The coolest places to put your yoga mat

Our list of the best resorts to slip in a session across the globe.

You may not be ready to commit to spending two weeks at a silent, vegan yoga commune, and that's ok. Being a martyr for the mat certainly has its place, but that's just not what this story is about. No, this is a story about indulgence and luxury — with a side of Asana. We've compiled a list of the most incredible getaways all over the globe that offer glorious platforms for your practice. And simply sneaking in a class between your spa session and gourmet lunch is fine with us.

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  • Cocoa Island

    Cocoa Island

    The Setting: The Maldives

    The Yoga: Along with daily classes taught on a serene, open-air yoga pavilion on the sunrise side of the island, the resort also offers private instruction at the request of their guests.

    Beyond The Mat: Some may never tire of the unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean from their private over-water bungalows — arguably the reason for the growing obsession with the oh-so-hot-right-now Maldives — but if you do, deep sea diving, water sports and sunset cruises are options.  

    To Visit: cocoaisland.como.bz

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  • Carmel Valley Ranch

    Carmel Valley Ranch

    The Setting: Carmel, California

    The Yoga: Daily classes are held on a beguiling oak-shaded platform at the top of a 30-minute trail.

    Beyond the Mat: The 500-acre, 139-room ranch in the sunny foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains re-debuted in 2010 as a playful resort with outdoor adventures from beekeeping to basketball camps to s’mores nights.

    To Visit: carmelvalleyranch.com

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  • Little Dix Bay

    Little Dix Bay

    The Setting: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

    The Yoga: Traditional Hatha classes are held Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings at 8:30 aside the spa infinity pool. The resort also offers periodic four-night wellness retreats that combine daily yoga, revitalizing cuisine, and a massage.

    Beyond the Mat: Rooms, suites and villas ring a half-mile crescent of white beach, but if that’s not enough, the water sports crew can motor you to seven other private beaches and set you up with snorkels, an umbrella, towels and a picnic lunch.

    To Visit: rosewoodhotels.com

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  • Laucala Island

    Laucala Island

    The Setting: Fiji

    The Yoga: Like everything else at this thoroughly cossetting resort, you can have your yoga your way. The spa manager will arrange private classes at the Cultural Center on demand in your preferred style, and geared to your ability level.

    After class: What can’t you do on this 3,000-acre private island resort? Eighteen holes of golf? Circumnavigating the island on mountain bike? Horseback riding? Dining fit for a queen? Thai massage? Scuba diving? Check, check, check, check, and check. The 25 oversize villas are served by a staff of more than 350, and the options are boundless — or you could just chill out on one of the 12 beaches or by one of the 38 swimming pools.

    To Visit: laucala.com

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  • Golden Eye

    Golden Eye

    The Setting: Oracabessa, Jamaica

    The Yoga: Poolside yoga classes are offered at an early-but-not-insane morning hour four or five times per week. You'll practice on the pool deck that juts out into the sea with a local teacher who has deep roots in a spiritual form of Egyptian yoga.

    Beyond the Mat: Amble over to the Bizot Bar for a traditional breakfast of eggs, jackfruit and callaloo, all raised on owner Chis Blackwell’s upland farm.  Then head out on a jet ski or stand-up paddleboard, either in the beginner-friendly lagoon or the rougher ocean.

    To Visit: goldeneye.com

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  • The Ranch at Rock Creek

    The Ranch at Rock Creek

    The Setting: Philipsburg, Montana

    The Yoga: The Ranch hands include two yoga instructors over the summer and one in the winter, who tailor private sessions to you on the lake platform, in the fitness studio or by hiking to your desired location.

    Beyond the Mat: Choose from a full menu of Western-style activities, from horseback riding to fly fishing, as well as hiking and mountain biking. You can stay in one of the nine cozy rooms in the main lodge (closer to the excellent grub), nest in one of nine log cabins or “glamp” in a luxury tent.

    To Visit: theranchatrockcreek.com

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  • Como Shambhala Estate

    Como Shambhala Estate

    The Setting: Near Ubud, Bali

    The Yoga: Take daily Hatha, Vinyasa, or Pranayama and meditation classes, taught on a teak platform perched on the side of the magnificent Ayung River Gorge. The Estate also offers holistic disciplines like Pilates and tai chi.

    Beyond the Mat: Have a soothing Balinese massage from one of the highly skilled therapists, or just relax in your residential-style room where your private butler hand-delivers fresh juices.

    To Visit: Cse.Como.com

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  • Carlisle Bay

    Carlisle Bay

    The Setting: Antigua

    The Yoga: In a white-shuttered, open-air Garden Pavilion flanked by magenta bougainvillea, the semi-weekly Hatha yoga (8am Tuesdays and Thursdays) classes are taught by local sisters whose fit physiques are a strong endorsement for the practice. Private sessions can also be arranged.

    Beyond the Mat: Lounge on the white-sand beach (there are separate ones for families and couples) and let the less-is-more aesthetic of this 82-suite resort soothe you. Cruise the bay on a kayak or Hobie Cat, or book a snorkeling excursion to a nearby reef.

    To Visit: campbellgrayhotels.com

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