Bophut, Thailand | Chaiyuth Boonlert, List Sotheby’s International Realty
In our busy world, finding time and making space to unwind and disconnect is increasingly vital. Carving out a dedicated spot at home for meditative practices is a great way to cultivate mental wellness, and incorporating certain elements can help establish the right energy and mood. To create your own calming meditation room, take inspiration from five exceptional properties around the globe that have exemplary spaces for enjoying the present moment.
Vaud, Switzerland | Hugo Dos Santos, Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty
Appropriate lighting is necessary for creating a soothing space, and that means using soft, ambient light to encourage relaxation—think dimmed lighting or candles—as well as the mood-boosting effects of natural light. For example, the indoor/outdoor spa featured in this seven-bedroom Swiss waterfront estate offers the best of both options to create a beautiful meditation space. While the home’s entire ethos is one of comfort and wellness through its immaculate design, the spa’s access to fresh air and natural light is ideal for mental and physical restoration.
A Yoga Room
Mexico | Malusa de Nova, Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty
With its emphasis on breath and presence, yoga goes hand-in-hand with meditation. There are ample benefits to practicing yoga, from stress relief, to increasing strength and flexibility, to its powerful focus on awareness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have immediate access to a yoga and meditation room right at home, as found in this contemporary Mexican residence? The entire property feels like a wellness retreat, with multiple pools and terraces for lounging, a steam room, and spectacular gardens. But it’s the octagonal, vaulted Meditation Center—surrounded by the soothing sound of running water—that provides the ultimate environment for tranquility.
Honolulu, Hawaii | Yukiko Yang, List Sotheby’s International Realty
Nature has a grounding energy and the power to help us realign our priorities by offering a fresh perspective. Harnessing that power by meditating outdoors can be ideal, especially in a space like the interior courtyard of this modern oceanfront Hawaii surf retreat. The entire home has a warm, contemporary feel with natural finishes, which is carried through from the airy kitchen to the spacious courtyard featuring an intricate Kiawe tree. There’s plenty of room for meditation, yoga, or simply lounging in the fresh air without leaving the comfort of home. Nature can be incorporated into any mediation space by introducing organic elements like plants and water features.
Minimal and Earthy Colors
St. John, Virgin Islands | Corby Parfitt & Eric Bauman, United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty
A soothing color palette is key for setting the mood in a meditation space. When selecting paint and textiles, take note of the minimalist hues used at Casa Bella Luna, a nine-bedroom Caribbean haven in the Virgin Islands where white sandy beaches await. Relaxation is immediate upon entry to the 30,000-square-foot compound as muted blues, grays, and whites harmonize with earthy accent shades of clay, terracotta, and green. The effect? A cool calmness paired with subtle invigoration.
Saint Kitts and Nevis | Neybis Sanchez, Frigate Bay, Cities In The Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Where possible, pacifying natural views are the ideal backdrop for meditating. Water is an important grounding element—both in sound and sight—and for many, ocean views are the pinnacle for finding zen. At this St. Kitts villa perched on Sundance Ridge, Caribbean Sea vistas stretch for miles and offer a peaceful atmosphere for meditating. Between the vast outdoor terrace, 80-foot-wide infinity pool, and jacuzzi, there are many places for soaking up the views while unwinding under the sun.
If routine meditation has become a priority, having access to a private meditation room right at home is key. Whether opting to transform a room with the calming features, or gathering inspiration to build your own sanctuary, prioritizing mental wellbeing starts with creating a special space dedicated to serenity.
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