We’ve already told you where to get your yoga class fix in Bangkok, but if you really want to get away from it all, why not choose a break at one of the many yoga resorts in Thailand?
Yoga is a way of life, and where better to nurture your divine spark than in the stunning spiritual haven of Siam. Thousands of people travel here every year to experience some of the best yoga and meditation retreats in the world. The serene and awe-inspiring natural surroundings of Thailand’s islands are a particularly popular destination for those seeking spiritual enlightenment.
We’ve selected five of the best yoga resorts in Thailand where you can find your inner peace and bliss out.
The Best Yoga & Meditation Retreats in Thailand
Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui has a reputation as being a quality Thailand yoga retreat, offering yoga training, Pranayama and meditation, wellness and detox programs with delicious and healthy cuisine in a soul-nurturing, restorative atmosphere.
The setting is certainly spiritual. Despite the fact that the island of Koh Samui can be a little touristy at times, this superior resort has a tranquil location off the beaten track. All guest accommodation is beachfront with an ocean view, and set around a luxuriant tropical garden and a glittering pool.
Samahita is Asia’s longest-running Yoga Alliance certified yoga teaching school, and this is reflected in the excellent standard of coaching here. It’s an establishment that takes yoga very seriously, yet is welcoming to everyone including complete novices and families. The bespoke nature of retreats here means that you can tailor your experience to your daily individual needs and desires.
The holistic approach at Absolute Sanctuary is widely regarded as one of the best yoga resorts in Thailand. This Moroccan-inspired luxury boutique wellness resort is situated on the north-east coast of beautiful Koh Samui.
Rejuvenation, detox and wellness programs, yoga, pilates and lifestyle programs are combined with nutritious gourmet food and an exquisite hillside setting for a sublime retreat experience…
The world-class yoga centre has 3 fully equipped studios, 5 hydrotherapy rooms, sauna, steam room, and an infinity edge pool. There are 25 classes a week on offer which encompass a huge range of disciplines, and most classes are suitable for every ability. This is truly one of the best places to visit for yoga courses in Thailand.
Guests are invited to stay in one of 38 plush rooms, all stylishly yet soothingly decorated and featuring private terraces overlooking the scenery below – perfect for those seeking to be one in body, mind and soul.
Prices for a 7 day yoga holiday package include unlimited daily classes combined with meals & daily massages.
The Sanctuary Thailand
The beautiful island of Koh Phangan in southern Thailand has long been a mecca for backpackers, and much of this mountainous island is still untouched by tourism.
The Sanctuary is a favourite among yoga and meditation retreats, and is most easily accessed by boat. As you approach the white sands of Haad Tien beach, the charms of this low key resort with its rustic thatched roofs and chilled-out vibes become apparent.
There’s no pressure here to follow a set program, but there are plenty of options available for those that want it. Choose from detox and wellness packages, yoga, pilates and meditation classes, as well as a yoga teacher training course.
In addition guests can expect massages, facials and hair treatments, as well as energy work, astrology and tarot readings from world-renowned healers.
Guests can choose to stay in a shared dorm or an air conditioned luxury cabin depending on their budget. The Sanctuary’s vegetarian and seafood restaurant offers everything from raw cleansing menus to sumptuous Thai cuisine.
Prices for a 7 day all inclusive yoga retreat start at 24,090 THB.
Island Yoga offers yoga retreats suitable for all levels of students, from beginner Yogis to advanced practitioners.
They offer a unique blend of yoga & meditation mixed with adventure & relaxation, and the setting for this is the magical island of Koh Yao Noi in Southern Thailand. Nestling between Phuket and Krabi in the Andaman Sea, Koh Yao Noi has secluded beaches, delicious food and friendly locals.
Aside from the yoga there are options to take part in adventure outings to explore the stunning surroundings, sunrise Tai-Chi and meditations. In addition, wellness workshops are on offer throughout the year.
A typical package at Island Yoga includes twice daily asana and pranayama yoga classes, mantra, guided meditations and discourses, accommodation in a dorm or bungalow and a healthy full buffet breakfast. The restaurant also serves snacks, lunch and dinner, but take note – dining here is an alcohol free affair.
Rates for a 7 night Yoga Immersion Vacation with budget room accommodation start at 13,200 THB per person.
The Spa Koh Chang
Also known as Elephant Island, Koh Chang is a remote natural wilderness strewn with rugged jungle covered mountains. The east of the island melts into mangroves, and it’s here that The Spa Koh Chang is waiting to be discovered by travelers on the path to enlightenment.
This inviting and intimate Thailand yoga retreat has only 26 rooms set in delightful grounds in the rainforest. Recycled timber huts are scattered up the hillside giving stunning views of the lush vegetation and calm waters which surround this idyll.
The resort also boasts an award-winning restaurant with a focus on local organic ingredients and vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Here you can set your chakras free under the skies surrounded by peaceful greenery in the resort’s open air yoga facility. Start your day with mindful meditation and yoga before enjoying a revitalizing breakfast followed by a massage and herbal steam bath. After lunch benefit from a private yoga class before plunging into the sea salt pool or kayaking on the lake.
A one week all inclusive island yoga retreat at The Spa Koh Chang costs from 22,500 THB per person excluding the price of accommodation. Staying in one of the wooden hillside cottages costs upwards of 2,650 THB per night depending on the season.
Mon Lodge & Yoga Donmueang
If you’re on a budget and would prefer to stay closer to Bangkok, the Mon Lodge & Yoga Donmueang could be a great choice for a Thailand yoga retreat.
It’s very close to Don Mueang airport in Northern Bangkok, and offers a variety of private and dormitory rooms. If you want to get some yoga in before an early flight, this is a great spot to camp down for the night.
Compared to the other yoga and meditation retreats on this list, Mon Lodge is really more of a B&B that happens to offer a wide ranging yoga class schedule and friendly local service.
Vikasa Yoga Retreat
Located on beautiful Chaweng Noi Beach on Koh Samui, Vikasa offers some of the best yoga courses in Thailand.
It was created by yoga ‘pioneer’ Konstantin Miachin, and offers a variety of programs to choose from, including for fitness, anti-stress, yin yoga and general teacher training. They promise to help you practise yoga, bring together like-minded people and eat healthy food during your stay.
This Thailand yoga retreat also boasts the Vikasa Spa, the Vikasa Life Cage, an infinity pool, sky gym and lounge. Yoga classes are offered in Hatha, Acro, Ashtanga, power, Pranayama, Vinyasa and Yin styles.
Room rates are all-inclusive and include the following:
- Daily morning meditation class
- Morning yoga class
- Healthy brunch buffet
- Evening yoga class
- Healthy dinner buffet
- Additional yoga classes
- Mat and accessories
- Unlimited use of the sky gym
Accommodation varies between rooms, bungalows, the ‘yoga cave’ and ‘zen bungalow’.
Parinda Garden Resort Spa & Yoga
Parinda is located up North in Chiang Mai, and is a popular budget yoga resort in Thailand.
Accommodation is pet friendly and varies between a one bedroom house, tent or a mobile home — this is really getting back to nature!
There’s an outdoor pool, fitness centre, barbecue and sun terrace, while activities like cycling and hiking are also on offer. There’s a golf course less than 3km away too. For yoga devotees, you’ll be sure to find your inner zen in the spa and wellness centre.
The retreat is set among the beautiful rolling hills of Chiang Mai and feels very remote — there is a shuttle service to the airport and city if you do want to escape, however. Parinda has free WiFi, private parking, an onsite restaurant and evening entertainment (karaoke, anyone?).
And there you have it — the best yoga resorts in Thailand. What’s your pick for a Thailand yoga retreat?