I am officially obsessed with this property! Coco Shambhala Goa’s most luxurious villas.. in my opinion. I spent a weekend here with Ben in order to do this review and was blown away with the amazing staff, perfect food (I wish it was open to non-guests; it would be the best restaurant in town), and relaxing villas.
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The hotel will send a driver to collect you since it can be hard to find. There are so many little luxuries, I’m not sure I can count them all but let’s try. The driver who picks you up will be there on call whenever you need him, someone to serve your food in your villa and clean your villa, delicious snacks and sangria upon arrival, and a stocked fridge within the room fee with loads of drink options. If you go over the drink options, you can pay for more but you don’t have to pay high hotel fees. You can send your driver to stock up at the supermarket.
Alright, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning. This property is located in Nerul, near Coco beach. There are four villas that have 2 bedrooms in each. The villas are spaced quite far apart and are completely stocked with basically everything you could need including toiletries.
The rooms have Wi-Fi, A/C, hot water, incredibly soft beds and duvet covers, TV, and huge attached bathrooms with rain shower heads. The downstairs room had a balcony out to sit and have coffee, while the upstairs room was a little smaller. The kitchen is accessible to use and stocked with coffee, tea, and such although you can call and have them make it for you which is what I did and had it brought with my breakfast.
My favorite bit was the massive balcony on top. It held a living space with a big comfy white couch and the dinner table. Ben said he wanted a balcony like it one day and I told him as long as it wasn’t white since he can’t keep white clean! Every bit of decoration in the house was exactly the type I like. This is basically my dream house. I kept making mental notes on things I wanted in my future house.
Each villa comes with a jet pool in the veranda and all villas have access to the huge swimming pool in the center of the property. They use this amazing imported stone (or maybe it’s something they mix in the cement) and keep the pool at just the right ph. It made my hair so soft! Also, the tiles aren’t blue.. somehow thanks to science, the water is turned blue.
Food at Coco Shambhala
For food, you can order each day and they go to the market to collect the ingredients to make stuff fresh for you. If you like, you can have your driver take you out. They have a book with all their favorite places and the drivers know where each are. They even have take-out menus listed. They also have all their favorite activities, markets, and tours in the book and your driver can take you to those as well. Makes for an easy vacation ;)
chicken satay with pinapple salsa, salad with feta and pomegranate, and seafood soup.
chicken salad sandwich
fish in banana leaf
DELICIOUS homemade gaucamole, red pepper salsa, and baba ganoush – chips from a local Mexican woman. I could eat this every single day.
garlic prawns on shells, eggplant french fries, asian salad, terriyaki chicken skewers, pad thai, homemade ravioli with walnuts, chocolate with chili, and apple crumble… yes LOTS of food! We had another friend stop by as well :)
The breakfasts were quite the production! I mean, look at that!! Huge fresh juices, your choise of eggs, hashbrowns, locally made English sausage and bacon (from these English guys in Goa), coffee, fruit, bread… mmm! Luckily we got two mornings of this!
and lastly, below is the famous churros! One of Ben’s favorites!
Practical Information for Coco Shambhala
- Coco Beach, Patrimonio, Nerul, Bardez, Goa, India, 403 114
- T: +91 (0) 9372267182
- They do offer a great discount in monsoon meaning prices can range from 35,000 down to 26,000 per night. Note that in peak season, you must stay a minimum amount of 14 days and all other times at least 3 days. You can send enquires through their form
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