Single Minded Women Say “Ohm” on Vacation

By Melanie Nayer

It’s no secret that one of the best forms of exercise and relaxation is yoga, so why not continue on your journey to inner peace with a yoga-centric getaway?

Take a yoga retreat vacation and revive, rejuvenate and re-emmerse yourself into reality at one of these yoga-focused getaways:

Caribbean: At Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, the amenities seem almost endless on the remote, 1,000-acre island of white sand. Enjoy holistic wellness including massage and Ayurvedic therapies. Along with yoga, Parrot Cay offers Pilates, a gym, tennis, and a variety of water sports.

Thailand: Tucked away along the quiet shores of Changlang Beach on the Andaman coast of Thailand, not far from the rock climbing capital of Krabi, Anantara Si Kao offers more than just a relaxing Thai holiday. It is a starting point for travelers looking to rejuvenate and reenergize their souls through yoga, pranayama, outdoor activities, and water sports. Encircled by part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park and the brilliant turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, the resort’s 138 sea-view rooms and suites are adorned in exotic Thai-inspired furniture and designs, with large open bathrooms, bathtubs built for two, and private terraces or balconies. The Anantara Spa “floats” above a tranquil pond and offers six treatment rooms, a couple’s treatment menu, and Jacuzzis. Integrated into the resort’s spa menu is the Wellness 360˚ Program, which offers personal wellness retreats, yoga classes, and naturopathic and Ayurvedic consultations to promote healthy, balanced lifestyles. The resort’s resident Naturopathic doctor and Ayurvedic specialist work together with the Executive Chef to offer recommendations for healthy eating to encourage normal functions of the body’s systems. An integral part of the resort’s Wellness 360 Program is yoga, and many classes in different yogic disciplines are on offer, including Hatha, Pranayama, Kriya, and Ashtanga.

Jamaica: Jake’s hotel offers a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for a yoga retreat. The rooftop of the Driftwood Spa is Jakes signature yoga space. The venue has two different levels: the lower level is perfect for practicing under the moonlight and stars, while the upper level offers a palm leaf roof. Yoga classes are held on the weekends during the hotel’s high season. Personalized yoga retreat packages can be arranged for a group and include ground transfers to and from the airport, accommodations, meals, and – if they’ve been requested – spa treatments, and excursions. Jakes provides freshly grown organic market fruits and vegetables for their unprocessed, chemical-free meals. Tempting menu items include fresh fish and locally made ice cream. While at Jakes, guests can get a variety of treatments at the Driftwood Spa. This full-service spa merges holistic techniques and philosophies from around the globe into a potent blend of treatments to provide a transformative wellness experience. Nightly rates at the hotel start at $95.

Cruises: Crystal Cruises celebrated National Yoga Month with a September Mind, Body, Spirit sailing and plans to help yogis rid themselves of those winter blues with a December sailing, the Sun & Spirit, down the Baja Coast of Mexico. Crystal will offer Wellness retreats in January, March and May of 2011 and in March, Crystal heads south to enjoy the Treasures of Mexico before traveling to Alaska for the Northern Lights in May. While the scenery will vary, all trips will host yoga and tai chi instructors as well as a variety wellness classes.

Now that you have your travel options for the year, where will you go to retreat with your “Ohm…”?

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