Want to do your bit for the environment without compromising on your comfort? Then how does a chalet made from sustainable materials, organic food served at your table and soothing massage therapy all provided against the backdrop of a scenic beach sunset sound? Try this Skyscanner list of stylish eco-resorts in Goa that offer everything from unique tree house accommodation to comfortable beach lodges with perfect views of the Arabian sea:
1. Dwarka Eco beach resort, Goa
A clear blue natural lagoon, a forest full of exotic birds and a secret beach – if this is your idea of an idyllic escape then try Dwarka Eco beach resort in South Goa. Getting to this undiscovered gem is an off-road affair that takes you through a bumpy dirt track but once you get to your lagoon-side cottage you’ll love lounging in your hammock, strolling on the beach and walking on forest trails teeming with kingfishers and woodpeckers. Go beach-shack hopping for meals and sundowners. Open from November to April. Prices start at INR 7500 a night including meals.
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2. Yogamagic Eco Retreat
This Anjuna-based retreat promises a romantic getaway with a twist with secluded luxury tents, boutique suites and eco-lodges to choose from. It’s also a great place to practice your yoga asanas or take an Ayurvedic massage training course. The owners have created an eclectic space using local, sustainable materials like bamboo, mud, clay and stone. The retreat space has seven tents and two suites all constructed and furnished using reclaimed wood, natural coconut coir flooring, organic bamboo fibre and khadi silks. Biowaste is composted and reintroduced into the vegetable gardens. Vegetables, fruits and spices are grown organically using ancient Vedic principles. Go if you’re looking for a place that encourages ecological harmony in a sublime natural setting. Suites start from INR 7500 a night during the low season. Eco-lodges and tents are only available from November to April.
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This upmarket eco-resort is located in Gokarna, Karnataka close to Om beach but the nearest airport is Goa’s Dabolim airport. Accommodation consists of 24 relaxing Konkan villas, a swimming pool, a meditation dome and you can book pranayama classes here too. The resort is built on a strong philosophy of ayurveda and yoga, combining ecological restoration and preservation with art and spirituality. Food is ripened naturally on fertile soil and sourced from within a 60 kilometre radius of the resort or from Swaswara’s own land. The resort captures 237 lakh litres of rainwater and reuses every drop. The solid waste management system converts waste food into cooking gas and plastic water bottles are replaced with recyclable glass. The entire resort is immersed in a blanket of green cover that encourages spiritual healing and restoration. You can take an activity getaway, pottery classes from a master ceramacist or a tutorial in healthy cooking. Prices are approximately INR 1.15 lakh for a five-night stay.
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4. Ashiyana Yoga and Spa village
If you’re looking to book a yoga-holiday and beach-escape in one, this is the perfect retreat for you. It’s located on a quiet stretch of North Goa, on Mandrem beach, and you can expect to meet meditation seekers and other like-minded people at this lovely venue. Classes and workshops are flexible so you can join in whenever you feel like it, no advance booking required. You can book a beach hut or eco-lodge if you love the thought of being exposed to the elements, or book yourself a suite instead. This relaxing retreat is surrounded by a coconut palm grove, Mandrem river with sandy beach dunes forming the perfect serene enclave that every yoga holiday and spa break needs if you truly want to unwind. Prices are approximately INR 32,000 a week including two meals a day and activities.
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5. Wildernest Goa
Sheltered in the forests of the Western Ghats is the eco-tourist resort of Wildernest Goa. Ask for a room with a view of the waterfalls and don’t miss a dip in the stunning infinity pool which has a breathtaking view of the Chorla Ghats. This secluded space means that it’s a great location for hill trekking, watching spectacular sunsets and taking in the crisp mountain air. You’ll find peaceful corners where you can commune with nature and enjoy ethnic cuisine cooked with fresh, local, organic produce. Doubles start at INR 5,500 a night.
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The owners of Saraya’s eco-stay hostel in Sangolda have a vision to bring together art, culture, food and eco-living. Stay in one of their eco-lodges and enjoy the yoga classes and music performances that this hotel hosts from time to time in their art gallery and cafe. It also features its own organic farm, tree houses and organised events. Earth rooms have trees shooting up through the middle of the rooms. Prices are INR 500 a night for a tree house room or INR 900 a night for an Earth room.
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7. La Mangrove
This eco-friendly, reclusive accommodation is all about the chilled-out romantic getaway for some one-on-one time with your partner. Solo travellers will also love it here. The accommodation is in tipis (teepees) creating an added layer of cosiness and romance. Each tipi is on a raised platform with its own attached outside bathroom, an open sky shower, a sink and an eco-toilet. There’s a relaxing river-side lounge facing the mangroves. Don’t expect air-conditioned luxury but do expect absolute privacy. This river-side paradise is located close to Turtle Beach in Galgibag in the southern most part of Goa. Prices start from INR 4000 per night for a tipi.
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8. Yab Yum resort
Hidden away in two acres of lush palm grove and sheltered by the sand dunes of Ashwem beach is Yab Yum resort, where you can watch fishermen bring in their latest catch and enjoy watching technicolour sunsets. The owners have spent time planning the resort’s layout and landscaping to create an oasis that is guaranteed to provide you with the peaceful setting you are looking for in ecologically vibrant surroundings. With daily yoga classes and a massage room as well as a beach nearby, you are guaranteed to unwind and de-stress. Then again, if the quiet and serenity gets to be too much for you, there are excellent restaurants and cafes located just a five minute walk from the resort. Prices start at INR 5300 per night with breakfast.
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9. Stonewater eco resort
This unique beachfront eco resort has wooden chalets with stunning views of the Arabian sea to wake up to every morning. There’s something inexplicable about the isolated state of this resort near Santarem beach. You’ll find yourself wrapped in solitude and feel like time has frozen, while you’re trapped in beautiful surroundings. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, a spa where you can enjoy a Balinese massage and an in-house restaurant to make your time away from a hectic urban life complete. Bookings are open from October to March. Sea view chalets start from INR 7500 a night.
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Top tips: Contact resorts before booking to find out if they’re open during monsoon season. Also, they’re part of a growing trend so book in advance if you want to ensure a room during peak season.