I've just come back from a fantastic 3 week stay at the Ashiyana Yoga & Well-Being Retreat at Mandrem Beach, Goa.
- The Yoga & Spa
The quality of the Yoga teaching at Ashiyana is superb. There are at least 2 Classes a day, the first starting at 8am. Whether you're a Beginner or a seriously experienced advanced Yoga practitioner, Ashiyana's superb Team of Yoga Teachers have the technical skills, knowledge & human-skills to make sure you get the most out of each Class and your Body.
At the Spa there's a wealth of Treatments and Workshops offered by their Team and visiting Teachers, and I enjoyed a superb Cranial Treatment, a bespoke Meditation session and took part in a very interesting Workshop looking at the connection between the Hara and the heart.
- The Accommodation
I stayed in 2 beautiful Apartments there - 'The Mango Tree' and 'The Jodhpur' - and they were simply wonderful. Very different from each other architecturally, in terms of interior design and where they're positioned in the Retreat - but both absolutely stunning. Ashiyana has been designed around the vision of it's Owner Chris Nelson, and no one Apartment is the same, and the sheer variety and styles of Accommodation is part of what makes Ashiyana such an individual, idiosyncratic and stand-out Yoga Retreat or base for your stay in Goa.
- The Food
The Food at Ashiyana is as you expect, incredibly healthy, beautifully balanced, very tasty and whatever Diet or Programme you're on during your stay there you're bound to lose weight and feel hugely better within yourself even without the Yoga as the Kitchen Staff concoct the freshest and most delicious Breakfasts and Dinners.
- The Ambience
Ashiyana is a beautiful place. The brainchild of Chris Nelson - as said - it's been designed to offer high quality accommodation and facilities whilst nestling and blending in with its beautiful tropical surroundings. Coconut Trees and all manner of specially planted flora and fauna envelope the Retreat and whilst there are many beautifully designed areas where you can relax and read or chat, the natural vegetation affords wonderful shade seemingly at every turn.
Ashiyana is also incredibly peaceful and calm - by design. The 'energy' of the Retreat provides a wonderful quietude and serenity throughout, so if you're looking for somewhere to re-charge those batteries whilst getting int ouch with your 'Yogic' being, then you really couldn't do any better than here.
- What Else?
Well, Mandrem Beach is a delightful walk across Ashiyana's own wooden Bridge and 2 minutes thru a pathway that cuts thru the Dunes. The Beach itself is breathtakingly huge in terms of depth and width, The Coast in this part of Goa is entirely unspoilt and has almost no accommodation or Housing looking on to it. Apart from the odd property all you'll find are fantastic Beach Cafe's such as Dunes. The Sea itself is incredibly warm and refreshing and has nice-sized waves to have some fun jumping into and mucking about in.
Mandrem itself is a small Village but one with plenty of Shops and places to exchange Currency. There are some Bars and Rsetaurants there, but this part of Goa has a proliferation of excellent Restaurants & Bars (La Plage was particularly pretty at night nestled by the beach at it is and beautifully lit).
Hiring Scooters and Motorbikes is easy and like much else in Goa incredibly good value. Ashiyana will help you with everything you need and they sorted a classic Royal Enfield M'bike for me which was a sheer joy to ride the short hop to Arambol or to take on further-flung journeys to places such as Paradise Beach & Dhaboli.
Reception can organise a daily delivery of a Litre of the freshest Coconut Water for only 80 Rupees (80p!) which you pick up on from Reception on your way to a Class or Treatment or Breakfast.
Laundry is also taken care of for around 10 Rupees (10p) an item too.
Should you need help with anything from booking Taxis or a sunrise Dolphin excursion or a Motorbike - Reception were very helpful indeed and dealt with every request in a warm and efficient manner.
All in all my trip to Ashiyana was wonderful. I made some wonderful new Friends, had a fantastic time with the Friends I met out there and for my first trip to Goa itself I couldn't have chosen a better place to have as a beautiful base and to practice and improve my Yoga technique(s).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ashiyana is a tropical retreat centre located on the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach and the enchanting Mandrem river in the very north of Goa. We warmly invite you to come and visit us between 1st October and 30th April. You can stay with us on one of our retreats, yoga holidays, yoga teacher trainings, massage trainings. Alternatively join us for yoga classes and workshops at the drop-in centre if you are staying in the area. You may also wish to enquire about our luxury accommodation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ashiyana Yoga Resort Goa Mandrem