Canacona beach resort in South Goa, India

“An eco resort in a coconut grove by one of Goa’s few undeveloped beaches sounds idyllic, but this place ups the paradise-rating with a restaurant serving fresh organic food, resident masseur and just 10 secluded cottages.”

Highlights

Peaceful location by sea and freshwater lagoon | just 10 cottages | all meals included | restaurant on stilts with sea views | resident masseur offering range of treatments and yoga | boat trips to secluded beaches | local visits to markets and temples | kayaking | nature tours

Description of Canacona beach resort in South Goa, India

Escape to an unspoiled corner of Goa and stay in one of 10 beautiful cottages dotted through a coconut grove, next to a freshwater lagoon right by the sea. Approached down a private track through the jungle, the thatched cottages are rebuilt from scratch each year. They are beautifully designed with pops of bright colour, floaty cotton drapes and natural ventilation through the walls made of woven palm. Each cottage is beautifully secluded, spacious and tranquil, so you can get away from it all.

At one end of the lagoon, a restaurant and bar on stilts gives beautiful, long views along one of the few undeveloped beaches in Goa. It’s the perfect place to sip an evening cocktail as the sun goes down, or enjoy a meal of fresh fish as part of our all-inclusive offer.

This small, eco beach resort opened in 2005 after Clemente and Arlene, the owners, fell in love with this place while on a recce for a film shoot. Their idea was to create a simple, tranquil retreat and that has become a dream realised. They are committed to keeping the resort small, and have no plans to add to the existing 10 cottages. They take pride in their ability to cater for each guest’s needs.

Experienced, friendly staff are always available and there is also a resident masseur. The chefs cook with local and therefore organic produce and create a wide range of dishes. They can also cater for specialist diets – just ask. Fresh fish caught locally is always to be found on the menu, with specialities including crab and kingfish coconut curries, spicy fishcake. Every few days, we also fire up the tandoor. After eating, enjoy an evening around the campfire, admiring the stars or listening to Clemente play his guitar. You won’t get bitten either. There are no mosquitos, which is a definite plus!

When it comes to activities, there are lots of fun things to do. Have a picnic on one of the beaches only accessible by boat and, if you’re lucky, meet the dolphins that swim these waters on your way. You might like to go kayaking out to sea, or paddle along the canal if the ocean is too choppy. We can organise a nature tour through a reserve, with a guide to point out all the beautiful flowers and creatures. Enjoy a yoga session or relax with an Ayurvedic massage or reflexology treatment. It’s quite possible, though, that you won’t want to leave the sun loungers on the beach, so bring some books to read and prepare to relax. We can also organise trips to local attractions, including Chapora Night Market, the Anjuna flea market, the wonderful Dudhsagar waterfalls, the Shiva temple at Tambdi Surla which is 800 years old and the 200-year-old spice plantation near Ponda.

For any couples contemplating tying the knot, you are welcome to get hitched on the beach! We have an experienced celebrant and this is the perfect setting for a magical marriage ceremony.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Canacona beach resort in South Goa, India

Environment

Through teamwork, commitment and enthusiasm management & staff of dwarka Eco Beach Resort
Abides by the Green Globe standards, laws, regulations and standards of Goa
Annually reviews its performance and improves year by year towards industry best practice levels
Wherever possible, purchases local products and services with minimal negative environmental impact
Reduces, Reuses, & Recycles throughout the property to prevent and control pollution while supporting the local merchants
Conducts continues research in renewable and sustainable energy sources
Reduces environmental impacts including energy and water-saving practices

Community

We promise to support the local community by providing them jobs in our small resort.we also educate them and promise them jobs besides our own resort.we make them aware of the Ridley turtles and their conservation and its importance.we also hold meetings with local youth and elders on the importance of living a good and a spiritual life. we also have yoga classes at dwarka.we promise to save power whenever possible and also educate them about alternate power possibilities..like solar, wind, tidal etc.

We promise to:
Annually reviews its performance and improves year by year towards industry best practice levels
Gives preference to employing local people wherever possible
Takes on our social responsibility by educating its staff, guests, suppliers and community to build environmental awareness and action
we educate locals on the importance of organic farming.

A Child's Promise is their surrogate family and we put love and thought into our giving, ensuring the children that while they are being taught in an open air environment without floors or walls, they're not alone in their plight. We continue to seek funding for the completion of their learning facility.

We welcome and encourage individual and corporate sponsors to donate funds, school supplies, books, electronics, you name it, students will love and need it. It's an opportunity to get rid of excess stock by putting it to good use and donating funds to build a learning institution for a community of children in an undeveloped country.

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