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By Chris Boyle


The exclusive destination Coco Shambhala in Goa, India offers the sophisticated international traveler a chance to experience tropical living at its very best with a stay in one of the greatest examples of tropical villa design in the world.

Every aspect of each villa, both interior and exterior, has been carefully designed to enhance well-being and relaxation through the creation of the ultimate, indulgent barefoot retreat. Proprietor Giles Knapton and General Manager Lindsay D’Souza ensure that guests are contacted shortly after booking a stay to discuss their individual preferences and to provide guests with a personal contact who is available at any time, day or night, both prior to their arrival and throughout the duration of their stay. The level of service and attention to detail is exemplary as Coco Shambhala seeks not only to meet expectations— but to exceed them. Both Giles and Lindsay regard every person who travels to Coco Shambhala as a valued guest in their beautiful home—someone who is welcomed and appreciated at every moment of their stay. A stay at Coco Shambhala leaves every guest with a wealth of memories, experiences and friendships that ensure a return journey, in the very near future, to one of the most exotic, serene places in the world.


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Number of rooms in suite: Five, including two bedrooms

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths:Two

Suite style: Open-plan living spaces take advantage of the cool sea breeze to provide cross-ventilation and capture the magic of the tropics. The most seductive rooms have no doors or windows—these sumptuously furnished indoor/outdoor spaces allow guests to interact with the environment. Extraordinary jungle-style gardens enhance the ambience.

Key selling points: Rates include return airport transfers and a complimentary car and driver for the duration of your stay, giving you the freedom to explore Goa. Coco Shambhala provides daily maid service and light laundry. The phone’s pre-programmed numbers allow you to contact the team with ease. Other amenities include a jet pool, Sky satellite TV and DVD player in each bedroom, iPod docking stations, a shared swimming pool and exquisite service from the entire staff.

Number of villas in hotel: Four


  • Square footage: 2,368
  • Nightly rate: $700, with a three-night minimum
  • Weekly rate: $4,000


For an added touch of luxury, guests can spoil themselves with deluxe treatments from Coco Shambhala’s on-site therapist Josef, who uses a gorgeous, secluded, private area of the garden to allow for restoration between mind, body and nature. Josef offers a range of naturopathic treatments, a consultation for tailored detoxification or a rejuvenation package. Guests can also opt for in-room massages.


Coco Shambala’s extremely talented chef, Rushad, is on hand to discuss dietary requirements, and will meet with guests every morning to talk about their preferences for the day. Breakfast is included, and lunches and snacks are available from the kitchen until 5:30pm. The cuisine places an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients, with meals served to you in the comfort of your own villa. Each meal excites the senses through Rushad’s blend of technique, flavor and unique gastronomic flair. Evening service, including the chef’s very special “in-villa” barbecue experience, is available by appointment.

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