For a perfect treat, there is a spectacular, quiet, beach resort for a yoga and meditation retreat in Goa. It is Taj Exotica (click on the link for virtual tour) on Calwaddo Beach, Benaulim, in South Goa. Tucked away in a small village, away from the discos, nightclubs, beach shacks and flea markets, is this luxurious and serene treasure spread over 56 acres. My first thought when we arrived (complimentary car service for airport pick-up and drop-off) was that it was a glorious place for a winter or spring retreat. Winter is their peak season! Yoga and meditation teachers can take their groups and personalize the program.
The sprawling property has superbly thoughtful service as my husband and I just experienced. The place manages to be elegant and yet informal. There are bike paths (bikes available), tennis courts, table tennis, billiard tables, various chess sets, swimming pool (but only 4 feet deep), a small golf course, children’s programs, a wonderful ayurvedic spa, and yoga classes.
There are restaurants on the property, taxis right outside, and the brunch is truly spectacular with an amazing spread of dishes including Western, Continental, Indian and Indian Chinese. The staff makes every effort to take care of individual needs.
The accommodations manager is very thoughtful and goes out of his way to make the guests happy beyond their expectations. This is the first time this blog has made a recommendation for a yoga meditation retreat location! We also saw some family get togethers.