This island getaway for two infuses local tropical design with Moroccan and Mediterranean flavours. The result? A light, airy home with cosy charm and plenty of room to unwind. Do your early-morning sun salutations on the two-storey property’s rooftop deck, or walk to the nearby beach for a dynamic yoga sequence by the waves.
1 / 10 Casa Impala, Quintana Roo, MexicoRead more
2 / 10 Casa Macondo, Santa Teresa, Costa RicaRead more
With its extraordinary location (a two-minute walk from Playa Hermosa de Santa Teresa) and exquisite decor (a collection of antiques from around the world), you’d be hard-pressed to find a rental with more convenience and character than Casa Macondo. But it’s the property’s large yoga shala, surrounded by a lush tropical garden, that truly steals the show. Perfect for a small group session or private instruction, the shala is also an ideal spot to test your strength and balance with a few surfing lessons.
3 / 10 Casa Prana, Lake Atitlan, GuatemalaRead more
There’s only one thing better than Casa Prana’s spacious, light-filled yoga studio: the view you’ll enjoy as you practise here. It’s hard to beat the property’s million-dollar panorama of Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes, not to mention the manicured private garden that surrounds the home.
4 / 10 Ke Aloha Estate, Kauai, HawaiiRead more
There’s plenty of room on this traditional Hawaiian plantation for you (and 11 of your closest friends) to do a vinyasa. Try that in the large studio or on the generous grounds, with the Namahana Mountains rising in the distance. Gather bananas, papayas, lychee and grapefruit from the backyard for your morning smoothie, or try a walking meditation in the nature preserve that borders the property.
5 / 10 Laulea Kailani Villa, Kauai, HawaiiRead more
If you’re looking for a rental that combines roomy studio space with spa-worthy amenities such as a steam room, hot tub and infinity pool, look no further than this 4,000 sq ft property in Kauai, Hawaii. Every aspect of its design – a blend of Balinese, Hawaiian and Asian elements – is tailored to maximise comfort and relaxation. Destress with a bit of restorative yoga, then stretch out on a patio chaise and soak in views of the surrounding valley and Hanalei Mountains.
6 / 10 Villa Aragona, Naples, ItalyRead more
Located between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, the colourful rental was built as a manor farm in the 1600s. Thanks to a series of modern updates, including the pool, jacuzzi and annex, this luxe property can now entertain and accommodate nearly 20 guests. The spacious studio and zen room make the home a popular spot for yoga retreats, especially since visitors can also book in-home sessions led by a local teacher. After class, take a walk in the Mediterranean garden and help yourself to the villa’s organically grown produce.
7 / 10 Manor Barn Cottage, Devon, EnglandRead more
Escape to Manor Barn in the English countryside, a quaint and cosy cottage with a separate yoga studio building surrounded by lovely backyard gardens. When you’ve finished your asanas for the day, pick produce for dinner from the organic vegetable patch, take a quiet walk on the property’s footpaths or visit the 13th-century pub nearby to meet some of the locals.
8 / 10 Bidadari Cliffside Estate, Nusa Dua, BaliRead more
This contemporary cliffside estate built above the Indian Ocean is a tropical gem. A Balinese-style cabana nestled at the bottom of the hill houses the fourth bedroom suite on the main floor, and a luxe gym beneath. Begin the day with simple breathing meditation in the villa’s two-tiered gardens or a calming yoga routine overlooking the white sand beach. Prefer to be led by a professional instructor? The villa manager can arrange that for you.
9 / 10 Penestanan Villa, Ubud, BaliRead more
Just a 15-minute walk from Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital, the villa is set in a beautiful garden filled with flowers and fruit trees. Property staff can arrange for an instructor to lead you through a calming or challenging sequence in the estate’s unique open-air yoga studio. With butler service, a nearby spa and a rooftop deck overlooking local rice fields, there’s no chance you’ll leave this stunning rental with even a trace of stress.
10 / 10 Villa Serendipity, Ko Samui, ThailandRead more
Located across from Kamlay, the island’s award-winning wellness retreat is a contemporary home with a pool, herb garden and open-air yoga sala (accessible through a secret garden in the master bedroom). Planning to explore Ko Samui? A Toyota Forerunner equipped with a navigation system is included in the rental package – along with complimentary airport and ferry transfers, and a continental breakfast each morning.
FOOD | 23 June 2018
FOOD | 22 June 2018