With Mother’s Day right around the corner, the pressure to outdo yourself every year (or your siblings) gets increasingly more intense. Dinner at the fanciest Michelin-starred restaurant in town? Done. A rejuvenating spa treatment at a swanky hotel? She’s gone one too many times. So what more can you do?

Well, when it comes to gifts for Mother’s Day, nothing makes a more thoughtful gift than spending quality time together. Think: Treating your mother to a villa stay at a luxurious beach resort. However, if your mum prefers more than just an indulgent beach vacation, we have a better idea: A yoga retreat.

“Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness,” Indra Devi, known as The Mother of Western Yoga, once said. We have to agree, and we honestly can’t think of a better gift for your mum than helping her kickstart her yoga journey. Additionally, besides being a great escape from life’s daily stresses, a yoga retreat will also make for some fantastic mother-child bonding.

From places where celebrities like Oprah Winfrey go to rejuvenate, to lush sanctuaries in Thailand and journeys in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, check out these fabulous yoga retreats to get away from it all and discover your inner zen with your mum.

(Featured image credit: Escape Haven)

1
Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Set in the historical palace of the Maharaja of Teri Garwal, about 20 minutes drive up the mountain from the world capital of yoga (Rishikesh) is Ananda in the Himalayas. Unwind at this luxurious retreat with scenic views of the Ganges at the foot of the mountains, where you can practice yoga, indulge in spa treatments and listen to daily Vedanta lectures. With the Ananda Spa voted as best in the world and boasting a clientele that includes Oprah and Brad Pitt, this retreat is fit for the queen in your life.

Rooms start at S$450 per night, with yoga packages and special offers available. 

www.anandaspa.com

2
Revīvō Wellness Resort, Bali

Set in the hills of Nusa Dua, the newly-opened Revīvō Wellness Resort is an oasis of tranquillity, making the perfect setting for a yoga retreat. The resort makes use of a holistic approach that restores every aspect of your being.

Here, you and your mum can try a variety of yoga, ranging from aerial flow yoga (which uses a combination of acrobatics, pilates, dance moves and yoga) to Vinyasa (synchronises your movement and breath without losing the flow of the training) and even Anusara, which is a mixture of Eastern spirituality and Western movement.

The wellness retreat starts from S$6,869 per person for five nights. 

www.revivoresorts.com

3
The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, New South Wales

Destress and rejuvenate at the award-winning Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, where you can book a ‘Mind, Body, Soul’ package for you and your mum to escape life’s hectic schedules.

The specialised package includes a 90-minute integrated massage at the spa centre, a one-hour rainforest meditation or yoga session for two, an AUD$150 spa voucher each, and complimentary daily yoga.

Rates start from S$3300 per person a night for a twin share superior room. 

www.thebyronatbyron.com.au

4
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Bali

There’s no better place for a yoga retreat than at the spiritual centre of Bali, Ubud. Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa is located by the banks of Bali’s Ayung River, and is described as a healing centre.

The resort is offering a Sacred Arts healing journey inspired by Tri Kaya Parisudha, an ancient Balinese philosophy that encourages one to align heartfelt goodwill and thinking with consistent speech and action. You can either choose a private Holistic Yoga session for up to two guests (S$163) or a group session for three or more guests (S$52 per pax) — perfect if you’re planning to bring your whole family.

Suites start at S$522 a night.

www.fivelements.org

5
The Sanctuary Thailand, Koh Phangan

Be one with nature at The Sanctuary Thailand. The resort itself is made from natural materials, featuring living spaces that open right into the treetops — making for a yoga retreat in a lush setting. Besides experience-based workshops dubbed as “The School of Life”, the property offers a Yoga Holidays package, which includes daily yoga classes and massage treatments, healing therapy, steam room sessions, and private sessions with therapists and teachers.

Rates start from S$647 for a Superior Hillside Bungalow. 

www.thesanctuarythailand.com

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Como Uma Paro and Como Uma Punakha

If your mum is busy this May, pamper her with a yoga retreat in August instead — as this is when Como Shambala’s yogic journey through the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan will take place. A retreat in Bhutan is a yogi’s rite of passage, after all.

Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy uplifting daily yoga while immersing yourself in the culture and landscape of Bhutan with your mum. This includes a five-day itinerary of privately guided excursions exploring the Paro, Thimphu and Punakha valleys — including a trip to Taktsang, the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the riverside Punakha Dzong. The itinerary is paired with a daily yoga practice that will take place either in the morning or evening. Participants will stay three nights in Como Uma Paro and another three in Como Uma Punakha.

The workshop is priced from S$5,978 per person. 

www.comohotels.com

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Escape Haven, Bali

As its name implies, Escape Haven in Bali is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has two outlets across Seminyak and Canggu, and offers health retreats adapted to the needs of one’s mind, body and soul. Pamper yourself and your queen to a luxurious seven-day wellness package, which features spa treatments, delicious cuisine, yoga and surfing set in the estate’s tranquil surrounds. Both you and your mum will leave feeling refreshed and pampered.

S$3,068 per person for a Jacuzzi Suite. 

www.escapehaven.com

Dewi Nurjuwita
Senior Writer
Dewi Nurjuwita is a travel and design writer who can be found exploring the streets of foreign cities with passport in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.