Updated: Nov 5, 2020
If you’re feeling the need for some tranquility after the last few months, a surf and yoga retreat could be the perfect solution.
The combination of surf and yoga is the perfect way to harmonise your body and mind, as well as complimenting each other perfectly. A regular yoga practice leads to a vast array of benefits, and surfers will feel the positive effects it brings, such as increased strength, flexibility, focus and balance.
If this sounds like your dream vacation, you’re in luck, there are an abundance of beautiful retreats within Europe and we’ve listed our top five.
1. Casa Tropical in Algarve, Portugal
The dream home of any surfer, Casa Tropical, complete with ocean views, a swimming pool, BBQ area & 5 minute walk to Cabanas beach.
The shared common spaces create a social atmosphere with the other surfers sharing the space, and the option to retreat to your private room, complete with an ensuite, for some relaxation and alone time after. This makes it the perfect destination for couples, groups of friends and solo surfers or yogis.
Need to complete some work in between surf sessions? Casa Tropical features a co-working space, free coffee and the option of yoga or a massage to relax afterwards!
2. AltaVista Surf Adventure Lodge in Algarve, Portugal
Dreaming of picturesque views and renowned surf beaches? Based in Praia da Luz, known for having over 300 days of sunshine and crystal clear waters, AltaVista could be your perfect retreat destination.
Other than surf and yoga, AltaVista offers horseback countryside rides, scuba diving, mountain bike trails and SUP sessions to keep you entertained.
The Lodge hosts a fun and social atmosphere to come back to after an action-packed day in the sun.
3. Surya Surf and Yoga in Cadiz, Spain
Surya effortlessly weaves together surf and yoga practices, ideal for anyone seeking a holiday that truly combines the two. With access to luxuries common areas, including a ‘chill-out room’ and a garden reserved specifically for yoga and meditation, you will leave this retreat feeling well and truly refreshed.
Located in La Barrosa beach in Cadiz, Spain, the villa offers clear water and long beaches, making it the ideal destination for days of surfing in the sun (or try out the surf lessons included in the retreat packages).
4. Natural Surf Lodge, Seignosse and Hossegor, France
As implied by the name, the Natural Surf Lodge puts a large emphasis on eco-living, including eco surf camps and surf schools, or holiday rentals for those who simply want to stay and surf in peace!
Natural Surf Lodge hosts guests at both The Lodge in Hossegor, and The Villa in Siegnosse. If your dream retreat includes early morning surfs, connecting to nature and evening jams sessions or pizza parties, The Lodge is perfect for you.
And if you’re more of a night owl, The Villa has a lively night life within walking distance. You can still make a morning surf session, perhaps accompanied by an afternoon nap!
Natural Surf Lodge typically attracts solo travellers, couples and groups of friends, and welcomes families during school holidays.
5. Adventure Yogi, Cornwall, UK
If the idea of retreating too far from the UK doesn’t appeal, you’re in luck… Cornwall hosts idyllic views and incredible waves.
Adventure Yogi aims to nourish your body & soul through the combination of yoga and surfing, making them the perfect UK retreat for total mind-body transformation. After a long day of exploring the UK coastline, you have the option of booking in a massage, or making the most of the two hot tubs in the Adventure Yogi space.
With a focus on sustainability, Adventure Yogi uses local businesses wherever possible, including local and organic produce, as well as encouraging guests to reuse towels & recycle waste.
So… Have you started packing your bags yet?
Written by: Lily Luna Sol for Active Therapy Clothing