of Sunrise and Sunset Yoga. These practices are the most refreshing way to start or end your day, and there’s no better place than a retreat of powdery white sand, vibrant skies and the best beach views around. For those who still love a beach view but want to try something different, Aqua Yoga takes place in the lagoon pool on Tuesdays.


San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Yoga Retreats - San Juan Marriott Resort
San Juan Marriott Resort

Find your zen at San Juan Marriott’s tropical beachfront paradise. Located in San Juan’s trendy Condado Beach neighborhood and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel simultaneously provides guests with the best city and beach views. The property’s Ocean Club hosts yoga sessions Sunday through Thursday. After a relaxing yoga practice, guests can continue their zenful experience lounging on the sundecks, in luxurious cabanas or beach hammocks, or with a cocktail at the swim-up bar.


The Hotel Zamora - St. Pete Beach, FL

Yoga Retreats - Hotel Zamora
The Hotel Zamora

Guests of St. Pete Beach’s first new hotel in more than 20 years can channel their inner yogis every Saturday with complimentary classes held at The Hotel Zamora's semi-covered swimming pool. Views of the intracoastal and the property’s private marina make for a relaxing, nautical backdrop that can only be found at this modern Mediterranean hideaway. Come fall 2015 (just in time for the holidays!) the property will take things to new heights with sunset yoga sessions held on its brand new 360° Rooftop, which offers incredible panoramic views of downtown and the Gulf of Mexico.


W Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Yoga Retreats - W Fort Lauderdale
W Fort Lauderdale

Wake up and start your day with a relaxing sunrise yoga sesh at W Fort Lauderdale (free of charge for all guests). Situated on an exclusive stretch of sugar-sand coastline, sun-worshipers can practice their yoga poses following the instruction of licensed yogi trainers. All classes are 60 minutes long and come equipped with towels, water, yoga mats and best of all, an unbeatable view of the rolling Atlantic ocean.


The Resort at Longboat Key Club - Sarasota, FL

Yoga Retreats - Longboat Key Club
The Resort at Longboat Key

Sprawled over 410 acres of Sarasota’s coast, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is the ultimate fitness playground. Serving as the perfect backdrop for yogis seeking extreme tranquility and rejuvenation, the beachfront resort’s white sand shores makes for an ideal morning yoga session. In fact, this award-winning beach consists of 99% pure quartz crystal sand, said to maximize the ability to heal physically and emotionally (and it's great for exfoliating too!). Guests can start their day saluting to the sun with an invigorating morning workout, amid epic views of Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Yoga Retreats - Harbor Beach
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Set on 16 oceanfront acres, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect place to unwind and find your inner zen. Start your day with a beautiful ocean sunrise and a morning yoga class. If the day is right, classes can be held on the beach or in the resort’s Healing Labyrinth Deck overlooking the Atlantic ocean. After yoga, guests can continue to replenish their body and spirit at the spa’s private adults-only salt water pool or enjoy the resort’s tropical lagoon swimming pool and luxurious cabanas. Classes are offered daily and come equipped with towels, water, and yoga mats.


JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa - Cancun, Mexico

Yoga Retreats - JW Cancun
JW Marriott Cancun

Guests of the beachfront JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa can awaken their senses with a morning yoga class that blends both Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga, and takes place in a breezy open garden next to the resort’s postcard-perfect infinity pool. Watch the sun rise over the Mexican-Caribbean and take in panoramic water views as you move peacefully through every pose. After yoga, head to the 30,000 square foot JW Spa & fitness facility to grab a recovery smoothie, protein shake or green juice from the Health Bar. The class is free to all guests every Tuesday and Thursday. For more individualized sessions, private yoga lessons are also available.


Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort - Curacao

Yoga Retreats - Santa Barbara Beach Resort
Santa Barbara Beach Resort

There’s no better place to seek serenity than the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, a quite retreat set on 27 acres of private natural reserve on the off-the-beaten-path Caribbean island of Curacao. Surrounded by the Spanish Water Bay and the natural limestone formations of Table Mountain, guests can ditch their yoga mat and take a dip in the resort’s main pool for an enlightening Aqua Tai Chi Yoga class. From the pool, yogis can channel the perfect balance of the property’s natural elements: the energy from the ocean, the bay breeze, and the beauty of the resort’s exotic flora and fauna.

No matter what your budget or desired destination, if you want a holiday vacation that includes some yoga, there are lots of options available.

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