“Four beautiful villas with chef service and spa pools, set in lush tropical grounds in the charming village of Nerul, a short stroll from quiet Coco beach”
Coco Shambhala’s 4 spacious villas come in 2 designs showcasing indoor/outdoor living.
Our favourites, Rohini and Ashlesha, have their bedrooms downstairs, big kitchens, huge verandahs and - best of all - outdoor showers with dappled light off their open-sided bathrooms, and romantic spa pools.
Ashvini and Bharani have slightly smaller verandahs and kitchens, 1 bedroom upstairs and 1 downstairs, each with simple grey indoor bathrooms attached. Their spa pools are bigger though - round, colonnaded and roofed.
Beautifully designed and decorated throughout (black-and-white photographs are placed cheek by jowl with vintage Goan pieces; contemporary comfy furniture is contrasted with antique bed frames; colours range from soft cinnamon through to kingfisher blue) - the villas feel like an idyllic home-from- home within minutes of arriving.
Each bedroom has aircon as well as a fan, and cable TV with a CD/DVD-player, though you’ll need to bring your own music/movies. And while the airy verandahs suggest treetop living, the sandblasted wooden furniture and polished concrete floors lend a soft-edged beach-house feel.
Hot water comes through geysers, which need switching on minutes before you want it, and water is pumped in daily from their well. To cater for Goa’s frequent power-cuts, each villa has an inverter and battery pack which provides enough power for 1 light and 1 fan in each room for up to 6 hours if you’re frugal. You get a starter pack of toiletries on arrival, and soap daily.
There's a great choice of places to eat out locally, but it's just as tempting to stay put for the week and be looked after by Coco Shambhala's 2 on-site chefs, who personalise their meals to your requests. They don't work with any particular menu; instead, before arrival and every morning, they'll chat to you about your preferences, and create a menu for any meals you'd like. Daily breakfast is included in the rate, and can consist of whatever you fancy, served until 4pm! Lunches, snacks and dinners are also available daily (extra cost). Suggested meals change according to season and availability of fresh ingredients; all meals, including breakfast, are served 'in villa' on your private terrace or inside at the dining table.
Each villa has a kitchen and BBQ, and grocery packs can be supplied on request; useful for making snacks/light meals. When you arrive, you'll find a complimentary selection of beers, a bottle of champagne, handmade Belgian chocolates, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, a selection of soft drinks, Tropicana juices and packaged drinking water to get you started.
For eating out, Posh is the smartest restaurant in Nerul, serving international and Goan food in a 150-year-old Portuguese villa. In nearby Candolim there’s the even posher, and funkier, Indo-European restaurant called Waves. It has a bar, outside dining, an art gallery and club at night, and serves up dishes like Pomegranate Serenade (marinated chicken), Create-Your-Own-Thali plus Catch of the Day.
A short stroll away is The Literati Bookshop and Café which is worth popping into for coffee, eggs-any-style and Western comfort snacks. Bursting with books, its sofas are a favourite with local book clubs.
Children and families are welcome. Baby cots are available and each villa can fit a rollaway bed too. The guidebook in your villa details local activities and is updated by the management every 6 months. Coco Shambhala can pre-shop for any special food requirements you may need and the kitchens will be useful.
All villas are ideal for families, as each has a double and a twin, and can take an extra bed and baby cot apiece, and parents and kids alike will appreciate their spaciousness
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Prior to arrival you'll be asked about your child/ren's preferences. There's a kids menu, and often children are served ahead of adults so that parents get a candlelit dinner when the kids are asleep. Quality adult time!
There is no lifeguard at the pool