Carving out solo time for a yoga retreat can be tricky with a busy family life. But now that school is almost out, you can do the unimaginable—infuse your family vacation with some yoga this summer.
Jake’s Treasure Beach
Jake’s Treasure Beach is one of the few places that truly caters to yogis with families. Your kids will love staying in colorful casitas (many with outdoor showers) that epitomize island living to the core, while you flow to the soundtrack of the Caribbean. Whether you practice daily with Empress, the resident yoga instructor, or come on one of the many retreats that are hosted on the property (Jason Nemer’s Divine Play AcroYoga Festival was just here), this is a perfect place to unplug. While you decompress, the rest of the fam can book biking or hiking tours around rustic St. Elizabeth parish. Kids can also sign up for a mosaic workshop while dad chills in the nearby ocean-water pool. Bonus: All the food is locally grown and very pescatarian-friendly. The region was once the primary hub for Jamaican fisherman—jerk lobster for everyone!
Doubles from $95/night, jakeshotel.com
The Ranch at Rock Creek
Imagine meditating in the middle of more than 6,000 acres of Montana wilderness. Now imagine that you don’t have to worry about entertaining your kids for an entire week because they have everything from fly fishing to horseback riding to archery to choose from. The Little Grizzlies Kids Club is all about exploring the outdoors and the cowboy culture. This magical place is called the Ranch at Rock Creek. Guests can customize their “ranch yoga” vacation to include individual or family classes, even snowga in winter.
Doubles from $1,600/night (all-inclusive), theranchatrockcreek.com
Bhakti Fest West
Joshua Tree, California
Campers rejoice—Bhakti Fest West is a yogi’s alternative to an RV park. From September 7–12, the festival calls Joshua Tree Retreat Center home to all things yoga, kirtan, and meditation. While you flow with the likes of Shiva Rea and chant with Krishna Das, your kiddos will have their own fun with kirtan puppet shows and drum circles.
From $185/night for a family of four, west.bhaktifest.com
You’re not going to have to do much convincing to get your brood to stay in a tree house—especially one tucked away among palm trees, boasting ocean views. A typical day at the eco-friendly Playa Viva resort can go something like this: Release baby marine turtles with the family in the a.m., head to a yoga class curated by the on-site “holistic host,” hang five with pro surfers at Loma Bonita, lunch on organic fare from the garden, take a panga to tour the wildlife of the estuary (more than 200 bird species call Playa Viva home), then book a babysitter for some zen hammock time with your partner before dinner. The boutique property has plenty of activity options for everyone—from volunteering at local schools to partaking in a myriad of yoga-focused workshops.
Treehouse doubles from $445/night (all-inclusive), playaviva.com
L’Auberge de Sedona
Sedona is known for the healing powers of red rocks and energy vortexes, making L’Auberge de Sedona the ultimate sanctuary. In addition to morning yoga, you can mediate to the sound of the Native American flute melody, team up with the healing expert to talk chakras, or sign up for shinrin-yoku (guided forest bathing walks). If you’re up for it, head into town to get your aura read by one of the many psychics. But don’t worry, it’s not all healing stones and spirit animals. The 4×4 Pink Jeep Tours excursions take you off-roading through the famous red rock formations and ancient ruins. Wrap up the day with on-site stargazing with veteran astronomer Dennis Young, who’s like a walking encyclopedia on all things cosmos. His telescope is so huge, you have to climb a ladder.
Doubles from $285/night, lauberge.com
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W Retreat & Spa
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
In a perfect world, you’ll sign up for the ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles yoga retreat and bring the rest of the fam to bask in the island’s tropical perks. Choose from 3- or 5-day retreat packages that include twice-a-day yoga, nutrition consultation, spa treatments and cooking classes. If you can’t swing the escape, don’t despair—the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island has plenty of à la carte yoga options like cliffside, beachside and even glow-in-the-dark yoga (your teen will love it!). One thing you don’t want to miss on this family outing is the kayaking tour in the Bioluminescent Bay. It actually lights up as you paddle through phosphorescent organisms that live in the bay.
Doubles from $430/night, retreat from $609 per person/night; wvieques.com
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Loews Hollywood Hotel
Ok, so the bustling L.A. scene may not seem like a place for a yogacation but hear us out—you can choose from more than 300 yoga classes every day. Stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel to take advantage of its on-site Exhale spa. Starting in June, 7 a.m. Saturday classes take place on the hotel’s 2,025-square-foot helipad that boasts VIP panoramic views of Los Angeles. For the rest of your vacation, studio hop from the original Montana Avenue YogaWorks to aerial Air to the community-centric The Love Dome, which even offers kid-friendly classes. Don’t miss The Springs, a multi-faceted center that houses a yoga studio, juice bar and a vegan restaurant. If you’re yoga-ed out, ride one stop on the metro to Universal Studios Hollywood. (Tip: guests can buy EZ Rez tickets to get early entry—you’ll want to be first in line to ride the Forbidden Journey at the just-opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.)
Doubles from $339, loewshotels.com
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
We can’t think of much that could be more soothing than yoga in fields of lavender, which is exactly what you’ll get if you sign up for the Bikes & Yoga package at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. This series starts in June and consists of a local bike tour that wraps up with a 45-minute Hatha yoga session in the 25-acre lavender field (instructors are also versed in Kundalini and restorative practices.) On site, the entire family can participate in an aromatherapy workshop, farm volunteering, cooking classes that range from hot sauce making to lavender-lemon cookie baking, and even channel Monet with Plein Air painting.
Doubles from $284, lospoblanos.com
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Shambhala Mountain Center
Shambhala Mountain Center lets you choose from specific programs that focus on specific areas, such as healing meditation or digital detox, or you can customize a self-guided getaway. Alternatively, you can just come for a daytrip to hike and explore the verdant 600-acre premises. You don’t want to miss the 108-foot-tall Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, a monument dedicated to peace and kindness, with a large, golden Buddha statue at its center. Bonus: cell phones don’t pick up reception, so you and your teens can be present without distractions.
From $60 per person/night plus meals, shambhalamountain.org
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Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Hamptons, New York
Think of Gurney’s Montauk as a typical beach vacation with yogi perks. The 1926 quintessentially Hamptons resort is right on the beach. So while your kids are occupied with watersports, you can bask in a thalasso tub donning a toxin-leeching seaweed mask. Or (and?) treat yourself to a hydrotherapy massage with a high-pressured stream of seawater to work out those tight spots you can’t get to on the mat. Either way, the wellness center offers multiple classes that range from Vinyasa to barre to fundamental stretching and breathing. Wrap up the day with some vegan frozen yogurt with superfood toppings like goji berries and chia at BuddhaBerry.
Doubles from $370, gurneysmontauk.com
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