Planning a wedding is equal parts exciting and exhausting. By the time the big day rolls around, you might be too worn out to really enjoy it. That’s why many brides treat themselves to a pre-wedding getaway — and no, your bachelorette party doesn’t count. This is more of a time to detox, de-stress and unwind.
A yoga retreat is the perfect way to do all three. The combination of gentle exercise and other pampering treatments will get you limber and relaxed right before your big day. Plus, it’s a last-minute chance to tone your muscles and feel great in your wedding dress. Here are a few of the best yoga retreat venues around the world to spend your final days as a bride-to-be.
The stunning rainforests and waterfalls of St. Lucia are the perfect backdrop for a private yoga lesson at The BodyHoliday. In addition to exploring the island, this retreat offers much more than just yoga. You can also go kayaking, windsurfing, mountain-biking or even take a Box Fit class at The BodyHoliday. You’ll leave calmer, healthier and probably a bit buffer, too.
If you want to practice yoga with the sand beneath your feet and the salty sea air on your face, head to Paradis Plage along the Atlantic Coast of Morocco. It offers beach yoga every morning, along with a full menu of spa services that range from massage and Shiatsu to customized slimming treatments that will perfectly shape your curves for the big day.
Papaya Wellness tailors its retreats to bachelorette parties, but you’re welcome to come with or without your girl gang. Either way, you can get your yoga on, enjoy a cocktail by the picturesque pools or take a surfing lesson in the crystal waters. There’s plenty to see and do at this exotic resort if you want your yoga retreat to be a bit more active.s
Want to explore a part of the world that’s barely on anyone else’s radar yet? The Negros Oriental island in the Philippines falls into this category. Go for a dip in the jewel-toned waters of the Bohol Sea, and then head straight to a yoga lesson to relax your muscles after the exertion. The resort offers three- and six-day yoga retreats.
You won’t find any place in the world quite like the Ananda Spa in India. It’s nestled right at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, so the panoramic views visible from your room will be difficult to ignore. The mountain peaks serve as a stunning backdrop for yogic detox packages, which will help get you centered and oust any stress as you kick back and relax amid the natural beauty.
This resort in Chiang Rai swaps the mountain views for a pretty picture of a Thai lake. The waters glimmer just beyond your cottage window, and a dock that juts out into the lake serves as the stage for regular yoga sessions. As an added bonus, Museflower has its own organic garden, which grows the fruits and veggies that go into your nourishing meals.
If you’ve ever longingly followed the snaps of a friend as they enjoyed the beauty of Bali, now’s your chance to get in on the action. Amankila resides in Denpasar on the coast of Bali, tucked right into the cliffs. Its unbelievable views of the water will get you into a zen state of mind the second that you arrive, but the yoga and qigong bodywork don’t hurt, either. The resort even staffs wellness therapists to help you on your journey to a calmer mind space.
Ambong Ambong in Langkawai posts six secluded cottages, each set up like an opulent studio apartment. The major difference between this cottage and your own home? Its windows open up to overlook stunning forests. The view from Ambong Ambong’s yoga deck, where you can book classes with a local yoga instructor, is unparalleled. After class, take a dip in your pool or head to a private dinner with your own personal chef. You can even go for a tour of the herb garden.
If you’re stressing about the smallest details of your big day, it’s time to treat yourself to some TLC. You don’t want to spend so much time agonizing over the wedding and reception that you can’t even enjoy it! So before you walk down the aisle, recharge with your fiance or a few good girlfriends at one of these wedding yoga retreats. You won’t regret taking the “me” time to re-center yourself ahead of your nuptials.