Yoga Retreats to Turn Off and Tune Into the New Year

By Joe Baur,

The ball drops, the fireworks explode, and another year is in the rearview mirror. You’re eyeing a batch of New Year’s resolution candidates, but like most people, your track record for following through isn’t too stellar.

Perhaps rather than stressing over holding yourself to another impromptu resolution, you should start your year off with a break from it all by checking out our favorite unplugged yoga retreats.

Looking out for your peace of mind, we’ve scoured the country for some of the top hotels with yoga programs and studios to send you into the new year with deep breaths and a closing Savasana. We even peeked south of the border for some oceanside inspiration.


Yoga Retreats: Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn Pool

When thinking up of an ideal yoga retreat for a digital unplug, you can certainly do worse than California’s Big Sur. Post Ranch Inn has embraced its famous natural surroundings by making yoga an essential ingredient to the property’s spa offerings.

Private yoga and meditation sessions are available for one to two people. One hour runs at $120 and 90 minutes is $180. Sessions are appropriate for everyone from beginners to long-time practitioners, focusing on traditional asanas, balance, and breath work while keeping in mind individual needs.

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The Ritz-Carlton

Bachelor Gulch, Colorado

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Colorado just might have some of the world’s freshest air. Something about the combination of the Rocky Mountains and tall pines just makes you feel like you’re experiencing the planet in its purest form. With such scenery, it’s no wonder The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is as popular as ever for disconnected travelers and yogis.

The Bachelor Gulch Spa keeps certified staff members on hand to cater to all your fitness needs, most notably yoga. They offer a “Stretch Recovery” program aimed at those fighting off chronic soreness and to rehabilitate tired muscles using yoga and foam rolling techniques. The class is designed to complement a high-intensity workout — a respite after a day in the mountains.

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L’Auberge de Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

L'Auberge de Sedona Yoga

L’Auberge de Sedona tends to be on the pricer side of the coin, but if you’re willing to crack open your piggy bank, they make it worth your while with 87 guestrooms and cottages spread out across 11 acres.

Most rooms come outfitted with a fireplace and private deck, so you’ll have no problem getting some privacy during your yoga retreat. They’ll also help you start your day off right with free yoga classes as well as meditation and music sessions. They even have a “forest bathing program” for those willing to try new things in hopes of getting more deeply connected with nature.

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Four Seasons Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

Four Seasons Baltimore Spa

You might be tempted to hibernate and wrap yourself into a pile of blankets after the New year, but you could also consider starting the year with a fresh recharge and some yoga during a weekend at The Four Seasons Baltimore.

Classes ($10) are held indoors on Saturday mornings with expert instructors guiding guests through programs designed for all levels. Guests can be provided with a yoga mat, so no need to stuff yours into your suitcase. Just prepare yourself for an invigorating, stress-free weekend.

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The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Dallas, Texas

The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton Yoga

The stereotype might be that everything in Texas is bigger, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to keep it simple and relax in the heart of the Lone Star state. For a Texan-style “turn off to tune in”, we recommend trying The Highland Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton.

With The Highland, you’re actually a bit outside of the city center — so no need to worry too much about that legendary Dallas traffic. Instead, you’ll be busy taking deep breaths at their aptly-named Exhale Spa. Here you not only have access to yoga, but they’re also offering facials, massages, and barre fitness classes. Feeling the zen yet?

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Alexis

Seattle, Washington

Alexis Hotel Seattle Fitness Center

Seattle might not be at the top of your list for a disconnected retreat. After all, this is the city of Starbucks. Excessive caffeine and winding down don’t exactly go together hand-in-hand.

You’ll change your mind with a stay at the Alexis Hotel, a Kimpton property. This is the place to stay in the Pacific Northwest for travelers who don’t think a travel day is an excuse to skip the gym. Local professional athletes have even been known to acknowledge Alexis’ newly outfitted gym as “the best hotel gym ever.”

Sure you can get your heart pounding with their cardio room, monkey bars, and bouldering wall, but we know yoga goes hand-in-hand with a proper digital unplug. Of course, they have that covered, too, with both resistance and flex bands, yoga mats, blocks and straps, and a yoga channel to help guide you through your practice.

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Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis Fitness Center

Winter in Minneapolis doesn’t need to mean instant hibernation. Nor does leaving tech behind have to mean you’re slumming it. With a stay at Hotel Ivy near Loring Park, you’ll have access to their luxury Ivy Fitness Club with more than 5,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

If the idea of getting out in the cold has you shaking at all, then you’ll be pleased to know that it’s all connected by Minneapolis’ intricate skyway system. Now you have no excuse but to book your stay, bring those yoga shorts, and sign up for a rejuvenating (and toning) weekend with Hotel Ivy.

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Natura Cabana

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Natura Cabana Dominican Republic Yoga

Natura Cabana in the Dominican Republic hits the tech-free sweet spot with yoga “within sight and sound of the ocean.”

Classes are offered on a regular program, covering all skill levels. They keep the experience extra chill by welcoming guests as they like to come, meaning no need to plan ahead and sign up.

Yoga sessions are approximately 90-minutes long and are led by the UK’s Kieran Barry. Practitioners can expect dynamic, alignment-based sessions to help with the development of your strength and agility. Not to mention, you’d be hard-pressed not to find some sense of peace with that location.

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Ahau Tulum

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum Mexico Yoga Sign

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How does an oceanfront yoga studio sound? (If your heart started fluttering along with your imagination, we’re right there with ya.)

Ahau Tulum in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula offers daily yoga classes and sunrise meditation in their oceanfront yoga studio. Though if you’re a little bashful of your down-dog for any reason, you can sign up for private yoga sessions and massage treatments right from the comfort of your own deck.

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Trópico Latino

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Tropico Latino Santa Teresa Costa Rica Yoga

There’s a reason many believe that the closest thing to utopia on Earth is the Costa Rican coastline. That’s because, well, it is, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better destination for a unplugged yoga retreat to ring in the New Year.

Trópico Latino sits on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in the Nicoya Peninsula beach town of Santa Teresa. You’re surrounded by lush, tropical gardens with an idyllic ambiance for a yoga retreat.

All skill and experience levels are taken into consideration by the hotel’s certified instructors. Sign up for a variety of classes from private sessions to acro, couples, kids, and even family yoga. And don’t worry about stuffing your suitcase — everything you’ll need (mats, blocks, straps) are available onsite.

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Where do you head to get away from it all? Leave a comment and let us know about your next yoga retreat!

All images from trivago unless otherwise noted. Cover image courtesy of Marion Michele, Unsplash