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Goa's Coco Shambhala among the world's top 25 beach villas

Tucked away behind Coco Beach in north Goa, Coco Shambhala is one of the world's most luxurious and exclusive sun and sand getaways. Specialising in first-rate service with friendly staff, offering tailor-made gourmet dishes and featuring spacious treehouse-like accommodations, this complex was recognised as one of the top 25 beach villas by Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

Goa's Coco Shambhala among the world's top 25 beach villas

Conde Nast Traveller magazine, known as one of the most prestigious opinion authorities in the tourism sector, carefully analyses and reports the best venues in the holiday business in order to recommend truly excellent destinations.

The Coco Shambhala in Goa was selected among this magazine’s top 25 beach villas this year. Outstanding service, breath-taking location and fantastic entertainment and dining options are some of the reasons Coco Shambhala can be considered a true paradise on earth for holidaymakers.

Location

A few miles from the popular North Goan beach hotspots of Candolim and Calangute, Coco Shambhala is a boutique collection of four open-air villas surrounded by lush jungle-style garden. A free-form pool presides the centre of each villa and is designed to provide privacy for the occupants.

Decor and accommodations

The mood is set from the moment you arrive. The tree-house style of each villa immediately transports you to a tropical paradise. Each one of the four private villas are essentially two-storey houses with spectacular elevated indoor/outdoor living spaces and private jet pools on the ground floor in outdoor garden rooms. The decor reflects the houses’ open-air style, mixing colonial Indian furniture and motifs with contemporary textiles.

Facilities

Guests can choose from two types of villas: Villa Rohini and Ashlesha, boasting bedrooms on the ground floor and open-air bathrooms or Villa Ashvini and Bharini with indoor bathrooms. All of them comprise wonderful perks and services designed to make visitors’ stay truly comfortable and special.

In addition to free Wi-Fi, daily cleaning service, and a well-stocked fridge with beer, local wines, bottled water and soft drinks, guests have access to a private therapy area in the garden offering massages, body wraps, facials and treatments. Those who prefer to indulge a more private environment can book an appointment for someone to come to their villa. Moreover, 24-hour concierge service is included and guests are given a pre-programmed local mobile phone with contact numbers for the team. For heading out and exploring beyond the complex, a complimentary car and personal driver with extensive knowledge of the area come as part of the package.

Food and drink

Coco Shambhala caters to every individual taste. Guests can ask for a tailor-made menu based on fresh, quality ingredients. Breakfast can range from platters of fruit and omelettes to delicious Goan curry and it may be served inside separately inside each villa or at garden tables by the main pool.

Try local recipes elaborated by the excellent kitchen team and toast with fine wines as Shagun Mehra, Coco Shambhala’s cuisine chef, also happens to be one of India’s foremost wine experts and is on-hand to provide introductory tasting sessions and private dining evenings. For those who prefer to explore, many top restaurants are also a short car ride away.

Excursions, activities and entertainment

Located in the idyllic north of Goa, the villas are close to 7 kilometers of the region’s most beautiful beaches like Candolim, Calangute and trendy Baga Beach. For more adventure, try dolphin-watching tours, go crab fishing on the backwaters, sail on boat trips along the Mandovi and Zuari rivers and join in on day trips to spice plantations.

Overall experience

Though every villa is designed to preserve guests’ privacy, they also work together and house a total of four people. For £260 a day, Coco Shambhala is ideal for extended families and groups of friends travelling together. The friendly service, lavish amenities and incredible entertainment options accentuate that Coco Shambhala deserves a place among the top 25 beach villas in the world.

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