Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $527.42 (INR36,522), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
The standard rate includes in-villa breakfast, free airport transfers and welcome drinks. The premium rate includes all of the above as well as lunch and dinner, which are served in your villa.
Planning a party? The seclusion and small size of the property make it a winner for celebrations. Booked out in its entirety, it sleeps 20 in serene comfort.
At the hotel
Beach, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; iPod dock; bar counter with a fridge stocked with wine and beer; coffee machine; tea and a kettle; organic bath products by Ayca.
Our favourite rooms
The four villas are the same size and style, featuring pitched ceilings, polished concrete floors and furnishings made from coconut wood, a sustainable material with a rich, dark grain. All of the villas have two bedrooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace overlooking the Arabian Sea. The living rooms can be also be opened up to the elements, using the sea breeze to keep the rooms cool in the tropical warmth; in the wet season, a wall of windows is installed, keeping the sweeping views but repelling any wind and rain. If we had to pick one, we’d ask for the villa that sits highest on the hillside, which has the loftiest views out to sea.
Each villa has a private infinity pool with sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. During the summer, the living rooms are open to the elements, making the pool terrace feel like an extension of the room.
There are two treatment rooms perched high over the beach, looking out over the treetops to the sea beyond. The spa menu draws on the ancient traditions of ayurveda and aromatherapy, providing a range of treatments designed to soothe mind and body alike. Coco Shambhala have collaborated with wellness brand Ayca to develop their luxurious range of signature oils and skincare products, which are natural, paraben-free and packaged in recycled materials, ensuring their treatments are as kind to the environment and they are to your skin.
If you’ve got them, bring a pair of binoculars – you’ll have a better chance of seeing whales from the terrace of your villa.
The stepped pathways and lack of adapted rooms make the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome. A cot (free) or extra bed (free for under-12s) can be added to any villa on request. For adults and children over 12, an extra bed is INR300, or INR6000 a night on the premium package (which includes all meals).
Very – everything from the water supply to the layout of the rooms was designed to be as green as possible. The villas make use of renewable coconut timber, solar panels and energy-efficient architecture; they’ve also been designed so that they could be removed without leaving a footprint on the land. The hotel works closely with a private recycling plant, has its own water filtration and recycling systems, uses eco-friendly bath products, and is actively engaged in several local conservation projects. All the produce used in the restaurant comes from within a 50km radius, some of it from the hotel’s own garden.