Self care's going to be more essential than ever in 2018, so why not start your resolution a little early by booking a New Year's Eve yoga retreat?
From Hawaii to Portugal (AKA the wellness world's buzziest new healthy hotspot) to Mexico and Sri Lanka, there are plenty of places to unplug post-holidays. And because we love a good-for-you getaway, we’ve rounded up the coolest—and also hottest—retreats to book ASAP.
Scroll down to see 6 gorgeous yoga retreats that'll make ringing in 2018 *ultra* relaxing.
December 28-January 3: Big Island Transformation: A New Year's Rejuvenation
Big Island, Hawaii
Spend your NYE in one of the most-beautiful places on earth: the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kalani Oceanside Retreat serves as the inspiring tropical environment for daily yoga classes, plus talks on Ayurveda, meditation, and chanting with certified instructor Gabriel Benjamin.
December 28–January 4: Omassim Guesthouse Xmas and New Year Yoga Trail
This beginner-to-intermediate retreat in the charming whitewashed coastal surf town of Ericeira (several hours north of Lisbon) is equal parts energizing and restorative, with morning flow or Hatha classes and evening Yin, punctuated with nourishing vegetarian meals. The dramatic surroundings can be experienced during the day, with surf lessons, sweat lodge ceremonies, mountain biking, and coastal walks.
December 24–January 7: Sri Lanka Yoga Retreat with Wade Gotwals
Central Province, Sri Lanka
If extreme self-care and time away, disconnected, is what’s needed, this 15-day excursion into the stunning Central Province of Sri Lanka could be the ticket. Chicago yogi Wade Gotwals leads twice-daily vinyasa classes, either in Ulpotha’s shala, under lush trees or up on a mountaintop. Beyond that program the off-the-grid possibilities are endless: Ride bikes, swim or boat in the lakes, sunbathe, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments, and visit cultural heritage sites. There’s also the option of dancing under the stars during a vibrant New Year’s party.
December 27–January 1: Baja Bliss New Year’s Retreat
Todos Santos, Mexico
Reflect, restore, and revive are the goals of this six-day Baja, Mexico, getaway in the so-called “magic town” of Todos Santos, where daily yoga and meditation with two certified Baptiste teachers are included alongside surf lessons and goal-setting sessions. Deluxe teepee accommodations amp up the magic quotient, while a temezcal spa experience and beach cliff hike only add to the allure.
December 27–January 3: The Yoga Loft's New Year Meditation and Yoga Retreat
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Try something new at this retreat in the surf town of Cabarete, where vinyasa flow sessions overlooking the ocean are held alongside a flying trapeze class, acro yoga, SUP yoga, and a handstand, inversion, and arm balance workshop. These activities and farm-to-table meals leave time for self-care and even more exploration of the area—think an organic farm tour, diving, or river tubing.
December 30–January 6: Dream Big Yoga Retreats with Alex Dawson
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Go Robinson Crusoe in luxe villas nestled in a verdant jungle oasis 25 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, where LA-based yoga guru Alex Dawson leads eight days of sunrise and sundown yoga. Imagine smoothie bowls, grain bowls, and gourmet salads, all plant-based, organic, and as local as it gets. Also included: snorkeling, jungle hiking, and community outreach.
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