Island Yoga is set on Koh Yao Noi, a small, pristine island located in the Phang-Nga Bay between Phuket and Krabi. It remains one of the rare gems of South East Asia; an island still largely undiscovered by mainstream tourism with stunning beaches, friendly locals and outstanding natural beauty; it really is the perfect retreat hideaway.

Whether you are a dedicated yogi looking to enhance your practice or an absolute beginner seeking a safe environment to begin your yoga journey, everyone is welcome.

Your retreat includes yoga-twice daily, pranayama, Chi Gong, mantras, guided meditations and discourses. The 6 day Discovery Retreat allows you sufficient time to relax into the peace and tranquility of this enchanted island, giving you plenty of leisure time between classes to discover Koh Yao Noi’s customs and culture, adventures and cuisine.

Attending an Island Yoga Retreat is to experience a return to the simple ways of existing in the world. Koh Yoa Noi offers a holistic experience that both rejuvenates and restores harmony and balance. Island Yoga encourages community, sustainability and healthy living, inspiring personal empowerment through meaningful retreats and amazing adventures. The mini retreat offers you the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into your yoga practice while being privy to a beautiful glimpse of this very special part of the world. 

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Excursion
  • Mats
  • Pool
  • WiFi Internet
  • Yoga Props
  • Meditation
  • Yoga



7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Yoga/ Pranayama/ Meditation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Delicious Healthy Breakfast
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free Time
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Yoga/ Mantra/ Chi Gong
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Free Time
TIME OFF Aside from the twice daily Yoga, Pranayama, Chi Gong, Mantras, Guided Meditations and Discourses, your time is yours to explore the beautiful surroundings as you please! Take part in kayaking, snorkeling, hiking or simply enjoy relaxing by the beach and experience a unique Thai massage. Make the most of the tranquility that the island offers to relax and restore your own inner harmony. Meet like-minded guests and friendly locals at this very special resort.

Meet The Facilitators

Venue   Island Yoga

The idea for Island Yoga was born in 2005 when David Sharpe heard stories of an enchanted island in southern Thailand and the modern world was yet to be discovered. He discovered a pristine island rich in tradition and culture that also had many recreational opportunities. He quickly realized he had found the ideal setting for a unique fusion of yoga retreats and outdoor adventures.

Attending an Island yoga retreat is to experience a return to the simple ways of being in the world. Life and Yoga on enchanted Koh Yoa Noi, with few tourists, friendly locals and outstanding natural beauty, provides a holistic experience that both rejuvenates and restores harmony and balance.

With plenty of free time during the day, you can explore remote beaches and lively markets, rice paddies and rubber plantations. This is also the time to treat yourself to a massage or take a Thai cookery course. Recreation options include swimming and snorkeling, hiking and biking, rock climbing and kayaking.

You can rent bicycles, kayaks and motor scooters at the lodge to explore the island. If you need a taxi, just speak to Ning and she’ll organize one for you!

To get to your wild and humble escape, known as Ulmar’s Nature Lodge (Island Yoga), it is easiest from Phuket. From Old Phuket town, local buses leave from the fresh market to Bang Rong Pier everyday. You can also take a tuk-tuk to the pier. Then catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi (Manoh Pier) and enjoy a beautiful journey surrounded by turquoise blue waters. This unforgettable way of transportation will take approximately 30 minutes by speedboat or 1 hour by long tail. From there you can take a local taxi to Ulmar’s Nature Lodge. Taking an island stroll from the pier is also an option, as the Lodge is only a 10-minute walk. There will always be taxi’s waiting for you at the pier, no need to pre-arrange this.



The retreat includes a delicious and hearty breakfast at the lodge. You can also order snacks, shakes, lunch and dinner at the lodge or visit other restaurants in the village and around the island.

Thai cuisine is well known for it's robust taste and flavour, while still being light and fresh. Choose from tasty salads (try the Som Tam- an authentic Green Papaya Salad!), noodle dishes such as Pad Thai, rice dishes with vegetables and spices, as well as many western favourites. 

Dietary requirements are generally easy to work with in Thailand due to their focus on rice and vegetables. There is little gluten or dairy in dishes and you can always request without, if need be. 

For dessert options try the mango sticky rice or black rice coconut pudding!




Sometimes getting to a place is part of the adventure. Tucked away on a remote island, away from civilisation and the influx of large scale tourism, Island Yoga feels like a world away. 

Find bliss, peace, tranquility and joy in this slice of paradise. Wake to the sounds of jungle and practice yoga as the sun rises and sets. Spend your days exploring the natural beauty of Koh Yao Noi. With the freedom to spend your days as you please, choose adventure or relaxation- either way, you will leave feeling rejuvenated and so pleased you made the journey to this very special part of the world. 

Kelly Fielding

Yovada Enthusiast

  Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand

Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are a pair of large islands in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, equidistant to Phuket and the Krabi mainland. While the pace of development is accelerating on these remote islands, they still remain a quiet refuge that feels far removed from the crowds of Phuket.

Less than an hour away by speedboat from the hustle & bustle of the heavily burdened tourist destinations of Phuket & Krabi, the lush, tropical Koh Yao Noi is still largely untouched.  You will find plenty of pristine sandy beaches where the clear, clean waters of Phang Nga Bay gently break on shore. One of the main nearby attractions is the inspiring limestone rock formations, part of the National Reserve Park. Enjoy magnificent views of Phang Nga Bay and breathtaking nature everywhere you set your gaze

Activities available on the island include agricultural demonstrations (rubber and fishing), kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and swimming.

Neither of the islands have banking facilities, but Internet service, restaurants and some shops can be found on Yao Noi. So if you plan to stay over, remember to withdraw some cash money before you go. Note that the islanders are keen to preserve their traditional ways, so it's important to respect the local culture.

Enjoy a little getaway in a place where time stands still. You are in for a memorable and wondrous adventure.

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