Yoga Retreat Holidays In Barbados
Looking for the perfect holiday destination for Yoga?
Many Yogis head to the mystical East for meditation, spiritualism and well-being. Why not try a change of direction - book a Yoga retreat in the Caribbean with its vibrancy, beauty and mega-relaxed atmosphere. There are a great many Yoga studios/classes available on Barbados - proving very popular during the hot summer season.
In Holetown, St. James we have Sunshine Kula Yoga
run by Pamela Harris providing Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Core and a gentle theraputic yoga session.
Early morning lessons from 6.00am for the early risers to 10.00am before the Caribbean sun intervenes and beach time calls. As the sun sets lesson resume at 6.00pm. All levels are catered for.
For the more adventurous try SUP Yoga run by Santosha Yoga at Paddle Barbados - www.santoshayogabarbados.com. These lessons are run at Pebbles Beach, Carlisle Bay a great way to incorporate yoga and the cooling waters of the Caribbean Sea. Lessons times vary during the week but expect a 9.00am start or the later sunset lesson at 5pm.
If a full yoga holiday package is what you prefer then Limehouseyoga
a UK based firm offer Yoga retreat holidays to Barbados where lessons, accommodation and catering are combined. They provide a more relaxing experience with meditation sessions and teacher led yoga classes and healthy dining, all set within private grounds at Mullins Bay.
Private one-to-one yoga lessons can be booked for individual or groups with Sukha Yoga - www.barbadosyoga.com.
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For the yoga enthusiast this island is a brilliant destination, bustling and busy in the south of the island near its capital Bridgetown but head north to the parishes of St. James and St. Peter and you will discover a coastline of beautiful golden beaches often deserted with clear blue warm waters.
Or try the east coast at Bathsheba with its more dramatic, rugged coast, facing out to the Atlantic Ocean. The sea is very rough here and swimming is not advised at all! Surfing is the main attraction in the famous Soup Bowl, an area used for surfing championships. Bathsheba and its surrounding area is a much quieter less touristy place, here you will find The Atlantis Hotel - www.atlantishotelbarbados.com. A beautiful historic building circa 1800's set on the coast. Complete with intimate swimming pool and high standard restaurant it is perfect for a few days of complete relaxation and authentic caribbean and bajan cuisine. On the west coast the attraction has to be the beautiful never-ending beaches, there are the obvious busy areas mostly grouped around hotels and bars but there are also vast stretches of quiet "have-the-place-to-yourself" beaches. Plenty of watersports are on offer from water-skiing, scuba-diving and jet-ski hire.
Eating Out In Barbados
For dining the island offers a quite brilliant standard of food every taste is catered for. Local bajan food or continental cuisine to suit all budgets. One of my favourites is The Fish Pot just outside Speightstown - www.littlegoodharbourbarbados.com - like many restaurants set right on the beach, attentive service and freshly prepared food - can recommend the king prawns!
In Speightstown itself you will find The Orange Street Grocer - www.theorangestreetgrocer.com - a small but really charming eaterie specialising in woodfired pizzas, homemade bread, organic salads and great breakfasts. They offer gluten free organic food with a "farm to table" ethos, and a varied menu including many dishes for vegetarians and vegans.
In Holetown you have a wide choice from fine-dining to fast-food restaurants, try lunch at Zaccios a relaxing beach bar where you can spend the whole day and sip cocktails as the sun sets.
For vegetarian and vegan options you will not be disappointed by Spago - www.spagobarbados.com - an Italian influenced restaurant, always busy, serving brilliant pasta dishes, pizzas and grilled fish.
So for a perfect summer yoga getaway what could be more relaxed and laid back than the Caribbean island of Barbados?
This beautiful pear-shaped island in the Atlantic Ocean is only 8 hours direct flight from the UK and yet on arrival is as far away from home/work and the stresses of life as you can possibly be. With an average daily temperature of 30°C / 86°F there is plenty of sunshine to go around! The wet season runs from June - November, dry season December - May.
I have visited Barbados a number of times usually during the wet season due to school holiday schedules and have found the weather to be perfect, You may experience the occasional downpour this is to be expected. Head for the bar or stay in the sea until it passes, the sun is never far away!
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