Pool at Ananda Yoga Resort
The serenity of Ananda lures yoga lovers from around the world to India.
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Find Serenity at 9 of the Best Yoga Holiday Destinations Around the World

Rishikesh, India

Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is India‘s yoga capital and a renowned spiritual destination for studying yoga and meditation. Mesmerizing temples line the Ganges river, and yoga retreats are tucked away in the quiet forests surrounding the town. The most alluring of these is Ananda in the Himalayas, an award-winning retreat that caters to the high-end luxury crowd.

Describing itself as a destination spa resort, this is easily one of the best yoga retreats in the world. Here a combination of yoga, Ayurveda and organic cuisine will help you feel restored mentally and physically.

A woman meditates on koh Samui ThailandImagine yoga-ing in front of views like this. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Koh Samui, Thailand

The paradisiacal island of Koh Samui is dotted with yoga retreats. With lovely ocean vistas and the scent of frangipani in the air, it’s easy to understand why yoga lovers choose this island to unwind. The top pick on Koh Samui is Absolute Sanctuary. It’s billed as a fitness and wellness resort, so the focus isn’t solely on yoga.

Healthy food, pilates and healing emotional therapies are all available as part of a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being. The spacious suite rooms surrounded by lush vegetation don’t hurt either.

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Silver Island, Greece

A private island that features more than 2,500 olive trees, flower-draped walking tracks, an ancient church and even a lighthouse, Silver Island is a unique island escape. Week-long yoga retreats here are led by hand-picked teachers and will lull you into a haze of restorative classes and golden sunsets.

You’ll get to enjoy all the finer aspects of Greece while on Silver Island, including delicious Mediterranean food, local wines and charming whitewashed houses.

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