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My Stay at Coco Shambhala, Voted India’s ‘Best Debut Hotel’

I have been waiting to stay at Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg ever since I heard the plot had been bought! I love their sister property in Goa and constantly recommend it to people looking for a luxury stay in Goa – but this new place is a 4 villa property just across the border in Maharashtra. Then I saw that India Outlook Journeyler named the “best debut hotel in India” while their Nerul location was voted “finest boutique hotel in India” and I knew I had to see the new one for myself. Read more about the hotel on their website.

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg

The property has four villas and a lot of staff, so you have people taking care of your every night – which is the same style as their Goa property. It’s that “luxury butler” experience so you are just in total bliss the whole time. Looking around, it’s just beautiful from the coconut tree wood to the infinity pool and views of the Arabian Sea. Your room rate includes food and your fridge is stocked up with drinks, including beer. The only thing you pay extra for is wine/liquor and the spa. Each villa has two bedrooms and is meant for up to four people.

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

The rooms have big fluffy beds, towels, that gorgeous grey stone floor, and cute bathrooms with rain showers. They have toiletries and all that jazz. Literally, everything is so set up for you and it’s like they can read your mind. We were playing Scrabble around 6 PM and they showed up with some french fries and little snacks – yes, please!

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

coco shambhala sindhudurg

coco shambhala sindhudurg

Have you tried Malvani food? They bring you the tastiest breakfast, lunches, and dinners to the villa and set it all up for you. We tried the local breakfast like misal pao done Malvani style, as well as some poached eggs, and all the other items they bring along to compliment breakfast. For lunch, we tried the carrot and pumpkin soup and a pomegranate goat cheese salad. Dinner was the best: the local prawn curry, rava fry Pomfret, eggplant masala, and other goodies. Turns out I love Malvani style Dal. Before we checked out, we had a quick lunch of vadda poa and fried chilies and pakora.

They actually call you before and discuss the menu so you can eat whatever you want. You could ask for a chicken sandwich if you’d rather – it’s 100% up to you (to an extent, don’t go getting crazy lol).

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

The have games you can request or TV’s in both bedrooms. We played Scrabble and I guzzled wine which is what you do at a place like this! This part of the coast is so undeveloped, so there is nowhere to go but the beach, which we did, but coming here is to really just chill here and indulge a bit. There is nothing down by the beach so you’ll have it all to yourself. It’s a really nice little cove.

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

https://goa.cocoshambhala.com/coco-shambhala-sindhudurg/

The spa at Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg was epic. If you stay here you literally have to try the Ayurvedic massage. It is the BEST massage I’ve had in India and the third best in the world, knocking that 4-hour champagne massage in Bangkok down to number four. Honestly, this was just the most relaxing hour I’ve had in months.

For information on pricing and booking which fluctuates throughout the year, check out their website.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

One Comment

  1. yeickesfet February 2, 2018 at 4:22 am - Reply

    amazing!

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