Tulum is one of Mexico’s premiere destinations for yoga lovers or even just those who just want to escape from it all at a relaxing wellness center. The length of the gorgeous Caribbean coastline of this popular town is littered with eco-conscious retreats, making it a haven for fans of mind and body healing, pampering and relaxation. Here are the best yoga studios, retreats and wellness centers in Tulum.
Spa, Health Spa
An eco-friendly, hotel-wellness center double threat, Sanará Tulum – which literally means “you will heal” – is one of Mexico’s best accommodation options and retreats. Sanará offers up a wealth of healing treatments, like the three- to seven-day Cleanse and Heal programs. Alongside this, yoga teachers are actively encouraged to lead retreats at Sanará and, if you don’t manage to get on one of those, there are still yoga and meditation classes held there daily at the spectacular beachside Yoga Studio.
The buzz generated around Be Tulum hotel’s rustic Yaan Wellness Energy Healing Spa isn’t for nothing, as this excellent complex has a wealth of Mayan rituals, innovative yoga classes and spa treatments available. Take, for example, the monthly Open Moon Temazcal Ceremony led by a Mayan healer, the treetop yoga sessions or the Aztec chakra massages that will surely leave you with your spirits aligned and your body revitalized. You’ll honestly never lack things to do at this fabulous wellness center.
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Yoga Dicha Studio
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Yoga Dicha have a studio in Tulum which offers both yoga teacher training courses and some excellent daily yoga classes and programs, led principally by studio owner Richelle Morgan. Working in collaboration with Help Tulum Dogs, they also organise retreats where you can help care for puppies. Given Yoga Dicha’s inclusive policy beginners will feel like experts and experts feel better than ever, this Tulum yoga studio is ideal for the hobbyist yogi, or the traveler who wants to try their hand at a quick downward dog.
Ahau Tulum hotel, located right on the beach and hemmed in by the lush jungle, also doubles as a yoga hub and spa. Here they offer daily yoga and meditation classes in their oceanfront studio, which looks out onto the stunning Tulum shores and sunrises, and can give private sessions too. Alternatively, you could give their unique Wednesday night candlelight yoga classes a go, which come with wine and chocolate included. If Vinyasa Flow isn’t your thing, indulge in some spa treatments, shamanic and drumming circles, or an eco-workshop instead.
The name gives it away at the cosy and welcoming Yoga Shala Tulum, which is, unsurprisingly, all about the yoga. It’s only right, then, that they offer the widest variety of yoga classes and styles than anywhere else in Tulum, which makes it the perfect place if you’re not sure where to start or you want to hone your craft. Choose anything from Hatha to Ashtanga and Kundalini, and take advantage of their daily classes.
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Maya Tulum is not only one of the area’s better accommodation options, it’s perfect for travelers looking for a top wellness retreat in Tulum. They host a ton of yoga retreats throughout the year, and experienced instructors offer classes daily in their creatively-named yoga halls (one is named for Itzamna, the Mayan god of medicine and creativity, and the other is Ixchel, Mayan goddess of healing and nurturing). Beyond that, you can treat yourself to a massage or a Mayan healing ritual.
Run by a former New York resident, Amansala is a wellness-focused beach resort in Tulum known for its quality, energetic yoga classes that break with the traditionally tranquil energy of the practice, and instead focus more on strength and revitalization. While private retreats are often hosted here year-round, you can also find a wealth of in-house, tailored retreat packages – the active Bikini Bootcamp proves especially popular, as does the yoga-focused Beach ‘n’ Bliss.
Shambala is a petite yet captivating hotel in Tulum that offers a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly welcome, with capacity for up to just 20 guests at any one time. This makes it ideal if you want to escape from it all and treat yourself to a yoga-filled vacation. Speaking of which, the beautiful yoga studio sits right on the water’s edge and has a truly serene quality that you’ll find hard to beat, even when you’re taking part in a challenging Ashtanga class.
Azulik Tulum’s Maya Spa offers a range of treatments which combine ancient Mayan techniques with well-known, classic spa treatments, therapies and remedies and will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. A charming added extra of Azulik’s Maya Spa is their Apothecary – there you can get natural oils, creams, teas, or soaps made specially for you that will aid with any ailment. Don’t miss out on the temazcal ceremonies, spa deck and seafront bathtubs either.
Finally, our last wellness retreat in Tulum comes in the shape of Holistika, a magical destination tucked into the heart of the verdant jungle. One of the few options that’s not located on the beach itself, Holistika is certainly a unique yoga and wellness center that will leave you feeling both charmed and restored. At this tucked-away refuge you’ll find morning sun worships, afternoon meditation sessions, and evening fire circles.