We escaped to Amarya from a hotel down the beach which had hugely disappointed us and at last found the oasis we were looking for. Everything about this place is beautifully thought out. Some of those we spoke to said, 'but it's just a tent, right?' and yes, it is a tent, but 'just' a tent? Far from it... It is the most beautiful canvas structure, set out on a concrete base, big enough to swing several tigers in. The tent is the most luxurious, comfortable space I have ever stayed in and despite having A/C we never needed to use it.
Each tent (there are only 4) is set out so that they back onto the walkway. No-one walks past the entrance to your tent unless they are bringing you something. Each tent has a private garden, with tables and chairs for breakfast and sun loungers for private sunbathing. On arrival, you are given a mobile phone which you can use to call reception, or if you wish add some credit to and use to text or call anyone you like. What a wonderful idea! The bed itself is big and has the most comfortable imported mattresses we found in India. The staff are a delight, all well trained, always smiling and utterly wonderful. The owner, Mathieu is a dream. He's not there all the time, but made frequent appearances and was always kean to give us ideas, make calls for us, arrange moped hire etc... Nothing was too big or small for him or his staff. I could go on & on about Amarya, but after a bit of a rough ride in Kerala and Goa, despite paying good money, we finally found the haven we were hoping for. Highly recommended.
Also...on a side note - Amarya is a 2 minute walk from what is possible the best restaurant in the area and maybe Goa! La Plage, also French owned, is a dream...well worth several visits.
- Also Known As:
- Amarya Shamiyana Goa/Mandrem
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Amarya Group is proud to announce that Amarya Graden has moved to Goa! Amarya has never been so indulgent... Amarya Shamiyana, a beachside hideaway on Asvem Beach, offers four lavish Moghul inspired tents with all the comforts of a modern luxury hotel while indulging our guests with a sleep closer to the shores...and to the stars. Each of our tented suites covers an area of 64 square meters and is replete with its own verandah, two intimate salons, complimentary wifi, en-suite bathroom (with a sumptuous rain shower) and of a spacious air-conditioned bedroom. ... more less