STRETCH AND SAVASANA IN... BARCELONA
WHERE? The Yoga Weeks Retreat Centre, Barcelona WHY? For traditional yoga with modern extras HOW MUCH? Five nights from £510 per person; yogaweeks.com
Okay, let’s get one thing straight. We all know that when it comes to picking a yoga retreat, maxing likes on your Instagram account with a dancer’s pose set against a flaming sunset backdrop isn’t supposed to be the main booking essential. But be honest, it plays a part, right? The good news is that, with its soft palette interior, Gaudiesque tiles, ironwork and industrial windows, The Yoga Weeks Retreat Centre in Barcelona has snappable settings a-plenty. And that’s before you head up to the rooftop to practise your sun salutations with many of the city’s famous landmarks in the background. But what makes this place particularly special is the quality of its tutors – all of whom have travelled the world in a bid to help you master your vinyasa flow. Your efforts will be rewarded with a veggie brunch – carefully created by a nutritionist. When you’re not flexing and bending, chill out with a herbal tea in a hammock on the private patio; cross the street and browse La Boqueria – one of the oldest food markets in Barcelona; or work up a sweat with a paddleboarding sesh off La Barceloneta or Bogatell beach, both of which are just minutes away. A retreat with the ultimate om-factor, guaranteed.