By Madeleine Wilson
Stressed? Beer belly? Broke? Awww, sounds like someone needs a bit of TLC. We have some fabulous cheap retreats where you can indulge in a girlie pampering holiday, get those chakras realigned or just enjoy some quality you-time.
Yoga on the beach, detoxing smoothies, Thai massage, budget beauty treatments…I am feeling fabulous already. But the best bit? These cheap yoga retreats and affordable spa break prices will send you in to a state of zen-like calm…
You might have to fork out for a flight but once you reach your cheap spa in Thailand, you be able to afford far more treatments than anywhere else. Beginner or expert, yoga bunnies will want to check out the birthplace of this physical and spiritual discipline and aside from cheap yoga retreats India is also a great choice for vegetarians.
1. Relax Bay Resort
Koh Lanta, Thailand
80km south of Krabi airport this gem of a property is everything you dreamed of for your Thailand beach break. The eco-friendly resort has its own private stretch of the glorious Phra-Ae Beach and offers Bedouin style sun loungers, massage huts and Vinyasa yoga classes.
From a soothing €24.78 per person, per night | Book now
2. The Island
A boutique backpackers with a choice of bright and airy dorms or private loft apartments. Aside from use of the infinity pool and a range of beauty and therapy treatments, you’re also only five minutes walk away from the beach . Enjoy a cold brew from the rooftop terrace bar at sunset or curl up on a beanbag for one of their alfresco cinema nights.
From €14.95 pppn | Customer rating 88.1% | Book now
3. Banpu Resort and Spa
Lakeside wooden cabins surrounded by peaceful Mangrove forests; your view of exotic wildlife, glorious sunsets and fisherman in long-shaft boats means you will unwind before you even hit the spa. Treatments range from traditional massage to aromatherapy and herbal steam baths. There is also a large pool for cooling off. Forget flavourless health food the Suanpu Restaurant is popular with both locals and travellers for the affordable fresh seafood.
From €13.63 pppn | Customer rating 86.3% | Book now
4. Febri’s Hotel and Spa
For a heavenly Bali spa experience on a budget, Febri’s Hotel is near the quiet golden sands of South Kuta beach and surrounded by a garden of frangipani flowers – perfect for a romantic getaway. There is a large swimming pool, but the main draw is one of the best value spas on the island complete with free Jacuzzi, steam room and treatments using delectable natural ingredients such as chocolate. Girlie groups will love the 4-bed cottages.
From €21.98 pppn | Customer rating 89.9% | Book now
5. Spa Hostel Khaosan
Experience the traditional Japanese bath culture in Beppu, a city famous for its eight different varieties of natural hot springs. This hostel is renowned for its friendly staff and is a ten minute walk from the beach and sand baths. The hostel has its own onsen – a natural hot spring bath – which guests can dip in to to for free.
From €15.75 pppn | Customer rating 89% | Book now
6. Hotel Himalaya Yoga
Guests can attend free yoga classes six days a week at this no-frills but heart-warming hotel. They are located in the Thamel neighbourhood of Kathmandu and offer a variety of rooms including backpacker dorms, budget private rooms and decorative private en suite apartments.
From €8.21 pppn | Customer rating 79.8% | Book now
7. Ganga Vatika Boutique Guest House
Peacefully out of the city’s ‘beeping zone’, this budget boutique guest house for yoga in Rishikesh is just 10 minutes’ walk from the centre. The only disturbance is the chanting of mantras from surrounding monasteries and temples. Daily morning and evening yoga and meditation classes are held onsite and are completely free for guests. For your convenience there are self-catering facilities, a terrace overlooking the Ganges, free Wi-Fi access, air-conditioning and home-cooked vegetarian meals prepared by the monks.
From €15.94 pppn | Book now
Take deep breaths and fill your lungs with the glorious air of the Alps – a favourite spa experience commercialised in Victorian times. Unfortunately, bargains are harder to come by but with so many budget short-haul flights, cheap yoga retreats and spas in Europe might be more viable (and eco-friendly!) than jetting off to exotic destinations.
8. Mandala Hostel
It may be a hostel but there is plenty of space and privacy for a feeling of inner peace in Budapest city centre. There is an easy-going and hippie vibe with yoga activities, a meditation space, Swedish massage, hammocks and shisha as well as guitars to play. The stunning Gellert Hill thermal baths are also just a short walk away.
From €8 pppn | Customer rating 92.6% | Book now
9. Hotel Rivamare
The city of Venice is a short 15-minute boat ride away from Hotel Rivamare which has a commanding seafront location on Lungo Marconi in the Lido neighbourhood. Onsite there is the Ki6 OSHO Meditation Center which offers Esalen, lava stone and ayurvedic massage, shiatsu, reiki as well as chakra meditation or hatha yoga (1-hour group sessions from €15pp) indoors or, weather dependent, on the private beach.
From €40 pppn | Customer rating 71.4% | Book now
Santorini Island, Greece
These cave houses – originally the premises of an old winery – are surrounded by fragrant gardens of orange, pear and pistachio trees. There are budget dorms as well as private doubles, a swimming pool, and sea view terraces. Guests enjoy lots of freebies including Wi-Fi, breakfast a shuttle bus in to the town of Fira and tennis courts can be rented for a small fee. The owner is a qualified yoga teacher and morning and evening classes are held on the upper terrace facing the Aegan Sea for €10.
From €10 pppn | Customer rating 94.7% | Book now
11. Hotel Miramonti
The panoramic views of the Imagna Valley over your free breakfast and the unwavering attention to detail by staff make this place worth every cent. Their new onsite Bio-SPA Caréra features an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steam rooms, invigorating Kneip path as well as various spa and beauty treatments.
From €32 pppn | Customer rating 94.4% | Book now
With Mother Nature’s rainforests and wildlife so close at hand, you can find plenty of eco-conscious hostels doubling up as cheap spa break or yoga retreat resorts. Aside from lazing in a hammock with a good book or soaking up the scenery, should boredom kick in mix things up a bit with some horseback riding or kayaking.
12. Hostel Chimenea
Located in the beautiful Andes mountains, Hostel Chimenea is ideally located for outdoor activities like exploring natural springs and hiking, horseback riding, or rafting. But if you’d rather stay indoors then there are plenty activities to keep you healthy and relaxed such as steam health bath, jacuzzi, swimming pool, and body massage.
From €6.06 pppn | Customer rating 91.8% | Book now
13. Ostinatto Hostel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
In the historic San Telmo neighbourhood, this hostel is ideal if you want to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. They offer free yoga, tai-chi and tango classes, a roof terrace and on the ground floor there is a stylish piano bar.
From €13.10 pppn | Customer rating 93.4% | Book now
14. Hotel Isla Verde
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
On the shores of Lake Atitlan, every cabin boasts spectacular views across the water including the yoga studio. They also have an open-air hot tub, traditional Temascal sauna and massage treatments. Of course, thrill seekers might also like to try kayaking, a tour of the organic coffee plantations or horseback riding but you can always kick back in the hammock with a good book when you return. The onsite restaurant and bar serves fantastic Guatemalan cuisine, beers and smoothies.
From €15.91 pppn | Customer rating 94% | Book now
New Zealanders love their great outdoors and will do all they can to protect and nurture it. An eco and cheap yoga retreat in New Zealand will be an eye-opening experience to get you back in touch with nature.
15. Solscape Eco Retreat
Raglan, New Zealand
In the shadow of Mt. Karioi, on the edge of the Tasman Sea and just a bush walk from Ngarunui Beach this quirky retreat is both ethical and educational. Guests can choose from tipis, recycled railway carriages called cabooses, cosy earth domes, cottages or eco cabins. In addition to yoga classes and massages, other events include a Women’s Wellness Weekend, an Eco Logic Learning Adventures Programme with guided bush treks, yoga, surfing and kayaking as well as courses in Permaculture Design.
From €16.92 pppn | Customer rating 76.2% | Book now
Some countries that are forced to deal with soaring temperatures and dry and dusty deserts have established techniques to revitalise and refresh the body. After a busy day haggling and getting lost in the souks, reward yourself with a hammam experience at a cheap Marrakech spa or riad.
16. Riad Karmela
Just eight minutes’ walk from the enchanting square of Djemma El Fnaa and the colourful souks, Riad Karmela is a peaceful and luxurious oasis. The beautifully furnished rooms, suites and apartments are air-conditioned and can sleep up to five people. There are charming communal areas fringed by orange trees, a plunge pool, Jacuzzi, a raised patio with views of the city, a traditional hammam, massage and treatment room.
From €35 pppn |Customer rating 99.4% | Book now
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