What our guests say

 
 
 

Africa | South Africa & Botswana

 

That was the best week of my life! Thank you all for making this trip more than I could have expected. I miss you all and expect we can keep in touch. Better yet, reunite at a future Exotic Yoga Retreat!

Scott Scaggs


This retreat met every expectation, and more! It has opened my heart and given me great joy and strength. I am not exaggerating when I say it was simply PERFECT!

Enrica Dal Santo , France


An experience I will never forget! Perfection—the best hotel and hospitality I’ve ever received anywhere in the world. I would recommend an Exotic Yoga Retreat to anyone who asks! My heart is overflowing as a result of the warmth, connection and spirit of all the wonderful people involved!

Simon Jarvis, Australia


Thank you for this amazing experience. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime!

Sandy, USA - 2019


This was a magical retreat. The group was a joy to be with.  Much care was taken with the details and everything ran so smoothly.  There was a wonderful mix of yoga, activities, and time to rest and relax.

April, USA - 2019

 

I was blown away by my experiences! The whole trip was more than I could have ever imagined and to share them with incredible, like-minded people was such as gift. I absolutely loved Nina and thought she did a spectacular job at incorporating yoga (both on and off our mats) in the experience. You’ve really found a gem in her. Plus she’s super fun and cool! :) I’m already earmarking Bhutan in 2019 (hopefully with Nina guiding the trip).

JESSICA, CANADA - 2018

 

I've always dreamed of putting my feet on African soil.... so I literally got to live my dream!! It was so much more than I could have ever dreamed! This place and retreat will hold such a special place in my heart forever!

MELINDA, CANADA - 2018

 

It was a perfect combination of magnificent nature, culture, cuisine, meditation, yoga and warm friendship that formed in a matter of days among people from diverse backgrounds and with different interests. Practicing yoga on the savannah under the endless African sky and surrounded by countless the sounds of the wild was an uplifting experience that was pure magic. I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life (although I do plan on repeating this journey some day).

MARLINA, USA - 2018

 

This is my second Exotic Yoga Retreat, and it did not disappoint. Africa is beautiful, without doubt, but our guides, yoga instructor and every individual who joined the trip made the experience even more special.

MARIA, USA - 2018

 

Bhutan

 

It was the most extraordinary experience – and with the greatest people to have shared this with. Life will not be the same after Bhutan.

Zeynep, London

 

We visited amazingly beautiful Buddhist temples reached by climbing up the mountain side – and even got to meditate with the monks! Bhutan is an unspoiled country with friendly people, stunning architecture, and I loved the food!

Trudi, Switzerland

 

I wanted to let you know how extraordinary the Bhutan retreat was. I had so many fears about the trip and my physical capacity – our guide and teachers balanced it so well and made it possible for me to fulfill the experience. For me it is not an exaggeration to say that this was life-changing and personally very important and I feel grateful. The special nature of Bhutan shone through and made this truly amazing!

Julie, USA

 

The retreat was INCREDIBLE! The perfect blend of adventure, rejuvenation, rest and yoga in idyllic settings.

Danielle, USA - 2018

Everything was perfect! Best retreat I have been on! Best guides, we felt safe - so knowledgeable, fantastic food. I loved that we stayed in different places and the schedule was perfect!

Anette, Norway - 2018

What an amazing experience! This trip far exceeded my expectations and was truly ‘once in a lifetime’ travel! Bhutan is such a special place and the trip helped us discover all of the beauty this country offers.

Erika, USA - 2018

Budapest

 

I was not remotely expecting to find the warmth of this particular group, or the uniquely skilful teaching Sylvia gives, and the retreat exceeded my expectations in every way. I want to say a little about Sylvia’s skills, which seem to be both cultivated by her dedication to the principles of yoga (as I recognise them) and also a beautiful expression of her character.  She was both gently authoritative in her teaching, inspiring confidence from the first moment of contact with her - in my case by reading her blog - and also in the room. She led from the middle as well as the front, adapting the session to the subtle energetic state of the group.  She was relaxed and yet kept everyone together. I don’t think it is exaggerating in any way, to say that we as a group, really loved her - and extraordinarily, felt this reciprocated. This atmosphere of acceptance led to a dropping of barriers and a spontaneous esprit de corps that made for an unforgettable retreat, and possibly long-term important friendships. It was so successful that it almost inhibits me from doing another one - how could it possibly be better?! Congratulations on a wonderful business.  I hope to be joining you again.

Laline

Just want to tell you that I enjoyed the retreat immensely. The hotel was lovely, the food was excellent and everything was well organized. Sylvia was the best teacher I have met in the yoga classes I have taken. I am a yoga neophyte but she was so encouraging and based the poses on the abilities of everyone in the class. Most importantly, she was a lovely, sensitive person who made the retreat one that I will remember always. It was such a pleasure to meet such a diverse group of people. Our dinner conversations were lively, informative and interesting. I look forward to another retreat with Exotic Yoga Retreats.

Bernadette

KENYA

 

Nina is such a talented yogi and a wonderful person! I hope to have the opportunity to take her classes again on a future retreat!

ERIKA, USA - 2018

 

Nina was fantastic!! She created a safe, inviting and open space for all of us to relax and fully enjoy our experience! Just a lovely soul :-)

MELINDA, CANADA - 2018

 

I loved Nina's yoga style and she added so much to the trip with her knowledge of Africa and life experiences. She was wonderful.  

MARIA, USA - 2018

 

The yoga was excellent - something for everyone. Perfect balance of restorative and active sessions. The practice built on itself to get more challenging as the trip went on but always with careful modification available. Nina was an amazing instructor - the very best!

DANIELLE, USA - 2018

 

Italy | Tuscany - Cugnanello

 

You have the magic touch in organizing and delivering such a wonderful experience!  Thank you. What a great authentic group of new (and old) friends to experience the retreat with - I enjoyed meeting you. I hope we stay in touch.

Ben, United States


I had the most amazing time with my new friends during the re-treat! Thank you so much indeed! I really enjoyed so much, from the beginning to the end, every moment. Also I am so lucky that I had a chance to meet Neil who was a wonderful teacher. For sure we will keep in touch and I am sure that our paths will cross again with all my new friends in the future.

Neslihan, Turkey

 

Italy | Umbria

 

An experience I will never forget! Perfection—the best hotel and hospitality I’ve ever received anywhere in the world. I would recommend an Exotic Yoga Retreat to anyone who asks! My heart is overflowing as a result of the warmth, connection and spirit of all the wonderful people involved!

Simon Jarvis, Australia



Hands down, the best retreat I’ve ever been to, and I have been to many! Perfect combination of leisure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and exceptional food! Gayle’s yoga has an incredible depth of knowledge, from her anatomical references, to her deep teachings of asana and pranayama. The best is her acceptance of all levels of practice, respecting each individual’s body and level of practice. Can’t wait to join another Exotic Yoga Retreat!

Tricia Desvarieux, Haiti



Healthy hedonism set the tone for a playful week of yoga, mindfulness, laughter, and connection. The food leaves me speechless. The new friends – I will never forget! I leave in great peace and joy!

Joanna, Australia

Mexico | Christmas

 

I truly enjoyed our Exotic Yoga Christmas in Mexico. If you want a getaway from traditional Christmas, this is the place to go! Great facility, friendly staff, good program choice, but I think what made this yoga retreat so special was Gayle’s attention and love to participants. This is not a retreat to just go and do yoga. This is a retreat to create lifelong memory.

Kaz Iso, Japan

If you are interested in doing a yoga retreat, or the thought of trying one has even popped into your mind, DO IT! You do not have to be an avid yogi to get something out of this experience. This retreat is far more than just yoga – but the yoga was and instructors were amazing.

Olivia, France

Nothing but excellent things to say! I did the Mexico Christmas Retreat and it was beyond amazing. The people, the facility, the yoga…all incredible! This was my first yoga retreat, and I could not have been more pleased. Practicing yoga with like-minded, wonderful individuals was such a treat. I felt calm, relaxed, and connected with myself.

Sarah, England

This was my first yoga retreat and I didn't know what to expect. It blew my mind! I would recommend this experience it to anyone!

Ale de Rienzo, Mexico

The retreat was amazing. It exceeded all expectations. I grew in ways I didn't think possible, made new friends with kindred spirits, and made memories I'll carry with me forever.

Kristy

This was a life-changing experience as my first time at a yoga retreat.  I had few expectations but this week exceeded my wildest dreams! The practice was beautifully integrated, with both physical and spiritual elements developing throughout the week.  Sylvia and Josie were wise, loving and thoughtful guides.

Steven

The retreat experience surpassed all expectations- from the airport pickup to the final vinyasa.  My gratitude for this experience is boundless and it has ignited a new journey of self-discovery.

Katie

Mexico | New Years Eve

 

Life changing, eye-opening, and deeply inspiring! This retreat reset my life. It was beyond what I envisioned was possible in one week!

Saige Rutherford, USA

This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. I have made connections with people and myself that I never would have expected. Those connections will be in my heart and help me be a better version of myself for the rest of my life.

Brent Van Slyke, USA

I’m leaving the retreat feeling the happiest and freest I’ve ever felt!

Naseem Nikoo, Iran

Just beautiful!  I was able to get grounded, connect with amazing people, learn new techniques and practices, all while having fun and being able to balance personal and community time. The yoga practice surpassed my expectations.  Nina was above and beyond and has expanded my life.  It was everything I wanted and needed.

Kristena

This was a wonderful, relaxing way to say farewell to an old year and welcome the new one.  It was a lovely, open, and kind group on similar journeys. Thanks for a relaxing, fun and healthy week.

Amanda

Great way to spend the New Year- ringing it in with fun, sunshine, laughter and vitality.

Marni

 

Switzerland

It was a fantastic week! I loved every minute of every day: powerful yoga sessions, stunning hikes, spa moments and delicious gourmet dinners! The mix of people, the teacher, and the beautiful W Hotel! Will definitely do another Exotic Yoga Retreat!!

Elizabeth Press, UK

There aren’t really words to describe how fantastic this week has been. I had no expectations, and yet you exceeded every one of them!

Michelle Rasmussen, Australia

Just want to tell you that I enjoyed the retreat immensely. The hotel was lovely, the food was excellent and everything was well organized. Sylvia was the best teacher I have met in the yoga classes I have taken. I am a yoga neophyte but she was so encouraging and based the poses on the abilities of everyone in the class. Most importantly, she was a lovely, sensitive person who made the retreat one that I will remember always. It was such a pleasure to meet such a diverse group of people. Our dinner conversations were lively, informative and interesting. I look forward to another retreat with Exotic Yoga Retreats.

Bernadette

I was not remotely expecting to find the warmth of this particular group, or the uniquely skilful teaching Sylvia gives, and the retreat exceeded my expectations in every way. I want to say a little about Sylvia’s skills, which seem to be both cultivated by her dedication to the principles of yoga (as I recognise them) and also a beautiful expression of her character.  She was both gently authoritative in her teaching, inspiring confidence from the first moment of contact with her - in my case by reading her blog - and also in the room. She led from the middle as well as the front, adapting the session to the subtle energetic state of the group.  She was relaxed and yet kept everyone together. I don’t think it is exaggerating in any way, to say that we as a group, really loved her - and extraordinarily, felt this reciprocated. This atmosphere of acceptance led to a dropping of barriers and a spontaneous esprit de corps that made for an unforgettable retreat, and possibly long-term important friendships.  It was so successful that it almost inhibits me from doing another one - how could it possibly be better?! Congratulations on a wonderful business.  I hope to be joining you again.

Laline

Yoga specific testimonials

 

Best yoga classes I’ve had on a retreat! Each class was varied, and everyone’s needs were taken care of at all times. It was fun, hard, made me push myself in a good way.

Anette, Norway

The yoga was excellent - something for everyone. Perfect balance of restorative and active sessions. The practice built on itself to get more challenging as the trip went on but always with careful modification available. Nina was an amazing instructor - the very best!

Danielle, USA

Nina is such a talented yogi and a wonderful person! I hope to have the opportunity to take her classes again on a future retreat!

Erika, USA

Sylvia was the best teacher I have met in the yoga classes I have taken. I am a yoga neophyte but she was so encouraging and based the poses on the abilities of everyone in the class. Most importantly, she was a lovely, sensitive person who made the retreat one that I will remember always.

Bernadette

I was not remotely expecting to find the warmth of this particular group, or the uniquely skilful teaching Sylvia gives, and the retreat exceeded my expectations in every way.  I want to say a little about Sylvia’s skills, which seem to be both cultivated by her dedication to the principles of yoga (as I recognise them) and also a beautiful expression of her character.  She was both gently authoritative in her teaching, inspiring confidence from the first moment of contact with her - in my case by reading her blog - and also in the room. She led from the middle as well as the front, adapting the session to the subtle energetic state of the group.  She was relaxed and yet kept everyone together. I don’t think it is exaggerating in any way, to say that we as a group, really loved her - and extraordinarily, felt this reciprocated. This atmosphere of acceptance led to a dropping of barriers and a spontaneous esprit de corps that made for an unforgettable retreat, and possibly long-term important friendships.

Laline

Previous Destinations

The retreat exceeded my expectations in every way. Everything about the trip was wonderful and my last decision to join was truly one of the best decisions I made during 2015. The itinerary was perfectly paced – a stop at Moray Circles en route to the retreat center, a full day to Pisaq, then two quiet days over new years at the retreat center, the big excursion to Machu Picchu, then a final day to decompress at the retreat center before heading home. While I had thought that I would want more time at Machu Picchu, the two half days were very full and sufficient time. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I returned feeling more relaxed and refreshed than I thought possible, as well as filled with gratitude for a beautiful and nurturing experience.

Amanda Sloat, USA

An amazing trip to bring in the New Year! It was luxury in the purest sense—nature, spirit and deep connections. We had so many beautiful experiences with the shaman, meditating at Machu Picchu, hiking the ruins, and of course, the really amazing yoga!

David, UK

 

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