From the lulling sound of the waves to the soothing blue of the ocean to healing salt, the beach does more than just provide a pretty backdrop; it also makes you feel better from the inside out. These 15 splurge-worthy coastal retreats offer sunrise vinyasas, wave-assisted meditation, and days spent hiking, swimming, and surfing (or simply lazing in the sun).
Ashtanga Immersive Retreat in Ambergris Caye, Belize
When: July 28-August 4, 2018
Why: There’s no need to sacrifice luxury to embark on a spiritual journey. Fort Lauderdale-based Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide sets up camp at Mahogany Bay Village—a new resort community with a full-service yoga studio and locavore eateries. Those who are serious about diving into Ashtanga will appreciate the opportunity to work with the retreat’s co-leader Greg Nardi, who studied under K. Pattabhi Jois. However, Dawn Oliver, of boutique travel company Well Xplored, which helped curate the retreat, says the experience is not just for seasoned yogis. “The beautiful thing about Ashtanga is that the teacher will meet you on the mat,” she says. In addition to the two-hour long yoga sessions and daily chanting and meditation huddles, you will have plenty of downtime. Indulge in the beauty of the landscape through add-on activities like snorkeling the second largest coral reef in the world and venturing to bustling San Pedro to hobnob with the locals.