Tonga’s Wellness and Yoga Retreats
Yoga and wellness are about escaping the stresses of modern-day life and reconnecting with the things that matter. Forget the tourist hotspots of Thailand and Bali. How about you get off the beaten track and experience a retreat in the remote yet stunning island paradise of Tonga. It’s almost certain that this is the most tranquil destination you’ve gone for a retreat, with most of the islands of Tonga being pristine and untouched. We go through the island groups, resorts and what to expect on a wellness and yoga retreat in Tonga.
5 Wellness Experiences in Tonga
- Rejuvenate with a yoga class at one of Tonga’s yoga resorts
- Learn how to make natural oils and Tongan medicine at Ancient Tonga (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Browse natural coconut oil products a Koko Designs
- Practice sustainable living at one of Tonga’s off-the-grid eco-resorts
- Find yourself one of the many hammocks on the beaches around Tonga!
For more ideas and details, check out the 10 Health & Wellness Experiences in Tonga.
Where to Find Wellness and Yoga Retreats in Tonga
If you’ve found a retreat to amazing to resist or are looking for destinations where you might be able to find a retreat, then chances are, you’ll be taken to one of two island groups in Tonga.
Wellness/Yoga Retreats in Ha’apai
The biggest yoga and wellness retreat destination in Tonga is the Ha’apai Group, a scattering of around 62 islands, most of which are uninhabited. The small islands with sandy beaches, turquoise waters and lush palm forests provide the idyllic setting for retreats away from the hustle and bustle.
While Ha’apai only has a small selection of resorts, many of them are set up for yoga and wellness retreats. Not only do they have stunning natural settings for independent yoga sessions on the beach, but they also have their own yoga pavilions, decks and instructors.
Check out the complete list of resorts in Ha’apai here.
Wellness/Yoga Retreats in Vava’u
An up-and-coming destination for yoga and wellness retreats are the islands of Vava’u. The Vava’u Group is home to some of Tonga’s most premium resorts, some of which have a brimming retreat calendar. Yoga retreats are the main type of retreats found in Vava’u.
See more resorts in Vava’u here.
The Best Resorts for Retreats in Tonga
Some resorts in Tonga shine above the rest when it comes to retreats. Throughout the year, they have a vibrant retreats calendar where the latest scheduled retreats can be found on their websites or simply call to get the latest info.
Serenity Beaches Resort, Ha’apai
A boutique resort on the uninhabited Uolevu Island, Serenity Beaches Resort is one of the most popular choices for retreats. The resort has a number of octagonal fales (beach huts) scattered in their own private sections of coastal forest just off the beach yet nearby the central large octagonal pavilion. The pavilion is the ideal setting for practising yoga, doing dance and meditation classes. They host wellness and yoga retreats from all over the world in a range of subjects, such as business retreats, art, writing, meditation, dance, cooking, wellness, small church groups and yoga.
Mandala Resort, Vava’u
Located on its own tiny private island in the Vava’u Group, the Mandala Resort is set up for a range of retreats, including yoga, cooking and whale watching. Many yoga retreats find themselves on Mandala Resort’s stunning 18-mat yoga deck overhanging the beach. They even have their own yoga instructor with RYT-200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. When it comes to rest, the resort has a number of quaint beach fales, as well as amazing treehouses.
Matafonua Lodge, Ha’apai
Another stunner in the Ha’apai Group, Matafonua Lodge is located on the sandy northern tip of Foa Island. Yoga retreats here are often specialised stand-up paddleboard fitness yoga retreats. The retreats focus on a variety of workouts on the clear glistening waters of Ha’apai. You’ll stay in attractive elevated fales on the beach with shared bathrooms and a restaurant on-site.
Learn more about these resorts and more in the 5 Best Yoga Resorts in Tonga.
What Can You Expect from a Yoga Retreat in Tonga?
What’s on the agenda for yoga retreats in Tonga? Well, each retreat has a mix of common features, as well as something unique. Yoga retreats in Tonga typically include the following:
- Daily yoga sessions
- Healthy meals from sustainably sourced ingredients each day
- Accommodation for each night
- Free use of the resort’s watersports equipment like SUP boards, kayaks and snorkelling gear
- Airport transfers
Some retreats have more unique features, such as:
- Swimming with whales
- Guided snorkelling trips
- Private healing sessions
- SUP yoga and fitness classes
- Cultural performances
- International flights
- Domestic flights
- Travel insurance