This intimate and luxurious retreat is one of the best yoga destinations in India.
Shreyas is luxury yoga retreat an hour from Bangalore that’s as intimate as a boutique hotel. It has just 12 rooms and cottages set in a former coconut plantation in 25-acre grounds and is the only fully vegetarian member of Relais & Châteaux – the gourmet meals bring produce from the retreat’s five-acre garden to the table in healthy, delicious meals and there’s a sharing table if you’re feeling sociable.
The cottages are contemporary and stylish and feature complimentary Wi-Fi should you need it. Of the 12 cottages, three lead straight off the pool while the Garden Tented Cottages have a clean canvas roof and their own veranda. If you’re travelling as a group, there’s also a spacious Three Bedroom Cottage with en suite bathrooms for each room.
Balancing Ayurvedic principles and established luxury, the retreat prides itself on personalised service with its philosophy that 'a guest is to be served as God'. There’s also a strong sense of community – the retreat supports a local orphanage and school which guests can visit. Yoga is the retreat’s key focus and it is used with a therapeutic approach. There are twice daily group yoga sessions and a daily meditation session too. Programmes can be tailored to your needs and abilities and all teachers have extensive yoga training so that they can explain everything from yoga asanas (postures) and meditation to pranayama (breath).
In a 25-acre former coconut plantation amid fragrant jasmine and frangipani in Bangalore
Good to know
This is a vegetarian and alcohol-free retreat.
12 rooms and cottages
• Improve your yoga flow with hatha or ashtanga vinyasa yoga • Help the chefs prepare a meal for the local orphanage with produce from the retreat’s organic garden • Have an Ayurvedic oil massage at the spa*.
*Denotes local charge