The 10 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats in Goa 2020 Guide
The 10 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats in Goa 2020 Guide

Boasting over thirty beaches and a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese influences, Goa is a lush coastal paradise in Southern India that attracts thousands of yogis every year. From vibrant marketplaces to palm trees and beachfront dining, Goa has just about everything needed to perfectly accompany your yoga holiday. With no shortage of luxury yoga retreats in the region, Goa is an idyllic paradise from where you can rest and reset mind, body, and spirit. Sifting through the options available can take time, so to narrow it down, here are 10 of the best luxury retreats this area has to offer.

10 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats in Goa

Ashiyana Yoga

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Ashiyana Yoga is one of Goa’s finest yoga retreat centers. Accommodation is upscale, with both rustic (though luxurious) beach huts and stunning suites in the main villa. All five of their yoga shalas are also beautifully designed, many of which are set within a backdrop of palm trees or right beside the Mandrem River.

Program: Depending on the level of service desired, Ashiyana offers a range of programs. A standard yoga holiday includes accommodation in a comfortable space, two large meals a day, daily yoga classes, and additional activities. They also offer more focused retreats, such as a weeklong ‘Yoga in Nature’ course and a chakra yoga training course and retreat.

What We Like: For those wishing to be pampered, they offer an ‘Urban Antidote Retreat’ and a ‘Holistic Elixir Programme.’ The former includes two yoga therapy sessions, one massage, one Thai yoga massage, a private sunset meditation, healthy food daily, and more. The ‘Holistic Elixir Programme’ includes much of the same, but is a less inclusive experience (also coming with a smaller price tag). Regardless of the program chosen, the space is designed for pampering, making any stay here completely rejuvenating.

Cost: Starting at 720 USD

Junas Waddo, Mandrem, Goa 403527, India

The Mandala Resort

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Just five minutes from the beach, The Mandala Resort is a tranquil oasis within which to enjoy a luxurious yoga retreat or holiday. Their holistic approach to wellness touches all of mind, body, and spirit as they offer both yoga retreats and juice detoxes and fasting programs. But even if you choose not to opt for the juice detox, their food is well-balanced, delicious, and nourishing, nourishing the body from within.

Program: Daily yoga classes are offered throughout the tourist season, starting the first week in November and ending the first week of April. The yoga spaces, like the rooms, are also artfully designed. Practice at either the Riverside Shala or the unique Geodesic Spirit Dome. Both are inspiring settings that might inspire the dive within.

What We Like: There are a few different accommodation types to choose from. Art House rooms are hand-painted by the Danish artist Ulrik Schiodt and the wooden balconies here are hand-carved from single pieces of wood. Nomadic villas are another option for a luxurious stay, architecture inspired by ancient Keralan houseboats. Their domed roofs are both beautiful and practical, helping to ensure cool air circulates naturally through the room. These rooms overlook the natural tidal lagoon.

Cost: Contact for more information

Mandrem, Goa 403527, India

YogaMagic Eco Retreat

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Both ecolodges and suites are available at YogaMagic Eco Retreat. The suites can be booked year-round, while the ecolodges are only available November to May. In any case, accommodation here is inspiring. The suites are architecturally inspired by Portuguese influences as well as the castles and havelis of Rajasthan. Lodges are more down-to-earth with their eco squat composting toils and solar-powered lighting systems. Though eco-friendly, luxury is not absent; vibrant saris drape the ceilings and private verandas overlook the paddy fields.

Program: The daily program begins with silent meditation at 7:00 am. Chai and other teas are served before Kriya, Yoga, and Pranayama, after which breakfast is served. Afternoon yoga and cooking classes are offered on alternating days. Dinner is served at 7:00 pm, offering a variety of dhals, curries, cooked vegetables, and salads to choose from.

What We Like: Add to your stay by trying a Marma Therapy session, which is an ancient massage practice that dates back to as early as 1500 BC. The massage helps to stimulate energy flow, reducing stress and rebalancing bodily systems. Other Ayurvedic therapies are available as well.

Cost: Contact for more information

1586/1, Grand Chinvar, Bardez, Anjuna, Goa 403509, India

Devarya Wellness

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Retreat from the world for a while as you restore your energy systems in one of Devarya’s chakra themed rooms. The vibrant and airy accommodation at this retreat center alone is restorative, but they offer plenty of services and practices to complement your luxurious stay.

Program: Yoga holidays include accommodation, two yoga classes daily, two healthy buffet meals, evening activities, and access to additional amenities. Two swimming pools, relaxation areas, and a private beach with lounge chairs make this spot perfect for a pampered getaway.

What We Like: The space is surrounded by lush gardens, but Morjim (or Turtle) beach is just a one minute walk away. A variety of holistic treatments (such as Indian Head Massage and Swedish Massage treatments) are available on-site, as well as juice cleansing programs and Ayurvedic Panchakarma Detox services. On top of the option of staying for a yoga holiday, you can register for additional retreat programs. From Aerial Flow Yoga to Yin Yoga to Osho Meditation Intensives, there are a variety of themed retreats to choose from.

Cost: Prices vary based on specific retreats

Vithaldaswada, Morjim, Goa 403512, India

The Beach House Goa

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The Beach House Goa offers luxury accommodation for all yoga retreats and holidays. When you book a standard packaged stay, each day entails two yoga lectures or workshops, a morning practice and meditation, a pranayama session or workshop, and an evening practice focused on posture correction and proper alignment. It’s an intensive offering that is best suited for yogis looking to delve into both asana practice and philosophy.

Program: If you’re interested in a themed retreat, The Beach House offers a variety of various offerings to choose from. From juice fasting to hormonal yoga therapy retreats to programs designed with seniors in mind, there is truly something for every different type of yogi. Each different retreat will have a variety of offerings included that will deepen your own unique healing journey.

What We Like: Located on the secluded Sernabatim beach, The Beach House Goa provides a beautiful backdrop for a restorative retreat from everyday life. Spa services available on site are available to complement your holistic healing.

Cost: 1,210 – 3,620 USD

Sernabatim Beach Road, Colva, Margao, Goa 403708, India

Bamboo Yoga Retreat

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Bamboo Yoga Retreat offers something for all interests and levels of experience, from soothing Restorative programs to invigorating Vinyasa yoga retreats. They also offer customizable yoga holidays, which include two 1.5 hour group practices per day. Nourishing meals are included in most retreats – two large meals and wake-up juice, fruit salad, and chai each morning.

Program: Their Ocean Shala is right on Patnem beach while the Temple Shala, built on an ancient Hindu Site, overlooks the mountain at the end of the beach. Both make for beautiful practices. At the end of the day, rest your head in your own private bungalow (or share with a friend if that is better suited to you). The bungalows are rustic though completely comfortable and are made of natural materials. Each hut has European style mattresses, mosquito netting, and natural ventilation. Bathrooms are attached with western style toilets and open-air showers. Regular housekeeping is available as well.

What We Like: For extra love and care, spa services are available as well, offered in their massage hut that rests just a few meters from the beach. Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Ashiatsu, and Ayurvedic Massage are just a handful of their numerous spa offerings. Rest and reset with whichever best suits your needs.

Cost: Starting at 720 USD

Patnem Beach, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

Purple Valley Yoga

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Purple Valley Yoga Retreat is located in North Goa at Anjuna beach. Tropical garden surroundings and communal areas for eating, connecting, and relaxation make this retreat a quiet and contemplative space to rest within. In fact, many people come here for the quiet atmosphere and distance from the busy, tourist areas of Goa.

Program: The style of yoga taught here is primarily Ashtanga. Yoga courses are usually two weeks long and include six morning yoga classes and three to four classes weekly. Light breakfast and two additional vegetarian meals are included in the program. Offerings start up in October when the tourist season begins.

What We Like: A few different accommodation types are available, all of which are cozy and comfortable. You can choose to stay in Ganesh, the main house, which has a traditional, homely vibe. Savasana House is bright and modern, while the Garden View cottages enjoy a tropical view of flowers and palm trees. Whichever accommodation type you choose, all spaces provide complete comfort during your stay in Goa.

Cost: Starting at 754 USD

House No. 142, Bairo Alto, Goa 403507, India

Kranti Yoga Academy

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Kranti Yoga Academy was founded in 2007 by Tarun Agrawal, who named the center after the spiritual name that was given to him by his guru, Sant Chana Baba. The school is heavily centered around Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow, though Yin classes are offered as well.

Program: For a personal yoga holiday, the minimum stay is three nights. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included. It’s a highly immersive experience, with three classes each day and an evening activity included twice per week. Weeklong Yin Yoga intensives are also available and are suitable for beginners and those with a more advanced practice.

What We Like: With six different yoga spaces to practice in (including a treehouse), there are numerous areas within which to rest and reset. Accommodation is cozy and comfortable, with numerous suites overlooking the expansive Arabian Sea. Porches include hammocks and swing seats, and huts are made of all-natural materials. Kranti Yoga is both down-to-earth and completely comfortable, with fully equipped Western bathrooms, mosquito nets, 24 hr security, and wifi available through the yoga village.

Cost: Starting at 40 USD

Kranti Yoga Beach Resort House No 135 Patnem Beach, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

Satsanga Yoga Retreat

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Numerous teachers come to Satsanga Yoga Retreat Center from October to April to offer their services and teachings. Each embodying a unique style and background, the feel and flavor of each yoga retreat changes with the tide. Follow your favorite (or find a new) instructor or teacher to join on retreat, or opt to stay here on a personal yoga holiday.

Program: If you’re in the mood for additional pampering, the on-site spa offers a range of various services, including Ayurvedic consultations, full body massages, and localized treatments. You can also book a 3-day or 5-day luxury package that include a range of different services over the course of the program.

What We Like: Though the teachers and offerings change, what stays consistent is the stunning space each retreat is held in, the spa services, and the nutritious, vegetarian food. The space is luxurious though rustic, boasting an inviting pool to rest within or beside on a hot day. A covered, communal courtyard is another great spot to rest, connect, or read.

Cost: Contact for more information

Naika Vado,Verla Canca, Parra, Goa 403510, India

Little Cove Yoga Retreat

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This beachfront yoga resort is located on Cola beach in South Goa. The tranquil setting makes it another great option for those looking for a soothing and restorative yoga getaway. Like many of the other retreat centers, they operate only during the high season, from mid-October to mid-May.

Program: You can join for a packaged retreat or come on your own schedule for a yoga holiday. Beginners, as well as those with a more advanced practice, are welcome to join in. The morning yoga session is held at 8:00 am, with a late brunch served at 11:15 am. A pranayama and meditation class is held each afternoon (except for Sundays) and dinner is served at 7:30 pm. The yoga shala is right on the beach, offering a serene setting to help deepen your personal practice.

What We Like: The 17 eco-friendly cottages on the property all have an ensuite washroom with a Western-style toilet. They are comfortable and cozy, each with their own balcony and many with unobstructed ocean views. These cabins are just steps away from the beach.

Cost: Contact for more information

Little cola beach, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

From down-to-earth, eco-luxury retreat centers to high-end yoga resorts, Goa has a range of yogic offerings for those looking for a comfortable, luxurious stay in the south of India. Offering both customizable yoga holidays to longer, more intensive programs and retreats, Goa brings a wealth of restorative possibilities. Finding the perfect space to rest and reset during whatever length of time best suits you is entirely possible in this gem of Southern India. Allow your heart to guide you to your next home away from home.

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