Yoga beach vacations provide an excellent venue for the practice and study of this ancient discipline. One of the goals of yoga is to reach a level of spiritual serenity. Methods to attain this include chanting (kirtan) and meditation. The sound of waves washing onto the deserted beaches of many yoga hotels provide the perfect substitute for the music that often accompanies both meditation and chanting—and these hotels can be found in locations around the world.
One of the finest yoga hotels in the world is the Na Balam Resort on Isla Mujeres, an island located twenty minutes away from Cancun on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and accessible only by boat. Here are only 28 luxurious rooms and suites, and telephone or Internet service is available only in an area near the main lobby. It's one of the most relaxing options for a yoga retreat available anywhere on the planet.
Many yoga vacation packages will include properties in equally remote and beautiful natural surroundings. One example is the Miraval Resort (pictured), located in the high desert about 25 miles north of Tucson, Arizona. Set in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the property takes advantage of wonderful desert landscapes in an area where just about the only sounds are those of unspoiled nature. Augmenting this experience is gourmet cuisine, a full-service spa, sparkling swimming pools, and wilderness hiking trails. From Interstate 10 and the Tucson Airport, take the Lago Del Oro Parkway north just before reaching the town of Catalina. Similar retreats can be found at the Big Sky Yoga Retreats of Bozeman, Montana. In these areas, you can book yoga vacation packages during the summer, when you can ride a horse or hike into the mountains and meditate beside a sparkling waterfall, or you can book a yoga retreat here during the winter, when you can snowshoe along silent snow-covered trails.
Not all yoga beach vacations are in a hotel on a beach. There are many yoga cruises on both large and small ships that sail in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. You can book a yoga cruise on ships that ply the waters along the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, sail through the South Pacific and stops on the beaches of idyllic tropical islands like Tahiti and Fiji, or go from island to island in Hawaii.