Coco Shambhala Villas- hidden gems of Maharahtra and Goa

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A trip to Coco Shambhala is always a good option. Located in the coastal state of Maharashtra and Goa, the resort has been attracting tourists from all over the world for its location near the beaches, infinity pools and unique experiences like whale watching. 

The eco-friendly properties of Coco Shambhala Villa Hotel are unconventional stays that has gained popularity among the travellers, who are looking for a peaceful getaway. You may have visited Goa or Maharashtra several times, but this place will surely unveil the unexplored side of these states, that you would not want to miss.

Ideal for:

Coco Shambala is ideal for travellers who want to experience Goa minus the nightlife. This place is a perfect place to enjoy unique activities like whale watching and experience the innate beauty of beaches. For people who are looking for a private place to stay, the Coco Shambala properties are perfect, as they are remotely located and have limited accommodation available.

About the Property:

Giles Knapton, the managing director at Driftwood Holidays and a passionate traveller, is the man behind this unique property. Coco Shambhala in Sindhudurg , built in 2009, has been awarded multiple titles since its inception. It took four years of trekking to find the perfect location and two years of designing to come up with such out of the box creation. The aim to build this property was not just to attract tourists for leisure vacations in the midst of nature, but to also promote tourism of Sindhudurg. This property does not try to stand out from the town but attempts to camouflage with the local culture, local language and also local cuisine. After Sindhudurg, four more luxury villas were built in Goa. 

Named after the famous Coco Beach, the property has four stunning villas located right in the middle of Sindhudurg’s greenery. Each Villa has a private plunge pool and two large bedrooms, all of which faces the vast Arabian Sea. With complete focus on sustainable tourism, the builders have made sure to leave no stone unturned. From chemical free infinity pools to coconut furniture, they have it all covered. The architecture of this place gives out a little bohemian vibe for its open areas and jungle style gardens.

Food:

The food served here is all locally produced, within the 50km range of the property. The chefs here try to incorporate the local flavours and present gourmet meals to all its guests. The management has always tried to keep things personal and private, and therefore there is no restaurant in the property. They prefer curating meals for all their guests based on the seasonal ingredients available and visitor’s preferences.

Cost:

The cost of villas depends on the season one is planning to visit. There are two packages available for all the guests in Sidhudurg; Standard and Premium. Plus, there are three prices for each package in three different seasons.

Standard package includes; Airport transfers, breakfast and welcome drink. It starts from ₹42,000 per day for low season (1st May to 30th September) to ₹50,000 per day for standard season (1st October to 30th April) and goes on to above ₹50,000 a day for peak season (15th December to 7th January).

Premium package includes; Airport transfers, all meals and one spa treatment per guest. It starts from ₹55,000 per day for low season (1st May to 30th September), ₹65,000 per day for standard season (1st October to 30th April) and above ₹65,000 a day for peak season (15th December to 7th January).

The rates of Coco Shambala Villas in Goa are different, but it also has three rates for three seasons. 

The packages start from ₹33,000 per day for low season (1st May to 30th September) to ₹46,000 per day for standard season (1st October to 30th April) and goes on to above ₹50,000 a day for peak season (15th December to 7th January).

What to do here and around the property?

Massage Therapy:

Enjoy your days in the luxurious villas by booking yourself an appointment of private massage therapies and treatments available here. Each specially curated for its guests in partnership with Forest Essentials. Try one of their signature treatments like the Cashewnut treatment or Sun-Kissed Healing Treatment.

Get close to Marine Life:

This place is a paradise for all the beach lovers out there. With Coco beach right in front of Sindhudurg property and Nivati Beach, a boat ride away, you can enjoy as many beach days as you want. The property can also arrange for whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving, and boat rides for the guests.

Martial Art Lessons:

While enjoying the fine-dining experience and luxurious treatments during the stay, guests can also try their hands on some Mixed Martial Arts. The management can arrange for mixed martial arts lesson by none other than Nelson Pais, an MMA fighter.

Slam Poetry Workshops:

If you are among those travellers who are in search of some inspiration, then this place is just for you. The resident manager Sugandha Das is the founder of India’s first slam poetry group, Mildly Offensive Content, and will happily arrange some slam poetry workshops along with sunset barbecues for you and your squad.

Night Safaris:

For those who want to explore the wildlife of this place, the managers could also organise night safaris for you. Located along the Western Ghats, you might even get a chance to spot a few leopards and bisons here.

Getting there:

Reaching Sindhudurg

The nearest well-connected base from Sindhudurg is Panaji in Goa.

By air: One can take a flight to Dabolim Airport, which is the nearest airport to the property. Coco Shambhala in Sindhudurg is a three hours drive from the airport.

By road: Coco Shambhala is a three hours drive from the Goa Airport.

By train: Kanakvalli, Kudal and Sawanwadi are the nearest railway stations that connect Sindhudurg to main cities like Pune, Ahmedabad and Goa. These stations are approximately 60-70km away from the property.

Reaching Goa

By air: One can take a flight to Dabolim Airport, which is the nearest airport to the property. Coco Shambhala is an hour drive from the airport.

By road: Buses operate from Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru to the multiple bus stops of Goa. 

By train: Vasco Da Gama and Madgong are two railway stations that connect Goa to main cities. These stations are approximately 30 km away from the property.

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