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It’s that time of the year when domestic Indian tourists flock to Goa to witness the lush beauty of monsoon. And that’s prompted me to write a bit about Coco Shambhala because it really stands out as one of the best places to stay in the entire state, both on and off-season.

You can read our full review here: https://www.tripzuki.com/hotels/coco-shambhala-goa/

Coco Shambhala offers a unique experience: it’s 5 star but it’s not really a hotel, it can be self-catering though it’s kind of a guesthouse (but not a homestay). What it certainly is, is a lovely place to stay.

The architecture is the first thing that stands out; it’s striking, cool and clean but it’s not cheesily modern (no glass balconies or brushed steel), and though there are traditional Goan building devices and aspects there is no contrived attempt to be ‘heritage’.

Second thing is the environment: the palm trees, flowers, dense, tropical vegetation and the lovely winding pool. There are just 4 villas here so you’re never going to be fighting over a sun-lounger or wishing you could have a bit more space to do your morning laps.


Special mention now goes to the staff. The owner, Giles (an Englishman and a Northerner, like me), is a cool dude who has clearly spent time building a team that is dedicated, caring and diligent. What’s more, they seem to not only enjoy their work but also like and respect their boss, and that says a lot in Goa, where casual staff are easy to come by but a strong work ethic can be non-existent.

Here’s a quick look at the property then (and you can see Deepti’s full review here: https://www.tripzuki.com/hotels/coco-shambhala-goa/).

If you haven’t done a quick group getaway to Goa, or if you come from overseas and are looking for a romantic hideaway, then honestly you need to consider this place.

OK, enough! The pictures really do speak for themselves: