Samata Retreat Goa is the Perfect Winter Wellness Escape

Spend your winter in the sun | Image courtesy of Samata
Spend your winter in the sun | Image courtesy of Samata

While most places north of the equator are calling time on beach days and seaside swims by December, Goa in India is just getting into one of its best seasons. A balmy daily average of 20-23 degrees and negligible rainfall from November through to March is a far cry from its hot, sticky monsoon summers and make this one of our top winter destinations. Throw in a holistic holiday at Samata, a purpose-built yoga and wellness centre in Goa, and we’re totally sold. If you’ve been trying to narrow down the list of locations for your winter break, check out CompareRetreats.com review of Samata Holistic Retreat Centre.

Location

Located in a peaceful village setting behind Arambol Beach, North Goa, Samata is located 3 kilometres inland from Arambol town. Situated 90-minutes from Goa airport, the retreat is secluded and quiet.

Samata creates a home with rustic charm | Image courtesy of Samata
Samata creates a home with rustic charm | Image courtesy of Samata

Accommodation

Rustic yet charming, the accommodation at Samata caters to all budgets and situations, whether travelling with a partner or friends. There are four single rooms, six deluxe king rooms, six deluxe twin rooms, two triple rooms and two master suites. Modelled in the style of a traditional Indonesian village, each abode is carved from recycled teak wood and has an ensuite bathroom.

It shouldn't be difficult to eat well with delicious Indian recipes and fresh, local produce | Image courtesy of Samata
It shouldn’t be difficult to eat well with delicious Indian recipes and fresh, local produce | Image courtesy of Samata

Food Programme

The meals served at Samata are geared towards health-aware yogis. Harvested from the retreat’s organic garden (which is farmed according to biodynamic principles) fresh herbs and greens can be seen in vibrant salads, while an array of colourful vegetables features in an array of vegetarian dishes.

With a focus on quality organic ingredients and locally sourced foods, the kitchen prepares meals according to Ayurvedic guidelines and principles of food combining to ensure optimal health and digestion.

The retreat caters for a wide range of dietary requirements including gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, lactovegetarian, ovo-vegetarian and ovo-lacto vegetarian diets.

The evening meal is a traditional Indian ‘Thali’ (a selection of various dishes), comprised of healthy local favourites such as yellow basmati rice, ‘channa masala’ (chickpeas cooked in tomato-based sauce) and ‘palak tofu’ (tofu in spinach sauce). All eggs served are organic and free-range, and all juices are freshly squeezed.

Yoga is one of the resort's main activities | Image courtesy of Samata
Yoga is one of the resort’s main activities | Image courtesy of Samata

Treatment Programme

Designed to improve overall vitality, Samata’s holistic wellness offerings include acupuncture, traditional Tibetan medicine, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, and a range of therapeutic bodywork, massage and Asian healing arts.

Executed by a team of experienced Ayurvedic practitioners, TCM doctors, remedial therapists and ‘holistic clinicians’, treatments span from cranial sacral healings to hot stone massage. The clinic also has an extensive herbal pharmacy from which Tibetan and Ayurvedic herbs are distributed. Samata offers an ‘in-patient’ program for those who’d like to embark on a ‘panchakarma’ (detoxification) programme.

Results

Expect to feel…Rested and revived. The centre mainly operates between October and April, though there are variable opening times during the monsoon season—check with the centre before you book. 

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Rebecca Walker

An authority on all things wellness, Rebecca is the former Editor-in-Chief of popular luxury lifestyle publication Asia Spa Magazine and the Founder of boutique consultancy The Wellness Nomad. Born in Australia and based in Asia for over a decade, she is an avid writer, traveller and certified yoga teacher whose passion for holistic health has led her to some of the world’s best resorts and healing sanctuaries. Visit her website at www.thewellnessnomad.com or email her at rebecca@thewellnessnomad.com.

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