Yoga is a centuries old way of life that continues to gain popularity in today’s modern, stressful world. Many yoga-obsessed people (and beginners as well) are craving to do their practices beyond their regular studio in their hometown. This is where Africa’s intense nature comes in handy. Today, more and more yoga-focused hotels are being established throughout the continent for you to do your downward facing dog in the midst of the majestic mountains or secluded deserts. Start brushing up on your Prana breathing, here are the top yoga retreat hotels in Africa you have to visit for a blissful getaway.
Watamu Treehouse – Watamu, Kenya
Yes you can stay in a treehouse by the beach during your yoga retreat. Watamu Treehouse in Kenya is within steps from the Indian Ocean and has multiple yoga classes right on its beach. Several yoga courses are held indoors, on its beach, and on water where guests can do their stretches on surfboards. Watamu Treehouse is noted for its unique architecture of spiral-like towers and thatched roofs to give visitors a zen-like feel. Other fun activities at the hotel includes kayaking, hiking and sunset watching.
Dfrost Almugar – Taghazout and Paradis Plage, Morocco
Imagine checking in to your Moroccan style room with an oceanfront view with multiple scheduled classes you can attend to do your exercises right on the beach. Guests especially enjoy the sunrise and sunset yoga courses where they can do their stretches as the sun kisses the ocean. In between classes at Dfrost Almugar, like-minded yoga lovers can gather around the bars at the hotel or head to the rooftop to take advantage of its hot tub with a view of the sea. Moroccan cuisine with farm-to-table fare is served at the hotel for guests to have a well-rounded healthy retreat. The hotel also operates as a surf retreat, so yoga lovers who may be curious about trying out surfing can attend a class.
Turtle Cove – Tofo Beach, Mozambique
Meet other yoga-obsessed folks from around the world at Turtle Cove, a year-round yoga retreat that doubles as an an incredible lodge. A variety of yoga courses are offered from Ashtanga, to Yin Yoga, to Vinyasa, to Kundalini. The lodge can house up to 22 guests a night in its picturesque retreat. A health food restaurant and bar are available at the lodge serving vegetarian and seafood fare. Surf lessons are also popular at Turtle Cove for guests to do something different and explore the nearby water.
Temenos – Western Cape, South Africa
Drive up to this cottage-like hotel surrounded by a lush garden and you’ll know you’re in for a real treat. Temenos Retreat in McGregor is specifically a retreat for yoga lovers, but with optional overnight accommodation to stay in its luxurious cottage and dine on the premises. Daily yoga classes are offered along with additional meditation sessions to bask in the natural beauty that surrounds the retreat.
Retreat Space – Zanzibar, Tanzania
Another fantastic spot to make your yoga getaway is Zanzibar’s own Retreat Space that operates both as a yoga studio and an overnight accommodation. What makes this retreat stand out is that is conveniently located by the beach, plus offers safari packages for guests to take advantage of between yoga sessions. Don’t miss out on its rooftop yoga session during sunset hours to catch the view of the water as the sky turns into a brilliant shade of orange, pink and purple. Locally sourced seafood and vegetarian dishes are available to keep healthy as well while on your yoga retreat.
Lux Belle Mare – Mauritius
A tropical island getaway to do your sun salutations is a must-do. The Lux Hotel is focused on being a “relaxation” space with wellness packages and multiple yoga sessions including sunrise yoga followed by a wholesome breakfast with a beach view. This hotel is designed to look like an colonial era farmhouse with fabulous farm-to-table restaurants and bars.
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