By Expedia Singapore, on March 4, 2020

Yoga in Asia 2019: Top Resorts and Retreats across Asia

Are you feeling burnt out at work? Do you find yourself stressing out more often than you’d like? If so, maybe it’s time you take a break from your hectic lifestyle and go on a much-needed vacation. One of the best ways to rejuvenate the weary soul is to partake in a relaxing yoga retreat. Yoga provides a litany of health benefits, including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and better sleep quality.

If you’re looking for the perfect place for your yoga retreat, look no further than Asia – the birthplace of yoga. In this article, we’ve picked out the 8 best resorts and retreats to enjoy yoga in Asia and help you get some R&R.

The Best Retreats and Resorts For Yoga in Asia

Indonesia: Fivelements Retreat Bali

Suite at Fivelements Retreat Bali

The Fivelements Retreat is nestled on the banks of Ayung River and is an award-winning eco-conscious wellness retreat. Led by both local and international yoga masters, Fivelements offers yoga retreats lasting anywhere between 3 to 21 nights.

These retreats include yoga sessions, meditation sessions, as well as healing consultations. Feel your stress melt away as you breathe in the sights and sounds of the forested hills and rice fields that surround this yoga sanctuary.

  • Yoga style: Multi-disciplinary (Kundalini and Hatha)
  • Programmes: Holistic Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Interactive Yoga
  • Sessions for: Private (1-2 persons) or Group (3 or more persons)
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: Healing and spa treatment rooms, spa tubs, outdoor swimming pool

Pool at Fivelements Retreat Bali

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Vietnam: Fusion Maia Danang

Exterior of Fusion Maia Danang

The Fusion Maia Danang is located in Vietnam’s east coast, offering a stunning view of the beach. It offers several spa and wellness services, including their very own Natural Living Programme and their “All-Spa Inclusive”. Natural Living promotes healthy lifestyles. The “All-Spa Inclusive” service gives you access to daily massages, facials, and beauty treatments.

  • Yoga style: Retreats are led by Bhavini Kalan who specializes in Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Kundalini
  • Programmes: 7-Day Yoga Programme, Natural Living Programme, All-Spa Inclusive
  • Sessions for: Individuals or Groups
  • Other Wellness amenities onsite: Fitness facilities, a day spa with jacuzzi, sauna, yoga pavilion, infinity pool

Pool at Fusion Maia Danang

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Thailand: Absolute Sanctuary

Yoga at Absolute Sanctuary

Absolute Sanctuary is one of Thailand’s premier resorts and dubs itself as “the first wellness fitness” resort for yoga in Asia. It is strategically located on a hill facing the northeastern side of Koh Samui which is known as the island of healing. Absolute Sanctuary’s yoga retreats are led by well-known yoga teachers from around the world, including Desiree Rumbaugh, Paul Grilley, and Amy Ippoliti.

  • Yoga style: Multi-disciplinary (Hot Flow, Ashtanga, Yin, Yin-Yang, Pranayama & Meditation, Hatha, Pilates, Yoga Pilates and a special Introduction to Yoga for beginners)
  • Programmes: 5, 7, or 10-day programmes (Full board)
  • Sessions for: Individuals or Groups
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: Sauna, outdoor pool, spa treatment rooms, yoga studio, gym, steam room

Pool at Absolute Sanctuary

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Malaysia: Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Yoga at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Nestled in the tropical jungle, alongside the limestone hills and brilliant cliffs of Malaysia, the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat offers various holistic wellness therapies, spa treatments, and delectable Malaysian cuisine. During your stay in this retreat, you’re offered a wide range of activities including bootcamp sessions and yoga classes. Tucked away from the city, the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat aims to give you the ultimate getaway for rejuvenation and relaxation.

  • Yoga style: Multi-disciplinary, Pranayama (yogic breathing)
  • Programmes: Detoxification, Longevity, Rejuvenation, Weight Management, Fitness and Tailor-Made Experiences
  • Sessions for: Individuals and Groups
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: Steam room, outdoor pool, sauna, health club

Outdoor area at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

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Nepal: Begnas Lake Resort

Yoga at Begnas Lake Resort

Enveloped in nature, away from the city, the Begnas Lake Resort is the perfect Nepalese destination for visitors looking to recuperate and relax. Abundant with panoramic views of the surrounding greenery, it offers a wide array of classic Ayurvedic treatments conducted by a team of Ayurveda experts from Kerala. For those interested in yoga and meditation, the resort has a beautiful open-air pavilion where yoga classes are held every morning and afternoon, led by their experienced Yogacharyas.

  • Yoga style: Multi-disciplinary (depends on an assessment of resident Yogacharya and Ayurveda doctor)
  • Programmes: 1-week and 2-week retreats (Full Board)
  • Sessions for: Individuals (for retreats) and Groups (for daily sessions)
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: A full-service spa, outdoor pool, steam room

Outdoor area at Begnas Lake Resort

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Indonesia: The Zen Resort Bali

Exterior of The Zen Resort

The Zen Resort Bali is another popular resort for yoga in Asia, located along the remote coast of Singaraja, overlooking the Sea of Bali. This holistic wellness sanctuary offers 14 luxurious villas and 12 Premium villas – all with breathtaking landscape views. The resort puts a premium on adapting Balinese traditions, offering delicious Balinese cuisine, authentic Ayurvedic spa treatments, daily yoga sessions, as well as meditation and pranayama for your overall well-being.

  • Yoga style: Multi-disciplinary (Surya Namaskar, Pranayama and Meditation, Exercises done in Dandasan, and more)
  • Programmes: 3 Nights to 21 Nights Zen Ayurveda-Yoga Wellness Retreat (Full Board)
  • Sessions for: Individuals or Groups
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: Outdoor pool, spa treatment rooms

Pool at The Zen Resort

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Philippines: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa

Yoga at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa

Situated in an old coconut plantation near Dumaguete, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa banners the world-renowned Philippine hospitality. Visitors are treated to a wonderful beachfront view of the Philippine Sea. Atmosphere offers a wide range of activities such as scuba diving, island hopping, and dolphin watching.

Yoga classes are also conducted on a daily basis and are held on their tree-top yoga platform to give you that one-with-nature vibe. If you’re travelling with your family, you’ll be pleased to know that Atmosphere offers kids’ yoga and meditation classes, too!

  • Yoga style: Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin led by certified yoga teacher Rae Collins (General, Intermediate, Private, and Kids Yoga)
  • Programmes: 3 or 6-day Programme (Full Board)
  • Sessions for: Individuals and Groups
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: Tree-top yoga platform, outdoor swimming pool, spa rooms, fitness facilities

Room at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa

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India: Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

Outdoor area at Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

The first Ayurveda Village of its kind, Somatheeram Ayurveda Village is located in southern India among tropical gardens and with an amazing beachfront view. This award-winning getaway in Kerala specializes in Ayurvedic treatments but also offers yoga sessions and retreats. Somatheeram aims to give its visitors a relaxing and ultimately unforgettable experience of yoga in Asia.

  • Yoga style: Multi-disciplinary
  • Programmes: 7-Night Yoga Retreat (Full Board)
  • Sessions for: Individuals and Groups
  • Other wellness amenities onsite: A full-service spa treatments, beauty treatments, outdoor pool

Exterior of hut in Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

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Practising yoga will greatly benefit your mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. So, the next time you’re feeling tired or stressed out, consider taking a well-deserved vacation exploring the many wonderful yoga resorts in Asia.



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