Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg

nr Malvan, Konkan Coast (Maharashtra), India
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Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg

nr Malvan, Konkan Coast (Maharashtra), India

A sleek, tropical hideaway: just 4 villas with private infinity pools, 200m from the beach and a world away from everything else

A sleek, tropical hideaway: just 4 villas with private infinity pools, 200m from the beach and a world away from everything else

It took a team of some 200 craftsmen from all over India to bring owner Giles’ master plan to fruition. Four villas, inspired by the ‘Tropical Modernism’ movement, are a homage to the works of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Clean lines and open-plan spaces abound, and the indoor-outdoor living spaces give a sense of peace and oneness with nature. It's perfect for couples or families seeking seclusion. Whether in bed, the pool, the dining or living area, you constantly feel connected with the outside world.

The setting? An unexplored stretch of the Konkan Coast framed by swaying palm trees. Save for a few local holiday-makers, the town of Malvan does not attract a crowd, although you may spot the odd parasailor gliding past neighbouring Tarkarli Beach: the place for watersports and diving. There’s no restaurant on-site but after a day spent languishing by your pool, the attentive catering team will come and take your order a few hours before serving it to you in the privacy of your villa. The Director of Cuisine has created a distinctive menu of stand-out dishes, a saving grace as there’s nothing around for miles. And that is exactly why you’d come here. Giles' previous opening, Coco Shambhala in North Goa, has been a runaway success and we predict the same for this gem.


  • Each beautiful 2-bedroom villa has a private infinity pool with panoramic sea views. Need we say more?
  • The chef-prepared meals, better than restaurant quality; all-inclusive packages are available
  • Great activities on-site include creative workshops, puppet shows for kids, a spa - and lots of nearby watersports
  • We loved the simple décor and use of natural materials such as coconut-wood furniture and traditional Mangalorean clay tiles
  • Bose speakers, a stocked minibar fridge and kitchenette make your villa feel more like a home than a hotel


  • A 3-hour drive from Goa airport, but transfers are included in the rate
  • No bars or restaurants nearby, so if you’re after a Goa-style 'scene', this isn't the place for you
  • Internet access is patchy, but it's a good opportunity to disconnect from modern-day life
  • The nearest beach is a little so-so but there are pristine ones a scenic boat ride away

Best time to go

Open all year round. The south Indian coastline is generally best visited between November and February, when the weather is dry and the temperatures in the low 30s. The Konkan Coast makes a great alternative to Goa's Christmas and New Year crowds. During the monsoon (typically May-August), special screens are erected to protect the villa's indoor-outdoor living spaces. It would be an utterly romantic spot to hole up during the dramatic downpours.

Our top tips

Be sure to pack a good selection of good books (or stock up on your Kindle) for afternoons spent recumbent on a poolside sunlounger. Download all your favourite music beforehand so you can stream it on the Bose speakers (it’s unlikely the internet will be good enough). Bug spray in the evenings wouldn’t go amiss either.

Great for...

  • Boutique Villas
  • 4 villas sleeping 2-4
  • On-site catering team
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service


The villas are carefully designed to let the views do the talking. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors fill rooms with natural light. White linens and mauve block prints are simple yet chic against rustic grey cement and coconut-wood furniture. Each villa has 2 ensuite kingsize bedrooms, a living area and a private sit-out overlooking your pool; drawing the blackout curtains in the morning never gets tiresome. There’s a TV in every room but you won’t spend much time watching it.

Bearing Sanskrit names, each of the 4 villas is almost identical in design. Arka, is closest to the entrance, and good for those that don’t like climbing stairs, whilst Amaresha has a small grassy area behind the pool, great for families. We stayed in Inaya which (though a tough choice) had the best views. At quite an altitude sits Varenya, which offers the most privacy of all the villas. For an unforgettable group holiday, you can take over the entire place.

Features include:

  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • WiFi


There are no restaurants within a sensible distance, but thankfully the Director of Cuisine and the team are outstanding. All-inclusive packages are available are you can just order meals as required. Celebrating Malvan’s spicy, seafood cuisine, the menu goes a long way beyond the usual dishes of pomfret and kingfish. The kitchen works in tandem with local fisherman to ensure the freshest and most unusual catch of the day (sting ray, anyone?) and staff are taught authentic methods of preparation. There's a good selection of veggie options too. Food is locally sourced as much as possible, resulting in innovative Continental creations with an Indian twist.

Served in the comfort of our villa, the Malabar preparation (a regional dish with a spicy tomato and coconut sauce, wrapped in a banana leaf parcel) was refreshingly light and perfectly steamed. The Thai fish cakes, accompanied by a tangy salad of julienned vegetables, were so good we ordered them twice. The chocolate chilli ganache was rich, spicy and sweet enough to satiate even our sweet tooth. For something a little unusual, try the cinnamon churros made from paneer (cheese).

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee maker
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Meal delivery service
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian options


  • Boat trips to deserted beaches, dolphin sighting, backwater kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, snorkelling: the list goes on. One thing Sindhudurg is not short of is watersports
  • Nearby Tarkarli Beach is one of the few places on the Indian mainland for scuba diving; newbies can get PADI certified at the Indian Institute of Diving
  • Book a car and driver to explore the laid-back town of Malvan, known for its sweet mangoes and impressive Sindhudurg Fort
  • There's a great list of in-house activities for grown-ups and children to enjoy: learn to cook traditional Malvan dishes or spin a verse at a poetry workshop
  • For those wanting to stay fit, yoga packages with some of India's best practitioners can be arranged, along with mixed martial arts lessons
  • November to February is the perfect season for whale watching and, on the odd occasion, they can be spotted right from your room
  • Keen walkers can set off with their guide on the Bhogwe Heritage Walk, plus there are plenty of longer jungle treks


With 2 bedrooms and airy living areas, the villas at Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg are great for families, though the large, unenclosed pool means it is better suited to older children who can be left unsupervised. There are plenty of activities for them to get involved in, with puppet shows on site and an exhaustive list of watersports on nearby Tarkarli Beach. No excuse for the dreaded "I'm booored" here.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Villa Amaresha has a small grassy area behind the pool, great for families. Each villa can provide a single rollaway bed on request for extra guests

Kids Activities on site:

    • Traditional puppet shows
    • Creative workshops (for teens of 13 and above)
    • Heritage walks to the village
    • Cooking lessons
    • Beginners birding walks

    Families Should Know:

    The infinity pools are unenclosed. All bathrooms are shower only (no tubs)


  • Airport: 3 hours (Dabolim)
  • Hospital: 15 minutes
  • Shops: 15 minutes
Kid Friendly:


Coco Shambhala Sindhudurg is located on Bhogave Beach near Malvan, in Maharashtra state. The closest airports are Manohar (1.5 hours' drive) and Dabolim (3 hours' drive) in Goa.

By Air:
There is a new airport in Sindhudurg which has direct flights from Mumbai, or you can fly into Goa International Airport (Dabolim). There's also Manohar Airport in Mopa, served by many domestic fligths, a 1.5 hour drive from the resort. Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
Staff will collect you from Goa airport for a complimentary transfer.

By Train:
From Mumbai, trains to Kudal take 6-8 hours; from there it's a complimentary 30-minute transfer.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Goa and getting around


  • Dabolim Airport 123.0 km GOI


  • Beach 0.2 km
  • Shops 0.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.0 km

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