If champagne-filled parties are the way that you usually ring in the new year, how about trying something completely different to usher in 2016? To start the year with motivation, inspiration and a clear mind, check out OROGOLD’s list of wellness retreats for New Years.
New Year 2015-2016 Yoga Holiday, Marrakech, Morocco
Offered by Satvada Retreats, this new years wellness retreat takes place in exotic Morocco, where guests stay in a traditional riad in the heart of Marrakech’s old medina. Days are spent taking part in yoga and meditation classes, and there is also an organized cultural tour to the heart of Marrakech for guests to be able to truly appreciate their surroundings. The celebrations for the 31st begin with a walk to the nearby Atlas Mountains, where guests will enjoy a traditional new years dinner at a local kasbah, otherwise known as a castle, accompanied by local musicians.
New Year’s Jungle Party, Boca Sombrero, Costa Rica
The New Year’s Jungle Party in Costa Rica, hosted by the Kula Yoga Project, takes guests away from the concrete jungle and out into the lush expanse of the Costa Rican jungle. This natural wonderland is packed with rugged beauty and pristine rainforest, and is aimed at urban dwellers who want to get away from it all. Accommodation is in a jungle yurt, and there are also open air beach front houses for those who want to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. For those of you who want to bring in the new years by being as close to nature as possible, this is the retreat that OROGOLD would recommend.
New Year’s Yoga Retreat, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
This new years yoga retreat, held by Kripalu, is only for those who have at least six months of yoga experience, and is a fantastic way to step into the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The retreat is for four days, and includes Ashaya Yoga, partner yoga, creative movement, meditation, tantra philosophy, creative journaling and sacred dialogue, all of which contribute towards enabling guests to release the old and embrace the new, just in time for the new year. There is a variety of accommodation options available to suit every budget, from simple dormitory rooms to more luxurious, private rooms.
Luxury New Year Yoga Retreat, Santillan, Spain
Located just 30 minutes from Malaga airport, but set within the tranquillity of the Spanish countryside, the Luxury New Year Yoga Retreat is being hosted by Carol McCartney, a private yoga instructor with over twenty years of experience. OROGOLD loves this secluded Andalusian estate, with panoramic views out towards the sea, as well as beautifully landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, and, of course, a state of the art yoga studio.
While a wellness retreat may not be the obvious way to usher in the new year, it is a great option for those who really want to begin the year with a clear and positive state of mind. From a secluded yoga retreat in the heart of the Spanish countryside to a walk on the wild side in the Costa Rican jungle, you are bound to have an unforgettable new year’s celebration at any of these wellness retreats.