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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.